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Written answers

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

  • Northern Ireland

    • HMS Caroline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what his policy is on the future of HMS Caroline; and if he will make a statement; (2) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of...

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total (a) number and (b) value of contracts issued by (i) his Department and (ii) bodies for which he is responsible which were awarded...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what non-devolved public funding educational and voluntary organisations in Northern Ireland may apply to support their work.

  • Scotland

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) highest, (b) median, (c) median full-time equivalent and (d) lowest full-time equivalent salary was paid by (i) his Department and (ii) its...

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress he has made on arranging a referendum as to whether Scotland should remain part of the UK.

  • Wales

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) highest, (b) median, (c) median full-time equivalent and (d) lowest full-time equivalent salary was paid by (i) her Department and (ii) its...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Water Supply

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent estimate has been made of the annual water (a) usage and (b) cost for...

    • WiFi

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what further steps he plans to take to extend wi-fi access throughout the...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made with the International Civil Aviation Organisation on an agreement on a global emissions trading scheme.

    • Cross Country Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to promote the electrification of the Bristol to Birmingham train line; and if she will make a statement.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department is undertaking collaborative work with the European Commission to secure an early adoption of electric vehicle infrastructure...

      Fuels: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the transposition of the Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality Directives to include mandatory sustainability standards and enhance...

      Low Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has received any representations from Low Associates since May 2010.

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress she has made on the inclusion of a default value for (a) oil shale and (b) other highly polluting crudes in the European fuel quality...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish a statement of her Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps she is taking to avoid an annual underspend.

      Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the implementation of the proposals in the Strategic Rail Authority West Coast Main Line Strategy of June 2003 for...

      Railways: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what fines were imposed on businesses by the Office of Rail Regulation in each financial year since 2004-05; (2) what fines were imposed on...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the number of new rail carriages and the number which would represent additional capacity and net additions in her Department's press...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the availability of rolling stock; and if she will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider providing support to all 16 year olds to set up a bank account at the same time as they receive their national insurance number as part...

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to rebalance the economy and encourage export-led private sector growth.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his red lines will be at the EU budget negotiations for 2013.

      Finance Act 2008

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend section 58(4) of the Finance Act 2008 to remove the retrospective elements of the legislation.

      Finance Act 2008

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from HM Revenue and Customs on the retrospective elements of section 58 of the Finance Act 2008.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fines were imposed on businesses by the Financial Services Authority in each financial year since 2000-01.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what average sum of income tax was paid by individuals earning (a) £100,000 to £149,999, (b) £150,000 to £249,999, (c)...

      Landfill: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to take any steps to provide support to the waste removal and skip industry after the increase in the level of tax imposed on skips...

      North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of his policies on levels of aggregate demand in the North East.

      Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many regulations his Department has repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and if he will estimate the potential savings to those affected in...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the (a) Bank of England and (b) Scottish Government on the representation that an independent Scotland which retained the...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what mechanism would be available to an independent Scotland which retained the pound sterling to influence interest rates; (2) how an independent...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what correspondence (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the Scottish Government on the potential...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

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

      VAT: Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reason sixth form colleges are required to pay VAT; (2) if he will ensure equal treatment of (a) school sixth forms, (b) academy sixth forms...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Strangford constituency were in receipt of tax credit in each of the last three years; (2) how many people in Strangford...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on farm research.

    • Agriculture: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of farmers are involved in renewable energy production.

      Animals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to stop the illegal import of animals into the UK.

      Badgers: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect of badgers on ground-nesting birds.

      Cetaceans: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Japanese government (1) on the annual killing of dolphins by Japanese...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding has been allocated to coastal erosion projects since 2010.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministerial Council held on 12 June 2012 in Brussels, if she...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has issued any guidance for consumers to distinguish whether products labelled as produce of Morocco...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to build further anaerobic digesters like the one recently built in Didcot.

      Forestry Commission: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Forestry Commission is encouraging staff to take voluntary redundancy; how much the voluntary exit scheme has...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the level of (a) procurement and (b) other fraud affecting her Department's spending in (i)...

      Health Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff working in her Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package.

      Inland Waterways: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to protect waterways from invasive species.

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps her Department has taken to promote innovation.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect the EU directive on the recycling of cardboard has had on the charges paid by councils in landfill charges.

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many meetings Ministers in her Department have had with the devolved Administrations to discuss desinewed meats;...

      Meetings

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

      Departmental Administration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on the administration of her Department in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to take steps to prevent the importation into the UK of palm oil which has not been certified by the...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total (a) number and (b) value of contracts issued by (i) her Department and (ii) bodies for which she is...

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications her Department has received for the Rural Community Broadband Fund.

      Sulphur Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the environmental impact of (a) open and (b) closed loop sulphur dioxide abatement...

      UN Conference On Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that children are a focus of the UK's negotiating position at the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012.

      UN Conference On Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what preparations her Department has made in advance of the Rio+20 meeting in June.

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the governments of (a) Norway, (b) the Faroe Islands and (c) Iceland on whaling; and...

  • Home Department

    • Association of Chief Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to reduce the cost to the public purse of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support she is providing to refused asylum seekers who are unable to return to their home countries which (a) are and (b) are not...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency legacy cases there are.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were transferred from the UK to each other EU member state in each year from 1994 to 2002.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed Sudanese asylum seekers were removed from the UK to (a) Sudan and (b) South Sudan in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were transferred to the UK from other EU member states in each of the years from 1994 to 2002.

      Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the total monetary value of each contract between her Department and Atos is; (2) when each contract between her Department and...

      Burglary: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of burglaries in Middlesbrough local authority area in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on accreditation at party conferences.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hate crimes related to gender were recorded between 2007 and 2012; and what proportion of the total number of hate crimes this...

      Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the effect boxing clubs have on levels of crime and social disorder in their area.

      Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will take steps with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to make it easier for sports clubs to receive funding...

      Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support her Department is providing for voluntary organisations that use boxing to engage young people.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the police of (a) terminating the lease and (b) paying for underused office space if the Crown...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to promote greater international co-operation and cross-border law enforcement in relation to cybercrime.

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) communications data requests and (b) communications data requests under the urgent oral process by each relevant public...

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which telecommunication companies her Department consulted in developing the Draft Communications Data Bill.

      Deportation: Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on forcible removals of Tamils to Sri Lanka.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have had their DNA data deleted from the National DNA Database in the last 12 months.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals are listed in the National DNA Database.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) reports of incidents of disorder where use of (i) the drug known as bath salts and (ii) substances containing...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2012, Official Report, column 594W, on drugs: misuse, when she intends to publish the framework for...

      Entry Clearances: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency plans to update all relevant applications online to ensure that they are not out of date and invalid.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) universities, (b) colleges of further education and (c) private providers have lost UK Border Agency highly trusted sponsor status...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the English language competency requirement for T4 non-EU overseas students on the...

      Essex Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) her departmental officials have had with Essex Police Authority; who...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of the European Judicial Network to the UK; and what assessment she has made of its effectiveness.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she had with her US counterpart on the UK-US extradition treaty and the release of (a) Gary McKinnon, (b) Richard...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were extradited from the US to the UK (a) in 2011 and (b) in 2012 to date; and how many of these people were US nationals.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were extradited from the UK to the US (a) in 2011 and (b) in 2012 to date; and how many of these people were UK nationals.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is provided to enable police and UK Border Agency staff to recognise victims of human trafficking.

      Immigrants: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to promote the accessibility and affordability of tuberculosis screening and treatment in poorly-resourced...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legacy cases have been (a) processed and (b) were outstanding in each month since their transfer to the Case Assurance and Audit Unit.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were refused entry to the UK at the UK border on (a) 10 May 2011 and (b) 10 May 2012.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what analysis her Department carried out of the demographic groups that will be most affected by an increase in the minimum income...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when each serving commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission was appointed; by whom the appointment was made; what process...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the time taken on average by police authorities to respond to recommendations of the Independent...

      Public Policy Research: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has commissioned or funded research into the opinions of hon. Members on issues of public policy since the 2010...

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will assume the training functions of the National Police Improvement Agency after it has been wound up; how these functions will be...

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which successor bodies to the National Police Improvement Agency will take responsibility for (a) the management of IT contracts, (b)...

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the National Police Improvement Agency has received in income for the training provided for the personnel of (a) overseas police...

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether staff transferring to the new Police Professional Body from the National Police Improvement Agency maintain their civil service...

      Organised Crime: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK has fully implemented EU Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA; and what assessment her Department has made of its...

      Police: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings and discussions on the setting up of a professional body for policing were attended by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her...

      Police: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether drug tests on police officers include tests for legal highs.

      Police: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to reform the auditing of claims by police officers for expenses incurred during the course of their duties.

      Police: Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the additional costs of policing the Diamond Jubilee celebration.

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department holds any information on the number of chief constables of Essex police who took early retirement and the reason in...

      Police: Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of visits per day was for each police station in Gwent between 1 and 14 May 2011.

      Police: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had discussions with Tom Winsor on the involvement of G4S in delivering police services in Lincolnshire.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what options she is considering for the constitutional status of the proposed new Police Professional Body on an (a) interim and (b)...

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what interim arrangements she plans to put in place to ensure that the functions to be carried out by the new Police Professional Body and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total (a) number and (b) value of contracts issued by (i) her Department and (ii) bodies for which she is responsible which were...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent her Department and its non-departmental...

      The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (England and Wales) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring into force the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (England and Wales) Regulations 2012.

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days were used by trade union representatives in her Department for facility time in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what estimate...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training was given to cover staff in her Department prior to their undertaking cover roles on 10 May 2012.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria staff of the UK Border Agency had to meet to obtain performance-related bonuses in 2010-11.

      Yvonne Fletcher

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the first officers from the Metropolitan Police will fly to Libya to continue investigations into the case of WPC Yvonne Fletcher.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Battle of Waterloo: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to (a) raise awareness of the Connecting Europe broadband facility and (b) support British...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which companies are on the Broadband UK framework list; and if he will make a statement.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what arrangements govern the practice of households receiving random cold calls from call centres based overseas; and if he...

      Euro 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure the security of English football supporters at Euro 2012.

      Heritage Lottery Fund: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which social investment finance intermediary has been chosen to facilitate access to the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what correspondence (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the...

      Telecommunications: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 16 April 2012, Official Report, column 8W, on the eAccessibility Forum video relay sub-group,...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department plans to take to monitor breaches of the new classification system for video games.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Marriage: Homosexuality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what legal advice she has received on the implications for religious organisations of the legal status of same-sex marriage under European Human...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • BBC: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 27 March 2012, Official Report, column 1063W, on statistics, (1) if he will request a formal...

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on the use class of betting shops.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many letters to Ministers in his Department were (a) not answered, (b) not answered within six months and (c) not answered...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of how many council tenants sub-let their council homes; and what statistical basis his Department...

      Families: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of troubled families living in Colchester constituency.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the evidence he used to calculate the cost of intervening with troubled families at...

      Families: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the indicative value of the cash sum is that will be provided to Peterborough City Council under the Troubled Families...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the fire and rescue resource review, what steps his Department is taking to provide additional funding for...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to include capital grants made available to fire and rescue services within their baseline budgets...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure his Department has incurred on (a) NewBuy Guarantee, (b) Get Britain Building Fund, (c) FirstBuy and (d) New...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of specialist housing for older people have been built in the last 12 months.

      Mayors: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the total cost to the public purse of the mayoral referendums held on 3 May 2012.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average interest rate offered on mortgages is under the Government's NewBuy scheme.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money was raised from empty property rates in 2010-11.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) core strategies and (b) local development frameworks under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 were...

      Departmental Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on (a) travel and (b) accommodation for (i) Ministers and (ii) officials attending conferences in 2011.

  • Education

    • Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what comparative assessment he has made of the proportion of children with statements of special educational needs (SEN) who have been refused a...

    • Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of (a) the submission from A Curriculum for Cohesion and (b) other submissions to the consultation on the National...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to publish the revised National Curriculum Framework; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will increase the personal finance elements of mathematics teaching in schools to emphasise how mathematics relates to real life decisions.

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will increase the use of training days for primary school teachers to refresh their mathematics skills; and if he will make a statement.

      Science and Mathematics: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to sustain the number of students studying science and mathematics at A level.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the answer of 25 April 2012, Official Report, columns 927-28W, on GCSE: science, what steps his Department is taking to encourage...

      Young People: Management Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure students become familiar with the concept of management at an early age.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments his Department has made (a) directly and (b) indirectly to (i) Hayes McKenzie and (ii) Hoare Lea and Partners.

    • Electricity Generation: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many electrical substation fires there have been in each of the last five years; and what reason was given for each such fire.

      Electricity: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department made of the effect of renewables on households' electricity bills (a) in November 2011 and (b) in the most...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of provisions of the draft Energy Bill on the workload of (a) Ofgem and...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to page 3, draft Energy Bill Annex A, entitled Institutional Framework: Government, the system operator and Ofgem, what...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to provide additional funding to Ofgem as a result of the additional functions proposed to be allocated to it under...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to page 4, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, whether the system operator will be obliged to report annually to...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to page 4, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, whether the Government will be obliged to publish a delivery plan...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to page 10, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, when the panel of technical experts will be established; (2) with...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to page 4, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, when he plans to publish his Department's joint report with Ofgem on...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to page 13, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, if he will publish the analysis from the system operator in autumn 2012.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to page 13, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, whether the system operator has begun the process of gathering evidence.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to page 22, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, when he plans to announce the membership of the expert group on...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to require energy suppliers to publish the unit costs of individual renewable types on energy bills.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people in the UK who are in fuel poverty.

      Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by Ofgem in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; (2) how many full-time equivalent...

      Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will publish correspondence between his Department and Ofgem on Ofgem's additional responsibilities as proposed in the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether consumers will be able to sign contracts for a Green Deal package before parts of the Green Deal framework regulations come...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the likely market rate of interest on Green Deal finance that will be offered on Green Deal...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the merits of the recommendation by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that IAEA member...

      Nuclear Power: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information he has received from the Chief Nuclear Inspector on matters discussed and decisions taken at the International...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) highest, (b) median, (c) median full-time equivalent and (d) lowest full-time equivalent salary paid by (i) his Department...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many regulations his Department has repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and if he will estimate the potential savings...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the (a) costs and (b) issues associated with connecting each form of renewable energy to the...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what correspondence (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the Scottish...

      Thermal Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the final Green Deal and energy company obligation impact assessment, how many jobs he expects to be lost in the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefit of onshore wind.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of standard-sized wind turbines that need to be constructed in order to match the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department includes the effects of the (a) mining of ores used in the manufacture of electromagnets and (b) manufacture of...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the level of non-compliance with ETSU-R-97 in respect of wind-induced noise and the use of microphone...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider establishing a public inquiry to investigate lobbying by the wind power industry and its effects on Government...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many grid connection points there are in (a) the Borough of Kettering, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) the UK to which it would be...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the use of the article method for corrections to wind farm noise evaluations.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the election of President Nikolic on Serbia's relationship with the EU.

    • Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of militarisation in Sri Lanka's northern province.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date Major General Prasanna De Silva took up his position at the Sri Lankan high commission.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the Sri Lankan high commissioner on the...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UN personnel monitoring ceasefire compliance in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent financial support his Department has provided to opposition groups in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to secure international agreement on a draft UN Security Council Resolution on Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with its international counterparts on the likely steps to be taken in the event that...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the willingness of the Government of Pakistan to support efforts to secure peace and stability in...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of violence and death threats against civil society leaders in Colombia.

      Shanghai Co-operation Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on recent developments within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

      School Textbooks: Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Palestinian authorities on the content of school textbooks.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advisory groups he has on Africa; who the members of each such group are; and what their remuneration is.

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on recent hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the contact line with Nagorno-Karabakh; and...

      Brunei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last visited Brunei; what recent steps he has taken to strengthen the UK's economic, commercial, cultural and...

      Brunei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of the UK's relations with Brunei; and if he will make a statement.

      Diplomatic Service: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role played by the UK's overseas missions in tackling the problem of human trafficking.

      Euro 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to ensure the safety of (a) black and Asian and (b) other England supporters attending the Euro 2012...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of Israel-Palestine negotiations resuming.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has undertaken an assessment of the effectiveness of the Kenyan police investigation into the death of...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support the investigation into the death of Alexander Monson in Kenya; and what steps it...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had on the desecration of British Military Cemetery graves in Benghazi in Libya; and when the graves and...

      Middle East and North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure that the UK meets its commitment to consult women's organisations on the ground in the...

      Montenegro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of Montenegro's readiness to join the EU.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to prevent produce originating from Israel's illegal settlements in the west bank and east Jerusalem...

      Official Visits: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions and meetings he and his Ministers have had with the Israeli Prime Minister on threats from Iran; and...

      Regional Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to introduce regional pay since 20 March 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department gave to British nationals affected by recent delays at the Spanish border in Gibraltar.

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether border queue delays were discussed at his meeting with his Spanish counterpart in London on 29 May 2012; (2) what...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to ensure that UK and European development policy in Africa is aligned.

    • Developing Countries: Polio

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to close the financing gap affecting implementation of the World Health Organisation's plans for...

      Developing Countries: Polio

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to engage with the leaders of the remaining polio-endemic countries to ensure full implementation of their...

      Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the situation in the Sahel region of West Africa; and if he will make a statement.

      Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consideration his Department has given to providing financial resources to the Sahel region of West Africa to alleviate the famine...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Absent Voting: Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of (a) postal vote fraud, (b) personation and (c) electoral malpractice; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have appeared before Camberwell Green magistrates court charged with an offence related to the public disorder of August 2011; (2)...

    • Closed Material Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many closed material procedures were used in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of case.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to identify offenders with learning difficulties who will be exempt from intensive community orders.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the letter from British Cycling of 1 June 2012, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Department for Transport and (b)...

      Efficiency and Reform Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff were assigned to (a) the Reward, Efficiency and Reform Group and (b) regional pay issues in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and how many he...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) who the members are of the panel which considered applications to be the next UK judge on the European Court of Human Rights; (2) if he will...

      Human Trafficking: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for offences related to human trafficking in 2011.

      Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to exempt doctors and other key professionals from jury service.

      Regional Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to introduce regional pay since 20 March 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what is the shortest amount of time served in prison before release by an offender who is sentenced to (a) two weeks, (b) four weeks, (c) three months,...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to allocate any funding from the public purse to improve standards in prisons in other countries as part of his Department's strategy to...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national offenders received cautions in each of the last five years.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations seeking a review of the criminal justice system to better protect road users.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to increase capacity within the Tribunals Service to deal with appeal cases received by the First-tier...

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days were used by trade union representatives in his Department for facility time in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what estimate he has made...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average wage was of (a) males, (b) females and (c) all people employed (i) full-time and (ii) part-time (A) on the latest date for which...

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what responsibilities lie with charities in ensuring that data provided to third parties is retrieved by the charity in the event that...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many letters to Ministers in his Department were (a) not answered, (b) not answered within six months and (c) not answered within three months in...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many successful prosecutions for electoral registration fraud there were in each region in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Population

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the population of the UK in 2050.

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions and correspondence he has had with the Scottish Government on the Big Society Capital and the formation of the Investment and Contract...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the carer's allowance ends when the carer reaches pensionable age; and if he will make a statement.

    • Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of disability benefits were referred to (a) the Work programme and (b) Work Choice since their inception; and how...

      Employment Schemes: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to support dyslexic jobseekers.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 24 April 2012, Official Report, column 789W and pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of social rented sector tenants who will move as a result of the under-occupancy measures in the...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of children living in poverty in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency, (c) the West Midlands and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the maximum possible amount per year in benefits within the scope of the total household benefit cap is that a household can receive under...

      Social Security Benefits: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements he has made for sight-impaired clients of his Department to receive basic information including claims forms in a larger font...

      Work Capability Assessment: Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that all Atos medical assessment centres are equipped with recording devices so that people can have their assessment...

  • Defence

    • AgustaWestland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussion he has had with representatives of AgustaWestland on the contract to build Apache helicopters.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of coating the decks of the Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales aircraft carriers to allow for short take-off and landing of...

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force (i) committed and (ii) attempted suicide within (A) three, (B) five and...

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the written statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 20WS, on the Atomic Weapons Establishment, what the revenue and capital...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, columns 261-64, when his Department plans to publish a specific equipment programme.

      Defence Equipment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) SA90 self-propelled guns, (b) multi-rocket armoured vehicles, (c) Bates communication systems, (d) SA and IS mortars, (e) man portable...

      Defence Equipment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Bowman communication systems, (b) Clansman communication systems, (c) aviation computer systems and (d) A&I weapons systems of each...

      Defence Equipment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Challenger 2 combat tanks, (b) combat engineer tractors, (c) combat personnel vehicles and (d) multi-rocket armoured vehicles are...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he proposes that his Department's committed core equipment programme will include the Trident successor programme.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, columns 261-64, what the status is of the Seaseeker programme.

      Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of activities undertaken in connection with the Diamond Jubilee celebration.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential threat to national security of electromagnetic pulses.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to defend the UK from electromagnetic pulses.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the A400M aircraft's ability to land on rough airstrips.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy will continue to assist the Royal Gibraltar Police in policing British territorial waters around Gibraltar.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has decided on a replacement for the Harrier fighter aircraft.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his (a) US and (b) French counterparts on the decision to procure F35B aircraft.

      Military Aircraft: Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Australia, (b) New Zealand, (c) the US and (d) Canada on creating an interoperable...

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) assets and (b) personnel will be sent to Orland Main Air Station in Norway to participate in Unified Vision in 2012.

      Nuclear Weapons: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name and (b) date was of each nuclear weapons accident response exercise which (i) took place in 2011 and (ii) is scheduled for 2012.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources his Department is making available for security for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what the anticipated total savings will be from repealing those...

      Sea Wolf Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Sea Wolf Missile System will reach its out of service date; and what system is planned to replace it.

  • Health

    • Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has any plans to increase the level of provision of immunotherapy services through specialist allergy centres for people with severe...

    • Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females in each age group who have (i) food and (ii) inhalant allergies; and if he will...

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent (a) discussions he has had with, and (b) representations he has received from, the British Medical Association on the treatment of patients...

      Allergies: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collects on trends in the level of prescribed medication for the relief of hay fever; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of stay was of patients with each cancer type, following an emergency admission to hospital in (a) England and (b) each hospital...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to prevent cases of carbon monoxide poisoning.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Ministers in his Department authorised the decision in 2009 by the Care Quality Commission to abolish (a) its national investigation team, (b) its...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise the standard of inspections by the Care Quality Commission.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what improvements to patient care in dental practices have been made since the introduction of changes to Care Quality Commission registration.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has discussed advances on diabetes and blood critical care with representatives of Altnagelvin Hospital.

      Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people there were in England and Wales with SWAN syndrome in the last three years.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has had discussions with Queen's University Belfast on its research and testing programme and on making such drugs available.

      Fertility: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the safety of intracytoplasmic sperm injections for couples receiving fertility treatment.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to put in place a strategy to reduce calorie intake by the general public in restaurants, cafes and shops. [112210 ]...

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were admitted to hospital following an allergic reaction to food in each year since 2006; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require food manufacturers to label their foods more precisely in order to avoid serious allergic reactions; what regulation applies to such...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that GPs adopt a better working relationship with Government and ensure that the cheaper systems are operated in terms...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that access to homeopathic medicines is not restricted.

      Hospitals: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days of staff sickness absence there were in (a) foundation trust hospitals and (b) other NHS hospitals in England on average per employee in...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average hospital waiting time was for NHS patients in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK in each year...

      Liver Diseases: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to reduce the incidence of deaths from liver disease caused by excessive alcohol and obesity.

      Low Birth Weight Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of children born in each of the last 10 years had low birth weight in each (a) nation and (b) region.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of total expenditure on multiple sclerosis in (a) each primary care trust and (b) England in the last five years; (2) how...

      Neurology: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for patients with multiple sclerosis from first referral by a GP to an appointment with a neurological specialist in...

      NHS Trusts: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to NHS trusts on requirements for individuals engaged as a direct employee, a direct contractor or through an agency...

      NHS: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff have experienced (a) disciplinary action and (b) dismissal for incompetence in each year since 1997.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS doctors, (b) GPs, (c) NHS dentists and (d) NHS nurses were employed in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the north-east...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of salaries in the NHS for (a) medical staff and (b) non-medical staff in the latest period for which figures are available.

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of spending was on NHS services per head of population in the (a) Bexley primary care trust, (b) NHS Greenwich and (c) NHS West Kent area...

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) legal and (b) other costs of NHS property and estates transfers.

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any NHS property or other assets transferred from primary care trusts through property and estates transfers will be transferred out of public...

      Nutrition: School meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on nutritional standards for school meals in free schools; and if he will make a...

      Organs: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to check transplant organs for disease before a transplant takes place; and how many tests were carried out in the latest...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress the NHS has made in improving outcomes for patients with osteoporosis.

      Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future use of oxygen chambers in the health sector; and what information his Department holds on the price of purchasing and...

      Patients: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department next plans to review the guidance that it issues to NHS trusts; and if he will ensure that any such guidance deals with policy...

      Physiotherapy: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to work with the Department for Education to guarantee physiotherapy to pupils with physical and neurological...

      Prescription Drugs: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to make a decision on whether to undertake a one-off survey of medicine shortages; (2) what discussions he has had with external...

      Shellfish: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department operates a system of warnings on the health risks of eating shellfish from heavily polluted areas; and how many cases of poisoning...

      Social Security Benefits: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has recovered under the (a) Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 and (b) Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003...

      Strokes: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the introduction of the Pradaxa form of Dabigatran Etexilate Mesylate in place of the Warfrin form.

      Tuberculosis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with tuberculosis in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London in the last year for which figures are available.

      Whooping Cough: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with whooping cough in England and Wales in the last three years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Air Displays: Farnborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which countries have been invited by the Government to send delegates to the Farnborough International Airshow in 2012; which...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships are provided by (a) IT and (b) FM contractors to the civil service.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department provides for apprenticeships for people over the age of 30 years.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government have a single definition of an apprenticeship; and what the criteria are to meet that definition.

      Apprentices: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consultation he has had with employers' organisations on his plans to make access to and repayment of post-24 advanced...

      Apprentices: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Skills Funding Agency Guide to 24+ advanced learning loans, how he intends to ensure that employers will...

      Apprentices: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Skills Funding Agency Guide to 24+ advanced learning loans, what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Apprentices: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the National Apprenticeship Service on the future careers prospects of advanced learners who are...

      Apprentices: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many people (a) started and (b) completed apprenticeships in the areas currently covered by (i) City of York Council...

      Business: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what fines were imposed on businesses by the Competition Commission in each financial year since 2000-01.

      Business: Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the economic effect of Her Majesty the Queen's diamond jubilee on small businesses.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department expects to respond to the consultation on the Retail and Manufacturing Red Tape Challenge.

      Debts Written Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the future of the Doha round; and if he will make a statement.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of company directors or owners of small businesses who are aged under 30 years.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review the (a) operation of and (b) competition in the market for the supply of identity pictures for driving licences.

      Edge Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support he has provided to the Edge Foundation and its partners for VQ Day 2012.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer from the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change of 22 May 2012, Official Report, column 538W, on...

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what further reforms the Government are seeking in the European Single Market.

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he has taken to achieve the aim set out in his letter of 20 February 2012, signed jointly with other EU Heads of...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on ending gold-plating of EU legislation when it is transposed to UK law.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to increase exports to (a) Europe, (b) Asia, (c) North America, (d) South America, (e)...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent financial support his Department has made available through the Green Investment Bank for the Green Deal; and how...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department are allocated to work on (a) completing due diligence checks on designated course applications...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of applications for higher education course designation were approved by his Department in the latest period for...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK enrolled on (i) full-time and...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of applications received by universities from part-time...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on funding the automating manufacturing campaign; how much of the budget for the campaign in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter of 8 May 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Father P....

      Mutual Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department, its non-departmental...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many start-up companies his Department estimates began (a) nationally and (b) in North Swindon constituency in the last year...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many start-up companies his Department estimates failed (a) nationally and (b) in North Swindon constituency in the last year...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to start up businesses.

      Ofcom: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what fines were imposed on businesses by the regulator Ofcom in each financial year from 2000-01 to 2011-12.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through...

      Post Offices: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many operational post offices there were in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley in...

      Postcomm: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what fines were imposed on businesses by the former postal regulator Postcomm in each financial year from 2000-01 until its...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent his Department and its...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many successful bids there were to the Regional Growth Fund in rounds 1 and 2 in each region.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with ministerial colleagues on including European legislation in the quarterly statements on...

      Research: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential for allowing the recovery of research and development spend where that...

      Retail Trade: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will estimate the number of (a) shops and (b) jobs lost as a result of the closure of high street chains in the last...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether past experience of improving customer service is one of the selection criteria for the new head of the Student Loans Company.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department is commissioning the design and purchase of a computer system to administer 24+ Advanced Learning Loans...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to make resources available to National Careers Service advisers to inform learners aged under 24...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what eligibility there will be for 24+ learners to access Advanced Learning Loans for a qualification at the same level as...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what marketing budget will be made available to inform potential learners about the availability of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with the National Careers Service about the implications for take-up by learners aged 35...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consultation he has had with organisations representing post-24 learners with special educational needs about support to...

      Students: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate his Department has made of the average charge to be made by universities to sandwich students during their...

      Students: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department issues guidelines to universities on the services they should offer to university sandwich students during...

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the average number of hours worked by UK workers compared to workers in other EU countries.

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of workers worked (a) more and (b) less than the hours specified in the working time directive in...

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of the European working time directive on (a) family life and (b)...

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions have been brought under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006; and how many of those have resulted in a conviction.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals, including dependants, were in receipt of Section 95 asylum support in each of the past five years, broken down by age.

      Aviation: British Airways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to British Airways regarding maintaining the direct air link between Belfast City Airport and Heathrow Airport.

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 28 May (WA 96), whether they will extrapolate and accumulate (1) the amounts that have been repaid to 31 March...

      Energy: Petrol Retailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the percentage share of fuel sold to motorists by supermarkets on the petrol retail industry as a whole. To ask Her...

      Finance: Gilts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the impact of the purchase by the Bank of England of gilt-edged securities as part of its quantitative easing programme on the size of the national debt.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any recent reassessment of the safety of vaccines administered to service personnel deployed in the first Gulf War; and whether they are...

      Health: In-vitro Diagnostic Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which regulatory authority in the United Kingdom has the authority and responsibility for pre-market evaluation and approval of Lyme borreliosis test kits; and, if...

      House of Lords: Media

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether there are proposals to place restrictions on members of the media who ask the House of Lords for information on more than 12 occasions a week; whether...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to give effect to the Court of Appeal's recommendation, in its judgment in Lamichhane v Secretary of State for the Home Department on 7 March, on...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will revise the UK Border Agency's Enforcement Instructions and Guidance to ensure that decisions to initiate and maintain detention include an...

      Nuclear Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the adequacy of the current regime for insuring nuclear risk in the United Kingdom in maintaining a fair market, especially for new...

      Olympic Games 2012: Torch

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the Metropolitan Police's involvement in the journey of the Olympic torch around the United Kingdom in 2012; and from what budget provision...

      Ports: Liverpool Cruise Terminal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which budgets the £8.8 million grant repayment by Liverpool City Council in assuaging competition concerns to turnaround cruise operations at the City of...

      Prisoners: Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Armenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Russia and the United Kingdom automatically deprive all convicted prisoners serving prison sentences of the...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the Procedure Committee's recommendation to the House that Questions for Written Answer be restricted to 12 per Member each week took into account the...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether, at the request of a Member, a Question asked of a government department in letter form by a Member, together with its Answer, can be printed in the...

      Roads: Traffic Signs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will change the guidance on signage about parking for blue badge holders in red route parking bays to make such signs more easily understood from a...

      Transport: Fuel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety procedures for the transportation of petrol around the United Kingdom.

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