Written answers

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

  • Justice

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contracts his Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) value is of each such contract.

    • Business: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to private companies.

      Dangerous Driving: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of death through (a) careless and (b) dangerous driving were recorded (i) in total and (ii) involving illegal levels of alcohol in (A)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on enterprise resource planning systems in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on external legal services in the last year.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on payment to private companies in lieu of salary and how many (a) payroll staff and (b) non-payroll staff, including...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many senior civil servants left his Department and its public bodies in each month since May 2010; what their names are; what the rate of turnover of...

      Family Law: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice by what percentage the budget for private and public family law legal aid will be reduced in 2014-15 compared to 2009-10 if the Legal Aid, Sentencing and...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to apply the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to (a) navigation authorities and (b) the conservators of the...

      Judiciary: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many judges have been (a) investigated and (b) disciplined by the Office for Judicial Complaints in each year since 2004; and what disciplinary steps...

      Judiciary: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases have been investigated by the judicial appointments and conduct ombudsman in each of the last three years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice by what percentage the criminal legal aid budget will be reduced in 2014-15 compared to 2009-10 if the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice by what percentage the budget for social welfare legal aid will be reduced in 2014-15 compared to 2009-10 if the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims brought by employees for (a) negligence and (b) breach of statutory duty were made against his Department in each of the last 10 years;...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to use his power under section 5 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to designate London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games as...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) for what offences prisoners were serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) (a) who have been released and (b) who are still in...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what average period in excess of their tariff has been served by prisoners given an indeterminate sentence for public protection and subsequently...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection have served more than (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) two years, (d) three...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the prisoners who committed suicide in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011 had been in prison for less than one (i) week and (ii) month.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy that the July 2012 safer custody bulletin should include the (a) date of first reception into custody and (b) sentence...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 614W, on Manoucehr Bahmanzadeh, (1) whether his Department is having discussions on...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many homes were repossessed in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many homes were repossessed in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) east Lancashire and (c) Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Society of Editors: Media Lawyers Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Society of Editors and (b) Media Lawyers Association since May 2010; and if he will place in the...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants have had with the European Commission on Directive 2010/64/EU; whether the United Kingdom has...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 5 July 2011, Official Report, columns 86-7WS, on interpretation and translation services how the...

      Young Offenders: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent guidelines his Department issues on the provision of sporting activities for young adult male prisoners aged between 18 and 21; and if...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce the burden of regulation on farmers; and what estimate she has made of the cost to...

    • Common Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the EU sugar regime; and if she will make a statement.

      Dogs: Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department will consider revising the breeding regulations for dogs to reduce the practice of (a) puppy farming and...

      Dogs: Electric Shock Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of her Department's research project on the implications for the welfare of dogs of...

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of farmers earned incomes less than the minimum wage in each of the last five years.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department provided to local food chain initiatives in each of the last five years.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to increase the sustainability of food (a) productivity and (b) security.

      Forestry Commission Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of (a) the cost of a withdrawal of Forestry Commission Wales from Forestry Commission Great...

      Forests: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when negotiations commenced between Dorset County Council and the Forestry Commission into the disposal of a lease of land at...

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions there have been for the offence of a horse owner not having a valid horse passport in each of the last...

      Horticulture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding was provided to (a) the HortLINK programme from (i) her Department and (ii) other sources and (b) research...

      Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines her Department issues on pre-emptive antibiotic use in livestock.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the EU Dairy Package on the milk industry in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what public services his Department delivers online only.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible...

      Licensing: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if his Department will consider placing community sports clubs in Band A for the purposes of alcohol licensing.

      Olympic Games 2012: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) usability of his Department's contract with Applied Language...

      Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2011, Official Report, column 832W, on Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery, how the...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on the introduction of public bank holidays in (a) Wales on St David's Day and (b) England...

      Sports: Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to reduce homophobia and transphobia in sports.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he intends to make a decision on the licence renewal for Channel 3 in Scotland.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what contracts her Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) value is of each such contract.

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to establish (a) the reason and (b) who was responsible for the breach of the 2009-10 pay remit at the Equality and Human...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Veredus

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will place a copy of the contract between the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Veredus Interim Management in respect of the employment...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will support a public debate on the annual report of the Human Trafficking Centre.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussion officials in his Department had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on changes to Part L of...

    • Combined Heat and Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with HM Treasury on the effect on long-term support for combined heat and power...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what public services his Department delivers online only.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have been seconded to his Department from the renewable energy sector.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have been seconded to his Department from the six largest energy suppliers.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will introduce a requirement for electric cars to make a noise to reduce the risk to (a) vision impaired and (b) other...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to page 25 of Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity, what...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of progress by the Local Energy Assessment Fund in supporting community projects which promote domestic...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that any lack of consumer engagement does not adversely affect the timetable for the smart meter rollout.

      Energy: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 476W, on energy: planning permission, for what reasons the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library the guidelines, briefings and policy option documents issued to stakeholders by the Green Deal Code of...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consultancy work his Department has commissioned related to the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation; and when he expects the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what key milestones his Department has set to monitor progress towards the launch of the Green Deal.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to data-sharing between the Government and energy suppliers as a means of identifying and targeting...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what policies his Department has put in place to realise the Government's goal to insulate all lofts and cavities by 2020.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many solid wall insulation installations there were under the Community Energy Saving Programme in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011;...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider visiting the Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire in 2012 for the purpose of meeting workers and management to...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 473, on feed-in tariffs, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 473, on feed-in tariffs, how many solar PV installations (a)...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 474, on feed-in tariffs, what the current installed capacity of...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 474, on feed-in tariffs, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 478, on feed-in tariffs, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Impact Assessment, Comprehensive Review Phase 2A consultation on feed-in tariffs for solar PV, what forecast his...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of projected expenditure on feed-in tariffs within the spending envelope in each year to 2015.

      Severn Water: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will visit the new Severn Water headquarters in Shrewsbury to see the construction methods ensuring an environmentally friendly...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average level of income received was from the feed-in tariff by households with domestic solar PV installations in 2010-11.

  • Wales

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what contracts her Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) value is of each such contract.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials in (a) her Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible are paid (i) £100,000 or...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2012, Official Report, column 577W, how many homes qualified for the affordable homes...

    • Affordable Housing: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new units of affordable housing in the London Borough of Bexley were (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedroom, (c) three...

      Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology was used to determine the amount of funding for each part of the UK in the Coastal Communities Fund.

      Council Housing: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of new local authority homes to be built in (a) Redditch and (b) the West Midlands in...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the expected level of take-up for the Green Deal in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 as of result of...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a two per cent. cap on business rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was provided to businesses through the business rate relief scheme in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions officials in his Department had with officials in the Regulations Oversight Group of the Department for...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he carried out (a) a consultation exercise and (b) an impact assessment prior to the introduction of the Non-domestic...

      Social Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many councils have allocated the 60 per cent. of funding to access the 40 per cent. matched funding from central Government...

      Social Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new family workers he has recruited to work with troubled families; and with which councils they work.

      Social Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the £448 million allocated to the 120,000 families has been allocated to date; and what expressions of interest...

      Urban Areas: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of new retail floor space completed in each year since 2006 based on Valuation Office Agency data was in a town...

      Urban Areas: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of new retail development, in terms of floor space, that has been granted planning permission since January 2008...

      Urban Areas: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals for major retail developments have been recovered for decision by him since January 2008; what those...

      Urban Areas: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps (a) to assess the effectiveness of the Government's ‘town centres first’ policy by monitoring...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will commission a review of planning policy statement 22 on renewable energy.

  • Scotland

    • Devolution: Advocate-General for Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent devolution issues the Advocate-General has considered.

    • STV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on the production status of STV.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on the timing of the renewal of the Channel 3 licence in...

  • Transport

    • Air Travel Organisers' Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time equivalent staff in her Department are working on reform of the Air Travel Organisers Licence.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on means-testing of pensioners' bus passes.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pensioners claimed free bus travel in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since the...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department spent on concessionary bus travel for pensioners in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the...

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much in (a) capital and (b) revenue her Department will spend on (i) the Better Bus Fund, (ii) community transport and (iii) the Green Bus Fund in...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many senior civil servants left her Department and its public bodies in each month since May 2010; what their names are; what the rate of turnover...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she took to ensure Transforming DVLA Services consultation complied with the code of practice on consultations.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the revenue generated by Area Enforcement DVLA enforcement centres in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been allocated to the Plugged-in-Places programme for the purpose of the establishment of plug-in vehicle recharging...

      Fuels: Excise duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on feebate schemes which provide a refund to buyers of new cars for...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what impact assessment her Department carried out prior to plans for the trial of longer semi-trailers in respect of the potential effects on (a)...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will consider commissioning research into the potential risks posed by longer semi-trailers to cyclists and other vulnerable road users; and if...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport has met representatives from (a) cycling organisations, (b) haulage...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral answer to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport of 15 September 2011, Official Report, column 1163, on heavy...

      Rescue Services: Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions fixed wing top cover search and rescue RAF aircraft were (a) requested by and (b) provided to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency...

      Rescue Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans that the bidders for the Long Term Search and Rescue Helicopter contract will be down selected.

      Rescue Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which companies bid for the Long Term Search and Rescue Helicopter contract; and which bidding lot or combination of bidding lots they bid for.

      Rescue Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans that the (a) shortlisted bidder down selection, (b) final tender submission and (c) final contract award will be announced for the Long...

      Rescue Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the contract length between bidding Lot 1 and Lot 2 in the Long Term Search and Rescue Helicopter contract is different.

      Rescue Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the (a) high risk, (b) very high risk and (c) medium risk cells within the Threshold Search and Operating Area are wholly in Scottish...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to reduce the length of time that roads are closed after accidents.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she plans to take to encourage more widespread use of 20 mph limits in communities for the purposes of enabling safer walking and cycling;...

      Transport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2012, Official Report, column 39W, on transport: expenditure, what methodology was used to calculate the total...

  • Home Department

    • Ministers: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Ministers in her Department have the use of grace and favour homes.

    • Animal Welfare: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the likely effects of transposing the EU Directive 2010/63/EU on animal welfare standards into UK law.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers left the country (a) voluntarily and (b) through enforced deportation in each of the last five years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of legacy asylum cases that are archived due to lack of communication with the applicant.

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an estimate of the number of people who have biometric data stored in the UK.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to require police authorities to record crimes relating to public disorder as rioting rather than as violent...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will assess the practice of recording rioting as violent disorder by Nottingham Police Authority and Leicestershire Police...

      Criminal Records: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department since what date the UK has been exchanging data with other EU member states under the terms of the Prüm decision of 2008.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 353W, on the internet, if her Department will make public any decision...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in (a) her Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible are paid (i)...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2012, Official Report, column 187W, on departmental training, where such information is recorded.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the compliance of G4S under its contract with the UK Border Agency with the guidance in the Ministry of...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees have entered each immigration removal centre in each of the last five years; and how many detainees have been removed from...

      Forensic Science Service: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the survey of forensic scientists carried out by New Scientist, whether she plans to monitor any effects of the closure of...

      Forensic Science: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely level of expenditure by police forces on forensic services following the closure of the Forensic...

      Fraud: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions her Department has had with police forces on the level of resources for tackling financial crime and fraud.

      Fraud: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of co-operation in the (a) investigation and (b) prosecution of fraud under the convention on the protection of the European...

      Illegal Immigrants: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were detained for attempting to enter the UK illegally through ports and airports in Northern Ireland in each of the last...

      Internet: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will consider the accuracy of the statements made by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in respect of rnbxclusive.com that (a)...

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many planned sham marriages were detected and prevented in each of the last five years.

      Production Orders: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 517W, on production orders: Wales, and the answer to the hon. Member for...

      Public Sector: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public services her Department delivers online only.

      Terrorism: Racial Incitement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to protect the public from (a) terrorism and (b) race hatred.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to implement the principles of the Best Value Statutory Guidance in respect of (a) giving at least three...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff were operating at (a) Heathrow airport and (b) Calais on 18 and 19 February 2012.

      UK Border Agency: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passengers were processed by the UK Border Agency at (a) each Heathrow airport terminal and (b) Calais on 18 and 19 February 2012.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Devolution: Energy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions were held at the Joint Ministerial Council of 20 February 2012 on (a) the devolution of energy matters to the National Assembly for Wales and (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 73W, on Adam Werritty, for what reasons the meetings on (a) 8 September 2009 and (b)...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what public services his Department delivers online only.

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many senior civil servants left his Department and its public bodies in each month since May 2010; what their names are; what the rate of turnover...

      Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department measures optimism in society.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts his Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each such contract.

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department have had with representatives of A4e since 12 May 2010.

      Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will suspend his Department's contracts with A4e until police investigations into allegations of fraud and any related criminal...

      Automated Service Delivery Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for what reason his Department's automated service delivery project was suspended in January; and if he will make a statement; (2) when...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how regularly individuals in receipt of employment and support allowance are required to undergo reassessment to determine their continued...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of final decisions on entitlement to employment and support allowance differed from the original advice provided by Atos...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of employment and support allowance (ESA) underwent reassessment less than (a) eight months and (b) one year from...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of employment and support allowance were placed in the support group without having to attend an Atos assessment between...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost of allowing claimants of jobseeker's allowance to claim for the New Enterprise Allowance from...

      Jobseekers Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged 18 to 24 years in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for 13 weeks were still in receipt of the allowance after a further 13...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Flexible New Deal participants who were on the programme on 1 September 2011 were subsequently diverted from the programme.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the demographic profile of people with Post Office card accounts.

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West of 18 January 2012, Official Report, column 845W, on work capability...

  • Health

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each such contract.

    • Allergies: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made on the availability to GPs of guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of allergies in children; and if he will make a statement.

      Allergies: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has commissioned into the (a) incidence, (b) causes, (c) treatment and (d) prevention of allergies in children.

      Anaemia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to improve the frequency of testing and treatment of pernicious anaemia.

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to address the disparity between members of the armed forces and civilian patients who sustain head injury in arrangements for...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the £200 million allocated to the Cancer Drugs Fund has been spent in (a) total and (b) each cancer network; and as a result of this...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) treatments and (b) therapies have been appraised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for (i) advanced breast cancer...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many podiatrists were employed by each primary care trust in 2011; and what the ratio of such podiatrists per head of population was.

      Dental Services: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were operating in Shrewsbury in (a) 2005, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on enterprise resource planning systems in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on payment to private companies in lieu of salary and how many (a) payroll staff and (b) non-payroll staff, including consultants and...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to his proposed healthcare reforms, whether he proposes that there will be a mandatory duty on (a) Public Health England, (b) local...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential costs and benefits of the UK's participation in the World Health Organisation prevalence study into...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) the prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders and (b) any difference in approach to diagnosing such conditions...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason foetal alcohol spectrum disorders is not a recognised condition in the UK.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department worked on requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in each of the last five...

      General Practitioners: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage consultations with doctors to be provided via Skype to enable patients to avoid waiting to see a doctor.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS beds are available for those receiving treatment for drug and alcohol problems.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of Pandemrix were purchased by his Department in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for remaining stocks of Pandemrix.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of Pandemrix were dispensed in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library details of the (a) use of societal data and (b) economic models used by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and...

      Macular Degeneration: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that waiting times for (a) macular degeneration and (b) other eye problems are reduced in Shropshire.

      NHS Commissioning Boards: Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he expects to be directly employed by the proposed NHS Commissioning Boards in the Hull area.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many redundancies there were in the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as a result of the implementation of NHS reforms in financial...

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department holds on the number of staff that have been made redundant by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust since...

      NHS: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for future funding of the NHS in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Ophthalmology: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ophthalmologists were operating in Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust in (a) 2005, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the outcome of recent talks between the Prime Minister and President of Afghanistan; and if he...

    • Business and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the potential effects of the legislative proposals in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and...

      Judiciary: Hungary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Hungarian Government on state control of the judiciary in that country.

      Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many electoral observers from the UK he proposes will be present during the parliamentary elections in Algeria in May 2012.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions regarding the staging of the Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of China on its population planning policies; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible are...

      Departmental Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department paid to send the children of civil servants to (a) private boarding schools, (b) private day schools and...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many senior civil servants left his Department and its public bodies in each month since May 2010; what their names are;...

      European Union: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department has spent on (a) consular services, (b) country-specific research, (c) hospitality and (d) promoting British...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department last met the Libyan government; and whether allegations of human rights abuses...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the UK has provided to the Libyan Government to integrate militia forces in the Libyan armed forces.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Libyan government to protect citizens of sub-Sahara nations and regions from attacks by...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Libyan government to allow the Mshashiya and Tawergha peoples who have been displaced to...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to support the Presidential elections in Mali in April 2012.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many electoral observers from the UK he proposes will be present during the presidential elections in Mali in April 2012.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect Christians in Nigeria from persecution; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Egyptian, (b) Palestinian and (c) Israeli governments on the political and...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on measures to increase exports to...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider commissioning the setting up of a British Trade Pavilion in Riyadh to showcase British goods and services.

      Senegal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the decision by Senegal's constitutional court to allow current Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals have requested consular support in Sri Lanka in the past month.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of political prisoners in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of the judicial process in Sri Lanka; (2) what recent assessment he...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from (a) the International Crisis Group, (b) Amnesty International and (c) Human Rights...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he (a) has made and (b) plans to make representations to the Government of Sri Lanka on the prison sentence given...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the treatment by the Government of Sri Lanka of Sarath...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Syria.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on taxis in each of the last two years.

  • Treasury

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contracts his Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each such contract.

    • Gift Aid: Leeds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many charities registered in Leeds North West constituency have applied for Gift Aid in each of the last five years; and how much such charities have...

      Monetary Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the likely level of costs of borrowing if quantitative easing had not been implemented.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the 5.6 per cent. increase in business rates planned for April 2012 on (a) the retail sector...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2011, Official Report, columns 368-9W, on planning: expenditure, what recent estimate his Department has made of the...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of people non-domiciled for UK tax purposes in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; and if he will...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to improve transparency relating to tax in businesses under public sector control.

      Taxation: Debts Written Off

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish details of each tax write-off in excess of £500,000 made by HM Revenue and Customs since May 2010.

      Taxation: Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much taxation revenue came from onshore oil production in England in (a) 2005 and (b) 2011.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what lessons his Department has learned from the experience of the supply of post-withdrawal (a) equipment and (ii) training packages in Iraq.

    • Air Training Corps: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what average length of time was taken to resolve suspension of an officer of the Air Training Corps in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; how long has been taken on...

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Apache helicopters are based in Afghanistan.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Apache helicopters there are in the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Marines.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weapons systems are used by the Apache helicopter.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the performance of Apache during Operation Ellamy.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department plans to develop a permanent helicopter carrier capability which would include Apache helicopters.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department were in receipt of the continuity of education allowance in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and what the cost to his...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will update the Defence Training Review 2000 to take account of the 2010-15 Strategic Defence and Security Review for the purposes of calculation...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the (a) desktop computers, (b) laptop computers, (c) mobile telephones, (d) BlackBerrys, (e) CD and DVD discs, (f) removable hard disk...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to answer the letter from the hon. Member for Harrow West on the answering of a parliamentary question on civil servant salary...

  • International Development

    • A4e

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contracts his Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) value is of each such contract.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect which the withdrawal of ISAF combat troops from Afghanistan before the end of 2014 will have...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the gross national income of Afghanistan in 2011.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid he allocated to Burma in 2011-12; and what estimate he has made of the allocation for (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people living in relocation sites as a result of the Myitsone Dam project in Burma; what...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible are paid...

      Departmental Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department paid to send the children of civil servants to (a) private boarding schools in total, (b) private day schools...

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Attorney-General how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible are paid (i) £100,000 and (ii)...

    • Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Attorney-General how many senior civil servants left the Law Officers' Departments and their public bodies in each month since May 2010; what their names are; what the rate of turnover...

  • Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps the Government is taking with parents to reduce the incidence of child neglect.

    • Education Funding Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be employed by the Education Funding Agency in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Education Funding Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of staff who will transfer from the Young Person's Learning Agency to the Education Funding Agency.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with charities on the effects of the withdrawal of education maintenance...

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he is making on provision of family and relationship support at times of additional pressure.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of year 11 students in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency, (b) East Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and Humber sat a modern...

      Grammar Schools: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which grammar schools have (a) applied for and (b) converted to academy status since 2005.

      Human Trafficking: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools teach pupils about human trafficking.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much he plans to spend on creating additional primary school places in this Parliament.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to raise the educational aspirations of school children from lower income families.

      School Capital Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether meeting the BRE Environmental Assessment Method standard is one of the criteria for expenditure on school infrastructure under the School...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to update and consolidate its guidance on out-of-hours use of school facilities.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which secondary schools admit pupils on the basis of partial selection by ability criteria in each local authority; and what proportion of pupils at...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made in amending the funding formula for schools to ensure that the difference between regions is narrowed; and what progress he...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much was received per pupil by local authorities through the Dedicated Schools Grant in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what comparative assessment he has made of the level of Dedicated Schools Grant received by Warwickshire and other local authorities; and if he will...

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment has been made of the effects of the standard of school toilet and washing facilities on children's levels of health and education.

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans the Department has to improve the standard of school toilets and washing facilities.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many cases of (a) data loss and (b) breaches of...

    • Departmental Meetings

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the dates were of meetings between representatives of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress he has made in increasing the numbers of apprenticeships in UK businesses.

    • Apprentices: Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many electrical or electro-technical apprenticeships were offered in the Hull region in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008,...

      Arms Trade: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what permits for arms exports to Bahrain have been approved by Ministers in his Department since February 2011.

      Audio Equipment: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether his Department has provided assistance to UK Trade and Investment to ensure that wireless microphone equipment...

      Business: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies registered in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) the London Borough of Bexley and (c) London...

      Copyright: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to paragraphs five and six of the copyright consultation, what research his Department has undertaken to determine...

      Copyright: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2012, Official Report, columns 244-5W, on copyright, what advice he sought prior to...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what communications he has received from the US Administration on the UK's ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consultations his Department held before the UK signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements are in place to ensure that consumers who opt to choose a private debt management company are directed towards...

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to prevent rogue debt management firms which have had their consumer credit licences revoked from...

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of making all providers of debt management and advice services...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many senior civil servants left his Department and its public bodies in each month since May 2010; what their names are; what...

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of (a) literacy teaching and (b) other prisoner education.

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many organisations tendered for the London prisons education contract awarded to A4e; what criteria his Department used in...

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the London prisons education contract awarded to A4e will be reviewed in the light of recent police investigations into...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the European Commission's proposed waste electrical and electronic equipment directive.

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times Ministers in his Department have met officials from the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate since May 2010;...

      EU Social Chapter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate has been made of the cost to UK businesses of the EU Social Chapter in each year since its introduction.

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support is available for companies seeking to export to (a) Egypt, (b) the Philippines, (c) Vietnam and (d) all other...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to making no change to higher education policies in 2013-14.

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his policy is on the use of (a) recruitment companies, (b) subsidiaries and (c) in-house recruitment processes to...

      Nature Improvement Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) the Department for Environment, Food...

      Paper: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to assist the UK paper and board industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Rentokil: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will investigate whether Rentokil Initial's use of recruitment agencies to provide labour for the Eurostar contract during...

      Rentokil: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with representatives from Rentokil Initial on that company's use of recruitment companies to...

      Rentokil: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with officials from the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate on the use by Rentokil Initial of...

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support women in science and engineering.

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage more students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects in higher...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many institutions have set fee levels below £9,000.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to allow student loans to be paid to students wanting to undertake apprenticeships or trade vocational...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings he has held with (a) the six largest supermarkets, (b) farmers' representatives and (c) consumer groups on the...

      Supermarkets: Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of (a) levels of bankruptcy of British dairy farmers and (b) the market power of the six largest...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many agency workers registered as self-employed with limited company status there were in each sector of the economy in...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what guidance is available to agency workers from (a) Bulgaria, (b) Romania, (c) other EU countries and (d) non-EU...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to implement the principles of the Best Value Statutory Guidance in respect of (a) giving at...

      Trade Promotion: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK commercial attachés were active overseas in each of the last two years.

      Trade Promotion: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average pay was of UK commercial attachés in each of the last two years.

      Trade Promotion: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average pay of UK commercial attachés in (a) Egypt, (b) Vietnam and (c) the Philippines was in each of the last...

      UK Trade and Investment: Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2012, what the level of aggregate spending on UK Trade and Investment flights was in (a)...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Eggs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 16 January (WA 111-2), whether tests on eggs imported from the European Union with a producer code 3...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 14 February (HL15261), what is the cost of embedding RAF air crew in a variety of allied forces.

      Armed Forces: Fuel Resources

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the Royal Air Force's ordinary non-operational budget for fuel, oils and lubricants; and what steps they are taking to improve the efficiency of consumption.

      Aviation: Air Traffic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current air traffic capacity at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham International and Luton airports; and how much additional capacity is available...

      Aviation: Youth Movements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage more young people to become involved with organisations such as the Air Cadets, Air Scouts and Air League.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what other methods of killing badgers they considered prior to agreeing on using shooting for the badger culling pilots; and whether they undertook impact...

      Broadcasting: Satellite Transmissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made at the International Telecommunication Union World Radio conference currently taking place in Geneva in reaching a resolution on the...

      China: Yuan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have expressed concerns regarding, or are supportive of, a new Chinese Yuan currency reserve.

      Crime: Motoring Convictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made through the British-Irish Council to establish the mutual recognition of penalty points for motoring offences between Northern Ireland...

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Attlee on 7 February, whether any procedures are in place to ensure that the additional funding for the promotion of...

      Cyclists: Penalties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 9 February (WA 89), whether they will increase the amount of the penalty for cycling on the footway to bring it in...

      Dogs: Strays

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to deal with the problem of stray dogs.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who set the boundaries of the enterprise zone in Great Yarmouth; and which people or organisations were consulted beforehand. To ask Her Majesty's Government how...

      EU: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to contribute to the work of the European Council Expert Group Sport Health and Participation in order to provide recommendations on how to...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost per member of the United Kingdom population of the work of the Forestry Commission.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Forestry Commission about the consequences of recent cuts to the Commission's budget for its work on (1) wildlife, with...

      Forests: Sport and Recreation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified ways in which the Forestry Commission can increase opportunities for sport and recreation in woodlands.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list any individuals in the Department for Transport or nominated by the Department for Transport or Ministers in that department who hold posts...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds and by whose authority the police may arrest a civil servant employed by the Home Office on that department's property, or remove papers and...

      Greece: Defence Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the United Kingdom's commitments to supporting Greece in the event of a Greek loan default, and of the current restrictions on United Kingdom...

      House of Lords: Appointments Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for how long papers relating to the consideration of names before the House of Lords Appointments Commission are kept; and whether they ultimately form part of the...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the annual fees payable to members of the Migration Advisory Committee, and for what period of work in a week.

      National Commissioning Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the appointment process for the selection of the national directors of the National Commissioning Board Authority.

      NHS: Management Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 13 February (Official Report, col. 554-7), what questions they have asked, or intend to ask, of McKinsey & Company...

      Political Groups: Islamist Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the African Islamist organisation Haram is known to have representatives in, or to have operated within, the United Kingdom.

      Public Prayer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the ruling in the High Court concerning the saying of prayers at the start of meetings of Bideford Council, whether they intend to take measures to...

      Queen's Diamond Jubilee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has refused permission for a traditional Maori war boat to take part in the Diamond Jubilee procession; and whether any...

      Railways: Brighton Main Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the closure of the Brighton main line at Balcombe tunnel on 10, 11 and 12 February, what assessment they have made of the number of passengers whose...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, if fares are not collected on a franchised train service and the revenue is in consequence reduced, the loss is borne by the franchisee or is a loss to...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who monitors and enforces the price of tickets in the train fares basket.

      Railways: Intercity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their current plans for the deployment of the new Intercity Express trains; where they will be deployed; how long they are; and how many are electric, and...

      Railways: Intercity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether bidders for the Great Western franchise are obliged to accept the new Intercity Express trains.

      Railways: Intercity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the costs incurred by them or their consultants in procuring the new Intercity Express trains.

      Railways: Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they can remove directors of Network Rail from the board.

      Railways: Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Network Rail will be included in their review of public sector bonuses announced on 13 February.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 6 February (WA 30), for each passenger franchise in 2009, 2010 and 2011, (1) how many overcrowding incidents led...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which 10 sections of Network Rail's infrastructure have seen the most complaints about overcrowding.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date they anticipate railway capacity to equal passenger demand.

      Railways: West Coast Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Attlee on 23 January (WS 54-5), how the new franchisee will be able to respond effectively to changing passenger demand...

      Roads: Traffic Lights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that all sensitive and potentially dangerous road junctions in the United Kingdom are adequately served by traffic lights.

      Sport: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that the governing bodies of sports should have a direct involvement in determining the types of bets that may be facilitated during the...

      Sport: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to alter the Gambling Commission's regulation of betting to the point of consumption; and, if so, when.

      Sport: Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the definition of cheating in sport under the Gambling Act 2005. To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by Baroness...

      Sport: Matching Fixing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, through the whole sport plans, they intend to make financial support available to enable governing bodies of sports to develop codes of conduct relating...

      Sport: Matching Fixing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to establish a legal framework in the European Union to allow the prosecution and punishment of those found guilty of sporting match fixing.

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the annual energy requirement to pump out the proposed 25-kilometre Thames Tideway Tunnel.

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the energy which is likely to be generated from the additional sewage sludge captured at Beckton Sewage Treatment Works if the...

      Transport: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Transport for London and the Greater London Authority about ensuring that the market for taxi vehicles in London is open to all...

      UN: Rio+20

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what input the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has had to the preparation of the outcome document of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on...

      UN: Rio+20

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will focus on the link between population dynamics and sustainable development in the lead up to the...

      Vehicles: Semi-trailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not commission a specific study on the potential risks to cyclists resulting from the use of longer semi-trailers prior to introducing the 10-year...

      Vehicles: Semi-trailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to commission the Transport Research Laboratory to research the potential specific risks posed to cyclists by longer semi-trailers; and...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they provide for the support of primary school education in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they provide for the support of secondary school education in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the number of children in Zimbabwe currently attending primary schools; and what proportion of those eligible to attend primary schools...

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