Written answers

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage the building of affordable housing.

    • Architects Registration Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the Architects Registration Board as established by the Architects Act 1997; and if he will make...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the people who live in council housing have a combined household income over £100,000 per annum.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the number of former local authority homes that are now available for private rent.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how his Department assesses the effect of reductions in funding on fire and rescue services.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to increase the quality of housing stock.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 627W, onhousing:...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on sustainable housing; (2) whether he has had...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average number of hits is that his Department's website receives per day.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what support his Department offers to young people seeking their first mortgage; (2) what steps he is taking to enable...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to encourage people who can afford it to rent privately.

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families were housed in temporary accommodation in each London borough in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012 to...

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women were sentenced to a community order or a suspended sentence with a structured supervision for women requirement in the last year; and how...

    • Bill of Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the work of the Commission on a Bill of Rights.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of (a) men and (b) women were found guilty of burglary in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of such...

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many individuals convicted of the unlawful importation of (a) Class A, (b) Class B and (c) Class C drugs received (i) an absolute discharge,...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each prison in England and Wales are accommodated in cells designed for (a) one person but occupied by two and (b) two people but...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on how many occasions a probation trust submitted moderation proposals in respect of the Probation Trust Rating System during 2011-12; (2) how...

      Sentencing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 16 October 2012, Official Report, columns 50-1WH, which of the...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that banks and building societies pass on cheap finance from his Funding for Lending scheme to (a) mortgage prisoners,...

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he plans to raise public awareness of the changes to child benefit entitlement from 7 January 2013, including the claw-back of child benefit paid via...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in receipt of child benefit in (a) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (b) the North West, (c) England and (d) the UK in each of...

      Customs: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions HM Revenue and Customs worked with the customs services of another EU member state as provided for in the Naples II Convention on...

      Debts: Argentina

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the recent decision of the higher court of New York, what discussions he had with his G20 counterparts on Argentina's international debt...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he plans to take to follow through in the European Court of Justice the legal reserve in relation to the fiscal compact; (2) what steps he...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to issue a legal reserve in relation to the unlawfulness of EU Regulation 13683/12.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the use of offshore employment companies in the supply of public sector workers in his Department and its associated public bodies.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the level of the EU Budget in the next seven years; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the revenue raised from beer duty was from (a) rural and (b) urban areas in each of the last five years.

      Income Tax: Bournemouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Bournemouth West constituency have been taken out of income tax due to recent increases in the personal allowance.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the use of covered bonds to finance infrastructure development; and if he will make a statement.

      Macquarie Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times staff of his Department have met representatives of the Macquarie Group in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in his Department are paid in excess of (a) £80,000 and (b) £100,000.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the International Monetary Fund's recent report commenting on the UK's structural deficit.

      Revenue and Customs: Washington (Tyne and Wear)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations his Department received on the closure of Weardale House in the last 12 months; (2) if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2012, Official Report, column 656W, on sick leave, what assessment he has made for the disparity between Grade B...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the qualifying conditions for each passported benefit for which he is responsible will change under universal credit.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students in (a) Southampton and (b) Hampshire aged (i) between 18 and 24 and (ii) over 25 years olds (A) began and (B)...

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how his Department plans to assess the long-term effect of the London 2012 Olympic Games in promoting foreign investment to the UK.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what investments (a) UK Green Investments and (b) the Green Investment Bank have made to support the Green Deal.

      New Businesses: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support he is providing to entrepreneurs in (a) Barnsley Central constituency and (b) South Yorkshire who want to start...

      Overseas Trade: Fiji

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of UK (a) imports from and (b) exports to Fiji in each of the last five years.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether as part of the review into the self-regulation of the pub industry the following organisations have been contacted (a)...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2012, Official Report, column 115W, on Regional Growth Fund, how many (a) face to face...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2012, Official Report, column 697W, on Regional Growth Fund, how many Regional Growth Fund...

      South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many awards have been made from the regional growth fund since it was launched in the South East.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether there are minimum revenue or profit requirements before UK Trade and Investment will help small businesses seeking to grow.

  • Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish the recommendations of the task and finish group on out of borough placements.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools had more than five per cent of pupils in care in each local authority area in the most recent...

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish the recommendations of his Department's Expert Data Group in respect of children missing from care.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the incidence of sexual abuse of children in England in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what statutory requirements there are for local authorities to report instances of child sexual exploitation.

      Children: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Children's Improvement Board on creating a programme of work to support local authorities to meet the needs...

      GCSE: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 24 September 2012, Official Report, House of Lords, column 1428, on children: looked-after children, how many and what...

      Offences against Children: Kirklees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish the full serious case review first produced by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board relating to the case of child SM from...

      Physical Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether it is his policy to maintain a compulsory minimum amount of two hours each week to be spent on physical education in (a) primary and (b)...

      Primary Education: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and which primary schools had more than five per cent of pupils in (a) reception, (b) year 1 and (c) year 2 with speech, language and...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost was of the annual PE and Sport Survey in each year from 2003-04 to 2009-10.

      Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the new Chief Social Worker for Children's Services will be recruited by his Department or the Department of Health.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in each local authority area (a) are on school action, (b) are on school action plus and (c) have a statement of special educational...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of children currently in receipt of a statement of special educational need who will be eligible for an...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children currently placed on the School Action programme (a) will and (b) will not be eligible for the new education, health and care plan;...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to his draft Children and Families Bill, whether he proposes to transfer funding from the Education Funding Agency to local authorities...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications for Big Lottery funding were received from (i) Gillingham and Rainham constituency, (ii)...

    • Military Medals Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish the names and qualifications of the members of the Independent Military Medals Review panel.

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the staffing to spend ratio for procuring services is in his Department.

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet: Bristol

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what criteria were used to determine the venue for the Cabinet meeting which took place in Bristol on 12 November 2012; (2) from which budgets expenses for travel...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria he used to assess which cities should receive part of the £12 million green deal pilot funding announced by his...

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 1 November 2012, Official Report, column 357, on Green Deal, how many telephone calls have been received...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2012, Official Report, column 635W, on Local Government, for what reasons his Department has not...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) information his Department has received from OFGEM and (b) discussions he has had with OFGEM on steps taken by OFGEM since...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many employees in his Department are paid in excess of (a) £80,000 and (b) £100,000.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department provides to help people with dyslexia find employment.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were receiving incapacity benefit but, following a medical, were no longer entitled to employment and support allowance in (a)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration was given to Atos' record in respect of the work capability assessment before awarding it the contract for the personal...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department used to award the contract for the personal independence payment assessment in south England.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to undertake a public consultation on any guidance to be issued to assessment providers for personal independence...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of The Tipping Point report produced by the Hardest Hit campaign; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance his Department has issued to Atos and Capita on the active gathering of written evidence about the disability of a claimant...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will discuss the implementation of universal credit with the Business Application Software Developers Association.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of employees who earn less than the lower earnings limit and do not fall within the PAYE scheme; and...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals have been made by claimants deemed fit to work as a result of the work capability assessments for employment and support...

  • Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many properties situated (a) 100 metres or less and (b) over 100 metres from the route of the proposed HS2 line have been accepted onto the...

    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 897W, on West Coast Railway Line: franchises, what costs were incurred by his...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Elected Office: Disabled People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on his proposals for additional support for disabled people to achieve elected office.

    • Voting Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to reform voting methods for general elections.

      Individual Electoral Registration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on individual electoral registration; and if he will make a statement.

      Devolution: England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress the Government have made on devolution in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Boundaries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Boundary Commission on parliamentary boundaries.

      Flexible Parenting Leave

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role he envisages for flexible parenting arrangements as part of the social mobility strategy.

      Trade Unions: Political Party Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the role of trade unions in the funding of political parties.

      Lobbying

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much money his Department has spent on the lobbying reform agenda since January 2012; (2) how many civil servants have been working on the lobbying...

  • Defence

    • Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Challenger tanks, (b) small armoured vehicles, (c) lorries and (d) Land Rovers were repaired at BATUS in Canada in each of the last five...

    • Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made on replacing the Gazelle helicopter at BATUS in Canada.

      Defence Information Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the findings of Project Embrace.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for which enduring tasks the Royal Navy was required to withdraw assets during the Libyan operations.

      Marchwood Military Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) current and (b) planned future duty roster is for protecting the Sea Mounting Centre at Marchwood on (i) weekdays and (ii) weekends of the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the ability of the RC135 Airseeker aircraft to meet the Military Aviation Authority's certification and release to source...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when refugee camps in Tindouf province in Algeria were last visited by officials of his Department.

    • Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning human rights in Eritrea; what representations he has made to the Government of Eritrea;...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the next meeting of the E3+3 and Iran to be held.

      South Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the Republic of Korea conducting whaling for scientific purposes; what his policy is on such...

  • Attorney-General

    • Hillsborough

      To ask the Attorney-General what progress he has made on preparing an application to the High Court for a new inquest into the Hillsborough disaster.

    • Hillsborough

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will expedite the inquest into the death of Kevin Williams who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date she was informed that the introduction of the 4G spectrum would adversely affect television reception in certain...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration her Department gave to notifying people in potentially affected areas of the adverse effect of 4G spectrum...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to ensure that those people who will lose television reception as a result of the launch of the...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to strengthen guidance to Ofcom aimed at stopping cold telephone calls.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what her policy is on the use of offshore employment companies in the supply of public sector workers in her Department and...

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the name is of each music hub in England supported by her Department.

      Social Networking: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will ask the Advertising Standards Authority to investigate the use of advergames targeted at young people in relation...

  • Health

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the level of services received by people with autism and families caring for people with autism.

    • Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to make the public aware of the symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning; and whether he plans to take...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what date he expects joint strategic needs assessments of health and wellbeing strategies for local authorities to be complete; (2) which bodies...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many London primary care trusts and commissioning bodies have contracts with the Royal Homeopathic Hospital; and what advice his Department gives on...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of expenditure by his Department on the NHS was spent on mental health services in each of the last 10 years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people with mental illnesses who have received treatment for their condition in each of the last...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the needs of people with musculoskeletal conditions in relation to personal health budgets.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the provision of aids and adaptations for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

      NHS: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list all private finance schemes approved by the NHS in London in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012 to date, by the value and repayment...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information and assurance he has received from the leadership of (a) the NHS Commissioning Board, (b) Health Education England, (c) Public...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to promote hospices and palliative care.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the amount of Government funding specifically for prostate cancer has increased in real terms in the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the contribution of the International Labour Organization's CoopAfrica programme in developing and...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the withdrawal of funding for Phase 2 of the CoopAfrica Programme; and if she...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 724W, on Bangladesh, how the project increased accountability...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 724W, on Bangladesh, what technical assistance was provided with the...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 724W, on Bangladesh, which independent evaluation found that the...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, columns 720-21W, on Bangladesh, whether any officials were removed from...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, columns 720-1W, on Bangladesh, what figures her Department holds on the...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of Harewelle International's distribution of her Department's aid in Bangladesh on the Economic...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the Extreme Poverty Action Research Group in the Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Project programme...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the Stimulating Household Improvements Resulting in Economic Empowerment project.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has considered directing bilateral assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on consultants who were based in the UK since May 2010.

      Developing Countries: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what preparations her Department is making to promote measures for greater governance and transparency in large-scale land acquisitions...

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects are delivering the Government's commitment to ensure access to water and sanitation to more than 60 million people, made...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the English Language Teaching Improvement Project; and whether that assessment was used to inform the...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of the English in Action project's funding is being spent on (a) teacher training, (b) adult learning, (c)...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information her Department holds on the proportion of the money pledged by each G8 government under the L'Aquila Food Security...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) when the UK will meet its financial commitments under the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative; (2) what proportion of the UK's...

      International Year of Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps (a) her Department and (b) the bodies for which she is responsible have taken to mark UN International Year of the...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid to (a) India and (b) Pakistan was spent in Kashmir in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to promote good governance in Somaliland.

      St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to promote environmental awareness in St Helena.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the regional effects of illegal fishing in West African waters on (a) economic development and...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Molluscicides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have received about problems arising from molluscicide usage and how such problems may be resolved.

    • Armed Forces: Future Commitments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the agreement of both Houses of Parliament will be sought before United Kingdom armed forces are committed to any future war.

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 8 November (WA 220), when they expect Sir John Holmes to come forward with his further recommendations about...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the criticism by the United States State Department of the ban on public demonstrations in Bahrain.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Saudi Arabia regarding Saudi Arabian forces in Bahrain; and, if so, what assessment they have made of...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 24 October (WA 62), what criteria are used by the Financial Services Authority and HM Treasury in making...

      BBC: Licence Fee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 30 October (WA 113), whether they will take into account the proportion of the fee recently spent...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households in (1) the United Kingdom, and (2) each region within the United Kingdom, receive help with their childcare costs through (a) tax credits only,...

      Children: International Law and Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 10 October (WA 419), what further reports they are preparing on children's rights and international law.

      Children: International Law and Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 10 October (WA 419), what proportion of the cost of the report was met by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office;...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of China about the house arrest of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin; and what representations they have made to the...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of China about the recent blocking of the Vatican website for residents of China.

      Claims Management Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the Information Commissioner in relation to claims companies which persistently breach guidelines regarding cold...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the case for, or made plans for, the introduction of a higher valuation band for the purpose of charging council tax; and whether this...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about the recent gun attack on Dr Denis Mukege; and whether they...

      Disabled People: Independent Living

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in each of the constituencies in Greater Manchester have received a payment from the Independent Living Fund in each of the past ten years.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 5 November (WA 168), when the journal article detailing progress with somatic cell nuclear transfer...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for what reasons they have put in place a three-week deadline for responses to the consultation on Implementing Employee Owner Status issued on 18 October.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action are they taking to promote (1) onshore, and (2) offshore wind farms.

      EU: Habitats and Birds Directives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions have been reached by the review of the implementation of the European Union Habitats and Birds Directives in the United Kingdom, as announced by...

      EU: Habitats and Birds Directives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Natural England have compared their implementation of the European Union Habitats and Birds Directives in the United Kingdom with that in other European...

      EU: Habitats and Birds Directives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Natural England have carried out an impact assessment of the costs incurred in the protection of bats under the European Union Habitats and Birds...

      EU: Waste Water Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the implications of the decision of the European Court of Justice C-301/10, on the failure of a member state to fulfil obligations under the Urban Waste...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 22 October (WA 37-8), whether they will give a more precise estimate of when the Home Office Guidance...

      Government Departments: Coalition Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has made since May 2010 in respect of commitments relevant to it in the coalition agreement.

      Government Departments: Coalition Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Cabinet Office has made since May 2010 in respect of commitments relevant to it in the coalition agreement.

      Government Departments: Coalition Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Department for Transport has made since May 2010 in respect of commitments relevant to it in the coalition agreement.

      Government Departments: Coalition Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Ministry of Justice has made since May 2010 in respect of commitments relevant to it in the coalition agreement.

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 12 November (WA 249-50), how the calculation that the cost was disproportionate was made.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what surveys of staff employed by the Department for Communities and Local Government are conducted; at what cost; at what time of year; and whether they will...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what surveys of staff employed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are conducted; at what cost; at what time of year; and whether they will place in the...

      Government Departments: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by (1) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and (2) each of its agencies, on (a) inland, and (b) overseas, travel in each of...

      Houses of Parliament: Security Override

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each Government department, from January to June 2012, (1) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Lords was overridden, (2) on...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received on recent mass executions in Iran; how many executions they estimate to have occurred in Iran during 2011; and when they last...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about implementing the recommendations of (a) the Or Commission of 2003 about Arab citizens, and...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem purchase settlement goods.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Government of Israel about the recommendation in the recent report Children in Military Custody that all...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their representations to the Government of Israel concerning letters to and family visits for Palestinian detainees held in Israel or west of the...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the outcome of their requests of the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to eliminate the use of torture and harmful and degrading...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Trading Away Peace, whether they will impose import restrictions on goods and services from Israel's settlements in the Occupied Palestinian...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with the Government of Israel the destruction of olive trees, pollution of water supplies and unannounced closures of agricultural...

      Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make the payment of the living wage to employees a condition of government contracts to private businesses.

      Living Wage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the impact on employment of the substitution of the living wage for the national minimum wage.

      Local Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for unitary local government in Surrey.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve conditions for migrant workers in states which are not members of the International Labour Organization.

      NHS Commissioning Board: Revenue

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the NHS Commissioning Board has given its written agreement to achieve the service requirements set out in the Mandate for the Board for April 2013 to...

      NHS: 111 Telephone Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new NHS 111 telephone service on the cost of urgent and emergency care.

      NHS: Liverpool Care Pathway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have examined whether the achievement of financial targets has influenced the implementation of the Liverpool Care Pathway in a number of hospital...

      Olympic Games 2012: Maker Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what processes have been established for an evaluation of the Olympic Games Maker Programme and when the results are expected.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they intend to provide for new applicants to the Department for International Development's Global Poverty Action Fund (Community...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which media organisations and public relations companies are engaged in promoting the Department for International Development education awareness programme in...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are under any treaty-based obligation to realise the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.

      Post-2015 Development Agenda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure that contributions from women from conflict-affected and fragile states are included in United Nations consultations carried...

      Prisons: HM Prison Oakwood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the staff to prisoner ratio at HM Prison Oakwood.

      Prisons: HM Prison Oakwood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reception staff are routinely on duty each day after 6.00 pm at HM Prison Oakwood.

      Prisons: HM Prison Oakwood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether prisoners at HM Prison Oakwood receive education and training in bricklaying, plumbing, electrical skills and carpentry.

      Prisons: HM Prison Oakwood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the basic, standard and enhanced wages for prisoners at HM Prison Oakwood.

      Prisons: HM Prison Oakwood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how applications and complaints are dealt with at HM Prison Oakwood.

      Public Bodies Act 2011

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 1 November (WA 154), in respect of which of the bodies listed in Schedule 1 to the Public Bodies Act...

      Railways: BRB (Residuary) Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will request the owners of British Rail property land, following the abolition of BRB (Residuary) in April 2013, to purchase the former track bed of...

      Railways: Intercity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what account they took of the 2009 report by Passenger Focus, Designing for the future, in drawing up the latest document specifying the proposed internal layout...

      Railways: Intercity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will adopt measures to remove seats in order to increase leg room, visibility and luggage provision for passengers in procuring the next generation of...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether guidance has been issued to rail operating companies about provision of discounted off-peak single tickets in both standard and first class categories.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 8 November (WA 235), whether, under the National Rail Conditions of Carriage, a passenger making the return half...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 2009 toolkit on freedom of religion or belief in promoting those human...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in the development of a religious freedom toolkit by the European Union External Action Service.

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the pilot projects on freedoms of religion or belief identified in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 2012 Human Rights Report have been undertaken;...

      Roads: Bus Lanes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 9 November (WA 240), whether they will bring forward regulations to make it mandatory that advance warning should...

      Shipping: Passenger Ships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what United Kingdom and European legislation specifies a maximum age for ships in passenger service with or without an operating subsidy.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to assist aid agencies to pre-position food supplies for refugees entering South Sudan from South Kordofan in order to meet their needs...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of international efforts to reach people facing starvation and food shortages in South Kordofan; and what proposals, if any, they...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Sudan to encourage that country's co-operation with the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase public awareness of, and encourage a resolution to, the ongoing conflict in Darfur.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or the European Union have sent observers to the trial of Kurdish lawyers in Istanbul on 6 November.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the recognition by the Swedish Parliament that the mass killing of Syriacs in Turkey during 1915 was an act of genocide.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current religious freedoms of Syriac Christians in Turkey.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made in the past 12 months to the Government of Turkey about the prosecution of journalists; whether they have raised with the...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will defer the introduction of value added tax in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new government in the Turks and Caicos Islands will be permitted freedom over setting tax policy in order to balance its budget.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what penalties employers will incur if they fail to inform HM Revenue and Customs of each employee's salary and tax each month, as required by universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional staff have been employed by HM Revenue and Customs to process details of universal credit each month, and at what cost.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what method HM Revenue and Customs will provide information to the benefits agency on each claimant's salary and tax for the purpose of calculating universal credit.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households benefited from the Warm Front scheme in 2011-12 and how many are expected to benefit in 2012-2013.

      Women: Aspire Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the Aspire Fund.

      Women: Women on Boards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the European Commission proposals to introduce quotas for women on boards.

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