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Written answers

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

  • Prime Minister

    • Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will visit HM Naval Base Clyde in order to assess its contribution to UK defence capabilities.

    • Low Associates

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has held discussions with the Secretary for State for Health about any potential conflict of interest arising from the Secretary of State's connection with...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Alternative Vote

      To ask the honourable Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the costs were of the national referendum on the alternative vote, broken...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes there were at the end of each year from 1979 to 1997.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the net change in the total number of affordable housing dwellings in England, including demolitions,...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of revenue from business rates in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13 in each local authority area; and if he...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his recommended measure is of private-sector rent levels. [R]

      Procurement

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce the number of animals killed on the roads (a) where roads cross lines of animal migration...

    • Batteries: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many household batteries are recycled every year; and what assessment she has made of the effect on the environment of...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the overall cost to the economy of flooding in April and May 2012; (2) what estimate she...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes were (a) at risk of flooding and (b) flooded in June 2012.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff working for her Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through...

      Sharks: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the sale of shark fin soup.

  • Justice

    • Community Orders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effect of community penalties on future reoffending rates.

    • Data Protection: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department plans to publish its response to the EC Data Protection Proposals published on 25 January 2012.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether probation trusts will be allowed to compete for the electronic monitoring of offenders in the future.

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has (a) made and (b) published of the effectiveness of EU Council Framework Decision 2009/299/JHA in improving mutual...

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to clause 2 of the Justice and Security Bill [Lords], if he will publish the Memorandum of Understanding setting out the intelligence and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 5 April 2012 regarding a constituent, Mr Williamson.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on how many occasions an employee working for a probation trust or area has applied for and been given a post in the National Offender Management...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the National Offender Management Service has published advertisements inviting people from probation areas or trust to apply for...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions people working in the National Offender Management Service who were seconded from the probation service have transferred directly...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what criteria are applied by the National Offender Management Service when seeking to transfer a seconded probation member of staff to the civil...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders released on licence absconded after breaching their licence conditions in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the proportion of prisoners that have dietary disorders; and if he will conduct an analysis of the incidence of such disorders among...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice by what mechanism introducing competitive tendering for the supervision of low-risk offenders will result in greater effectiveness.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average duration was for which an offender managed under (a) level 2 and (b) level 3 multi-agency public protection arrangements remained...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 to small...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what estimate he has made of the saving to those affected in...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of having local victim and witness services organised and funded through police and crime...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of imprisoning a young offender in the latest year for which figures are available.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of theatres and arts venues that ceased trading in the Greater London area in 2011.

    • Arts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of music venues that have ceased trading in the Greater London area in 2011. [R]

      Arts: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) theatres, (b) arts venues and (c) music venues that have ceased trading in the...

      Film and Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of foreign exchange earnings from the UK film and television...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with those responsible for establishing the 4G mobile network in the South West on the potential...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government on the harmonisation of...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the (a) highest, (b) median, (c) median full-time equivalent and (d) lowest full-time equivalent salary was paid by (i)...

      Sports Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential effect on (a) sports and (b) the...

  • Scotland

    • Scottish Independence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Scottish representation on the Monetary Policy Committee in the event of Scottish...

    • Scottish Government: Tax Raising Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the transfer of tax raising power to the Scottish Government as part of the implementation of...

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to lower the cost of living in Scotland.

      Scottish Agricultural Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect on the agricultural industry in Scotland of recent progress on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

  • Transport

    • Atos

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

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on proposals from the European Commission to increase the ratio of biofuels.

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress her Department has made with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the coastal risk assessments required by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 16 April 2012, Official Report, column 53W, on aviation, if she will publish her Department's analysis on whether air...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements her Department has made with the Maritime Coastguard Agency to implement the final report on the Red Tape Challenge submitted to the...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests were made to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for details of registered keepers of vehicles in each of the last three years;...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what criteria the DVLA will release details of registered keepers of vehicles.

      Private Hire Vehicles: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to promote competition in the private hire industry in London.

      Railways: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding the Greater Anglia franchise has received in cross-subsidies from other franchises in each year since 2004-05.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the cost was to (a) her Department and (b) Network Rail of administering Schedule 8 payments as part of the delay attribution process in the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been (a) received and (b) paid out by Network Rail in Schedule 8 payments as part of the delay attribution process in the rail sector in...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Ministers from her Department attended the Posidonia international shipping conference in Athens from 8 to 12 June 2012; what the cost to the...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials from (a) her Department and (b) the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) attended the Posidonia international shipping conference in...

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has held with the European Maritime Safety Agency, and what work it has conducted with that Agency, to co-ordinate oil...

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has liaised with the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Action Group on her Department's decision to allow ship-to-ship transfers...

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she or officials in her Department have had with (a) maritime industry bodies and (b) foreign Governments about the Oil Spill...

      Tugboats: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent from the public purse on emergency towing vessels in the waters around Scotland in each year since 2005.

      Tugboats: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent from the public purse on temporary emergency towing vessel contracts in each month since withdrawal of funding for permanent cover.

  • Education

    • 16-19 Bursary Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the 16 to 19 Bursary Scheme on the number of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds remaining in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what estimate he has made of the saving to those...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Health Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff working in his Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package.

    • Low Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has received any representations from Low Associates since May 2010.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 290W, on occupational pensions, what steps his Department has taken to seek the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on pensioners of the phasing out of payment of the state pension by cheque.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to prevent fraudulent claims via online access to universal credit.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was invested in enterprises in (a) the area currently covered by City of York Council and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber...

    • Business: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department provides to entrepreneurs aged 16 and 17 years old.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what official meetings Adrian Beecroft had as part of his review of employment law.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the role of the agency worker industry in (a) tackling unemployment, (b) promoting job...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what grants have been allocated through the Regional Growth Fund to organisations in Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire,...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Regional Growth Fund bids have been negotiated and agreed in each region to date; and what the monetary value is of...

  • Health

    • Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid by his Department to Action on Smoking and Health in 2011-12; and how much his Department has allocated in 2012-13.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children between the ages of (a) 12 and 14, (b) 14 and 16 and (c) 16 and 18 living in (i) Medway unitary authority, (ii) Tonbridge and Malling...

      Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure that guidelines on identifying the signs and symptoms of brain tumours and on referral of patients for assessment...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Commissioning Outcomes Framework, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on cancer survival rates of the...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how and by whom he proposes that the NHS Commissioning Board will be held to account for the commissioning of specialist cancer services.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority on how the National Cancer Patient Experience...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the letters from his Department of 25 January and 18 April 2012, what reports he has received of local authorities negotiating with care...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of NHS dentists correcting substandard work by dentists trained overseas given temporary...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce specified levels of commissioning for diabetes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have had funding withdrawn, wholly or partially, for (a) integrated diabetes networks and (b) specialist diabetes carers; and...

      Diabetes: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Leicestershire Primary Care Trust spent on renal failure in diabetics in (a) 2002, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012 to date.

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage re-use of mobility equipment that is no longer required by the original user.

      Drugs and Alcoholic Drinks: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ex-armed forces personnel in England are diagnosed with (a) drug dependency, (b) alcohol dependency and (c) both drug and alcohol dependency; and...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department will take to encourage food companies to adopt the front of pack nutrition labelling scheme his Department recommends; (2)...

      Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients have been diagnosed with chromosome 22 deficiency in each primary care trust area in each of the last 10 years; (2) what...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if his Department will publish details of the locations where the NHS health checks have been carried out; (2) what steps he is taking in respect...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age was of heart attack victims in each of the last 10 years.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with cardio- vascular disease (a) nationally and (b) in North Swindon constituency in the last year for which figures are...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people his Department estimates suffered a heart attack (a) nationally and (b) in North Swindon constituency in the last year for which figures...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has considered making homoeopathic treatments available on the NHS.

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent consideration his Department has given to the provision of long-term strategic direction and leadership for kidney transplant services over...

      Mental Health Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department made of the effectiveness of the provisions of the Mental Health Act 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of changes to the level of public funding to address health inequalities since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people employed in the NHS are earning more than £100,000 per annum.

      Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the original timetable for putting an interim team from the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in place in the North Cumbria University...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK have been diagnosed with obesity in...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to address the cost to the NHS of missed appointments.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are measures in place to ensure that the Patient Advice Liaison Service gives NHS users a choice of hospital clinic.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what systems are in place to support an NHS user who has not been given a choice of hospital clinic by their GP and the Patient Advice Liaison...

      Public Sector: Pay

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

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ex-armed forces personnel living in Wales have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder in each of the last 10 years; and if he will...

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ex-armed forces personnel living in England were diagnosed with (a) post traumatic stress disorder and (b) complex post traumatic stress disorder...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what estimate he has made of the saving to those affected in...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the European Commission's proposal to revise regulations on health claims in respect of added sodium and salt; and if he will make a...

      Speech and Language Disorders: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many young offenders there were in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion of such offenders had speech or...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the Transitional Steering Group for Organ Transplantation has made towards its objectives.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Government's Positive for Youth document and new approach to cross-governmental policy for 13 to 19 year olds, what steps he is...

    • Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving members of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force (i) committed and (ii) attempted suicide in each year since 1992.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 1, on new equipment expenditure, which lost and stolen items listed between May 2010...

      External Reference Group for the Service Personnel Command Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the External Reference Group.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the level of (a) procurement and (b) other fraud affecting his Department's spending in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether sea trials of the F35b aircraft will involve both Royal Navy and RAF pilots.

      Medals: Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many campaign medals were awarded to Territorial Army (a) officers and (b) other ranks in each of the last five years.

      Parliamentary Armed Forces Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the public have communicated with his Department about the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme since May 2010; how many such people...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the Territorial Army numbers in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England were in the latest period for which figures are...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel are serving in each regiment; how many such personnel are required by each regiment; and how many such personnel will...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on education and training in each of the last five years; and how much of that amount was spent on training for specific...

      Veterans: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with employers on tackling discrimination against veterans in the workplace.

      War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what places will be provided for Bomber Command veterans at the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park on 28 June 2012.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have committed money for the Afghan National Security Force from 2014; and for how many years they have pledged...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department expects the $4.1 billion a year which is estimated to be required to maintain a permanent 230,000-strong...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the (a) likely size of the Afghan National Security Forces in 2014 and (b) amount of...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether British forces remaining in Afghanistan after 2014 will be covered by the status of forces agreement to be signed...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the extent of the threat from terrorism from Afghanistan after 2014; and if he will...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether any British forces operating in Afghanistan to combat terrorism after 2014 will be part of a NATO command and...

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the closing of the supply lines between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Pakistan authorities on the re-opening of the supply lines between Pakistan and...

      Anti-Semitism: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports he has received of anti-Semitism at football matches in (a) Poland and (b) Ukraine since January 2012; what...

      Diplomatic Service: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 18 April 2012, Official Report, column 376W, on diplomatic service: official cars, what other...

      Diplomatic Service: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 18 April 2012, Official Report, column 3763W, on diplomatic service: official cars, what other...

      Environment Protection: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the talks which were agreed during the Prime Minister's meeting with the Prime Minister of Mauritius on 8 June 2012, will...

      Euro 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with representatives of UEFA and the authorities in the host countries of the Euro 2012 Championships...

      Euro 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provision for consular support his Department will make for fans in Ukraine and Poland going to Euro 2012.

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on anti-Semitism in France since March 2012; what discussions he has had with the Government of...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of efforts to resettle internally displaced persons in Kosovo.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Kosovan Government on the treatment of ethnic Serbs in Kosovo.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had with the US on the provision of a food aid package for North Korea in return for stops...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the extent of the threat from terrorism from Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK-funded, EU-funded and UN-funded non-governmental organisations in the...

      Regulation

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

      Sovereignty: Scotland

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

      Sri Lanka

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

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received representations from the Sri Lankan high commissioner on the appointment of the country's defence...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure has been incurred in supporting Syrian opposition groups; what supplies or funds have been provided; and to...

  • Treasury

    • Government Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average yield on gilt issuance was in the six months up to (a) 14 October 2011, (b) 30 January 2012 and (c) 28 March 2012.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Secretary to the Treasury plans to respond to the letter of 18 April 2012 from the hon. Member for Weaver Vale on behalf of Ms Joanne Charles.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appointments with a salary over £142,000 he has (a) approved and (b) rejected since May 2010.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reward good saving habits; and if he will make a statement.

      WorldSpreads

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has had discussions on the delivery of compensation for customers of WorldSpreads if their money is not returned.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Recruitment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent his Office used name-blank CVs or the blind sift function on...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make it his policy to establish a separate objective in respect of gender equality in the replacement framework for the...

    • Public Sector: Pay

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

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what estimate he has made of the saving to...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

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

  • Home Department

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were extradited to the UK under a European arrest warrant in 2011-12; and from which EU member states they were extradited.

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) people and (b) UK nationals were extradited from the UK under a European arrest warrant in 2011-12; and to which EU member...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for the surrender of an individual under a European arrest warrant were received by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency legacy cases were completed in each of the last five years.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers have been convicted for (a) drink driving and (b) driving under the influence of illegal drugs in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK's recent signing of a declaration on drug policy with Russia, Sweden, Italy and the US signals a change in UK drugs policy on...

      Heathrow Airport: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have arrived or departed from the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency overstayers her Department estimates are in the UK.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were detained for further questioning by the UK Border Agency at UK borders on 10 May (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department of the UK Border Agency applications that were refused a right to remain, what proportion her Department estimates left the UK in the last...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 77W, on immigration controls, which airport terminals are equipped with...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to control immigration.

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which staff of other Government Departments and from other sections of her Department were recruited to fill the posts left vacant by staff...

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was of providing cover for staff in her Department who were on strike on 10 May 2012.

      Offences against Children: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces have investigated allegations of child sexual abuse overseas by British sex offenders in the last five years.

      Offences against Children: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has any plans to increase the resources to police forces to undertake international investigations into child sexual...

      Offences against Children: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to allow police forces to share good practice in the investigation of child sexual abuse abroad by British sex...

      Public Sector: Pay

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she is taking steps to reduce the number of police vehicles attending incidents containing only one officer each; (2) whether...

      Police: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been taken to an employment tribunal by police staff in each of the last three years; and how many of these cases were...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will discuss with the Chief Constable of Essex Police measures to improve efficiency in the use of police helicopters through (a)...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the document entitled Police Pension Scheme and New Police Pension Scheme in England and Wales,...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many regulations her Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what estimate she has made of the saving to those...

      Restraint Techniques: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether control and restraint against pregnant women during attempts to forcibly remove them from the UK to ensure their compliance is permitted.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the (1) Home Department what correspondence (a) she, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in her Department have had with the Scottish Government on the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding the (a) Community First and (b) Community Organisers programmes received from (i) his Department and (ii) the Big Lottery Fund in...

    • Deaths

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many child deaths due to malnutrition there have been in each (a) socio-economic, (b) ethnic and (c) gender group in each of the last 10...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he plans to provide information to the public on the threat to national security posed by electromagnetic pulses.

      Empty Property: Birmingham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the amount of available office space in empty Government buildings in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency and (b) the...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2012, Official Report, column 1057W, on Government Departments: pay, for what reason the chief executive of the...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much he has allocated for the Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme; how much the Big Lottery Fund has set aside for similar programmes; and...

      Leonard Cheshire Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he last had discussions with Leonard Cheshire Disability on (a) capital investment programmes and (b) outstanding disputes with suppliers and...

      Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and...

      Public Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Government Departments have implemented the proposal in his Department's Open Public Services White Paper that important data about public...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent his Department and its non-departmental public...

      Self-employed: Ayrshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are registered as self-employed in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coryton Oil Refinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the letter from the Minister of State for Energy of 11 June 2012, on Coryton Refinery, on what date administrators...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister of 11 April 2012 on energy bills, when he plans to make an assessment...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister of 11 April on energy bills, whether the annual communication...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister of 11 April 2012 on energy bills, whether he has agreed a definition...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister of 11 April 2012 on energy bills, when he will make an assessment of...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce levels of fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of fuel poverty in Brighton, Kemptown constituency.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which energy companies have indicated to him that they will be part of the Green Deal charge mechanism by (a) October 2012 and (b)...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the likely cost of producing a unit of each form of renewable energy in (a) 2012, (b) 2015 and...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department recommends that contractors use a particular type of cavity wall insulation when undertaking work under the Warm...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish the minutes of the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force meetings of 8 and 15 May 2012.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish the final report of the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the amount of time onshore and offshore wind turbines were not operational in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the promotion of wind power on the certainty of income for...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of wind energy infrastructure manufactured in Britain.

      Wind Power: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely returns on onshore wind farm investment in each of the next five years.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to enlist the support of countries adjacent to Afghanistan to promote solutions within that country which accord with those countries'...

    • Afghanistan: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Afghanistan regarding the implementation in areas they control of the law on elimination of violence...

      Afghanistan: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the estimate by Human Rights Watch in their report I Had To Run Away that in January 2012 there were approximately 400 women and girls...

      Arms Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the latest draft of the proposed arms control treaty.

      Aviation: London Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passengers flew from each London airport in each year since 2007.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any talks agreed by the United Kingdom Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of Mauritius at their meeting on 8 June will cover the return of the...

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to allow charities whose income does not exceed £5,000 per annum to register with the Charity Commission.

      EU: Generalised Tariff Preferences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the proposed European Union scheme of "generalised tariff preferences".

      Food: Salt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to continue the Food Standards Agency's salt reduction programme beyond 2012.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much assistance they provide to the people of Gaza (1) through humanitarian assistance, and (2) through any relevant budget lines of the Palestinian Authority.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the blockade of Gaza has impeded their efforts to provide assistance to the people of Gaza.

      Government: Armed Contractors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to decide whether to employ private armed contractors to protect government officials when travelling to hostile environments overseas,...

      Health: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many men have been tested by the National Health Service abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme; and what have been the results of this programme.

      HMS "Caroline"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of HMS "Caroline", at present moored in Belfast harbour.

      India and Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have proposals for encouraging detente between India and Pakistan.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 28 May (WA 113), when the European Union will decide whether to implement the ban on protection and...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 28 May (WA 113), what advice they have given to ship owners planning to carry Iranian oil from July...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of Iran's nuclear programme.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations regarding the continued export of weapons from Iran to Syria.

      Local Authorities: Public Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they plan to make to the survey published on 9 June by the Association of Directors of Public Health on the transition of public health to local...

      Local Authorities: Public Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many directors of public health do not intend to transfer to the employment of local authorities.

      Local Authorities: Public Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff of NHS public health departments will not be transferred to the employment of local authorities.

      London Underground: Line Extensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received on the provision of central government funding for the extension of the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant and Castle.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what work has been undertaken by the Department for International Development in planning for a successor framework to the millennium development goals.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for ensuring that the views of those living in poverty and inequality are included in any successor framework to the millennium development goals.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that sufficient priority is given to gender equality within any successor framework to the millennium development goals.

      NHS: Mergers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 11 June (WA 153), whether the Office of Fair Trading is examining the proposed mergers of NHS Foundation Trusts in...

      NHS: Monitoring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the King's Fund monitoring report for the first quarter of 2011-12.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which 10 non- governmental organisations, consultancies and contractors have been the top recipients of United Kingdom aid in each year since 1997.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they provide in project aid and programme aid; and what percentage this represents of the United Kingdom's overall aid budget.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many recommendations from the Independent Commission on Aid Impact the Department for International Development (1) has implemented, and (2) is in the process...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what initiatives they are taking within the Commonwealth to promote full civilian control over Pakistan's military and intelligence forces.

      Pitcairn Island

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what terms the contract has been placed with a supplier to market the Pitcairn internet domain, ".pn".

      Pitcairn Island

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to detail the terms on which they have let the contract to enable the MV "Claymore II" to provide shipping services to Pitcairn.

      Railways: Gatwick Express

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the operators of the Gatwick Express about improving its reliability, cleanliness, punctuality and customer service in time for...

      Refugee Camps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether and in what ways they are supporting vocational training and tertiary education for refugees living in camps throughout the world, pending their eventual...

      Robert Mugabe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation regarding their promotion of Robert Mugabe as a "leader for tourism".

      Schools: Gypsy, Roma and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the inclusion of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils within the Ofsted evaluation schedule for the inspection of maintained schools and academies as...

      Schools: Sanitary Bins

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of sanitary bins in primary schools for use by older girls.

      Schools: Sanitary Bins

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new school premises regulations will include provisions to ensure that toilet facilities used by girls over the age of eight will be deemed to be...

      Schools: Toilets and Washing Facilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new school premises regulations will include provisions to ensure that suitable washing facilities are defined as those that provide soap and drying...

      Schools: Toilets and Washing Facilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new school premises regulations will include provisions to ensure that suitable toilet facilities are defined as those that provide cubicles with...

      Schools: Toilets and Washing Facilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new school premises regulations will include a ratio to clarify what constitutes a suitable number of toilets and washbasins for schools to provide for...

      Security: Private Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have regarding the regulation of UK-registered and UK-based private military and security companies.

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of the meeting in Istanbul on 1 June which the Foreign Secretary attended in connection with the review of developments in Somalia.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what sources of European Union funding are now available to South Sudan for (1) humanitarian work, and (2) development; and when those funds will be disbursed.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the Government of Sudan to close down the development and aid projects of seven international non-governmental...

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