Written answers

Monday, 5 March 2012

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he became aware of the concerns expressed by Capita on the date proposed for the introduction of the council tax reduction...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with providers of IT systems on the implementation of the council tax reduction scheme.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects the regulations pertaining to council tax reduction schemes to be available to local authorities.

      Departmental Training

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

      Enterprise Zones: Heysham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to create an enterprise zone in Heysham following the announcement that a new M6 Link Road is likely to be...

      Enterprise Zones: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many jobs he estimates have been created in each enterprise zone to date.

      Enterprise Zones: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse to date of administering each enterprise zone.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice he has given to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service on the management of reductions in funding in current and future...

      Housing: Westmorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the amount of Housing Market Renewal funding that has been awarded to organisations operating in...

      Local Government: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to devolve further powers and responsibilities to the Greater Manchester city region as it has a statutory...

      Mayors: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will request the Greater Manchester combined authority to poll the electorate on the issue of an elected Mayor for...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to ensure that unplanned and scattered development and urban sprawl do not occur in areas that are...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department intends to respond to the Eighth Report from the Communities and Local Government Committee on the National...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Big Ben: Tourism

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) how many visitors participated in tours of the Clock Tower in each of the...

    • Big Ben: Tourism

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many places on tours of the Clock Tower each hon. Member has sponsored since...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will undertake to publish the findings and recommendations of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate's review of the Serious Fraud Office.

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General who will conduct the Crown Prosecution Inspectorate's review of the Serious Fraud Office.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will place a copy of the terms of reference of the Crown Prosecution Inspectorate's review of the Serious Fraud Office in the Library.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General when the Crown Prosecution Inspectorate will begin its review of the Serious Fraud Office.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General when the decision was made to ask the Crown Prosecution Inspectorate to carry out a review of the Serious Fraud Office.

      Serious Fraud Office: Finance

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Serious Fraud Office's budget in light of the recent report from KPMG showing a significant increase in financial crime.

  • Scotland

    • Tugboats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2011, Official Report, column 910W, on tugboats, and the written ministerial statement of 20 December 2011,...

  • Prime Minister

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Prime Minister when he received a copy of the Vine report on border security checks.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether Ministers were consulted prior to the decision to allow the chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to assume the role of...

  • Wales

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer, (b) Secretary of State for Transport and (c) Ministers in the Welsh Government on...

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when she plans to update Devolution Guidance Note 9.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to devolve airport passenger duty to Northern Ireland for (a) domestic flights and (b) flights within the EU.

    • Bmi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had on International Airlines Group's takeover of BMI; and with whom he met or spoke on each such occasion.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions his Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings Ministers in his Department have had with (a) Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive, (b) the Chief Constable of the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the First Minister on the effectiveness of measures to control cross-border human trafficking.

      Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in discussions with political parties in Northern Ireland on dealing with the past.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings he has had with ministerial colleagues in HM Treasury on the Northern Ireland block grant since September 2011.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on arts organisations of the proportion of private giving being invested in London.

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to help (a) businesses, (b) individuals and (c) trusts and foundations to increase financial contributions...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department plans to take to assist arts organisations to develop (a) business skills, (b) marketing skills, (c)...

      BBC: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will examine the opportunities for introducing greater protection and accountability for licence fee payers in the next...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions his Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

      Freeview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what responsibility Ofcom has for regulating the allocation of channel numbers on the Freeview platform; and if he will make a...

      Freeview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with (a) Ofcom and (b) Digital Television Multiplex Operators Ltd...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effects on consumers of setting a cap for wholesale data roaming prices at 100...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his policy is on the multiple of the wholesale price to be used to set the cap for retail data roaming prices under the...

      National Lottery: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the effect of reforms to the national lottery on the amount of funding going to grassroots sport.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the proposal in the 4G auction that 800MHZ band must include a coverage...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to merge Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland with UK Sport and Sport England; and if he...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had regarding any future merger of Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland; and if he...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what steps he takes to ensure that the BBC's arrangements for collecting the licence fee are efficient and effective;...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he was consulted by the BBC on its choice of contractors operating as TV Licensing as the agents for collecting the...

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what projections her Department has made of (a) air passenger numbers and (b) air traffic movements in each year up until 2050.

    • Aviation: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on measures to encourage the use of sustainable biofuels sourced from jatropha oil in aviation.

      Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emitted by the aviation sector in the UK in each year to 2050.

      Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work her Department is undertaking jointly with NATS on reducing carbon emissions from the aviation sector through improved flight path management.

      Crossrail Line: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any cost savings have been made to the Crossrail project; and how much that project will cost in (a) each year of the current spending review...

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of current methods of assessing road surface quality; and what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the...

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the number of cycling accidents on UK roads which were caused by poor road surfaces.

      Driving Offences: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to Article 3 of EU Council Act of 17 June 1998 drawing up the Convention on Driving Disqualification, how many notifications of a...

      EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many EU-level meetings relating to her Department's affairs have taken place since 1 May 2011; and at how many and which of these meetings the UK...

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of (a) the lowest priced ultra-low emission (i) car and (ii) van available to consumers in receipt of the Plug-In...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to increase the (a) efficiency, (b) accountability and (c) consumer interface of Network Rail.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will meet service management of Network Rail to discuss governance issues.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will bring forward proposals to place a duty on Network Rail to consult with local councils and local community groups before introducing...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to improve the accountability of Network Rail to local community groups and local authorities.

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations her Department has received from (a) Shell and (b) the Canadian Government on oil sourced from tar sands.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of the planned alliances between train operating companies and Network Rail.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department expects the deep alliance between South West Trains and Network Rail in respect of the Wessex route to begin.

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with (a) Transport for London and (b) Southeastern Trains on the London Mayor’s Rail Vision published in...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultants her Department employed involved in setting up the public consultation process for the Greater Western franchise; and what the cost to...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if cost estimates were submitted to her Department in advance of holding consultation exercises relating to the new Greater Western franchise in (a)...

      Railways: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has made an estimate of (a) the value of metal stolen from railways in the East Midlands in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011 and (b) costs incurred...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration she has given to ensuring provision of one or more direct daily railway services between London and Carmarthen as part of future...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road collisions there were between heavy goods vehicles and cyclists who were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured as a result in the latest...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2011, Official Report, column 1021W, on rolling stock, how much her Department will spend on new passenger rolling...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much additional rolling stock was introduced to each rail franchise in each year since 2008; and how many units were (a) new and (b) cascaded in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many communities have submitted expressions of interest in the Rural Community Broadband Fund.

    • Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many EU-level meetings relating to her Department’s policy areas have taken place since 1 May 2011; and at how many...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many senior civil servants left her Department and its public bodies in each month since May 2010; what their names are;...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2012, Official Report, column 81W, on departmental training, where information on away...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of permanent identification of dogs.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with canine welfare charities on responsible dog ownership; and if she will make a statement.

      Electronic Training Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North East Derbyshire of 15 November 2011, Official Report, column 731W, on...

      Environment Protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the membership is of the panel reviewing the Habitats Directive; and how they can be contacted.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that responsibly-sourced fish is promoted in Government Departments.

      Flood Control: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on managing the risk of flooding and coastal erosion in each year since 2008.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment she has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) efficiency of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority;...

      Hares: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward legislative proposals to make it an offence to kill, injure or take brown hares and mountain hares...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2011, Official Report, column 800W, on land, when she intends to publish her Department's...

      Litter: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking in conjunction with local authorities to support the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made on meeting the targets for the area of protected marine and coastal habitat specified...

      Marine Management Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff at each grade were employed by the Marine Management Organisation since its creation.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage forest owners to designate their land as open access under Section 13 of the...

      Rights of Way: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost of delaying creation of the coastal access path.

      Rights of Way: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the economic effect of the English coastal access scheme.

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many Rural Growth Network pilot areas she expects to establish in 2012; (2) when she plans to make a decision on...

      Sharks: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what her policy is on (a) existing and (b) proposed additional legislation on shark fin product imports into the EU;...

      Sustainable Development: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance her Department is providing to British Overseas Territories for sustainable development and environmental...

      Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the Barnett consequentials which will arise from the financial provisions of the Water Industry...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in (a) the West Midlands, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Essex and (d) West Yorkshire in (i)...

    • Abu Qatada

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have met (i) officials from the Jordanian Government and (ii) the...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for anti-social behaviour offences in (a) the West Midlands, (b) West Yorkshire, (c) Essex and (d) the East...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to the public purse was of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in England and Wales in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c)...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants are (a) untraceable and (b) in the controlled archive.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the applicant with UK Border Agency Ref. G1089659 first applied for asylum; when the applicant was refused asylum; when the applicant...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of (a) burglary, (b) theft from the person and (c) violence were recorded in each combined community safety partnership...

      Crimes of Violence: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of violent incidents in which the offender was under the influence of alcohol in (a) 2007-08, (b)...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions her Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

      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, whether any non-governmental organisations are...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any G4S staff have been dismissed following complaints from detainees in respect of tasks undertaken by G4S under its contract with...

      Domestic Violence: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many supporting letters for housing applications made by victims of domestic violence in the London borough of Bexley have been issued by...

      Drugs: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the success of the measures set out in EU Council Joint Action 96/750/JHA in combating illegal...

      Drugs: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many drug profile results have been transmitted by UK forensic science laboratories to the Europol Drugs Unit under the terms of EU...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the UK's application and implementation of EU and other international acts and instruments in criminal matters has been assessed by the...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants have been held in immigration removal centres in each of the last 20 quarters; and how many have been (a) released in the...

      Immigration: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passengers entered the UK through each port of entry between July and September 2010 inclusive.

      Khat: Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much of the drug khat was seized during attempted exportation to other European countries where it is banned in the latest period...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to EU Council Joint Action 98/427/JHA, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the steps taken by the Government...

      Metropolitan Police: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Units; and if she will make a statement.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the National Crime Agency to be fully operational.

      Sir Michael Scholar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what communication (a) she and (b) the head of the UK Border Agency has had with Sir Michael Scholar in the last 12 months.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many responses were received to her Department's consultation on stalking which closed on 5 February 2012.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has received a copy of the report of the independent parliamentary inquiry into stalking law reform; and whether her Department...

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for exporting stolen scrap metal in each of the last 10 years.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency announced that the Case Resolution Directorate had completed its review of all known legacy cases; when the Case...

      UK Border Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to review the salary of the head of the UK Border Agency following the creation of an independent UK Border Force.

      Visas: Tripoli

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time is for an application for a British visa from the British embassy in Tripoli.

  • Justice

    • Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the draft job description for the post of Chief Coroner.

    • Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) meetings and (b) other discussions he has had with members of the judiciary on the role of Chief Coroner in the last three months.

      Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements he is considering on the reporting to Parliament of the work of Chief Coroner.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's most recent estimate is of the savings to the public purse which will accrue from the proposed reform of the Criminal Injuries...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hearings (a) were cancelled by each employment tribunal, (b) were listed as floaters, (c) were listed within 26 weeks of receipt in single...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the likely ongoing costs of collection of fees in the employment tribunal system (a) in total and (b) as a...

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether South Yorkshire Probation Trust in partnership with G4S will be allowed to tender for the management of HM Prison Lindholme, HM Prison Moorland...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many allegations of harassment under the terms of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 were recorded by the police as crimes in financial year 2010-11.

      HMP Lindholme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there will be a public-sector bid to operate HMP Lindholme, HMP Moorland and HMP Hatfield.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals were convicted of breaching sanctions on Iran in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's most recent estimate is of the savings which will accrue from the proposals in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has allocated to expenditure on (a) its headquarters, (b) the Legal Services Commission, (c) the National Offender Management...

      Magistrates: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's most recent estimate is of the savings which will accrue from the closure of 93 magistrates' courts and 49 county courts announced...

      Magistrates: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) magistrates and (ii) members of the judiciary in England and...

      Magistrates: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his Department has prepared contingency plans in the event that Applied Language Solutions is unable to deliver the contract for the...

      Office of Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the proposed budget will be of the Office of Chief Coroner.

      Prisoners: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the (a) scope and (b) quality of the careers advice provided to prisoners on the conclusion of custodial sentences.

      Prisons: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether funding from the public purse will be used by the South Yorkshire Probation Trust in conjunction with G4S in drawing up their joint bid to manage...

      Reoffenders: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people who were sentenced to a custodial sentence reoffended within 12 months of conviction in England and Wales between 2008 and 2011;...

      The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to bring into force the provisions of The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his Department has requested the courts to compile lists of interpreters who will or will not work outside the Applied Language Solutions...

      Trespass: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to make trespassing a criminal offence.

  • Education

    • Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the operation of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 in respect of the support provided to people after they have...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what public services his Department delivers online only.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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.

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many secondary schools there are in (a) Bexley, (b) Bournemouth, (c) Buckinghamshire, (d) Kent, (e) Kingston upon Thames, (f) Lincolnshire, (g)...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school sports co-ordinators were in post in (a) September 2009, (b) September 2010, (c) September 2011 and (d) on the most recent date for...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Government's publication, Creating a Sporting Habit for Life: a new youth sport strategy, whether he has any plans to make...

      Self-Control: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department has invested in research into the effect of self-control on children's well-being and educational attainment.

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure teachers can support children diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder.

      Special Educational Needs: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to identify and support children with dyslexia.

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the average number of careers advice appointments on offer per pupil per year for secondary school students...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Azerbaijan on respect for human rights.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) electoral, (b) censorship and (c) security laws in Burma on the potential for...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Burma’s compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions 1325 and 1820.

      Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on (a) the human rights record of Cambodia, (b) Cambodia's application for membership of the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the mission to investigate the administration of the November 2011 presidential and legislative...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans to meet representatives of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to discuss the...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions his Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) ambassadors, (b) high commissioners, (c) deputy ambassadors and (d) deputy high commissioners have served in the...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Scottish Government civil servants were seconded into his Department in each year since 2006.

      Fossil Fuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding from his Department's Prosperity Fund programme was allocated to fossil fuel subsidy reform projects in the...

      Grace and Favour Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers in his Department have the use of grace and favour homes.

      Libya: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff are based at the British embassy in Tripoli; and how many of those are attached to UK Trade and Investment.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions his Department has had with the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea;...

      Pakistan: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were murdered in Pakistan in each of the last five years.

      Palestinians: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the prospects for elections in the Palestinian Authority in May 2012.

      Russian Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with the European Union on the status of the Russian language as an official EU language.

      Russian Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Latvia on the status of the Russian language within that country.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of steps by the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure a long-term post-conflict political...

      Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to lift trade sanctions on Sudan.

      Uganda

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

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to raise with the Moroccan Government the issue of freedom of expression for people calling for independence...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies: Parliament

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the reorganisation of parliamentary constituencies in Wales carried out by the Boundary Commission...

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the likely effect of Scottish separation from the United Kingdom on eligibility of existing peers to retain seats in the House of Lords.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on reform of the House of Lords.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Supply: Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on statutory easements enabling gas and electricity companies to connect park home owners...

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from landlords of the least energy efficient properties on the steps they must take to comply with...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on making the installation of smart meters mandatory.

      Fuel Poverty Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department plans to publish its response to the Independent Fuel Poverty Review.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on a transition period for the introduction of the Green Deal; and if he will make a statement.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on employee and employer tax efficiency in relation to the Green Deal.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what projection he has made of the number of Solid Wall Insulation installations in the social housing sector under the Green Deal and...

      Local Energy Assessment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for funding from the Local Energy Assessment Fund have been (a) submitted, (b) accepted and (c) rejected.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the year-on-year percentage change was in the energy generated from onshore wind in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009,...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the domestic renewable heat premium payment after 1 April 2012.

      Renewables Obligation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much of the renewables obligation budget for the year 2010-11 has not been spent.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how the deployment of solar photovoltaic technologies will be used to support his Department's commitment to community-owned energy...

      Solar Power: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration his Department has given to the merits of using solar pv panels in the social housing sector.

      Warm Homes Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2012, Official Report, column 833W, on the Warm Homes Discount Scheme, what estimate his...

      Wind Power: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the number of wind turbines the National Grid has ordered to be shut down in (a) Skipton and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when allegations of fraud at A4e were drawn to the attention of his Department's Propriety and Ethics team.

    • Children: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children in Leeds North West constituency were living in workless households in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Department of Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what plans he has to further review the Department of Health’s capabilities; and what further assessment and development actions will be...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions his Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department issues on the communication of risks by (a) Government Departments and (b) agencies for which they are responsible.

      Employment: Private Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the net change in the number of private sector jobs was in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the east midlands and (d) England in...

      Families

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the number of families with more than three generations living in one household in (a) England, (b) Cumbria and (c) South...

      Minister without Portfolio: Official Visits

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many visits in an official capacity the Minister without Portfolio has undertaken since 10 May 2010.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of the contribution Active Operations Management can make to the Government's public sector efficiency agenda.

      Public Sector: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward proposals to extend the 10-day payment period under the prompt payment code to all public procuring bodies and their clients.

      Reed: Government Departments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) total and (b) individual value is of Government contracts awarded to (i) Reed or Reed in Partnership and (ii) associates of Reed or Reed in...

      Seetec: Government Departments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) total and (b) individual value is of Government contracts awarded to (i) Seetec and (ii) associates of Seetec since May 2010.

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the suicide rate was in (a) Tees Valley, (b) the North East and (c) England and Wales in each year since 2000.

      Teenage Pregnancy: Pendle

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many teenage pregnancies there were in Pendle constituency in each of the last five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with multiple sclerosis will no longer receive their contributory employment support allowance from April 2012.

    • Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to monitor the Work programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average absence rate of staff of his Department based in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) each regional centre...

      Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's employees were absent from work due to sickness for more than 10 working days in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c)...

      Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's employees took stress-related sick leave in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) each regional...

      Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disciplinary cases against employees of his Department involved an employee taking time off for health reasons in (a) the UK, (b)...

      Active Operations Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with the Cabinet Office about promoting Active Operations Management in other Government Departments.

      Active Operations Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to utilise the Active Operations Management methodology within (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 346W, if he will publish the specific clauses in the Medical Services...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 346W, whether Atos Healthcare, or a director of Atos Healthcare, received a...

      Auto-enrolment Staging Dates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish details of changes to the auto-enrolment staging dates for employers with between 50 and 3,000 employees.

      Carers: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to encourage businesses to employ people who were previously unpaid carers.

      Carers: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to assist carers to return to paid work.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parent and partner claimants working fewer than 16 hours per week were in receipt of in-work child care payments prior to the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual budget was for in-work child care subsidy prior to September 2011.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total income will be of an owner-occupying couple in a household with no adult working and two children under seven receiving school...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what public services his Department delivers online only.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last met representatives of the (a) CBI, (b) Institute of Directors, (c) British Chamber of Commerce and (d) TUC to discuss the labour...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency who claim disability living allowance will lose their...

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of renewal claims for the (a) care and (b) mobility component of disability living allowance were (i) granted,...

      Employers’ Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the outcomes of the consultation on Accessing Compensation—Supporting People who need to trace Employers'...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information he has on differences in performance of different Work Programme providers.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on contractor overheads and anticipated return on investment through Work programme outcomes.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish data on participants in the work experience and mandatory work activity schemes who stop receiving benefits in the weeks...

      Employment Schemes: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the outcomes are for the Work Programme in Newcastle upon Tyne East constituency for the latest period for which figures are available.

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on applicants for support from the Flexible Support Fund; and whether this information includes (a) the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of (a) the number of persons affected by the change in the under-occupancy rule for eligibility for local...

      Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to respond to the recommendations of the (a) Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment: Year Two and (b) Working Group...

      Jobcentre Plus: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment vacancies were advertised in Jobcentre Plus offices in each (i) local authority area in...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to exercise the powers conferred on him by the Welfare Reform Act 2009 (Commencement No. 7) Order 2012 to make regulations...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion claimants of jobseeker’s allowance have been subject to benefit sanctions in each quarter since 2008.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has had discussions with any external organisations on the appropriate definition of domestic violence for the purposes of making...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to make regulations for the purposes of providing an exemption from jobseeking conditions for victims of domestic violence; and...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made to the likely number of individuals who would be affected by regulations providing an exemption from...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance have been sanctioned for failing to attend a work experience placement in the most recent period...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseekers who have been placed in a company for work experience have left after the first week but before the end of the placement in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 11 January 2012 with regard to Ms J Batsleer.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will arrange personally to see and reply to the letter of 27 February 2012 from the hon. Member for Walsall North concerning the death of...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the eligibility criteria for the new enterprise allowance.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) motor personal injury cases and (b) motor personal injury settlements were registered with his Department's Compensation Recovery...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the potential change in recoveries by his Department's Compensation Recovery Unit as a result of implementation of...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost of paying (a) employment and support allowance, (b) disability living allowance, (c) the...

      Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claimants in Northern Ireland who will be affected by his benefit reform.

      Tell Us Once Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has assessed the potential effects of expansion of the Tell Us Once scheme on private sector companies operating in the area.

      Tell Us Once Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data protection measures his Department plans to put in place to safeguard information gathered following the expansion of the Tell Us...

      UK Debt Management Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has any plans to close his Department's Debt Management Office in Glasgow.

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, column 344W, on housing benefit: Northern Ireland, how many meetings (a) Ministers...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Atos Healthcare is subject to performance incentives in relation to the work capability assessment; and if so whether the criteria for...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of work capability assessments on the way in which disability living allowance decisions are made.

      Work Experience: Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent outcomes are of his Department's work experience scheme for the unemployed in (a) Kettering constituency, (b)...

      Work Experience: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress he has made in promoting work experience for young people.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the experiences of charities as sub-contractors in the Work programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he is taking to ensure sub-contractors in the Work programme are paid promptly for work done on behalf of main contractors.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what monitoring of Work programme contractors his Department undertakes to ensure commitments made in applications are fulfilled.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many voluntary sector organisations were identified as participating in the Work programme supply chain in the stocktake undertaken in...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the findings of the interim report on the armed forces covenant.

    • Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the number of service leavers eligible for the publicly funded further and higher education scheme in (a) 2011-12, (b)...

      Defence Equipment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) aircraft, (b) helicopters, (c) armoured vehicles, (d) main battle tanks, (e) armoured reconnaissance vehicles, (f) transport aircraft, (g)...

      Departmental Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many apprentices were employed by each public body for which his Department is responsible between (a) April 2010 and March 2011 and (b) April and...

      Departmental Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many apprentices were employed by his Department between (a) April 2010 and March 2011 and (b) April and December 2011; and how many apprenticeships...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any products purchased by his Department in the last year did not meet the expected technical specifications; and what the names were of any such...

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Diamond Jubilee 2012: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the eligibility criteria are for the Queen's diamond jubilee medal.

      Diamond Jubilee 2012: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure eligibility for the Queen's diamond jubilee medal includes service personnel who (a) are currently on active service but who may not...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions his Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

    • Developing Countries: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received from (a) foreign governments and (b) aid agencies on UK-owned companies (i) avoiding and...

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU development assistance; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his objectives are for forthcoming negotiations on the EU development budget; and if he will make a statement.

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and if he will make a...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department spend at least 75 per cent. of their working time (a) administering his...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of expenditure on the British Army Training Unit Kenya on (i) engineering, (ii) medical and (iii) other...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to respond to the recommendation of the UN Emergency Relief Co-ordinator that the international community should...

      UN Central Emergency Response Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether a UK Minister attended the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund replenishment conference in December 2011; and if he will make a...

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had on the introduction of a minimum price per unit on alcohol.

    • Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families will no longer receive childcare support as a result of the increase in the hours limit for eligibility for working tax credit.

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families will no longer receive childcare support as a result of the increase in the hours limit for eligibility for working tax credit.

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many parents made use of the HM Revenue and Customs Childcare Voucher scheme in each financial year between 2007-08 and 2010-11; and what estimate he...

      Convention on the Protection of the European Communities’ Financial Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions UK authorities have requested (a) technical and (b) operational assistance from the European Commission to facilitate an investigation...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions his Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Excise Duties: Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking to enforce the fuel duty derogation for biodiesel producers.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has had any discussions on establishing a fuel duty regulator to regulate the amount of fuel duty paid at times of unexpected increases in...

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to support first-time home buyers.

      First-time Buyers: Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his decision to end the land stamp duty tax exemption for first-time home buyers on 24 March 2012; and if he will...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the implications for HM Revenue and Customs' three year repayment rule of errors made by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of tax receipts were paid by the top (a) one, (b) five and (c) 10 per cent. of taxpayers in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) male and (b) female income taxpayers have earnt less than £10,000 in 2011-12.

      Insolvency: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of UK businesses that will be affected by the implementation of the EU's Solvency II rules.

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK economy of an increase in interest rates of (a) 0.5%, (b) 1.5% and (c) 2.5%.

      Investment: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable the interim Financial Policy Committee has set to identify systemic carbon risks to the financial system.

      Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to prevent multi-national companies receiving tax write-offs.

      National Insurance: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to protect the identity of individuals when the use of a national insurance number is confused between multiple users.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies were issued with penalties for (a) late and (b) incorrect payment of (i) PAYE and (ii) VAT in the financial year (A) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11...

      Pocket Lighters: Import Controls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, columns 135-36W, on pocket lighters: import controls, on which occasions HM Revenue and Customs...

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the potential benefits of further integration of HM Revenue and Customs' systems.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many first-time buyers in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley have been liable for the zero rate of stamp...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to bring forward proposals for a general taxation anti-avoidance rule.

      Tax Avoidance: Bookmakers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to tackle tax and levy avoidance by offshore bookmakers.

      Tax Credit: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley were in receipt of (i) working tax credit and (ii) child...

      Tax Relief: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of tax relief for the manufacturing sector in each of the last three years.

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level of revenue that would accrue from the introduction of an online gambling tax.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families in Warrington North constituency who will no longer be entitled to working tax credit as a result of the...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Metal: Theft

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what the cost was of metal theft from Church of England property in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Action for Employment

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

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support schemes for business are operated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much funding from the European development fund was allocated to low-carbon projects in the UK in (a) 2006, (b) 2007,...

      Clinical Trials: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Clinical Trials Directive on the competitiveness of the life sciences...

      College of International Co-operation and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the activities of the College of International Co-operation and Development in...

      Competition Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff (a) work and (b) are planned to work for (i) the Competition Commission and (ii) the Office...

      Construction: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills following the postponement of the Department for Education's Priority Schools Building Programme, what discussions he has had...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) illegal money-lending teams and (b) scambusters teams; and if he will...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's Impact Assessment of 2 November 2011, BIS0317, on copyright exceptions, (1) whether his...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions his Department has made under the 10:10 initiative.

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department takes to provide information for UK exporters on avoiding breaking sanctions and export bans.

      Exports: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase exports to Saudi Arabia.

      Exports: Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value of exports to Tunisia was, broken down by type of export in the last year for which figures are available.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what administrative requirements higher education providers must complete in order for their courses to be designated; and if he...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria must be met by a higher education provider in order for a course to be designated.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter of 6 February 2012 from the hon. Member for Walsall North; ref 281401.

      Multimedia: Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Intellectual Property Office has commissioned research on the amount of audio-visual information archived by further...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how often (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) civil servants within his Department have met representatives of the Student...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish correspondence received from the Student Loans Company in respect of bi-annual reviews of providers of...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many private higher education courses have been designated as eligible for student support after a negative recommendation by...

      Students: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of university students spent a year in industry as part of their degree in England, broken down by...

      Supermarkets: Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of farm-gate prices paid by supermarkets on the livelihood of farmers.

      Tankers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with (i) Ministry of Defence Ministers and officials, (ii)...

      Trade Descriptions Act 1968

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many prosecutions were brought under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      UK Trade and Investment: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how big the UK Trade and Investment team in Libya is; what the team's budget is; what changes have been made to its (a) headcount...

      UK Trade and Investment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions on the opening of a UK Trade and Investment office in Wales.

  • Health

    • Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders in each of the last five years.

    • Autism: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has provided for research into autistic spectrum disorders in each of the last five years.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has made a comparative assessment of the approval of treatments for cancers which predominantly affect men and women by the...

      Carers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems are in place to ensure that health care support workers have minimum levels of (a) competence and (b) integrity.

      Cervical Cancer: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) screenings for and (b) deaths from cervical cancer there were in Lancashire in each of the last three years.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of children showing symptoms of addiction to (a) computers and (b) the internet.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2012, Official Report, column 115W, on departmental consultants, what the monetary value is of the contract referred...

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which bodies are responsible for monitoring whether people with diabetes receive the nine healthcare checks recommended by the National Institute for...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the national review of how urgent and emergency services should be categorised.

      Health Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that the risk assessment in respect of the decision to locate a hub for vascular surgery at the Countess of Chester hospital rather than...

      Health Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulatory regime covers the activities of (a) NHS employees and (b) private sector health care support workers who (i) administer medicines,...

      Health Visitors: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding he allocated for the provision of health visitors in Leeds North West constituency in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      HealthWatch England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role he proposes for hon. Members in determining the future of HealthWatch in their constituencies.

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under what legislation the reclassification of (a) milk thistle and (b) black cohosh food supplements as unlicensed medicines by the Medicines and...

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts audit the payment of funds to cover locum costs to ensure the funds have been spent on locums.

      Meals on Wheels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average charge was for meals on wheels in each English local authority in each year since 2000.

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the principal anti-competitive modes of behaviour are, which he intends that Monitor will tackle.

      Neurology: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve neurological services.

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the proposed local offices of the National Commissioning Board will include a lead for specialised services.

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Clinical Transitions Director in the NHS Medical Directorate on the plans for managed clinical networks for...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public policy considerations he took into account before making his decision to increase the cap on the volume of private work that foundation trusts...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average pay of (a) a Band 3 health care support worker was and (b) a state-registered Band 5 nurse in the most recent period for which...

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include spinal cord stimulators for the treatment of chronic pain within the national tariff; and if he will make a statement.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work his Department has undertaken to assess the suitability of a public service obligation for the supply of medicines in the UK.

      Pharmacy: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider introducing a data collection system with pharmacies for the purposes of providing accurate data to measure the scale and effect of...

      Plastic Surgery: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure professional bodies can provide input into the NHS Medical Director's review of the regulation of the cosmetic surgery...

      Prescription Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department spent on the publication of the drug tariff in each of the last three years; and how often the drug tariff was published in...

      Primary Care Trusts: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse of staff redundancies by primary care trusts in (a) Tameside and Glossop and (b) Stockport has been since May 2010.

      Private Patients: NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated as private patients by Warrington and Halton NHS Trust in each of the last five years; how many per year he expects to be...

      Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the communication of risk assessments made by (a) his Department, (b) strategic health authorities, (c) primary care trusts, (d)...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take in the light of recent reports regarding sex-selection abortions being undertaken in the United Kingdom. To ask Her Majesty's...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total income generated by private abortion providers in the United Kingdom over each of the past 10 years.

      Agriculture: Eggs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 16 January (WA 112), when the European Union Commission ruled out the option of an intra-Community...

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any countries have expressed an interest in joining the Commonwealth since 1 January 2005.

      Firearms: Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they appointed the members of the Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group; and when they determined its work programme.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will initiate an investigation into the administration of shotgun certificates by the South Wales Constabulary.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of a recent confidential report by the European consuls in Jerusalem and Ramallah raising the issue of the "forced expulsion" of...

      Migrant Workers: Romanians and Bulgarians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Romanian and Bulgarian nationals have migrated to the United Kingdom since those countries acceded to the European Union; what estimates they have made of...

      Police: Ethnic Minorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in the last two years to recruit police officers and community support officers from an ethnic minority background.

      Roads: Pedestrians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether pedestrians have priority on pavements.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the terms of reference and membership of the Strategy Task Force announced in UK Trade and Investment's five-year strategy Britain Open for Business:...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Strategy Task Force announced in UK Trade and Investment's five-year strategy Britain Open for Business: Growth Through International Trade...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in line with UK Trade & Investment's commitment to enhance its evaluation mechanism to focus more on assessing the impact and value for money of its...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 29 November 2011 (WA 65-6), how much funding they provide to their private sector partners, such...

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