Written answers

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

  • Wales

    • Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what progress has been made toward the extension of mobile telephone coverage on the A470(T); and what the anticipated timetable is for delivery; (2)...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many first-class flights paid for from the public purse Ministers in her Department have taken since May 2010.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of invoices her Department has paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made on making Cardiff a super-connected broadband city; and what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on this proposal.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps she is taking to support the efforts of (a) Swansea and (b) Newport to become a super-connected city.

      Business Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when she next expects to update her Department's business plan.

      Cabinet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what bilateral meetings she has had with each of her Cabinet colleagues in the last 12 months.

      Disposable Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate she has made of the change in the level of disposable income in households in Wales since May 2010.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment she has made of the rate of economic growth in Wales.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much of the 0.8 per cent growth forecast she expects to come from Wales.

      Job Creation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many private sector jobs have been created in Wales since May 2010; and in which areas.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which events she plans to attend in the London 2012 Olympics in her official role.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what assessment she has made of any link between levels of spending on policing in Wales and the number of front-line police officers in Wales; (2)...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effects of the Government's welfare policies on the level of child poverty in Wales since May 2010.

      Redundancy: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many public sector job losses there have been in Wales since May 2010.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate she has made of the change in the level of welfare spending in Wales up to 2015.

      Tax Allowances: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many pensioners in Wales will be affected by the freezing of age-related allowances announced in Budget 2012; (2) what the average monetary...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment she has made of progress towards the objective in her Department's Business Plan to help develop and communicate the Government's...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the change has been in the amount paid in unemployment benefits in Wales since May 2010.

      VAT: Caravans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effect on the Welsh economy of the decision to impose five per cent VAT on static caravan holidays.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the Resolution on Highly Migratory Cetaceans and Ocean Governance introduced by Monaco at the 2012...

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the UK contributed to the common agricultural policy in the most recent month for which figures are available.

      Fish Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fish farms were set up in each of the last five years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish a statement of her Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps her Department...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect on (a) the wood market, (b) the wood panel industry and (c) other wood...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the adoption by the UK of European Aviation Safety Agency flight time limitations without the incorporation of (a) a 30 minute...

    • Gatwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information her Department holds on the average seat occupancy rate on flights (a) departing from and (b) arriving at Gatwick in the latest period...

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the M62 between Hull and Leeds is going to be devoid of lane closures and roadworks; and if she will make a statement.

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are any plans to install motorway lighting on the M62; and if she will make a statement.

      Operation StepChange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2012, Official Report, column 785W, on Operation StepChange, how much her Department has spent on video production,...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many private sector call centre staff were used by her Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial years; and at what cost to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the devolution of powers in relation to corporation tax; and if he...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the devolution of powers in relation to corporation tax; and if he will make...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) publications, (b) consultation documents and (c) circulars have been issued by his Department since May 2010; and what the title...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on incentives to (a) build and (b) sustain new combined heat and power (CHP) plants of the...

    • EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on exemptions for industries participating in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from liability for payments under the...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he plans to make to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the protection of industries currently subject to both the...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the prospects for LED lighting as a means of reducing (a) energy consumption and (b) household bills.

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) refining capacity of UK oil refineries and (b) minimum number of refineries...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the comparative regulatory burdens on the UK oil refining industry in (a) the UK, (b) India...

      Warm Front Scheme: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess how his Winter Warmth Appeal announced in February 2012 has helped raise awareness of the Warm Front scheme amongst...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many establishments regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 use (a) old world monkeys, (b) dogs, (c) old world...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many project licences under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 use (a) old world monkeys, (b) dogs, (c) old world monkeys in...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information on the implementation by the UK of the Council Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant and surrender procedures...

      Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2012, Official Report, column 862W, on Atos, what the value was of each contract between her Department and...

      Crime: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) burglary offences, (b) robbery offences, (c) violence against the person offences, (d)...

      Drinking Banning Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drinking banning orders on (a) application and (b) conviction were issued in (i) England and Wales, (ii) Nottinghamshire and (iii)...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new psychotic substances are being monitored by her Department's Forensic Early Warning System.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to undertake a statistical analysis to establish the effectiveness of the 2010 Drugs Strategy in (a) reducing...

      Electronic Surveillance: Admissibility of Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Attorney-General on the use of intercept evidence; and if she will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether for the purposes of the UK Border Agency visa requirements an Israeli citizen resident in an Israeli settlement in the occupied...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the refusal of Tier 4 visas owing to the applicant not meeting the English language standards, in...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information her Department holds on the number of UK nationals who have their personal data held by Europol; (2) what steps her...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes to the UK-US extradition regime resulted from the entry into force of the Agreement on extradition between the European Union...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish her response to the Baker Review of the UK-US extradition treaty.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the early results from the e-borders system on the (a) nationality and (b) entry route of those identified as...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she intends to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 21 May 2012 with regard to Mr M. Awan; (2)...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 67W, on proceeds of crime, (1) whether the sums awarded to her Department...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 67W, on proceeds of crime, how much each Department covered by the amount paid...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 67W, on proceeds of crime, who decides how much money is allocated to the...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations her Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Tim Larkin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the implementation of an exclusion order against US citizen Tim Larkin; and if she will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on improving the proportion of cancer patients who begin treatment within 62...

    • Carers: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were registered as carers in (a) Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency and (b) Birmingham in each of the last five years.

      Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made any changes to the NHS guidelines for cataract procedures since 2010; and whether he plans to make any changes in the next two years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of his Department's budget was allocated to research into dementia in each of the last two years; (2) what recent progress has been made...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to improve early diagnosis for dementia; (2) what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the early signs of dementia.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives he plans to offer to health and well-being boards to fund drug prevention programmes aimed at young people.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to campaigns highlighting (a) men's and (b) women's health issues in each of the last 10 years.

      Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who will be diagnosed with heart disease before the age of 75 in each of the...

      Heart Disease: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of men diagnosed with heart disease in (a) England and (b) Leeds Primary Care Trust area in each of...

      Hospital Beds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the number of NHS beds in the South London Healthcare NHS Trust area in each year since 2005.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being in his Department.

      Dementia: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the number of people diagnosed with (a) dementia and (b) Alzheimer's who were...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what savings were made within the NHS under the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention challenge in 2011-12; under what budget headings; and how...

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to ensure the smooth transfer of ownership of NHS properties previously owned by primary care trusts on 31 March 2013; what transfer measures...

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used in determining the need for a National Clinical Director post to be (a) set up and (b) discontinued; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative assessment he has made of rates of childhood obesity in the UK and other European countries.

      Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place to ensure that body scanners are available for the post mortem of the bodies of Muslims and people of other religions where...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private sector call centre staff were used by his Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial years; and at what cost to the...

      United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the impact of 18 week targets on survival rates at secondary care facilities operated by United Lincolnshire...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the high commissioner for Bangladesh on the disappearance of Mr M Ilias Ali.

    • Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made in appointing a new Special Representative for Climate Change; when he expects to make such an...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to maintain security at crossing points on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being in his Department.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2012, Official Report, column 419W, on Western Sahara, whether UK nationals in the part of...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2012, Official Report, column 419W, on Western Sahara, with which parties his Department has...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the proposed change to levying air passenger duty on a per plane rather than per passenger basis.

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regulation protecting consumers from systems errors affecting online bank accounts.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of (a) businesses and (b) small and medium-sized businesses in (i) Witham constituency and (ii) Essex which have...

      Company Cars: Capital Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what impact assessment of the UK's low and zero-emission vehicle manufacturing sector he conducted prior to the announcement in Budget 2012 that...

      Equitable Life: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 74W, on Equitable Life, how many updates (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special...

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on current account transactions for goods and services as (a) imports and (b) exports between each EU member state and...

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from the electronic gaming machine industry on his announcement on the rate of machine games duty.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to lower the rate of machine games duty in the event that it generates more revenue than the revenue-neutral estimate.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will lower the rate of machine games duty to 18%.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider postponing the implementation of machine games duty until 2014 to ensure that the rate is revenue-neutral.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the rate of machine games duty on jobs in the gaming machine industry in the next five years; and if he will...

      Felixstowe Learning Trust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Treasury Solicitor to direct the registration of land formerly owned by Felixstowe Learning Trust to Suffolk county council.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to implement a fuel price stabiliser.

      Health Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff working in his Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the economic multiplier effect of (a) public and (b) private investment in house building.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Strangford constituency pay tax at (a) 20%, (b) 40% and (c) 50%.

      Leveson Inquiry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of all documents, emails and text messages he submitted to the Leveson inquiry. [R]

      Mental Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being within his Department.

      Libor

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the need for a Competition Commission inquiry into the routine procedures for setting LIBOR.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) make, (b) model and (c) network provider was of each mobile telephone device he has been officially issued with in chronological order since...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) telephone calls and (b) text messages he received to mobile telephone devices officially issued to him in each month since May 2010.

      National Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many loans have been (a) offered and (b) taken up by businesses under the National Loan Guarantee Scheme since its launch.

      National Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many loans he expects to be made under the National Loan Guarantee Scheme during financial year (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; and what the total expected...

      Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on current account transactions for goods and services as (a) imports and (b) exports between each Commonwealth member...

      Regional Pay

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

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether savings made in his Department's Reserve are included in the HM Treasury departmental underspend; (2) whether his Department's Reserve is...

      Rebekah Brooks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from how many different telephone numbers he has received text messages from Rebekah Brooks since May 2010. [R]

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Energy and Climate Change on measures to reduce the cost of subsidising biomass through the...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many private sector call centre staff were used by his Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial years; and at what cost to the...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) consumer demand and (b) food manufacturers of his proposals for VAT on hot takeaway food; and...

      World War I: Centenary

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to produce coins to commemorate the centenary of the First World War between 2014 to 2018; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's total spend on famine relief is for the latest period for which figures are available.

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on increasing co-ordination between member states on international development policy.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent in each (a) programme and (b) country on wealth creation in the latest period for which figures are...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has commissioned in each of the last five years; from which organisation each piece of research was...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on academic research in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the extent of support given by the EU to alleviate the food crisis in the Sahel; whether he...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department plans to provide to the charity Hand in Hands for Syria.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who will cease receiving contributory employment and support allowance as a result of...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 218W, on employment and support allowance, how many full-time equivalent staff...

      Employment and Support Allowance: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment and support allowance claimants resident in East Lothian constituency were placed in the (a) work-related activity group...

      Employment and Support Allowance: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those previously on incapacity benefit in East Lothian constituency who have been reassessed for employment and support...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time was for examination of claimants of employment and support allowance in (a) East Lothian constituency and (b)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average caseload is per caseworker for each of the prime Work programme contractors in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of incapacity benefit chose to cease claiming that benefit rather than be retested in the last year for which figures are...

      Income Support: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of single parents claiming income support in East Lothian constituency.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged between 18 and 24 years in Vale of Clwyd constituency had been claiming jobseeker’s allowance for 12 months or more...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to granting access to maternity leave to any mother whose child was born to a surrogate mother because of an...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 16 April 2012 with regard to Novlyn McFarquhar.

      Regional Pay

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

      Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many British nationals living in another EU member state were in receipt of a UK retirement pension, by member state, in each of the last...

      Social Security Benefits: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Birmingham, Ladywood constituency were in receipt of benefits amounting to more than those allowable under the benefit...

      Social Security Benefits: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of families who will move home in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, (b) Tower Hamlets...

      Social Security Benefits: Polygamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what effect he expects the Welfare Reform Act 2012 will have on members of polygamous relationships claiming benefits.

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in benefits would have been paid out to people who were suspended for failing to attend a job interview in Coatbridge, Chryston and...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people had their benefit suspended for failing to attend a job interview in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency in each...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) East Lothian constituency and (b) Scotland will have their benefits reduced as a result of the introduction of the...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many private sector call centre staff were used by his Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial years; and at what...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to help unemployed 18 to 24 year olds find work.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures his Department is taking to ensure that schools located near to academies are not disadvantaged by the capital funding arrangements for...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of secondary schools in each local authority area are academies.

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what process must be followed by an existing academy wishing to extend its age range; and whether an academy could extend its age range beyond the age...

      Academies: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ask officials in his Department to notify (a) the relevant local education authority and (b) the hon. Member for the relevant constituency...

      Apprentices: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of apprentices in the north-east are aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 years.

      Drugs: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the total cost to the public purse has been of the re-launch of the FRANK website; (2) how many (a) unique and (b) total visitors there...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effect of public examinations on educational achievement in Lincolnshire.

      Education: Yorkshire and Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in state education in (a) York and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber passed (i) key stage 1 SATS, (ii) key stage 2 SATS and...

      Food Technology: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many four to eleven year-olds received a minimum of 24 hours of practical cooking lessons per key stage in each of the last five years.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were eligible for free school meals in each of the last five years.

      Further and Higher Education Act 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether section 33J of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 is in force; and to which sixth form colleges that section applies.

      Further Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of full-time Ofsted inspectors who inspect further education or sixth form colleges have worked as a principal or deputy principal in a...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost was of the education of final year students who obtained mathematics and English GCSE at Grade D or below in the most recent academic...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the written statement of 24 May 2012, Official Report, column 82WS, on school funding, whether his Department has calculated how much...

      Human Rights: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the answer of 25 April 2012, Official Report, columns 929-30W, on human rights: children, what contribution his Department is making...

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what meetings and events representatives of the New Schools Network have attended at his Department in the last year; and what the subject was of each...

      Nurseries: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether a nursery can achieve the early learning goals successfully without access to computers or screen technology.

      Primary Education: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many vacant primary school places there were in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Primary Education: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many primary schools in England do not teach any languages; and how many children are taught in those schools.

      Independent Schools: Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils at independent schools received education maintenance allowance in 2010-11.

      Independent Schools: Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils at independent schools have received education maintenance allowance since its introduction.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many decisions by head teachers to permanently exclude pupils were overturned by appeals panels in each year since 1997; (2) how many pupils...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many incidents of bullying relating to obesity were recorded in schools in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education by how much he has reduced the length of official guidance for schools for each area of guidance.

      Schools: Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many hours of (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) biology, (d) chemistry, (e) physics, (f) other science, (g) history, (h) geography, (i) French, (j)...

      Schools: Food Growing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the number of schools with a food growing space in each of the last five years.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Sixth Form Colleges Forum on entitlement funding for sixth form providers.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects on attainment of the reduction to entitlement funding for sixth form providers.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools with a sixth form success rate of less than 80 per cent were graded (a) outstanding and (b) good by Ofsted in the last two years.

      Special Educational Needs: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will provide additional funding to small rural secondary schools to support disadvantaged pupils with special educational needs.

      Special Educational Needs: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what training teachers receive to enable them to recognise (a) dyslexia and (b) autism in children; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average pay for full-time classroom teachers is in (a) academies and (b) maintained schools.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the mean teachers' salary was in each of the last three years.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average salary rise was of teachers who progressed up the pay scale in 2011.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of teachers received an allowance in addition to their basic salary in each of the last three years.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teachers progressed to the upper pay scale within (a) one, (b) two and (c) three years of reaching the top of the main pay scale in...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what programmes his Department has put in place to assist people wishing to move into teaching.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to his statement of 24 May 2012, Official Report, column 82WS, on school funding, how much funding will be allocated to William Beamont High...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of elections to a reformed House of Lords where (a) 80% and (b) 100% of its members are elected.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when he plans to publish the annual report on the work of the Joint Ministerial Committee and its sub-committees in 2011-12; (2) how many...

    • Mental Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being within the Civil Service.

      Public Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2012, Official Report, column 1074W, on public services, what deadline has been set for each Government Department to...

      Public Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 159W, on public services, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Prime Minister's...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish any Cabinet papers relating to thalidomide from the period between December 1961 and December 1963.

      Trade Union Officials: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding from the public purse was spent on paying trade union officials salaries in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his most recent estimate is of the level of unemployment among young black men.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with internet service providers on improving broadband speeds for businesses.

    • Broadband: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to implement superfast broadband in (a) the South East and (b) Mid Sussex constituency.

      Broadband: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many businesses in Warrington he expects to receive investment to improve broadband speeds.

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what use his Department makes of the wider network of departmental chief scientific advisers when seeking scientific advice to...

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many meetings he has had with his Department's Scientific Research Advisory Committee since May 2010.

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons the position of chief scientific adviser in his Department has remained vacant since August 2010.

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will consider hiring a chief scientific adviser for his Department on a part-time basis; (2) what plans his...

      Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much he expects to remain in the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund at the close of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic...

      Rugby League

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will meet representatives of Rugby League's Super League to discuss (a) plans for the future of the Bradford Bulls and...

      World War I: Centenry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) with which countries his Department has had discussions in respect of (a) joint events and (b) a UK presence at overseas...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his answer of 23 May 2012, Official Report, column 680W, on bed and breakfast accommodation, which 20 local...

    • Empty Property: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in each local authority area are eligible for an empty properties discount for council tax purposes; and what...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which energy supplier supplies his Department with (a) gas and (b) electricity.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each of the last 10 years.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the interruption of payments made by organisations in the UK from the...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the evidential basis was for his recent statement that 120,000 families defined as troubled families are more likely to be...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many procurement card holders in his Department were (a) paid off-payroll, (b) employed on a part-time basis and (c)...

      Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing experts from his Department have visited military bases in the last 12 months for which figures are available;...

      Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) service personnel and (b) former service personnel have been allocated housing through the FirstBuy scheme in each...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being in his Department.

      Regional Pay

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

      Regional Pay

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

      Private Rented Housing: Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to make any changes to guidance on the responsibilities of private landlords to their tenants.

      Private Rented Housing: Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued on protecting tenants from private landlords who do not respond to complaints; and...

      Renewable Energy: Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of whether the guidance contained in the document, Planning for Renewable Energy: A Companion Guide...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the evidential basis is for his Department's finding that 34,000 households with incomes of over £60,000 are living in...

      Social Rented Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's press release of 11 November 2011, entitled House hunting heroes in Government's sights, how...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with Ministers in the (a) Home Office and (b) Department for Work and Pensions on protection for...

    • Armed Forces Pay Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was to his Department of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of bullying and harassment have been sent to the Service Complaints Commissioner by disabled members of the armed forces in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of bullying and harassment have been lodged via the redress of complaint system by disabled members of the armed forces in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in how many cases an assisting officer has been withheld from a soldier wishing to make a complaint of bullying and harassment in the latest period for...

      Armed Forces: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) under what circumstances an assisting officer would not be offered to a soldier wishing to make a complaint of bullying and harassment; (2) what...

      Armed Forces: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what sanctions are available to a commanding officer when it is found during a redress investigation that a senior NCO, warrant officer or...

      Armed Forces: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many cases of bullying and harassment have been lodged via the redress of complaint system by disabled members of the armed forces posted to...

      Armed Forces: Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to ensure that no service person loses payment for injury as a result of...

      Armed Forces: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment his Department has made of the suitability of mefloquine hydrochloride as anti-malaria medication for service personnel, with...

      Armed Forces: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former prisoners who have received a custodial sentence have been recruited into the armed forces in each of the last three years.

      Armed Forces: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many complaints Ministers in his Department have received about goods damaged by the postal service system used to deliver from the UK to...

      Armed Forces: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps are taken to check packages sent from the UK to forces personnel in Afghanistan before they are sent; (2) what proportion of packages...

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which units in the Army are permitted to wear sabretaches in full dress; who manufactures the sabretaches; and what the unit cost is of the...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to Defence Reform, what assessment he has made of the value for money of taking recruits into the armed forces at 16 rather than 18 years...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess whether 16 and 17-year-old recruits in the Army receive the same level of education and transferable skills that they would receive had...

      Army: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers in each (a) regiment, (b) Battalion and (c) other unit based at Merville Barracks, Colchester have been made (i) compulsorily and (ii)...

      Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force have left to join the Australian armed forces in each of the last five years.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual expenditure of his Department was on external consultants from (a) UK and (b) overseas (i) academic and (ii) private research...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) ferry range, (b) combat radius and (c) combat range is of the (i) Joint Strike Fighter B and (ii) Joint Strike Fighter C.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what agreements were reached with other NATO countries during the recent Chicago Summit in respect of the pooling of capacities and the joint replacement...

      Nuclear Submarines: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what fires have taken place on UK (a) nuclear-powered and (b) nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed submarines since 1 January 1987.

      Regional Pay

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

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many publications have been issued by his Department since May 2010; and what the title was of each such publication.

      RAF Brize Norton: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on providing disabled access at RAF Brize Norton for the (a) Sergeants' Mess and (b) offices of the Parachute Training...

  • Justice

    • Scottish Justice Cabinet Secretary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he last had discussions with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the Scottish Government.

    • Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what evidential basis he used to support his decision to introduce closed material procedures in civil proceedings.

      Whiplash Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what comparative assessment he has made of the number of whiplash claims in the courts in (a) England and Wales, (b) France and (c) Germany.

      Prisoners: Training and Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on improving training and skills of adult prisoners to...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the operation of community payback; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many community payback schemes have taken place in (a) England, (b) the south-east region and (c) Reading East constituency in each of the last five...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations on the extent to which the system of justice in cases of death and injury...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which EU measures formerly under the third pillar have not yet been implemented by his Department; when such measures are expected to be implemented; and...

      Litter: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions were brought and (b) fixed penalty notices were issued in Havering for (i) dog fouling and (ii) dropping litter in each of the...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to announce the terms of reference of the review into support for victims of mesothelioma in respect of claims against former employers...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on facilitating the removal of foreign national prisoners.

      Protection of Badgers Act 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were prosecuted under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 in each of the last five years; and how many of these people received a...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) publications, (b) consultation documents and (c) circulars have been issued by his Department since May 2010; and what the title was of each...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to increase capacity to deal with social security and child support appeals at hearing venues in Coventry.

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has any plans to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of the squatting provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders...

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) young offenders and (b) juvenile offenders received sentences of (i) 10 years or more, (ii) 18 years or more and (iii) life in (A) 2009, (B)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Assisted Areas: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the written ministerial statement of 28 June 2011, on Government response to consultation on revisions to the...

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on his Department's initiative to recruit business mentors.

      Business: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in (a) Witham constituency and (b) Essex have participated in the business mentor scheme.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the funding under heading 1A of the EU Budget, Competitiveness for growth and employment, was spent in the UK in each...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether due diligence checks assess the international business activities of applicants for designated course status.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer from the Minister of State for Universities and Science on 23 April 2012, Official Report, column...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many English applicants he expects will not secure a place at English universities for courses starting in September 2012.

      Insolvency: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses registered in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency failed in the last year for which figures are available.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being in his Department.

      Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the average cost for making or receiving an (a) SMS text message and (b) telephone call...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate his Department has made of the level of unscrupulous money lending in (a) the UK, (b) the east midlands, (c)...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 148W, on businesses: offices, if he will list each premises which...

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 150W, on new businesses: young people, which organisations...

      Postage Stamps: World War I

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ask Royal Mail to produce special (a) postage stamps and (b) franking to commemorate the centenary of the first world...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of how many people are directly employed in scientific research.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent on maintenance grants for undergraduate students in each year since 2007-08; and how much is expected to...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to implement the recommendations in the report by the British Chambers of Commerce, “Exporting is...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to re-skill and up-skill the workforce.

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to encourage more businesses to employ people aged 16-24 in apprenticeships.

    • Armed Forces: Commemoration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 7 February (WA 31), whether a decision has been taken on the bid for the Merchant Navy Medal to be granted a...

      Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British artists have received Artist's Resale Right (ARR) payments since February 2006 on individual sales between £1,000 and £3,000, excluding...

      Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures they have in place to audit air passenger duty payments made to them by airlines.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the collateral required under the Bank of England's extended collateral term repo facility; and how this facility differs from the bank's...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the maturities proposed under the Bank of England's Extended collateral term repo facility are materially shorter than offered under the European Central...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 13 June (WA 251), whether HM Treasury will now commission an independent review into the role and actions of the...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their plans to end child benefit as a universal benefit, what steps they are taking to ensure that women who would otherwise have an underlying...

      Births: Under 18s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the number of (1) pregnancies, and (2) deliveries to married girls below 16 years old in England in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e) 2011, and...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take in response to the increase in the number of whistle-blowers coming forward to the Care Quality Commission with concerns regarding...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the likelihood that the Care Quality Commission will be able to register all general practitioner practices by April 2013.

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 27 June (WA 65), what steps they are taking to increase transparency of the composite elements of the access...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 27 June (WA 65), what assessment they have made of whether the proposed takeover by Eurotunnel of the French ferry...

      Children: Access

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compliance with court orders arising from cases involving the contact between children and their parents following the...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they provide for the establishment and maintenance of non-governmental organisations in the United Kingdom that deal specifically with matters...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount and what proportion of the British Council's public funding is allocated to initiatives specifically aimed at addressing climate change, such as the...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding has been allocated to the International Climate Fund; and how this funding has been spent to help developing countries tackle climate change.

      Companies: Directors' Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Wilcox on 20 June (Official Report, col. 1778), what consultation arrangements are in place for employees of UK companies to...

      Companies: Directors' Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider the proposal that workers should be consulted over directors' pay to be a step towards syndicalism, and whether they will consider...

      Companies: Directors' Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposals in relation to directors' pay announced by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on 20 June will apply to all listed...

      Creative Industries: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a loan guarantee scheme to benefit small and medium sized enterprises working within the creative industries.

      Creative Industries: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of small and medium sized enterprises in the creative industries they envisage will access finance under the economic stimulus package announced on...

      Creative Industries: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what projections they have made of the additional investment that the provision in the European Union's Creative Europe proposal for a loan guarantee scheme would...

      Driving: Breathalyser Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on road deaths and injuries of introducing a system, such as that in France, requiring drivers to keep a...

      Economy: Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered cancelling the Government debt held by the Bank of England; and if so, what is their assessment of what the consequences would be.

      Energy: Renewables Obligation Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are reviewing the valuation basis and value of renewables obligation certificates; and whether the terms of certificates issued can be retrospectively...

      EU: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contacts they have had with other European governments on resolving the outstanding restrictive trade and investment practices imposed by the Government of...

      EU: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the Government of China regarding the implementation of protectionist trade policies by that country.

      EU: Creative Europe Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with other European Union member states concerning the financial settlement for the proposed Creative Europe programme, and in...

      EU: Financial Assistance to Member States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will press for European support for Spanish banks to be provided through the European Financial Stability Facility rather than through the European...

      Finance: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the Government of the United States about the view expressed by Mr Gary Gensler, the chairman of the US Commodity Futures...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to introduce legislation to criminalise forced marriage.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend that any forthcoming criminalisation of forced marriage would have extra-territorial effect .

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend that any forthcoming criminalisation of forced marriage will include terms on (1) deportation, (2) the withdrawal of United Kingdom...

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of staff employed within the private offices of ministers and the permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office on 1 June; and how many of...

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentices were taken on by each government department in (1) 2009-10, (2) 2010-11 and (3) 2011-12, and how many are still in post.

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of staff employed within the private offices of ministers and the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence on 1 June; and how many...

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentices (1) under the age of 21, and (2) over the age of 21, were employed within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 1 June,...

      Government Departments: Legal Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments were made by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to (1) Clifford Chance, (2) Freshfields, (3) Slaughter and May, (4) Allen and Overy, and (5)...

      Government Departments: Legal Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments were made by HM Revenue and Customs to (1) Clifford Chance, (2) Freshfields, (3) Slaughter and May, (4) Allen and Overy, and (5) Linklaters, in (a)...

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the official attendance by Ministers at national and international events is financed by public funds and, if so, what is the likely saving arising from...

      Greece: Currency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their advice to those planning to visit Greece regarding currency arrangements.

      Health: Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to the National Advisory Group for Specialised Services' recommendation on atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome.

      Health: Pre-natal Diagnostic Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 11 June (WA 170-2), how many women whose pregnancies registered as high risk following a biochemical serum screening...

      Health: Professional Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many health care assistants have been banned from working with patients for failing their duty of care towards patients or clients in each of the past 10 years.

      Higher Education: Business Modules

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require universities to include in all courses a module on understanding businesses.

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers there were in each region of the United Kingdom at the most recent count. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers were aged...

      International Passenger Survey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the Office for National Statistics' International Passenger Survey in each of the past five years; what was the rate of refusal to answer; how...

      London Festival 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much National Lottery or Government funding is expected to be spent (1) in total, and (2) on a per capita basis, in support of events forming part of the...

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what geographical relationship there is between the individual local arms of the NHS Commissioning Board and the strategic health authorities established in 2002.

      NHS: Monitor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Monitor's role in economic regulation will be a barrier to integrated health care. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      NHS: Patient Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current barriers to the use by research groups of (1) anonymised, and (2) identifiable NHS patient data.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-departmental public bodies the Department of Energy and Climate Change has funded since May 2010; and how much funding in total has been allocated to...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of United Kingdom official development assistance funding is not disbursed by the Department for International Development; who disburses this...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 20 June (WA 302), which 20 non-governmental organisations, consultancies and contractors, excluding the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 20 June (WA 302-3), what is the breakdown between programme and project aid, and what proportion each...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 21 June (WA 320), since the establishment of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) what...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value for money of the aid they provide to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Police: Fatalities and Injuries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in each police constabulary area were killed or seriously injured on roads in each six-month period from October 2008 up to the latest period for...

      Railways: Double Track

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the economic benefits of upgrading the single line railway between Salisbury and Exeter to double tracks over the whole of...

      Railways: Fare Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 27 June (WA 76), whether, for future franchises where revenue support is provided, they will specify the level of...

      Railways: Gatwick

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the provision of improved rail links to and from Gatwick, including an improved high-quality and dedicated express railway link...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 16 March (WA 123), how many applications they received for the third round of Regional Growth Fund; how many...

      Sexual Offences Act 2003

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the past five years action has been taken under Sections 60A or 60B of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 concerning the detention or forfeiture...

      Shipping: Armed Guards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use armed contractors to protect British-registered vessels transiting the Gulf of Aden from Somali pirates.

      Turks and Caicos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of loans they have granted to the Turks and Caicos Islands; what value of loans is guaranteed; and when they expect that the islands will be in...

      UN: Rio+20

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of the UK delegation to the Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development; and how this compares with the cost of the...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Uzbekistan about reported deaths in prison in 2011 and investigations into them, and about arbitrary and...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask Uzbekistan to admit the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture for the first time since 2002.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make fresh representations to the Government of Uzbekistan about freedom of religion and belief, in particular with regard to ending harassment...

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