Written answers

Thursday, 2 February 2012

  • Attorney-General

    • EU Law

      To ask the Attorney-General which EU (a) directives, (b) regulations and (c) other legislation affecting the Law Officers' Departments require transposition into UK law; and what estimate he has...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress he has made on securing the future of the post office network.

    • Pub Company Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take in response to the motion passed by the House on 12 January 2012 on regulation of the pub company...

      UK Competitive Advantage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the sectors in which the UK has a competitive advantage.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to support small and medium-sized businesses to take on apprentices.

      Student Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what allocation of student numbers he proposes for institutions which have submitted bids to his Department for additional places...

      Angard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with Royal Mail's management on the management of Angard.

      Apprentices: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many farm apprenticeships there were in each county in each of the last five years.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which teams in his Department had responsibility for the Project Merlin agreement with the banks.

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Department for Education to ensure that students on vocational...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Easter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring into force the provision contained in the Easter Act 1928 to fix the date of Easter.

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps the Government has taken to support Farepak customers; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications had been submitted by residents of (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b)...

      Investment: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage private sector investment in industry in Glasgow South West constituency; and if he will...

      Renewable Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the value of low carbon industries to the economy; and what estimate he has made of such...

      Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to the public purse was of stem cell trials; and for which health categories such trials were carried out in the...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of planned expenditure on student maintenance grants in (a) cash terms and (b) 2011-12 values in each...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the Resource Accounting Budget charge on student loans for new students from 2012; and what...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to publish a revised Student Loan Repayment Ready Reckoner which will take account of the changes to student...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the effect on the Resource Accounting Budget charge on student loans made to (a) current students and (b) new...

      Third Sector

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

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what applications have been received from (a) exporters and (b) investors to use UK Export Finance products in 2011-12.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Bank

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on the implementation of the Big Society Bank.

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is for the payment of civil servants for their attendance at networking events; whether any civil servants have received such payments;...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department has agreed any contracts with (a) private hire vehicle and (b) taxi companies since May 2010.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on recruitment agencies in each month since September 2011.

    • Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the amount of previously developed land suitable for housing development in (a)...

      Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial support his Department is providing to local authorities of garrison towns to ensure that there is sufficient...

      Local Government: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he has issued guidance to local authorities on the disposal of vacant and disused local authority-owned properties.

      Local Government: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of expenditure by each local authority (a) overall and (b) per head of population on grants to...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to exempting renewable energy sources when assessing the business rate level for commercial...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to provide new social rented housing in (a) South Lakeland, (b) Cumbria and (c) England.

      Sustainable Communities Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the desirability of setting a time limit for Government responses to proposals submitted...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband Delivery UK: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much Broadband Delivery UK spent on consultants in 2010-11; and what estimate he has made of such spending in 2011-12.

    • Broadband Delivery UK: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many KPMG contractors or consultants worked for Broadband Delivery UK in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Broadband Delivery UK: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many local authorities attended a Broadband Delivery UK local authority engagement meeting in the last year; and which...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the UK's competitive advantage in the video games sector.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers based at Merville Barracks, Colchester Garrison, by battalion or other unit were issued with notice of compulsory redundancy in (a)...

    • Departmental Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2011, Official Report, column 646W, on military aircraft: helicopters, when he expects to publish the Rotary Wing...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department will publish its plans for the future use of RAF Northolt.

      Turkey: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the deployment of planes in Turkey in the last two months; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to bring forward proposals to increase the staffing budgets of hon. Members under his proposals to create fewer and larger constituencies from 2015.

  • Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were (a) registered to receive free school meals and (b) eligible to register, in the most recent period for which figures are available.

    • Free Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, column 287W, on free schools: finance, if he will set a date on which the budget allocation...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of candidates for (a) each tiered GCSE subject and (b) tiered GCSE subjects in total entered for examinations set by (i)...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will reform the national curriculum to include talks related to health advocacy and cancer awareness in personal social health and economic...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many secondary school pupils were entered only for the Single Science Award GCSE and no other science subjects in each of the last 10 years.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many schools with a specialism in science did not enter any pupils for GCSEs in (a) chemistry, (b) physics, (c) biology and (d) all three...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were entered for GCSEs in the three separate sciences in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils were entered for three separate sciences at GCSE in (a) comprehensive schools, (b) selective schools and (c) independent...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to the letter of 9 January 2012 from the headteacher of Twynham School on anomalies and inconsistencies in the treatment of...

      Secondary Education: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures are in place to ensure that secondary school pupils with literacy difficulties are identified early and receive adequate support; and if...

      Teachers: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the number of teachers who committed suicide in each year for which figures are available.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential carbon dioxide savings resulting from the introduction of the Green Deal.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to modify the inputs of his Department's 2050 emissions calculator in line with technological advances.

      Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost per household per year of achieving the UK's carbon reduction target for 2050.

      Central Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what research his Department has undertaken on the role of next generation electric storage heaters in decarbonising heating; (2)...

      Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 26 January 2012, Official Report, column 403, on competition, what steps he has taken to reduce the...

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) transaction date, (b) amount and (c) description was for all purchases made by Ministers, special advisors and officials...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) job title and (b) pay grade is of each member of staff in the private office of the (i) Minister of State for Climate...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with which organisations he has discussed the UK's energy efficiency targets; (2) what discussions he has had with existing...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has any plans to issue guidance for the safe use of smart meters, including on the effects of electromagnetic radiation.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has any plans to ensure that information on potential health effects is included with smart meters.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on new entrants in the energy retail market use of loss-leading online energy tariffs.

      Environment Protection: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the insulation industry in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 26 January 2012, Official Report, column 4081, on feed-in tariff for solar photovoltaic, whether he...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the future of the feed-in tariff for small-scale hydropower.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households likely to be in fuel poverty in (a) December 2012, (b) December 2013, (c)...

      Fuel Poverty: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Hendon constituency, (b) London and (c) the UK are in fuel poverty.

      Infrastructure: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department plans to take to encourage private sector capital investment in its infrastructure investment programme.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of energy is generated using shale gas produced in the UK; and whether he has plans to increase this proportion.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to protect nuclear power stations from cyber attack by foreign governments.

      Photovoltaics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 26 January 2012, Official Report, column 392, on photovoltaics, what recent estimate his Department has...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for a Warm Front grant were (a) accepted and (b) rejected in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to provide information to people eligible for the warm homes discount rebate.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for the construction of commercial wind turbines have been (a) received and (b) approved in (i) Metropolitan...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for the construction of commercial wind turbines have been (a) received and (b) approved in (i) Waverley local...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for the construction of commercial wind turbines have been (a) received and (b) approved in (i) South...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for the construction of commercial wind turbines have been (a) received and (b) approved in (i) Royal borough of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Basking Sharks: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect of Marine Conservation Zones on the protection of basking sharks in UK waters.

    • Biodiversity: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to improve biodiversity conservation in the British Overseas Territories.

      Biodiversity: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on biodiversity conservation in the Crown dependencies in each of the last five years.

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she plans to have with her Spanish counterpart on their respective positions on Common Fisheries Policy...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines her Department issued to its non-departmental bodies on the employment of unpaid interns prior to July 2011.

      Environment Protection: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of progress towards meeting the targets and indicators to achieve Good Environmental...

      Environment Protection: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to promote cleaner oceans; (2) what assessment she has made of her Department's...

      Environment Protection: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her assessment is of her Department's progress towards achieving its commitment to designating a fully coherent network...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories: Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on ceremonial dress for governors of British Overseas Territories in each of the last 20 years.

    • Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to mainstream gender considerations in the implementation of the Building Stability Overseas Strategy.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the likely timing of provincial and local elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2011, Official Report, column 1191W, on departmental manpower, how many of his...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of senior positions in his Department are held by women.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has for the celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

      Diplomatic Service: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) ambassadors and (b) high commissioners are women.

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria his Department applied in deciding whether to (a) retain, (b) upgrade, (c) localise and (d) abolish UK-based band...

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to ensure the safety of locally- engaged staff in a UK embassy or high commission in the...

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff working in UK (a) embassies, (b) high commissions and (c) consulates are (i) female, (ii) black and ethnic...

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff currently based in the UK are (a) SMS, (b) A band, (c) B band, (d) C band and (e) D band; and how many staff in...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 81W, on employment agencies, how much of the £26,128.14...

      European Union: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister on the prospects for treaty change in the EU.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many designated slots his Department has for staff at (a) confidence, (b) operational and (c) extensive language...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the potential cost of piracy to the UK economy in 2012; and what discussions he has had with his...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of piracy to the UK economy in the last five years; and what steps his Department has...

      Somalia: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Somali (a) civil society organisations and (b) women leaders will be invited to participate in the London conference on...

      Tristan da Cunha: M.S. Olivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on progress following the collision of M.S. Olivia with Nightingale Island, Tristan da Cunha.

  • Health

    • Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2012, Official Report, column 194W, on the Care Quality Commission, whether the Care Quality Commission conducted an...

    • Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2012, Official Report, column 194W, on the Care Quality Commission, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to maintain the number of NHS dentists.

      Dental Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are on the waiting list for an NHS dentist in (a) Cumbria, (b) the North West and (c) England; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 January 2012, Official Report, column 31WS, on cost of ministerial cars, whether his Department...

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Diabetes: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist diabetes nursing posts there are in the NHS; and how many are vacant.

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of expenditure by each local authority (a) overall and (b) per head of population on (i) aids and adaptations and (ii) respite...

      Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the health of (a) adults and (b) children of electromagnetic radiation from (i) smart meters and (ii)...

      Health and Social Care Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposals in the European Commission's revised public procurement directive on his legislative...

      Health Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members are of the NHS North East Regional Transition Programme Board; and whether any members have declared any financial remuneration or...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the use of ring-fenced public health funding by local authorities.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people between 40 and 70 years old participated in the NHS Healthcheck programme (a) in total and (b) in each strategic health...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of his examination of each in-patient readmission to the NHS; what variations there were between (a) clinical specialties and (b)...

      Meals on Wheels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average charge was for meals on wheels services in each local authority area in each of the last 10 years; (2) what estimate he has made...

      NHS Trusts: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote and support the application of procurement best practice within and between NHS trusts; and what savings he...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of his Department's document entitled Best practice for ensuring the efficient supply and distribution of...

      Primary Care Trusts: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was to (a) Doncaster, (b) Barnsley, (c) Rotherham, (d) Sheffield and (e) Bassetlaw primary care trusts of (i) establishing and (ii) staffing...

      Primary Care Trusts: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department holds on the number of staff that have been made redundant by the primary care trusts in (a) Doncaster, (b)...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has assessed the potential effects of the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission on adults no longer able to fund their own social care.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase access to specialist training for social carers.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to promote social care as a career.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the use of funding allocated by his Department to social services.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the potential costs of his planned reforms on social care; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of expenditure by each local authority (a) overall and (b) per head of population on social care in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of funding for adults no longer able to fund their own social care in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from police authorities on the decision by some local authorities to cease or reduce funding for the...

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to increase penalties for cyber crime.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which substances considered to be legal highs are under review by her Department.

      Hizb ut Tahrir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review her decision not to proscribe the organisation Hizb ut Tahrir.

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the level of employment of illegal immigrants in the UK in 2011.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 27 September 2011 from the hon. Member for Luton South, regarding Janoi Donacien's application for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 19 December 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr B. Khan.

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the national metal theft taskforce will hold its first meeting; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of this meeting.

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the establishment of the national metal theft taskforce.

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to introduce a comprehensive set of measures to tackle metal theft in the UK; (2) whether she has any plans to bring...

      Passports: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will estimate the number of people who have entered the UK without having their passports checked via the Eurostar route from...

      Police: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were serving in Croydon at the end of January (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Cyber Crime

      To ask the hon. Member for Aberdeen North, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether Parliamentary IT systems have been the target of cyber attack in the last five years.

    • Telephone Tapping

      To ask the hon. Member for Aberdeen North, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2011, Official Report, column 420W, on telephone tapping, what the...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the government of Afghanistan on devolving government powers to local officials in Helmand Province.

    • Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he is taking steps to support the participation of women from conflict-affected countries in the arms trade treaty negotiations.

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions must be met by a country before it qualifies for debt relief.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Developing Countries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding the G20 Task Force on Employment; and what...

      Human Trafficking: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department provides to victims of human trafficking who are returned to their home country.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will give assistance to Bedouins in Anata following the demolition of their homes in the west bank on 23 January 2012.

      Sudan: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) how much and (b) over what time period debt is owed by Sudan.

      Sudan: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what debt relief proposals his Department has made to Sudan.

      West Africa: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he is taking steps to avert a serious food shortage in West Africa.

  • Justice

    • Cyber Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that offenders do not have access to the internet while in prison; and whether his Department is undertaking any...

    • Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on (a) Public Health England's new responsibility for all drug recovery budgets and...

      Employment Tribunals: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to keeping a record of the number of small businesses engaged in employment tribunals.

      National Youth Advocacy Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the National Youth Advocacy Service was refused a family contract for 2012.

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on the prison estate of prisoners who were recalled having served their tariff.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Sentencing Council in fulfilling its statutory duty to consult Parliament on its...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure that the Sentencing Council improves public confidence in judicial sentencing; and if he will make a statement.

      Victims’ Commissioner: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when a new Victims' Commissioner will be appointed.

      Victims: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to changing the composition of the Sentencing Council better to reflect the views of victims of crime; and if he will...

      Victims: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals on compensation for victims of terrorism.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Travel

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

    • Departmental Work Experience

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

  • Scotland

    • Deloitte

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

    • Departmental Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his 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 Scotland pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, columns 101-2W, on departmental recruitment, how much of the £816.27 spent on...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Elections: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2012 to question 92101, how many registered voters there were in each category who were eligible to register to...

  • Transport

    • Biofuels: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the effect of recent research in synthetic biology on the development of cleaner transport fuels.

    • First TransPennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with First TransPennine Express on amendments to its franchise agreement to permit an increase in the number of trains

      Heathrow Airport: Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the legal limit of night flights at Heathrow airport has been breached in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Railways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many young people have been killed on Merseyrail railway lines in each of the last 10 years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times accidents involving one or more vehicles on the Birmingham New Road, Dudley, between Priory Road and Tipton Road, have required the...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure the enforcement of 20 mph speed limits and other traffic calming measures outside schools.

      Transport: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had on access to the Cohesion Fund ring-fenced funding in the Connecting Europe Facility for the West Wales and the Valleys region.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what she proposes will be the total expenditure from (a) her Department's budget and (b) Network Rail's regulated asset base on electrification of the...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what she proposes will be the total expenditure from (a) her Department's budget and (b) Network Rail's regulated asset base on measures to reduce...

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Pay

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

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has agreed any contracts with (a) private hire vehicle and (b) taxi companies since May 2010.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has considered taking to encourage early repayment of mortgage debt.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Members: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to increase the number of women hon. Members.

    • Social Services: Female Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities whether she has assessed the potential effect of the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission on women working in social care.

  • Work and Pensions

    • A Comparative Review of Workfare Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the 2008 report commissioned by his Department, A comparative review of workfare programmes in the United...

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2012, Official Report, column 840W, on Atos Healthcare, what proportion of all claimants participating in...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average is of the single payments contracted to be made to mandatory work activity providers.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what basis payments are made to the two agencies providing services in assisting claimants to return to work; and whether payments are made...

      Homeworking: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to simplify health and safety guidance for those working from home.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to maintain sufficient levels of local housing allowance.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure out-of-work families receive benefit support that reflects the individual circumstances of a household.

      Social Security Benefits: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average age was of migrants to the UK who claimed working age benefits in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of migrants to the UK who were claiming working age benefits were female in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the Princes' Trust Youth Index 2012 in respect of its findings on youth unemployment.

      Universal Credit: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure payment of universal credit to a main carer.

      Universal Credit: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has considered replacing severe disability premium as part of his plans for universal credit for the purposes of helping young...

      Voluntary Organisations

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

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many voluntary sector providers in the Work programme supply chain were identified through the stocktake of 31 January 2012.

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with representatives of trades unions on high temperatures in the workplace.

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on high temperatures in the workplace.

  • House of Lords

    • Alan Turing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider granting a posthumous pardon to Alan Turing.

    • Environment: Community Growing Spaces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the commitment in their response to the Making Space for Nature review that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

      Food: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they issue standards and guidelines regarding the nutritional value of meals served to (1) patients in hospital, (2) prisoners, (3) staff in government...

      Forests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what definition of ancient woodland they use; and how many other categories of woodland there are.

      Forests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to apply biodiversity offsetting policies to ancient woodlands; and what advice they have received about the length of time needed to...

      Government Departments: Bonuses

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

      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: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure of the Department for Education on external consultants for each of the past three financial years.

      House of Lords: Cross-Bench Peers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 18 January (WA 133), whether they will now answer the question regarding whether they were aware on...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (WA 58), why non-European Union workers are permitted to have a 52-week exclusion from national...

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans there are for the NHS Commissioning Board to publish good-practice guidelines to ensure clinical commissioning groups fulfil their new duty to obtain...

      OECD: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to making it a legal requirement for United Kingdom-based businesses that use minerals from conflict-affected areas and...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much aid in each of the past three years the United Kingdom has given directly and indirectly to each of the other countries in the G20.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether provision has been made in the next Session of Parliament to bring forward legislation to enshrine in law the commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other parties about, and what preparations they have made for drafting, legislation which would enshrine in law the commitment...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 20 December 2011 (WA 369), what discussions have taken place between those commissioning British official...

      Parking: Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of using solar photovoltaics to power parking meters.

      Railways: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to seek an extension to the derogation on compliance with the First Railway Package applying to Northern Ireland Railways when the existing...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the tax treatment of carried interest pay received by general partners in private equity management; and whether they will seek to...

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