Written answers

Thursday, 8 November 2012

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of a cross-cutting thematic approach to improving the lives of women and girls...

    • Developing Countries: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress the Prime Minister has made in his role as co-chair of the UN High Level Panel on Development towards the Millennium...

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent in combating child sex tourism in Gambia in each of the last seven years.

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken to promote human rights in Gambia.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will raise with the Indian Government the issue of the rape of a 16 year old female and the merits of a reduction in the age of...

      Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK Aid has spent in (a) Pakistan, (b) India, (c) Pakistan occupied Kashmir, (d) Indian occupied Kashmir and (e) Chinese...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials in her Department are currently stationed in Mali.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid her Department has given to Mali in each of the last five years.

      Overseas Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of her departmental budget is spent on (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) tertiary and (d) higher education delivered (i)...

      Papua New Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department has given to Papua New Guinea in each of the last five years.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for how many and what proportion of days, on average, staff of her Department at each pay grade were absent from work as a result of...

  • Scotland

    • Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland for how many and what proportion of days, on average, staff of his Department at each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each...

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many written parliamentary questions to his Department received a substantive answer (a) within five working days, (b) between six and 10...

  • Attorney-General

    • Police Custody: Death

      To ask the Attorney-General how many criminal prosecutions took place related to the death of a person in the custody of the police in each calendar year (a) from 2001 to 2011 and (b) in 2012 to date.

    • Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Attorney General how many criminal prosecutions have arisen relating to the death of a person in the custody of the Prison Service in each calendar year (a) from 2001 to 2011 and (b)...

  • Health

    • Cystic Fibrosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that ivacaftor is available to patients with the G551D mutation of cystic fibrosis in every GP commissioning area.

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of diabetic retinopathy have been identified in each year since 2000; (2) what guidelines his Department has given to the NHS...

      Drugs: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many mothers gave birth to (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more babies showing neo-natal withdrawal symptoms attributable to maternal use of...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse's statistical report for 2011-12, (1) how many of the 29,855 people who...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how drug treatment leavers are independently tracked and validated in order to ensure that they remain free from dependency.

      Throat Problems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to promote early diagnosis of throat problems.

      Throat Problems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under the age of 25 have been admitted to hospital for throat problems since 2010.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS have access to anti-retroviral drugs; (2) what steps his...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote the research and development of more effective and cheaper anti-retroviral drugs.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of early detection for HIV/AIDS in the UK.

      HIV Infection: Brighton and Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency in each of the last three years.

      Low Birthweight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what international comparisons he has made of the proportion of children born with a low birthweight in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of unused medication in each financial year since 2005; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse of NHS staff redundancies in the north-west has been since 2010.

      Phenytoin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the NHS of the repricing of the epanutin form of phenytoin consequent upon its distribution...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which magazine, journal and newspaper subscriptions held by his Department have been cancelled since May 2010.

      Salmonella

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many confirmed cases of salmonella have been reported in adults in each of the last five years.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has claimed from the EU for school milk in each of the last 10 financial years.

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) boys, (b) girls and (c) children aged 15 years old smoked in each of the last 30 years.

      Tonsillitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS was of tonsillitis operations in 2011.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Homosexuality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what her policy is on conversion and reparative therapies offered to homosexual people by counsellors and psychotherapists.

  • Education

    • Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has carried out on the potential effect on disabled children in need of his proposals to amend the Framework for the Assessment of...

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were taken into care in England in the last full year for which figures were available; and how many of those children were from (a)...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will consider giving all children in care a statutory right to independent advocacy as part of care reviews and placement planning.

      Children: Corporal Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on implementing the recommendations of Sir Roger Singleton in his March 2010 report entitled Physical punishment: improving...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children lived in poverty in each of the last 30 years; and what projections he has made for each of the next five years.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that teachers being trained through Teaching Schools will have the skills, confidence and commitment in outdoor...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which streams of funding allocated by his Department are contingent on the proportion of pupils claiming free school meals.

      Free Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he proposes that Ofsted inspectors will receive specialised training on visiting free schools for children with special educational needs; and...

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of closure of outdoor education centres on the level of uptake of residential experiences by students from...

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which primary schools had (a) fewer than 10 per cent, (b) fewer than 5 per cent and (c) zero qualified full-time male teachers in each local authority...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost was of renegotiating the contract with Capita Hartshead for the administration of the Teachers Pension Scheme (England and Wales).

      Young People: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason young people aged 16 to 17 years with one GCSE are excluded from participation in the Youth Contract.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he expects the GrowthAccelerator programme to provide help to 26,000 businesses; and what benchmarks and targets he...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on investment in green manufacturing jobs.

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish a list of all (a) consultative events and (b) bilateral meetings held by his Department since June 2010 in...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the trades union membership of the board of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority; and if he will make a...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the annual (a) real terms and (b) percentage change in the budget of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority was since...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with retailers on the introduction of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reason a combination of A level and Pre-U qualifications is not allowed within the ABB+ non-limitation policy for...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford of 29 October 2012, Official Report, column 115W, on...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he expects all successful bids to (a) round one, (b) round two and (c) round three of the Regional Growth Fund to...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Southport, of 17 July 2012, Official Report, column 768W, on Regional Growth Fund,...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff of his Department undertook secondments to business and industry in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13 to date; and in...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people from business and industry undertook a secondment to his Department in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13 to date; and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Community Care Grants: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Community Care Grant applications his Department has received from applicants in Warrington in each year since 2002; and how many...

    • Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received assistance through the Future Jobs Fund in Ashfield constituency in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) the latest...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department will issue to providers of the Personal Independence Payment assessment process on (a) the provider's role in...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to provide an exceptions process to allow those most at risk under universal credit to be paid in a different manner.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what work his Department is undertaking to support families with their budgeting skills in anticipation of the introduction of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what work his Department has undertaken to generate innovative approaches to ensure that local support is in place to support the introduction...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the likely average time it will take under universal credit for a payment to be made following the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will qualify for payment of universal credit under the proposed exceptions...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's vacancy rate was in 2011-12; and what vacancy rate has been assumed for 2012-13.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures he has put in place to monitor the outcomes for individuals given early access to the Work programme as a result of having been...

      Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will adopt the Protection of Workers Bill as Government legislation in order to increase its chances of being enacted.

      Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of assaults on public-facing workers by members of the public.

      Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of existing legislation in deterring assaults on public-facing workers.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will detail how many people serving in the (a) Royal Navy, (b) RAF and (c) Army have a conviction from civil courts for offences of (i) rape...

    • Army: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much has been spent on the refurbishment of bases to facilitate the return to the UK of troops currently stationed in Germany; (2) what...

      Corporate Gifts and Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which officials in his Department have received gifts or hospitality from employees or representatives of the defence industry valued at over (a)...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what areas he proposes that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation will find savings.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the functionality and performance of the Combined Forces Air Component Command and the Combined Air Operations Centre was during Operation Ellamy;...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the response times were of the Air Tasking Order cycle during Operation Ellamy; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what awareness and investigation training has been provided to members of the Royal Military Police in relation to rape and sexual assault cases in each...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in implementing a customer-funded approach to the NATO Communication and Information Systems Services Agency budget; and if...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in implementing the new NATO Command Structure; and if he will make a statement.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) achieved and (b) planned savings for the NATO Agencies Reform Programme are.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the NATO Agencies Reform Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the additional reservists the armed forces plan to recruit will have military experience.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former military personnel have been provided with grace and favour homes in the last 10 years; what the cost to the public purse was of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Prison Service: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will review the home protection scheme for prison officers.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on refreshments since May 2010.

    • Electricity Generation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total output of electricity in Scotland was from (a) coal, (b) gas and (c) nuclear generation from 1 January to 30 June 2012.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his contribution of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 943, on energy market reform, by what date he expects (a)...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his contribution of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 940, on energy market reform, how many consumers switched gas...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the roll-out of smart meters on people diagnosed with electromagnetic hypersensitivity;...

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the recommendation contained in the Committee on Climate Change Annual Report and Accounts 1 April 2011...

      Macquarie Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many times staff of his Department have met representatives of the Macquarie Group in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Nuclear Power: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how his Department's new National Strategic Framework has assisted the UK's capacity to plan for and respond to nuclear emergencies.

      Nuclear Power: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent progress has been made on the new UK-France framework on nuclear emergency planning; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the devolved Administrations on the contribution from each region of the UK to...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for how many and what proportion of days, on average, staff of his Department at each pay grade were absent from work as a result of...

      Tidal Power: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications of the Strategic Environmental Topic Reports on his Department's website for the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the likely level of subsidy for (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind energy production in (i)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the likely amount of energy produced which will be by (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind energy...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many written parliamentary questions to his Department received a substantive answer (a) within five working days, (b) between six...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of written parliamentary questions to his Department received holding responses in the last 12 months for...

  • Home Department

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government expects to bring forward legislative proposals for the community remedy.

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the duration is of the community trigger pilot programmes; (2) when the results of the community trigger pilot programmes will be...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what options, including restorative and punitive sanctions, she is considering making available to victims of antisocial behaviour.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the constituent of the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish, Mr Neville Malcolm, HO ref M1033831, will have his legacy case from 2001...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral statement of 16 October 2012, Official Report, columns 164-6, on extradition, when she expects to bring forward...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detained in (a) the UK and (b) in Brighton, Kemptown constituency in each of the last three years.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of illegal immigrants in the UK.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to her letter of 1 October 2012 to the UK Border Agency...

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign and Commonwealth veterans who served in the Army, Navy or RAF in the last 10 years are facing deportation; and for what reasons.

  • Prime Minister

    • Macquarie Group

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times (a) he and (b) his staff met representatives of the Macquarie Group in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Catering

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much his Department has spent on refreshments for 10 Downing street since May 2010; (2) how much his Department has spent on refreshments for...

    • Civil Servants: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2012, Official Report, column 368W, on civil servants: Scotland, for which Government (a) Department and (b) agency...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress he has made on promoting open standards in government; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which (a) local authorities and (b) other local public bodies hold Government Procurement Cards.

      Meetings: Media

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which proprietors, editors and senior executives of (a) newspapers and (b) other media organisations he has met since 1 July 2012.

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on how Government Departments should market test the services delivered by their executive agencies to ensure value for money.

      Public Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment he has made of progress in delivering the objectives outlined in his Open Services White Paper; (2) with reference to the...

  • Treasury

    • Balance of Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how much of the UK's deficit on trade in goods in 2011 was accounted for by the public procurement trade in goods deficit, defined as...

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that retail banks in which UK Financial Investments Ltd have a controlling stake lend to small- and medium-sized business...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his Department's target for the timeliness with which correspondence to Ministers from members of the public is answered; and what assessment he has...

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of beer duty raised from (a) on-trade sales and (b) off-trade sales in each of the last 15 years for which figures...

      Ford Motor Company: Turkey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on the UK balance of trade of the move of the production of Ford Transit vehicles to Turkey in each of the next five years.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what revenue his Department has forgone as a result of (a) cash ISAs and (b) stocks and shares ISAs in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      Individual Savings Accounts: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of tax relief on income from individual savings accounts in each year since 2000; and what estimate...

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of pension tax relief in each year since 2000; and what estimate he has made of the likely costs in...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which magazine, journal and newspaper subscriptions held by his Department have been cancelled since May 2010.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what processes are followed by (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs when information is received from a member of the public in relation...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many visits HM Revenue and Customs staff made to investigate and verify employers' tax status in the latest period for which figures are...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made on reducing red tape for the farming industry in the South West.

    • Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency conducts supervised loadings of live animals onto lorries.

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency control posts are monitored and regulated.

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the cost of supervised loadings are borne by the haulier.

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency undertakes checks on vehicles' air ventilation and watering...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his Department's budget for forestry research was in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much he has allocated...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research projects on the Public Forest Estate have been funded by his Department since May 2010; and what proportion of...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the job description, experience, specifications and appointments process are for the chief executive of the Gangmasters...

      Macquarie Infrastructure Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times staff of his Department have met representatives of the Macquarie Group in the latest period for which figures...

      Plants: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what amendments he is intending to propose to the European plant health regime.

      Oysters: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to announce his Department's decision on protected geographic indication (PGI) status for the Colchester...

      Turtles: Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Cayman Islands Government about the future viability of the Cayman Turtle...

      Turtles: Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the competence of the team managing the Cayman Turtle Farm; and if he will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Construction: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what checks he plans to put in place to ensure that building work allowed under his proposed changes to permitted...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2012, Official Report, column 452W, on local government finance, whether the council tax...

      Growth and Infrastructure Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his contribution of 5 November 2012, where in clause 7 of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill it states that the...

      Meetings: Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which proprietors, editors and senior executives of (a) newspapers and (b) other media organisations he has met since 1 July 2012.

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation he has with National Parks Authorities on communications equipment and planning prior to the publication of...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the resources that will be required by the Planning Inspectorate to deal with responsibilities set...

      Planning: Hackney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice he received from (a) his officials and (b) the Planning Inspectorate before naming Hackney as the worst planning...

      Planning: Hackney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what basis he determined that Hackney is the worst planning authority.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many and what proportion of days, on average, staff of his Department at each pay grade were absent from work as a...

      Slovak Roma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statistics he (a) holds and (b) has submitted to the European Commission on the number and distribution of Slovak Roma in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made on negotiations at the UN General Assembly on an Arms Trade Treaty; what the Government's objectives...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on the right to freedom of assembly and peaceful expression;...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the British Council's budget for youth volunteering was in each of the last five years.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, columns 174-5W, on British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), whether...

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any provisions have been placed on any money given or loaned to the Cayman Islands in the last five years; and whether...

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the competence of the team managing the Cayman Turtle Farm; and if he will make a statement.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what involvement his Department will have with the independence referendum to be held in the Falkland Islands in 2013; and if he...

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are currently stationed in the Gambia.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times Ministers in his Department have made official visits to Iran in the last 30 years.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in implementing UN Security Council Resolution 47 concerning the dispute over the state of Jammu and...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consular assistance he is providing for UK nationals in Mali.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens have requested consular assistance in Mali in the last three months.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the conflict in northern Mali; and if he will make a statement.

      Maqbool Butt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indian government on the return of the mortal remains of Maqbool Butt to his family.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on seeking a peaceful resolution to the situation in Syria.

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the trial and conviction of Tran Vu Anh Binh and Vo Minh Tri in Vietnam; and if he will make...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many written parliamentary questions to his Department received a substantive answer (a) within five working days, (b)...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of written parliamentary questions to his Department received holding responses in the last 12...

  • Justice

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many drivers have been disqualified from driving in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many disqualified drivers have been ordered to retake...

    • Offenders: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of people placed into housing by the Probation Service were placed in housing in each of the principal seaside towns...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign nationals were held in each prison in England and Wales on 30 September 2012; (2) how many foreign nationals were held in prisons...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the under-18 secure estate capacity in England and Wales was in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012; (2) how many people under the age of 18 were held in...

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps his Department is taking to address the effect of indirect land use change resulting from biofuel production; (2) what assessment his...

    • Bus Services: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to ensure that bus services are promoted as a source of green travel.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the economic effects of crashes caused by poor driver eyesight.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department collects on the number of drivers who have failed the number plate eyesight test at a driving test centre.

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which magazine, journal and newspaper subscriptions held by his Department have been cancelled since May 2010.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its executive agencies have spent in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and what...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the cost to the public purse will be of Network Rail taking over the leasehold for rail freight facilities from DB Schenker; (2) what the...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which freight facilities will be obtained by Network Rail from DB Schenker; and what estimate he has made of the monetary value of those facilities.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated value was of rail freight facilities (a) leased and (b) sold to the private sector at the time of railway privatisation.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he proposes that all the freight facilities obtained by Network Rail from DB Schenker will be used to support the development of rail...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the Government's rail freight strategy of the decision of DB Schenker to sell...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail and DB Schenker on Network Rail obtaining rail freight facilities from DB Schenker; (2)...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many and what proportion of days, on average, staff of his Department at each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many written parliamentary questions to his Department received a substantive answer (a) within five working days, (b) between six and 10 working...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of written parliamentary questions to his Department received holding responses in the last 12 months for which figures...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the system of reporting incidents of Schmallenberg disease in cattle and sheep by (1) farmers to vets, (2) vets to the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA),...

    • Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why British survivors of the Arctic convoys have been told not to accept the Medal of Ushakov; what account they took of the decision of the Governments of the...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Bank of England's computer systems would enable the payment of negative interest rates on balances held with the Bank of England by banks.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Governor of the Bank of England in Cardiff on 24 October that United Kingdom banks require a further...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of China about the Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in protests since March 2011; and what has been...

      Civil Service: Secondments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior civil servants at the Department for Transport are on secondment to companies or organisations in the United Kingdom; how many were seconded to...

      Civil Service: Secondments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior civil servants at the Home Office are on secondment to companies or organisations in the United Kingdom; how many were seconded to such companies...

      Civil Service: Secondments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior civil servants at the Department of Health are on secondment to companies or organisations in the United Kingdom; how many were seconded to such...

      Civil Service: Secondments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior civil servants at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are on secondment to companies or organisations in the United Kingdom; how many were...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 30 October (WA 114-5) stating that global temperatures have risen less than 1 degree celsius since 1880, on...

      Council Tax: Imprisonment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, were sentenced to imprisonment for council tax debt in each of (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, and (d) 2011.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the past three years, which civil society organisations in Cyprus they have supported through funding or contributions in kind, directly or...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers or officials have had meetings with civil society organisations in Cyprus over the past three years; and when those meetings took place.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the role of civil society organisations in Cyprus in negotiations over reunification; and what steps they are taking to encourage their...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish all documents relating to United Kingdom dealings with Archbishop Makarios during the period leading up to the agreement of the Cyprus...

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the success of United Nations resolutions and actions relating to Cyprus; and, if so, whether they have sought changes as a result of...

      Cyprus and Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Cyprus and to the Turkish authorities in Northern Cyprus about including civil society organisations in...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to prevent rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from selling minerals to companies worldwide and using the profits to buy...

      Emily Wilding Davison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commemorate the centenary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby.

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings Ministers or officials have had with (1) the Hindu Council and (2) the Hindu Forum of Britain at which the working of the Equality Act 2010,...

      Euro

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what way the House of Commons exerts control over the commitment of money to support the Euro.

      Finance: Liquidity Swaps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is monitoring the practice of liquidity swaps by pension funds, insurers and other investors; whether they...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the recent report by Medical Aid for Palestine and Save the Children, Gaza's Children: Falling Behind, concerning the impact of the blockade of...

      Government Departments: Arrests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) males, and (2) females, were (a) arrested, and (b) prosecuted, for offences committed on premises occupied by the Department for Environment, Food and...

      Government Departments: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many computers (1) owned, and (2) leased, by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its predecessor departments were stolen in each year...

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Minister for Faith and Communities has any responsibilities relating to citizens of no religious faith; and, if so, what are those responsibilities.

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, in creating the post of Minister for Faith and Communities, of the constitutional relationship between religion and the state.

      Government: Special Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the special advisers reporting to the Deputy Prime Minister; and what are their responsibilities in each case.

      Health: Pharmacies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the recent re-organisation of the National Health Service, where responsibility lies for ensuring adequate performance standards by local pharmacies,...

      Horses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Newby on 24 September (WA 260), whether they will reappraise the risk attached to the import of diseased horses; and whether...

      International Scientific Community: Governmental Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Italy about the prison sentences passed on seven members of the country's National Commission for the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Israel about construction in the E-1 area, and its impact on connections between the West Bank and East...

      Marine Environment: Conservation Zones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which marine protected areas are expected to be established in (1) 2013, and (2) 2014, and (c) 2015; what size each of those areas is expected to be; and whether...

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will have regard, in considering ways of abiding by the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights on voting rights for prisoners, to the steps...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they give to rail franchise operators about upgrades of off-peak rail tickets; and whether that guidance covers retrospective charges for outgoing...

      Religious Faith

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the proportion of the population having a religious faith; and on what that assessment is based.

      Remembrance Ceremonies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will include representatives of the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association in the forthcoming Remembrance Day...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce a sales or turnover tax to set a minimum level of United Kingdom corporation tax required to be paid by United Kingdom subsidiaries...

      Thames Flood Barrier

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the medium and long-term future of the Thames Flood Barrier.

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