Written answers

Monday, 12 November 2012

  • Treasury

    • Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has assessed what effect the revenue generated from the forthcoming auction of the 4G mobile telephone spectrum will have on the block grant for...

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families whose child benefit will be reduced or discontinued from April 2013 have one or more children who is disabled.

      Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any Minister was (a) aware of and (b) approved the arrangements for the remuneration of the interim chief executive of the Independent Parliamentary...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reason the annual allowance for stocks and shares individual savings accounts is higher than the allowance for cash individual savings...

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses participated in the National Insurance Holiday Scheme in the latest period for which figures are available.

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of extending the National Insurance Contribution Scheme holiday to (a) 30 September 2014 and (b) 31 March 2015.

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and what proportion of the funding allocated to the National Insurance Contributions Scheme holiday has been spent to date.

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the National Insurance Contribution Scheme holiday (a) across the UK and (b) to all small businesses in...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Head of Scotland Analysis and Stakeholder Engagement position in his Department has been filled; and when he expects to publish an announcement...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress the Government has made in reforming the Barnett formula.

      Public Service Pensions Bill: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 1019W, on the Public Service Pensions Bill: Scotland, on what date he informed the...

      Public Service Pensions Bill: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2012, Official Report, column 406W, on Public Service Pensions Bill: Scotland, which public bodies for which the...

      Public Service Pensions Bill: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2012, Official Report, column 406W, on Public Service Pensions Bill: Scotland, on what date he met Ministers in the...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of calls were answered by HM Revenue and Customs contact centres in each of the last three years for which records are available.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take in respect of the report of the National Audit Office on the 2011-12 Accounts of the Serious Fraud Office regarding the...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the average loss of revenue to the Exchequer for each person falsely classified as self-employed (a) across all sectors...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on revenue of aggressive tax avoidance schemes employed by companies; and whether such losses are included in HM...

      Taxation: Broadband

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will use the revenue received by the Exchequer from the forthcoming auction of the 4G mobile telephone spectrum for the purpose of building affordable...

      Taxation: Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure that companies operating on multiple sites throughout the UK, generating significant annual turnover and profit, pay an...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the standards required from landlords who are contracted by the UK Border Agency to house asylum seekers.

    • Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on refreshments since May 2010.

      Grandparents: Contact Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the use of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in relation to grandparents seeking to make contact with their children.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to Viscount Waverley from Lord Henley of 11 October 2011, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA223, on...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Harrow West to the UK Border Agency of 27 July 2012 and 12 September 2012...

      Written Questions

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

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) what recent steps she has taken to ensure pay equality between men and women; (2) what recent steps she has taken to tackle (a) sexual...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources he has allocated to examine the causes of the disease Chalara fraxinea; whether extreme wet weather conditions...

    • Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on ash dieback disease.

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department requires trees found to be infected with ash dieback disease to be incinerated commercially or whether...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has received any representations from representatives of the tourism industry about the proposed pilot badger culls.

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department will issue guidance to warn people of the harm sky lanterns can cause to livestock and wild animals.

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dinners for directors of the Waste and Resources Action Programme have been held in the last three years; at what...

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Waste and Resources Action Programme has had use of either (a) a Government procurement card or (b) any other...

  • Attorney-General

    • Boarding Schools: Abuse

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the number of cases of alleged offences involving sexual abuse at boarding schools in respect of which there was insufficient evidence to...

    • Nature Conservation: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions for (a) trade in endangered animals, (b) illegal taxidermy, (c) reptile smuggling and (d) wild bird netting have been made in the last three years.

      Policing and Crime Act 2009

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions there were under section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date.

  • Transport

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what legal powers he used to establish the Commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies to review the UK's hub airport capacity.

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to introduce a temporary Blue Badge scheme for those people suffering from a time-limited disability.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence Ministers or officials in his Department have had with (A) construction companies, (B) trade unions, (C)...

      Directly Operated Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many consultants and legal advisers Directly Operated Railways have employed since November 2009.

      Directly Operated Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 892W, on Directly Operated Railways, what advice he has received in respect of the...

      Filton Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the future of Filton Airfield.

      Methanol: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of methanol as a renewable fuel; (2) if he will consider introducing methanol fuel...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the demographic background of drivers who have signed up to schemes using telematics.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much public investment has been made at each of the 20 largest ports by tonnage in the UK in each year since 1982.

      Puma Helicopters: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress there has been in the investigations into the cause of the crash of a Super Puma 250 helicopter off Shetland on 22 October 2012.

      Puma Helicopters: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the safety record of Super Puma 250 helicopters.

      Railway Stations: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has undertaken on ensuring that emergencies can be dealt with efficiently when stations are unstaffed to inform its...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there is a statutory requirement that determines the date by which the Association of Train Operating Companies must announce rail fare prices...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of how many (a) male and (b) female drivers aged between 17 and 25 have been responsible for causing road traffic accidents...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent to date in preparation for the forthcoming award of the Thameslink rail franchise.

      Transport: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to publish the National Networks National Policy Statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Sick Leave

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, for how many and what proportion of days, on average, staff of the House of Commons...

  • International Development

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding her Department has allocated for aid to Colombia in the areas of (a) education, (b) health care and (c) infrastructure...

    • Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid provided by her Department is directed towards groups that promote religious tolerance in Nigeria; and how much such aid was...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK aid money is spent effectively.

      Papua New Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what initiatives her Department has in place to promote human rights in Papua New Guinea; (2) what steps her Department has...

      UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has taken steps to support other countries to implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure Zimbabwe meets its obligations to abide by mandatory rulings of the International Centre...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry will be made available in full to those who gave evidence to the Inquiry at...

    • Human Rights: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what instructions her Department issued to its legal representatives to present the Government's case before the European...

      Sick Leave

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

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage involvement in community sports clubs.

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of people under 16 years old who engage in competitive sport at least once a week.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arab Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department has incurred in respect of Arab Partnership programmes since April 2012.

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the recent incident off the Bangladeshi coast where more than 50 illegal immigrants are thought...

      Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on refreshments since May 2010.

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which countries he plans to deploy teams of experts as part of his Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative; and what the (a)...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on the Preventing Sexual Violence...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to ensure that the empowerment of women is the focus of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative;...

      Dalai Lama

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2012, Official Report, column 454W, on Dalai Lama, what the content was of the advice given...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department provides in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Liberia, (c) Nepal, (d) Pakistan and (e) Sierra Leone to support...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the incidence of anti-Semitism in Egypt; what recent discussions he has had with the...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Israel on anti-Semitism in Egypt; what response was received; and if...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US administration about anti-Semitism in Egypt; and if he will make a statement. [R]

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps officials in his Department are taking to protect Christian communities in Nigeria with particular reference to the...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on the protection of religious freedom.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government has made to the Government of Israel on prevention of further settlement expansion.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Israeli government on the destruction of civilian housing in...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received representations from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions; and if he will make a statement.

      Papua New Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote good governance in Papua New Guinea.

      Papua New Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the rights of indigenous peoples in Papua New Guinea.

      Papua New Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Papua New Guinea counterpart on the human rights situation in Papua New Guinea.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United Nations on the reinstatement of a monitoring mission to Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the present rate of defections from the Syrian army; and what steps the international community can...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Russian and Chinese counterparts concerning their respective positions on Syria.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department has been of each year of Operation Herrick.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times UK forces in Afghanistan have requested permission to patrol with members of the Afghan National Security Forces at company level this...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) fatalities and (b) serious casualties of Afghanistan and Pakistan civilians resulting from action by...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made to tactics for (a) dealing with improvised exploded devices in Afghanistan and (b) patrolling in partnership with members of...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many unmanned aerial vehicle strikes have been conducted by the UK since operations commenced in Afghanistan; and what proportion of such strikes...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the highest recognised FCO level for (a) native and (b) non-native (i) Pashtun, (ii) Dari and (iii) Farsi soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received and what his policy is on Noveprim Ltd, an overseas primate breeding supplier to UK laboratories approved by his Department,...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to end the import of the offspring of wild-caught monkeys, known as F1 generation, from Mauritius.

      Army: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where troops stationed in Germany will be stationed on return to the UK.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the future of the Brigade of Gurkhas; and if he will make a statement.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the situation of Gurkhas seeking to obtain UK citizenship; and whether his Department plans to make any further...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2012, Official Report, column 30W, on Libya, what munitions were deployed by the Typhoon aircraft flown from (a) the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the ability of the Sentinel R.1 aircraft to provide maritime surveillance capability in rough seas.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the results of Exercise Mountain Dragon; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in using the Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington as a training centre for interoperability between...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has published guidance on the rules governing its advisers working in private consultancies at the same time.

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish the criteria by which projects were assessed prior to announcing his shortlist for the Government's carbon capture...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the date by which projects were due to be completed was a factor in the assessment of projects in respect of the shortlisting...

      Climate Change: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations his Department has made to the US Administration on the issue of climate change; by whom and to whom any...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his contribution of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 946, on energy market reform, what plans he has to introduce a...

      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, for what reason it was not...

      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, which of the proposals made by...

      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, which consultation he intends to...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his contribution of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 947, on energy market reform, what the evidential basis is for...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his contribution of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 947, on energy market reform, what the evidential basis is for...

      Energy Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many complaints to the Energy Ombudsman broken down by each participating company in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) England and...

      Energy Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints about electricity companies were referred to the Energy Ombudsman in each of the last three years; how many were...

      Energy Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints about (a) E.On UK plc and (b) UK Power Networks were referred to the Energy Ombudsman in each of the last three...

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Chippenham, of 1 November 2012, Official Report, column 372, on carbon intensity...

      Energy: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints (a) by each type of complaint and (b) from each county his Department has received concerning each gas and...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for South Suffolk, of 1 November 2012, Official Report, columns 358-9, on energy...

      Energy: Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy companies on the identification and treatment of vulnerable customers.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many properties in each local authority area have benefited from energy efficiency measures through the (a) Carbon Emissions...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the way in which energy companies target financial benefits on vulnerable customers.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether an obligation is placed on energy companies to speak to charities and public organisations in order to identify vulnerable...

      Fuel Poverty: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the level of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.

      Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when Ofgem's Consumer Challenge Group last met; (2) what the scheduled date is of Ofgem's Consumer Challenge Group's next...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the inclusion of requirements for Green Deal ancillary works in the Green Deal Code of...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which cities have bid for part of the £12 million green deal pilot funding announced by his Department on 21 September 2012.

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of National Grid's commitment to introduce an audit clause in all aggregator framework...

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of National Grid's commitment to audit all aggregator contracts within two years.

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance his Department issues to energy companies about restoring power to households experiencing power supply failure; and if...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what requirements there are for energy companies which do not restore power supply to households experiencing power supply failure...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Southend, (b) Southend West constituency, (c) Essex and (d) England and Wales suffering electricity supply...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints his Department has received about electricity supply failure in each year since 2010; what response was given in...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in Southend West constituency experienced electricity supply failure (a) in 2011 and (b) in 2012 to date; and what...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the number of households which experienced electricity supply failure for over 12 hours in the...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the total value of financial losses to households affected by electricity supply failure in each of the last two...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many cases involving power supply loss the Energy Ombudsman dealt with in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when a Minister in his Department last visited (a) China, (b) the US, (c) Brazil, (d) Mexico and (e) South Africa; and when a Minister...

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how much was paid in constraint payments to wind farms in 2011; (2) what the average price per megawatt hour was paid for wind...

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many megawatt hours were constrained in 2011.

  • Education

    • Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on refreshments since May 2010.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of parents in England who designate (a) themselves, (b) a non-paid friend or relative, (c) a childminder, (d) a...

      Early Intervention Grant: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much was allocated to Cumbria through the early intervention grant in the last five financial years to date; and how much has been allocated for...

      Educational Institutions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the total number of employees of (a) schools and colleges and (b) organisations providing services under...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of pupils who did not have a statement of special educational needs did not achieve an A* to C grade in (a) English,...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education at which schools fewer than (a) 30 and (b) 50 per cent. of pupils who did not have a statement of special educational needs and were not eligible for...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Government's action plan on violence against women and girls, what progress he has made in realising the Government's commitment...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the annualised cost of the special advisers and policy advisers in his Department in the (a) last and (b) current...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils who did not have a statement of special educational needs were not entered for (a) English, (b) mathematics and...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010.

      Schools: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to integrate the use of new technologies into schools.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each decile of deprivation did not meet the Government's floor targets in the...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on how many days on average staff of his Department in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each of the last 12 months.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Staff

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

      Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has conducted an engagement index survey for staff working in his Department in autumn 2012; and if he will publish the results of any such...

      Truancy: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the truancy rate was for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Gillingham and Rainham constituency and (ii) Medway in the latest period for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) income and (b) expenditure of the Big Lottery Fund in (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16; and if he...

    • Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) on how many occasions the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, chaired by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has met since 29 November 2011; (2)...

      Charities: Religion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons the presumption that religion is of public benefit is not a consideration of the Charity Commission when considering the charitable...

      Cobra

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times COBR met in the last three months; and what the reasons were for each such meeting.

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 19 April 2012, Official Report, column 555W, on departmental standards, what his Department's definition of open...

      Kidneys: Diseases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cases of infant mortality in east Lancashire have been due to polycystic kidney disease in the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to answer the letter from the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion of 11 July 2012, on closure of the Joint Sustainability Forum.

      New Businesses: Hastings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small and medium-sized enterprises were set up in (a) Hastings local authority area and (b) Hastings and Rye constituency in each year since...

      Plymouth Brethren

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons charitable status was removed from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost was of the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme per participant in each of the years the NCS has been running.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Convention On International Interests in Mobile Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2012, Official Report, column 816W, on aviation: treaties, if he will publish the Government...

    • Enterprise Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions the provisions of section 42 of the Enterprise Act 2002 have been invoked since the section entered into...

      Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will introduce a public interest test for the acquisition of UK companies by foreign-owned firms based on the industrial...

      Insolvency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many company insolvencies there were in each sector in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many loans have been made through the Start Up Loans scheme from the inception of that scheme.

      Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he expects to publish the Civil Service People Survey 2012 results for his Department.

  • Health

    • Botulism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many confirmed cases of botulism have been reported in (a) children and (b) adults in each of the last five years.

    • Cardiovascular System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects his Cardiovascular Outcomes Strategy to be published; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that atrial fibrillation is included in...

      Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total NHS expenditure on congenital diaphragmatic hernia was in each of the last five years.

      Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of congenital diaphragmatic hernia there have been in each of the last five years; (2) what steps his Department is taking to help...

      Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of research conducted by (a) his Department and (b) other bodies in respect of congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2012, Official Report, column 427W, on dentistry, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all graduates...

      Diabetes: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of co-morbidities between diabetes and musculoskeletal health conditions; (2) what assessment his...

      Food Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many confirmed cases of food poisoning from reheated rice have been reported in adults in each of the last five years.

      Gender Recognition: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the NHS requires trans people to undergo a mandatory two year period of psychiatric assessment; what assessment he has made of the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations his Department has received on national commissioning arrangements for conditions with patient populations of fewer that 500;...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he had with the National Specialised Commissioning Team on the commissioning of highly specialised services in the NHS.

      Health Services: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the procurement department at NHS Plymouth has made in identifying savings in medicine supplies and the procurement of goods and equipment.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote the use across England of the Guidance on Risk Assessment and Stroke Prevention for Atrial Fibrillation...

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to combat tropical diseases in the UK.

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers his Department employs.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons the Care Quality Commission stopped conducting the patient survey for mental health in-patients; (2) if his Department will...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of musculoskeletal conditions on (a) levels of public health, (b) the economy and (c) society.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2012, Official Report, column 470W, on NHS: expenditure, for what reason the information is not held by the department.

      NHS: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will urge (a) North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and (b) South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to follow nationally-negotiated...

      Older People: Domestic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that older people injured in a fall are visited by a falls prevention team; (2) what steps he is taking to...

      Passive Smoking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of children who have been exposed to second-hand smoke whilst travelling in cars in England in the latest...

      Pregnancy: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the decision not to proceed with his Department's planned consultation on pregnancy counselling.

      Pregnancy: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent in preparation for its planned consultation on pregnancy counselling.

      Pregnancy: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates meetings took place in preparation for his Department's planned consultation on pregnancy counselling.

      Salmonella

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the savings to the NHS arising from the salmonella vaccination of chicken eggs over the last five years.

      Salmonella

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

      Salmonella

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of salmonella have originated from eating (a) contaminated chicken eggs, (b) undercooked chicken and (c) contaminated duck eggs in each of...

      Smallpox: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, columns 667-8W, on smallpox: vaccination, what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department sought advice from the Department for Education before the decision was taken to appoint two chief social workers; (2) what...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the business case for Telehealth.

      Trichinosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many confirmed cases of trichinosis have been reported in (a) adults and (b) children in each of the last five years.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Ministers in the devolved Administrations on trends in the incidence of tuberculosis; and if he will make a statement.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish a core national standard for social services and support for people with impaired vision.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Disabled People of 10 July 2012, Official Report, column 171, on access to work, what the...

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to consult asbestos victims support groups about his proposal to introduce a tariff scheme for untraced insurance claims.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received on the performance of Atos Healthcare in respect of its contract with the Department in the...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of carer's allowance relative to the hours of care provided.

      Catering

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

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to establish a consensus on the additional costs associated with disability.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department offers to single mothers seeking to enter employment.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department offers support to help parents of zero to five year olds to become self-employed.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of enquiries his Department has had from energy companies in (a) the last month and (b) the last year...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of claim is for housing benefit claimants under the age of 25 living in (a) the social rented sector and (b) the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities in preparation for the household benefit cap; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with local authorities on the potential effect of the household benefit cap on children and families; and if he...

      Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) errors and administrative delay overpayments and (b) correctly paid benefit payments were made by each local authority in the...

      Housing Benefit: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what allocation for discretionary housing payment has been made to (a) Manchester and (b) Trafford in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15; and how the...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in (a) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (b) the north-west, (c) England and (d) the UK received payments from...

      Jobcentre Plus: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people used the fast signing procedure at Jobcentre Plus in Motherwell in the last six months.

      New Enterprise Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new micro-businesses have been created in (a) Lanarkshire and (b) Scotland through the new enterprise allowance.

      Pension, Disability and Carers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the chief operating officer of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service has signed replies to letters from hon. Members...

      Pension, Disability and Carers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a substantive reply to his letter of 17 September 2012 from the Pension,...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely number of days between an unsuccessful applicant for the personal independence payment receiving their...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which (a) charities and (b) other organisations his Department consulted on the introduction of personal independence payments; what the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department plans to issue to providers of the personal independence payment assessment process on (a) the provider’s...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of children living in two-parent households were living in houses where no one (a) was working and (b) had...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Social Fund: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent from the social fund in Liverpool in each of the last 12 months.

      Social Fund: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on (a) community care grants and (b) crisis loans in the London borough of Newham in each month in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evidence he has taken into account of problems caused in the present system by the need to adjust to a monthly frequency of payment for...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the effects of changes made by the Government to the welfare...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will exempt people who are resident in women's refuges from the benefit cap.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of women's refuges in England have claimed benefits in each year since 2007; and how many dependent children they claimed for.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households that will be affected by more than one of (a) the household benefit cap, (b) localisation...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people aged between 18 and 65 in the UK (a) do not work and claim benefits, (b) do not work and do not claim...

      Social Security Benefits: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of recent changes to the welfare system on the movement of vulnerable people to the...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish unemployment statistics for each (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) disability for each region.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to the public purse was of out-of-work benefits in each local authority area in the last year for which figures are...

      Unemployment Benefits: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people were claiming out-of-work benefits in each of the principal seaside towns in the UK in each of the last...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) income, (b) work status, (c) family type and (d) household tenure type is of those people who he estimates will see higher...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to his answer of 29 October 2012, Official Report, column 65W, on universal credit, what analysis his Department has undertaken...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2012, Official Report, column 503W, on universal credit, what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will publish his Department's impact assessment with respect to the effects of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 in Northern Ireland; (2)...

      Wheels to Work Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what financial support his Department provided to wheels to work schemes in each financial year from 2008-09 to 2011-12.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many audio recordings of work capability assessments have been requested in each month since December 2011; and how many such requests have...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the work capability assessment takes full account of the cognitive impact of stroke; (2) what...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2012, Official Report, column 839W, on early access to the Work programme, how many individuals in receipt...

      Written Questions

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

      Written Questions

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • National Planning Policy Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of progress by local authorities in implementing the National Planning Policy Framework and...

    • 4G Spectrum Revenue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the potential number of affordable homes, jobs and apprenticeships that would be created if the revenue from...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has considered extending the ability for a developer to ask for an immediate renegotiation of affordable...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been included in section 106 agreements for developments to build retirement housing in each of...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes are exempt from council tax under the class D exemption for dwellings left unoccupied by prisoners; and if he...

      Homelessness: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of homeless young people on Teesside in each year from 2007 to 2012 to date.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy that the Housing Standards Review should result in an increase to the (a) quality and (b)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to ensure an ongoing improvement in the (a) quality, (b) sustainability standards, (c) water...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the evidence base for the statement in his Housing Standards Review that current housing codes, standards,...

      Local Government: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's localism agenda; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has given to the Planning Inspectorate on the definition of viability in respect of section 106 renegotiations.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Metals: Theft

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what the cost of metal theft from Church of England property was in (a) Shipley constituency, (b) Bradford metropolitan...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2012, Official Report, column 608W, on Joint Ministerial Committee, when he plans to publish the report of the work of the Joint...

  • Justice

    • Azelle Rodney Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the daily cost to the public purse of the Azelle Rodney inquiry.

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency received awards under tariffs one to five of the Criminal Injuries Compensation...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends to announce details of the Government's review to be undertaken pursuant to section 48 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...

      Legal Services Ombudsman: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff of each (a) gender and (b) grade work (i) part-time and (ii) full-time on (A) permanent and (B) casual contracts in the Office of...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 122W, on pay, what the annual salary is of the (a) permanent secretary of the Ministry...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made in finalising compulsory prison transfer agreements with (a) Nigeria, (b) Jamaica and (c) Vietnam.

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on criminally insane prisoners and voting of the European Court of Human Right's ruling on...

      Terrorism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in the London borough of Havering were convicted of terrorist-related activities in each year since 2005.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Dyslexia and Gender Dysphoria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 18 July (WA 69), what are the disciplinary and discharge procedures for Members of the Royal Naval Reserve...

    • Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food and the Environment to report on the studies of cabin air quality conducted by Cranfield University...

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many bee experts are employed in (1) Natural England, (2) the Environment Agency, (3) the Forestry Commission, and (4) the National Bee Unit of the Food and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure differing scientific views regarding the use of badger culling to control bovine tuberculosis are considered by the public; and whether they...

      Broadcasting: Independent Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which independent television broadcasting companies also own commercial radio stations broadcasting in the same licence area.

      Building Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the review of building regulations reported in the Guardian on 27 October, what were the results of the 2012 Building Regulations consultation...

      Care Services: Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the monitoring arrangements to prevent the abuse of children and adults with special learning difficulties placed voluntarily or...

      Civil Service: Secondments

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

      Crime: Cable Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to the United Kingdom economy of the theft of telecommunications cable.

      Debt: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of the national debt that would pass to Scotland if Scotland left the United Kingdom.

      Employment: Under-25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) for the last quarter, and (2) for the past year, how many (a) 18-21 year-olds, and (b) 22-24 year-olds, in England entered employment; and for each age group...

      EU: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 24 October (Official Report, col. 204), which of the wealthiest regions of the European Union receive structural funds...

      Government: Ministerial Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether letters that Ministers have written to Members following a commitment made during oral questions are always placed in the Library of the House,...

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on (1) fire, and (2) theft, prevention in each of the past five years.

      Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the difference between the Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances that was abolished on 22 July and the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee set up...

      Health: Contraception

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the provision of contraception by schools and other organisations to children under the age of 16 constitutes a criminal...

      Health: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether European Union nationals resident in the United Kingdom who are in receipt of a pension and whose healthcare costs could be paid for by their home country...

      Homelessness: Ex-service Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Hanham on 30 October (Official Report, col. 502), what estimate they have made of the proportion of ex-service personnel who are...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new housing units were built between 2005 and 2010; and how many new housing units will need to be provided each year between 2013 and 2033 to meet the...

      Housing: Council Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether provisions exist to enable local authorities to sell their properties at less than market value.

      Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Strathclyde on 29 October (Official Report, col. 407), what information they have regarding the reasons for the delay until the...

      OpCapita

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the role of OpCapita leading up to the collapse of the electronics retailer Comet, and the manner in which OpCapita and its...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of British overseas aid, provided both bilaterally and multi-laterally, is used to ensure that people in poor and developing countries are able to...

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Henley on 26 March (Official Report, col. 1120), whether they have taken a decision on the sharing of suspicious activity reports...

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what statutory authority they have exempted the reporting of demands for ransom money for the release of persons captured by pirates from the requirement to...

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Henley on 26 March (Official Report, col. 1120), whether the work requested by the Prime Minister on the payment of ransoms has...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities regarding planning consent for out-of-town shopping precincts in relation to the profitability of high street...

      Police: College of Policing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the transitional and branding costs associated with the establishment of the new College of Policing.

      Political Parties: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will re-open all party discussions on the financing of political parties.

      Post-2015 Development Agenda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Secretary of State for International Development has had with the Prime Minister, as co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015...

      Racism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 26 October (WA 89), which organisations are funded to work with victims of racist attacks; how much...

      Railways: East Coast Main Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the failure to allocate the West Coast Mainline Franchise will alter the timetable to denationalise the East Coast Mainline.

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms are in place to ensure responsible spending of public money on free schools.

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the impact of introducing a turnover tax, offsetable against actual assessed corporation tax, for trans-national companies and groups of...

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