Written answers

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the size and role of EUFOR Althea in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has taken steps to encourage the full publication of the results of the National Assembly elections in...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence his Department has had with the electoral commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the legitimacy of the outcome of the recent presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Islington North of 20 December 2011, Official Report, column 1190W, on Congo:...

      Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department is giving to British Overseas Territories to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

      Iran: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with the government of Iran on provision of compensation for recent damage to the British Embassy...

      Morocco: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens who visited Morocco in each of the last five years.

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the political situation in Balochistan, Pakistan following reports of killings and kidnappings...

      Spain: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to provide information for UK tourists in Spain of limitations on the import to the UK via...

      Tuareg People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the situation of the Tuareg people in (a) Libya, (b) Niger, (c) Mali and (d) Chad.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Third Special Report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, HC 1545, paragraph 14, when his...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to tackle black mould in council properties.

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely change in take-up of council tax benefit by pensioners in preparing his proposals for...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to place on his Department's website details of Ministerial overseas travel, gifts and hospitality for the period...

      Empty Property: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the (a) Community Right to Buy and (b) Community Right to Try proposals for empty shops on high...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposed funding reductions for Metropolitan fire services on their...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the percentage efficiency savings achieved in each fire authority area since 2004.

      Fire Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to review the level of joint training undertaken by fire and ambulance services.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the time it will take to re-house those seeking to move to a smaller property following...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many alternative properties are available for those seeking to downsize as a result of the proposed limit to housing benefit...

      Local Government: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to require local authorities to publish their spending in the voluntary sector; if he will...

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the use of upward-only rent reviews; and if he will make a statement.

      Shops: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of shops are empty in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England; and what assessment he has...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage (a) five-a-side leagues and (b) investment from businesses operating...

    • Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on the UK of measures contained in the US Stop Online Piracy Act.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the use of bioliquids to reduce carbon emissions for off-mains gas households.

    • Radioactive Waste: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to delay all movements of radioactive materials from Scotland to England for the purposes of long-term storage or...

      Radioactive Waste: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Scottish Government, (b) HM Treasury and (c) the Prime Minister with regard to the...

      Radioactive Waste: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the legal changes that would be required to retain Scottish radioactive waste in England in...

      Radioactive Waste: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) short, (b) medium and (c) long-term economic and environmental benefits will be provided to Copeland in the event that...

      Radioactive Waste: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if his Department will commission the development of a financial framework agreement for (a) the treatment, storage and disposal of...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was paid to renewable electricity generators in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales in respect of renewable...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason measures to reduce air pollution were not included in her Department's 2011-12 business plan.

    • Animal Health and Welfare Board for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) animal welfare and (b) animal health experts are represented on the Animal Health...

      Animal Welfare: Cormorants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was to the public purse to administer the cormorant licensing regime in England in the latest period for which...

      Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the predation of song birds by sparrowhawks.

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to facilitate better access to, and enjoyment of, the English countryside by members of the public.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for work on flood and coastal environmental risk management schemes in each English region in 2012-13; and...

      Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to review the implementation of the EU Habitats Directive.

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to limit the effect of sky lanterns on (a) crops, (b) coastguard and (c) fire services.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects her Department to conclude resolution of the backlog of legacy asylum cases.

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which pilots her Department currently has open on procurement.

      Deportation: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were deported from the UK to Egypt in each year since 1982.

      Human Trafficking: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to provide financial support to victims of human trafficking who wish to return to their country of origin.

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) legislation is in force to regulate and (b) guidance her Department issues on the regulation of the activities of private wheel...

      Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the alternative vote (AV) system is to be used in elections for Police and Crime Commissioners; which Ministers suggested use...

      Police: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suspicious packages were successfully smuggled into the Olympic Park during the trials which took place in 2011.

      Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports her Department has commissioned but not published since May 2010; and what the title is of each such report.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many models of mobile speed camera have been given type approval by her Department for use by police forces; how many of these can be...

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to introduce (a) a nationwide requirement for scrap metal dealers to demand identification from those from whom...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2010, Official Report, column 51W, on Commons...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, column 983W, on the Bill of Rights, what progress has been made on introducing a...

    • Christmas

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to measure progress on the implementation of policies supporting the big society initiative; and if he will...

  • Scotland

    • Christmas

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

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of full-time equivalent staff in his Department are engaged in delivering (a) frontline and (b) corporate or back office...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ministers in the Scottish Government and (b) ministerial colleagues on measures to reduce levels of child...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department is taking to measure progress on the implementation of policies supporting the big society initiative; and if he will make a...

  • Wales

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on (a) Christmas trees and (b) other Christmas decorations in 2011; and if she will make a statement.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of full-time equivalent staff in her Department are engaged in delivering (a) frontline and (b) corporate or back office...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps her Department is taking to measure progress on the implementation of policies supporting the big society initiative; and if she will make a...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department paid Atos Origin to carry out medical assessments on behalf of his Department in the last year for which figures are...

    • Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of medical assessments carried out by Atos Origin on behalf of his Department in each of the last three years.

      Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average salary was of (a) nurses and (b) doctors employed at Atos Origin medical examination centres in the latest period for which...

      Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many doctors were employed at Atos Origin medical examination centres in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Autism Act 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Autism Act 2009, what training is provided by (a) his Department, (b) Jobcentre Plus and (c) other agencies for staff working...

      Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions his Department has had with the Bank of Scotland on the printing of customers' national insurance numbers on bank...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total sum paid out in council tax benefit was to (a) pensioners and (b) adults of working age in each local authority in England in...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of full-time equivalent staff in his Department are engaged in delivering (a) frontline and (b) corporate or back...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with (a) Parkinson's disease and (b) multiple sclerosis declared fit for work appealed against that decision in the latest...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will allow people who are receiving oral and non-oral chemotherapy to receive employment and support allowance without undergoing an...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider permitting Work programme clients with specified needs to choose their provider with assistance from their Jobcentre Plus...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Work Clubs in (a) Walsall South constituency, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK.

      Employment Schemes: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on voluntary sector providers' ability to contract in the Work programme of the administrative...

      Employment Schemes: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Work programme job outcomes resulted from placement on apprenticeships in the West Midlands in the latest period for which figures are...

      Employment: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged 18 to 24 in Barking and Dagenham were placed in employment by Jobcentre Plus in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Jobcentre Plus staff and (b) other staff in his Department with public facing roles have completed ASIST training in each of the...

      Pensioners: Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of all adults potentially eligible for council tax benefit are pensioners in each local authority in England.

      Pensioners: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have a private pension and live in the poorest five per cent. of households; and if he...

      Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has carried out an impact assessment on the effects of introducing the personal independence payment on people with mental health...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from (a) EU member states other than the UK and (b) non-EU countries signed on at Jobcentre Plus between (i) January and June...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to establish a closer link between the receipt of benefits and training for work.

      Social Security Benefits: Carlisle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what costs were incurred by his Department in respect of (a) benefits and (b) administration in Carlisle constituency in the latest financial...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to measure progress on the implementation of policies supporting the big society initiative; and if he will...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of local authority housing benefit staff who will be required to assist in the delivery of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the eligibility rules for free school meals following introduction of universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his intention to start to take new claims for universal credit from October 2013; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 19 of the Government's response to Professor Malcolm Harrington's Second Independent Review of the Work Capability...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employer contracts his Department has made in relation to the Work programme since its inception.

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of full-time equivalent staff in the Law Officers' Departments engaged in delivering (a) frontline and (b)...

  • Transport

    • A3: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answers of 12 July 2010, Official Report, column 467W, on A3, and 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 176W, on A3: Hampshire,...

    • Departmental Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding her Department allocated to sponsor apprenticeships in her Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much such funding she...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2011, Official Report, columns 411-12W, on departmental consultants, how much (a) her Department and (b)...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2011, Official Report, columns 411-12W, on departmental consultants, how many hours of work Mott MacDonald have...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of full-time equivalent staff in her Department are engaged in delivering (a) frontline and (b) corporate or back office...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has considered introducing any pilot programmes in advance of the proposed centralisation of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency services.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with Network Rail and station operators on delays to station improvement works.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what proportion regulated rail fares will increase in the remaining years of the comprehensive spending review period.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of the use of the Trans Pennine Line was used for haulage in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; (2) what proportion of the use of the...

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the cost of new sleeper carriages for the Caledonian Sleeper service will fall beyond the comprehensive spending review period.

      Southern: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse will be of new carriages for the Southern rail network in each of the remaining years of the comprehensive spending...

  • Treasury

    • National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of jobs supported by the National Insurance Contributions holiday for new companies.

    • Credit: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase the availability of credit to small businesses.

      Credit: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase the availability of credit to small businesses.

      Credit: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase the availability of credit to small businesses.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps he plans to take to encourage growth; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the Office for Budget Responsibility's most recent forecast of levels of economic growth in 2012.

      Taxation Changes (Families with Children)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on families with children of taxation changes coming into force in 2012-13.

      Merlin Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress he has made on the Merlin agreement on lending to small businesses.

      Biofuels: Crime

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to discourage the illegal production of biodiesel for commercial sale.

      Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas trees and (b) other Christmas decorations in 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households that will be prevented from falling into fuel poverty as a result of the measures set out in his...

      Community Development Tax Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Community Development financial institutions are accredited under the Community Investment Tax Relief Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Investment Tax Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the Exchequer was of community investment tax relief in each year since it was introduced; what estimate he has made of such costs in each...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of full-time equivalent staff in his Department engaged in delivering (a) frontline and (b) corporate...

      Devolution: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration his Department has given to revising the Barnett Formula; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the amusement industry on the effect of machine games duty on (a) the amusement sector and (b) seaside businesses.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU directive on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision on (a) economic growth and (b) business...

      Taxation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his most recent estimate is of the total tax revenue from Northern Ireland in the latest year for which figures are available; (2) what his most...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has considered redeploying temporary HM Revenue and Customs staff to handle tax credit calls at the (a) Lillyhall, Cumbria and (b) Bathgate...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Christmas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cases of data loss or breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of full-time equivalent staff in his Department engaged in delivering (a) frontline and (b)...

      EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which EU regulations his Department has not implemented; on what date the regulations became EU law; and if he will make a statement.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small businesses have commenced trading in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in the last six months.

      Public Sector: Dismissal

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to simplify the process of removing poorly performing staff in the public sector; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether WE.177 munitions have been stored at (a) RAF Kinloss, (b) RAF Lossiemouth, (c) RAF Leuchars and (d) RAF Machrihanish.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment his Department has made of the suitability of the Joint Combat Aircraft to operate from aircraft carriers; what assessment has...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he estimates that the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will be transferred from the manufacturers to the Royal Navy.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the top speed will be of the aircraft carriers currently being manufactured for his Department; what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the F35 Joint Strike Fighter Concurrency Quick Look Review has concluded that the arrestor hook used to stop the F35 overshooting a carrier's...

      Animals: Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, columns 725-6W, on animals: euthanasia, what behaviour falls within the definition of...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of personnel in each armed service have been in breach of their harmony guidelines since March 2011; what assessment he has made of the...

      Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many dogs owned by his Department were working in the Falkland Islands in the most recent period for which figures are available; how many were...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the maximum annual contribution made to service personnel towards learning activities through (a) the Standard...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which training providers his Department contracts to provide the Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme.

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of fees paid by service leavers accessing a first full level 3 or higher education qualification under the Enhanced Learning...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made on the review of pensions for armed service personnel; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings if any Ministers in his Department have had with PTSD Resolution since May 2010.

      Armed Forces: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were seconded to the armed forces of each foreign government in 2011; and what the cost to his Department was of such...

      Armed Forces: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the military will have in the provision of security for Olympic events taking place in Dorset.

      Bombs: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources his Department will provide for bomb detection during the period of the London 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement.

      Christmas

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

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the asset value of the Royal Armaments Depot at Coulport.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's brief for the Assistant Director of Information dated October 1998 D/DAO/14/3/5.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost of administration of the (a) agencies and (b) trading funds within his responsibility.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's planned budget is for (a) the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations and (b) the London 2012 Olympic Games; and under what budget...

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Dogs: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of his Department's sniffer dogs will return to the UK from Afghanistan for the London 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      EU Law

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

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which EU regulations his Department has not implemented; on what date the regulations became EU law; and if he will make a statement.

      Ex-servicemen: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel left the armed forces in each year since 2008.

      Falkland Island: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government has spent defending and protecting the Falkland Islands in each of the last five years.

      Gurkhas: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria he is using to select people in Gurkha regiments for compulsory redundancy; and what his policy is on targeting a particular age range in...

      Gurkhas: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support for resettlement his Department plans to provide to Gurkhas being made redundant.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what alternatives he considered to the deployment of the F35 Joint Strike Fighter on aircraft carriers.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he last met his US counterpart to discuss the progress of the F35 programme; (2) what progress reports on the F35 programme he has received...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the rate of re-supply of Tomahawk after Operation Ellamy; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aid: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed services personnel providing security for the London 2012 Olympic Games will be given temporary accommodation in Newham.

      Ministry of Defence Language Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with their counterparts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the...

      Navy: Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Royal Navy vessels have made a goodwill visit to the Pitcairn Islands in each of the last 10 years; (2) whether he plans to deploy Royal...

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of the finding of radiation particles at Crowhill Wood, Fife; and what steps he plans to take in this respect.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the Royal Navy's requirement for (a) numbers and (b) types of submarines to be available for operations in the next 10 years.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to modify the MQ-9 Reaper with the new General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' trailing arm design main landing gear.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which foreign aircraft personnel from 148 Battery Royal Artillery directed UK naval fire during Operation Ellamy.

  • Health

    • Accidents: Pedicabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated in hospital for injuries resulting from accidents which occurred while they were passengers in pedicabs or rickshaws in the...

    • Breasts: Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support he is providing for patients who received implant surgery (a) privately and (b) on the NHS to receive a scan to determine whether their...

      Breasts: Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provided to GPs on the treatment of patients who express concern about implants.

      Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior civil servants in his Department left to take up jobs in the (a) for-profit and (b) not-for-profit healthcare sector in the last two years.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical staff in each speciality work for the Care Quality Commission.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average (a) time taken and (b) cost was of training an inspector at the Care Quality Commission in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many inspections were carried out by the Care Quality Commission in respect of (a) hospitals and (b) care homes which involved on-site visits in...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) start, (b) completion or expected completion date and (c) subject is of each investigation being conducted by the Care Quality Commission.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the board minutes relating to the decision by the Care Quality Commission to abolish (a) its national...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Doctors: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors have been dismissed from the NHS as a result of having been struck off by the General Medical Council (GMC) in each of the last five...

      Drugs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the requirement for import licences for controlled drugs for approval by the Medicines and Healthcare...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general acute, (b) multi-service, (c) short-term non-acute, (d) long-stay, (e) specialist and (f) community hospitals there were in England...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the likely take-up rates of the influenza vaccine (a) among each age group, (b) among people with different...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the contribution of UK mindfulness research centres and universities in developing in the NHS mindfulness-based practice...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) emergency and (b) elective admissions were recorded for patients with a diagnosis of (i) psychosis and (ii) schizophrenia in each primary...

      Mental Illness: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the NHS budget was allocated to research on the (a) causes and (b) treatments of (i) schizophrenia, (ii) depression and (iii) other serious...

      NHS: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to simplify the process for removing poorly performing NHS staff, including nurses, GPs and other medical doctors.

      NHS: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of unpaid interns working in the NHS.

      Pregnancy: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance is provided to those working in NHS maternity services with regard to care for women who are obese; (2) what proportion of births in...

      Streptococcus: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines in November 2003 on reducing...

  • Prime Minister

    • Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from Bell Pottinger Group on behalf of the President of Uzbekistan since May 2010.

    • Social Action

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set a national day to celebrate and encourage social action; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2011, Official Report, column 480W, on departmental written questions, what procedures his office uses to track...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2011, Official Report, column 532W, on the electoral register, whether any (a) Minister and (b) special adviser has had...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what timescale he has set for the completion of (a) pilots and (b) research on electoral registration commissioned by his Office; and what timescale he has set...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Association of Chief Police Officers and (b) other policing organisations on the potential effects of his...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, columns 822-23W, on electoral register, whether he has now estimated the potential effects of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2011, Official Report, columns 343-4W, on electoral register, whether the range of stakeholders referred to in the answer...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, column 207W, on electoral register, if he will place in the Library a copy of the evidence from local...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the percentage change in registration rates if the Government's current proposals on individual electoral registration are implemented.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what meetings he has had with (a) the National Union of Students, (b) the Youth Parliament and (c) other youth representatives to discuss the likely effects...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, column 208W, on electoral register, what assessment he has made of the extent to which his Department...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2011, Official Report, column 352W, on electoral register, on the basis of what calculations the Government disagreed with...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the briefing for the House of Lords debate of 12 January 2012 on electoral registration published by the Electoral Commission, what assessment...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the briefing for the Opposition Day debate on individual electoral registration published by the Electoral Commission, what assessment he has...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the civic functions that are aided by a complete electoral register apart from voting.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the recommendation by the Electoral Commissioners that electoral registration officers conduct a full canvass in 2014.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential effects of the introduction of individual electoral registration...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what representations he has received in support of implementing an opt-out for electoral registration from organisations concerned with the administration...

      Electoral Register: Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, column 207W, on electoral register, whether funding for the introduction of individual electoral...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2011, Official Report, column 342W, on electoral register, what assessment he has made of the use of prize draws to improve...

  • Education

    • Academies: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on local councillors remaining on the governing bodies of schools that have been converted to academies.

    • Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of variations in the levels of children's subjective well-being in each (a) constituent part of the UK, (b) region and (c)...

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent revised guidance his Department has issued to school inspectors on assessing (a) behaviour, (b) safety, (c) health and (d) emotional...

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on developing policies on well-being in schools.

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what account he has taken of the (a) Cambridge Primary Review and (b) Rose Review in developing policies on well-being in primary schools.

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an assessment of the potential of Chicago University's meta analysis of social and emotional learning programme to inform policies on...

      Christmas

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many new staff at each grade were employed by his Department in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and how many of those new employees, in each such...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many temporary staff have been employed by his Department in each month since May 2010; and what the (a) period of employment and (b) total cost to...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many job vacancies at each grade there were in his Department in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has assessed the potential effects of mindfulness-based practices on educational attainment.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many learners aged 19 years at the start of their course claimed Care to Learn in (a) Middlesbrough local authority, (b) Redcar and Cleveland local...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department plans to publish (a) a summary and (b) full results of its consultation on the future of Care to Learn funding.

      Education: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions his officials have had with Leeds city council on the Leeds Education Challenge.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to the letter of 13 December 2011 from the hon. Member for Harrow West; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the contribution of UK mindfulness research centres and universities in developing in schools mindfulness-based practice...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on how many pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary education took part in (i) an activity in a swimming pool,...

      Schools: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils in South Swindon constituency gained Level 4 at Key Stage 2 in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate his Department has made of the excess costs that have been incurred by schools sold or leased IT equipment at above market prices.

      Schools: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to prevent schools from being sold or leased IT equipment at above market prices.

      Schools: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of schools that have been sold or leased IT equipment at above market prices.

      Social and Emotional Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on promoting social and emotional learning.

      Social and Emotional Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what policies his Department is implementing as part of the Government's well-being agenda.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to simplify the process for removing poorly performing teachers; and whether he has considered allowing schools that remove...

      Teachers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education under what procedure outstanding disciplinary cases referred to England’s General Teaching Council (GTC) since August 2011 will be dealt with...

  • Justice

    • Bronzefield Prison: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Police National Computer checks the police have carried out on visitors to Bronzefield prison.

    • Community Orders: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost to the probation service of supervising an individual on a community order.

      Contact Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for a contact order under the Children Act 1989 were made by (a) males and (b) females (i) between April 2010 and March 2011 and...

      Crown Dependencies: Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assistance his Department is giving to Crown Dependencies to mark Her Majesty the Queen's diamond jubilee.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on each external consulting firm it has engaged since May 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of full-time equivalent staff in his Department are engaged in delivering (a) frontline and (b) corporate or back office...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of cases brought before employment tribunals were successful in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what support he is giving to the Salvation Army's Trafficking Victim Support Scheme.

      Hunting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) proceeded against and (c) convicted of an offence under the provisions of the (i) Game Act 1831, (ii) Deer Act...

      Offenders: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to help minor offenders overcome difficulties with reading and writing.

      Prison: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons have made arrangements with the police to carry out Police National Computer checks on visitors.

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many non-UK citizens have died in prison in each year from 1995.

      Suspended Sentence Orders: Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that public bodies imposing (a) community orders and (b) suspended sentence orders ensure that the terms and...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to measure progress on the implementation of policies supporting the Big Society initiative; and if he will make a...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of removing welfare benefits from the scope of legal aid on the number of successful appeals against work...

      Youth Justice: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his assessment is of the outcome of the recent HM Inspectorate of Probation inspection of youth offending work in the London borough of Enfield; and...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that schools and colleges provide effective advice on apprenticeship routes for young people.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of steps taken to encourage employers and providers to provide level 3 and...

      Apprentices: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employers in (a) Swindon, (b) Wiltshire and (c) England have received payments to take on their first young apprentice...

      Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized businesses have filed for bankruptcy in the last 12 months in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b)...

      Business: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what timetable he expects to set for the consultation on no fault dismissal for small businesses.

      Catering: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what conclusions relevant to the food and drink industry his Department has drawn from its Red Tape Challenge consultation to date.

      Catering: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what conclusions relevant to the food and drink industry his Department has drawn from its consultation on modern workplaces to date.

      Catering: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what conclusions relevant to the food and drink industry his Department has drawn from its consultation on a competition regime...

      Catering: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what responses his Department has received to its consultation entitled A Long-Term Focus for Corporate Britain: A Call for...

      Christmas

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

      Copyright: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the creative industries of the proposals contained in the Government's...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to ensure that the proposed extension of the right to request flexible working arrangements to all...

      Graduates: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate has been made of the number of UK graduates living abroad.

      Green Investment Bank: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate has been made of the annual staffing costs of the Green Investment Bank on the basis of his Department's assumption...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to bring more UK universities into the top 100 universities in the world.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which 100 schools had the highest proportion of applicants for undergraduate entry to Oxford and Cambridge universities accepted...

      Industrial Development Act 1982

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the results of the consultation on changes to the Industrial Development Act 1982.

      Legal Profession: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's policy on regulation of legal services on access to redress by...

      Manufacturing Industries: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to provide financial support for manufacturing industry.

      Retail Trade: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will introduce measures to encourage large retailers to report on their support for local high streets as part of their...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) fee waivers, (b) bursaries and (c) other non-financial support packages...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to announce his decision on early repayment mechanisms for student loans.

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings he has had with (a) the National Farmers Union and (b) other representatives of the farming community to...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to assess the effectiveness of the voluntary code of practice between producers and supermarkets; and...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to measure progress on the implementation of policies supporting the big society initiative;...

      Trade Unions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2011, Official Report, columns 1034-6W, on Trade Unions: Training, how many trade union...

      Trade Unions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) job titles and (b) pay bands are of trade union officials whose salaries have been funded by (i) the Union Learning...

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of the European working time directive on (a) family life and (b)...

      Breasts: Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with surgery companies on ensuring that the cost of (a) removing and (b) replacing implants which may...

  • International Development

    • British Overseas Territories

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

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of full-time equivalent staff in his Department are engaged in delivering (a) frontline and (b) corporate...

      Sudan: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consideration he has given to provision of debt relief to the government of Sudan.

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department has provided to Yemen since January 2011.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Drumadd Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the former Drumadd Army Barracks, Armagh City, are still for sale.

    • Armed Forces: Sickness Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 30 November 2011 (WA 67), whether any part of the Ministry of Defence maintains records of sickness and...

      Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what legislation the arms trade is regulated; what changes have been made to the legislation since it was enacted; what changes are planned in each of the...

      Aviation: Air Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Air Zimbabwe is flying into the United Kingdom, in the light of its financial and staffing problems; whether the United Kingdom's transport authorities are...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 20 July (WA 295), whether they now have knowledge of the whereabouts of Dr Al Singace.

      Banking: HBOS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will commission and publish a report on the collapse of HBOS and the completeness of documents issued to shareholders of that company.

      British Embassies: Ambassadors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether plans exist for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to reinstate the practice of valedictory despatches from departing ambassadors.

      Businesses: Customer Bills

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation covers arrangements set up by companies for their customers to pay bills (1) by cheque, (2) by debit or credit card, (3) by direct debit, (4) in...

      Courts Service: Estates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals there are for the future of the building at Horseferry Road, London, previously occupied by the Westminster Magistrates' Court.

      Crime: Electronic Tagging

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 10 January (WA 16), on what basis a matter concerning allegations relating to the aborted trial of...

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure full disclosure of tax compliance by companies and multinational operations in developing countries.

      Education: English Baccalaureate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) boys, and (2) girls, achieved the English Baccalaureate in 2011. To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of those who achieved the English...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comment by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 12 January (Official Report, col. 261), what plans they have to link the right of overseas United Kingdom...

      Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the statutory Codes of Practice for England, Scotland and Wales in relation to the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 will be laid before...

      Equality Advisory and Support Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 10 January (WA 17), how they will train the staff of the new Equality Advisory and Support Service in Gypsy, Roma...

      EU: Extractive Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to persuade the European Union to broaden the proposed European Union regulations on extractive industries to cover more sectors.

      EU: Residency Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on citizens with residency rights with other states in the European Union of a change in the relationship between the...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 7 December (WA 167-8) and 21 December (WA 382-3), whether the figures on the European Court of Human...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what articles of the European Union treaties the European Court of Justice has the power to arbitrate in wages and salaries disputes between employees of the...

      Export and Re-export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what speeches (1) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (2) the Permanent Secretary in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills...

      Export and Re-export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what articles were written by (1) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (2) the Permanent Secretary in the Department for Business,...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what current support they are providing to specialist services dealing with female genital mutilation that are experiencing funding cuts as a result of NHS...

      Finance: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Wilcox on 10 January (Official Report, col. 1), when they propose to replace the requirement to publish annual percentage rate...

      Fire Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the primary cause of each fire in a domestic dwelling in England for each of the past five years.

      Fire Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment was made in the preparation of the 2010 Cost Benefit Analysis of Options to Reduce the Risk of Fire and Rescue in Areas of New Build Homes of the...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning attacks on Gazan fishermen and confiscation of their property, in the light of the...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the percentage of (1) Gaza's farmland, and (2) former maritime areas for fishing which is currently restricted for access as the result...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of people whose lives and livelihoods are directly affected by the buffer zones around Gaza imposed by Israel.

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the policy responsibilities of each House of Commons Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, broken down by Directorate, and what...

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list for each Directorate in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills the Minister with policy responsibility; and which Minister in...

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to administer centrally a diabetes education programme, such as Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating, within the National Health Service.

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness and quality of locally developed diabetes education programmes intended to replace Dose Adjustment for Normal...

      Health: Orthopaedics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 January (WA 44-5), when they expect the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to complete its...

      Honours and Decorations Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 9 December 2011 (WA 202), when the undertaking he gave to the House of Lords on 26 October 2011 (Official...

      Hungary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek information regarding legislation in Hungary concerning the registration of religious groups; and whether they will assess the extent to...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Iraq about the deaths of 12 Camp Ashraf residents who were allegedly prevented from leaving the camp...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they and the quartet are making to the Government of Israel about that Government's plans to build 277 new houses at Efrat near Bethlehem and...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning Palestinian land which Israel allegedly confiscated in 2011 and reparations for houses,...

      Local Improvement Finance Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money primary care trusts and their successor bodies have paid to Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) companies and their contractors on capital...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the 52-week exclusion from the payment of employee and employer national insurance contributions accorded to non-European...

      Parliament Square

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he or the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod has made any representations to (1) Westminster City Council regarding the roadworks in and around Parliament...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish their response to the European Commission consultation on the proposed application of Solvency II requirements to United Kingdom defined...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been advised by the BBC trustees of their decision to pay additional employer contributions toward the BBC pension scheme's funding shortfall of...

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people over 18 (1) born in Scotland and now resident in other parts of the United Kingdom, (2) born in England, Wales...

      Prisoners: Transfers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who authorised the decision for the sentenced prisoner Robert Black to be flown by private jet from Leeds to Belfast at a cost of £5,675 in order to stand...

      Railways: Corby

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve rail services at Corby.

      Roads: Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the strategic highway network they consider is currently in a poor structural condition and what proportion of this is due to be repaired in (1)...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether free schools have the necessary competence and expertise in the equality field to comply with the requirements of...

      Schools: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans there are for the next five years regarding the funding of schools and academies and whether the national funding formula previously suggested has been...

      Scotland: Referendum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Government will campaign for a pro-Union vote in the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence.

      Scotland: Referendum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any legal provision to allow expatriate Scots to participate in the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence.

      Scotland: Referendum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their intention that, in the event of independence from the United Kingdom being granted to Scotland, they would agree to Scotland being part of the...

      Scotland: Referendum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the event of independence from the United Kingdom being granted to Scotland, what rights Scots who do not wish to reside in Scotland would have to move freely...

      Sport: Sports Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria will be used to determine the classification of "well-run sports clubs", as set out in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport paper Creating a...

      Sport: Sports Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary and secondary schools in the London Borough of Lewisham have an existing network of school sport and community club links; and in which sports.

      Sport: Sports Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools currently have links with rugby union clubs in the United Kingdom.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the United States regarding their policy of potentially imprisoning suspected terrorists indefinitely and...

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Atlee on 5 December (WA 137), what they estimate is the fee for an MoT test as a proportion of the annual running cost of a...

      Transport: Tachographs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in 2009, 2010 and 2011 how many (1) heavy goods vehicles, and (2) buses and coaches, used (a) digital, and (b) paper tachographs. To ask Her Majesty's Government,...

      Transport: Tachographs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in 2009, 2010 and 2011 how many accidents in the United Kingdom involved (1) heavy goods vehicles, and (2) buses and coaches; and, of these, how many involved...

      World Economic Forum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers, and how many officials, will attend this year's World Economic Forum in Davos.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the diamond industry's watchdog body, Kimberley Process, in respect of abuses in Zimbabwe's Chiadzwa and other diamond...

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