Written answers

Friday, 7 September 2012

  • Defence

    • AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether any (a) radioactive materials, (b) explosives and (c) hazardous chemicals were present in the building at the Atomic Weapons Establishment...

    • Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre.

      Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the value of the Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many weapons were used to defend the London 2012 Olympics from the air; what their locations were; and which areas in Greater London were undefended.

      Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what criteria he used to make the decision to disband the second battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers; (2) what representations he has...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on long lead orders for Trident replacement submarines and nuclear weapons since May 2010.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals not classified as insurgents were killed by UK operated UAVs in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ships of each type are deployed on operations or exercises.

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister how many special advisers in post as at 17 July 2012 were (a) women and (b) from ethnic minorities.

  • Transport

    • A3: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2012, Official Report, column 488W, on A3: Hampshire, what progress the Highways Agency has made in sending out the...

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the capacity to which each UK airport is operating; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time taken was by his Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12 months; and for what proportion...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what permits and licences his Department and its public bodies issue to businesses.

      Motorcycles: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason he plans to place restrictions on the types of motorcycles which may be ridden by 17 to 20 year olds but not on the types of cars they...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the potential cost of electrifying the North Wales Main Line from Chester to Holyhead; (2) what recent discussions...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date he last had a bilateral meeting with the Secretary of State for Scotland; and what matters were discussed.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to make it his policy to make the minimum depth for tread on tyres 3 mm.

  • Education

    • Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many girls received the HPV vaccine in schools in each of the last five years; and whether he plans to take steps to increase the uptake of the vaccine.

    • Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students who received free school meals went on to study science and engineering courses at university in the latest period for which figures...

  • Scotland

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the average time taken was by his Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12 months; and for what proportion...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official communication his Department has had with representatives of the Bangladesh Government on the Muslim Rohingya in...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the findings of the report by Human Rights Watch, The Government Could Have Stopped This:...

      Burma

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

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official communication his Department has had with representatives of the Burmese government on the Muslim Rohingya in the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Burmese officials during his recent visit to Rangoon on the Muslim Rohingya.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to prevent the persecution of Muslim Rohingya in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to urge the government of Burma to recognise the citizenship of Rohingya people whose families have...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to urge the Government of Burma to allow unhindered access for the UN and international humanitarian aid...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Burma on the situation in Arakan State.

      Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effects on community organisations of the reduction in funding for the Commonwealth...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to monitor the human rights and safety of failed asylum seekers returning to the Democratic Republic of...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the introduction of its Diplomatic Excellence Programme.

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has with foreign embassies and high commissions in the UK of (a) member countries of the...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help authorities in Ethiopia to ensure a stable transfer of power with an improvement in human rights...

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the timetable for the publication of the shortlist of the Government's nomination for EU Commissioner from...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that the UK will not make any discretionary payment to the European Court of Human Rights to...

      European Economic and Social Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how UK members of the Economic and Social Committee are nominated for appointment.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the names are of the contributors to his Department's review of the balance of EU competencies.

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from campaign groups on the case of Gambian national, Brigadier General O. B. Mbye.

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking following the announcement that people sentenced to death in The Gambia will be executed in...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to his Indian counterpart on the abolition of the death penalty; and what discussions he has...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to increase exports to India.

      Joseph Kony

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on efforts to arrest Joseph Kony.

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to his Department's Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance, whether he has received reports on allegations...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with his counterparts in the Israeli government on permitting Palestinians living in Jerusalem to...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to continue the UK's support for human rights non-governmental organisations in the Middle East.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider including in his Department's online travel advice information about the number of unsolved missing tourist...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date he last had a bilateral meeting with the Secretary of State for Scotland; and what matters were discussed.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on progress in establishing camps in Sudan to temporarily accommodate South Sudanese people...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on South Sudan’s efforts to receive South Sudanese migrants from Sudan.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the progress of a pipeline between South Sudan and Kenya.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received regarding the import of foreign weapons into South Sudan and their sources and distribution.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on civilian casualties in South Sudan since 2010.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the ability of South Sudan to export oil independently of Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the status of the appeals to release the lawyers, Mohammed Abdullah Al Duma, Gibril Hamid...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of citizens arrested during protests against the National Congress Party in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of Sudanese asylum seekers in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the number of South Sudanese living in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on Sudan's support for the Lord's Resistance Army in Kenya.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of local journalists and foreign reporters in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Sudan about (a) women's rights activist Nahid Gabralla who was arrested...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has held with the Government of the United Arab Emirates on the issue of UK citizens involved in...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on UK citizens who have been imprisoned as a result of charges relating to bounced cheques in the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time taken was by her Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12 months; and for what...

    • Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will establish an immediate inquiry into the decisions made by the Parades Commission in respect of parades in Northern Ireland on 12...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure the letter dated 28 August 2012 concerning a late constituent from the hon. Member for Walsall North is read by him and that...

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in work not saving for a pension in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what circumstances will trigger the automatic payment of the housing element of universal credit direct to a private sector landlord instead of...

  • Wales

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average time taken by his Department was to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12 months; and for what proportion of...

  • International Development

    • Acid Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she has had recent discussions with her international counterparts on the monitoring and prevention of acid attacks.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that humanitarian assistance is provided to refugees and internally displaced peoples...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is providing to refugees internally displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of her Department's funded projects started in the last five years have subsequently been cancelled before completion.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of her Department's funded projects started in the last five years (a) have been delivered later than originally scheduled and...

      Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the average cost of using a money transfer company to send a remittance payment.

      Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of how much money was sent abroad in remittance payments in each month in (a) 2011 and (b) the first half of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential role of 4G/LTE mobile broadband in assisting the UK to meet EU broadband 2020...

    • Broadband: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will bring forward proposals to improve broadband (a) connectivity and (b) speed for Elwick village in Hartlepool...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to ensure high-speed broadband coverage is extended to rural areas after local call-off contracts...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the average time taken was by her Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to improve coverage of digital radio in (a) England, (b) the South East and (c) Sittingbourne and...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether she intends to accept the recommendations of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee in its Report on The Gambling Act...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what permits and licences her Department and its public bodies issue to businesses.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent estimate she has made of the percentage of passengers arriving at (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick airport who go on...

      Olympic Games 2012: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many tickets were made available for use or allocation by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for the opening...

      One North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have given to One North West.

      Public Sector: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will discuss with Ofcom steps to protect low income consumers from high charges for calls to public sector helplines...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when Ofcom intends to announce its decision on the liberalisation of the 1800 MHz band.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when she proposes that spectrum currently used for 2G and 3G services will be made available for 4G.

      Telephone Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) service charges and (b) access charges for non-geographic telephone numbers are...

      War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding her Department has allocated to the maintenance of war memorials in each of the next three years; and what steps...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the monitoring of the human rights of failed...

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many flights deporting failed asylum seekers had (a) more staff than deportees, (b) twice as many staff as deportees, (c) three times as...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress her Department has made on its e-Borders programme.

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a list of the main threats to UK security her Department sees would arise if it were to change its policy on...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the name is of each UK university which has had its highly trusted sponsor status revoked since May 2010.

      Immigrants: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information on migrants from high tuberculosis (TB) burden countries that have had pre-entry screening for active TB and who have...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants applying for indefinite leave to remain in the UK have (a) been removed, (b) cases pending and (c) been allowed to remain...

      Immigration Controls: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to enable foreign-born armed forces service personnel who wish to remain in the UK following discharge...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer the letter concerning Ms A A sent to her by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 31 July 2012.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer the letter concerning Miss T M Pinnock sent to her by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 31 July 2012.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer the letter concerning Ms N A sent to her by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 31 July 2012.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress the Identity and Passport Service has made in reviewing gender markers in passports; and when she plans to publish the outcome...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was for a UK passport to be issued (a) on the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in...

      Passports: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many free passports were issued in each of the last three years; and whether she has any plans to extend the scheme's eligibility criteria.

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many water cannons are available to English and Welsh police forces; and what advice her Department has issued to police forces on their use.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) traffic wardens, (b) police officers, (c) police community support officers and (d) civilian police staff performed traffic...

      Schengen Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will consider opting in to the Schengen Agreement in respect of European tourist visas; and if she will consider requesting the power...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases are currently designated by the UK Border Agency as lay-by, by section.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been designated as lay-by by the UK Border Agency in each of the last five years.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases designated as lay-by by the UK Border Agency are currently awaiting removal.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Border Agency caseworkers overruled the advice of a medical practitioner on whether or not an individual detainee...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the witness statement by the Director of the UK Border Agency's Returns Directorate of 12 March 2012, what progress was...

      UK Border Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions and at what cost the Border Force drafted in staff posted overseas to work in the UK on a temporary basis between 1...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to (a) maintain and (b) enhance the competitiveness of the UK aerospace industry; and if he will make a statement.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of increasing the proportion of apprenticeships for 16 to 17-year-olds by 11 per...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentices were employed by (a) his Department and (b) its principal contractors in each of the last five years.

      Business: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to increase the level of access to credit for small businesses in (a) Birmingham and (b) the...

      Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what measures are in place to ensure that recognised qualifications provided by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants...

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress his Department has made on awarding the contract to deliver an education service to prisons on the Isle of...

      Electronic Surveillance: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received about reports that FinFisher surveillance ware sold by Gamma International UK has been used...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the annual cost to the public purse of maintaining the number of university places in 2012-13 at the 2011-12...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the annual cost to the public purse of maintaining the number of university places in 2012-13 at the 2011-12...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the percentage cap is for foreign direct investment sector in India.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Government's immigration reforms on temporary foreign workers from India.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to encourage the deregulation of legal and professional services in India.

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effect of withdrawing highly trusted sponsor status from London Metropolitan...

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of withdrawing highly trusted sponsor status from London Metropolitan...

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how his Department will ensure that the withdrawal of London Metropolitan University's highly trusted sponsor status does not...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of students left their university medical degree courses before completion in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the evidential basis is for the statement that the UK will make £13 billion from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date he plans to publish the 2012 SET Statistics summarising key science, engineering and technology indicators.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department plans to investigate the possibility of a permanent relaxation of Sunday trading laws.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effect of suspending Sunday trading regulations during the Olympic and Paralympic...

      Trade: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase trade and investment between the UK and its Overseas Territories.

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made in improving access to high quality careers advice and guidance.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on reporting arrangements for community organisers, and on how they will report back to local voluntary and community organisations...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average time taken was by his Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12 months; and for what proportion...

      Employment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many single parents were (a) in employment and (b) unemployed in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv)...

      Government Departments: Computer Software

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the level of savings which could be achieved if Government departments replaced proprietary software with open source software.

      Government Departments: Computer Software

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will issue guidance to Government departments on the removal of computer games from Government computers.

      Government Departments: Industrial Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which Government Departments and agencies run formal non-trade-union staff consultation bodies, groups or forums in addition to industrial...

      Government Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to encourage Government departments and agencies to use A5 pre-paid envelopes rather than A4; and if he will estimate the...

      NDPBs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his latest estimate is of the number of quangos there will be at the end of this Parliament compared to the beginning.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether a bid by a company for a Government contract has to conform to (a) ethical guidelines and (b) other criteria before it will be given preliminary...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to streamline and simplify public sector procurement to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to win...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to put into practice the recommendations of the National Audit Office's review of Central Government's implementation of the...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure that the winner of the National Citizenship Service contract upholds and implements the undertakings outlined in the...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission a report to determine the optimum level of air passenger duty in respect of receipts to the Exchequer.

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has raised from air passenger duty in each year since 2007; if he will estimate the proportion of the change in each such year that...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of whether the Retail Price Index is a more appropriate measure of inflation than the Consumer Price Index for air passenger...

      Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the likely effect of lowering airport passenger duty on the economy of Northern Ireland; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Bank of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he expects to advertise for applications to be the next Governor of the Bank of England; (2) when he expects to finalise a job specification for...

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has had discussions with the Financial Services Authority on the granting of more banking licences.

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department considered undertaking a consultation on the separation of high street banking divisions from investing banking divisions.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of whether the Bank of England's funding for lending scheme will benefit businesses in Redditch.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider establishing a facility within the Bank of England to lend directly to businesses.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the average level of non-mortgage debt per (a) person and (b) household, by (i) age group and (ii) income or...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the rural fuel rebate pilot scheme to sparsely populated areas on the mainland.

      Financial Services: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on the introduction of a long stop in respect of the liability faced by independent financial advisers; (2) whether his Department...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Money Advice Service on financial education in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give consideration to directing all future quantitative easing measures through the Green Investment Bank.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what budget he has allocated for advertising the change to real-time PAYE reporting in advance of its introduction in April 2013.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with industry on changes to drawdown pensions.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to investigate the financial situation of pensioners with drawdown pensions.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the average level of non-retirement savings per (a) person and (b) household, by (i) age group and (ii) income or...

      Premium Bonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of people hold premium bonds; and what information his Department holds on trends over time in the proportion of people who hold premium bonds.

      Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Finance Minister on the Ulster Bank technical incident compensation scheme; (2) what...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people benefited from the stamp duty land tax relief available to first-time buyers on purchases under £250,000 between 25 March 2010...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the associated benefits of introducing mandatory carbon reporting for (a)...

    • Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the extent of business support for mandatory carbon reporting for (a) listed...

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with companies listed on the London Stock Exchange on mandatory carbon reporting.

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the extent of business support for mandatory carbon reporting under each of the...

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to (a) update his Department's guidance on greenhouse gas reporting for companies, (b) provide guidance on a...

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to introduce regulations on the scope of greenhouse gas emissions to be reported by quoted companies from...

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the cost of including some or all Scope 3 emissions within the mandatory carbon reporting for...

      Cormorants: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects his Department's review of cormorant licensing policy to be completed; and when he expects to publish a report.

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures his Department plans to carry out to implement the discard ban under the Common Fisheries Policy.

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) to which geographical areas the discard ban to begin in 2015 will apply; (2) when he expects a discard ban to be fully...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written statement of 11 July 2012, Official Report, columns 29-30WS, on managing the impacts of flooding,...

      Foxes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has made an estimate of the population of foxes in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire in each...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider implementing compulsory contracts for the dairy package of national milk production sales if the...

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department issues on the (a) housing and (b) sale of animals in pet shops; what recent representations he...

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what exotic animals may lawfully be sold in pet shops; whether he plans to make changes to that regime; and if he will...

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to review regulations regarding pet shops in respect of (a) the age at which children can buy animals and...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the evaluation of the introduction of the single-use...

      Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of creating a National Trails Association to oversee national delivery...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department provides to landowners on restoring public rights of way affected by the growing of crops; and if...

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what amendments his Department has suggested for the review of the Cod Recovery Plan.

  • Justice

    • Cats: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of cruelty to cats under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in each of the last five years.

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Gloucester and (b) England have been prosecuted for crimes carried out during the public disorder of August 2011 to date.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time taken was by his Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12 months; and for what proportion...

      Court Orders: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many engagement and support orders have been issued by courts under the Policing and Crime Act 2009 to date.

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fire protection units his Department has procured from (a) Protec plc., (b) Xcell Misting Limited and (c) Cleanwright Limited in the last five years.

      Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has received notification from Fireworks Limited that fire safety equipment procured by his Department infringes an existing patent.

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether G4S is involved in any contracts at the courts in Colchester.

      Offenders: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) suicides and (b) attempted suicides there have been in (i) prisons, (ii) bail hostels and (iii) approved premises in each probation service...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people are currently held in prisons in Kent; (2) how many (a) EU and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are currently serving custodial...

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department (a) has undertaken, (b) plans to undertake and (c) has evaluated on (i) complaints made to the Prisons and Probation...

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum disciplinary sanction is which the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) may impose; on how many occasions the PPO has imposed that...

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding he plans to provide to the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) in each of the next three years; what discussions he has had with the PPO...

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman was of dealing with a complaint in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the work of the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was awarded in compensation to complainants whose complaints were upheld by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman in each year since 2010; how...

      Prisons and Probation Ombudsman: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has received since 2010; how many such...

      Sexual Offences: Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has any plans to review the guidelines relating to proximity required between approved premises which accommodate sex offenders and...

      Sexual Offences: Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has considered the request from Sandbach Town Council to add Linden Bank in Elworth, Cheshire, to the list of approved premises not...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate annual carbon emissions caused by tillage farming methods.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to hospital with suspected alcohol-related conditions of each (a) age and (b) gender in each region in each of the last five...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether unspent funding in the 2011-12 cancer drugs fund budget for each strategic health authority was (a) carried over to the 2012-13 budget or (b)...

      Care Homes: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes were found to have committed a criminal offence of (a) failing to comply with statutory requirements or Care Quality Commission rules...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time taken was by his Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and peers in the last 12 months; and for what proportion of...

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average age was for a first diagnosis of depression in (a) 1982, (b) 1992, (c) 2002 and (d) the latest year for which figures are...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure diabetes is a health priority for the EU during the Cyprus presidency;

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes patients eligible for insulin pumps received insulin pump education within four weeks of being...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of avoidable deaths caused by diabetes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of undetected and undiagnosed individuals with diabetes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for a new national diabetes strategy to replace the National Framework for Diabetes when it expires in 2013.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide support for a programme to encourage the education of people in appropriate physical care and management, including exercise and...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on follow-up work under Cyprus's presidency of the EU on the Danish presidency's priority of tackling...

      Drugs: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements are in place to ensure that reported adverse reactions by patients to drugs are collated to ensure that early warning signs of...

      Health Professions: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received about the standard of English of health professionals in each of the last three years.

      Health Professions: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the level of English-language proficiency amongst locum doctors.

      Health Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he was informed of the decision to remove vascular services from the Morecambe Bay area; and if he will conduct a review to determine the effect...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost was of providing health care to residents of other EU states under the provisions of the European Health Insurance Card; and what...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance he provides to hospital trusts who wish to build a new district general hospital.

      Hospitals: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff were assaulted in hospitals in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Southwark waited for more than 52 weeks for treatment after referral in each of the last six years.

      Hyperandrogenism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with hyperandrogenism in each of the last five years.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the arrangements for the sharing of patient medical histories between general practitioners and hospitals.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider improving medical record sharing between general practitioners and hospitals in order to minimise the risk associated with...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protocols are in place in hospitals for accurately determining the body mass index (BMI) of patients missing several limbs where the correct drug...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the aims and objectives are of the Commercial Medicines Unit in respect of patented medicines in England; (2) which tenders issued by the...

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to utilise the internet as a means of providing better quality health services.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish his Department's report on NHS regional pay.

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the number of NHS helplines which use 084 telephone numbers, (b) the number of calls made to such helplines in the latest...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on its Supermeals campaign since the inception of the campaign; how it is measuring the results of the campaign; and...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people missed hospital appointments in each of the last five years.

      Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with health authorities in (a) the US and (b) other EU countries on the diagnosis and treatment of reflex-sympathetic...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the critical mass of patients required for a hyper-acute stroke unit capable of delivering the patient outcomes...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will publish 30 day mortality rates for stroke patients in England in each (a) region and (b) stroke network for the last year for which...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of each (a) age and (b) gender under the age of 21 had strokes in each location in each of the last five years.

      Surgery: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical operations were carried out by the NHS in Coventry in each of the last five years.

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of deaths avoided by the use of (a) influenza vaccines and (b) anti-virals in the last 40 months; (2)...

      Swine Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost was of destruction of the doses of influenza A subtype H1N1 vaccine purchased by the Government but not used; (2) how many doses of...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's whole system demonstrator extended field trial for telecare, what estimate he has made of the likely (a) cost savings...

      Walking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to take steps to encourage more children to walk to school.

What is this?

The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

September 2012
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930