Written answers

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

  • Treasury

    • Bank of England: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any preparations have been made for any change in the functions or remit of the Bank of England as they apply to Scotland in the event of Scotland...

    • Capital Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost to the public purse was of capital allowances in each of the last three years; (2) what the cost to the public purse was of the annual...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional revenue raised as a result of changes to capital gains tax since May 2010.

      Capital Gains Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking to ensure that all second homeowners who are liable to pay capital gains tax do so.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to regulate bonded warehouses to prevent alcohol duty fraud.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many successful (a) criminal and (b) civil prosecutions have been brought following steps taken by HM Revenue and Customs to tackle alcohol duty fraud;...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of duty stamps on (a) spirits fraud, (b) alcohol fraud and (c) total indirect tax fraud;...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department has in place to ensure value-for-money for all procurement; and what savings have been identified by those procedures in the...

      Higher Education: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect of any block grant reduction on the university and higher education sectors in Northern Ireland.

      Higher Education: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any element of the Northern Ireland block grant is hypothecated for further and higher education in Northern Ireland.

      Housing Revenue Accounts: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has had discussions with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the return of funding from Wales to his Department as a result of the Housing...

      Monetary Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has conducted any preparatory work in respect of the (a) monetary policy and (b) currency union implications of an independent Scotland.

      Moody's Investor Services: Press Releases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2012, Official Report, column 428W, on Moody's Investor Services, whether his Department requested changes to be made to...

      National Insurance: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many businesses have entered administration as a result of steps taken by HM Revenue and Customs in respect of national insurance payments since...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the cost to the public purse of the reorganisation of the NHS since May 2010.

      Pensions: Teachers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received a representation from the Scottish Government requesting a valuation by the Government Actuary's Department of the Scottish...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether all payments made to devolved Administrations as a result of the Chancellor's autumn statement resulted from the Barnett Formula; and what the (a)...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department had with representatives of the Welsh Government on the Holtham...

      Public Sector Net Cash Requirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the public sector borrowing requirement; and if he will make a statement.

      Smuggling: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the duty value of seizures of (a) spirits, (b) wine and (c) beer made by HM Revenue and Customs was in each year since 2002.

      Tax Avoidance: Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what contingency arrangements he has made for meeting the cost of unwinding the use of tax avoidance arrangements and personal service companies...

      Tax Collection: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints HM Revenue and Customs have received about the wording of demand notices in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to devolve vehicle licensing and taxation powers to the Northern Ireland Executive.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to encourage the government of Burma to end the conflict between the national army and ethnic...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish details of the six incidents of data loss during 2011; and whether such cases were referred to the...

      Henderson Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the Henderson Island rat eradication programme.

      Mali

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

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in Nigeria.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to press for an end to the construction and expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank.

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the annual cost to his Department was of meeting the costs of education of employees' children who were (a) boarding in the...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next meeting of the Friends of Yemen will take place.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of human rights and democracy in Zimbabwe.

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of applications for anti-social behaviour orders in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London were successful in each of the last...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress he has made on his Department's Public Value Programme; and what the (a) number of civil service staff in scope for privatisation is...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many additional legal aid cases he expects will be covered by the change of definition to domestic violence announced on 29 February 2012.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what data from government departments the Public Value Programme's successful bidder will have available to it for the collection and enforcement of...

      Prisoners: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many non-UK EU citizens were serving a custodial sentence in the UK in each of the last 10 years broken down by the (a) offence, (b) length of...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the number of non-UK EU citizens serving a custodial sentence in the UK that his Department expects to be able to...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the business model for his Department's Public Value Programme; for what reasons a model based on privatisation...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders were recalled to prison in (a) each English region and (b) Wales between 1 January 2008 and 1 January 2012; (2) how many...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many repossessions took place in (a) Leeds North West constituency, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England in each year since 2009; and what estimate he has...

      Repossession Orders: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many homes were repossessed by mortgage lenders in (a) the North West, (b) Tameside Borough and (c) Stockport Borough in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners serving an indeterminate public protection sentence in England and Wales who have been assessed as suitable to be held in open...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to ensure that magistrates are aware of community sentencing projects in their area.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the recidivism rate is for children and young people up to the age of 25 who have received (a) custodial and (b) community sentences in each of the...

      Sentencing: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of (a) children and young adults and (b) adults who have received custodial sentences have been diagnosed as having mental health...

      Sentencing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of mindfulness-based treatment of children and young people who have received custodial sentences.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints his Department has received regarding Applied Language Solutions (ALS) in the last year; and if he will calculate the number of...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2012, Official Report, columns 71-2W, on Applied Language Solutions, what steps his Department has taken to...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he was advised by (a) Applied Language Solutions (ALS) and (b) counsel to ALS not to launch the new interpreters' framework agreement across the...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library copies of information collated from Crown Courts in London on a weekly basis on problems with the implementation of the...

  • Transport

    • A453

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department plans to publish the timetable to widen the A453 between Nottingham and the M1.

    • Action for Employment

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

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has any plans to extend the provision of bus passes to enable free passage of pensioners and disabled persons between England and Wales.

      Crossrail: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total value is of Crossrail contracts awarded to companies with head offices based outside the UK, including joint ventures between domestic...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what conditions private parking enforcement companies have to comply with to be able to access DVLA information systems; (2) whether those who...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with rail companies on High Speed 2 trains serving stations on High Speed 1.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to introduce a speed limit on motorways of 80 mph.

      Oil: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the inclusion of a default value for oil shale in the European fuel quality directive; and what her policy is on the...

      Transport: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the use of (a) recruitment companies, (b) subsidiaries and (c) in-house recruitment processes to provide labour during periods of...

  • 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) what assessment the House of Commons Commission has made of the likely number...

    • Big Ben: Tourism

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what representations the House of Commons Commission has received (a) supporting...

      Big Ben: Tourism

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, who the House of Commons Commission consulted before taking the decision to...

      Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission how many bookings were made by (a) hon. Members, (b) staff of hon. Members and (c)...

      Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many bookings were made at the (a) Strangers Dining Room, (b) Churchill Room...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total spending of the Coastal Communities Fund is to date; what the average size of grant is; whether funding is...

    • Fire Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious emergency calls were received by Kent Fire and Rescue Service in each of the last three years.

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the number of privately rented properties on access to the property market for first-time buyers.

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London who were deemed (i)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department has allocated for the redundancy costs associated with a reduction of housing benefit staff in local...

      Housing Improvement: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities in England provide renovation grants for owner-occupiers and private tenants.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of houses for which planning permission has been obtained but which have not yet...

      Land: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the status will be of (a) Rural Buffer Zones, (b) Areas of Great Landscape Value, (c) Areas of Special Landscape, (d) Areas...

      Land: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the area of English land not covered by nationally-recognised land...

      Land: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation governing the sale of land by (a) individuals, (b) private...

      Local Government: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether he plans to merge Calderdale and Kirklees councils; (2) what plans he has to re-draw the boundaries of Calderdale...

      Local Government: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of complaints submitted to local authority standards committees in 2011; and whether he...

      Local Government: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to devolve power to cities and towns in the North East.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has issued guidance to local authorities on the payment of senior local government staff other than through PAYE for...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any senior staff in local government have made tax efficient payment arrangements.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to transfer further planning powers from regional and national level to local councils.

      Planning Permission: Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning appeals in respect of incinerators were considered by the Planning Inspectorate in each planning category in...

      Urban Areas: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many retail developments proposed for out-of-town locations have been (a) notified to and (b) called in by him in each year...

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to disseminate best practice learned from urban regeneration at the Olympic Park.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which councils that currently collect refuse in alternate weeks have made a commitment to return to a weekly collection service.

  • Northern Ireland

    • High Profile Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the commemoration of high profile anniversaries.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on differential levels of corporation tax for different regions in the UK.

      Eurozone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect of economic conditions in the eurozone on Northern Ireland.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to protect the farming industry against future droughts.

    • Broadband: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the £20 million fund for superfast broadband has been distributed to date; and which communities have...

      Droughts: Subsidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the drought on (a) subsidence in buildings and (b) highways; and if...

      Fish: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of supermarket fish products marketed as (a) dolphin friendly, (b) pole...

      Pet Animals Act 1951

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to amend section 2 of the Pet Animals Act 1951 to include (a) public houses and (b) websites.

      River Thames: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) Thames Water, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) Ofwat on the volume of spoil to...

      Tyres: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many illegally exported containers of used tyres the Environment Agency recovered in the last 12 months; and how much...

      Water: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the extra water requirement during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics; and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Asians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funds were provided to Asian organisations through the (a) regularly funded organisations system and (b) Grants for the...

    • Diamond Jubilee 2012: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons his Department decided not to award the diamond jubilee medal to members of St John's Ambulance; what...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent progress his Department has made in implementing youth sport strategy, Creating a sporting habit for life.

  • Defence

    • Air Training Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 462W, on Air Training Corps, what the conclusion was of the assessment of the...

    • Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2012, Official Report, column 421W, on the disclosure of information, if he will publish any interim findings of the...

      Future Local Area Air Defence System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress he has made on the future local area air defence system; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the first Military Afloat reach and sustainability tanker to begin construction; and when the final such tanker will be delivered.

      MOD Bicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which (a) consultants and (b) consultancy firms were involved in the 2008 restructuring of MOD Logistics Bicester; (2) which consultants he...

      USA: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of the measures announced in the recent defence review by the US on the UK's future military co-operation with...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) private sector and business and (b) third sector and non-governmental...

    • Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's policy is on (a) inward and (b) outward secondments to the (i) private sector and (ii) third sector and...

      Financial Services: Conveyancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that shared equity schemes subsidised by the taxpayer cannot be operated by banks or financial...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) regional inward investment organisations or (b) local enterprise partnerships have signed memorandums of...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) regional inward investment agencies or (b) local enterprise partnerships who have signed a memorandum of...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what factors he takes into account when designating a higher education course.

      Industry: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to encourage water using industries to relocate to English regions where there is no water shortage.

      Office of Fair Access: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff he expects to be employed by the Office of Fair Access in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Overseas Trade: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on export contracts with the Egyptian government under UK Export Finance that are for...

      South West Regional Development Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether staff employed by the South West England Development Agency received retention bonuses after the announcement by the...

      Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of problems for consumers arising from faulty goods and services purchased within...

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with the Department for Education on the...

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what criteria his Department used to determine which universities to invite to attend meetings about establishing a...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Ethnic Minority Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department were from an ethnic minority in March (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and...

    • Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the scientific study undertaken by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the expected levels of take-up for the Green Deal in relation to households installing photovoltaics.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met the chief executive officer of Atos since May 2010; and what was discussed on each...

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people ceased to receive carer's allowance due to receipt of (a) a pension and (b) another income replacement benefit in (i) England,...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people's local housing allowance was paid direct to their landlord in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London in the latest...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many older people in receipt of pension credit and payments towards housing cost, excluding housing benefit, are in receipt of a support...

      Nuclear Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what rules have been made by the Office for Nuclear Regulation to prevent the unauthorised transmission of nuclear information; and whether he...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of administering an increase in the basic state pension of 25 pence for recipients over the age of 80.

      Redundancy: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were made redundant from jobs in the private sector in each of the last three years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2012, Official Report, column 238W, on social security benefits, how many working-age households in (a)...

      Social Security Benefits: Hyndburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Hyndburn borough council area receive combined benefits at the rate of (a) £2,000, (b) £1,600 and (c)...

      Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what representations he has received from voluntary organisations in Northern Ireland over his proposed benefit reform; (2) what...

      Universal Credit: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the number of weeks' rent arrears will be which will trigger direct payment of housing benefit on the application of a social landlord...

  • International Development

    • Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department plans to use to assess the effectiveness of its governance and conflict programme.

    • Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the report on UK anti-corruption policy which was recently prepared for his Department.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help pharmaceutical companies assist with the development of (a) HIV/AIDS, (b) tuberculosis, (c)...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to achieve the target for universal access to treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS.

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department plans to use to assess the effectiveness of its private sector programme.

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department's private sector programme funding will be delivered; and which bodies and organisations will be involved in delivery.

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what objectives his Department has set for its private sector programme.

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion and how much in real terms of his Department's budget will be allocated to private sector projects in each year of the...

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) development assistance and (b) other aid his Department provided to Somaliland (i) in each year from 2005 to 2010 and (ii) in...

      Sudan: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral arrangements have been made with Sudan in respect of debt relief; and what conditions Sudan...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Homs; what plans are being made for the distribution of food and aid; and...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on the humanitarian situation in Niger and Mali caused by drought and conflict; and what steps he is...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equalities and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when the Equality and Human Rights Commission will publish its revised departmental strategic plan to reflect the changes to its services and staff...

    • Equalities and Human Rights Commission: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many frontline staff the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (a) employs and (b) will employ after the new organisational design has been...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the formation of military academies; and if he will make a statement.

    • Academies: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the annual charges for private finance initiative contracts on schools which subsequently take independent academy status are paid by the...

      Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the name is of each publicly-funded boarding school or school with boarding houses; in which local authority each such school is located; how many...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the cost per pupil of each school that has so far been built through the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Food Technology: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to include the teaching of practical cooking skills in schools in his Department's curriculum review.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the future of free school meals.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which English local authorities provided free school meals in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils received grades at (a) A, (b) B, (c) C and (d) D or below in GCSE (i) English language, (ii) mathematics and...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support and resources will be given to teachers to help them implement proposed changes to GCSEs in geography, history, English literature and...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals did not achieve five GCSEs at A* to C in 2011 in (a) England and (b) Leeds North West constituency.

      Literacy: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures his Department has put in place to identify and support GCSE students with poor reading and comprehension skills; and if he will make a...

      Mathematics: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students taking GCSE mathematics in Gillingham and Rainham constituency achieved a pass rate of A* to C in the most recent period for which...

      Military Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the proposed formation of military academies.

      Ofsted: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost was of Ofsted inspections of (a) childminders, (b) nurseries and (c) schools in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects the internal review of personal, social, health and economic education to be published.

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which formerly independent schools have joined the state sector, broken down by (a) local education authority and (b) school type in each of the last...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils in each local authority in England attending wholly selective secondary schools (a) were eligible for free school meals, (b)...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils in publicly-funded grammar schools including fully selective academies aged (a) 11 to 18, (b) 11 to 15 and (c)...

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce what resources are being allocated to Warrington under his capital programme.

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2012, Official Report, columns 439-40W, on teachers: crimes of violence, what steps he has taken since coming to...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to update his Department's guide to the law for school governors.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have been placed in special measures by Ofsted in each year since 1992.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have successfully appealed against being placed in special measures by Ofsted in each year since 1992.

      Schools: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in secondary schools were taught in classes with (a) streaming and (b) setting in each year since 1996-97; and if he will...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students taking GCSE science subjects in Gillingham and Rainham constituency achieved a pass rate of A* to C; and how many such students...

      Science: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage more schools to become specialist in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) unique reference number and (b) establishment number is of each maintained secondary school in England that has been open since at least...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons bursary payments for Postgraduate Certificate in Education students were (a) discontinued in the academic year 2011-12 and (b)...

      Teachers: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of teachers at each teaching grade who are actively seeking employment.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers were recruited at each teaching grade in each of the last two years.

      Teachers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers at each teaching grade have been made redundant in the last two years.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he will consider including a module on organising a school visit in teacher training courses; and if he will make a statement.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria were adopted and applied by his Department to determine which universities should be invited to establish a university teaching school;...

  • Health

    • Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2012, Official Report, column 251W, on influenza: vaccination, how the stock of unused vaccine was disposed of; what...

    • National Health Service Commissioning Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the principal functions of the proposed National Health Service Commissioning Boards are; and what its principal powers and responsibilities are.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people diagnosed with chronic asthma wait more than 48 hours to see a doctor.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department holds on the number of cancer patients in the UK treated with fluorouracil; and how many such patients have had...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) pharmacological treatments and (b) associated indications which the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has...

      Cardiovascular system: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps will be taken to ensure continuity of care for patients diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Cardiovascular system: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce a national cardiovascular patient experience survey.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are working on implementing the national health service transition programme; and how many such staff are (a) directly and (b) indirectly...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to unwind the use of personal service companies by senior civil servants in his Department and its agencies; for what reason he is...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the proposed allocation of public health funding to the London borough of Bexley council.

      HIV Infection: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London were diagnosed with HIV in each of the last five years.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is provided to GPs on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the prevention and causes of Lyme disease.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with Lyme disease in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS consultants were involved in the treatment of extreme cases of Lyme disease in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department is undertaking on the treatment of Lyme disease.

      Lyme Disease: Blood Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what blood tests are available for the testing of Lyme disease and associated tick borne diseases.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the clinical outcome review programme for maternal and newborn health will be resumed.

      Medical Treatments abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many UK citizens received treatment abroad as part of EEA agreements in each year for which figures are available; and in what country such treatment...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that primary care trusts and clinical commissioning groups that commission NHS Continuing Healthcare adhere to a single...

      NHS: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to minimise disruption for staff during the period of transition in the national health service.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the principal efficiency savings derived from his transition programme in the NHS will be.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to improve palliative care for patients in the last year; and what further steps he plans to take in 2012.

      Patient Access Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) pharmacological treatments and (b) associated indications for a patient access scheme have been recommended by the National Institute for Health...

      Physiotherapy: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) the provision of and (b) waiting times for NHS physiotherapy services in (i) Crawley and (ii) West Sussex.

      Prescription Drugs: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of prescription drugs manufactured in the UK were sold abroad since (a) January 2011 and (b) January 2012; (2) which drugs the NHS...

      Prescription Drugs: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what meetings he has had with pharmaceutical manufacturing companies and wholesalers on prescription drug shortages since February 2011; (2) what...

      Prescription Drugs: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many wholesalers operate in the UK selling prescription drugs from manufacturers to pharmacists; whether this number is limited; and who is...

      Prescription Drugs: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which prescription drugs UK pharmacists and hospitals are experiencing shortages of; and which drugs were in short supply in 2011.

      Spinal Injuries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to form a single spinal injuries commissioning body.

      Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in (a) Kent and (b) Dartford constituency have been (i) waiting on the organ transplant list and (ii) received organ transplants in...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the costs to the police of alcohol abuse in Redditch constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the cost to the police of alcohol abuse in the city of Southampton in the latest period for which figures are...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of expenditure contained in her Department's Spring Supplementary Estimate 2011-12 relates to asylum support; for what reason...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims under the Riots (Damages) Act 1886 in relation to public disorder in London in August 2011 have been (a) made, (b) accepted...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) individuals and (b) gangs engaged in cross-border criminal activities broken down by the...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in immigration detention were primary carers for children before they were placed in detention.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many single parents with dependent children are being held in immigration detention facilities in the UK.

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children are being held in UK Border Agency immigration detention facilities with their parents.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were charged with possession of drugs in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) London in each of the last five years.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious emergency calls were received by Kent police in each of the last three years.

      Freezing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (1) Alexi Anichin, (2) Oleg Logunov, (3) Oleg Silchenko, (4) Alexander Matveev, (5) Gennady Karlov, (6) Natalya Vinogradova, (7)...

      Licensed Premises: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many establishments in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London have had their licence to sell alcohol withdrawn in each year...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to respond to the letter of 24 February 2012 from the hon. Member for Harrow West on the possible deportation of a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer the letter sent to the Minister for Immigration by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 23 January with...

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports she has received on the number of instances of metal theft that involved liquified petroleum gas cylinders, in the two most...

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the funding set aside for a metal theft task force has been allocated; and in which areas of the UK it is being spent.

      National Crime Agency: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the projected cost is of establishing a shadow National Crime Agency as set out in her Department's Business Plan 2011-15.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to police authorities on the effect of the changes in expenditure by her Department on reorganisation of...

      Police: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of costs associated with establishing a police information and communications technology company.

      Reoffenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals formerly held in immigration removal centres and released subsequently reoffended in the latest period for which...

      Riots (Damages) Act 1886

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements have been made for (a) acknowledging and (b) reporting progress to claimants on claims under the Riots (Damages) Act 1886...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency (UKBA) employees will be transferred to the UK Border Force when it is separated from the UKBA.

      West Midlands Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many officers are based at each of West Midlands Police Authority's Road Traffic Policing Unit bases; and how many arrests such...

      West Midlands Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in expenditure by her Department on the West Midlands Police Authority's Road Traffic...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many internally displaced people are currently living in Afghanistan; what are their living conditions; whether plans have been made for their resettlement;...

    • Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they consider to be a reasonable administration fee for the return by airlines of paid air passenger duty to those passengers who do not in the event travel....

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the term of the current chairman of the Court of the Bank of England expires; and when the vacancy will be advertised.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with European Union Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva regarding the cutting of European Union aid to the Thailand Burma Border...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding for civil society capacity-building in Burma they provided in 2011; and what funding will be provided in 2012.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why some organisations working in the Thailand-Burma border that receive grants from the Department for International Development reclaim costs incurred from the...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they provide to women's organisations for projects supporting women and children who have been subjected to rape and sexual violence by the Burmese army.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent meetings Department for International Development officials have held with civil society organisations from Burma that are based on the Thailand-Burma...

      Cafcass

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have allocated to self-employed practitioners in each quarter since the first quarter of 2007.

      Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their announcement on 7 January 2011, when they intend to exercise the power conferred by Section 45 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act...

      Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate to prevent Twitter applications extracting personal phone directories from private mobile devices without permission.

      Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to allowing all United Kingdom citizens to vote in United Kingdom elections.

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential contribution of bioliquids to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from domestic heating.

      Energy: Red Diesel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, with reference to the proposed changes to the regulations for using red diesel in pleasure craft due to come into force on 1 April 2012, (1) which organisations...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of civil servants employed by the Home Office who take time off work each year through smoking-related illnesses.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of civil servants employed by the Ministry of Defence who take time off work each year through smoking-related...

      Greece: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, as a member of NATO, and in the light of the United Kingdom's commitments to supporting Greece in the event of a loan default, of...

      Honours and Decorations Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Astor of Hever on 9 December 2011 (WA 202) and on 24 January 2012 (WA 215), when the undertaking he gave to the House of...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the agreement between British Water and the Israeli Industry Centre for Research and Development, MATIMOP, in the light of the alleged...

      Justice: Pardons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 February (WA 286), why the pardons listed since 1997 do not include the pardons granted in 2006 to 306 British...

      Legal System: Translation and Interpreting Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have revised their estimate of the amount of savings to be achieved by awarding the contract for police and court interpreting services to a single...

      Migrant Domestic Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether limiting the number of incoming domestic workers from overseas would make it unnecessary to remove protections from those...

      Office of Fair Trading

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what process will be adopted for the recruitment of a new chief executive for the Office of Fair Trading; and whether this will use open competition.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, before providing aid to a country, they take account of the size of the defence expenditure of that country.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what strategy is in place to support their intention, as stated on the website of the Department for International Development, of "improving accountability,...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to uprating all overseas United Kingdom state pensions annually.

      Racism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence exists about the levels of support and representation provided by the Government Equalities Office or the Equality and Human Rights Commissions or...

      Railways: West Coast Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Atlee on 28 February (WA 350), whether they will consider bids that are non-compliant with the train service requirement...

      Roads: A13

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current cleanliness of the A13 trunk road between the M25 and Dagenham; and what steps they propose to take to improve the...

      Shipping: Escorts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when is the earliest they expect delivery of a new escort; and whether that new escort will replace a Type 23 Frigate or increase the total number of hulls.

      St Helena: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made towards building an airport for St Helena.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 13 February concerning the speeding-up of tax free allowances (WA 138), whether they will now answer the question...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that they do not inadvertently create loopholes in the tax system.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to take action in response to the Mirrlees review of taxation.

      Welfare Reform Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the financial implications of a refusal by the Northern Ireland Assembly to accept parity...

      Welfare Reform Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Northern Ireland Executive will be required to implement changes to social security and housing benefit contained in the Welfare Reform Bill, if it is...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to improve the management of Ashfield Young Offender Institution in the light of the recent report of HM Inspector of Prisons; and...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the fact that Zimbabwe is no longer a member of the Commonwealth, whether they have any plans to stop Zimbabwean citizens resident in the United...

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