Written answers
Tuesday, 13 November 2012

  • Attorney-General
    • Cybercrime
      To ask the Attorney-General with reference to the answer of 19 March 2012, Official Report, column 437W, on cybercrime: prosecutions, whether his Department has changed its policy on the...
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Community Infrastructure Levy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the extra resources required by the Planning Inspectorate to deal with (a) consideration of draft...
    • Council Tax Benefits: Liverpool
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in Liverpool are in receipt of council tax benefit; what assessment he has made of the effect that the...
    • Council Tax: Graduates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will bring forward proposals to exempt graduates from paying council tax in the interim period between completing...
    • Homelessness
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what formula basis the homelessness prevention grant for 2013-14 and 2014-15 has been made to (a) all local authorities and...
    • Housing: Construction
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department holds a copy of the Glenigan database.
    • Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 774W, on planning permission, whether his Department...
    • Service Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what safeguards his Department has put in place to ensure that agents do not apply excessive mark-ups and charges for seller's packs.
    • Sleeping Rough
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2012, Official Report, columns 143-44W, on homelessness, (1) who took the decision to...
    • Sleeping Rough
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in rough sleeping between autumn 2010 and autumn 2011; (2)...
    • Written Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of written parliamentary questions to his Department received holding responses in the last 12...
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • BBC Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if she will hold discussions with the BBC Trust on steps to encourage the BBC to invest more in productions in Northern...
    • Operating Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the administration costs of her Department were in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; and what estimate she has made of the likely...
    • Operating Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the staffing budget of her Department was in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and what she expects it to be in (i) 2013,...
    • Telephone Services: Unsolicited Goods and Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether her Department has considered taking steps to ensure that cold calls are not made to elderly and vulnerable people by...
    • Video Games: Advertising
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will ask the Advertising Standards Authority to consider taking steps to clarify the commercial intent of video games...
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Climate Change: China
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential for developing a low-carbon strategic partnership between China and the (a) UK...
    • Climate Change: China
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of steps taken within China at (a) national and (b) provincial level to address climate change.
    • Electricity Generation (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, columns 604-6W, on electricity generation, what the current and future...
    • Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his contribution of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 939, on energy market reform, what legislative proposals he...
    • Fuel Poverty: Cumbria
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people in fuel poverty in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria in each of the...
    • Green Deal Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to reintroduce requirements in the Green Deal Code of Practice for ancillary works to be undertaken by members of...
    • Green Deal Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria his Department has set to distinguish what qualifies someone to be termed as a Green Deal apprentice.
    • Green Deal Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer by the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change to the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon, of 1...
    • Green Deal Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how his Department plans to record the net number of jobs created by the Green Deal.
    • Green Deal Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Green Deal assessments have been carried out since October 2012.
    • Green Deal Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how his Department plans to monitor the number of properties which have taken out a Green Deal package.
    • Power Failures
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has received representations on the effects on customers of the time taken by UK power networks to restore power supply in...
    • Radioactive Materials
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what support his Department is providing to the (a) civil and (b) defence sector nuclear supply chains.
    • Renewable Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of greater certainty in oil demand and price trends on investment in alternative fuels; and...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider the introduction of new measures to protect the welfare of live animal exports.
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to have a thorough inspection of live export shipments from associated ports.
    • Farms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much land has been lost from farming and agriculture in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Cumbria in each of the...
    • Floods: Barrow in Furness
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of homes and businesses at risk of flooding in Barrow and Furness constituency in...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to answer the letter from the hon. Member for Halton sent on 8 October 2012.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • European Parliament Location
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on ending the two seat operation of the European Parliament.
    • Kosovo
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to improve transparency in the judiciary of Kosovo.
    • Kosovo
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on political interference in the judiciary in Kosovo.
    • Papua New Guinea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are stationed in Papua New Guinea.
    • Private Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many employees of his Department claim the continuity of education allowance; and what the grade is of each employee.
    • Private Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which schools in Scotland receive funding from the continuity of education allowance; and how much each school received in the...
    • Private Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many children are funded by the continuity of education allowance to attend schools in Scotland.
    • Private Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on the continuity of education allowance for pupils attending schools in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales,...
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will reconsider the implementation of VAT in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will work with the new Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands to ensure that it provides effective governance of the...
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure resources are made available to support the new government in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Home Department
    • Arrests
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests there were under section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.
    • Bovine Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has received any reports of threats made against farms in the two proposed pilot badger cull areas; and whether any...
    • Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she expects to appoint an independent head of the investigation into the Waterhouse report; (2) what resources she plans to...
    • Children: Protection (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how her Department's multi-agency safeguarding project supports local areas to safeguard and manage the risks to children and vulnerable...
    • Firearms
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many replica weapons were used in connection with a criminal offence in each of the last five years; (2) how many de-activated...
    • National Wildlife Crime Unit
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on future funding of the National Wildlife Crime Unit.
    • Police: Conduct
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been (a) dismissed with no notice, (b) dismissed with notice, (c) received a final written warning, (d)...
    • Sabina Eriksson
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the decision was made to release Sabina Eriksson on 19 May 2008 after she had been detained at the local police station...
    • Vetting
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Criminal Records Bureau checks have been requested for those in regulated positions in each month since May 2010.
  • Justice
    • Alternatives to Prison
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the results of the intensive alternatives to custody pilot programme.
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to introduce tougher community penalties.
    • Freedom of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many freedom of information requests were submitted to his Department between 2008 and 8 November 2012; how many such requests were answered; and how...
    • Freedom of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many answers to freedom of information requests made between 2008 and 8 November 2012 were provided within the prescribed time period; how many such...
    • Freedom of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many freedom of information requests his Department refused to answer between 2008 and 8 November 2012; and what grounds were given in each such case.
    • Freedom of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many freedom of information requests were subject to an appeal to the Information Commissioner between 2008 and 8 November 2012; what the decision of...
    • Youth Offending Teams
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which youth offending team has had the largest reduction in its annual budget since 2010; (2) how much funding each youth offending team has...
  • Northern Ireland
    • Press: Subscriptions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which magazine, journal and newspaper subscriptions held by her Department have been cancelled since May 2010.
  • Prime Minister
    • Middle East
      To ask the Prime Minister (1) which meetings included human rights on the agenda during his recent visit to (a) the United Arab Emirates and (b) Saudi Arabia; and which other representatives...
  • Transport
    • Airports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies tasked to identify and recommend to the Government options for future UK hub airport...
    • Billing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost to his Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are available; and what...
    • Driving: Eyesight
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to highlight the dangers of driving with poor eyesight.
    • Macquarie Group
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times staff of his Department have met representatives of the Macquarie Group in the latest period for which figures are available.
    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the annual average price of car insurance of the introduction of the ban on gender...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Credit Unions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department is providing to credit unions which are experiencing difficulties breaking even in the current economic climate;...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claimants under the age of 25 living in (a) the social rented sector and (b) the private rented sector of each...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authorities have indicated that they will provide additional funding to supplement the additional £390 million allocated for...
    • Personal Independence Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with the Motability charity on personal independence payments.
    • Remploy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason three per cent of Remploy employees made unemployed this year have gained alterative employment.
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in work receiving benefits; what proportion of benefits are paid to people in work;...
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of the 56,000 households his Department estimates will be effected by the benefit cap, how many will be in receipt of employment and support...
    • Unemployment: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's Innovation Fund in addressing youth unemployment.
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish (a) the full list of passported benefits and (b) how they will be treated under universal credit.
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of workless households he expects to be in receipt of universal credit by March 2015 under the roll out plans of November 2011.
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department will announce the average marginal deduction rates and participation tax rates for the combined universal credit and...
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to Table 5 on page 21 in his universal credit impact assessment, what the average cash increase in benefits will be for those...
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he expects the current pause in all Government Procurement Service ICT procurements to have any effect on the timetable for delivering...
    • Welfare to Work: Medway
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed by companies based in Medway under the welfare to work programme in the last year.
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has undertaken on the sectors of the economy that are engaging with work programme providers.
  • Education
    • Children in Care: Missing Persons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress has been made by his Department's Task and Finish group set up as a result of the all-party parliamentary group inquiry into children...
    • Children in Care: Missing Persons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress has been made by his Department's Expert Data group set up as a result of the all-party parliamentary group inquiry into children missing...
    • Children: Internet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he expects to announce the results of the consultation on the Opt-in Approach to harmful content on the internet; (2) when he expects to...
    • Gcse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals sat GCSEs in each subject in the last year for which...
    • Social Workers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure the two chief social workers will work together to provide a strong voice for social work.
    • Social Workers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the cost per head of funding new social worker recruits through the frontline organisation.
    • Special Educational Needs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what resource his Department has committed to the development of the local offer element of the Children and Families Bill; and if he will make a statement.
    • Special Educational Needs: Sunderland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in Sunderland Central constituency received Special Education Needs statements in 2011.
    • Teenage Pregnancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teenage and (b) non-teenage pregnancies that resulted in (i) live births, (ii) still births and (iii) legal abortions there were in each...
    • Teenage Pregnancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teenage pregnancies there have been and what the rate of teenage pregnancy has been in each (a) local authority area and (b) ward in each of...
    • UK Youth Parliament
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the continuance and level of funding of the UK Youth Parliament either (a) through a third-party host or (b) directly for the...
    • Written Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many written parliamentary questions to his Department received a substantive answer (a) within five working days, (b) between six and 10...
    • Written Questions: Government Responses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to answer Question 126359, on free schools, tabled by the hon. Member for Gedling on 30 October 2012 for answer on 2 November 2012.
  • Defence
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been (a) treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and (b) discharged for psychological reasons after returning from...
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on how many members of the Afghan National Army have deserted in each of the last three years.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment has been donated to the Afghan National Army; and if he will estimate the value of such equipment.
    • Aircraft Carriers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the operational role of HMS Prince of Wales; whether recent decisions on the procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have...
    • Armed Forces: Conditions of Service
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the new employment model for service personnel.
    • Armed Forces: Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department provides to military personnel who are experiencing difficulties obtaining credit owing to the regular changes of address...
    • Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with Veterans Aid regarding the citizenship rights of foreign soldiers.
    • Armed Forces: Redundancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department provides to former military personnel who have been or will be made redundant.
    • Armed Forces: Redundancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) B2 engineering managers, (b) C1 senior engineers and (c) experienced engineers have (i) accepted voluntary redundancy and (ii) been made...
    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether serving members of the armed forces who report rape are automatically entitled to lifelong anonymity; and if he will make a statement.
    • Armed Forces: Summary Trial
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal advice service personnel are entitled to on whether to opt for summary trials or court martial; and what arrangements are in place to ensure...
    • Armed Forces: Summary Trial
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2012, Official Report, columns 972-3W, on armed forces: disciplinary proceedings, what proportion of summary trials...
    • Armed Forces: Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the joint combat operations virtual environment being developed by the Royal School of Artillery in...
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people currently contracted as consultants to his Department or its agencies were previously employed directly by his Department or its agencies...
    • Cyprus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department has provided to tackle illegal bird trapping in the Cyprus Sovereign Base areas in 2012; and what steps he is taking to...
    • Defence Infrastructure Organisation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Transformation Programme; and if he will make a statement.
    • Defence Infrastructure Organisation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the outcome of his Department's search for a private sector partner for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
    • Lobbying
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the remit is of his Department's investigation into allegations of lobbying by former senior military personnel; (2) when he expects to...
    • Mercian Regiment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made a decision on retaining the name of the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment (Staffords) in respect of the new battalions from autumn 2014.
    • Military Aircraft: Helicopters
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the Puma upgrade programme; when he expects the programme to be completed and whether there has been any delay; what the...
    • Parachute Regiment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers from the Parachute Regiment have left the Army within three years of commanding their battalions since 2005.
    • Press: Subscriptions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which magazines, journals and newspapers his Department subscribes.
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on (a) pay, (b) pensions and (c) equipment in each year since 2007.
    • Reserve Forces
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of service of reservists for the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Army is; and if he will make a statement.
    • Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sites his Department has in Scotland.
    • Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed in Scotland in jobs linked (a) indirectly and (b) directly to UK cyber-security operations.
    • Senior Civil Servants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which civilian posts in his Department at grade 5 level or above have been abolished without direct replacement since May 2010.
    • Senior Civil Servants: Retirement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many senior civil servants have retired from his Department since May 2010; what their names are; and whether each former civil servant has had any...
    • Sir Tim Laurence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times each Minister in his Department had meetings with Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence since May 2012; and how many such meetings were held in...
    • United Arab Emirates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what issues were covered by the defence industrial partnership agreed during the Prime Minister's visit to the United Arab Emirates; what is the nature...
    • Unmanned Air Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will be based in the UK after the end of operations in Afghanistan; (2) if he will estimate the cost to...
    • Vacancies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's vacancy rate was in 2011-12; and what vacancy rate has been assumed for 2012-13.
    • Veterans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure that employers in the private sector are aware of the skills and experience that former military personnel...
    • Written Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many written parliamentary questions to his Department received a substantive answer (a) within five working days, (b) between six and 10...
  • Treasury
    • Capital Gains Tax
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish (a) the calculations used to reach the figure of £0.6 billion for gains accrued but unrealised at death for capital gains tax in the...
    • Child Benefit (2 annotations)
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff his Department has recruited to work on the child benefit income tax charge.
    • Credit Unions
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to announce a decision on changes to the interest rate cap on credit union loans.
    • Diesel Fuel
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the loss of revenue associated with the use of red diesel in the haulage industry.
    • Diesel Fuel
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to notify traffic commissioners of the unlawful use of red diesel in the haulage industry.
    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in paying compensation to Equitable Life policyholders; and if he will make a statement.
    • Excise Duties: Fuels
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made on whether the level of duty levied on methanol fuel is preventing its introduction into the UK; (2) what...
    • Individual Savings Accounts
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make it his policy to increase the limit of individual savings accounts held in cash; (2) if he will consider extending the uses to which...
    • Pay
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 83W, on pay, what the annual salary is of the (a) Head of Assurance of Infrastructure UK...
    • Pensioners: Northern Ireland
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners there were in each income quintile in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available.
    • Public Bodies
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on pricing risk for Government departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies undertaking commercial activities.
    • Public Bodies
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on Government Departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies having insurance in place to cover the commercial...
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequentials have been received by the Scottish Government since 2007; and for what reason those funds were transferred.
    • Science: Finance
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral answer of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 719, on affordable housing, to which science...
    • Taxation: Energy
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of whether the UK is eligible to take up the mineralogical processes exemption under the Taxation of Energy Products and...
    • Taxation: United Arab Emirates
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to promote tax co-operation and information sharing with the United Arab Emirates.
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Apprentices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies to date have participated in the scheme to encourage small firms to take on a young apprentice.
    • Apprentices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2012, Official Report, column 290W, on apprentices, how many apprentices currently employed...
    • Apprentices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many under-19 apprenticeship starts there were in (a) 2011 and (b) 2010; and for what reason there was any change in the two...
    • Apprentices: Barrow in Furness
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts there have been in each sector for each gender in Barrow and Furness constituency in (a) 2011-12...
    • British Antarctic Survey
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the Minister for Science's statement to the House on 2 November 2012, whether the Cabinet Office has given any...
    • British Antarctic Survey
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reinstate the senior management of the British Antarctic Survey.
    • British Antarctic Survey
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent decisions he has made on the future of the British Antarctic Survey.
    • British Antarctic Survey
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects a new permanent director of the British Antarctic Survey will be approved.
    • British Antarctic Survey
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent correspondence he has received from the Director of the British Antarctic Survey.
    • Business: Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect sustained low interest rates are having on the ability of small- and medium-sized...
    • Consumers: Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how his Department plans to tighten regulations on the consumer credit industry.
    • Crossrail Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions and correspondence Ministers and officials in his Department have had with (a) Ministers or officials in...
    • Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are employed by small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK.
    • Employment Agencies: Performing Arts
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps Employment Agency Standards has taken to consult the public on fees for agencies in the modelling and entertainment...
    • Employment Agencies: Performing Arts
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many entertainment agencies have been successfully prosecuted for breaching the cooling-off period for workers joining their...
    • Filton Airfield (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the future of the aviation manufacturing base Filton Airfield.
    • Local Enterprise Partnerships: EU Grants and Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether local enterprise partnerships will have a role in bidding for, allocating and managing funds from the European Regional...
    • Mature Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 35WS, on advanced learning loans, what...
    • Overseas Trade: Uganda
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the level of (a) imports from and (b) exports to Uganda was in each of the last five years.
    • Self-employed: Kent
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of people were self-employed in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency and (b) Medway in each of the last five years.
    • Working Hours: EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the financial effects of the (a) European Working Time Directive and (b) Temporary Agency...
  • International Development
    • Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consideration her Department has given to the inclusion of people's access to security and justice in the post-2015 development...
    • Uganda
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials in her Department are stationed in Uganda.
    • Uganda
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment she has made of the implications for UK aid to Uganda of the recent allegations of misappropriation of...
  • Health
    • Abortion
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters he has received from (a) the public, (b) hon. Members and (c) members of the House of Lords on abortion time limits in the last three...
    • Addictions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with (a) gambling, (b) alcohol and (c) drug addiction in each region in each of the last five years.
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the mean alcohol consumption per week in units for people aged 16 and over in each region in each year since 2008.
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the NHS treating people admitted to hospital as a result of alcohol consumption in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 to date.
    • Ambulance Services: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time was for ambulances in (a) England and (b) each region in each year since 2008.
    • Asthma: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of childhood asthma have been diagnosed in each of the last 10 years.
    • Blood Diseases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2012, Official Report, column 758W, on blood: diseases, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of...
    • Blood Diseases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2012, Official Report, column 758W, on blood: diseases, what plans his Department has to record the number of deaths...
    • Blood Diseases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2012, Official Report, column 758W, on blood: diseases, by what means his Department ascertains that health care...
    • Breastfeeding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on supporting breastfeeding in financial year 2011-12; how much his Department has allocated to support breastfeeding in financial year...
    • Cannabis (2 annotations)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Bedrocan and Bediol forms of cannabis are available (a) under prescription and (b) on the NHS.
    • Children's Play
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure children in England are able to play actively outdoors, in streets and other open public spaces as part of the...
    • Clostridium
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clostridium difficile infections there were in English hospitals in (a) 2010 and (b) 2012; and if he will make a statement.
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which management consultancy companies are employed by his Department; and how many staff from each such consultancy are working for his Department.
    • Continuing Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the level of need to qualify for NHS continuing health care identified by the decisions support tool differs from that specified in...
    • Continuing Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements his Department has in place to ensure that primary care trusts meet their statutory obligations under section 2 of the NHS Continuing...
    • Dental Services: Legal Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department of legal disputes over dental contracts since May 2010.
    • Drugs: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of children taking (a) heroin and (b) cocaine.
    • Drugs: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any of the 29,855 people recorded by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse's statistical report for 2011-12 as having overcome their...
    • East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will assess the reasons for the performance of the East of England Ambulance Service being below the national average for ambulance services...
    • Eculizumab
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recent advice from the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services on the funding of Eculizumab in England; and if...
    • Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has undertaken any studies on how many people suffer from electromagnetic sensitivity and how severely they are affected by...
    • Female Genital Mutilation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider including a mandatory data collection question about female genital mutilation on GP registration forms.
    • Food: Hygiene
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason mobile food vendors do not have to display their food hygiene ratings certificate.
    • Genito-urinary Medicine
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to the sexual health sector in each of the last five years.
    • Health Education: Sex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce (a) unplanned pregnancies and (b) sexually transmitted diseases; and if he will make a statement.
    • Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with specialised commissioning groups on implementation of Clinical Priorities Advisory Group recommendations.
    • Health: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received on the ring-fencing of public health budgets; (2) which local authorities have requested that public health...
    • Hospital Wards: Closures
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which hospitals in each parliamentary constituency ward closures are planned.
    • Hospitals: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to hospital with (a) gunshot and (b) knife wounds in (i) the London borough of Hackney, (ii) London and (iii) England in (A)...
    • Hospitals: Parking
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals charge for parking in England; and which hospitals have increased charges for parking since May 2010.
    • Human Embryos
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department last undertook a review of the scientific evidence on when human life begins that drew on (a) UK and (b) international research; and...
    • Influenza
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will review the success rate and mechanism for the call-back arrangements for influenza jabs for the under 65s; (2) if he will review the...
    • Kidney Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the cost to the NHS of polycystic kidney disease; (2) what steps he is taking to combat polycystic kidney...
    • Lactose: Allergies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of people with lactose intolerance.
    • Malaria
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been recorded by the NHS as having developed malaria following an overseas visit in each of the last five years.
    • Mental Health Services: East of England
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that additional funding should be allocated to the NHS in Norfolk and Suffolk for the purpose of hiring private mental...
    • Methamphetamine
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to highlight the dangers of methamphetamine use; (2) what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of...
    • NHS: Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) managers were employed by the NHS in England in May (a) 2010 and (b) 2012.
    • Obesity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to his report entitled Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England, published in October 2011, what...
    • Patients: Hygiene
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the NHS on educating patients in hospitals to wash their hands regularly and correctly in the latest period for which figures...
    • Perinatal Mortality
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial assistance and (b) other support is available from the NHS for mothers who deliver a stillborn baby.
    • Prescriptions: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people qualify for free prescriptions.
    • Psychiatry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the case for introducing a mandatory licensing scheme for psychotherapists.
    • Respiratory System
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there will be a dedicated national clinical lead for respiratory disease in the NHS.
    • Samaritans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has provided to the Samaritans in each of the last five years.
    • Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authority areas have the 20 highest incidences of tuberculosis; and if he will make a statement.
    • Viagra: Side Effects
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many men have been admitted to hospital as a result of taking Sildenafil in each of the last five years.
    • Window Blinds: Accidents
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of three (1) in the London Borough of Havering have died as a result of becoming entangled in window blind cords since...
  • Cabinet Office
    • Civil Service Agencies
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what his policy is on executive agencies competing against private companies for (a) public and (b) private sector contracts; (2) what his policy...
    • Death
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Office for National Statistics (ONS) plans to publish its analyses on registration delays for each grouping of causes-of-death in ONS's full...
    • Employment: Scotland
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudon constituency, who were included in the numbers of employed in the most recent Labour...
    • Justice and Security Bill (HL)
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what representations he has received relating to Part 2 of the Justice and Security Bill [Lords].
    • Military Medals Review (3 annotations)
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress has been made by the Independent Medals Review Panel on rules governing the award of campaign medals, including a Bomber Command...
    • Procurement
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what criteria his Department used to judge tenders for the last 100 contracts valued over £100,000.
    • Sir Edward Heath
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2012, Official Report, column 52W, on Sir Edward Heath, if he will publish a description of the contents for each...
  • House of Lords
    • Abortion
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much public funding was provided to private clinics carrying out abortions during each of the past 10 years.
    • Abortion
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they (1) initiated, and (2) cancelled, a public consultation on abortion counselling.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to distinguish civilians from insurgents in Afghanistan when assessing deaths and injuries caused by United Kingdom forces; and whether the...
    • Angola
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent general elections in Angola.
    • Angola
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to promote democracy in Angola.
    • Angola
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the independence of the Angolan Electoral Commission.
    • Angola
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received about recent civic unrest in Angola.
    • Angola
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of Angola's candidacy for graduation from the group of less developed countries.
    • Armed Forces: Accommodation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of Weeton and Fullwood Barracks as part of the future basing strategy.
    • Armed Forces: Careers and Training
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals in the Armed Forces are in higher professional training. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals in the Armed Forces in higher...
    • Armed Forces: Food Allowance
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any circumstances under which members of the Armed Forces may be required to pay for their food while on duty; and, if so, what are the relevant...
    • Armed Forces: Recruitment
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the army recruitment strength in the north west of England; and what is the basing strength in the north-west of England.
    • Armed Forces: Senior Officers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior serving officers are employed in (1) the Naval Service, (2) the British Army, and (3) the Royal Air Force.
    • Asylum Seekers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord McNally on 1 November (WS 65) regarding the European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council, what are the implications...
    • Banking
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when interest received by the Asset Purchase Fund (APF) administered by the Bank of England appears in national accounts; and whether proceeds of redeemed...
    • Benefits
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of (1) child benefit and (2) child tax credit paid to families on behalf of 16-19 year-olds in full-time further education and unwaged training...
    • Benefits
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that child benefit reforms will not increase debt and reduce income for middle income families.
    • Benefits
      To ask Her Majesty's Government for which non-contributory social security and housing benefits are nationality, immigration status and the nature of residency qualifying factors; and, when...
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will raise concerns about the situation of the Rohingya people of Burma in the United Nations Security Council.
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of satellite images obtained by Human Rights Watch of the town of Kyaukpyu in Burma, and of allegations that they represent evidence...
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi about the situation of the Rohingya people.
    • Buses: Green Bus Fund
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Attlee on 6 November (Official Report, col. WS 79) concerning the Green Bus Fund, whether applications for the...
    • China
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 11 October (WA 428), when is the next United Kingdom-China Human Rights Dialogue; what will be its agenda; and...
    • Civil Aviation Authority
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Civil Aviation Authority is required to publish details of its income sources; and, if so, whether they will provide the details.
    • Civil Aviation Authority
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 5 July 2011 (WA 36-7), what measures are in force to prevent conflict of interests in the exercise by the Civil...
    • Civil Service: Secondments
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior civil servants at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are on secondment to companies or organisations in the United Kingdom; how...
    • Civil Service: Secondments
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior civil servants at the Department for Work and Pensions are on secondment to companies or organisations in the United Kingdom; how many were...
    • Credit Default Swaps
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the European Commission on lifting the restrictions on purchasing credit default swaps on securities issued by European...
    • Credit Unions
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to expand the credit union movement in the United Kingdom.
    • Cyprus
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have planned in the next 12 months with civil society organisations in Cyprus.
    • Cyprus
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of United Nations resolutions in relation to Cyprus.
    • Energy: Mediterranean Natural Gas Reserves
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Governments of Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Russia, and with the United Nations and representatives of the Turkish...
    • Energy: Power Stations
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with the operator of Didcot power station its conversion to burn biomass instead of coal as an alternative to closure.
    • Equality Act 2010
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) any differences in the state of race relations and race equality between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and...
    • Finance: Reform
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by a senior Bank of England official praising the Occupy movement in its campaign for reform of the financial...
    • Firearms: Licensing
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice has been provided over the past five years by HM Treasury to the Home Office or the Health and Safety Executive on the manner in which fees charged by...
    • Ghana
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Ghana concerning the Presidential elections there in December.
    • Ghana
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given any guidance to the Government of Ghana about the implementation of the proposed freedom of information law; and, if so, what that guidance was.
    • Ghana
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken through the Commonwealth to support economic growth in Ghana.
    • Government Departments: Correspondence
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) letters, and (2) emails, were received by the Department for Work and Pensions in each of the past five years for which information is available; and,...
    • Government Departments: Ministerial Papers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to departments on the acceptable length of time from initial request to provide access to papers for former ministers; and whether that...
    • Government Departments: Policy Tsars
      To ask Her Majesty's Government which policy tsars have been appointed since the 2010 general election; for how long each was appointed; and which reports each has published.
    • Government: Ministerial Guidance
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what ministerial guidance applies to a Minister of the Crown who makes policy against their department's legal advice.
    • Higher Education: Grants
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of, and how many, full-time students in higher education up to undergraduate level in England from households with an income (1) below...
    • House of Lords: Inter-parliamentary Organisations and Conferences
      To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 5 November (WA 175), what plans there are for Members who serve on inter-parliamentary organisations to report back to the...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reforms in housing benefit on social cohesion.
    • International Monetary Fund
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the International Monetary Fund working paper The Chicago Plan Revisited. To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have...
    • Lebanon
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the International Young Democrat Union statement on Lebanon released on 23 October.
    • NHS: Liverpool Care Pathway
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients in (1) NHS hospitals, and (2) hospices, have been put on the Liverpool Care Pathway in each year since its commencement.
    • NHS: Liverpool Care Pathway
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financially remunerated targets are attached to the Liverpool Care Pathway in NHS hospitals.
    • Nigeria
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Nigeria about the position of the Christian religion in Nigeria following the burning of a Catholic church...
    • Nigeria
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the attack on St. Rita's Church, Kaduna, Nigeria, on 28 October; and what is their assessment of the role played by Boko Haram in...
    • Nobel Peace Prize
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made regarding the representation of the United Kingdom at the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.
    • Northern Ireland Prison Service
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, prior to the devolution of policing and justice, how many Northern Ireland Prison Service nursing staff who were dismissed or suspended over prisoner suicides or...
    • Pensions
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they require to be put in place to safeguard the value and integrity of local authority pension funds upon the implementation of the proposal by the...
    • Planning
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it remains their intention to relax the law regarding planning consent for small extensions to residential and business property by means of statutory...
    • Population Growth
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 24 September (WA 340), whether they will now give their assessment of the implications of the...
    • Railways: Franchises
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 31 October (WA 144), whether, in the light of the pause in the franchising process for all lines pending the...
    • Railways: Research
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 30 October (WA 128), what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the forecasts made using the Passenger...
    • Research: Funding
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much research funding is allocated to Scottish universities from the United Kingdom Research Councils under the current Comprehensive Spending Review.
    • Rwanda
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the report of the involvement of the Government of Rwanda in the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in...
    • UK Accreditation Service
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Warsi on 30 October (Official Report, col. 496), what is the United Kingdom auditing service.
    • Volunteers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that there is a legacy from the volunteer activity during the Olympic Games.
    • Young Offenders: Education and Training
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many and what percentage of inmates of young offender institutions were enrolled in (1) GCSE, and (2) NVQ courses, in each of the past 10 years. To ask Her...