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Written answers

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

  • Defence

    • Air Training Corps: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2012, Official Report, column 30W, on air training corps: disciplinary proceedings, how many of the...

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces were (a) married, (b) cohabiting and (c) in a relationship when they joined the services in the latest period for...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the potential annual savings to his Department if married couples in the armed services were required to leave married living...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the budget for service married living quarters was in each year from 2000-01 to 2011-12; and what the planned budget is for 2012-13; (2) what...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many couples in each year since 2000 had lived in service married living quarters for a longer period than eight years; (2) how many people in...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service married living quarters there are in each (a) region, (b) local authority area and (c) constituency.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual cost to the public purse of service married living quarters was in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what employment options for reform of the housing system for married couples are being considered as part of his Department's new employment model.

      Armed Forces: Life Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average compensation payment was to bereaved service families from PAX life insurance in (a) the last year, (b) the last five years and...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will establish procedures of continuous assessment of the psychological health of service personnel and the provision of guidance and...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will (a) release anonymised data on the mental health of UK service personnel to research establishments and (b) commission research on improving...

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made with the Article 36 legal review of CHARM3; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Ethnic Minority Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department were from an ethnic minority in March (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and if he...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost per vehicle was of (a) fuel, (b) road tolls, (c) accommodation and (d) other logistics of a return trip from the UK to each base...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hire cars were rented for official use by personnel deployed to Italy during Operation Ellamy; and how many personnel on average used each car.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria were used when deciding where to accommodate personnel deployed to Italy during Operation Ellamy.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when (a) he, (b) each Minister in his Department and (c) senior officials of his Department last met their counterparts in (i) Oman, (ii) UAE,...

      NATO: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assets and how many service personnel were involved in NATO exercise (a) Cold Response, (b) Atlantis, (c) Joint Warrior, (d) NATO Tiger Meet...

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid to send the children of civil servants to (a) private boarding schools, (b) private day schools and (c) Eton College in (i)...

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future use of the Tornado Simulator at RAF Lossiemouth.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultation process his Department undertook in relation to the announcement that Serco would become the new partner in his Department's Defence...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms and conditions are of the standstill period in relation to the recent bid from Serco for his Department's Defence Business Services.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of business risk has been taken by SERCO; and what has been retained by his Department in respect of the Defence Business Services contract.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the level of public accountability of Serco in respect of its contract for Defence Business Services.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the ability of Serco to deliver services better than civil servants at Defence Business Services.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason he approved the contract with Serco for activities previously delivered by Defence Business Services.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will meet trade unions representing staff transferred to Serco from Defence Business Services.

      Veterans: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2011 to the hon. Member for Midlothian, Official Report, column 40W, on ex-servicemen: suicide, if he will publish...

  • Wales

    • Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Welsh Government, (b) trade unions and (c) disability groups on the future of Remploy factories in...

  • Home Department

    • Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether responsibility for the police national computer will transfer from the National Policing Improvement Agency to the National Crime...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on licensing mouse bioassays to detect shellfish toxins; for which type of toxin and species of shellfish such licences...

      Appeals: Mohamed Ami

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date the determination of the successful appeal of Mohamed Amir, FCO number 14866, appeal number OA/63095/200, which was allowed on...

      Asylum: Lewisham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) refugees and (b) asylum seekers without recourse to public funds in Lewisham, Deptford...

      Crimes of Violence: Pedicabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) sexual assaults and (b) other assaults by drivers of pedicabs and rickshaws plying for hire were reported to the police in the...

      Extradition: Christopher Tappin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the implications of the extradition of Christopher Tappin for her Department's policies; and if she will bring forward...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of food procured by her Department (a) meets the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering and (b) is from British...

      Foreign Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how migrant domestic workers who have experienced unlawful working conditions will be able to pursue employment claims against their...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of the effect of appointing an independent national rapporteur on human trafficking on levels of...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which countries (a) within and (b) outside the European Union the Government funds projects to tackle human trafficking.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 2 February 2012 with regard to Mrs Nita Malata.

      National Crime Agency: UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the relationship will be between the UK Border Force and the National Crime Agency.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for UK naturalisation have been received in each of the last three years; and how many have been successful.

      Organised Crime: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to prevent members of Columbian crime gangs from entering the UK.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the acting profession as an appropriate reference on passport applications.

      Police: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to review the annual data requirement of police forces in respect of production orders.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many regulations her Department has repealed between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012; and if she will estimate the likely savings to the...

      Youssef Boutros-Ghali

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department have had discussions with (i) the United States Department of State, (ii) the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the prohibition by the United States and China of their airlines taking part in...

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will reconsider the decision not to proceed with the carbon capture and storage project at Longannet; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department are responsible for carbon capture and storage.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to publish his Department's carbon capture and storage baseline risk allocation.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he intends to publish the Government's carbon capture and storage roadmap.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department plans to launch the carbon capture and storage competition request for proposals.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of (1) the number of commercially-viable carbon capture and storage plants that will be in operation in...

      Carbon Sequestration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on whether the Scottish Government has committed to funding any carbon capture and storage...

      Carbon Sequestration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when he last met a Minister of the Scottish Government to discuss carbon capture and storage; (2) on how many occasions he has...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of changes to global temperatures since 2000.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had on his Department's policy on anthropogenic climate change.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential role of plug-in vehicles to support the development of a UK smart grid.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of households switched energy provider in each region of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of firms leaving the UK citing high energy costs.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on opportunities for long-term unemployed people to...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many formal expressions of interest his Department has received from people interested in becoming Green Deal assessors.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish a copy of the guidelines and training materials which will be issued to (a) Green Deal assessors and (b) go-early...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of training a (a) Green Deal assessor and (b) go-early Green Deal...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average number of training hours (a) go-early Green Deal assessors and (b) Green Deal trainees will receive.

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much generation capacity from renewable sources from Scotland was installed in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; and what the total value was...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to maintain (a) standards of animal welfare and (b) the competitiveness of the farming...

    • Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the merits of introducing compulsory microchipping for dogs.

      Hydrofluorocarbons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment she has made of the potential effects on the UK chemical industry of (a) specific use bans, (b)...

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department has issued to regulate major excavation or reprofiling works where infected BSE carcasses are...

      Meat: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance is given to exporters of (a) pig meat, (b) lamb and (c) beef to countries (i) within the EU and (ii)...

      Pet Animals Act 1951

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the operation of the Pet Animals Act 1951.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Deaths

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many deaths were registered in England and Wales where the date of death was between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2005 and the waiting time...

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the monetary value is of Government contracts awarded to (a) Prospects Services Limited and (b) associates of Prospects Services Limited (i)...

      Departmental Ethnic Minority Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department were from an ethnic minority in March (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and if he...

      Food

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what proportion of food procured by No. 10 Downing street (a) meets the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering and (b) is from British...

      Government Departments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Government Departments manage their property efficiently to deliver value for money.

      Government Departments: Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government consultations were active during the last purdah period; and how many were launched within 14 days of the start of the last purdah...

      Government Departments: Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance is issued to departments on holding consultations during a purdah period.

      Morning Star

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many copies of the Morning Star newspaper are regularly purchased for (a) 10 Downing street and (b) the Cabinet Office.

      New Businesses: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new business start-ups there were in the City of York in each of the last 10 years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many overseas visits Ministers in his Department have undertaken in each year since 2010; and what the (a) destination and (b) purpose...

    • Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012; and if he will estimate the likely savings to the...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the St Andrew's Agreement of 2006, what assessment he has made of the application of national security arrangements to...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what justice and security matters that affect Northern Ireland remain under the control of the UK Government.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much the Electoral Commission spent on public affairs consultancy firms in the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure there is effective competition in procurements for superfast broadband supported by his Department.

    • Data Protection: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on the potential regulation of the collection and use of user data by internet companies.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the socio-economic profile of the users of library services.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what support he has given local authorities to strategically plan the future of library services for local communities.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of book stock levels in public libraries.

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much VisitEngland spent on public affairs consultancy firms in the last 36 months; to which firms such expenditure was...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the House of Commons Commission's most recent estimate is of (a) the volume...

    • Trees

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment he has made of the effect that the removal of the fig trees in...

      Trees

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the House of Commons Commission has given consideration to the use of the...

  • Treasury

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families with (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children and (d) four children will lose their entitlement to the family entitlement of...

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Financial Services Authority has spent on public affairs consultancy firms in the last 36 months; on which firms; and for what reason in each case.

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

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

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) underpayments and (b) overpayments of income tax in each year from 2003-04 to 2009-10 which are (i)...

      Taxation: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what information his Department holds on the number of employers that provide tax-free employment-related loans to employees; (2) what assessment he...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Warrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Warrington North constituency are in receipt of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit.

      Working Tax Credit: Warrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Warrington North constituency who are in receipt of working tax credits are part of a couple working for less than 24 hours per week.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the payment of the travel expenses of interpreters under the access to work scheme.

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have claimed carer's allowance in (a) England, (b) Cumbria and (c) Westmorland and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget was for (a) childcare support and (b) other childcare-related payments under the New Deal for Lone Parents in each of the last...

      Departmental Ethnic Minority Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department were from an ethnic minority in March (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012;...

      Dilnot Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to assess the implications of the Dilnot Report; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a guide price or fee per placement was suggested during the tendering process for the mandatory work activity scheme; and if he will...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data his Department holds on the mandatory work activity scheme.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to reduce barriers to employment for disabled people including (a) transport, (b) the physical environment...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will conduct a review into the likely effects of the Government's proposed welfare reforms on the employment of disabled people.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people were enabled to enter and remain in paid employment as a result of payments from the Independent Living Fund in the...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed as care and support workers either directly or indirectly through agencies or as a result of payments through the...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people were in employment for each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people from each socio-economic group with flexible working hours in the latest period for which...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the financial impact of the housing benefit cap on homeless households in temporary accommodation.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance of employment and support allowance claimants...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value was of the highest single payment of statutory maternity pay to date.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average total statutory maternity pay was per claimant in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what number and proportion of people in receipt of statutory maternity pay were earning in excess of £40,000 in the latest year for which...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the Programme Assurance Review of the universal credit programme that took place in November 2011.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency and (b) South Lanarkshire received a winter fuel payment in (i) 2008, (ii)...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of appeals were successful by people contesting the withdrawal of employment and support allowance following a work capability...

  • Health

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients who have received dental treatment on the NHS in (a) England, (b) Cumbria and (c) Westmorland and...

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical commissioning groups have chosen to specialise in diabetes; and how many such groups his Department estimates will choose to specialise...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients with diabetes who were offered foot-care checks did not take them up in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Diabetes: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of diabetes patients in Leicester City Primary Care Trust did not have a foot check in 2011. [Official Report, 21 March 2012, Vol. 542, c....

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to announce the launch of his proposed public consultation into the UK Rare Diseases Plan.

      First Aid: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the potential public health benefits that would result from introducing emergency...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of food labelling on the adoption of a healthy diet.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates.

      Herbal Medicine: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence officials of (i) his Department and (ii) the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have had...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department allocated to hospices in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospices received funding from his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all elderly people are treated with respect and dignity in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2012, Official Report, column 128W, on mental health services: Hampshire, if he will ask the Chairman of Southern...

      Mental Health Services: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve mental health outcomes for homeless people.

      Neurology: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National Service Framework for Neurology; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what effect payments made to Computer Sciences Corporation for contracts under the Connecting for Health Programme in the next three financial years...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS authorities and trusts there were on 1 April 2011; and how many are proposed subject to the passage of legislation.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited longer than 18 weeks for a consultation in secondary services in (a) January 2010 and (b) January 2012.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the level of (a) awareness and (b) detection of ovarian cancer symptoms.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate how many patients in each primary care trust area have received funding from the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme in each of the last...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations he has received from (a) members of the public, (b) hon. Members, (c) pharmacists, (d) doctors, (e) nurses and (f) hospitals on...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of prescription drug shortages.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with drug manufacturers and wholesalers to ensure that there will be sufficient supply of prescription drugs...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulations his Department repealed between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012; and if he will estimate the likely savings to the public purse in...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the £648 million allocated for local authority spending on social care that also benefits health in 2011-12 was spent by each...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to introduce a national assessment framework for social care; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have received care packages following an assessment by social services in each local authority in each of the last five years.

      Social Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to the troubled families initiative in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

      Social Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants in his Department are working on the troubled families initiative.

      Social Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the NHS will contribute from pre-allocated resources towards the troubled families initiative in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14...

      Streptococcus: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration he has given to routinely offering Enriched Culture Method tests to pregnant women to detect Group B Streptococcus infection; (2)...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of telehealth and telecare services on improving patient experience in the NHS and adult...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of Argentine trade restrictions of the UK economy.

    • Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress under the UK Chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers in (a)...

      Election Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria the Government applies when deciding to which countries that are holding elections to send electoral observers.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iranian Government concerning the sentence of 18 years imprisonment imposed on the human...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the safety of BBC Persia television staff and their families.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to secure visas for the families of BBC Persia staff following the closure of the UK embassy in Tehran.

      Serbia: Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an official protest to the government of Serbia on its expulsion of the ambassador of Ghana following his...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure a speedy resolution of Turkey's application to join the EU.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his German and French counterparts on Turkey's application to join the EU.

  • Women and Equalities

    • UN Security Council Resolution

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Northern Ireland.

  • Education

    • Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps the Government has taken to maintain the standards which registered childminders are required to meet.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been (a) begun and (b) completed in each local authority in the north-west since May 2010.

    • Homelessness: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to reduce levels of homelessness in the north-west.

  • International Development

    • Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff his Department employs working on bilateral aid programmes.

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to improve broadband internet provision in British Overseas Territories.

      Departmental Ethnic Minority Staff

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

      Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the costs and benefits of early intervention in food crises.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government over water supply policies in the Jordan Valley.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Israeli government on the reduction in permitted fishing off the coast of Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Israeli government on ending restrictions on exports from Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the level of unemployment in Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of Gazans dependent on food aid.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Egyptian authorities on the full opening of the Rafah crossing into Gaza.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012; and if he will estimate the likely savings to...

      Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what presence (a) his Department and (b) the Government has in the Sahel.

      Tanzania: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2012, Official Report, columns 588-9W, on Tanzania: radar, what progress has been made in reaching...

      Wellingborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will relocate his Department to Wellingborough.

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing a one metre rule for motorists overtaking cyclists; and if she will make a statement.

    • Driving under Influence: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 568W, on driving under influence: rehabilitation, if she will list all the meetings...

      Pedicabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what insurance is required of owners or drivers of pedicabs and rickshaws plying for hire; (2) what assessment she has made of the (a)...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to increase the sustainability certification of palm biodiesel supplied under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the risk of closing Liverpool Coastguard Station.

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when Liverpool Coastguard Station will be closed; and if she will make a statement.

      Roads: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to commence the consultation on the closed roads initiative.

      Traffic Regulation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the effect that ending the requirement to advertise traffic regulation orders in local print press would have on...

  • Justice

    • Cannabis: Convictions

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

    • Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the maximum number of crimes someone has been convicted of whilst serving a drug rehabilitation requirement in each of the last three years;...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average time is between the referral of employment and support allowance appeals to tribunals and a (a) hearing date and (b) decision...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people worked for the Data Protection Secretariat established by EU Council Decision 2000/641/JHA of 17 October 2000 in each of the last 10 years.

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the UK has enacted all of the provisions of EU Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA; and what assessment his Department has made of its...

      Legal Aid: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the rate of interest charged on statutory charges for people who have used legal aid; and if he will make a statement.

      Litter: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) charged, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for dropping litter in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012; and if he will estimate the likely savings to the public purse...

      Reoffenders: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he proposes that housing outcomes will play a role in the payment by results programme to reduce rates of reoffending.

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve the advice and assistance provided to young offenders to secure appropriate accommodation on release.

      Victims: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of whether the 2011 proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young adult offenders aged 18 to 20 from each local authority area in Wales have been held in (a) young offender institutions, (b) local prisons...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the tendering process for the OLASS4 contract was undertaken while A4e were under investigation by (a) the Department of...

    • Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he is reviewing (a) his Department's contract for the provision of education of prisoners and (b) any other departmental...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage apprentices to stay with the companies which have trained them; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what measures the Government has introduced since May 2010 to encourage agricultural apprenticeships.

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department work on (a) promoting fair markets, (b) promoting consumer protection and...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the potential effects on educational material of any...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Education: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consultation he has held with stakeholders before the awarding of the contract for the education of prisoners.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the UK's position in the OECD Employment Protection Index; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has any plans to review the Agency Workers Directive before the end of its two year trial.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that Government sub-contractors are excluded from further contracts if they fail to pay their...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the completion rate was for students enrolled on designated higher education courses in the latest period for which figures...

      Higher Education Funding Council for England: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff were employed by the Higher Education and Funding Council for England in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and how many...

      Higher Education Funding Council for England: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the administration and running costs of the Higher Education and Funding Council for England were in 2010-11; and what he...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on removing the cap on higher education places.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many places have been reallocated between higher educational institutions as a result of tuition fee differentials; which...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an estimate of how many student places could be funded at higher education institutions if the loans drawn down...

      Insolvency: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in the City of York were declared bankrupt in each of the last 10 years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Leicester East of 7 February 2012 on the final dividend to...

      Retail Trade: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations he has met to discuss the draft Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill in the last 12 months.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the financial implications of not imposing charges for the early repayment of student loans.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what quality assurance measures his Department put in place for designated higher education courses on which students may apply...

  • House of Lords

    • AWN Pugin

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of AWN Pugin on 1 March 1812.

    • Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will release the letter from the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service mentioned on page 48 of the Cabinet Secretary's review of papers...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering any proposals to increase the licensing restrictions placed on alcohol home-delivery services.

      British Council: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 29 November 2011 (WA 38-9), whether in the light of India's economic development they are considering...

      Coroners' Inquests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many inquests that have either begun and been adjourned, or have not started, relate to deaths before 2010.

      Energy: Wind and Solar Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the additional cost, by (1) 2020, and (2) 2050, of generating energy via wind and solar power, compared to gas and nuclear generation plants.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assumptions are made on "write down" on the cost of wind power equipment when making provision for the subsidy for wind farm operations.

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Department for Education will publish its proposed review of advice for school leaders, staff, governing bodies and local authorities on the specific...

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November 2011 (WA 70), whether they have set themselves a timeline for producing proposals for...

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November 2011 (WA 70), when they will publish the code of practice for enhanced scrutiny of the...

      Government Departments: Energy Bills

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost to public funds of lights left on in government buildings overnight in the Westminster and Whitehall area.

      Government Departments: Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they operate a policy of refusing to answer some media questions on the grounds of disproportionate cost; if so, what is that cost; and if not, why.

      Government Departments: Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost in the past year of all departmental media sections and their activities.

      Government Departments: Staff Childcare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its predecessor departments for childcare for employees' children over the past 10 years;...

      Government: Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many central government agencies were in existence in each year since 1979.

      Government: Special Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many special advisers they employed in July of each year from 1979 to 2010 inclusive.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the likely cost of making "such preparations as may be necessary" in the event of any Bill introduced by the Government in 2012-13 to reform the...

      Inheritance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the use of trusts to protect the beneficiaries of inherited wealth.

      International Labour Organisation: Work in Fishing Convention 2007

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to ratify the International Labour Organisation Work in Fishing Convention 2007.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of the proceedings of the International Conference for the Defence of Occupied Jerusalem recently held under the auspices of the Emir of...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Commonwealth war graves cemeteries were recently damaged during protests in Libya over the burning of a Koran by United States soldiers in Afghanistan; and...

      Music: Youth Orchestras

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many youth orchestras there are in the Greater London Authority area. To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of active...

      Near Field Communication

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of near field communications technology as a replacement for credit cards.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of North Korea since the death of Kim Jong-il and the succession by his son, Kim Jong-un, about the possibility...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the currently used weekly cash amounts for the relative income thresholds set out in paragraph 7 of the response by the Government to the Second Report of...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many victims of trafficking have been granted (1) extendable 12-month leave to remain at the request of a lead police investigator, and (2) leave to remain in...

      Ports: Liverpool Cruise Terminal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Attlee on 26 January (WS 79) concerning the City of Liverpool Cruise Terminal, what repayment level has been deemed...

      Prisons: Chaplains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, instead of replacing the Chaplain-General of the Prison Service with a new Chaplain-General from the Church of England, they will consider appointing a...

      Prostitution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrests, prosecutions and convictions were made in each year since 2003 for the soliciting of women for sexual purposes by men under Section 1 of the...

      Railways: Colne-Skipton

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Governance for Railway Investment Projects study into the re-opening of the Skipton and Colne rail link will take place; and what, if any, funding...

      Railways: Colne-Skipton

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the re-opening of the rail link between Skipton and Colne as part of the National Rail Network; whether they will initiate a...

      Railways: Colne-Skipton

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will analyse the benefits likely to arise from a rail link between Skipton and Colne to employment in northern England, to diversion of freight from...

      Railways: Colne-Skipton

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will commission a Governance for Railway Investment study of the Skipton to Colne rail link; and whether European Union regional funds may be...

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who will be responsible for the operation of the Crossrail infrastructure in the central tunnel section; what signalling system is proposed for this section; and...

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have given on who is to be the operator of the tracks and signalling in the Crossrail tunnels.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Atlee on 28 February (WA 347), which franchises are in revenue support under the cap and collar mechanism; which of these...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 6 March (WA 412), what plans they have to provide relief from overcrowding on trains, including the accommodation...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 6 March (WA 412), what is the projected additional passenger demand at peak times on the United Kingdom's railways...

      Railways: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 29 February (WA 359), who has led the procurement process for additional trains for the London Midland and...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to upgrade railway lines in Wales.

      Roads: A55

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fatalities there were on the A55 in Wales in (1) 2008, (2) 2009, (3) 2010, and (4) 2011.

      Roads: A55

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many heavy goods vehicles were checked on the A55 in North Wales during 2011 for (1) weight offences, (2) drivers' hours offences, (3) mechanical condition...

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to introduce the enforcement of 20 miles per hour speed limits; and what actions they are taking to assist police with enforcement.

      Roads: Traffic Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to enable foreign drivers, especially from countries that have recently joined the European Union, to be aware of United Kingdom...

      Schools: Dyslexia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary school teachers have been awarded (1) continuing professional development certificates, (2) postgraduate certificates, and (3) postgraduate...

      Scotland: Referendum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Cabinet Secretary has instructed the Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive, Sir Peter Housden, to issue instructions to his staff to prepare...

      Serbia and Kosovo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with European Union states that do not recognise Kosovo regarding the recent agreements reached between Serbia and Kosovo.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which United Kingdom companies have been working in Syria in the past five years; and when they ended their operations in that country, if they have done so.

      Transport: Lorries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the lorries stopped at Dalar Hir near Holyhead in (1) 2010, and (2) 2011, were inspected; how many failed the inspection; and from which countries...

      Transport: Trams

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many compulsory purchase orders were issued and enforced on properties as part of the Merseytram project.

      Transport: Trams

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are currently taking to stimulate local tram and light rail projects; and what is the timetable for any projects that are expected to be...

      Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 February (WA 324-25), whether they will ask the European Union to examine each category of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) adults, and (2) children, they estimate will be lifted out of poverty by the universal credit according to the after housing costs income threshold in...

      Vehicles: Semi-trailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the conditions attached to the trial of longer semi-trailers do not restrict their access to urban areas.

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