Written answers

Thursday, 19 January 2012

  • Attorney-General

    • Christmas

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on (a) Christmas trees and (b) other Christmas decorations in 2011; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases of data loss or breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

      Prosecutions: Costs

      To ask the Attorney-General what the average cost to the Crown Prosecution Service is of each prosecution by offence type.

  • Church Commissioners

    • The Lord's Prayer

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of the teaching of the Lord's Prayer in schools in England.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what receptions and events have been hosted by his Department since May 2010, including those sponsored by third parties.

    • Mayors: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had recent discussions with Coventry...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department are solely responsible for Overseas Territory affairs; and what the (a) job title and (b) specific...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of full-time equivalent staff in his Department engaged in delivering (a)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the likely change in the cost of energy generated from (a) gas and (b) electricity over the next 10 years.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of the regulations his Department brought into force through (a) primary legislation, (b) secondary legislation and (c) other...

      Heating: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what non-means-tested assistance he plans to provide to people with disabilities towards their heating costs.

      National Grid: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been collected in national grid transmission charges from generators in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales in the...

  • Home Department

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department holds information on the EU regulations in its policy areas of responsibility which have not been implemented in (a)...

    • Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the remit given to the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency to investigate arrangements for immigration controls at UK...

      Institute for Public Policy Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department (a) allocated and (b) disbursed to the (i) Institute for Public Policy Research and (ii) National Institute for...

      John Davidson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will direct the Independent Police Complaints Commission to publish all documents in its possession relating to its...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 28 November 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Tayyibah Ahmed.

      Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse of running the Morton Hall immigration removal centre was in the latest period in which figures are available.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the House of Commons Commission has made of the availability of...

    • Parliamentary Tours: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much was paid to guides providing tours of Parliament in September in (a) 2009,...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ulster Scots Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on developing and enhancing Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture;...

  • Scotland

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Government, (b) the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and (c) the Secretary of...

  • Transport

    • Airbus A380

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will hold discussions with the Civil Aviation Authority on the airworthiness of the wings of the Airbus A380; (2) if she will meet the...

    • Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines her Department issues to its non-departmental public bodies on the employment of unpaid interns.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans she has to involve existing Driving Standards Agency partners in the delivery of practical driving tests; (2) what consideration her...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings Ministers in her Department had on alternatives to High Speed Two in each of the last two years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral statement of 10 January 2012, Official Report, columns 23-59, on High Speed Rail, what assessment she has made of the economic (a)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons her Department did not carry out a consultation on the future of the high speed rail network before deciding on the phase one...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evidence her Department took account of to inform its choice of a Y-shaped core network for High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons her Department excluded Leicester on the proposed eastern route of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cost benefit analysis her Department has undertaken in respect of the (a) potential reduction in journey times between London and Birmingham and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants in her Department are working on the High Speed Two project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hours civil servants in her Department have spent on the High Speed Two project in each of the last three years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate she has made of the number of jobs High Speed Two is expected to create in (a) Warwick and Leamington constituency and (b)...

      High Speed Trains: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she next plans to meet the Scottish Government to discuss high speed rail.

      High Speed Trains: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on the effects of plans for high speed rail on the operation of freight services in Scotland.

      Midland Main Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will consider proposals for the electrification of the Midland Main Line.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency undertakes on the proposed name of new motorway service areas.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency undertook with (i) the relevant local authority and (ii) relevant local people on the...

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on whether the proposed high speed line to Scotland should be on the west or...

      Railways: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many incidents there have been of theft of metal from railway lines in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Vale of Glamorgan constituency in each...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to revise his estimate that 20,000 to 25,000 lone parents will move into employment when entitlement to income support for...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role he expects housing benefit staff in local authorities to play in delivering universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the sum he has budgeted for universal credit implementation he expects to pay to local authorities.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the criteria are for employers to be able to receive Government funds to take on apprentices; and how many employers in each...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many cases of data loss or breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to make votes on executive pay at annual general meetings of...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the unit pricing of groceries.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of home students in England initially enrolled on an arts or social science degree switched to a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter of 19 December 2011 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on funding for the Widening...

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase high street trading in areas of (a) high and (b) low deprivation; and if he will...

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what support he plans to provide to Royal Mail in the event that state aid approval for the pension fund transfer is not...

      Technology: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department attaches any priority to provision of apprenticeships in high technology manufacturing and exporting areas...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many charities based in the London borough of Bexley have been (a) added to and (b) removed from the Charity Commission register in each of the last...

    • Households: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average number of children with (a) two parents working, (b) one parent working and (c) no parents working was in (i) Poplar and Limehouse...

      National Lottery: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of applications to the Big Lottery Fund from organisations based in the London borough of Bexley were successful in the last three years...

      New Businesses: Bolton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new businesses have been established in Bolton since August 2010.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what further negotiations he plans to undertake with the PCS union on proposed changes to public sector pensions.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas trees and (b) other Christmas decorations in 2011; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many cases of data loss or breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department holds information on the EU regulations in its policy areas of responsibility which have not been...

      Football: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of applying the standard rate of VAT to the provision of five-a-side football...

      Olympic Games 2012: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what advertising campaigns his Department has run in support of the London 2012 Olympic Games; and what the cost was of each...

      PhonepayPlus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the performance of PhonepayPlus.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the effect on gross domestic product of the release of spectrum in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Ofcom on revising the licence fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum given the time taken for...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made on the potential number of jobs created as a result of the release of spectrum in the 800MHz and...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the value of licence fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the number of EU flags held by his Department.

    • Iran: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) their...

      Iran: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the compatibility of the actions by the Iranian authorities to disrupt media services with...

      Iran: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the extent to which the output of BBC Persian TV is blocked by the Iranian authorities; and...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings (a) he, (b) his predecessors, (c) Ministers in his Department and (d) their predecessors have had with their...

      North Korea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the North Korean authorities on (a) human rights abuses, (b) forced...

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the recent visit by Arab League observers to Syria; and if he will make a statement.

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made consequent on the signing of the treaty of Lisbon; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what qualifications are required of staff working for private ambulance companies; and whether such staff and companies are subject to regulation.

    • Ambulance Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to regulate the private ambulance sector.

      Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2011, Official Report, columns 1137-42W, on benzodiazepines, how many companies hold licences for the manufacture or...

      Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the retention of teenage and young adult cancer services within the national definitions of specialised services and the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid to officials in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies in (a) bonuses, (b) allowances and (c) other payments additional...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to (a) provide information about and (b) offset the risk of diabetes among women aged between 15 and 34.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has put in place for better management of diabetes.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned to measure the subjective well-being of children.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what methods are used by his Department to measure the effects of its decisions on the subjective well-being of children; (2) what assessment his...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what changes he has introduced in healthcare procurement since the publication of the 35th report from the Committee of Public Accounts on the...

      Opiates: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the guidance issued to GPs on the prescription of opiate-based drugs and medicines.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made on the number of uncollected NHS prescriptions in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the enforcement of the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010; and what steps his Department has taken to ensure local...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department provided to (a) The Art Room, (b) the National Portrait Gallery, (c) Mountain Rescue England, (d) the English Schools...

  • Justice

    • Crime: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children under the age of 10 years were found to have committed (a) serious assault, (b) rape and (c) murder in each of the last 10 years.

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for criminal injuries compensation were ruled eligible in each year from 1997 to 2011.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the backlog was of unprocessed applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on 1 January of each year from 1997 to 2012.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2011, Official Report, columns 30-34W, on prison accommodation, whether the data includes figures for privately-run...

  • Defence

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the size of the Army will be at the end of each calendar year from 2011 to 2015.

    • Army: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value is of the contract for the new multi-terrain pattern uniform for the British Army; and where that uniform is being manufactured.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what costs his Department incurred in respect of (a) legal, (b) consultancy and (c) currency brokerage costs associated with (i) the sale of the...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to the public purse was of the recent purchase of Danish Merlin HC.3A helicopters.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on the ability to conduct helicopter operations of the postponement of the Defence Rotary Wing Capability Study...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the potential effect of implementing the Strategic Defence and Security review on the (a) overall capability and (b) in-...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is still his Department's intention to fit Type 45 destroyers with the Co-operative Engagement Capability system.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce the level of food wasted by food retailers and manufacturers.

    • Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made on improving the process for making payments to farmers under the Single Farm Payment...

      Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future of marine conservation zones; and if she will make a statement.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the chair of the Independent Forestry Panel on its interim report.

      Jobs and Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to promote jobs and growth in the food production and environmental industries.

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress has been made by Natural England on reaching agreements for the new England Coastal Path to cross through...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of fish procured by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies is sourced from Marine Stewardship Council...

      Departmental Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much redundancy pay was paid to civil servants in her Department in each month between September and November 2011.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in negotiations on the regional management of fisheries.

      Water: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department is providing for investment to improve infrastructure for the purposes of better conserving water...

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of revenue that would be generated by (a) one parent and (b) two parent families returning to full-time work through the...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the reduction in the amount of corporation tax paid by (a) banks, (b) insurance companies, (c) hedge funds and (d) private...

      Financial Services: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on the European Commission's (a) review of accounting directives and (b) transparency directive; (2) whether he has carried out a...

      Financial Services: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on which occasions he has discussed with his EU counterparts the European Commission's (a) review of accounting directives and (b) transparency...

      National Minimum Wage Act 1998

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the enforcement of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 in each of the last three financial years.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of calculating the rateable value of premises occupied by small businesses on a zonal basis; (2)...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform Empty Property Rate Relief to help small and medium-sized businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2011, Official Report, columns 1157-58W, on PAYE, how many employers joining the PAYE Real Time Information pilot in...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2011, Official Report, columns 1157-58W, on PAYE, whether his Department has sought the consent of the employees of...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding his Department provided for (a) the childcare element of working tax credit, (b) electronic childcare vouchers, (c) income support for the...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has assessed the Deloitte report on the economic impact of the deployment of 4G mobile technology in the US published in August 2011; what...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce (a) tax evasion and (b) money laundering.

      Taxation: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the likely effect on developing countries of the proposed changes in the Finance Bill to the rules governing...

      Taxation: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on developing countries of the proposed changes in the Finance Bill to the rules governing Controlled Foreign...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Public Houses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of publicans who are in receipt of tax credits.

  • Education

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements are in place to audit financial expenditure in academies.

    • Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on his plans to increase the length of the school day for maintained schools.

      Curriculum: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the learning objectives are of the design and technology curriculum.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals were entered for (i) GCSEs and (ii) A levels awarded by the (A) AQA, (B) Edexel...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the (a) average mark and (b) equivalent grade achieved by students sitting a GCSE was in (i) English, (ii) mathematics, (iii) French, (iv)...

      Private Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 apply to the inspection of child safeguarding arrangements...

      Schools: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of half days were missed by pupils in (a) maintained primary, (b) state-funded secondary and (c) special schools due to...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what resources he plans to make available to ensure that each school and college in England has a designated careers adviser to work with the chosen...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to providing careers advice and education to children in Year 6.

      Teachers: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers were awarded funding from the National Scholarship Fund for Teachers in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire in 2011.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Government of the United States about Bagram prison in Afghanistan, following the decision of the Court of Appeal...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the mining symposium they held on 30 June 2011, what plans they have to (1) ensure that the Government and people of Afghanistan benefit from the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that as British forces withdraw from Afghanistan, efforts to exploit the mineral sector do not lead to future conflicts.

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the commitments made at the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn to transparency and accountability in the...

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 10 January (WA 14), whether their chief priorities as they develop their policies towards the...

      Council of Europe: Presidency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what aims they seek to achieve during their presidency of the Council of Europe.

      Denmark

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Denmark regarding its court case against Roj TV and the interests of international freedom of information.

      Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons currently being held in detention without charge in the United Kingdom, pending extradition to other jurisdictions, have been held for more than...

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United...

      Education: Literacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 20 December (WA 343), what is their assessment of the substantial up-shift from level 1 to level 2 literacy of...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about bioliquids and the renewable heat incentive.

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there has been a delay regarding a decision on the inclusion of bioliquids in the renewable heat incentive.

      Export and Re-export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the past five years for which information is available, how many files about (1) exports, and (2) re-exports, were sent from the Department for...

      Export and Re-export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what definition they currently use of (1) exports and re-exports, and (2) imports and re-imports; and what changes are planned during the next two years.

      Export and Re-export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is currently issued to companies about (1) exports and re-export of goods, and (2) imports and re-imports; whether they will place in the Library of...

      Eyyup Doru

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the decision of the Spanish courts in 2009, and requests from German citizens, they will make representations to the Government of Germany for...

      Finance: Payday Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent meetings they have had with payday loan companies.

      Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received on the number of (1) males, and (2) females, broken down by (a) age group, and (b) country, who were (i) killed, (ii) seriously...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking bilaterally and multilaterally regarding access through the "buffer zone" imposed by the Government of Israel around the perimeter of Gaza.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many press officers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills currently have responsibility for (1) exports, and (2) export controls; at what grade...

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Minister is responsible for overseas stabilisation activities.

      Grant Advisory Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Grant Advisory Service, which operates through unsolicited telephone calls to households, and the website energygrantsadvisor.com, have any official...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have held with the Government of the United States regarding the cases of 89 persons held in Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for...

      Health: Gender Reassignment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the National Health Service operates a policy according to which people seeking gender reassignment are automatically referred for up to two years of...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the human rights available to British citizens in the Republic of Ireland.

      Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to table new rules on pre-packaged insolvency sales.

      Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have had with all stakeholders, including the British Retail Consortium, on their forthcoming proposals on pre-packaged insolvency sales.

      Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have had with HM Court Service about a possible increase in court activities following changes to the pre-packaged insolvency sales regime.

      Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they considered the research on pre-packaged insolvency sales carried out by Professor Sandra Frisby in drawing up any new draft rules.

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in securing the safety of members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran and other Iranian refugees in Camp Ashraf; and what information...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to preventing direct and indirect support for business in East Jerusalem by tour operators based within the European Union; and...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held, both bilaterally and multilaterally, regarding the use of the European Union-Israel Association Agreement to facilitate the export...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Government of Israel approving construction of 26,837 settlement units across the Occupied Palestinian...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations, both bilaterally and multilaterally, they have made to the Government of Israel about the imprisonment by Israeli authorities of...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent approaches, both bilaterally and multilaterally, they have made to the Government of Israel about the availability and standard of legal defence...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to banning direct and indirect trade with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including financial...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is being issued to European Union retailers on origin labelling for products manufactured in settlements in East Jerusalem and the Occupied...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they are making to enable trade in goods originating in settlements in East Jerusalem and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to be kept under...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning alleged house-breaking and abduction, deportation and administrative detention of...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel about the alleged forced movement of West Bank Bedouin; and what was the outcome.

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Kenya about the timing of their intention to capture the Somali port city of Kismayo.

      Kuwait

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the Government of Kuwait on constitutional and youth issues following the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

      Labour Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for declining labour productivity in terms of both output per employee and output per hour worked; and what action...

      National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether British national security would be prejudiced by leaving the European Union.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the conditions, if any, concerning (1) human rights, and (2) the treatment of the environment to which countries have to agree in order to receive...

      Overseas Stability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the review of the Stabilisation Unit, due to take place early in 2012, will link to efforts to ensure that the United Kingdom has adequate capability regarding...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure that international humanitarian law is upheld in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), in the light of the report by...

      Parliament Square

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to clear Parliament Square under the provisions of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 which came into force on 19 December 2011.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are assessing the effectiveness of measures designed to prevent human trafficking in the United Kingdom and overseas.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made since the General Election on reducing the use of plastic bags and other kinds of single-use bags (a) in supermarkets, and (b) as a...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many female prisoners, who are not British citizens, are currently in prison in England; and what is that figure as a percentage of all prisoners.

      Railways: Chorley Flying Arches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to Network Rail about when the historical flying arches will be returned to their original position over the Network Rail...

      Railways: High Speed 1

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what works are needed to enable the rail link between High Speed 1 and the North London Line to be operational; when they will be complete; whether they will be...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they propose only to legislate for the first part of High Speed 2.

      Railways: Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what oversight and governance role the chairman of Network Rail has with regard to responding to communications from Parliamentarians.

      Railways: Southern Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the £80 million of Government support to the Southern Rail franchise will be used.

      Re-Export Controls Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 November (WA 251), whether they will permit the Re-Export Controls Bill [HL] to be referred to a second...

      Royal College of Gerontology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any proposals to establish a Royal College of Gerontology.

      Second World War: Pardons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Government of Ireland to pardon the citizens of Ireland who were court marshalled for fighting on the side of the United Kingdom in the...

      Serbia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to resettle refugees and internally displaced people currently in temporary or...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of health warnings on cigarette packets.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 20 July (WA 342), whether they have now been able to verify information concerning the whereabouts...

      Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide for Taiwan.

      Transport: Eurotunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) cars, (2) lorries, and (3) coaches, have used (a) ferry, and (b) Eurotunnel shuttle services for each of the past three years.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Council of Europe to intervene on behalf of the journalists currently held in custody in Turkey.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks of the leader of Turkey's main opposition party, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, comparing conditions in Silivri Prison to a...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Turkey concerning the period of more than 1,000 days that the Turkish members of parliament, Mustafa...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made or intend to make to the Government of Turkey concerning the bombing of a Kurdish village on 28 December 2011 by Turkish Air...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 13 December 2011 (WA 257-8), whether they will set up an independent review of the integrity of the staff of the...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to United Kingdom retailers on the implications of direct and indirect trade with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have offered United Kingdom companies subject to Zimbabwe's indigenisation law; and whether their policy is shared by other countries.

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