Written answers

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

  • Treasury

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2011, Official Report, column 976W, on business: Government assistance, what progress he has made on funding the...

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of total loans to small businesses that will have lower interest rates as a result of credit easing.

      Co-operatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Law Commission to begin work on a Co-operative Consolidation Bill; how long he estimates it will take to complete its work; and if he...

      Devolution: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 November 2011, Official Report, columns 42-4WS, on Youth Contract, what Barnett consequentials...

      Devolution: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Barnett consequential funding will be available to each devolved administration for payment of enhanced capital allowances in enterprise zones in...

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on setting the level of directors’ emoluments in companies in which the Government has a significant shareholding.

      Food: Additives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal incentives his Department is considering to encourage food manufacturers to reduce the amount of salt, saturated fat and artificial ingredients...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider introducing a similar scheme to the Future Fund established in Australia.

  • Leader of the House

    • London Olympic 2012

      To ask the Leader of the House how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his office and (c) senior officials in his office have accepted;...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps Broadband Delivery UK is taking to ensure the competitive supply to local authorities of superfast broadband networks.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps Broadband Delivery UK is taking to ensure that the superfast broadband networks supplied to local authorities...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of his Department’s invoices from its private sector suppliers were paid (a) within 14...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of food purchased by his Department was produced in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many away days his Department has held since May 2010; what the location was of each such away day; how many staff...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to implement sections nine to 17 of the Digital Economy Act 2010.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the benefits to consumers of the proposal made by the Body of European Regulators for...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date his Department was first made aware of Dow Chemicals' interest in sponsoring the stadium wrap for the London 2012...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to penalise egg producers who have not complied with the required transfer of hens to larger battery...

  • Wales

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) she, (b) other Ministers in her Department and (c) senior officials in her Department...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010; and if he will make a...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many away days his Department has held since May 2010; what the location was of each such away day; how many staff attended; and what the cost was...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland on the future of the nuclear deterrent.

  • Transport

    • Active Travel Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made by her Department with the Department of Health on the development of an active travel strategy.

    • Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment she has made of the cycle lane network across the UK; (2) what plans she has to encourage the creation of new cycle lanes...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to restrict the use of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency vehicle database by rogue...

      Local Sustainable Transport Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how she plans to assess the performance of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; and how she plans to assess the distribution of funds.

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Redditch of 12 January 2012, Official Report, column 316, on metal theft, how many incidents there...

      Network Rail: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much compensation was paid to each train operating company by Network Rail for delays and cancellations attributed to Network Rail in each of the...

      Network Rail: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much compensation was paid to passengers by each train operating company as a result of delays and cancellations attributed to Network Rail in each...

      Ports: Milford Haven

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had on the inclusion of Milford Haven as a core port in the Connecting Europe Facility.

      Public Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of children (a) cycle, (b) walk, (c) take public transport and (d) are driven in a private car to school in England in each local authority.

      Public Transport: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many violent incidents were reported on London's (a) trains and (b) buses in (i) each of the last five years and (ii) each month since April 2011;...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation took place between her Department and Passenger Focus before the recent changes to railway ticket validity on the route from Bristol...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to provide a toolkit to help local authorities assess the economic benefits of 20mph schemes; and whether the toolkit will (a) take...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the consequences of reducing air passenger duty for flights departing from Northern Ireland.

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with banks on increasing levels of lending to small and medium-sized businesses in Northern Ireland.

      Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he and his Department have to mark Her Majesty's jubilee in Northern Ireland.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of levels of electricity prices in Northern Ireland compared with those in England, Scotland and Wales.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in the introduction of enterprise zones in Northern Ireland.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the cost of fuel in Northern Ireland.

      Motor Vehicles: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for the devolution of vehicle licensing and vehicle taxation powers.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) senior officials in his...

      Police: Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times army personnel were called out in support of Police Service of Northern Ireland security operations in each year from 2009 to 2011.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his assessment is of the present level of dissident IRA threat in Northern Ireland.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of his Department's invoices from its private sector suppliers were paid (a) within 14 days, (b)...

    • Departmental Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account promotion boards in his Department take of language and area expertise when assessing staff for promotion.

      Embassies: Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to take steps to increase the number of British embassies authorised to perform civil partnership registrations.

      India: European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of the Indian Government on the Eurofighter.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the time period within which Iran could develop a nuclear capability under present circumstances.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of withdrawal from the Abyei area by (a) Sudanese armed forces personnel and (b) Sudanese...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of China on the welfare of Dhondup Wangchen.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of his Department's invoices from its private sector suppliers were paid (a) within 14 days, (b) between...

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of food purchased by his Department was produced in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of other Governments, companies or...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many away days his Department has held since May 2010; what the location was of each such away day; how many staff attended; and...

      Departmental Travel

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

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent progress his Department has made in establishing the UK's first carbon capture and storage project.

    • Departmental Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies have spent on (i) wine, (ii) other alcoholic refreshments and (iii) bottled water...

      Energy: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of progress towards achieving the £200 billion of energy infrastructure expenditure identified by...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the stakeholder engagement programmes on nuclear power issues established by the (a)...

      Shale Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) Cuadrilla, (ii) British Gas and (iii) any other...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Portcullis House

      To ask the hon. Member for Aberdeen North, representing the House of Commons Commission, for how many days each lift in Portcullis House was out of service in (a) 2011 and (b) January 2012; for...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Register of Lobbyists

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress he has made on his plans to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists.

    • Individual Voter Registration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to publish draft secondary legislation at the same time as primary legislation for individual electoral registration.

      Members of Parliament: Misconduct

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on constituents recalling an hon. Member who has committed serious misconduct.

      House of Lords: Operating Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) with reference to his proposed reforms to the House of Lords, what assessment he has made of the annual cost of an elected upper House; (2) with reference...

      London Olympics 2012

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his office and (c) senior officials in his office have accepted;...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent activities he has undertaken in his capacity as Deputy Head of the Government.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are tasked with defence of the Falkland Islands.

    • Armed Forces: Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on Ministry of Defence (a) museum and (b) library services in each of the last three years; and how much is forecast to be spent on...

      British Overseas Territories: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department provides to British Overseas Territories to protect their waters from illegal fishing.

      Departmental Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will ensure that his Department publishes details of expenditure on items categorised as food or hospitality other than for service personnel...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the legal review currently being carried out on CHARM3 in accordance with Article 36 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions will be...

      Ex-servicemen: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many and what proportion of service leavers (a) used and (b) received funding from the Publicly Funded Further and Higher Education scheme in...

      Freedom of Information

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

      Helicopters: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times (a) search and rescue helicopters based at RAF Lossiemouth and (b) RAF Mountain Rescue based at (i) RAF Kinloss and (ii) RAF Leuchars have...

      Helicopters: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times his Department has provided top-cover fixed wing search and rescue assets for a search and rescue mission in each of the last three years;...

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF personnel are based at each base in Northern Ireland.

      Royal Irish Regiment: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Irish Regiment soldiers have been killed in action in Iraq since the commencement of the Iraq war.

      Territorial Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect on recruitment to the Territorial Army of the effect...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements her Department has made to support failed Iranian asylum seekers to arrange their departure to Iran.

    • British Parking Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials of her Department have had with the British Parking...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of food purchased by her Department was produced in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010; and if she will...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many away days her Department has held since May 2010; what the location was of each such away day; how many staff attended; and what the...

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been held by the UK Border Agency in pre-departure accommodation at (a) Tinsley house, (b) Brook house, (c) Colnbrook,...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for extradition from the UK in 2011 (a) were granted, (b) were denied and (c) remain outstanding; and from which countries...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any evidence was received by the independent review of the UK's extradition arrangements that the Government plans not to publish;...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the full evidence received by the Baker review into extradition.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce human trafficking.

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suspected sham marriages were reported to the UK Border Agency by Sham Marriage Officers in 2011.

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the proportion of dioceses which have a Sham Marriage Officer in post.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 12 December 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr M Akram.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) she, (b) other Ministers in her Department and (c) senior officials in...

      Organised Crime: Injunctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gang injunctions have been issued since 9 January 2012; and what monitoring system she has put in place to ensure their effectiveness.

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on (a) Public Health England's new responsibility for all drug recovery...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her assessment is of the present level of threat from dissident IRA terrorists on the UK mainland.

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what ongoing trials her Department is undertaking for the purpose of improving its operations; and what the cost to the public purse has been...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Oxbridge-IT Ltd was awarded a contract with the UK Border Agency; when and for what reason this contract was terminated; and if she will...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the capacity of UK Border Agency staff to improve their performance in respect of enforced removals.

  • Attorney-General

    • Bribery

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the successful application by the Serious Fraud Office to confiscate dividends paid by...

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to improve the support it provides to victims and witnesses.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Attorney-General when he expects the review by the Crown Prosecution Service of the laws on human trafficking to be published.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Attorney-General how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) he, (b) other Ministers in the Law Officers’ Departments and (c) senior officials in the...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were launched by the (a) Crown Prosecution Service and (b) Serious Fraud Office in each (i) of the last five years and (ii) month from April...

      Public Order Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions he has had with the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire on prosecution under section 5 of the Public Order Act...

  • Health

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many events on the parliamentary estate the National Clinical Director for Diabetes has attended since his appointment.

      Drugs: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that imported unlicensed medicines contain directions for use in English; and over what timetable.

      First Aid: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to NHS trusts on the provision of cardio pulmonary resuscitation courses for the public; what his policy is on...

      Hawkpoint Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons he had dinner with Hawkpoint Partners on 30 June 2011.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways his Department monitors global health and its effect on health levels in the UK.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Change4Life campaign will be funded in the future; and what current projects are being carried out as part of the campaign.

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to update the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment framework to include the numbers of children in need in the core data set.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for the NHS Healthcheck programme was in 2011; and what its budget will be in 2012.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that the influenza vaccine should be compulsory for all public and private sector care workers.

      IVF: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the likely financial savings to the public purse of the Care Quality Commission taking over IVF regulation; (2)...

      Maternity Services: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of maternity services in the Bury North constituency.

      Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of out-of-area treatments for mental health patients were categorised as due to no local capacity in each primary care trust area in...

      Midwives: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress strategic health authorities have made in meeting targets for local midwife recruitment.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (a) has not published any public health guidance since May 2011 and (b) is not...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which service reconfigurations (1) were covered by the Department's moratorium on future and on-going reconfiguration proposals; and what the outcome...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were added to the organ donor register in each (a) county and (b) region in England in each of the last five years.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish his Department's planned White Paper on adult social care.

      Tranquillisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many companies hold licences for the manufacture or distribution of the Z drug tranquillisers (a) Zopiclone, (b) Zaleplon, (c) Zolpidem and (d)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Childbirth: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the birth rate was in (a) Bury North constituency and (b) Greater Manchester in the most recent period for which figures are available.

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010; and if he will make a...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) senior officials in his...

      Public Sector: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward legislative proposals to impose a statutory duty on public sector companies to pay invoices from private sector (a) suppliers...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding his Department (a) has allocated and (b) plans to allocate to the National Citizens Service programme in (i) London and (ii) England in...

  • Justice

    • Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with (i) representatives of the funeral profession and (ii) the...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of his Department’s invoices from its private sector suppliers were paid (a) within 14 days, (b) between 15 and 30...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to support victims of domestic violence during the judicial process.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps he has taken to improve the procedures of family courts.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to mitigate adverse effects on children arising from their participation in court proceedings.

      Family Law: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which services in the Family Justice Council funded in 2010-11 will not be funded in 2011-12.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many decisions to award legal aid were reviewed by an independent panel in each of the last five years; and how many such reviews were successful.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of reviewing decisions of the Legal Services Commission in each of the last five years.

      London Olympics 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) senior officials in his...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter of 24 November 2011 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms C. McCall.

      Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the target time is for his Department to approve the transfer of mentally ill offenders from prisons to alternative hospitals; and what the average...

      Prisoners: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of each meal provided to a prisoner was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted foreign nation offenders from EU member states have been returned to secure detention in their own countries since the introduction of...

      Prisons: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on procuring products and services by each prison in 2010-11.

      Prisons: Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many clinical psychiatrists are working in prisons; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of that number.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what process is used to obtain security clearance for pastoral visits to HM prisons; and how long that process is expected to take.

      Probation: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on procuring products and services by each probation service in 2010-11.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce the level of reoffending by people sentenced to community sentences.

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many trials started late in each month since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he had with the Northern Ireland Executive Security Minister before the release of the ‘Getting it right for victims and...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps his Department has taken to work with the third sector on support for victims of crime.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to reduce reoffending by young offenders.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) internal and (b) external investigations have been undertaken into self-harm, suicide and restraint in secure training centres in the last...

  • Education

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of his Department’s invoices from its privatesector suppliers were paid (a) within 14 days, (b) between 15 and 30...

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010; and if he will make a...

      Maternity Services: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage health services and local authority children’s services to share live-birth data.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) senior officials in his...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children awaiting an assessment of special educational needs statement or appropriate placement have not been in school or any other...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the effect of proposals in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Green Paper...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the introduction of Education, Health and Care Plans on the proportion of people with (a) special...

      Teachers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of teachers who were made redundant in each county in England in each of the last five years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average Band D council tax was in each English local authority in (a) 1984, (b) 1997 and (c) 2010; and what the...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many cases of data loss or breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many temporary staff have been recruited to his Department between September and November 2011.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish the prospectus for his proposal on weekly bin collections.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there are in each local authority in England; and what proportion of such properties are in areas...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of unoccupied properties in (a) Kensington and Chelsea, (b) Durham, (c) Northumberland,...

      Empty Property: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there are in (a) Bury North constituency and (b) the Metropolitan borough of Bury.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters in each region have been injured as a result of an assault while on duty in the last year.

      High Street Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with senior representatives of large retail organisations to seek their assistance in implementing...

      Housing Revenue Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish information on sums paid to and received by each local authority as part of his planned reform of the Housing...

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps local communities can take to instigate a revision of a local development framework (LDF); and what powers (a) the...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to publish his Department's consultation document on park homes.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) forecast and (b) actual yield was for national non-domestic rates in each of the last 20 years.

      Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2011, Official Report, column 483W, on freedom of information, whether his Department still...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) senior...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to streamline the process of planning applications by businesses.

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the number of (a) one, (b) two and (c) three bedroom social housing properties in (i) Barnsley...

      Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in each local authority in England are classed as second homes.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on the role of local authorities in reform of social care; and if he will make a...

      Travellers: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Gypsies and Travellers have been evicted from authorised sites in each of the last three years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2012, Official Report, columns 1021-2W, on council tax, if he will place in the Library copies of the...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that the new disability living allowance assessment does not disqualify people with pervasive developmental disorders from...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the support group receiving employment and support allowance reside in each county in England.

      Employment Schemes: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what programmes his Department has to assist graduates into employment.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the change in the level of savings which will accrue from the implementation of a household benefit cap policy...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much additional Discretionary Housing Payment he has allocated in respect of (a) the household benefit cap and (b) under-occupation; and...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he expects to pay to local authorities in Discretionary Housing Payment in each year of the Comprehensive Spending Review period;...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of abolition of the Independent Living Fund on the number of people in residential care.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he had with users of the Independent Living Fund before taking the decision to end the fund.

      Local Authorities: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer of 1 February 2012, Official Report, column 920, what work his Department carried out with local authorities; and...

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that pension funds contribute to more responsible capitalism; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of benefits claimants (a) on the Isle of Wight and (b) in Inner London receive benefits over £25,000 per year.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Weaver Vale constituency, (b) Doncaster North constituency and (c) the UK receive over £26,000 per annum in benefits.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Hyndburn constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England he estimates will be affected by each of the benefit caps proposed...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working age households in Halton constituency were in receipt of benefits that totalled more than the proposed benefit cap under the...

      Social Security Benefits: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in the Brighton and Hove local authority area will be affected by his proposed benefits cap.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many couples with children who work between 16 and 24 hours a week included at least one partner who claims (a) carers allowance, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of registered benefit claimants from outside the EU, who originally came to the UK to work, study or visit, who...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children will be affected by the proposed cap on benefits affecting their parent or carer in each (a) local authority area and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants he estimates will be affected by his proposed cap on benefits in each Scottish (a) local authority area and (b)...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on planned reforms to the funding of social care.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether wage subsidies under the Youth Contract will be equally divided among Work programme providers in each contract package area.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his planned reforms of working tax credit, if he will make it his policy that couples with children who are unable to...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Angard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ask the Post Office to prepare and publish an evaluation of the (a) services provided by and (b) employment policy of...

    • Angard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Post Office on (a) outstanding pay owed to employees and (b) ongoing disputes with employees...

      Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

      Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his plans are for the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) economic research was conducted and (b) advice was sought in preparation of (i) Impact Assessment BIS0315, Protecting...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions officials in his Department have had with officials of the European Commission on the proposal to introduce a...

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings of the EU Council of Ministers has the Minister of State for Universities and Science attended since May 2011.

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects of implementing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in (a) the UK and...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of food purchased by his Department was produced in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 January 2012, Official Report, column 31WS, on cost of ministerial cars,...

      Foreign Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he supports the inclusion of data exclusivity in the text of the EU-India Free Trade agreement; and what conversations he...

      Higher Education: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications were submitted by residents of (a) Stockton North constituency, (b) the borough of Stockton-on-Tees,...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote the transfer of innovative university research to the commercial sector.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many sub-post offices closed in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the (i) chief executive and (ii) Chairman of Royal...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what expenses were claimed by the (a) chief executive and (b) Chairman of Royal Mail in the last two years.

      Shares: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the use of shareholders' details obtained from companies under sections 116 to 120 of the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of further education student loans on the number of individuals who will study health,...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the funding allocated for further education student loans will limit the number of students aged 24 or above who wish to...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the total amount of further education (FE) loans and interest on those loans a FE student will repay...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total combined loan (a) value and (b) repayment plus interest will be for an access to higher education student who...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what modelling his Department has prepared on the financial implications of introducing further education student loans; and if...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether legislation will be introduced in the next Session of Parliament to establish a groceries code adjudicator.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to reduce the number of unpaid internships.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the United States regarding the possibility of the President issuing an executive order to lift the...

    • Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 31 January (WA 301), what is the policy of the relevant department about the wearing of Merchant Navy...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 24 January (WA 199), whether they have made representations to the Government of Bahrain about the...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or UK Financial Investments or any other Government entity is party to or a signatory of the employment contract of any director of Royal Bank of...

      Biological Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries they understand to be maintaining active biological weapons research programmes.

      Biological Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made about ensuring that the Biological Weapons Convention has an adequate compliance verification mechanism.

      Broadcasting: Press TV

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask Ofcom to provide their reasoning for revoking the licence of the Press TV English service.

      Children: Parenting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many children do not normally reside in a household which includes their father. To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate...

      Croatia: EU Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the accession of Croatia to the European Union; and, if so, (1) what assessment they have made of the fairness of the recent referendum...

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the totality of (1) private sector debt in the United Kingdom, and (2) public sector debt.

      Education: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the equality impact assessment with regard to the ending of the two specialist consultancy services...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports from Egypt of attacks on Copts and their homes in the village of Kobry-el-Sharbat (el-Ameriya), Alexandria.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the current commissioning arrangements for in vitro fertilisation treatment funded by the National Health...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the proposed reforms of the National Health Service, what plans they have for the future commissioning of in vitro fertilisation treatment funded...

      Energy: Energy Company Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number and percentage of low income and vulnerable households living in fuel poverty that will benefit from the Energy...

      Energy: Energy Company Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number and percentage of hard-to-treat homes in terms of energy efficiency that will benefit from the Energy Company...

      Energy: Oil and Coal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the amount of energy that will be derived from oil in the United Kingdom by 2025 and 2050. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, since May 2010, what licences have been awarded for the export of military equipment; to which companies, and for which country; and, in each case, whether...

      Government Departments: Accountancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many written instructions have been provided by Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the Accounting Officer for the Department in...

      Government Departments: Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the titles of any Government files in the National Archives at Kew dealing with the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland dating from the period before...

      Government Departments: Restructuring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on restructuring the department in each month since May 2010; how it was...

      Government Departments: Running Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of running the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in each of the past three years.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants employed by HM Treasury and each of its agencies were (1) prosecuted, and (2) convicted of a criminal offence, and how many were as a...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants employed by HM Revenue and Customs and each of its agencies were (1) prosecuted, and (2) convicted of a criminal offence, and how many were...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) administrative assistants, (2) administrative officers, (3) executive officers, (4) higher executive officers, (5) senior executive officers, (6)...

      Government Departments: Stationery

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

      Government Departments: Transparency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional data they have published as part of their open public services commitment since the formation of the coalition Government.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 25 January (WA 239), why discussions with the Government of the United States concerning the release...

      Health: HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will examine the effect which the Department for International Development spending freeze is having on the Global Fund's efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS,...

      Health: Tropical Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding will be made available to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to support their efforts to eliminate elephantiasis; whether they see the...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the debate on international development policy on 1 December 2011, what initiatives they have taken in connection with the Secretary of State for...

      Institutional Investors: Voting Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances they would require institutional investors to publish details on how they vote at public shareholder meetings as permitted under Section 1277...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any restrictions on the reception of the BBC Persian service in Iran.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the alleged beating of the co-director of the Beit Arabiya Peace Centre; and about the arrest...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about reports of Israeli settlers having broken into Joseph's Tomb, near Nablus, under protection...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they and the Quartet will discuss with the Government of Israel the conditions in which Palestinian child detainees are held.

      Local Healthwatch

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the costs arising from requiring local authorities to put out to competitive tender contracts to run local healthwatch organisations.

      Mongolia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term prospects for bilateral relations with Mongolia; and whether the Prime Minister has plans to receive the Mongolian...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence quality standards are currently in development for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and motor...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they continue to support the national minimum wage.

      NHS: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to implement a requirement for up-front payments by foreign nationals before treatment in the National Health Service except in the case of...

      Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what tonnage of shipping passed through the port of Liverpool, in or out, during the six months ended 31 December 2011.

      Prisoners: Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 20 December 2011 (WA 372), which Council of Europe member countries (1) currently prohibit convicted prisoners...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many appointments to public bodies have been made since formation of the coalition Government. To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of appointees to...

      Publishing: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in their review of copyright law they propose to abolish licensing arrangements for published works in the education sector.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to government departments on the requirement to answer Questions for Written Answer tabled in the House of Lords within 10 working days;...

      Republic of Macedonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees about the commitment by the Republic of Macedonia of social housing and...

      Republic of Macedonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the Republic of Macedonia about support and housing for Kosovo Roma refugees.

      Republic of Macedonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of the Republic of Macedonia regarding the provision of education and post-traumatic stress disorder...

      Schools: Grammar Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in relation to grammar school expansion, there is a limit as to where an annex to a grammar school can be situated; and, if not, whether they envisage a...

      Shipping: Ship-to-ship Transfers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of ship-to-ship transfer of oil off the coast of Southwold, Suffolk, following their decision last year to allow...

      Sport: Membership Subscriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what protections will be put in place to protect consumers from being locked into long-term contracts, which cannot be cancelled, with private gyms.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they would be able to veto the introduction of a financial transaction tax based on the residence principle in respect of trades executed in London.

      Transport: Public Address Announcements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued any guidance about ensuring that public address announcements on trains and buses can be clearly understood.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 25 January (WA 251-2), whether the Eurostat definition of unemployment for full-time students during...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have made to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540; and what steps they are taking to encourage other nations to respond to Resolution...

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