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Written answers

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Directors

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the introduction of quotas for female board members on the economy.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether she expects to meet the target on the proportion of premises to be covered by super-fast broadband by 2015.

    • Electronic Publishing: Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) whether it is her intention to announce an independent taskforce on e-book lending; (2) if she will make it her policy...

      Electronic Publishing: Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations she received from publishers, librarians and authors on establishing an independent taskforce on e-book...

      Local Broadcasting: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when she expects Ofcom to announce its decision on the awarding of a local television licence for Bristol.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what provision exists for the charging of electric or hybrid vehicles on the...

    • Written Questions

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many questions for written answer were tabled on average per day, including...

  • Transport

    • Motorcycles: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the two part motorcycle test on the number of qualified motorcyclists; and what...

  • Attorney-General

    • Hillsborough Independent Panel

      To ask the Attorney-General what correspondence relating to the Hillsborough tragedy the Director of Public Prosecutions has not (a) made public or (b) released to the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

  • Home Department

    • Business: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence her Department has gathered on the direct benefits to business of not implementing proposals on dual discrimination.

    • Business: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence her Department gathered on the potential direct benefits to business in advance of taking her decision to consult on repealing...

      Business: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence on the potential direct benefits to business she used to inform her decision to consult on repealing the statutory...

      Employers’ Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence on the potential direct benefits to business she used to inform her decision to consult on removing employers’ liability...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure a high turnout in the police and crime commissioner elections.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the (a) grant to and (b) use by registered charities of funding from his Department for the purposes of advocacy,...

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Ofgem press release entitled Projected tightening of electricity supplies reinforces the need for energy reforms...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to announce a public consultation on community benefits for new nuclear power.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the effect of differences in subsidies for on- and offshore wind farms; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in expanding (a) high commission facilities and (b) UK Trade and Investment facilities in China.

    • Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the arrest of two Gambian journalists after their application to demonstrate against the...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in expanding (a) high commission facilities and (b) UK Trade and Investment facilities in India.

      Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many trade missions to (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Sri Lanka his Department has supported in the last 12 months.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of people who have benefits paid into a Post Office card account by parliamentary constituency.

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the use of the Airwave radio system by the Ambulance Service; and if he will make a statement.

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the (a) grant to and (b) use by registered charities of funding from his Department for the purposes of advocacy, lobbying or...

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department is ensuring that Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts officials are releasing non-confidential information regarding the recent Safe...

      Medical Records: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to include mention of a veterans' service in the health records maintained by general practitioners in order to raise awareness...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the critical importance of stroke victims reaching hospital.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many false (a) positives and (b) negatives were found in tests for bovine tuberculosis in each year for the last three years.

    • Ducks: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the research funded by his Department on duck farming, if he will take steps to raise the minimum welfare...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to respond to the (a) letter of 6 June and (b) email of 4 July 2012 from the hon. Member for Basildon and...

      Natura 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many species are found in Natura 2000 sites (a) nationally, (b) in each region and (c) in each Natura 2000 site; and if...

  • Treasury

    • EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Aviation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of revenues that will result from aviation joining the Emissions Trading Scheme each year in Phase III and Phase IV.

    • Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the EU Commission President's plans for an EU financial transaction tax.

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue which would be generated by a 0.01 per cent levy on financial transactions in the City of London; and what estimate...

      Procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on taking into account when assessing tenders submitted for departmental contracts the (a) apprenticeship schemes, (b)...

  • Justice

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of the draft Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme 2012 and the draft Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme 2012.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities: Warwickshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much charities in Warwickshire have received through the Transition Fund since the inception of the fund.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Party Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress he has made on reforming party funding.

    • Social Mobility

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's welfare reform programme on social mobility.

      Political and Constitutional Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government's political and constitutional reform priorities are for the remainder of this Parliament.

      Parliamentary Boundary Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress he has made on the parliamentary boundary review.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Banks: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications of the outcome of the Cattles plc case for his policies on the application of...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what evidence his Department has gathered on the direct benefits to business of not implementing section 78 of the Equality Act...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the highest paid position is in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of post offices which will provide (a) vehicle tax disc renewals, (b) driving licences,...

      Postal Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the decision on the Post Office tender for Driver and...

      Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ask the Office of Fair Trading to make an assessment of market features restricting, preventing or distorting...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate has been made of the number of students in receipt of loans from the Student Loan Company who will be studying at...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what media or public speaking training Ministers in his Department have received since May 2010.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Marriage: Civil Partnerships

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions the Church of England has had with the Coalition for Equal Marriage.

  • House of Lords

    • Justice: Interpreting and Translation Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the recent report by the National Audit Office on the Ministry of Justice's Language Services Contract, what steps they are taking to monitor the...

    • Justice: Magistracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they will make to the report by the Magistrates' Association Active, Accessible, Engaged-The Magistracy in the 21st Century.

      Wills

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take forward the Legal Services Board's recommendation to regulate will writing.

      Children: Looked-after Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to reduce the number of looked-after children from London boroughs who are based in east Kent.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the effects of wind farms on the prices of nearby residential property.

      Food: Commodity Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for preventing speculation in essential food commodities; and whether they will legislate to limit forward contracts to those between...

      Government: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which members of the Government are entitled to sit in the Cabinet.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Groceries Code Adjudicator on supermarket policies on supply agreements.

      Immigration: Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government at which continental European ferry ports and railway stations United Kingdom passport controls operate.

      Immigration: Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their criteria for deciding whether to operate United Kingdom passport controls at continental European ferry ports.

      Immigration: Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to install United Kingdom passport controls at Caen (Ouistreham) ferry port.

      Malaysia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the determination of the Immigration and Asylum First-tier Tribunal in Chee Mun, Seah (Appeal No LA/18249/2012), they will grant British...

      Milk

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to pay more than the cost of production for milk in all government departments and executive agencies.

      Royal Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will take to assist the activities of the Royal Society.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to strengthen management systems with respect to both best and worst teacher performance in maintained schools.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to improve the retention rate of good teachers, especially in deprived areas.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the case for regular and full statistics of teacher mobility (1) within the profession, and (2) with respect to those leaving the...

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to establish a system of career paths for teachers, and (2) to encourage the independent charity Teach First to expand its activity;...

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enhance career professional development programmes for all members of the school teaching profession.

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