Written answers

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

  • Health

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) data loss and (b) breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Health 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 of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of progress in implementing the National Service Framework for diabetes; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Drugs: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to prevent the sale of counterfeit medicine.

      Gynaecology: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that women with symptomatic fibroids have access to a range of treatments, including Uterine Artery Embolisation.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS North West London has budgeted for (a) establishing the eight clinical commissioning groups, (b) staff redundancies at primary care trusts...

      Hinchingbrooke Hospital: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Hinchingbrooke hospital is required to comply with Government buying standards for food and catering services.

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times were for (a) private and (b) NHS patients for diagnosis and treatment of (i) cancer, (ii) orthopaedic and (iii) cardiovascular...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of IVF treatment.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on each major cost area in the seasonal influenza immunisation programme in 2012.

      Mental Illness: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to primary care trusts on the procurement of drugs for the treatment of mental health disorders.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many pieces of guidance his Department has issued to the National Health Service on the Health and Social Care Bill; and how much was spent on...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Secretary of State has any plans to issue a revised version of A Code of Conduct for Private Practice: Recommended Standards of Practice for...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of Best Practice Tariffs on improving quality and spreading best practice in the NHS.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to enable clinical commissioners to (a) undertake formal training and (b) obtain qualifications in commissioning.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to make any further investment in his Supermeals campaign.

      Obesity: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what proportion of its budget Leicester City Primary Care Trust has spent on bariatric surgery since January 2011.

      Radiotherapy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients from Northern Ireland have been refused referral for cyberknife treatment in England; (2) what discussions he has had with his...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered social workers were employed by local authorities in England in adult services in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Unum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions officials in his Department have met representatives from UNUM; and on how many occasions representatives from UNUM have met members...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the types of discounts on council tax payment are that he proposes local authorities will be able to extinguish under...

    • Departmental Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much redundancy pay was paid to civil servants in his Department in each month between September and November 2011.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have made representations to his Department on the potential effects of reductions to local housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence received by his Department from local authorities on the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what correspondence he has received from (a) individuals and (b) institutions on the potential effect of (i) reductions in local...

      Local Government Finance Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish draft regulations relating to the Local Government Finance Bill; and whether they will be available...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change Convention: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has made to the Canadian government on its withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol.

    • Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made on identifying a successor to the Kyoto Protocol since the Durban conference.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the lifetime levelised costs of combined heat and power plants.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to oblige energy companies to give domestic customers the option of paying their bills by post.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to oblige energy companies to disclose to domestic customers the estimated meter readings on which...

      Energy: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to assist businesses to reduce their energy bills.

      Energy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of jobs supported by the energy efficiency sector in the UK in the latest period for which...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made in ensuring that those with pre-payment meters for energy supplies are not overcharged.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to ensure that all people over 75 years old are automatically placed on the cheapest tariff by their gas...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in the (a) private rented, (b) social and (c) owner-occupied sector in (i) England, (ii) Rossendale and (iii)...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, columns 133-4W, on Green Deal scheme, what steps he plans to take to...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has discussed with the Behavioural Insight Team the use of his recently announced additional funding to encourage take-up of...

      Homesun Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 26 January 2012, Official Report, column 15, on Homesun Holdings, whether his Department has sought any...

      London Olympics 2012

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

      Marine Energy Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to establish a Marine Energy Park in the (a) Severn Estuary and (b) Pentland Firth.

      Photovoltaics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 26 January 2012, Official Report, column 391, on photovoltaics, what evidence his Department used to...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the prospects for an underspend in the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme; and whether he plans to...

      Renewable Energy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the renewable energy industry.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 11 January 2012, Official Report, column 324W, on Warm Front scheme, how many households in each...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) West Ham constituency and (b) the London borough of Newham received funding through Warm Front in each of...

      Wind Power: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what individual constraint payments were made to wind farm companies outside the balancing mechanism.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department plans to allocate to its proposed antisocial behaviour toolkit for the retraining of (a) police officers, (b)...

    • Civil Disorder: Lancashire Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the cost of sending officers from Lancashire Constabulary to assist the Metropolitan Police with public disorder in...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on procuring products and services by each police authority in 2010-11.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to prevent the misuse of devices provided under the Mobile Information Programme.

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 December 2011, Official Report, columns 125-7WS, on the National Policing Improvement...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national criminals imprisoned in the west midlands were removed from the UK in 2011.

      Organised Crime: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of gang-related violence were recorded by the Metropolitan police in each of the last five years; and if she will...

      Organised Crime: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gangs have been identified in each west midlands local authority area.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures her Department has ceased requiring the police to undertake since May 2010.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what means potential candidates for police and crime commissioners will be vetted to ensure they are not disbarred by virtue of (a)...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the cost of holding elections for police commissioners in (a) Preston and (b) Lancashire in 2011; and what additional...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the costs of elected police commissioners in financial year (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and from...

      Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of expenditure (a) overall and (b) per head of population on police and community support officers in each local...

      Police: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has prepared a risk register in relation to the establishment of the new police information and communications technology company.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she considers herself bound by the recent decision of the Police Arbitration Tribunal on pay and conditions for the police.

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to support existing safer neighbourhood campaigns.

      West Midlands Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential impact of reductions in the funding of West Midlands police on (a) road safety and (b) the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes to the lower rate of disability living allowance on the social care budgets of...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful appeals there were against refusal to grant (a) employment and support allowance and (b) disability living allowance in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse of housing benefit or local housing allowance within the private rented sector was in (a) London and (b)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the policy of paying housing benefit directly to tenants; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases local authorities paid housing benefit directly to landlords due to rent arrears of (a) less and (b) more than eight weeks in...

      Housing Benefit: Bedford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of housing benefit there were in (a) Bedford constituency, (b) the east of England and (c) the UK in each of the last five...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average ratio is of personal advisers to clients at Jobcentre Plus offices in London.

      Jobcentre Plus: Barking and Dagenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio is of personal advisers to clients at Jobcentre Plus offices in Barking and Dagenham.

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the potential (a) costs and (b) benefits to pension savers associated with high portfolio turnover; and if...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to bring forward proposals for an enhanced basic state pension.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claimants who will be affected by the proposed benefits cap in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) Bolton...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse was of benefit fraud since May 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Gravesham constituency who have never made national insurance contributions are in receipt of each type of benefit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of school-age children living in households in receipt of universal credit in each of the next five...

      Universal Credit: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff employed by his Department in Lancashire will be made redundant as a result of the introduction of universal credit.

      Work Programme: High Peak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the Work programme in High Peak constituency in increasing levels of employment.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2012, Official Report, column 4W, on entertainers: Afghanistan, what the name was of each of the show business...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his Afghan counterpart on the number of Afghan personnel needed to assist each branch of the UK armed forces located in...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the biannual change of brigade and its leadership on the effectiveness of operations in Afghanistan.

      Air Force: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to move the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Team from RAF Kinloss.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the effects will be on (a) the size of the Cadet Force and (b) the funding available to them for equipment if budget reductions are made in his...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to equip the Mark-8 MOD 1 delivery vehicles with lithium-ion batteries.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pieces of heavy duty cutting equipment capable of assisting with the rescue of injured armed forces personnel from armoured vehicles are...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department spent on (a) warehousing, (b) staff, (c) IT and (d) transport costs for managing its defence inventory in the latest period...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans his Department has to (a) close and (b) reduce in size locations in Germany used for the warehousing of defence inventory items; and...

      Defence Equipment: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he plans to start the procurement process for the defence logistics supply chain (storage and distribution) business; and what the timetable...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) his Department, (b) the Chief of the Defence Staff, (c) the Chief of the General Staff, (d) the Chief of the Air Staff, (e) the First Sea...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 of...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Guided Weapons: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the demonstrator contract for the Sea Ceptor missile he estimates will be spent in Scotland.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the full service date is for the RAF Voyager aircraft; (2) how many successful (a) operational and (b) training in-flight refuelling missions...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2012, Official Report, columns 575-6W, on military aircraft, how many (a) Apache, (b) Gazelle, (c) Hawk T1/T1A/T1W,...

      Military Aircraft: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department is of deploying (a) Typhoon and (b) Tornado aircraft; how many people are needed to operate each such aircraft; and if he...

      Military Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what efficiency savings have been made on maintenance of Royal Air Force planes.

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

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

      Puma Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to reduce the order for life-extended Puma helicopters.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the market value of RAF Northolt; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the future of RAF Northolt; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the future of RAF Northolt; and if he will make a statement.

      Third Sector

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

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what alternative sites have been identified at which Trident submarines could be located.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Sea Viper system is fully operational on the Type 45 Destroyers (a) on operations and (b) available for operations.

      USA: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Air Force and (b) Royal Navy personnel he expects to begin training with US forces as part of the US/UK Carrier Co-operation project...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental Travel

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

      Highways Agency: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many planning applications for development for economic development and regeneration have been (a) stopped and (b) delayed as a result of...

      M1: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the roadworks on the M1 motorway in the vicinity of junction 19 to be completed with all lanes reopened and the temporary lower speed...

      M1: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the roadworks south of junction 13 of the M1 motorway to be completed with all lanes reopened and the temporary lower speed limit removed.

      M1: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what offences other than speeding have been detected by the fixed gantry cameras on the M1 motorway in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) Hertfordshire; and...

      Network Rail: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the costs were of compensation claims (a) received, (b) investigated and (c) settled by Network Rail for damage to property caused by train...

      Transport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her Department spent on (a) all transport, (b) light rail and tram schemes and (c) bus subsidies in each local authority area in England and Wales...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with external bodies on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland 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...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (b) other on the implications of the provisions of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010;...

    • Tourism: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how many (a) overseas and (b) UK tourists visited (i) Cumbria and (ii) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in each of...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, for what reason the Independent Parliamentary Standards...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to publish an analysis of the effectiveness of Project Merlin after the expiry of the agreement with the banks.

    • Banks: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue from taxes was received from the banking industry in each year between 2001 and 2010.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what safeguards his Department plans to put in place to ensure that lower funding costs for banks as a result of credit easing are passed on to small businesses.

      Canal and River Trust: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequentials will result from the Government's grant to the Canal and River Trust.

      Climate Change Levy: Metals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which businesses he expects to be affected by proposals to change the climate change levy for metal recycling processes.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with each devolved Administration on the devolution of responsibility for corporation tax.

      Corporation Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on the yield in corporation tax from (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) England and Wales and (d) the UK if the taxable...

      Corporation Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the yield in corporation tax was from (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) England and Wales and (d) the UK in each of the last four financial years.

      Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the availability of counterfeit (a) alcohol and (b) cigarettes sold in shops.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 days, (c)...

      Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written statement of 31 January 2012, Official Report, column 38WS, on bilateral loan: Ireland, what the rate of interest payable is on the...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has given any consideration to the possibility of allowing seasonal variations of business rates in high tourism areas to encourage...

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with pension funds on the allocation of funding for infrastructure under his memorandum of understanding with pension funds; how...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people affected by his proposed change to hours worked before claiming tax credits.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish an updated version of Table A2 in the June 2010 Budget taking account of changes to tax credits since that time.

  • Prime Minister

    • India: European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last discussed the bid by BAe Systems to sell the Typhoon to India with the Indian Prime Minister.

    • London Olympics 2012

      To ask the Prime Minister how many invitations to attend events at the London 2012 Olympics (a) he and (b) his senior officials have accepted; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential consequences of the Taliban establishing a political office based in Qatar.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) any official contact has taken place and (b) there are any future plans for contact between representatives of the...

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact he has had with the authorities in Bahrain about recent developments in that country.

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the situation in Bahrain.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of (a) data loss and (b) breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) Iranian economy and (b) effect of the international sanctions regime on that...

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact he has had with his counterpart in Turkey on matters related to Iran in recent weeks.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of his Department's staff speak (a) French, (b) Arabic, (c) Mandarin, (d) Hindi, (e) Urdu and (f) Spanish.

      Middle East: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what analysis his Department has carried out on the potential effect on world trade of a closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential regional consequences of recent changes in North Korea.

      North Korea: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact he has had with the Government of North Korea since the death of Kim Jong-il.

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential consequences of recent changes to the regime in North Korea on efforts to stem...

      Pakistan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official contact he has had with the President of Pakistan in the last three months.

      Pakistan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official contact he has had with leaders of opposition political parties in Pakistan in the last three months.

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential consequences of upcoming assembly elections in Pakistan; and if he will make a...

      Schools: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on school fees at each school for children of its staff in each of the last two years.

  • Justice

    • Animal Welfare: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will give consideration to making so-called animal crush images illegal by bringing forward proposals to amend the Sexual Offences Act.

    • Dangerous Driving: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received from (a) organisations representing cyclists, (b) organisations promoting road safety and (c) individuals on the...

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the sentencing of car drivers found to be responsible for road traffic accidents...

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the (a) type and (b) length of sentences awarded for offences of causing death by careless driving; and if he will make a...

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received from (a) organisations representing cyclists, (b) organisations promoting road safety and (c) individuals on the (i)...

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the consideration given to previous driving offences in determining sentences for those convicted of (a) causing death by...

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department will meet members of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group to discuss sentencing guidelines for...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's definition of hardship is; and what recent discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) local authorities to...

      Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to strengthen the test of substantial harm in the Defamation Bill.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Justice 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 of...

  • International Development

    • Children: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many children have received vaccinations funded by his Department in (a) Africa and (b) globally since May 2010.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many cases of (a) data loss and (b) breaches of confidentiality occurred in his Department in 2011.

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps he plans to take to increase the proportion of the EU budget which is spent on Millennium Development Goal-focused...

      Olympic Games 2012

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had on pensions for senior civil servants; and if he will make a statement.

    • Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of jobs in the voluntary sector in the next three years.

      Public Bodies Act 2011

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of implementation of the Public Bodies Act 2011.

      Public Bodies Act 2011

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the likely effects of implementation of the Public Bodies Act 2011.

      Consultancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on consultancy in the last year for which figures are available.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many pensioners were employed in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; (2) how many people aged 18 or under were employed in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

  • Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Children's Commissioner for England report, A Child Rights Impact Assessment of the Welfare Reform Bill, what assessment he has...

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce the eligibility rules for free school meals following introduction of universal credit.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many children have received A* to C grades in GCSE (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c) geography and (d) sciences in High Peak constituency in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to reply to the letter of 21 December 2011 from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield on Cadbury Sixth Form College.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to introduce teaching about healthy relationships in schools.

      Primary Education: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which primary schools are under consideration to be required to become academies; and whether any such schools are in Lambeth.

      Reading: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support his Department plans to provide to teachers to administer the proposals on phonics screening at age six; and whether any such support will...

      School Leaving: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the level of literacy and numeracy of (a) primary school leavers and (b) secondary school leavers from...

      Schools: English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding was allocated to schools in Dartford constituency for the teaching of the International Baccalaureate in each of the last five years.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals were entered for GCSEs in the three separate...

      Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of children in schools participating in the Year 1 phonics screening checked pilots were not checked because of (a) a...

      Teachers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers in each English region have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for disciplinary offences related to inappropriate use of the...

      Teachers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish information on teacher sickness absence in academic year 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of people aged between 21 and 25 who entered the teaching profession through (a) PGCEs, (b) graduate teacher...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs withholding payments under the (a) Single...

    • Banks: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had on the role of banks held in public ownership in achieving socially beneficial objectives.

      Business: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of small businesses that will cease trading as a result of the ending...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has quantified the monetary (a) costs and (b) benefits to the principal affected groups of implementing...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has any plans to review the economic assessment of the proposals contained in his Department's consultation paper on...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will (a) publish and (b) place in the Library copies of the responses his Department has received to date to its...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent procuring products and services in 2010-11.

      Higher Education: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the devolved administrations on policy issues relating to the widening of...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Higher Education Funding Council for England and (b) Universities UK on steps to...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Land Registry will be moved from the Ministry of Justice to his Department; and what the cost will be.

      Student Loans Company: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the terms and conditions offered to the chief executive...

      Student Loans Company: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the appointment of the chief executive of the Student Loans Company will be a joint appointment between HM Government and...

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of student debt of adult learners who progress to higher education (a) after a further...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council on future funding of post-graduate...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have successfully negotiated exit routes for military equipment to be used during or following the phased withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times since November 2010 Tornado aircraft have been called for and used ordnance in support of United Kingdom ground forces in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many flying hours have been completed by Tornado aircraft based in Afghanistan.

      Assisted Dying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ensure that the recent Council of Europe agreement that "euthanasia, in the sense of the intentional killing by act or omission of a...

      Aviation: Fuel Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the rate of VAT levied in each member state in the European Union on aviation fuel; and how these compare to that in the United Kingdom.

      Blasphemy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the common-law offence of blasphemy is maintained in Northern Ireland but not in the rest of the United Kingdom, in the light of the recommendation by the...

      Building Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review their decision to drop the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), in the light of their agenda to...

      Care Services: Means-testing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, if a person places their home into a trust for the benefit of themselves and others, that home is then excluded from consideration in the application of...

      Church of England: Salaries and Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of Church of England clergy who are paid (1) more than £35,000 per annum, or (2) less than £35,000 per annum, who...

      Coastal Pathways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which sections of coastland in Cumbria and Merseyside have coastal paths.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 January 2012 (WA 22-3), what information the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Gene...

      Energy: Forecasts and Estimates

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

      Energy: Solar Power

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

      Ghana

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will have discussions with the Government of Ghana, the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union, on the monitoring of the...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 12 January (WA 108), what plans they have to identify how many of the local authorities who completed their...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 16 January (WA 115-16), what proposals they have to monitor the use local authorities are making of the...

      Health: Clinical Physiologists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their decision to regulate public health consultants, why they have not decided to regulate clinical physiologists who undertake sensitive work.

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom citizens are believed to have died from mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases since the collection of such figures began; and what is...

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average life expectancy of those who contract mesothelioma, from the time of diagnosis until death.

      Housing: Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the proposal in the European Union capital markets directive IV that mortgagors who are 90 days in arrears should be considered in default.

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the whole of Northumberland to have access to superfast broadband.

      Justice and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the responses to the public consultation on the Justice and Security Green Paper.

      Justice and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what responses they have received from the police and prison services to the Green Paper on Justice and Security.

      Justice and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to the 27 cases referred to in paragraph 11 of annexe J to the Green Paper on Justice and Security, what proportion of those cases they consider could...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much public money will be saved under the changes to the way in which mesothelioma cases are dealt with in the courts provided...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remark by Lord McNally on 30 January (Official Report, col. 1431) in connection with the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill...

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of putting out to tender contracts to act as hosts to local involvement networks.

      Money: Pound Sterling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a table showing the value of the pound in each year since 1992 against an index of 100 for the value of the pound in 1974.

      NHS: Patient Satisfaction and Value

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess the value for money, operational effectiveness and patient satisfaction of new hospitals such as the new Pembury Hospital, Kent.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 5 December 2011 (WA 128-9), why the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive are listed...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (WA 65-6), why the pension liabilities of the University Superannuation Scheme are not included in the...

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose a system of courts, with nearby remand and post-conviction prisons, to try pirates captured in the Indian Ocean and adjoining seas.

      Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what public expenditure has been incurred under the provisions of the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 in each of the past five years.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many academies have been established since May 2010.

      Schools: Profit-making

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances private organisations will be able to run state schools for profit.

      Shipping: "Westwind II"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the cargo ship "Westwind II" was arrested in Portland harbour; and whether they will intervene to ensure that the crew receive their unpaid wages and are...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many Somali pirates have been jailed each year since 2009, and in which countries; and how many have been released without...

      White Phosphorus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why a phosphorus artillery shell has been approved for use by NATO forces, in the light of international restrictions on the use of white phosphorus.

      World Health Organisation: Awards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the World Health Organisation Innovations in Health Worker Migration Award announced on 1 February 2012; and whether they will be...

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