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Written answers

Monday, 30 January 2012

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has had any discussions with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the long-term effects on...

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act...

      Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department publishes a breakdown of the types of work for which claims are made under the Listed Places of Worship...

      Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of claims made to the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme concerned works made necessary by metal theft in...

      Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what change there was in the (a) number, (b) size and (c) nature of claims made to the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme...

      Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent consideration he has given to undertaking a review of the ways in which the Listed Places of Worship Grant scheme...

      Monuments: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date each statue in Parliament square was erected; what legislation governs the location of statues in Parliament...

      Music: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the US embassy and (b) US Citizenship and Immigration Services on the...

      Music: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with music industry representatives on the ability of musicians who...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the ratio of income from lottery ticket sales to funds dispensed from the National Lottery in each region was in each of...

      Olympic Games 2012: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2011, Official Report, column 10W, on Olympic Games 2012: mass media, what steps he is...

      Sport: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what studies his Department has conducted on the effect of participation in sport on levels of youth crime.

      Sports: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to tackle racism in sport; and whether he has set any targets.

      Trade Promotion: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what support his Department is giving to the UK Now promotion of UK culture in China.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what contribution his Department is making to implementation of the Compact with the voluntary sector; and if he will make a...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the findings of the economic modelling analysis by the Combined Heat and Power Association of the...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what comparative assessment he has made of the cost (a) effectiveness and (b) efficiency of different sources of power generation.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of energy was imported in each of the last five years; from what sources such imports were obtained; and what estimate...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2012, Official Report, column 679W, on energy: prices, which energy companies he has met to...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his Department’s Electricity Market Reform paper, what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) demand side...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000;...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations his Department has received about variations in fuel prices within (a) Worcestershire and (b) the West Midlands.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential reduction in carbon dioxide emissions as a result of the Green Deal.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with insulation (a) providers and (b) installers in the last six months on the implementation of the Green Deal.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the case for the introduction of a transition period to allow more cavities and lofts to be insulated...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people were questioned on potential take-up of the Green Deal in order to produce scenarios set out in the impact assessment...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason demand-side management support from the proposed capacity mechanism was not included in the National Infrastructure Plan.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse of 28 November 2011 on the Renewables Obligation...

      Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what measures are in place to monitor whether costs associated with the national smart meter roll-out are passed on to consumers.

      Petroplus: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of Petroplus going into administration on (a) refining capacity and (b) petrol supply...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to meet its targets for renewable energy generation.

      Solar Power: Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to ensure individual council tenants are able to benefit from the use of solar panels on their property.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contribution his Department is making to implementation of the Compact with the voluntary sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what comparative assessment his Department has made of the permitted distance between dwellings and onshore wind turbines in the UK and...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance his Department gives on payments to wind turbine owners when they are ordered to shut down by the National Grid during...

      Wind Power: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with countryside bodies on wind turbines and their potential effect on the migration of birds.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Reed Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much reed is imported for thatching and panel fencing.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Algeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to address discrimination against Christians in Algeria.

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has made inquiries with another sovereign nation’s government on whether that government would...

      Belarus: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the health of Andrei Sannikov; and what representations he has made to the government of Belarus...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the conduct of the recent presidential...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the repression of opposition parties;...

      Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on improving co-ordination between defence diplomacy and the...

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the Government of Denmark to discuss the...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2012, Official Report, column 62W, on the European Court of Human Rights, if he will...

      Gibraltar: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on Gibraltar.

      Nigeria: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to his Department's recent travel advice on the city of Kano in Nigeria, what guidance he can give to UK citizens...

      Nigeria: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Nigeria on fossil fuel subsidy reform.

      Somalia: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the death of Abdisalan Sheik Hassan in Somalia.

      Somalia: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential risks to journalists working in Somalia.

      Turkey: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the aims and objectives are of the Government’s policy on Turkey.

      Turkey: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has made representations to the Government of Turkey on the treatment of Kurdish minorities in that...

  • Home Department

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to meet the costs of claims to police authorities of claims by businesses and individuals under the provisions...

    • Crime: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were arrested for possession of a knife in each police force area of England and Wales in each quarter since January...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the application for leave to remain Ref. K418847 of a constituent of the hon. Member for Vauxhall to be resolved.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration her Department has given to the use of (a) Interpol red notices and (b) other Interpol notices as a means of detaining...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many spouses of the (a) sons and (b) daughters of applicants were allowed entry into the UK in the most recent year for which...

      Immigration Controls: Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to introduce transitional immigration controls for Croatian nationals in the event of Croatia joining the EU.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police officers have been reprimanded as a result of Independent Police Complaints Commission investigations prompted by...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission research into the level of public confidence in the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Police Arbitration Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to refer the Police Arbitration Tribunal decision to Parliament for debate.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, column 86W, on police: accountability, what the main categories of costs are...

      Police: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many production orders have been issued by each police force in each of the last five years; what the details were of each such order;...

      Police: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure the dismissal of police officers who are convicted of criminal offences.

      Police: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were convicted of criminal offences in each of the last five years; and what proportion were dismissed for those...

      Police: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to (a) allow the use by the police of and (b) regulate the police's use of lasers intended to blind people temporarily.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) total and (b) average overtime payments were for police officers in each police force in England and Wales in (i) 2009-10, (ii)...

      Police: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what independent checks are required to monitor the use of force against members of the public who are the subject of a police investigation.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to simplify the process for removing poorly performing police officers.

      Police: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unmanned aerial vehicles were in use by police forces in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether the...

    • Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill on people living in Northern Ireland.

  • Scotland

    • Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Skills and Innovation on the operation and regulation of payday loan shops in Scotland.

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of registered voters who would be eligible to participate in a referendum on the constitutional future of...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what contribution his Department is making to implementation of the Compact with the voluntary sector; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many properties not on the planned route of High Speed 2 have qualified for payments under the HS2 exceptional hardship scheme to date.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in her Department are working on the High Speed 2 project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate she has made of the total cost to her Department of work to prepare, draft and support the passage of the proposed legislation for...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department has spent on planning and developing the High Speed Two project in each of the last three years.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 October 2011, Official Report, columns 24-25WS, on high-volume semi-trailers, on what type of roads...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 October 2011, Official Report, columns 24-25WS, on high-volume semi-trailers, how many lorries will...

      Motorways: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many motorway lanes were closed by the Highways Agency in each of the last three years for which figures are available; (2) what proportion...

      Motorways: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths, (b) serious injuries and (c) slight injuries occurred on the motorway network in accidents or incidents at points of lane closures...

      Motorways: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Highways Agency's policy is on the use of traffic management methods using (a) one and (b) two vehicles (i) with and (ii) without the use of...

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Autumn Statement, how much of the cost of completing the (a) M25 junctions 23 to 27 and (b) M1 junctions 39 to 42 improvements...

      Queen Elizabeth II Bridge: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of the closure of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge on traffic levels in Thurrock on 5 January 2012; and if she...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the total cost to the public purse of the east-west rail project falls beyond the comprehensive spending review period.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the total cost to the public purse of electrification of the trans-Pennine Express falls beyond the comprehensive spending review period.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the total cost to the public purse of measures to reduce disruption on the rail network falls beyond the comprehensive spending review period.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to section 30 of the coalition agreement, what progress she has made in granting longer rail franchises.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2012, Official Report, column 484W, on roads: safety, what assessment she has made of the level of compliance with...

      Southern: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the cost of new carriages for the Southern rail network will fall beyond the comprehensive spending review period.

      Travel: Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if her Department will seek suggestions from members of the public on the wording of passenger announcements on trains and in stations.

      Travel: Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has a role in the formulation of guidance for passenger announcements on trains and in stations.

  • Wales

    • Employment: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what recent discussions she has had with HM Treasury on the effect of macro-economic policies on employment levels in the private sector in Wales;...

    • Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with (a) the First Minister of the Welsh Government and (b) the Welsh Local Government Association on the scale of...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether her Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether the response is...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what recent discussions she has had with the (a) First Minister of the Welsh Government, (b) Higher Education Funding Council Wales and (c) Higher...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what contribution the Government Equalities Office is making to implementation of the Compact with the voluntary sector; and if she will make a statement.

  • Attorney-General

    • Euthanasia

      To ask the Attorney-General in how many cases of assisted suicide for the terminally ill the Director of Public Prosecution has decided it is not in the public interest to prosecute since...

    • Euthanasia

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will encourage the Director of Public Prosecutions to make available his decisions not to prosecute in cases of assisted suicide on request.

      Newspaper Press: Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Attorney-General when he expects the Crown Prosecution Service's review of the phone hacking evidence by Alison Levitt QC to report its findings; and if he will place a redacted copy...

  • Prime Minister

    • Christianity

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to promote Christian values in public life.

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his Office publishes on the 10 Downing street website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether the response is...

      Iraq Conflict

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will commission a National Security Council paper on the diplomatic and military lessons learnt from the Iraq campaigns.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to continue additional payments for daily rates for service personnel in Afghanistan at the present level.

    • Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were killed in action in each country in each calendar year since 2000.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Yorkshire Regiment and (b) Gurkha (i) full-time soldiers and (ii) reservists were based in (A) Yorkshire and the Humber, (B) North...

      Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the funding allocated by his Department for the Yardley Chase Cadet Centre will be made available.

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 15W, on Challenger tanks, whether it is his policy that the CHARM3 weapon system could...

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department does not have contingency plans for the event that the outcome of the review of the legality of the CHARM3 weapon system...

      Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on dry cleaning and laundry since May 2010; and what his Department’s policy is on allowing its staff to claim...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much the (a) Chief of the Defence Staff, (b) Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, (c) Chief of the Air Staff, (d) Chief of the General Staff and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of data loss or breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's finance transparency dataset, (1) for what reasons £1,260.95 was spent on trips to bowling alleys by his...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former employees of Alix Partners are employed by his Department; how many former employees of his Department are employed by Alix Partners; and...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items with a monetary value of more than £100 have been taken without authorisation from his Department in each month since March 2011; and if...

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what thefts there have been from Ministry of Defence establishments since March 2011; and what the value was of the items taken.

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 14 November 2011, Official Report, column 526W, on disclosure of information, if he will publish the findings of the inquiry...

      Ex-servicemen: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department is providing to veterans who are experiencing mental health disorders as a result of their service in the armed forces.

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans to recognise the service of military veterans through a medal.

      Falkland Islands: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding he plans to allocate to defence of the Falkland Islands in each of the next three years.

      Germany: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with mobile telephone companies on enabling UK service personnel in Germany to obtain mobile telephone contracts...

      International Law: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent (a) multilateral and (b) bilateral discussions he has had with his (i) international and (ii) European counterparts on establishing...

      Military Attachés: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are attached to the British high commission in Islamabad; what the rank of such personnel is; and what duties they perform.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which locations are being considered as an alternative operating base for the Vanguard class SSBN submarines; (2) what criteria his Department...

      Pakistan: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) nature and (b) extent of military links with the Government of Pakistan are; and if he will make a statement.

      Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure his Department has incurred on restaurant meals for civil servants since May 2010; and (a) on how many occasions and (b) in respect of...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish his plan for the future of the Territorial Army.

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what annual service fees are paid to the US Administration for the storage and reprocessing of Trident missiles at the Strategic Weapons Facility...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information he holds on how schools which have converted to academies are fulfilling their duty to assist less successful schools.

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many sets of parents (a) began and (b) completed the registration process for adoption in each year from 1997 to 2010.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were adopted by UK couples from (a) the domestic care system and (b) overseas in each year from 1997 to 2011.

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has assessed the effects of downshifting on (a) family life and (b) children’s subjective well-being.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that each young person in transition from the looked after system into adulthood has a dedicated key worker.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure greater stability of care placements in accordance with the Foster Carers' Charter.

      Children: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether there are circumstances under which children adopted from overseas can be given priority under the School Admissions Code, in recognition that...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2012, Official Report, column 461-2W, on child care, whether his Department has made an assessment of changes to...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many serious case reviews have been undertaken (a) in total and (b) in each English local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the number of serious case reviews undertaken by local authorities where a child or family have moved between local...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the findings of the report entitled Child Neglect in 2011 published by Action for Children in January 2012; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times his Department has used the services of debt recovery companies since May 2010; which companies were used; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Information Commissioner's guidance on official information held in private email accounts, how much his Department has spent on...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he receives any external funding for (a) his ministerial office and (b) his advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii) amount is of any such...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 227W, on departmental recruitment, how much of the £274,452.26 spent on...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will consider including (a) music and (b) other intellectually rigorous, creative and technical subjects within a sixth pillar of the English...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether the...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2011, Official Report, column 1219W on GCE A-level, what proportion of pupils from (a) comprehensive schools and...

      GCSE: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many entrants for GCSE examinations were permitted additional time to complete the examination in each of the last 15 years; and how many children...

      Parental Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that people have fair access to their grandchildren, nieces, nephews or cousins following a bereavement or divorce.

      Playgrounds: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department has allocated for provision of children's and young people's play areas in Hartlepool constituency in (a) 2011-12 and (b)...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students have received pupil premium funding in North Swindon constituency since its introduction.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether it is his Department's policy that when an official from his Department attends a governing body or sub-committee meeting at a school the local...

      Schools: Bibles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been spent on storage for the King James Bible project; on what date the copies of the Bible in storage were printed; and where they are...

      Schools: Bibles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence he has sent to companies seeking funding for the King James Bible project in the...

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much of the £1.2 billion increase in spending on school buildings will be allocated to schools in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b)...

      Schools: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much maintained schools in England spent on IT (a) in total, (b) hardware, (c) software, (d) consultancy fees and (e) other expenditure in each of...

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received regarding the standard of school (a) toilet and (b) water facilities for pupils.

      Schools: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in South Swindon constituency qualified for the pupil premium in the last year for which figures are available.

      Schools: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in South Swindon constituency were excluded from school in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in the South Swindon constituency have been placed in the category of school action plus in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in the South Swindon constituency have been in receipt of a statement of special educational needs in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in the South Swindon constituency have received A*-C grades in their (a) mathematics and (b) English GCSE in each of the last five years.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on changes to funding of sixth form education.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding he plans to make available for children with special educational needs who will not be eligible for an Education, Health and Care Plan and...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria were used to select the pathfinders to test the best ways of implementing the reforms in the Special Educational Needs Green Paper; what...

      Special Educational Needs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he plans to provide special educational needs assessments for young people who develop needs in their teens.

      Special Educational Needs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on early intervention for children with special educational needs.

      Special Educational Needs: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many looked-after children with autism access education beyond the age of 16 in each English local authority.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding (a) Academy of York, (b) Bolton Lads and Girls Clubs, (c) Changematters, (d) Connexions Cumbria, (e) Engage4Life, (f) Envision, (g)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance is given to Access to Work assessors and advisers on ensuring that (a) Access to Work processes are accessible to deaf blind...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average time elapsing between an initial application to Access to Work and the requested support being in...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect of the implementation of the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill on levels of child poverty in each...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for social fund crisis loans there have been in each month since June 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Deloitte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts his Department has awarded to Deloitte since May 2010; and what the (a) net and (b) individual monetary value was of each such...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the level of change in his Department’s spending on (a) pensioners, (b) families with children, (c) people...

      Disability: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department makes available for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and their families.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department collects on the number of (a) job interviews undertaken and (b) work placements allocated under the sector...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will develop a costed contingency for replacing failed prime contractors in the Work programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from what date he expects to apply automatic checks on Work programme prime providers' claims for outcome payments.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the commitment in the Open Services White Paper on provision of user satisfaction data by public service providers, what...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what maximum period is specified for the interval between contacts with a programme participant in contracts with Work programme providers.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to help disabled people into work.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether the...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for grants to cover funeral costs there have been in each month since June 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Safety Regulation Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the finding of the Löfstedt Review of Health and Safety Legislation that there is no case for radically...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to the letter from Mark Gilbert on the treatment of his wife Susan Gilbert in her employment by Sainsbury plc.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase the efficiency of (a) the Pensions Regulator and (b) the Pensions Regulator complaints procedure.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has asked the Pensions Regulator to make of the level of hidden charges associated with pension and savings funds; and if he...

      Poverty: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) pensioners, (b) families and (c) children who will be living in poverty in Northern Ireland in 2015.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authorities have committed themselves to setting up a replacement for his Department's social fund.

      Social Fund: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for which aspects of the Social Fund he is planning to transfer responsibility to Liverpool city council.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what calculations his Department made in reaching its estimate that a working household would have to earn £35,000 per year for its net...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of claimants who will be affected by the benefit cap in each parliamentary constituency.

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) the London borough of Bexley and (c) London received benefits in excess of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer of 23 January 2012, Official Report, column 9, on universal credit, whether his Department expects to be able to...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized businesses have taken on apprentices in (a) Worcester constituency, (b) Worcestershire and (c)...

    • Biotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of opportunities arising from industrial biotechnology in the development of a low carbon economy.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Glasgow South West constituency have received support from his Department since 2010.

      Business: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Government-owned empty or under-utilised buildings in Scotland will be made available to small businesses; and where...

      Community Investment Tax Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2012, Official Report, column 173W, on community development tax relief, what the names of...

      Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to exempt micro-entities from the requirement to file accounts.

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the construction industry on (a) skills and training and (b) the role of national...

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what construction industry-related visits he has undertaken since his appointment; and if he will make a statement.

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the level of skill retention in the construction sector.

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will meet representatives from construction industry trade unions to discuss the effects of recent changes in training...

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of future prospects for the construction industry.

      Copyright: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) economic advice and (b) other evidence he took account of before publication of his Department's Impact Assessment...

      Copyright: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what organisations and individuals were consulted before publication of his Department's impact assessment BIS0317 on 2 December...

      Copyright: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information is held by the Intellectual Property Office regarding blanket licences offered by the Educational Licensing...

      Deloitte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contracts his Department has awarded to Deloitte since May 2010; and what the (a) net and (b) individual monetary value was...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to the public purse was of (a) posting his Department's letter on England's National Apprenticeship Week to hon....

      Education: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely cost to his Department of tuition fees incurred by service leavers in cases where fees...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which countries ranked the highest in the 20 per cent. rise in UK exports of manufactured goods to non-EU markets.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of adults in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland who will...

      Graduates: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average duration is of placements classified as internships advertised on the Graduate Talent Pool website hosted by his...

      Graduates: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average wage is paid by jobs advertised on the Graduate Talent Pool website hosted by his Department.

      Graduates: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of internships advertised on the Graduate Talent Pool website hosted by his Department are unpaid.

      Graduates: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the unpaid internships scheme advertised on the Graduate Talent Pool website hosted by his Department.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the introduction of a groceries code adjudicator; and if he will make a statement.

      High Street Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration the Independent Review of the High Street gave to the merits of referring the matter of the level of...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2012, Official Report, column 410W, on insolvency, when statistics of personal insolvencies...

      One North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the gross value-added economic output generated by regional economic investment by One North East in...

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support organisations to promote the economic and social value of postgraduate education in the UK.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many projects the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre is sponsoring.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funds the Technology Strategy Board has allocated to the Cell Therapy Catapult Centre.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether a leadership team has been appointed for the Cell Therapy Catapult Centre.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Cell Therapy Catapult Centre will be operational.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to announce the location of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Centre.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the location of the Satellite Applications Catapult will be announced.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who the members are of the Technology and Innovation Centre Catapult Centre independent oversight committee; when and where the...

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what services to business are available from existing Catapult centres; how businesses can access them; and what payment is required.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to promote international awareness of Catapult centres.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Catapult centres there will be by the end of 2012.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding the Technology Strategy Board has provided to the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre; and what the names...

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what private sector funds the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre has attracted.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff work for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre; and at what grades.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) operating and (b) capital budget is of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects on service delivery of the reduction in international trade advisers at UK...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Alix Partners

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many former civil servants have applied to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments to take up an appointment to Alix Partners in each of the...

    • Children: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children with (a) two parents working, (b) one parent working and (c) no parents working there were in (i) Haltemprice and Howden constituency,...

      Co-operatives: Harrogate and Knaresborough

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what support prospective mutuals in Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency can access from his Department.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on recruitment agencies in each month since September 2011.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were (a) registered to vote in each parliamentary constituency in December 2010 and (b) enumerated at the March 2011 Census as qualified...

      Empty Properties: Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what Government-owned properties in Essex are currently empty or underused.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Office publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether the response is...

      Government Departments: Computers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average cost is of a laptop purchased by the Government.

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how the performance of services outsourced to private companies is assessed in different Government Departments; and what guidelines his Department...

      Merchant Navy: Medals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what consideration he has given to including the Merchant Navy Medal in the orders of wear.

      Merchant Navy: Medals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has any plans to make the Merchant Navy Medal part of the UK Honours system.

      Office for Civil Society

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what date the Office for Civil Society moved to HM Treasury; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Data Corporation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has for the future of the Public Data Corporation.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of Government spending, excluding debt payments, which was allocated to (a) salaries and (b) pension...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions civil servants from different Government Departments have considered the big society agenda at inter-departmental meetings hosted...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Auckland Castle: Art Works

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church Commissioners have for the future of Auckland Castle and the Zurbaran paintings; and if he will...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Cohesion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce his policy on community cohesion.

    • Community Cohesion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce his policy on community cohesion.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of changes in the level of funding from the public purse to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue...

      Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the criteria for allocation of the Coastal Communities Fund.

      Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the use of the Coastal Communities Fund; and what his policy is on the future of the fund.

      Countryside: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of the draft National Planning Policy Framework on undesignated countryside in England.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in how many cases Ministers have exercised their powers to pay additional grant under section 85 of the Local Government Finance...

      Mayors: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2012, Official Report, column 906W, on mayors: Coventry, if he will place in the Library a...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been transferred to the Regional Growth Fund to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Shops: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes in business rates on the number of shop closures in (a) Hartlepool...

      Sustainable Communities Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the regulations required by the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 (Amendment) Act 2010 will contain a duty on local...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer parliamentary questions 90352 and 90353 on council tax.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Office has plans to review the level of deposit made by candidates at parliamentary elections.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there are for accident and emergency doctors in the NHS.

    • Alzheimer’s Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people with Alzheimer's disease; (2) how much money is spent on care for those with Alzheimer's disease;...

      Alzheimer's Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) medical professionals and (b) NHS officials about the new Alzheimer's treatment Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.

      Arthritis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) arthritis care groups and (b) Queen's University Belfast on new treatments for arthritis in the hands.

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of information on post-traumatic hypopituitarism to patients who have suffered...

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will ask the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to include information about post-traumatic hypopituitarism in its head...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has had any discussions on radiofrequency ablation as a new method to reduce cancerous tumours; and how widely used that method of treatment is.

      Carcinogens: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research of the potential (a) carcinogenic and (b) other effects of parabens in (i) the food supply chain and (ii) cosmetics.

      Cystitis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) the British Medical Association and (b) other organisations on improvements of treatment options for people with cystitis.

      Deloitte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has awarded to Deloitte since May 2010; and what the (a) net and (b) individual monetary value was of each such contract.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the number of ministerial special advisers in his Department has increased to four; on what date the change took place; and if he will...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with diabetes organisations on dietary and exercise advice for people newly diagnosed with diabetes.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children are screened for (a) visual and (b) auditory impairment during a health assessment on school entry; what measures are in place...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has provided to GPs who set up patient participation groups.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to announce the results of the National Quality Board engagement exercise on the library of the National Institute for Health and...

      Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the timetable is for the introduction of the Veterans' Information Service; (2) what plans he has for future funding of the 24-hour support...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to payment by results tariffs for hospital treatment on the surpluses of primary care trusts in...

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what proportion of finished admission episodes the patient was over (a) 65, (b) 80 and (c) 90 years in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations to replace existing hip and knee replacements have taken place in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals no longer have mixed sex wards.

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress he has made on training for (a) GPs and (b) hospital accident and emergency staff on spotting outbreaks of infectious diseases.

      Learning Disability: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the future commissioning arrangements for alternative and augmentative communication aids.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many treatments have been undertaken by the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      Motor Neurone Disease: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in South Swindon constituency have been diagnosed with motor neurone disease in each of the last five years.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was of each Regional Transition Programme Board in each year since its establishment.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Easington of 18 January 2012, Official Report, column 874W, on NHS: capital investment, (1) whether any...

      Osteoporosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines he has issued to care homes on the prevention, treatment and care of fractures resulting from falls by people with osteoporosis.

      Osteoporosis: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in South Swindon have been diagnosed with osteoporosis in each of the last five years.

      Passive Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on emissions in residential areas from secondary smoking; whether such smoking...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department has received from primary care trusts on plans for spending the 2011-12 NHS social care allocation; which services the...

      Sunbeds: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Government is taking to ensure that operators of sunbed salons provide protective eyewear for users of sunbeds in commercial settings...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the merits of reintroducing school-based Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccination.

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of children under one whose parents or grandparents were born in a country where the annual incidence of tuberculosis is greater...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how families were informed of their eligibility based on family history for Bacillus Calmette- Guérin vaccination in medium and low incidence areas...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons his Department's guidance sets local eligibility for Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccination at 40 cases per 100,00 population; and...

  • Justice

    • Aiding and Abetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what representations he has received on joint enterprise in each of the last three years; (2) what meetings he has had with victims groups on...

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of (a) administering community orders and (b) running community-based punishments in 2011.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders received (a) five or more, (b) 10 or more and (c) 15 or more community orders or punishments in 2011.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders absconded from community punishments in each of the last five years; and what proportion of offenders serving community...

      Court Orders: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many compensation orders were issued in each of the last three years; and what the total value of those compensation orders was.

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (1) people pleaded guilty for each type of offence in (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts in the last year for which figures are...

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of weeks from charge to a case being heard was for each type of offence triable in (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts in...

      Criminal Proceedings: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost per day was of a case heard in a (a) magistrates court and (b) Crown court in each year between 1997 and 2011 inclusive.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much Sodexo has paid for carrying out police national computer checks on visitors to Bronzefield prison.

      Offenders: National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners released did not have a National Insurance number in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women have been sentenced to an extended sentence for public protection in each year since 2005.

      Prisoners’ Home Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2012, Official Report, columns 862-63W, on prisoners’ home leave, on how many occasions restricted patients...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of those serving custodial sentences were released after serving half of their sentence in each year between 1995 and 2011.

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average additional time spent in custody was for people recalled to prison in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget his Department plans to allocate to each prison in each of the next five years.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been charged with (a) control for gain of prostitution and (b) other offences related to trafficking in the London area since...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made in its review of community sentences.

      Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will review the arrangements by which first tier tribunals (tax) operate in cases where one party is unable to attend a tribunal hearing; and...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure each (a) youth offending team and (b) young offender institution has a children's council.

      Youth Custody: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to provide access to full-time education for children serving community or custodial sentences.

      Youth Custody: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure a child psychologist is in place in every youth offending team.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account is taken of the levels of duty which are in operation in other countries when assessing the level of air passenger duty.

    • Bank Services: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to provide information for the (a) long-term unemployed and (b) lower earners on the benefits and discounts of opening bank accounts...

      Departmental Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies have spent on (i) wine, (ii) other alcoholic refreshments and (iii) bottled water since May 2010.

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the Government's response to the consultation on rebalancing the Northern Ireland economy.

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to reduce the rate at which duty is applied to beer in order to increase the competitiveness of the UK brewing industry in Europe.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether the response is...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women in (i) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (ii) the London borough of Bexley have (A) overpaid and (B) underpaid income...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has assessed the likely efficacy of a local authorities bond market to finance local capital expenditure; and if he will make a statement.

      Portacabins

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the green portacabins on King Charles street will be removed before the commencement of the Olympics.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has put in place to control private finance initiative contracts.

      Private Finance Initiative: Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) local authorities, (b) local health authorities and (c) education bodies to ensure that inflation is not added into...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral statements of 2 November 2011, Official Report, columns 927-29, and of 20 December 2011, Official Report, columns 1201-4, on public...

      Social Security Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the overall change in expected total expenditure on (a) social security, (b) tax credits, (c) unemployment benefit and (d)...

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the overall change in expected total (1) tax revenue between 2011-12 and 2015-16 arising from changes to fiscal forecasts...

      Taxation: Profit Sharing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the tax treatment of employee benefit trusts to encourage employee ownership of companies.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 statement.

      VAT: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reconsider his requirement for VAT returns to be made online by April 2012 for small traders in (a) rural and (b) other areas without good...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Department of Health will define "recovery" in their forthcoming alcohol strategy in terms of people who have an alcohol problem.

    • Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the progress being made by the Government of Bangladesh on implementing the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic forecasting record of the Bank of England, in the light of recent downward revisions of its forecasts for economic...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will use their voting rights in the advisory vote on remuneration and the re-election of the chairman of the Remuneration Committee at the forthcoming...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in employment support allowance and incapacity benefit appeals which are determined in favour of the appellant at a tribunal hearing, what is the proportion in...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which benefits non-domiciled British citizens are entitled.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were claiming jobseeker's allowance in the Corby parliamentary constituency in each year from 1992 up until the last year for which records are...

      Big Society: Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of recent disputes regarding the cultivation of a verge in Mytchett, Surrey, what guidance they are providing to local authorities about applying the...

      Civil Service: Retirement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average age of retirement from the senior civil service in the Department for Education; what this figure was for its predecessor departments; and what...

      Creative Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current value of the creative industries to the United Kingdom economy, in terms of gross domestic product contribution,...

      Crime: Rioting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the number of claims made or paid out to businesses for reparations following the August riots; and what systems...

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources have been allocated to assisting tax authorities in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the resources allocated to assisting tax authorities in developing countries between 2011 and 2020.

      Drugs: Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what protection they provide to British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean against the illegal international drug trade.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they monitor the performance of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC); and to what extent the EHRC has achieved its remit of promoting and monitoring...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the latest proposed restructuring plans for the Equality and Human Rights Commission will result in a workforce that reflects the diverse protected...

      European Stability Mechanism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to seek parliamentary support for the establishment of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM); and whether the United Kingdom will provide...

      Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 19 January (WA 148), why they do not collect information on deaths and injuries by firearms identified as...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many firearms or shotgun certificates in England and Wales were revoked in each year from 1992 up until the last year for which records are available.

      Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which court the claims by Spain over British waters around Gibraltar have been referred; and what progress has been made.

      Government Departments: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the past five years for which figures are available and according to civil service band, how many people were eligible for performance and special...

      Government Departments: Print Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to publishing the design and print costs on the covers of all Government documents.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants employed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and each of its agencies were (1) prosecuted, and (2) convicted of a criminal...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether British or European Union citizens working in Iraq have been detained in recent months by the Government of Iraq; if so, how many; and whether they will...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received reports of recent attacks by Israeli forces on Yattma, towns north of Hebron, Beit Ummar, Maghazi refugee camp, and Deir al-Balah; and...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place with, and what representations have been made by, the insurance industry in relation to the proposals in the Legal Aid,...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 18 January (WA 133), why it is not the practice of the Cabinet Office to apologise for very late...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered or developed plans for a spur line from the proposed HS2 route to Wales or the west country.

      Republic of Ireland: Healthcare Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 10 January (WA 42-3), why, pending the publication of the new scheme after it has been finalised, they will not now...

      Schools: EU History

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that teaching about the European Union in United Kingdom schools is balanced.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of religious persecution, including raids on church premises and abductions of clergy, in the Republic of Sudan and of whether such...

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of claims that the Government of Sudan has been arming militia groups in an attempt to destabilise South Sudan.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have on the alleged targeting, kidnapping and killing of Christians in Syria since anti-government protests began.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Arab League regarding its observation mission in Syria.

      Taxation: Self-Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many letters reminding people to submit their self-assessment tax return have been sent to people who have already done so, in the current financial year; and...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will respond to the statement made to international public opinion on 13 January by the Peace and Democracy Party of Turkey; and whether they have...

      UK Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 18 January (WA 140), whether a check has been made of whether the numbers and percentages of honours...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 11 January (WA 104), and given that 275,000 visas were issued to students from India and Pakistan between 2007 and...

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