Written answers

Thursday, 24 May 2012

  • Prime Minister

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 246W, on Rebekah Brooks, if he will provide the information requested in the question.

  • Scotland

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research,...

  • Wales

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what dates (a) she, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in her Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research,...

  • Northern Ireland

    • EU Peace Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the outcome was of his bid for future funding for the next round of the EU Peace Programme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy...

  • Attorney-General

    • Complaints

      To ask the Attorney-General how many complaints about the work of the Law Officers' Departments and their public bodies were received in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

    • Lost Property

      To ask the Attorney-General how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more the Law Officers' Departments lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Attorney-General on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in the Law Officers' Departments have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research,...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many letters to Ministers in the Government Equalities Office were (a) not answered, (b) not answered within six months and (c) not answered...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Thames Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with (i) ministerial colleagues, (ii) the Mayor of London, (iii) civil...

    • Carnforth Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has any plans to upgrade the platforms at Carnforth station.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department spent on improving infrastructure at the Dartford crossing in each year since 31 March 2002.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the result of the consultation into the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's proposed closure of local offices to be published.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the feasibility study into the centralising of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's enforcement services in Swansea.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department plans to take to reduce the number of people driving without insurance.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to ensure drivers with visual problems report these to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to publicise the risks involved in driving with poor eyesight.

      East Anglia Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment her Department has made of the potential economic benefits of improving rail links along the East Anglian mainline; (2) what...

      East Anglia Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding her Department provided for East Anglian mainline rail infrastructure in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Motor Vehicles: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) proportionality of extending anti-tampering measures to all powered two-wheeled vehicles.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered vehicle owners pay their vehicle road fund licence (a) six-monthly and (b) annually; and how much revenue is generated for the...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her Department's most recent estimate is of the number of cars without insurance.

      Operation StepChange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to her Department is of Operation StepChange; and what assessment she has made of its (a) effectiveness and (b) value for money.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has any plans to bring forward proposals to regulate the operations of private parking operators.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has any plans to review the operations of private parking operators; and when any such review will take place.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department provides guidance to private parking operators on (a) signage, (b) conduct of operatives and (c) wording of penalties notices...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on the enforcement by private parking operators of parking penalties on private land.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration she has given to continuing rail electrification from Sheffield to Leeds for the purposes of improving resilience and flexibility...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will release the right time data for train service punctuality for each train operator on each franchise for each of the last 10 years.

      Rescue Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with UK search and rescue on the creation of a permanent search and rescue helicopter base in Northern Ireland.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will convene a working group to assess the monitoring and enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011.

      Transport: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to British Chambers of Commerce recommendations in the Exporting is Good for Britain and Transport Connections Support Trade report, if...

      Transport: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to British Chambers of Commerce's Exporting is Good for Britain and Transport Connections Support Trade survey, if she will put in place...

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many road traffic accidents previously unreported visual problems have been found to be a contributing factor.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints about the work of his Department and each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies were received...

    • Councillors: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people with disabilities were elected as councillors in each year since 2002.

      Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 1 May 2012, Official Report, columns 1425-6W, on the Diamond Jubilee 2012: religion, how his...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to Question 108000 tabled by the hon. Member for Wolverhampton North East on 14 May 2012 for answer on...

  • Home Department

    • Anti-slavery Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to mark Anti-Slavery Day in October 2012.

    • Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of risk in returning failed asylum seekers to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts on returning asylum seekers to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Asylum: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will consider the proposal of the Immigration Law Practitioner's Association to establish regional expert age assessment centres made...

      British Nationality: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to using a local authority in Northern Ireland to provide the National Checking Service.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on measures to reduce numbers of burglaries in each of the last two years; and what plans she has for such...

      Deportation: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to review the implications for her policy on deportations to Sri Lanka of the death of Easwarathasan Kietheeswaran; and if...

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she has made in ending the detention of unaccompanied children for immigration purposes.

      Human Trafficking Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what matters were discussed at the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking's latest meeting; and who attended the meeting.

      Immigration: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the current level of immigration (1) on local public services in the South East; (2) on...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent employees have (a) left and (b) been recruited to her Department in the last two years.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates (a) she, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in her Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many publications have been issued by her Department since May 2010.

      Stalking: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been trained by her Department in the use of the stalking risk assessment tool; and if she will publish a list of people...

      Stalking: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on fees charged to police services who wish to contact an individual who has been trained in the stalking risk assessment tool.

      Stalking: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training her Department provides to individuals who wish to become competent in the delivery of the stalking risk assessment tool.

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make stolen metal an assigned matter for the UK Border Force.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) budget and (b) outturn was of the UK Border Agency in respect of IT expenditure in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to begin the review of his Department's contract with Atos for the work capability assessment; and what aims his Department...

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether gross or net income is used to calculate the amount of child maintenance payable.

      Disability Living Allowance: Airdrie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total amount of disability living allowance payments was to residents in Airdrie and Shotts constituency in April 2012; and what...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average wait was between a request for a reconsideration before appeal of an employment and support allowance eligibility decision and...

      Hunterston B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Office for Nuclear Regulation last met (a) EDF Energy and (b) Balfour Beatty to discuss safety regulations at the Hunterston B nuclear...

      Hunterston B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints the Office for Nuclear Regulation received in relation to safety at the Hunterston B nuclear power plant in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Hunterston B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many safety investigations were carried out by the Office for Nuclear Regulation at Hunterston B nuclear power plant in (a) 2010, (b) 2011...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has a role in development of policy on intellectual property.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time jobs equivalent to 24 working hours or fewer each week have been created in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the ban on transferring current pensions into the National Employment Savings Trust on the...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people he estimates (1) are likely to opt in to the National Employment Savings Trust instead of choosing an independent pension...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has undertaken an impact assessment of the effect of the implementation of the National Employment Savings Trust on independent...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which pension providers were consulted as part of the review of the National Employment Savings Trust; (2) whether any compulsory...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the annual limit on contributions within the National Employment Savings Trust to encourage wider participation.

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has undertaken on the effect of compulsory minimum contributions for micro-enterprises as part of the National...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has assessed the potential effects of inflation on the likely level of pensions to be drawn under the National Employment Savings Trust.

      Personal Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to address the decline in the amounts saved in personal pensions in the last three years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will take steps to send benefit claimants a simple printed summary of their benefit entitlements, indicating how much they...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of registered wheelchair users who (a) are currently entitled to higher rate disability living...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of claimants in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who will be affected by the benefits cap.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many trade union representatives in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental bodies have faced disciplinary action for...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings have taken place between (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental bodies and trade union representatives...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions trade union representatives from (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies have utilised paid...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claimants he expects to use the online system for claiming universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming benefits and who may be eligible to claim universal credit who do not have access to...

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many registered blind people are employed by his Department.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to commence the gold standard review of the (a) new mental health descriptors and (b) new fluctuating conditions descriptors in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's total level of carbon emissions was between (a) 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2011 and (b) 2 April 2011 and 1...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department introduced to reduce its carbon emissions in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has set any benchmarks to assess the Ethiopian Government's respect for human rights (a) in the Gambella...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on delays for cross border travel between Spain and Gibraltar in recent days; and what assessment...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to extend the UK's labelling guidelines to all produce from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions has he had with Israeli authorities on the arrest and detention of Palestinian children.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support the position of Defence for Children International on the detention of Palestinian children by Israel.

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many full-time equivalent employees his Department employed in May 2010; and how many it employed in the latest period...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's employees have been made redundant in the last two years.

  • Education

    • Academies: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what school performance criteria over how many years are taken into account when deciding whether an official in his Department initiates contact...

    • Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Office of the Children's Commissioner's objective to promote awareness of the views and...

      First Aid: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the merits of making the teaching of emergency life support skills a formal part of the national curriculum.

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve the accuracy of the grammar, punctuation and spelling of schoolchildren.

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment has been made of the standard of school toilet facilities; and whether any assessment has been made of any relationship to the...

      Secondary Education: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many vacant secondary school places there were in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency and (b) Birmingham City Council in each of the last five...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he (a) has issued and (b) plans to issue to education authorities on (i) the time period to be used for the conversion of Local...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the drop-out rate for (a) initial teacher training and (b) the Teach First programme.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many dwellings have been treated under the carbon emissions reduction target to date.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of pensioner households in receipt of the one-off £120 discount from energy companies received that discount on a...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of pensioners in receipt of the one-off £120 discount from energy companies...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable he has set for implementation of the Green Deal.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost has been of advertising and promotion of the Green Deal.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to the potential contribution of employer-supported employee benefits to the Green Deal by providing...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 675, on the Green Deal, when he plans to publish the proposed...

      Hunterston B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met the Office for Nuclear Regulation to discuss safety regulations at the Hunterston B nuclear power plant.

      Hunterston B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has received any representations from Michael Russell MSP in relation to fire safety at Hunterston B power station.

      Hunterston B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has received any representations from the Scottish Government on fire safety at Hunterston B power station.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on renewable energy installation companies of changes to feed-in tariffs due to come into...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of renewable energy installation companies affected by changes to feed-in tariffs since...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 672, on feed-in tariffs, when the orders for the next reduction in...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 672, on feed-in tariffs, what the start date for the next tariff...

      Renewable UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any staff of his Department have previously worked for Renewable UK.

      Renewable UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any former directors of Renewable UK have been employed by his Department as consultants or advisers in the last five years;...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 1686, on energy efficiency, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to monitor the application of the warm homes discount scheme.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether it remains his policy to have 13GW of onshore wind capacity by 2020.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the proposed wind power interconnector between the UK and Denmark.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many loans he expects Big Society Capital to make in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; what the estimated monetary value is of such loans;...

    • Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in the (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized business sector in (i) Newton Abbot constituency and (ii) the South West...

      Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses in (a) Newton Abbot constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England employed fewer than five people in the latest period for which...

      Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the number of (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized businesses in (i) Newton Abbot constituency and (ii) the south-west in the...

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many investigations into the activities of UK-registered charities were launched by the Charity Commission in 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 720W, on the Charity Commission: manpower, how many staff at the Charity...

      Efficiency and Reform Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost to the public purse was of the Reward, Efficiency and Reform Group in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Hay Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contracts his Department has with Hay Group; and what the value of each such contract is.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many full-time equivalent employees have (a) left and (b) been recruited to his Department in the last two years; (2) how many full-time...

      Public Sector Mutuals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun-off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged (a) 25 years and over and (b) 16 to 24 years had been unemployed for more than a year in May (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 in...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people currently in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and unemployed using International Labour...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his most recent estimate is of the number of unregistered voters.

    • Lobbying: Regulation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to bring forward further proposals for the regulation of political lobbyists in the next two years.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving soldiers have sustained injuries while on active service in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original (a) budget and (b) timescale was for the Army Recovery Capability project; and what project performance evaluation his Department has...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions BAE Systems has written to his Department to notify it of an (a) Key Industrial Capability Trigger Event and (b) Key...

      Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions ammunition technical officers were called to viable explosive devices in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012;...

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish any memorandum of understanding he has agreed with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on (a) resourcing and (b) deployment of...

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding he allocated to the Army Bomb Disposal Team in Northern Ireland in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; and what funding he plans to...

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the deployment of ammunition technical officers in Northern Ireland; and...

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment he has made of the speed and coverage of response to bomb incidents by ammunition technical officers in Northern Ireland;...

      Defence Equipment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Rangeless Airborne Instrumented Debriefing Systems, (b) National Communication Radio Systems, (c) Transportable Communications Containers...

      Defence Equipment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) High Mobility Maintenance Trailers, (b) HIPPO Beach Recovery Vehicles, (c) Armoured Repair and Recover Vehicles (d) Bulldozers, (e)...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the National Audit Office to review his Department's equipment plan; and when he expects to publish this review.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 264, on defence budget and transformation, if he will ensure that the summary of...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's press notice of 14 May 2012, which programmes make up the committed core equipment programme that amounts to £160...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 263, on Defence budget and transformation, what level of risk is built in to each...

      Hovercraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Griffon 2000TD and (b) Griffon 2400TD hovercraft are in service at each location; and if he will estimate their unit cost.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pieces of Iraqi military equipment were destroyed using depleted uranium ammunition by Coalition forces in the 2003 Iraq war; and how many of...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral answer of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 272, whether the proposal for 19 frigates and destroyers includes a programme for the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the (a) Rural Community Broadband Fund and (b) Broadband Delivery UK superfast broadband fund may be used to fund...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether funding for rural broadband from BDUK and Worcestershire county council is subject to the rules on state aid.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much of the original funding for the Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) will be allocated through round 1; whether any...

      Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects to publish his Department's Communications Green Paper.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will have discussions with Digital UK on including in the awareness campaign for digital switchover in Northern Ireland...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 12 March and 19 April 2012...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun-off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the likely outcomes of integrating efforts on clean water and sanitation with efforts to tackle (a) trachoma and (b)...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes or projects his Department is funding to strengthen the capacity of public sector audit, revenue collection or...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department gave to (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2011; whether any such funding had...

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish an evaluation of the Manchester Intensive Alternative to Custody project.

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess and respond to Action for Children's report entitled Keeping children safe: The case for reforming the law on child neglect; and if he...

      Courts: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what meetings he has had with representatives of court interpreters on changes to funding of interpretation services; (2) what meetings he has had...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many awards under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme were reduced on the basis of applicants' unspent criminal convictions in (a) 2008-09, (b)...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those injured in the 7 July 2005 London bombings are awaiting a final settlement from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board; what the...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research,...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 13W, on electronic tagging; for what reasons detailed assessment of the Community Cashback...

      Young Offenders: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reduction in the number of young adults from Manchester held in young offender institutions since May...

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the potential risks to the investments made from the public purse in financial institutions.

    • British Sky Broadcasting: News Corporation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had regarding the bid by News Corporation for BSkyB at the meeting with Rebekah Brooks on 13 December 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Warrington North constituency are in receipt of the disability element of child tax credit; (2) how many people in Warrington...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of senior staff in each (a) Government Department, (b) Executive agency and (c) non-departmental public body who are...

      Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints about the work of his Department and each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies were received in (a) 2010-11 and (b)...

      Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to commission an independent assessment of the effect of the 2012 and future budgets on the most vulnerable in society.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the Retail Distribution Review on the transparency of costs and the level of overall charges for...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of low earners who will not pay income tax in 2012-13 as a result of the measures he proposes to introduce.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of workers in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the north-west who will be affected by the increase in the...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent employees have (a) left and (b) been recruited to his Department in the last two years.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research,...

      Operating Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on the administration of his Department in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase consumer confidence in savings for retirement.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what activities the (a) Financial Inclusion Fund and (b) Growth Fund have supported in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; what the monetary value was of each...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun-off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue which will accrue to HM Revenue and Customs from the costs incurred by callers to the HM Revenue and Customs helplines.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made representations to the Royal Bank of Scotland on reviewing its financial complaints procedures for small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Tax Allowances: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of tax relief on employee and employer contributions to personal pension schemes in each of the last 30 years; how many employees in each...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to minimise tax avoidance.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely cost to the Exchequer of his proposals on VAT levied on private universities; and if he will make a statement.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposals to charge VAT on alterations to listed buildings on the ability of churches and community...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the removal of the VAT exemption for the sale of holiday homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of charging VAT on freshly baked goods on pound bakeries in the north of England and their employees; (2)...

      VAT: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will provide grants to charities and community organisations based in listed buildings to compensate them for the extra expenditure they will...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to protect and promote the agricultural industry in the West Midlands.

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to promote the benefits of new farming practices to farmers.

      Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will commission research to consider the opportunities and risks arising from using food waste to feed livestock.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration her Department has given to the effects of neonicotinoids on bee populations; and what assessment she has...

      Biofuels: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to measure the (a) mortality and (b) morbidity of people living within a radius of (i) 0.5 miles and (ii)...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what clinical trials her Department is supporting to investigate future vaccine resistance in badgers.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she expects to publish her proposals for the Government's Green Food Project; (2) if she will take steps to...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on research into food production in the last year for which figures are available.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role her Department plays in directing where and how research into food production is conducted.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the carbon footprint of the UK food chain.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to promote innovative local food initiatives.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) she, (b) her Ministers and (c) officials in her Department have had any recent discussions on local food...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of foodbanks which have been established in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland in the last year.

      Food: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on steps to increase...

      Food: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has undertaken any recent research into the life-cycle impacts of food.

      Food: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of her Department's capability to undertake research into sustainable food production practices.

      Food: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the amount spent by the private sector on sustainable food production practices in the last year for...

      Food: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on skills training to assist in sustainable food production methods in the last year for which...

      Food: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Technology Strategy Board and (b) the Agriculture and Horticulture...

      Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on extending the UK's labelling guidelines across the EU as a whole.

      Plants: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to bring forward proposals to amend Schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to ban the...

      Rural Areas: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage growth and competitiveness in rural farms and businesses in Northumberland.

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to bring forward proposals for a new programme for the abstraction of water regime.

  • Health

    • Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department spent on advertising to encourage people to donate blood in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (2) how much has been allocated to...

    • Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people donated blood in England in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes to local government budgets on the cost of placing each patient into care provided by an...

      Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about the work of his Department and each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies were received in (a) 2010-11 and (b)...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received treatment from the NHS for dementia in each year since 1997.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of the illegal use of controlled substances in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Teesside in the...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 26 March 2012, Official Report, column 987W, on drugs: misuse, what progress has been made against each action point of...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance Public Health England plans to issue to support local authorities in commissioning open access sexual health services; (2) what steps...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to encourage the engagement of (a) speech and language therapists and (b) other allied health professionals with...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that NHS funding of new Hepatitis C treatments is established within 90 days of any NICE technology appraisal which...

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the introduction of the traditional herbal medicinal products directive changes the status of any herbal or botanical product previously or...

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled by (a) North West London Hospitals Trust, (b) Hillingdon Hospital, (c) St Mary's Hospital Paddington and (d) Chelsea...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2012, Official Report, column 154W, on pain: mental illness, if he will commission further research into the efficacy of...

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have sought treatment abroad that was paid for by the NHS since 2005.

      Mental Illness: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has put in place to ensure coordination of commissioning of services for people with multiple diagnoses who require treatment for mental...

      Mental Illness: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in the Brighton and Hove area who suffer from multiple diagnoses of mental ill-health and drug...

      National Childbirth Trust: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage students to train to become National Childbirth Trust practitioners.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff earn salaries in excess of (a) £30,000, (b) £50,000, (c) £100,000 and (d) £150,000.

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has considered the merits of introducing a Patients Service Obligation.

      Plastic Surgery: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died as a result of cosmetic surgery in each of the last five years.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the quality of data on the number of women diagnosed with postnatal depression.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from NHS trusts and hospitals on prescription drugs shortages since January 2012.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he last met representatives of (a) patients groups, (b) pharmaceutical companies, (c) community pharmacy representatives, (d) dispensing...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hours his Department has spent assessing shortages of medicines at local pharmacies since May 2010.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun-off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Rape: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS has taken to ensure hospitals have early evidence kits to allow them to administer tests for the presence of date-rape drugs; and if he...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: West Midlands

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many churches were closed in (a) Redditch and (b) the west midlands in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

    • Metal Theft

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

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Recession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking in response to the economy entering recession; and if he will make a statement.

    • Cities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote economic growth in cities; and if he will make a statement.

      Catapult Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on the roll-out of catapult centres.

      Adult Education: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to provide support for dyslexic students in adult education.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of apprenticeships terminated within 12 months in each of the last two years; and of those, how many apprentices...

      Apprentices: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in (a) Newton Abbot constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England employed at least one apprentice in the...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Small Business Group on Breaking Down the Barriers to...

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote best payment practices with small and medium-sized enterprise representative...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking (1) to assist small and medium-sized enterprises to grow; (2) to encourage the creation of...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to reduce the burden of regulation on (a) small and medium-sized and (b) other businesses.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce the administrative burden on small and medium-sized enterprises; and whether his...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's total level of carbon emissions was between (a) 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2011 and (b) 2 April 2011 and 1...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what measures his Department introduced to reduce its carbon emissions in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Careers Advice: Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that tailored careers advice is available to (a) undergraduate students considering...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether representatives from (a) trades unions and (b) employers were consulted in the development of the Beecroft Report.

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements are in place for sub-contractors to report incomplete payments made by contractors in the construction sector;...

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which representatives of the construction sector he has met to discuss payment practices in the last six months; and if he will...

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the recommendations of the British Chamber of Commerce's report, Exporting is Good for Britain but Market...

      Exports: Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) size and (b) importance of copyright licensing to the UK's exports.

      Exports: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of exports to (a) European economic area (EEA) and (b) non-EEA countries from (i) the North West and (ii)...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 738W, on labelling: food, what assessment he has made of...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of foreign direct investment in the UK from Pakistani investors in each of the last five years.

      Four Seasons Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department had any communication with Terra Firma representatives about the company's short and long-term plans for...

      Intellectual Property and Growth Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what timetable he has set for the introduction of legislative proposals resulting from the consultation on the Hargreaves Review...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for...

      Offshore Industry: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) trade union membership levels and (b) trade union organising in the offshore...

      Overseas Trade: BRIC Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the recommendations of the British Chamber of Commerce's report, Exporting is Good for Britain but Market...

      Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of exports were to China in each of the last three years.

      Overseas Trade: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which companies were represented on the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation mission to Libya from 29 April...

      Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many patents were issued in each sector in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many patents were registered in each region of the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and what...

      Patents: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many patents were registered by each university in the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish a statement of his Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps his Department takes...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun-off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the likely net cost will be of each additional job generated by rounds 1 and 2 of the Regional Growth Fund; and what the...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the National Audit Office's May 2012 report on the Regional Growth Fund in respect of providing...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the National Audit Office's May 2012 report on the Regional Growth Fund in respect of providing...

      Retail Trade: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of recent trends in the margins that small retailers receive for the sales of local newspapers,...

      South America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many delegations UK Trade and Investment has organised to (a) Brazil and (b) South America since May 2010; and how many...

      Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on the demographics of the student population of the introduction of the core and...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date he plans to publish the equality impact assessment for his 24+ Advanced Learning Loans.

  • House of Lords

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the lessons for the regulation of United Kingdom banks arising from the recent losses at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    • Gambling: Cheating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether plans are in place to review the definition of cheating contained in the Gambling Act 2005, as recommended in the review of sport betting integrity chaired...

      Gambling: Corruption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make further funds available for the protection of sport from corrupt betting practices, in line with the funding for anti-doping initiatives.

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will implement plans to introduce a licensing regime for betting which is based on the point of consumption; and, if so, when.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance the Department for Communities and Local Government provides for registered social landlords on the imposition of administration fees on charges for...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) social rented homes, (2) intermediate rent homes, and (3) low cost home ownership homes, were built in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in (a)...

      Housing: Leaseholders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase public understanding of the means of redress for leaseholders in dispute with their freeholder or managing agent.

      Imports and Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the trading figures for exports and imports between Sudan and the United Kingdom over each of the past 10 years.

      Imports and Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which government department is taking the lead on the implementation of Iranian oil shipping sanctions.

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of the engineers needed to meet the targets for provision of high speed broadband in rural areas.

      Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their commitment in the Queen's Speech to repeal unnecessary legislation will include European Union legislation which has been transposed into United...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the British Hospitality Association about the cost of hotel rooms in London during the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Taxation: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the amount of tax lost to HM Revenue and Customs due to wine duty fraud, and how this estimate was reached, for each year from 1992...

      UK Life Sciences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in the implementation of the strategy for UK Life Sciences; and when an implementation plan will be published.

      Water Supply: Pipe Leakage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 16 May (WA 10), whether the targets of water companies in England and Wales to reduce leakages by a...

      Water Supply: Pipe Leakage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach of 16 May (WA 10), what is the target for Thames Water on reducing leakage by 2014; and what are the...

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