Written answers

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will take steps to ensure that the House of Commons signs up to the Waste and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting: Dormant Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to require commercial betting operators to report the amounts held in dormant betting accounts...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely effect of femtocell technology in expanding mobile coverage in not-spot areas.

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how his Department defines the term digital economy.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many libraries he has visited in an official capacity since May 2010.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what media monitoring services his Department has purchased in each of the last five years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

    • Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what media monitoring services his Department has purchased in each of the last five years.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2010 of the Parades Commission for...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which agencies are responsible for monitoring levels of terrorist and criminal activities linked to proscribed organisations in Northern Ireland.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what matters are covered by the term explosives security in the devolution settlement.

      Welfare Reform Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect of the Welfare Reform Act on (a) child poverty, (b) pensioner poverty and (c) families in poverty in...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2011, Official Report, column 518W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a) worked as an intern,...

  • Wales

    • Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what media monitoring services her Department has purchased in each of the last five years.

    • Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2011, Official Report, column 662W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a) worked as an intern, (b) undertook...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a management board of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a statutory consultee for planning applications...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the flexibility of the requirement in the national building regulations to use Gyproc...

      Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his Department's definition is of a long-distance landlord; (2) what his policy is on long-distance landlords; (3)...

      Local Government: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what reason local authorities are required to advertise statutory notices in local newspapers; (2) what assessment...

      Localism Act 2011

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects provisions within the Localism Act 2011 relating to the duty of local authorities to hold a register of...

      NewBuy Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the likely level of take-up of the New Buy Guarantee scheme in London.

      Parish Councils: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to reduce red tape and bureaucracy facing parish councils such as Bayston Hill Parish Council.

      Shared Room Rate: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people will be affected by the extension of the Shared Room Rate to under-35s in (a) England, (b) Lancashire, (c)...

      Wind Power: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any protection is offered to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Shropshire from applications to erect large wind...

      Wind Power: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the opportunities available to local communities in Shropshire to engage with...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2011, Official Report, column 741W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a) worked...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding from the Access to Work Scheme has gone to support people resident in (a) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (b) the...

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions a Jobcentre Plus decision-maker did not follow the advice of an Atos-approved healthcare professional when making a...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many work capability assessments have been carried out by Atos Healthcare in each month since May 2010; (2) how many appeals to work...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of digitising attendance allowance records for the purposes of allowing data to be used more widely by...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of employment and support allowance claimants have been placed in the Work Related Activity Group without face-to-face medical...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency will no longer receive contributory employment and support allowance from 1 May 2012 as a...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish all available data on his Department's work experience schemes for the unemployed by (a) constituency and (b) company.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the definition is of each of the four assurance levels which are awarded to welfare-to-work providers by his Department's Provider...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account his Department took of the contract performance and risk assurance ratings of welfare-to-work prime contractors under Flexible New...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department's Provider Assurance Team undertook assurance rating reviews of the Flexible New Deal prime contractors who submitted...

      Employment Schemes: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bicycles have been purchased for customers of Jobcentre Plus through the Flexible Support Fund.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created by the Youth Contract (a) nationally, (b) in London and (c) in Bethnal...

      Health and Safety Executive: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many health and safety inspectors he expects to be made redundant between 2012 and 2015.

      Health and Safety Executive: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many back-office staff in the Health and Safety Executive he expects to be made redundant between 2012 and 2015.

      Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in each local authority with (a) one and (b) two adults in work had incomes below (i) 60 per cent., (ii) 50 per cent. and...

      Information Commissioner

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

      Invalid Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to (a) give priority to reconsideration cases where the loss of a mobility vehicle is imminent and (b) to extend...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims were made in 2011 for jobseeker's allowance; and how many of these were rejected.

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      New Enterprise Allowance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of take-up has been of the (a) new enterprise allowance and (b) new enterprise allowance loan in Birmingham, Ladywood...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) with reference to his Department's publication, Personal Independence Payment-Policy Briefing Note on Young People, whether disabled...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with Remploy on procurement of goods from its factories.

      Remploy: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support he plans to provide to assist Remploy employees who will be made redundant to find new employment.

      Remploy: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has held any discussions with the Welsh Government on the future of Remploy factories in Wales.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total household income including working tax credit, child tax credit, child benefit and council tax benefit (1) of a...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the mean annual amount paid in state benefits to each in-work individual in each (a) region and (b) local authority area was in the latest...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse was of benefits paid to individuals who were in work in 2011.

      Unemployment: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people classified as in poverty were (a) in work and (b) unemployed in each year from 1995 until the most...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the threat to UK national security arising from the activities of the Taliban.

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to enable opposition groups from Belarus to meet hon. Members.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2012, Official Report, column 547W, on Democratic Republic of Congo: elections, if he will...

      Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Icelandic counterpart on Iceland's possible membership of the EU; and what support he has...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many appeals his Department has made to an information tribunal contesting a decision notice of the Information Commissioner...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking on the desecration of war graves in Libya.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what media monitoring services his Department has purchased in each of the last five years.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government is providing for the renewal of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his policy is on the application of the Quartet principles to a Hamas-Fatah unity government; [R] (2) what reports...

      Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government is taking to increase trading links with Tunisia.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the armed forces housing budget was in each year from 2000-01 to 2011-12; and what the budget is projected to be in 2012-13; (2) how many...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many married couples have been housed in service married living quarters in each year since 2000; (2) how many service married living quarters...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many couples have lived in service married living quarters for longer than eight years, in each year since 2000.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost per annum is of each service married living quarters.

      Armed Forces: Life Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what compensatory payments are made by (a) his Department and (b) other Government Departments to bereaved service families.

      Armed Forces: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces were married when they joined the forces.

      Armed Forces: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place to support military personnel experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Freedom of Information

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

      Katrice Lee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2012, Official Report, columns 828-9W, on Katrice Lee, how many police officers and other resources are assigned to...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what media monitoring services his Department has purchased in each of the last five years.

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on the future of the Aberdeen University Royal Navy Unit and its Royal Navy Reserves.

      Reserve Forces: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women there were in the reserve forces in (i) Dartford constituency, (ii) Kent and (iii) the south-east in the latest period for...

      Veterans: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the memorial to British nuclear test veterans in Staffordshire was funded.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse has been of legal action relating to war pensions for nuclear test veterans.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2011, Official Report, column 531W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a) worked as an intern, (b)...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department spent on concessionary bus travel in Birmingham Ladywood constituency in each year since the scheme was introduced.

    • Bus Services: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pensioners claimed free bus travel in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency in each year since the scheme was introduced.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of people eligible for a free bus pass claimed their entitlement in (a) England, (b) Kent and (c) Dartford in the last year for which...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the use of bus passes by disabled people before 9.30 am; and if she will make a statement.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) correspondence and (b) meetings her Department has had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on changes to the drink drive...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will ensure that the terms of the HS2 compensation package do not adversely affect community cohesion by providing different benefits for those...

      McKinsey and Company

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

      Moor Vehicles: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will review her policy relating to vehicle imports and the differential treatment of UK and non-EU citizens; (2) if she will review her...

      Procurement

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

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2012, Official Report, column 568W, on railways: Wales, what discussions she has had with Welsh Ministers...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely benefits that the Northern Hub proposal could provide to residents of Hyde, Stalybridge and Mossley.

      Road Works: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the recommendations of the report by the Transport Research Laboratory on a charge structure for trenching in the...

  • Health

    • Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to address any discrepancies between figures from the National Diabetes Audit and the Quality and Outcomes Framework achievement data.

    • Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether drug addiction assessments are carried out on prisoners at the end of their time in prison.

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that members of GP Commissioning boards are trained on mental health issues.

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Lung Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of stay of lung cancer patients following an emergency admission to hospital was in (a) England, (b) Medway Primary Care Trust and...

      Lung Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change in spending on lung cancer treatment was in (a) England, (b) Medway Primary Care Trust and (c) West Kent Primary Care Trust in...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what media monitoring services his Department has purchased in each of the last five years.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Urabe strains of the MMR vaccine Pluserix and Immravax were licensed for use in the UK.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2012, Official Report, column 473W, on NHS: drugs delivery services, for what reasons his Department does not...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts the Care Quality Commission took enforcement action against in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Nutrition: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's publication Healthy Lives, Healthy People, what steps he plans to take to further protect children from the marketing...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise pancreatic cancer survival rates in the worst performing cancer networks to match those in the best.

      Pancreatic Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of training for clinical nurse specialists on pancreatic cancer.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to transfer (a) latent infection and (b) other tuberculosis treatment to GPs and pharmacists; and what plans he has...

      Vaccination: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2012, Official Report, column 136W, on vaccinations: schools, who will be responsible for local co-ordination of (a)...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2011, Official Report, column 846W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a) worked as an intern, (b)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to promote biodiversity in the Borough of Havering in the last 12 months.

    • Bse: Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the likelihood of the US lifting BSE trade barriers; (2) what assessment she has made...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much was spent on kennelling dogs whose classification under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was subject to a court...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will make an announcement on future dangerous dogs legislation; and if she will make a statement.

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has discussed the effect of the reduction in annual investment allowance on farmers with the Chancellor of the...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2012, Official Report, column 194W, on food supply, how much of the investment in...

      Horses: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of horses without a valid horse passport in each of the last three years.

      Natural England: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual cost to the public purse is of Natural England.

      Poultry: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on costs and availability of (a) shell eggs, (b) processed eggs and (c)...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations her Department repealed between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012; and what estimate she has made of the...

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations her Department introduced between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Assisted Areas: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Government plans to publish its response to the consultation on removing Northern Ireland's 100 per cent. automatic...

    • Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of output in the construction industry in January 2012; if he will take steps to boost growth in...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how his Department defines the term digital economy.

      English Language: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to develop alternative qualifications below Level 1 for English for speakers of other languages; and if...

      Exports: Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of UK exports to Angola in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

      Exports: Niger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of UK exports to Niger in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

      Foreign Investment in UK

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

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken on adopting the recommendations of the Parliamentary Internet and Communications Technology...

      Inward Investment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps UK Trade and Investment has taken to support inward investment in the west midlands.

      Learning and Skills Improvement Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) achieved Corporate Aim 1 of its Operational Plan of 2010-11 that...

      Overseas Trade: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time personnel are employed by UK Trade and Investment to work on increasing UK trade with (a) Chad, (b)...

      Overseas Trade: Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps UK Trade and Investment is taking to increase UK trade with Algeria.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many regulations his Department repealed between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012; and what savings were made as a result of...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects of introducing plain packaging of tobacco products on the UK black market in...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the potential effects of an introduction of plain...

      UK Trade and Investment: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much UK Trade and Investment spent on activities related to business and commerce in Libya in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has made representations to the Bangladeshi authorities on Bangladesh's new national coal policy.

    • Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has provided support for the proposed Phulbari Coal Project in Bangladesh since 2006.

      Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what correspondence and discussions his Department has had with UN Special Rapporteurs on the proposed Phulbari Coal Project in Bangladesh.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the paper his Department prepared on discharging its responsibilities towards the...

      Information Commissioner

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

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Procurement

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

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government is taking to assist the development of water projects in Rwanda.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2011, Official Report, column 826W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a) worked as an...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the paper his Department prepared on discharging its responsibilities towards the British...

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of average debt levels of (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic customers in debt to their energy supplier in (i)...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2012, Official Report, column 160W, on Energy, if he will consider collecting data on household...

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish a table for each level of projected carbon emission factors for grid electricity for Standard Assessment Procedure...

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish a table of the forward projections of carbon emission factors for grid electricity within the iterations of Standard...

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by what methodology he calculated the forward carbon emission factors for grid electricity in Standard Assessment Procedure 2012.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will commission an inquiry into fair pricing of energy.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's strategy is for promoting the low-carbon manufacturing base.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of consumer energy bills that is attributable to green taxes.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect the Carbon Price Floor will have on domestic energy bills; and by what means he carried out...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has considered introducing a transition period for implementation of the Green Deal to allow workers fitting insulation to...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what media monitoring services his Department has purchased in each of the last five years.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much energy was generated by each nuclear power station in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the proportion of each county's consumption that is produced by renewable energies (a)...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the estimated load factor was for each form of renewable energy in the latest period for which figures are available; and what...

      Wind Power: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what reports he has received of people treated for the effects of illness apparently caused by being in, or living in, close proximity...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he (a) last chaired and (b) will next chair a meeting of the Offshore Wind Developers' Forum.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what methodology his Department plans to use to measure progress in achieving the Offshore Wind Developers' Forum target of 50 per...

  • Education

    • Adoption: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) Kent were adopted in each of the last five years.

    • Adoption: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Dartford constituency and (b) Kent were in foster care waiting for adoption in each of the last five years.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what media monitoring services his Department has purchased in each of the last five years.

      Pupils: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in Peterborough local education authority area had received in respect of the pupil premium...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what level of funds his Department advise local authorities to hold in respect of asbestos-related claims made by former school staff and pupils;...

      Schools: Fire Sprinklers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations his Department has received on the mandatory installation of fire sprinklers in new school buildings.

      Special Educational Needs: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the amount spent on handling complaints relating to care packages allocated to severely disabled children by...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider bringing forward proposals to change the level of air passenger duty paid at band A by passengers travelling from Northern Ireland to...

    • Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of Gift Aid contributions made by non-taxpayers in error and then reported by HM Revenue and Customs in 2010-11.

      Ict

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to support the ICT sector by (a) encouraging venture capital funding at the later stages of small and medium-sized...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

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

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxable estates there were in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      VAT: Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review his policy on VAT insofar as it affects charitable organisations who serve their local communities.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voluntary and Community Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the state of the community and voluntary sector in the North.

    • Open Source Software

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of Government policy on open source software and open standards; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress he has made on opening up public sector procurement to small and medium-sized enterprises;

      Population: Unitary Councils

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many unitary authorities have populations (a) under 150,000, (b) between 150,000 and 250,000 and (c) over 250,000.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will estimate the level of female unemployment in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency; (2) if he will estimate the level of ethnic minority...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2012, Official Report, columns 70-1W, on volunteering, how many of the 163,000 people volunteering for 35 hours a...

  • Justice

    • Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to consult on the regulation of claims management companies.

    • Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to ensure consumers are aware of the free alternative to using claims management companies.

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been for driving without due care and attention as a result of using a mobile telephone since 2011; and if he will make...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the jurisdictional complaints for the multiple claims accepted in employment tribunals were in the last five years; and how many multiple claims in...

      Presumption of Death (Scotland) Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what lessons he has learned from the Presumption of Death (Scotland) Act 1997; and if he will bring forward proposals to implement similar legislation...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners left prison with a drug addiction in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to section 1 of the Administrator's Monitoring Requirements of the framework agreement between his Department and Applied Language...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential financial effects of introducing a minimum price for alcohol on (a) the UK beverage alcohol...

    • British Overseas Citizenship: Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions (a) the Minister for Immigration and (b) officials in her Department have met representatives of the Malaysian...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the status of Domain Name System Security Extensions and its impact on cybercrime.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in contesting deportation appeals by those convicted of criminal offences before the first-tier and upper tribunal of the Asylum and...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has made of the balance of power in the employee/employer relationship when (a) people on a work...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many current or former members of the police service serve on the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and in what capacity they serve.

      Information Commissioner

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

      National Policing Improvement Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written statement of 15 December 2011, Official Report, columns 125-6WS, on National Policing Improvement Agency, who she...

      Police: Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to police forces on the deployment of baton rounds; and how any such deployment is authorised.

      Police: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police contracts could be let to private sector companies with non-UK parent companies.

      Police: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the police commissioner roadshows organised by her Department to take place...

      Private Investigators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have second jobs as private investigators.

      Sexual Offences: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the press notice issued by her Department on 5 March 2012, on tightening the law on sex offenders, when she intends to introduce...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is provided to police officers investigating cases of suicide where the use of the internet may have been a factor in the...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is provided to police officers on (a) the investigation of cases of suicide and (b) their contacts with families bereaved by...

      Theft: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was for a police 999 response in rural areas in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, column 1107W, on departmental work experience, how many people (a) worked as an...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent discussions her Department has had with the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the future of its offices in Edinburgh...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Eggs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 28 February (WA 337), what is the purpose of contacting the relevant competent national authority for...

    • Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 29 February (WA 31-2), why they do not raise individual human rights cases, including that of Dr Al...

      British Nationality Act 1981

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people since 2009 have been deprived of their citizenship under Section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981 by virtue of the registration or...

      British Nationality Act 1981

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to amend the residence requirements in Schedule 1 to the British Nationality Act 1981 for naturalisation as a British citizen to exclude time...

      British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when HM Treasury Ministers or officials last met representatives or members of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

      Circuses: Animals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 1 March (WS 125-6) on ending the use of wild animals in circuses, when they intend to introduce...

      Constitutional and Political Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they envisage a direct link between proposals for reform of the House of Lords and proposals for the revision of constituency boundaries.

      Dogs: Guide Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association regarding the issue of attacks on guide dogs by other dogs; and whether they...

      Elections: Local Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether individuals who are on the electoral roll and pay council tax are entitled to vote in local government elections.

      Energy: Syngas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many licences they have issued to produce syngas; and what is the estimated carbon content of syngas per unit of energy compared with diesel fuel and power...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the list of candidates for the office of the United Kingdom judge at the European Court of Human Rights, submitted to the Parliamentary Assembly of the...

      Forests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the value that they place on ancient woodlands is likely to result in more of them being designated as sites of special scientific interest as a safeguard...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take following the Israeli missile strikes on Gaza between Friday 9 March and Monday 12 March; whether those missile strikes have targeted...

      Government Departments: Staff Childcare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for childcare for employees' children; and how much was spent by that department...

      Government Departments: Staff Childcare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made by the Home Office for childcare for employees' children; and how much was spent by that department on the provision of childcare in each of...

      Greece: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the implications for the United Kingdom economy of the Greek economy defaulting.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel concerning restitution to Ahmad al Ashqar, whose grocery shop in Beit Lahiya was destroyed by a...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel concerning extra-judicial assassinations and their relationship to rocket attacks.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to restore the desecrated Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in Benghazi; what information they have regarding those responsible; and...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not publicly condemn the desecration of Benghazi War Cemetery and the Commonwealth War Graves Benghazi British Military Cemetery which occurred on 24...

      National Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 12 March (WA 19), by whom the National Loan Guarantee Scheme will be "independently audited".

      Prisons: Chaplains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of changes in the prison population, they will hold a consultation about updating the Prison Act 1952 to reflect modern ideas on the prison...

      Railways: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the statement in paragraph 4.6 of Reforming our Railways: Putting the Customer First (Cm 8313) that there is an option "to place responsibility for train...

      Railways: Revenue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 13 March (WA 53), in the light of the Department for Transport having the revenue risk for the Greater Anglia...

      Railways: Revenue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 13 March (WA 53), how much revenue risk a train operator bears when a franchise is in revenue support; and how...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have conducted into the impact of the quality of railway rolling stock on regeneration efforts in the north of England; what were the results of...

      Railways: Traffic Forecasts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 13 March (WA 54), whether the High Level Output Specification for the period 2014-19 will aim to cater for the...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to initiate a review of the tax treatment of general partner returns in private equity and leverage buy-out management.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the tax treatment of carried interest in private equity funds and its impact on the deployment of economic resources to publicly and...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the additional tax that would be paid if the income of general partners in private equity currently taxed at the preferred rate...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what tests are applied to income to determine whether it qualifies as carried interest; and whether they propose to review those tests.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic benefit arising from the application of a favourable rate of tax to the income of partners in the private equity...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider (1) restricting the treatment for tax of the income of general partners in private equity funds to private equity funds based in the...

      Transport: Eyesight Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often a person must have their eyesight tested in order to retain a licence to operate, fly or drive a (1) plane, (2) train, (3) bus, (4) passenger ferry, (5)...

      Transport: Eyesight Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, how many (1) heavy goods vehicles, (2) buses and (3) other vehicles were involved in collisions with (a) cyclists, and (b)...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce the risk to pedestrians and cyclists from heavy goods vehicles; and whether they are promoting the use of safety schemes such...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many heavy goods vehicles were given an MoT test in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; how many heavy goods vehicles in each year failed their MoT and how old they...

      Young Offenders: Young Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recommendations made by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System in the report entitled Keeping Girls Out of...

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