Written answers

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Asia: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to adapt British export strategies to the growing importance of (a) China and (b) other parts of Asia as...

    • Chemicals: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to ensure a global level playing field for the chemicals industry in the North West.

      Chemicals: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the value to the economy of the chemical industry in the North West.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2012, Official Report, column 332W, on departmental recruitment, how much of the...

      Higher Education: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which universities are contracted to provide electricity on demand to STOR aggregators.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of expenditure on recurrent grant for teaching in higher education paid via the Higher Education...

      Manufacturing Industries: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to support the manufacturing industry in the West Midlands.

      Renewable Energy: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what plans he has to assess investments in (a) wave and tidal technology and (b) other innovative energy products against...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of (a) public expenditure on and (b) the face value student (i) maintenance and (ii) tuition fee loans...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on the resource accounting and budgeting charge on student loans made to (a) current...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2012, Official Report, column 231W, on third sector, on what dates the joint Department for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many unpaid and expenses-only interns the non-departmental bodies for which his Department is responsible employed between May and November 2010.

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with what outcomes with the (a) Chairman and (b) Secretary of the Chilcot Inquiry about the recall of Tony Blair to...

      JCB

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contracts the Government has awarded to JCB and its associates since May 2010; and what the (a) net and (b) individual value of each such contract was.

      Public Bodies: Debts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of debt owed to public bodies which is written off as uncollectable.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish details of the (a) net and (b) individual value of bonuses over £1,000 awarded within the public sector since May 2010.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2012, Official Report, column 137W, on housing benefit, if he will estimate the number of...

    • Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to provide support for homeowners at risk of repossession.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average cost of building a (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four bed home for social rent by...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the economic effect to the creative industries of implementing the proposal to (a) introduce an...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on steps to ensure benefits arising from the...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the Statement of Intent on Carrier Co-operation and Maritime Power Projection with the US; (2) if he...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2012, Official Report, column 416W, on aircraft carriers, whether his Department has conducted, or plans to...

      Armed Forces: Life Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of the soldiers who served in the conflict in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq were covered by PAX life insurance but with fewer than 15 units...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has any plans to remove the London allowance for its civil servants who live in London.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, columns 18-19W, on departmental recruitment, how much of the £21,926.18 spent on...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work experience or traineeship schemes his Department offers to minority groups.

      Diamond Jubilee 2012: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make it his policy to award the Queen's Jubilee Medal to all military personnel who have served for four years in combat operations; (2)...

      Ex-servicemen: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the careers advice provided to service personnel upon the conclusion of their service.

      Harrier Aircraft: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2012, Official Report, column 940W, on Harrier aircraft, (1) what monetary value was given to the associated...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2011, Official Report, column 947W, on military aircraft, when he expects to publish the findings of the capability...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases of data loss or breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Office in 2011.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with representatives of each main political party on bringing forward the date for the introduction of individual electoral...

      EU Action

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2012, Official Report, column 327W, on EU action, who attended the bilateral meetings held in his capacity as Deputy Prime...

  • Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children on the child protection plan had experienced (a) neglect, (b) emotional abuse, (c) physical abuse, (d) multiple abuses and (e) sexual...

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were on the Child Protection Register in each region (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of all children in the last year for which...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many referrals to children's social care services took place in each region (a) in total and (b) per 10,000 children in the last year for which...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of expenditure by each local authority (a) overall and (b) per head of population on Sure Start and children's services in...

      Health Education: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of mental health disorders in schools.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the emissions reduction achieved in the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) since it started;...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many cases of data loss or breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has agreed any contracts with (a) private hire vehicle and (b) taxi companies since May 2010.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of the total domestic energy needs which will be met by (a) gas and (b) electricity in each...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce the costs of green energy.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what support the energy company obligation will provide to people in low-paid work who are at risk of fuel poverty but not receiving...

      Green Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the expected level of take-up for the Green Deal in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015.

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of new loft insulation installations in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015 and (d) 2016.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to make a decision on the inclusion of bioliquids in the Renewable Heat Incentive.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had discussions with Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive on bioliquids and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

      Thermal Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of new solid wall insulation installations in each year to 2020.

      Thermal Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of new cavity wall insulation installations in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015 and (d) 2016.

      Water Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential for the use of water turbines to generate electricity; and whether he has considered the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Products: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual percentage change in the retail prices index was for (a) milk, (b) beef, (c) sheep meat, (d) pig meat, (e)...

    • Agricultural Products: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual percentage change in the retail prices was for (a) milk, (b) beef, (c) sheep meat, (d) pig meat, (e) chicken...

      Agricultural Products: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual percentage change in farm gate prices was for (a) milk, (b) beef, (c) sheep meat, (d) pig meat, (e) chicken...

      Agriculture: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of people aged between 16 and 25 entering employment in the farming industry in each...

      Agriculture: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the meeting of the right hon. Member for Don Valley with the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food on...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the position of tenant farmers for the purposes of stewardship schemes under the Common...

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the recent ruling of the Austrian Constitutional Court discussing an application brought by Circus Krone to...

      Deer: Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to promote deer farms.

      Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on how many portions of (a) fresh fruit and (b) vegetables the average person in each...

      Veterinary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of veterinary surgeons in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of intimidation of politicians and other senior officials in Afghanistan.

    • Bahrain: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Bahrain on allowing expatriate workers to work in order to repay debts.

      Bahrain: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Bahrain on expatriate workers currently detained there as a result of...

      Cyprus: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received on the release of a Russian cargo ship containing a consignment of munitions destined...

      Cyprus: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will raise the recent Russian trans-shipment of arms through Cyprus as an urgent matter at the next meeting of...

      Diego Garcia: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what records are kept by the UK authorities of flights landing on Diego Garcia in March 2004.

      Egypt: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the Egyptian elections on the middle east peace process.

      Egypt: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Egyptian Government on human rights.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act...

      Friends of Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the Friends of Yemen; and when he next expects a meeting to take place.

      Haiti: Foreign Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department provides support to non-governmental human rights groups in Haiti; what information his Department holds...

      Libya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) prospects for and (b) likely timing of elections in Libya.

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government following the demolition of the homes of Bedouins in Anata in the...

      Yemen: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met Ali Abdullah Saleh, former President of Yemen; and what plans he has to meet President Hadi.

  • Health

    • Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2012, Official Report, column 64W, on benzodiazepines, how the guidance is made available to women; and what services...

    • Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that all disabled children have access to a dedicated assistant to help them take part in activities, such as trips and...

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the use of value-based pricing for the Cancer Drugs Fund; what agreement he has reached with each devolved administration on a...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his proposal that Public Health England should be given responsibility for all drug recovery budgets, what plans he has to confer on...

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to primary care trusts on levels of expenditure on family planning services.

      Fractures: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to produce a national standard for care homes on the prevention, treatment and care of fractures resulting from osteoporosis and falls.

      Fractures: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission a real-time national audit of all non-hip fragility fractures as part of the re-tender for the National Hip Fracture Database and...

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many herbal medicinal products were under investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for being sold as food...

      Hospitals: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role Local Involvement Networks (LINks) and local HealthWatch organisations will play in relation to patient-led inspections; and whether LINks are...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that a child and adolescent mental health service worker or child psychologist is attached to every school.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the NHS budget is for bariatric surgery.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were added to the organ donor register in (a) England, (b) the north-west and (c) Cumbria in each of the last five years.

      Osteoporosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will advise general practitioners to use the FRAX fracture risk assessment tool in order to meet the conditions required by the Quality and Outcomes...

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that chronic pain is a long-term condition that requires the preparation of care plans.

      Parents: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress his Department has made on the national roll-out of free parenting classes for parents with children under five.

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2012, Official Report, column 73W, on paroxetine, if he will quantify the magnitude of the small increased risks...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were (a) for males and (b) in total for (i) hip replacement, (ii) knee replacement, (iii) coronary artery...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time was for (i) colorectal excision, (ii) radical prostatectomy, (iii) breast excision, (iv) inguinal hernia...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) admissions and (b) emergency admissions there were for (i) colorectal excision, (ii) radical prostatectomy, (iii) breast excision, (iv)...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) admissions and (b) emergency admissions there were for (i) hip replacement, (ii) knee replacement, (iii) coronary artery bypass graft, (iv)...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in (a) Birmingham, (b) Derby, (c)Thurrock and (d) Bradford in (i) 2009-10 and (ii)...

    • CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the number of people who were (a) arrested and (b) convicted as a result of CCTV evidence in (i)...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knife-point robberies occurred in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last three years; and what...

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what safeguards her Department has put in place to ensure that hon. Members do not have their telephone conversations covertly heard by (a)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to ratify in full the decisions of the Police Arbitration Tribunal on the Windsor 1 recommendations; what process she plans...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much time warranted police officers spent on average participating in human resources procedures including disciplinary, recruitment and...

      Police: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish the Government response to the recent report of the Police Arbitration Panel on pay and conditions for the police.

      Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of results from the West Midlands pilot on mobile technology in policing; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that local police forces put safeguards in place for suspects who have had vehicles taken away from them...

      Stop and Search: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of young adults aged 18 to 24 years old were (a) stopped and searched, (b) given conditional cautions, (c) given...

      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the members are of the Government's Terrorism, Prevention and Investigation Measures review group; and to which Secretary of State it...

      Voluntary Organisations

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, who (a) is responsible for and (b) maintains the systems protecting communications...

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether there are any on-going warrants issued under the Regulation of...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Complaints

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the average cost to the public purse was of processing a...

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the average cost to IPSA was of processing a request made...

      Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if he will request IPSA to provide a secure (a) postal address...

      Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if he will request IPSA to make it its policy that letters from...

  • International Development

    • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on funding arrangements for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,...

    • Development Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that development policy takes full account of the interests of girls and women.

      Foreign Aid Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many countries to which the UK gives overseas aid have foreign aid programmes of their own.

      Global Schools Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of his Department's global schools partnership programme.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of governance and humanitarian issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) human rights and (b) the integrity of the recent elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Horn of Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of food security in the horn of Africa.

      Afghanistan: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Afghanistan on steps to improve tax revenue levels in that country.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 1011W, on departmental recruitment, how much of the £145,489.16...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work experience or traineeship schemes his Department offers to minority groups.

      East Africa: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development through which (a) UN and (b) other humanitarian agencies he plans to deliver emergency aid for the food crisis in the Sahel; whether...

      East Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments over £50,000 were made by his Department for international development work in (a) Sudan, (b) Malawi and (c) Zambia...

      Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Gateshead of 17 January 2012, Official Report, columns 656-7W, on food aid, (1) what...

      Third Sector

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

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's budget was for aid to Yemen in each of the last three years; and how much of the budget was spent in each such year.

  • Justice

    • Aarhus Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps he has taken to comply with the requirements of the Aarhus convention in relation to civil litigation costs.

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, columns 266-7W, on departmental recruitment, how much of the £15,698,302 spent on...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what work experience or traineeship schemes his Department offers to minority groups.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Asbestosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to the capacity of people with asbestosis to seek legal redress under his proposals for reform of legal aid.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Asil Nadir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much legal aid has been provided to Asil Nadir in the last 18 months.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of civil prisoners imprisoned in England and Wales; and whether he has made an estimate of the number of civil...

      Prisoners: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training and advice has been provided to members of independent monitoring boards of prisons on their duties under the UN Optional Protocol for the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what new prison capacity he expects to become available at each establishment in each month of 2012.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on future tendering for the running of prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Prostitution: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for (a) soliciting for the purpose of prostitution in a public place, (b) keeping a brothel and (c) control of...

      Repossessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will estimate the number of home repossessions in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Dudley borough in (i) 2012 and (ii) 2013; (2)...

      Youth Custody: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure a statutory right to advocacy for every child in custody.

  • Leader of the House

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Leader of the House whether he has considered changing the annual indexation of Short money to each Opposition party from the retail prices index to the consumer prices index.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 100W, on departmental recruitment, how much of the £13,522.82 spent on...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many service complaints the Transport Commission has received about bus and coach operators in Vehicle and Operator Services Agency area 3,...

    • Buses: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many (a) PSV414 advisory notices and (b) PG9s were issued by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to bus and coach operators in area 3,...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent contracts her Department has entered into with Northgate Information Solutions Limited and its subsidiaries; and what the value was of each...

      Electric Vehicles: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for the future funding of the Plug-In Car Grant.

      EU Law

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

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which consultants are being or have been used on the High Speed 2 project; and what the (a) remit and (b) cost to the public purse was of their...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the risks of proposed changes to the Incident and Support Unit (ISU) service in respect of (a) the public and (b)...

      Northern Rail: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much grant funding her Department provided to the holding company operating the Northern Rail franchise in each year of its operation.

      Queen Elizabeth II Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to take steps to reduce the instances of closure of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge between Dartford and Thurrock during adverse...

      Railways: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to improve rail infrastructure connectivity between urban areas in the East of England; and if she will make a statement.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date she approved the application for a change to the ticket validity on the route from Bristol to Hereford via Bromsgrove submitted by the...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she considered introducing separate targets for biodiesel and ethanol in the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation.

  • Treasury

    • Executives: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps is he taking to restrict excessive executive pay.

    • HM Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what security checks staff employed by Sitel and Teleperformance at HM Revenue and Customs contact centres are subject to; (2) what steps HM Revenue...

      M6 Toll

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration his Department has given to underwriting the re-financing of the M6 Toll Company in order to provide a direct link from the M54 to the M6...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how many years HM Revenue and Customs is required to keep records of (a) tax and (b) national insurance contributions paid by an individual.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Health, (b) Communities and Local Government and (c) Work and Pensions on the potential for...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what revenue accrued to the Exchequer in respect of (a) inheritance tax in each year since 1998 and (b) capital transfer tax between 1982 and 1986...

      Taxation: Sports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people have paid tax on testimonial matches in each year since 2000; (2) what revenue accrued to the Exchequer from testimonial matches in...

      VAT: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses were registered for value added tax in (a) Glasgow South West constituency, (b) Glasgow and (c) Scotland in each year since 2000.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department has spent on (a) wine, (b) other alcoholic refreshments and (c) bottled water since May 2010.

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 98W, on employment agencies, how much of the £11,219.02 spent on recruitment...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 January 2012, Official Report, column 31WS, on cost of Ministerial cars, whether her Department has any...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether her Department has agreed any contracts with (a) private hire vehicle and (b) taxi companies since May 2010.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to implement cashless payments for all recipients of free school meals.

    • Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his planned reforms of working tax credit, what steps he plans to take to ensure that couples with children who worked under...

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied children applied for asylum in each year between 2005 and 2010.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children who applied for asylum between 2005 and 2010 were (1) granted refugee status, (2) granted humanitarian protection, (3) granted discretionary...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (WA 5), whether they will review the regulations on the rehypothecation of securities in the light of...

      Barbara Hofschröer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the case of Mrs Hofschröer was first referred to the Home Office; how many submissions about the case the Home Office has received, including...

      Education: Early Years Foundation Stage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why early years foundation stage guidance no longer prioritises ways of identifying, removing and preventing racial discrimination at the beginning of children's lives.

      Education: Humanities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the list of valuable subjects published by Trinity College, Cambridge, which cites music and philosophy as valuable humanities...

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have received about the compliance of the activities of the Department for Education with the Equality Act 2010.

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what licences have been awarded, to which companies, for the export of military equipment to Bahrain; and, in each case, whether conditions have been imposed to...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about sales of tear gas to Bahrain by BAE Systems' United States subsidiary Defense Technology.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Spain about alleged harassment of Spanish vessels in Falkland Islands waters by the Argentine coastguard.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 November 2011 (WA 251), on what basis information relating to internal discussion and advice is not...

      Government Departments: Accountancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many written instructions have been provided by Ministers in the Department of Energy and Climate Change to the Accounting Officer for the department in...

      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: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on newspapers since May 2010, and how much it plans to spend in each of the next 12...

      Government Departments: Refreshments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on refreshments since May 2010, and how much it plans to spend in each of the next 12...

      Government Departments: Running Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of running the Home Office in each of the past three years.

      Government Departments: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on travel since May 2010; and how much it plans to spend in each of the next 12 months.

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the policy responsibilities of Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they are carrying out on their Roma integration strategy. To ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not submit their Roma integration...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure that the work of the National Cancer Intelligence Network is used effectively to support improved outcomes for people with...

      Higher Education: Quality Assurance Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Quality Assurance Agency has taken to ensure that higher education institutions teach graduates skills relevant to future careers.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Yemen is not an exempted country for the purposes of the requirement imposed on third-country migrants who wish to enter the United Kingdom as a spouse or...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK Border Agency-approved centres provide English language tests at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference; and what consideration they...

      Institutional Investors: Voting Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the way in which institutional investors vote shares at public company shareholders' meetings, in order to determine whether the vote...

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they consider to be the geographic areas in greatest need of International Monetary Fund funding and support.

      Justice: Third-Party Litigation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the case for statutory regulation of third-party litigation funding, and (2) the recent code of conduct for such funding...

      Northern Ireland: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 17 January (WA 124), what form the request by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service to...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how their guidance for Answers to Parliamentary Questions compares to their guidance for Answers to Freedom of Information requests.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask government departments when placing material in the Library of the House in response to a Parliamentary Question to supply a copy of the...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the schedule for repayment by the Republic of Ireland of capital and interest for the loan of £7 billion; and whether any payments have been received.

      Royal Yacht "Britannia"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the annual operating costs of the Royal Yacht "Britannia" during its past five years in service in respect of (1) the ship and crew, (2) any naval...

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each parliamentary session since 2001, how many statutory instruments laid by the Department for Education and its predecessor departments were reprinted due...

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