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Written answers

Thursday, 1 March 2012

  • Attorney-General

    • Euthanasia

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent assessment he has made of the application of the Director of Public Prosecution's policy for prosecutors in respect of cases of encouraging or assisting...

    • Immunity From Prosecution

      To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions he was consulted on decisions to grant immunity from prosecution to assisting offenders as defined in the provisions of the Serious Organised...

      Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

      To ask the Attorney-General what representations he has received on the operation of the provisions of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 relating to the use of assisting offender...

  • Leader of the House

    • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2012, Official Report, column 1W, on the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, whether (a) he and (b) the Deputy...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the number of hours that...

    • Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, on what date the audit of IT on the Parliamentary Estate (a) began and (b) is...

      Plants: Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost of provision of indoor plants and trees is; and which organisations...

      Recess: Operating Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the additional cost to the House of Commons was of the difference in dates of...

  • Prime Minister

    • Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with Aung San Suu Kyi on the situation in Burma.

  • Wales

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the transfer of funding from Wales to HM Treasury as a result of the Housing Revenue Account Subsidy Scheme will be considered by the Commission on...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2012, Official Report, column 791W, on broadband: Brighton and Hove, if he will (a)...

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent progress his Department has made on the Red Tape Challenge; and which regulations have been (a) abolished and (b)...

      National Railway Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of the photographic material held by the National Railway Museum is indexed and available to the public; what...

      Olympic Games 2012: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many sports clubs in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley have received funding...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his strategy is for the future of the (a) library service and (b) standards and framework to support local delivery of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions his Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

    • 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) Tameside and (iii)...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of (a) option 1, (b) option 2 and (c) option 3 of his Department's consultation document on levels of...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the quantity of carbon dioxide which would no longer be emitted with the introduction of the Green Deal in...

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of fully-trained solid wall insulation installers in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014 and (d) 2015.

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Green Deal and Energy Change Obligation Consultation, what recent estimate he has made of the number of cavity...

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the cost of re-training individuals in the insulation industry in fitting solid wall insulation;...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much generation capacity from renewable energy sources was installed in each year between 1997 and 2011.

      Renewable Energy: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to encourage the development of early-stage renewable technologies.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of increases in the Renewable Obligation charges on energy intensive industry from April 2012.

      Salix: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many applications for support from Salix loans for energy efficiency have been (a) submitted, (b) accepted and (c) rejected;...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Disability: Crime

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to reduce disability hate crime.

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the cost to the public purse was of the Equality and Human Rights Commission document entitled Human rights at home; and if she will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions he has had with the (a) Northern Ireland Executive and (b) Irish Government on the decade of commemoration; (2) what...

    • Departmental Senior Civil Servants

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

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent progress the Ministerial Working Group on Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy has made.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on the operation of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

      Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress is being made with bilateral talks following his letter to the party leaders in Northern Ireland asking for discussions on how to...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds his Department plans to allocate to support agricultural research and development in Africa in the 2010-12 Parliament.

    • Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) the Permanent Secretary in his Department have visited...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help reduce delays in the availability of low-cost versions of new treatments for HIV in the...

      Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of meetings of the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have been attended by...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on women's rights in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to propose a British candidate as next head of the World Bank, in succession to Robert Zoellick; and if he will make a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to support the parliamentary elections in Algeria in May 2012.

    • Burkina Faso

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

      Burkina Faso

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to support the parliamentary elections in Burkina Faso in May 2012.

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken on discrimination against Christians abroad.

      Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2012, Official Report, column 757W, on conflict prevention, when he expects to publish the...

      Conflict Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2012, Official Report, column 757W, on conflict prevention, to how many diplomatic posts in...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to encourage people leaving the armed forces to apply for positions in his Department.

      Dogs: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage countries engaging in the trade and consumption of dog meat to cease such...

      East Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to use the Conflict Pool to fund peace and stabilisation activities in eastern Africa in the next three years.

      Egypt

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

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had on inviting representatives from Somali civil society to the London conference on Somalia on 23 February...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) men and (b) women were members of the Somali delegations to the London conference on Somalia on 23 February 2012.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the rights of women in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Syrian government, (b) the United Nations and (c) the rest of the international...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Romford of 23 February 2012, Official Report, columns 943-4W, on the Turks and...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the application of the Geneva Conventions to the conflict between Western Sahara and Morocco.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Moroccan Ambassador progress on a referendum on independence from or integration with Morocco in...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to support the establishment of a UN Council for Natural Resources in Western Sahara.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times he has taken flights within the UK on official business since August 2010; what class of travel he used; and who accompanied him on each such flight.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Action for Employment Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts with his Department and its agencies A4e (a) is bidding for and (b) has been awarded but have not yet commenced either...

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in the Cabinet Office have had with charities on the sharing of information between organisations...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support towards childcare costs is available for those working fewer than 16 hours per week from the Flexible Support Fund; whether it is...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution by the Minister for Disabled People of 1 February 2012, Official Report, column 916, what estimate he has made of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the benefits of allowing Jobcentre Plus advisers to contribute to the assessment of people in receipt of...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for the difference in the projected and actual number of referrals to mandatory work activity; and...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people aged between (a) 16 and 18 and (b) 18 and 25 years have undertaken Get Britain Working work experience in (i) the UK,...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many young people aged between (a) 16 and 18 and (b) 18 and 25 years who undertook Get Britain Working work experience have obtained...

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of tenants in the private rented sector who are in receipt of housing benefit.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had on the support available for people not in receipt of jobseeker's allowance but looking for employment.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the words “Where you are providing support for JSA participants, which is work experience, you must mandate participants...

      Social Security Benefits: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claims under the Diffuse Mesothelioma scheme were paid within (a) six weeks, (b) three months and (c) six months in the...

      Social Security Benefits: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in compensation under the Diffuse Mesothelioma scheme, broken down by (a) year and (b) region; how many payments were...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress he has made on introducing the universal credit.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are presently waiting longer than 13 weeks to undergo a work capability assessment since completing the ESA 50 questionnaire.

      Work Programme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2012, Official Report, column 889W, on work programme: Scotland, which organisations were used by the JHP...

  • Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students (a) in care, (b) leaving care and (c) on income support have accessed the Bursary Fund since its inception.

  • Treasury

    • Customs: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the EU Council Act of 18 December 1997 drawing up the Convention on mutual assistance and co-operation between customs administrations, on...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department spend at least 75 per cent. of their time assisting financial mutuals and co-operatives; and if he...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether registered Equitable Life policyholders will receive details of the calculation used to decide the level of compensation they are awarded.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether pre-September 1992 Equitable Life annuitants will receive compensation; and what proportion of the (a) caseload and (b) expenditure of compensation...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of progress towards meeting the objective of targeting the oldest policyholders in the Equitable Life Scheme; and what...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of registered Equitable Life policyholders will receive compensation of £500 or less.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 2 February 2012 sent to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills...

      Moody's Investors Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2012, Official Report, column 840W, on Moody's Investors Service, other than the requirement to submit a draft...

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission an independent review of his decision to reduce spending at HM Revenue and Customs during this Parliament.

  • Justice

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contracts with his Department and its agencies A4e (a) is bidding for and (b) has been awarded but have not yet commenced either independently or in...

    • Compensation: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average duration was of a civil compensation claim case brought by a person with mesothelioma in the latest period for which figures are...

      Compensation: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in speeding up civil compensation claims for people with mesothelioma.

      Compensation: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Jarrow of 27 July 2010, Official Report, column 915W, on mesothelioma: compensation, if he will publish the...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department applies a fit and proper persons test in (a) awarding and (b) maintaining existing contracts; and what its policy is on the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many costs awards were made by employment tribunals against (a) claimants and (b) respondent employers in each quarter of 2011-12 to date, by...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunal cases were struck out in each year since 2004.

      Legal Profession: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had on further regulation of the no-win no-fee insurance sector.

      Magistrates: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction of the mileage allowance for magistrates working in rural areas.

      Witnesses: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to (a) review the allowances for expert witnesses and (b) reduce the discretion court administrators can exercise over such allowances.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Hares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to provide the same level of protection to hares in England during the breeding season that they receive...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to test the carcasses of culled badgers for bovine tuberculosis.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will review her policy on dangerous dogs and consider the merits of a dog registration system that includes a cost...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent representations her Department has received on (a) stray dogs, (b) dangerous dogs and (c) responsible dog...

      Dogs: Electric Shock Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how soon after the publication of the research into electric dog collars an announcement on her Department's policy on the...

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance to regulate the disposal of carcasses infected with BSE (a) was in place in 1996 and (b) is in place.

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that prions from previous disposals of carcasses infected with or believed to...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to prevent species loss in (a) the UK, (b) Europe and (c) the rest of the world; and if she will...

  • Defence

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts his Department has with A4e; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value is of each such contract. [Official Report, 24 April 2012,...

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current operations allowance is for members of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan; and whether an enhanced operational allowance will...

      Air Training Corps: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on non-core activities by the Air Training Corps in each region in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2012, Official Report, column 774W, on armed forces: mental health services, how often the four working groups...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to the letter to the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe of 11 January 2012, when the review into irregularities in pay of service personnel...

      Armed Forces: Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has developed online resources to improve psychological (a) testing and (b) training in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which universities his Department is working with to improve psychological testing and training in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long on average a service leaver spends with a resettlement adviser on the conclusion of his or her service.

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the development of the role of the British Army training unit in Kenya.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of progress made by Project Julius; and whether the project is on time; (2) when the Project Julius avionic upgrade...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) 7.5 tonne, (b) 17 tonne and (c) 44 tonne trucks there were at MOD Bicester in each year since 2005; (2) on what date the TMS computer...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable he has set for the reconstituted Medal Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence Police: Gosport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions to the budget of the Ministry of Defence Police on Gosport and its surrounding area.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) funded on helping returning veterans to successfully reassimilate into society.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on the proportion of returning veterans who were (a) divorced, (b) alcohol dependent, (c) drug dependent, (d)...

      Veterans: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department gives to returning veterans to improve their financial management skills.

      Veterans: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on monitoring the health and well-being of returning veterans in each of the last 10 years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish data on the regional take-up of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee.

    • Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the proposed remit of the Financial Conduct Authority, whether the Office of Fair Trading will retain...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff work on consumer protection issues for 75 per cent. or more of their working time in (a) his...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what public services his Department delivers online only.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress his Department has made on the Red Tape Challenge; and which regulations have been (a) abolished and (b)...

      Food: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much he plans to spend on research on global food security in the next five years.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to attract private sector capital from (a) pension funds and (b) other investors to invest in the Green...

      Imports: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of (a) the quantity of faulty or unsafe goods entering the UK (i) in total and (ii) through...

      Intellectual Property: Animation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of the intellectual property owned by the UK animation industry.

      Lifelong Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to announce new funding arrangements for the (a) Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector and (b)...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average length of negotiation for collective redundancies was in each year from 2000 to 2011.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to announce further details of the bursary for initial teacher training in the further education sector.

      Trade Descriptions Act 1968

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the annual consumer detriment caused by breaches of the Trades Descriptions Act 1968 in the most...

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the evidential basis was for his decision to increase the qualification period for unfair dismissal from one to two years.

  • Transport

    • A64

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on the eligibility of the A64 for (a) the Regional Growth Fund, (b) the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and (c)...

    • Blue Badge Scheme: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many convictions there were for the misuse of disabled persons' Blue Badges in each of the last five years; (2) what steps she is taking to...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much private sector capital her Department's programmes for infrastructure investment have attracted since May 2010.

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress her Department has made on the Red Tape Challenge; and which regulations have been (a) abolished and (b) revised as part of the...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) take following identification of an MOT testing station as a poor performer; and what...

      Electric Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what her policy is on measures to be fitted to electric, hybrid and other quiet vehicles to safeguard blind, partially sighted and vulnerable...

      Electric Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the merits of requiring any noise-emitting devices fitted to electric, hybrid or quiet vehicles to be clearly...

      Government Car and Dispatch Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by the Government Car and Dispatch Agency; (2) what proportion of cars (a) owned and (b) leased by...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the (a) economic viability and (b) value for money of High Speed 2 of running trains on...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the review by Transport for London on dangerous road junctions and the effect that the trial of longer lorries will...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will consider introducing a mandatory requirement that any consultation her Department issues on the use of road space will have a specific...

      Liverpool Port: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 January 2012, Official Report, column 26WS, on the City of Liverpool Cruise Terminal, what funding...

      Liverpool Port: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential effects on maritime safety of a turnaround cruise facility at Liverpool.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 1 February 2012, Official Report, columns 72-4WS, on garage customer experience, what discussions she...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average frequency of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency inspections of MOT testing stations was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of her Department's expenditure was spent on services for the elderly in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect Transpennine electrification has had on the business case for the Northern Hub.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will ensure that the outputs of the Northern Hub scheme are fully delivered in Control Period 5.

      Railways: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) replacing stolen cables from railways, (b) compensating train operating companies for delays due to cable...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the potential savings to the public purse of planned changes to the Marine and Coastguard Agency.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any existing Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centres will be closed prior to the proposed new configuration being tested.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the average cost of installing a brown tourist sign on the Highways Agency maintained road network.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Action for Employment

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

    • Hospitals: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many NHS patients died of starvation in NHS hospitals in each of the last 10 years.

      Mesothelioma: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people died of mesothelioma, in each primary care trust in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts with her Department and its agencies A4e (a) is bidding for and (b) has been awarded but have not yet commenced either...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts have been awarded under the Development Collaborative Business Project portal for the Animals in Science Regulation Unit;...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget was allocated to the Development Collaborative Business Project portal for the Animals in Science Regulation Unit.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many contracts have been awarded under the Development Collaborative Business Project portal for the Animals in Science Regulation...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many antisocial behaviour orders issued by (a) Billesley, (b) Bournville, (c) Brandwood and (d) Selly Oak local government wards in...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legacy asylum cases were (a) under consideration and (b) resolved by the UK Border Agency in 2011.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2012, Official Report, column 91W, on British nationality, on how many occasions section 40 of the...

      British Nationality: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British citizens have had their citizenship revoked as a result of being convicted of (a) treason and (b) acts of terrorism in the...

      Broker Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Ministers in her Department have had recent meetings with members of the (a) board and (b) senior management of (i) Broker Direct and...

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints about the encampment in Parliament square her Department has received in each month since September 2011; from...

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will instruct the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis to report on the police operation of 16 January 2012 in Parliament...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on the Red Tape Challenge; and which regulations have been (a) abolished and (b) revised as part of the...

      Deportation: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review her policy of enforcing removals to Sri Lanka following reports that Tamils have been detained and tortured after removal...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department provided for domestic violence reduction programmes in each of the last three years.

      EU Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Government (a) requested and (b) was requested to provide information about groups posing a threat to law and order...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal working civil penalties were (a) levied and (b) paid in 2011; and what the levels were of the penalties levied.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 168W, on immigrants detainees, if the UK Border Agency is still seeking to...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 168W, on immigrants: detainees, (1) what were the criminal convictions...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from each country entered the UK under the Tier 1 (a) entrepreneur and (b) investor sub-category in 2011.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the UK Border Agency took a month to inform the hon. Member for Walsall North that written authorisation was required in case...

      Police and Crime Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people attended the police and crime commissioner roadshow in (a) Lancaster, (b) Crewe, (c) Birmingham, (d) Leicester, (e) Derby,...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals serving prison sentences in England and Wales are subject to deportation orders at the end of their sentences; and...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign nationals serving prison sentences in England and Wales and subject to deportation orders were convicted of (a)...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many responses she has had to the consultation issued by her Department on stalking; and if she will make a statement.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the disparity between the definition of a child in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Cala Homes: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much expenditure his Department has incurred, including external legal advice and costs, on legal proceedings relating to...

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when details of the additional funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages provision for adults not in or actively...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made in formulating policy on council tax benefit localisation; and if he will make a statement.

      Councillors: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on local authority pension schemes for local councillors.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions his Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

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

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the support available for...

      First-Time Buyers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many first-time buyers in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley participated in...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps his Department is taking to encourage developers to design more energy efficient homes; (2) what steps he is...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of private homes in England which are in urgent need of home repairs for reasons of (a)...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on external legal advice since May 2010. [R]

      Local Government: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with representatives of local authorities on the statutory responsibilities of those...

      Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Burton of 13 October 2011, Official Report, column 483W, on freedom of...

      Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Government Procurement Card

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

  • Health

    • Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made on the Red Tape Challenge; and which regulations have been (a) abolished and (b) revised as part of the Challenge.

    • Diabetes: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with diabetes in Leicester primary care trust area did not receive the nine healthcare checks recommended by the National Institute for...

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish a public consultation on the UK rare disease plan.

      Drugs: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department monitors the number of emergency direct deliveries made by medicines manufacturers to pharmacies in England.

      Health Services: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley were registered with (i) a GP and (ii) an NHS dentist in...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the participation of private providers in the delivery of the NHS Healthchecks programme.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of private sector companies in identifying and supporting new ways to prevent and treat HIV in (a) the UK and (b)...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the development of paediatric formulations to address unmet needs for children living with HIV in (a) the UK and (b)...

      Mesothelioma: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to research on mesothelioma in the current spending cycle.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts prescribed the Tysabri form of the drug natalizumab between December 2009 and January 2012; and what quantity was prescribed...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts prescribed the Fampyra form of the drug fampridine between October 2011 and January 2012; and what quantity was prescribed by...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will conduct an impact assessment of the financial effects of branded medicine shortages on medicines (a) pharmacy, (b) wholesale and...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has sought advice on the legal standing of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee list of medicines in short supply; and...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the review and consolidation of medicines legislation in the UK will include measures to strengthen regulations governing the continuous supply of...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that drugs discovered and developed by British scientists are accessible by patients within the UK.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) individuals and (b) businesses have faced legal, regulatory or professional sanctions for not abiding by his Department's Guidance on Best...

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of maintenance backlogs was in the NHS in each financial year since 2006-07.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of organ donors.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the introduction of a system under which people would need to opt-out of being an organ donor.

      Pregnancy: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the views and expertise of professional health bodies are gathered during its forthcoming...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken by his Department to ensure that the demand for prescription medications is met.

      Streptococcus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Northern Ireland on the compulsory screening of pregnant women for group B streptococcus in...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish an international conference of countries with high levels of organ transplantation to consider ways in which the number of organs...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will consider re-establishing the Organ Donation Taskforce to consider how the implementation of its recommendations to increase availability...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with transplant surgeons on the quality of organs available for transplant; and what plans he has to encourage more donations...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-military United Kingdom subjects have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001; and, of those, how many were employed by contractors to military operations.

    • Agriculture: Sheep Carcasses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the scientific grounds for making it mandatory to dispose of sheep carcasses by incineration rather than by burial.

      Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of (1) the number of foreign nationals in the UK Border Agency queue at Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport, at 6.00 pm on Saturday 14 January, (2)...

      Autumn Statement: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of designing, printing and distributing the Autumn Statement 2011; how much revenue is budgeted to be derived from sales of copies; how many...

      Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated (1) total, and (2) detailed, costs to public funds of a four-year pilot badger cull over an area of 150 square kilometres using controlled...

      Copyright

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their review of copyright laws, they are considering changes to the licensing arrangements for published works in the education sector.

      Disabled People: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £166 million disabled facilities grant funding to local authorities in 2010-11 was spent on home adaptations.

      Disabled People: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision to allocate disabled facilities grant funding to local authorities through the single capital pot has decreased the proportion of funding...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to promote diversity in the composition of employment appeal tribunals.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations have they received to cut subsidies for wind farms beyond the 10 per cent reduction already announced.

      Extradition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States under the terms of the Extradition Act 2003; and how many have been extradited...

      Finance: Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report Community Finance for London: Scaling up the credit union and social finance sector.

      Government Departments: Bonuses

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

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list any individuals in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or nominated by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list any individuals in the Home Office or nominated by the Home Office or Ministers in that department who hold posts remunerated on the basis...

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any representations from voluntary organisations providing accommodation that they have recently been obliged to turn away homeless...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 6 February (WA 13-4), how many certificates of application (COAs) have been issued to or for third country...

      Parking Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate to have been the income of local authorities from parking fines in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and whether they...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many men and women in receipt of the state pension live outside the United Kingdom; what is their current average and median age, and what is that of such...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of public spending in the years 2010-11 and 2011-12 by each social service area in the north-west of England.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 2 February (WA 351) stating that the delay in answering HL12784 was due to an administrative...

      Scotland: Referendum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the reported statement by the Secretary of State for Scotland, Mr Michael Moore, that the Government would agree to greater financial powers for the...

      Serbia and Kosovo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo, mediated by the European Union, are continuing; what progress has been made; and which headings remain to be agreed.

      Thames Tideway Tunnel and Lee Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated annual tonnage of sewage from combined sewer overflows which is expected to be handled, once completed, by (a) the Lee Tunnel, and (b) the...

      Thames Tideway Tunnel and Lee Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' costs and benefits of the Thames Tunnel, published in November 2011, apportioned 60 per cent...

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