Written answers

Monday, 19 March 2012

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has...

  • Attorney-General

    • Cybercrime: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions there have been for offences relating to cybercrime in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on reviewing laws relating to human trafficking.

  • Prime Minister

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister when he next plans to update the House on the Government's strategy in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss the situation in Afghanistan when he next meets President Obama; and what his priorities are in respect of Afghanistan for that meeting.

      Business Advisory Group

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the minutes of his meeting with his Business Advisory Group on 6 February 2012.

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) when (a) he and (b) senior officials of his Office last had discussions on the Eurofighter Typhoon with their counterparts in (i) Oman, (ii) UAE, (iii) Malaysia,...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 8 March 2012, Official Report, columns 993-94, on fuel poverty, how many households were in fuel poverty...

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the total value of unpaid interest a household would be required to pay in order to end a 25-year Green Deal plan...

      Local Energy Assessment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2012, Official Report, column 554W, on Local Energy Assessment Fund, if he will list the (a)...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were awarded to small and...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2011, Official Report, column 688W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a) worked as an...

  • Scotland

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the (a) Home Department and (b) Scottish Government on the future of the Equality and Human Rights...

    • Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many appeals his Department has made to an information tribunal contesting a decision notice of the Information Commissioner in the last 12 months.

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property.

      McKinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department paid to McKinsey and Company in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with Remploy concerning the procurement of goods; (2) whether his Department has procured any...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2011, Official Report, column 661W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a) worked as an intern, (b)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what dates he had meetings with the Home Secretary to discuss (a) drug classification, (b) the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, (c)...

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2012, Official Report, column 44W, on EU grants and loans, what recent discussions he has had with the (a)...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many appeals his Department has made to an information tribunal contesting a decision notice of the Information Commissioner in the last 12...

      McKinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department paid to McKinsey and Company in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2012, Official Report, column 491W, on departmental responsibilities, on what dates (a) he and (b) Ministers...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what recent assessment he has made of the work of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a...

      Terrorism: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made of levels of terrorist activity in East Belfast; and if he will make a statement; (2) what his assessment is...

  • Wales

    • Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many appeals her Department has made to an information tribunal contesting a decision notice of the Information Commissioner in the last 12 months.

    • Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what property has been lost or stolen from her Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property.

      McKinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department paid to McKinsey and Company in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Transport, (b) the First Minister of the Welsh Government and (c) the business...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with Welsh Government Ministers on the transfer of Welsh Remploy budgets to Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) whether her Department has procured any goods from Remploy factories; and what the value of any such procurements was; (2) what recent discussions...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the proportion of betting which takes place through electronic point of sale systems; and if he...

    • Betting: Dormant Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will take steps to require that electronic point of sale systems used for betting can hold details of unclaimed...

      Betting: Dormant Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his policy is on the length of time unused customer accounts held by betting companies should be held before being deemed...

      Betting: Dormant Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he takes to monitor the efforts of commercial betting operators to contact customers who have dormant accounts or...

      Betting: Dormant Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the amount held by betting companies in unclaimed winnings and dormant betting accounts; and if...

      Betting: Dormant Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his policy is on the proportion of the money held by betting companies in the form of unclaimed winnings and dormant...

      Betting: Dormant Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with commercial betting operators regarding dormant accounts and unclaimed winnings; and if...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the paper his Department prepared on discharging its responsibilities towards...

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2012, Official Report, column 6W, from which budget the Urban Broadband Fund comes from.

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what meetings he has had with stakeholders regarding (a) the UK film industry and (b) Twickenham Film Studios in the last 12...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many appeals his Department has made to an information tribunal contesting a decision notice of the Information...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what property has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of...

      McKinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department paid to McKinsey and Company in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were awarded to small...

      Radio Frequencies: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of consumers living in the not-spots identified in Appendix C of the Mobile Infrastructure Project would have...

      Radio Frequencies: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the distribution of low frequency spectrum licences on the competitiveness of the...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposals in the forthcoming Communications Green Paper on fundamental...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the likely cost of extending the free television licence to all pensioner households.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2011, Official Report, column 1255W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a)...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of varying rates of air passenger duty (APD) according to which airport a passenger flies from within England; and...

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had on alcohol minimum pricing with (i) members of the beverage alcohol manufacturing...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what official (a) lunches, (b) dinners and (c) receptions he hosted in each of the last six months; and what the (i) location, (ii) cost to the public...

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect of the reduction in the rate of corporation tax on Barnett consequentials for Scotland between 2011 and 2015.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue accrued to the Exchequer from vehicle excise duty in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has had discussions with large supermarkets and large fuel providers on regional pricing of fuel.

      Ict

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage growth and innovation in the information and communications technology sector.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people resident in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency who will no longer pay income tax consequent...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people resident in Redcar constituency who will no longer pay income tax consequent (a) on the proposed increase...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Edinburgh West constituency will no longer pay income tax due to his proposed increase in the personal allowance (a) from April 2012...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of nurses in each (a) region and (b) local authority area who will no longer be eligible to pay income tax following...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of people living in rural communities in each income decile who will benefit from the proposed increase in the personal...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals his Department has made to an information tribunal contesting a decision notice of the Information Commissioner in the last 12 months.

      Loans: Students

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of graduates who will repay their student loans (a) in full and (b) in part through the early repayment system.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of stamp duty collected in Wales in each of the last five years; what assessment he has made of the effect on the...

      Tax Allowances: Arts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider implementing a tax credit to support the (a) television, (b) computer gaming and (c) animation industry.

      Taxation: Air Ambulance Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had on an exemption for air ambulances from fuel duty.

      Taxation: Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total amount of (a) income tax and (b) employee national insurance contributions which someone on average earnings would pay over...

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on bingo taxation.

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on taxation of bingo.

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the gross profit tax levied on (a) bingo clubs and (b) bookmakers; and for what reasons the rates are different.

      Taxation: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the reform of the Construction Industry Scheme.

      Taxation: Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax return penalties were issued to individuals in each of the last five financial years; how many such penalties were appealed; and what...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with betting companies located offshore on the payment of taxes based on the proportion of their business that originates in the...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that all betting companies pay taxes based on the proportion of their business that originates from customers based in the...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue that would be generated if tax was levied on all online gambling business generated by customers based in the UK;...

      Taxation: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many CIS4 forms were processed by HM Revenue and Customs in the last financial year.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written off an overpayment of tax credits due to HMRC (a) not updating its records when an updated...

  • Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisations that responded to the consultation on High Speed 2 expressed concern over the current single track proposal for the link between...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will announce a timetable for the further review of the link between High Speed 1 and 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what compensation will be available to deal with unforeseen circumstances of High Speed 2 affecting residents in its vicinity.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that pre-blight house prices are secured for those (a) eligible for compulsory purchase or (b) under statutory...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many appeals her Department has made to an information tribunal contesting a decision notice of the Information Commissioner in the last 12 months.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles were registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the regulations to trade which motorway service stations must operate within are.

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on regulations governing trade at motorway service stations.

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what motorway service area sites her Department owns.

      Piracy: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what new technologies are being used to protect UK ships from piracy off the coast of Somalia.

      Public Transport: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to increase the accessibility of public transport for blind and partially-sighted people.

      Traffic Commissioners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, column 112W, on traffic commissioners: Wales, what recent discussions she has had with...

  • Defence

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the five highest value contracts let by his Department to (a) consultants, (b) legal and (c) media companies were in the last 18 months; and if he...

    • Nuclear Submarines: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential (a) risk and (b) effects of a fire on a British submarine which lasts for 24 hours.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of ensuring that the British fleet is able to combat piracy across the globe.

      Rescue Services: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the Government received a request for assistance from a neighbouring state under section 3.1 of the International Convention on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's strategic priorities are for the summit on development in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Secretary of Defense since his statement on American forces ending their combat role in 2013.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that the Government's strategic priorities for the summit in Tokyo on development in Afghanistan...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with President Karzai on (a) reports of violence following the burning of copies of the Koran at a US...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on plans for the size of the (a) Afghan National Police and (b) Afghan National Army in 2014; and...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the size of the (a) Afghan National Police and (b) Afghan National Army.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Government of Afghanistan to hold Presidential elections in 2014.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the NATO Secretary-General on countries announcing unilaterally dates for withdrawal from...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of a withdrawal of French forces from Afghanistan in (a) 2013 and (b) 2012.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the illegal drug trade in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for a standing meeting with his international counterparts on strategy in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of times the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan has visited...

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the NATO document on links between the Taliban in Afghanistan and the security service of Pakistan.

      Atlantic Ocean Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many commercial fishing licences were sold in (a) Ascension, (b) St Helena and (c) South Georgia in each of the last five...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress made by the Government of Bahrain in implementing the findings of the Independent...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance his Department has provided for the training of Bahraini security forces in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c)...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on harassment of staff of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Bahrain; and what assessment he...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Bahraini counterpart on UK assistance to the Bahraini security forces.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account he is taking of the use of forced labour in Burma in his negotiations over the revision of the EU Common Decision...

      Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he has taken in support of the Secretary General's programme of reform through the Council of Europe since...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he has taken to use multilateral and bilateral channels to discuss how to apply the framework of international...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on the UK economy of the Iranian Government’s decision to stop exporting oil to...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the recent Iranian elections on the prospects for a resolution to the...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the recent Iranian elections on Iran’s foreign policy.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the extent and nature of the Iranian Government’s support for the Government of Syria.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on military action to prevent Iran (a) possessing a nuclear weapon and (b) developing the capacity to develop...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on sanctions against Iran; what reports he has received on the effect of sanctions on the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister of Iraq on the arrest warrant for Tariq al-Hashemi.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on Iraq's judicial panel accusations against Tariq al-Hashemi on attacks on security officials and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) political situation in Iraq and (b) likelihood of continuing conflict between Shia and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of US troops in December on levels of violence in Iraq.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of nuclear weapons possessed by Israel.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether all international and bilateral British sanctions against (a) Libya and (b) Libyan state institutions have been lifted.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely (a) motives and (b) perpetrators of attacks on graves in the Benghazi British Military...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on restoring graves in the Benghazi British Military...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the authorities in Libya on attacks on graves in the Benghazi British Military Cemetery and...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civilians were killed during the conflict in Libya in 2011.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress made by the Libyan Transitional National Council on (a) protecting the rights of...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of recent efforts by the Libyan authorities to bring under control various...

      Mckinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department paid to McKinsey and Company in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's strategic priorities are for the NATO summit in Chicago; and if he will make a statement.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that the Government's strategic priorities for the NATO summit in Chicago should be debated by the...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he has spoken to the NATO Secretary-General in the last six months; and on what dates each such discussion took place.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral statement of 13 March 2012, Official Report, columns 141-3, on the hostage rescue operation (Nigeria), if...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were rewarded to small...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the extent to which the recent presidential elections in Russia were carried out in a manner...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many human rights monitors are operating in Somalia; and what plans there are to increase this number.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect Kenyan and Ethiopian troops in Somalia have had on the security situation in that country.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of (a) Kenya and (b) Ethiopia on the nature, role and conduct of troops from...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure foreign troops operating in Somalia abide by international law.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to report on the progress made on delivering the goals agreed at the London conference on Somalia.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the Sudan conference due to be held in March was cancelled.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plans to support a programme of debt relief for Sudan; and if he will ensure that any such economic...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the bombings of citizens in Darfur and the border with south Sudan; what representations...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the International Criminal Court on the issuing of arrest warrants for President Al Bashir...

      Sudan: South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the peace agreement between Sudan and south Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to the Syrian National Council.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to maintain diplomatic pressure on the government of Syria following the closure of the UK embassy in...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which countries bordering Syria are upholding sanctions against Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the effective implementation of the existing sanctions regime on Syria by (a) its neighbouring...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the readiness of the Syrian National Council to govern Syria in the event that the government of...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Government of Turkey is upholding sanctions against Syria; and what...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to secure a UN Security Council resolution on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of Russia and China's opposition to a UN Security Council resolution on the...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of statements made by the Russian Government on support for terrorism in Syria by Saudi Arabia.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the Invisible Children campaign on Joseph Kony; and if he will make a statement.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Prime Minister has received on the arrest of Joseph Kony on a warrant issued by the International...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the outcome of the presidential elections in Yemen on efforts to tackle al-Qaeda in...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi of Yemen.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Average Earnings: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average household income of households with at least one person of working age was in (a) the City of York, (b) York and North...

    • Cold Weather 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 cold weather payment in (i) 2008, (ii)...

      Contracts for Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many proposals for offshoring he has received in relation to his Department's contracted services since May 2010.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency are in receipt of disability living allowance; (2) how many people in...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the work-related activity obligations of those in the employment and support allowance work-related activity group; and...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what savings to the public purse have been achieved from the reform of the employment and support allowance since May 2010; and what savings...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency and (b) South Lanarkshire are in receipt of employment and support...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, (b) South Lanarkshire and (c) Scotland will no longer receive contributory...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases benefit sanctions were applied to benefit claimants relating to their conduct while participating in the work experience...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) proportion and (b) number of those aged 18 to 24 who have participated in the Government’s Work Experience Programme have...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of those required to undertake mandatory work activity have done so in (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and (b)...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what number of those required to undertake mandatory work activity since May 2011 (a) have since entered employment and (b) are no longer...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what number of those who have participated in the work experience programme (a) have since entered employment and (b) are no longer claiming...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) proportion and (b) number of those who have been required to undertake mandatory work activity have since gained employment with the...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those who have re-entered the workplace following a period claiming jobseeker's allowance have found employment with...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those who have re-entered the workplace following a period claiming jobseeker's allowance have found employment (a) with...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of those aged 18 to 24 who have re-entered the workplace following a period claiming jobseeker's allowance have found...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish guidance allowing Work programme providers to publish performance data.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider removing gagging clauses from subcontracts under the Work Programme; and if he will consider removing clauses which gag...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons why no referrals to the Work Programme have been made by (a) Kidderminster Bull Ring, (b) Mansfield...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons why 50 or fewer referrals have been made to the Work programme by (a) Derby Becket Street, (b)...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made on the impact of the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill on tenants who live in areas with a low supply of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential risk of private landlords of one-bedroom houses using the provisions of the Welfare Reform Act...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households who were in receipt of local housing allowance prior to April 2011 lost transitional protection before the full nine months...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the caseload was for incapacity benefit claimants for each year since the introduction of that benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse in real terms was of incapacity benefit in each year since its introduction.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) weekly and (b) monthly targets his Department has set for the migration of incapacity benefit claimants onto (i) employment and...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workplace inspections were conducted by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last 10 years.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the measures proposed in the Health and Safety (Amendment) Bill.

      Job Creation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new jobs were created in each parliamentary constituency in London in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of those aged 18 to 24 who have re-entered the workplace following a period claiming jobseeker's allowance have found...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) claimants and (b) claimants aged 18 to 24 of jobseeker's allowance were required to undertake mandatory work activity in (i) the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for jobseeker's allowance which commenced in each of the last 10 years are still continuing; and how many claims which have...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants aged 18 to 24 have participated in the Government’s work experience programme in (a) the UK, (b)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency are in receipt of pension credit; and how many receive the (a) single rate...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were awarded to small and medium-sized...

      Remploy: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2012, Official Report, column 970, on employment support, when he plans to meet hon. Members representing...

      Remploy: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government prior to the written statement on Remploy of 7 March 2012.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of variations in the level of expenditure and costs of people in receipt of benefits in each month.

      Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the level of unclaimed benefits in Northern Ireland.

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking in response to the judgement of the Supreme Court of 14 December 2011 in the case of the Secretary of State...

      Unemployment: Bethnal Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children live in a workless household in Bethnal Green and Bow constituency.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what decisions were made in the site selection listed in the Universal Credit Integrated Assurance and Approvals Plan as occurring in February...

      Widowed Parent's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether widowed higher rate taxpayers who will not receive child benefit from 2013 will receive widowed parents allowance.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in winter fuel payments to people in care homes in each of the last three years.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of work capability assessments are undertaken by nursing staff and not by doctors.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the recommendations made to him on the work capability assessment descriptors for people with...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of work capability assessment decisions by ATOS for which final outcome data is available have not been (a) overturned by the...

      Work Experience: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the possibility of legal challenge to the Work Experience scheme under the provisions of the National Minimum...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received from individuals regarding placements they have undertaken with Work programme providers since...

      Work Programme: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to Work programme providers on guarding against fraud.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his answer of 5 March 2012, Official Report , column 483W, on council tax, if he will ensure that regulations...

    • Fire Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of time was for a fire service 999 response in rural areas in the latest period for which figures are...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding he has recently provided to fire and rescue services to improve communication interoperability; what outcomes he...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what impact assessment his Department carried out on the potential effects on fire and rescue services of planned reductions in...

      Fire Services: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to impose on the fire and rescue services a statutory duty to assist with flooding.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of houses valued over (a) £1,000,000 and (b) £2,000,000 in (i) the south-east...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of how many staff work on the processing of housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the costs arising from redundancies of housing benefit staff when housing benefit is...

      Housing Revenue Accounts: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effect of further council house sales on the ability of local authorities to...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many construction jobs in the North West the NewBuy Guarantee Scheme will support.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the merits of the process of retrofitting energy saving measures in homes; and what steps...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what circumstances derelict homes that have been refurbished qualify as new homes under the NewBuy Guarantee Scheme.

      Incinerators: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to renew the planning procedures for applications to build incinerators.

      Land Use: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to deal with land banking for housing.

      Landlords: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of children living in properties affected by damp.

      Landlords: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the use of selective licensing to address bad practices by landlords in the private rented sector.

      Landlords: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider the findings of the British Social Attitudes Survey in respect of tenant satisfaction in the private rented...

      Local Government: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on (a) employment of full-time trade union officials and (b) trade...

      Local Government: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department plans to issue to local authorities on (a) employment of full-time trade union officials and (b)...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of new retail developments located in town centres in each of the last five years;...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of rough sleeping; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

      Traffic Regulation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with Ministers and officials in the Department...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Advantage West Midlands: Pay

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

    • Banks: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in the banking industry which were outsourced overseas in 2011; and what estimate...

      Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on regulation of the peer-to-peer lending sector.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions he has held with the Money Advice Service on contracts for debt advice for 2012-13; (2) how many debt...

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment has been made of the effect the Agency Workers Regulation has had on the unemployment figures for 2011.

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the Agency Workers Regulation on small, independent recruitment agencies.

      Environment Protection: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2012, Official Report, column 604W, on carbon emissions, when yearly data from 2006 will be...

      Government Departments: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount of office space in empty government buildings which could be used by entrepreneurs in (a)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will provide a list of designated higher education courses (a) by provider and (b) in each region.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he and Ministers have had with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in regards to designated courses.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that value for money is received for students who enrol on designated courses.

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the student retention rate is of higher education students who enrol on courses with (a) higher education institutions, (b)...

      Industry: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to produce an industrial strategy for the low-carbon sector.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many appeals his Department has made to an information tribunal contesting a decision notice of the Information Commissioner...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the opening and closing dates for applications to the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Initiative will be published.

      McKinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department paid to McKinsey and Company in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the Tier 4 visa system on (a) the number of applications from overseas...

      Overseas Trade: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what directives his Department issued on UK companies trading with Libya in each of the last two years; how companies were...

      Sanctions: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies breached sanctions on Iran in each of the last five years.

      South East England Development Agency: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a list of all Government Procurement Card transactions by (a) transaction date, (b) supplier and...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what effect the Government expects the policy of fee-waiving to have on the availability of bursaries to students.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students enrolled on designated higher education courses received a student loan for the purpose of tuition fees but did...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of graduates who are likely to make early repayments to their student loans by (a) 2015...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what modelling his Department has undertaken on the repayment level of students loans taken out by students enrolled on a...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the (a) average institutional fee that will be charged by for-profit providers to students claiming...

      Technology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding has been allocated to Tech City from (a) the public purse and (b) UK Trade and Investment.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average income of (a) full-time male, (b) full-time female, (c) part-time male and (d) part-time female workers was in (i) the City of York,...

    • Employment: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many jobs there were in the City of York in each of the last 10 years.

      Employment: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent (a) civil service, (b) health service and (c) armed forces jobs there were in (i) the City of York, (ii) York and North...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment he has made of the level of mortality from lung cancer in (a) Medway Primary Care Trust, (b) West Kent Primary Care Trust and (c)...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding his Department gave to (a) the Stephen Lawrence Trust, (b) Magic Breakfast, (c) Barnados and (d) the Children's Society in (i) 2010-11...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost per participant was of the National Citizen Service in its first year; and what proportion of that cost was accounted for by the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will bring forward proposals to abolish his office.

    • Electoral Register: Students

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect that the introduction of individual electoral registration will have on levels of student registration.

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the guidelines by which those judging applicant towns for city status made their decisions.

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the names and positions of those who judged the applicant towns seeking city status.

  • Justice

    • Administration of Justice: Secrecy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what account he took of judicial comments on closed material procedures in the case of Al Rawi and others v. The Security Service in preparation of the...

    • Administration of Justice: Secrecy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to Appendix J, paragraph 11 of the Justice and Security Green Paper, in how many of the cases referred to he estimates the Government will...

      Administration of Justice: Secrecy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to Appendix J, paragraph 11 of the Justice and Security Green Paper, how many of the cases referred to he estimates could not proceed if...

      Administration of Justice: Secrecy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the procedures for dealing with sensitive material in civil proceedings in the US and other common law jurisdictions.

      Badgers: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of offences under the provisions of the Badger Act 1991 in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Defamation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on reform of libel law.

      Juries: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider amending the provisions of the Juries Act 1974 regarding the eligibility for jury service of people with mental health conditions.

      Juries: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the incidence of mental illness on eligibility for jury service.

      Juries: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of people disqualified from jury service on mental health grounds; and what comparison he has made of...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much additional spending he expects to arise from inclusion of peri-natal neurological care in the scope of legal aid.

      Magistrates' Courts: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received in relation to the future of the Enforcement Services part of the Magistrates' Courts Service.

      Magistrates' Courts: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the Enforcement Services part of the Magistrates' Courts Service.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers were (a) accused of, (b) charged with, (c) prosecuted for and (d) convicted of smuggling drugs or other contraband into prisons...

      Prisons: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cell fires have been reported since 2010; and if he will list the prisons where the incidents took place.

      Prisons: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance is provided to prison authorities on monitoring prisoner mail entering and leaving prison.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were prosecuted for offences relating to not having a television licence in Dartford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the potential change in administration costs which would result from a move to local commissioning of victim support...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider changing the proposal in the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones consultation to amend the Silage, Slurry and...

    • Animal Welfare: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the development of animal health legislation.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what her policy was on extending the LIFE+ funding instrument to the British Overseas Territories during negotiations...

      Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to promote the transfer of information on good practice between conservation practitioners.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in (a) her Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible...

      Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make an assessment of potential water shortages (a) nationally, (b) regionally and (c) by agricultural sector on...

      Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the potential effect of drought measures on the horticultural sector.

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of trends in the price farmers received for milk from 1 April 2011.

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to support the sustainable growth of total income from farming through (a) livestock...

      Farmers: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department issues to farmers on efficient methods of fungicide and pesticide application.

      Fisheries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to discuss restoring depleted global fish stocks to sustainable levels at the United Nations Conference on...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to warn people of potential flooding.

      Livestock: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) cattle and (b) sheep were culled as a result of contracting a disease in (i) Cumbria, (ii) the North West and...

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether marine conservation zones will be designated by the summer 2013; (2) if she will consider introducing a second...

      Organic Food: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the volume of organic food an average family buys in a week; and what trends have been...

      Rights of Way: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend legislation on rights of way and the England Coastal Path...

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 February 2012, Official Report, columns 361-2W, on rural areas: broadband, whether the funding...

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 February 2012, Official Report, columns 361-2W, on rural areas: broadband, whether the funding...

      Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the spread of the Schmallenberg virus.

      Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the Schmallenberg virus on the (a) productivity and (b) revenue of...

      Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of testing for the Schmallenberg virus on the normal operation of the Animal...

      Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there is any evidence of under-reporting of the cases of the Schmallenberg virus in England and Wales.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department takes to ensure water companies take appropriate action to maximise resources and minimise wastage...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) Kent received treatment for alcohol dependency in each of the last three years.

    • Ambulance Services: North-west Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ambulances are on duty during the day in (a) Warrington borough, (b) Halton borough and (c) Chester; (2) what the average ambulance...

      Anticoagulation-related Bleeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual cost to the NHS of anticoagulation-related bleeding was in each of the last five years; (2) what steps he is taking to improve...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the level of compliance by service providers with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Clinical...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to complete the development of a quality standard on identification and...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he plans to publish regulations on the independent commissioning by clinical commissioning groups of NHS services; (2) by what date he plans...

      Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) the NHS Commissioning Board, (b) the European Commission and (c) the Department for Business,...

      Coeliac Disease: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of people with undiagnosed coeliac disease.

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of diabetes patients in West Kent patient care trust received foot-care checks in 2011.

      Diabetes: Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to make the use of podiatrists, surgeons and specialist nurses in multi-disciplinary teams specialising in diabetes footcare...

      Drugs: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of compensating pharmacists for the time spent sourcing medicines that are in short supply.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time was for an ambulance 999 response in rural areas in the latest period for which figures are available.

      First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the inclusion of emergency life support skills in the core national curriculum.

      Gastrointestinal System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Quality and Outcomes Framework improves the standard of care for gastroenterological conditions.

      Health Services: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of health improvement and modernisation plans include a policy on rough sleepers.

      Health Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients registered at an address in Wales received treatment at a hospital in England in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) 2011.

      Hinchingbrooke Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the remuneration package is for the new Chief Executive of Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision of treatment for those people entering the UK who are HIV positive; and if he will make a statement.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure greater equality of access to in-vitro fertilisation treatment in the national health service.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many appeals his Department has made to an information tribunal contesting a decision notice of the Information Commissioner in the last 12 months.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of mental health inpatients being treated in hospitals near their families and communities.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the number of (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) managers working in the NHS in the North East since May 2010.

      NHS: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what preparations the Government has made to cope with change in the level of demand for NHS services during the London 2012 Olympic Games in (a) the...

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his official engagements are on 15 March 2012.

      Physiotherapy: Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the availability of and access to community-based physiotherapy services for stroke patients.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons his Department does not hold information centrally on shortages of prescription drugs.

      Primary Care Trusts: Telephone Numbering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to end the use of 0844 prefix telephone numbers for (a) the Referral Booking Management System and (b) IT departments of...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS Smokefree and its associated regional offices spent on (a) advertising, (b) marketing and (c) lobbying in relation to his Department's...

      Specialised Commissioning Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the Specialised Commissioning Innovation Fund to begin operation; (2) what budget he has allocated for the Specialised...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department gave to (a) the Stephen Lawrence Trust, (b) Magic Breakfast, (c) Barnados and (d) the Children's Society in (i) 2010-11...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of TB incidence was in each primary care trust area in the last year for which figures are available; what steps his Department is taking...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children travelling to, or moving to the UK from areas with high incidence of tuberculosis receive Bacillus Calmette-Guérin...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure accessibility and affordability of travel to Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccinations for children;...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delivery of childhood vaccinations such as Bacillus Calmette-Guérin for high risk groups will be ensured under clinical commissioning and...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department is working with the Department for International Development and the UK Border Agency on tuberculosis control.

  • Home Department

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce levels of domestic violence.

    • Police Forces: Collaboration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential benefits of collaboration between police forces.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of trends in the level of burglaries in the past year; and if she will make a statement.

      Child Sexual Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce the sexual exploitation of children.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what functions she expects police and crime commissioners to perform.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to monitor the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers by private providers which have been contracted to...

      Crime: Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to EU Council Decision 2002/188/JHA of 28 February 2002, whether paramethoxymethylamphetamine is subject to control measures...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which sections in her Department are responsible for cyber crime.

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to require network operators to extract communications data from communications sessions between end users and third party...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to EU Council Decision 2001/419/JHA of 28 May 2001, on the transmission of samples of controlled substances, who the UK's...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to Article 3 of EU Council Decision 2002/956/JHA of 28 November 2002, how many officials have been seconded (a) to and (b)...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to EU Council Decision 2002/996/JHA of 28 November 2002, how many evaluation teams established under Article 4 of the Decision...

      Families

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

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made by the UK Border Agency in reducing illegal working in (a) Kettering, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) England.

      Police: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the number of police officers with second jobs.

      Police: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers from each police force are expected to be (a) on duty and (b) on standby during the (i) London Olympic games and...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the outcome was of her Department’s consultation in 2007 on the prescribing of controlled drugs by nurse and pharmacist...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2012, Official Report, column 186W, on proceeds of crime, who will receive the interest accruing on the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK has enacted the provisions of EU Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA of 13 June 2002; and what assessment her Department...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department gave to (a) the Stephen Lawrence Trust, (b) Magic Breakfast, (c) Barnardo’s and (d) the Children's...

  • Education

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will consider the findings of Action for Children’s report Child Neglect in 2011 when revising the Working Together to Safeguard Children...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the rate of change in the cost of child care (a) in 2012 and (b) over the next five years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of additional qualified child care workers required to meet the additional needs of caring for the 140,000...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how his Department plans to evaluate the effect of the payment by results trials on providers of children's centres.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department plans to evaluate whether the payment by results trials have improved outcomes for children and families in the trial areas.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his payment by results trials for children's centres is intended to improve outcomes for children and families in the trial areas.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he will use the results of his payment by results trials for Sure Start children's centres to inform policy to improve outcomes for children;...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on consultants' fees in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; if he will list the names of such consultants; and if he will place...

      Education: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the education of prisoners; and what assessment he has made of the place that education that is not focussed on work-based skills...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were rewarded to small and medium-sized...

      Teachers: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) men and (b) women qualified as secondary school teachers in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Episcopal Visitors

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many people were on the electoral roll of each church covered by a provincial episcopal visitor in the latest period...

  • International Development

    • Food

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

    • Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much official development assistance has been provided by his Department for humanitarian work in Syria; and what assessment he has...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on steps to ensure that the UN humanitarian appeal for Yemen is fully...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the funding received for the UN humanitarian fund for Yemen came from the UK in the latest period for which figures...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will increase the UK's contribution to the UN humanitarian fund for Yemen.

  • House of Lords

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were contacted by the Lloyds Banking Group or Royal Bank of Scotland Group in advance of their announcement of an increase in mortgage interest rates;...

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the spread between Bank of England base rate and the standard variable mortgage rate on profit-making by banks; and...

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take in response to the small and medium-sized enterprise finance monitor report of March 2012 indicating that over 40% of first-time...

      Burundi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of the millennium development goals being met on target by Burundi, in the light of their decision to end the...

      Burundi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have increased funding to any multilateral development institutions operating in Burundi as a consequence of their decision to end the Department for...

      Burundi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to multilateral development institutions on increasing funding to Burundi, in the light of their decisions to end the...

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many same-sex civil partnerships have been registered since they became possible under law; whether figures exist for dissolutions of such partnerships; and,...

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 5 March (WA 392), which countries have expressed an interest informally in joining the Commonwealth...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service on 31 December 2011.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 1 February (Official Report, col. 1565), on how many occasions the Government of the Republic of Cyprus have,...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 1 February (Official Report, col. 1565), whether at any point since January 1964 the United Kingdom has, as a...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the assessment in the Europe Economics report The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation that, under the Government's plans for...

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any circumstances in which Ministers of the Crown could be imprisoned for failure to implement European legislation or conform to European laws.

      Film and Television Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to providing a tax credit to the United Kingdom film and television animation sector.

      Film and Television Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions HM Treasury Ministers have met representatives of the United Kingdom film and television animation sector in the past 12 months.

      Film and Television Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the contribution made by the United Kingdom film and television animation sector to the United Kingdom economy. To ask Her...

      Film and Television Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the recommendation in the House of Lords Communications Committee report on The British Film and Television...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) firearms, and (2) shotgun, temporary permits were issued under the terms of the Firearms Act 1968 to holders of (a) expiring, or (b) expired,...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any firearms or shotgun certificate holders have been allowed to retain their (1) firearms, or (2) shotguns, in cases where for administrative reasons...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any (1) firearms, and (2) shotgun, certificate holders have been sent letters by chief officers of police which were not temporary permits and purported to...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken following the Forced Marriage Unit's review of the implementation of its multi-agency statutory guidance for dealing with forced...

      Fragile and Conflict-affected States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 23 November 2011 (WA 268), whether they will publish the research they are conducting into whether their...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic efforts they are making to end the blockade of Gaza; and what plans they have to revive industry in Gaza so that the population is not reliant on aid.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current situation concerning medical supplies in Al-Shifa Hospital, which is treating those wounded in recent Israeli missile strikes on Gaza.

      Government Departments: Staff Childcare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made by the Department for Communities and Local Government for childcare for employees' children; and how much was spent by that department on...

      Health: Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence expects to complete the development of a quality standard on secondary prevention following a heart...

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve awareness among medical professionals of diabetic ketoacidosis, and to improve monitoring of and early treatment for those at...

      Health: Dystonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what treatment options for people with severe dystonia they expect the NHS Commissioning Board to commission. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual...

      Health: Dystonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how eligibility criteria for treatments such as deep brain stimulation will be determined following the passing to the proposed NHS Commissioning Board of...

      Health: Ophthalmology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the result of the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials by the Center for Preventive Ophthalmology and...

      Health: Pneumococcal Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether pneumococcal conjugate vaccine will be offered through the National Health Service for the prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease in adults with...

      Health: Reproductive Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to encourage the World Bank to increase the number of bank-funded reproductive health projects which address the risk of maternal injury...

      Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of China in relation to universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the continuing relevance of the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s declaring illegal the use of nuclear weapons and...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been an escalation of the use of lethal force against protesters by the Israeli military, in the light of the death on 24 February in al-Ram...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ruling by the Supreme Court of Israel that Israeli companies are able to profit from the natural resources of the West Bank...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contact they have had with the Government of Libya about the desecration of the graves of British soldiers who were killed in Libya in the Second World War;...

      Migrant Workers: Romanians and Bulgarians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 5 March (WA 393-94), how many (1) Romanians, and (2) Bulgarians, have migrated to the United Kingdom since those...

      Northern Ireland Office: Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many media inquiries they estimate the Northern Ireland Office information section receives each year.

      Northern Ireland Office: Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Northern Ireland Office information or media section cost in each of the past three years.

      Parliaments: National Parliaments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement on 27 February by Mr Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, that "at least politically speaking, all...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many holders of British passports also hold foreign passports; and whether information on foreign passports held by British passport holders is available to...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 27 February (WA 302-03), whether the Consumer or Retail Prices Index was meant by the "Prices Index" in her...

      Philip Machemedze

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 21 June 2011 (WA 290), Lord Howell of Guildford on 22 June 2011 (WA 316) and Baroness Browning on...

      Pitcairn

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage caused on 4 February by the landslide on the Hill of Difficulty on Pitcairn.

      Police: South Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 3 March 2011 (WA 360), whether their records indicate whether and when requests have been made since...

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the conclusion by the Chief Inspector of Prisons that the Keller Unit at Styal Prison constitutes a "wholly unsuitable place to safely hold and...

      Questions: Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they place any restrictions on the number of media questions which can be asked of the Government each day from the same source; and, if so, what are those...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what savings can be made in moving freight from road to rail, and what plans they have for facilitating this in the light of the energy road map of the European Union.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised with the Government of Sudan the issue of withdrawal of Sudanese citizenship from people without real links with South Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact on food supplies in South Kordofan and Blue Nile as a result of conflict and adverse climate in the region; and what...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure cross-government co-ordination for the planning and delivery of humanitarian and other activities in relation to the crisis in...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which government department is taking the lead on planning the United Kingdom response to unfolding events in Syria; which departments are being consulted; and...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current assessment of press freedom in Turkey.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the issue of the management of oil revenues with the Government of Uganda.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 28 November 2011 (WA 33), how many times the Permanent Secretary at the Department for International...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 28 November 2011 (WA 33), whether the plan for a proposal to run a joint Department for International...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 28 November 2011 (WA 33), whether they will publish the new formal joint Department for International...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 28 November 2011 (WA 33), how they are measuring the closeness of collaboration between UK Trade and...

      UN Peacekeepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make proposals to ensure that all United Nations peacekeepers and police staff are subject to investigation in relation to any allegations of...

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