Written answers

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission has made any estimate of the number of people aged...

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton dated 28 September 2012.

  • Transport

    • Airports Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department will announce the (a) remit and (b) members of the Davies Commission on Aviation.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has assessed the economic benefits of High Speed 2 continuation to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

      Shipping: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) circumstances and (b) piloting arrangements under the terms of the Pilotage Act 1987 were in respect of the collision between the cargo...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of arrangements made by train operating companies for travel on the west coast main line over the Christmas...

  • Defence

    • Vanguard Class Submarine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the main gate decision on the successor to the Vanguard class submarines will be made in 2016.

    • 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the Government's proposals to disband the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the number of apprentices employed by (a) his Department and the public bodies for which it is responsible, (b) the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of likely UK military commitments in Afghanistan in 2015.

      Scottish Independence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the potential effect on UK defence policy of Scottish independence.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all the operations on which UK forces have served alongside the forces of other European nations in the last five years; and which...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, columns 165-66W, on Libya, what the total cost of transporting, equipping and running the...

      Military Medals Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the findings of the first phase of the Sir John Holmes Medal Review into the National Defence Medal.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many ex-servicemen have (a) made claims for priority housing citing vulnerability caused by service in the armed forces and...

    • First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the average deposit needed for a first-time house buyer in (a) Liverpool Walton...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy that local authorities should either refuse or levy a charge on applications under the Freedom of...

      Homelessness: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people who are not UK citizens have presented themselves as being statutorily homeless under the terms of the Housing...

      Land: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether e-PIMS is being used to monitor and report on the accelerated release of public sector land for housing; and whether the...

      Land: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) expressions of interest and (b) formal bids have been received under (i) community right to bid and (ii) community...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost of exempting all empty properties from business rates for the first (a) six and (b) 12...

      Regeneration: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) his Department or (b) the Housing and Communities Agency has been contacted in the last four weeks by Lancaster city...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential cost to local authorities and local enterprise...

      Temporary Accommodation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many children he estimates are living in hostels and bed and breakfast facilities.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consideration she has given to introducing minimum unit pricing for alcohol in England and Wales following the recent...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has sought legal advice on the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in England.

      Asylum: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the cost of support of asylum seekers to each local authority in the east of England in each of the...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many units of council accommodation her Department has reserved for asylum seekers in each local authority area in the east of England;...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been housed in (a) the east of England, (b) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (c) each local authority area in...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on what date the New Asylum Model aim team carried out the goods receipt on the Adelphi System for the R100R report of Kimberley Group...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department allocated, and to whom, through the Communities Against Guns, Gangs and Knives Fund in the latest period for...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to support the Prime Minister's dementia challenge and the work of each of the challenge groups; what...

      Disclosure and Barring Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of new IT systems at the Disclosure and Barring Service; and if she will make a statement.

      Drug Interventions Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department allocated to each drug action team through the Drug Interventions Programme for each year from 2006-07 to 2012-13.

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals applied for a visa to come to the UK after marrying a UK national overseas in (a) 2008, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; and...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants she expects to arrive in the UK from Romania and Bulgaria in the first year after transitional immigration controls are...

      Immigration Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent improvements have been introduced to detect stolen or forged travel documents at UK ports and airports.

      Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department allocated to each local authority through the Innovation Fund in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 9 October 2012, with regard to Mr M Asif.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 3 October 2012 with regard to Mr A Mahmood.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department allocated to the National Crime Agency for (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce the future funding plans for the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy that where a police and crime commissioner was elected having stood as a party political candidate there will...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has any plans to propose reforms to the system of disciplinary hearings against police officers and to the way in...

      Police: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of any need for improved body armour for police officers.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of men and women who have been trafficked into the UK who are subsequently sexually exploited;...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which companies her Department has purchased goods and services of a total value of £1 million or more in each of the last three...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many documents the UK Border Agency has lost in each year since 2009.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer parliamentary question 126932.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff (a) directly employed and (b) employed by contractors working for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he plans to raise the human rights situation in Belarus with his EU counterparts at the Permanent Council of the...

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking to (a) monitor the human rights situation and (b) call on the Belarusian authorities...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the current (a) visa entry requirements, (b) restrictions and (c) costs applied by his...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he is planning to have with the Brazilian Government to ensure that the rights and cultural heritage of the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of anti-Muslim prejudice in Burmese society.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to verify reports of rape of ethnic Rohingya women and girls by Burmese Government security and military...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether Rakhine and national Burmese Government officials were involved in inciting hatred and...

      Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on adopting the provisions of the Debt...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the advance of the M23 rebels into the city of Goma.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the influence of the Government of Rwanda on the M23 group of rebels.

      Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what grant-giving programmes are operated by (a) his Department and (b) the bodies for which he is responsible; and which such...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Indian Government following the recent use of the death penalty in that country; and if he...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas in Gaza; and if he will make a statement. [R]

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of reports he has received on responsibility for rocket fire into Israel from Gaza; and if he...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the capability of the Government of Israel to prevent rocket attacks from Gaza into...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) each Minister and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) Arab states and (ii) the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of (a) meetings of and (b) statements by the Arab League on Israel's response to recent...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of occasions on which members of the Arab League have (a) met to discuss and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage Israel to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to bring an end to house demolitions in east Jerusalem and the occupied west bank.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to encourage Israel to end settlement building.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Israel on the security threat posed by Syria and Iran.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department took to prevent the build up of arms and missiles in the Gaza area controlled by the Palestinian...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff his Department employs on the commercial teams in (a) Mauritania, (b) Morocco, (c) Algeria, (d) Tunisia, (e)...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he made regarding access for international non-governmental organisations to Syrian refugees in...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the decision by the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to permit performing marine mammals to...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will (a) raise with the Moroccan ambassador and (b) instruct the UK ambassador in Rabat to investigate the violent...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to support British citizens who were illegally removed from their land in Zimbabwe between...

  • Health

    • NHS Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the accountability of the NHS to patients.

    • Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of the Kalydeco form of the drug ivacaftor for the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

      Healthwatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that the role and purpose of Healthwatch is understood by patients and the public.

      Regional Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on regional pay in the NHS.

      Diabetes: Self Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of self-monitoring blood glucose strips for adults with diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

      Midwife-based Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for midwife-based maternity services.

      Indebtedness: South-east Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of indebtedness is in each of the five acute service hospitals in the south-east Midlands.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support measures are in place for children with autism once they have left secondary school.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has considered extending his compensation scheme for sufferers of bleeding disorders who received contaminated blood announced in January 2011,...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to compensate people who received contaminated blood and are suffering from consequences other than HIV and hepatitis C.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) criteria and (b) assessment process is for awarding the additional £400 million available to the NHS from 2011 to 2015 to provide carers...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons patients with myalgic encephalopathy, chronic fatigue syndrome and post-viral fatigue syndrome have been prevented from being tissue...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure (a) Public Health England and (b) the NHS Commissioning Board are resourced to work collaboratively with local...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure capitation fees paid to salaried dentists participating in the second stage of the NHS dental contract pilot scheme will...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the duties he undertook to raise awareness of diabetes on World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2012.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Harrow Primary Care Trust area received (a) glasses and (b) eye tests funded by the NHS in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will...

      Food: Nitrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to bring in tighter controls on the use of liquid nitrogen in drinks and food.

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were received by each primary care trust area in London about GPs not offering an appointment to their patients within 48 hours in (a)...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that guidelines to ensure that GP surgeries do not enter new contracts with 0844 numbers even if a geographic alternative...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to enable local authorities to implement the guidance issued by his Department on the use of 0844 telephone numbers for GP surgeries.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women of each age have been admitted to hospital with genito-urinary injuries in each of the last five years.

      Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had on the re-use of glass jars for jam, chutney and preserves; and what consideration he has given to the effect of EU proposals...

      Health Services: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to expand the service provided by the Our Health South West website to the (a) South East and (b) UK.

      Hospitals: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to promote baby-friendly hospitals; (2) how many (a) maternity hospitals and (b) primary care trusts in England...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS maternity services in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each NHS trust in 2011-12.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per capita on community mental health care in each primary care trust area for the latest year for which figures are available.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days children spent on adult mental health wards in each region in 2011-12.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on child and adolescent mental health services in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many live births per full time equivalent midwife there were in each trust in England in the latest year for which figures are available.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to limit the number of redundancies in the NHS due to clinical commissioning groups and commissioning support units deciding...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of aftercare is available on the NHS to those receiving gastric surgery on (a) diet, (b) food intake and (c) lifestyle.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that medical professionals give a high level of end of life care.

      Queen's Hospital Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA have been reported at Queen's Hospital, Romford since 2002.

      Respiratory Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that priorities identified for improving patient outcomes for respiratory disease are enacted in the reformed NHS,...

      Royal Liverpool Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his timetable is for the rebuilding of Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of each age group have had each type of transplant in England and Wales in the last five years.

      Urinary System: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many additional hospital bed days were due to urinary tract infections in NHS hospitals in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust in each of the...

      Vitamins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association and others on multivitamin intake to reduce the risk of cancer.

  • Justice

    • Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure sufficient and appropriate provision for independent oversight of the administrative justice system following the...

    • Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) conditional cautions, (b) simple cautions, (c) penalty notices for disorder or (d) other out-of-court disposals have been issued for...

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders were convicted of (a) drunken and disorderly behaviour and (b) drunken and aggravated behaviour in (i) England, (ii) Bury St...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunal cases have been lodged as a result of employers not granting requests for flexible working arrangements to (a) men and (b)...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total value has been of fines issued following convictions under Section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 since the coming into force of...

      Landlords: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many landlords have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for failure to comply with an enforcement notice under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to review the restrictions placed on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority awarding compensation to victims of child...

      Offenders: Financial Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to enhance financial inclusion and capability for prisoners and ex-offenders.

      Offenders: Financial Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of prisoners who have no bank account, excluding a Post Office card account, at the time of their...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners are engaged in paid work (a) at any time and (b) in the period immediately before their release; and what the average...

      Prisons: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what targets his Department has for financial savings arising from the competition for management of the Hatfield-Lindholme-Moorland cluster of prisons.

      Prisons: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assistance was provided by his Department to the in-house bid team for prison management for the Hatfield-Lindholme-Moorland cluster of prisons.

      Prisons: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many bids were submitted for the prison management competition for the Hatfield-Lindholme-Moorland cluster of prisons.

      Prisons: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria were used to determine the shortlist for the competition for prison management for the Hatfield-Lindholme-Moorland cluster of prisons.

      Prisons: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prison officers and (b) non-prison officer staff worked at (i) HMP Lindholme and (ii) HMP and YOI Moorland and Hatfield in (A) May 2010 and...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) by how much and what proportion the budget of each probation trust in England and Wales changed in each year from 2010 to 2012; (2) what the...

      Reoffenders: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women in the Northumbria Probation Trust area in each age group subsequently reoffended in each of the last five years for which...

      Restorative Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those found guilty of criminal activity linked to the public disorder of summer 2011 have taken part in restorative justice activities to date.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of his Department currently work on administrative justice matters; and for how long each has been in post.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted for offences relating to the sale of age-restricted video games.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost has been of the Boundary Commission's reviews of boundaries of parliamentary constituencies in the UK.

    • Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether local authority elections in England and Wales are to be held on the same day as elections to the European Parliament in 2014; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking to prevent the spread of ash dieback disease to Northern Ireland.

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking in conjunction with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure a...

  • Wales

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet Ministers in the Welsh Government to discuss any proposed changes to Welsh Assembly constituency boundaries.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of civil servants have requested (a) part-time, (b) job-share or (c) other flexible working arrangements in each of the last five years;...

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what funding his Department has allocated to each of its initiatives to promote digital inclusion; (2) what steps his Department is taking to...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2012, Official Report, columns 252-3W, on pay, how many of the full-time equivalent staff listed in pay band SCS...

      Unemployed People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people aged between 18 and 65 years are not in employment and do not claim benefits in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for (a) the Arts Council and (b) music hubs in preparation...

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has provided any guidance to local authorities for maintaining an arts and culture provision during difficult economic times.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to promote access to arts and culture in England.

      BBC Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Chairman of the BBC Trust regarding the recruitment and appointment of (a) the...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she holds regular meetings with her counterparts in the devolved administrations.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the expert group on addressing barriers to football supporter share ownership will hold its first meeting.

      Health Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the results of her Department's review into the effect of the Health Lottery on the future of the National...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if she will assess the merits and feasibility of the Government establishing an online dashboard to help internet users...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in identifying potential long-term tenants for the Olympic sports facilities at Stratford.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding Sport England has distributed in (a) London, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) Sunderland in the last three years.

  • Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress he has made on encouraging all major banks to allow customers with basic bank accounts to use their cards in other banks' cash machines.

    • Coryton Energy: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much duty was owed to HM Revenue and Customs by the Coryton Oil Refinery plant at the announcement of its closure on 28 May 2012; and if he will make a...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on fiscal incentives to reduce the risks to the economy...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 7 September 2012, Official Report, column 510W, on PAYE, what communications activities HM Revenue and Customs (a) has already...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many arrests HM Revenue and Customs has made in the North East for (a) cigarette smuggling and (b) the sale of smuggled cigarettes since May 2010.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely increase in tax revenues received by the Exchequer due to his recent increase in stamp duty for sale of houses...

      Taxation: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the total tax take associated with the extraction of oil and gas from the North Sea in the last year for which figures...

      Taxation: Plastic Bags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely level of revenue to the Exchequer that would be generated if he introduced a five pence tax in England, Scotland and...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost to the public purse was of processing electronic self-assessment forms in 2011-12; (2) what the cost to the public purse was of...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of self-assessment forms were submitted online in 2011-12; (2) what proportion of self-assessment forms were submitted in paper...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff at HM Revenue and Customs are dedicated to the processing of self-assessment forms; (2) how much staff time at HM Revenue and Customs...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time taken to process an (a) electronic and (b) paper format self-assessment form was in 2011-12.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) shortest and (b) longest time taken by his Department to answer a written parliamentary question was in (i) 2012 to date, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2010.

  • Attorney-General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many telephone calls the Serious Fraud Office's whistleblower hotline has received in the last year; (2) how many criminal investigations by the Serious...

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many criminal prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) have been initiated as a direct result of a tip-off to the SFO's whistleblower hotline in the last year.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 598-9W, on Bangladesh, if she will make an assessment of the...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 604W, on Bangladesh, and with reference to the relevant project...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column 604W, on Bangladesh, what assessment she has made of the effects of...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding she is providing to identify and assist ethnic Rohingya women who have reportedly been raped by Burmese government...

      Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with her counterparts in the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on adopting the...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of drought, flooding and other extreme weather events on her Department's...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change and Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to give priority to (a) the root causes of hunger and malnutrition and (b) action on climate change (i)...

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to promote the voluntary guidelines on the responsible tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the...

      Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the Malaria Aid Programme; and what funding from her Department will be used to combat malaria in...

      Developing Countries: Polio

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the potential global benefits in terms of health and development budgets of eradicating polio.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of progress towards the goal of increasing the number of people with access to water, sanitation...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total amount of aid given to India since 1982 is.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the decision to end aid to India in 2015 on the UK's ability to meet its...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate her Department has made of the number of people in the states of (a) Bihar, (b) Madhya Pradesh and (c) Orissa who will...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the number of people who benefit from her Department's current programmes on reducing (a) malnutrition,...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Indian government on UK official development assistance to India.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department contributed to the cost of the report published in October 2012 by Ipsos MORI on views on the use of...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts there were in each month in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) England in...

      Apprentices: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many Government-funded apprenticeships there were in each local authority area in the East of England in each of the...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Office of Fair Trading, (b) local transport authorities and (c) bus companies...

      Business: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the level of lending to small businesses in Barnsley Central constituency since May 2010.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to page six of his Department's strategy for sustainable growth, published in July 2010, on creating the best...

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to pages 11-12 of his Department's strategy for sustainable growth, published in July 2010 on access to finance,...

      Middle East Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in which countries the Middle East Task Force plans on focusing to encourage greater small and medium-sized enterprise...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the level of inward investment into the UK in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will list all unsuccessful bids to the third phase of the Enhanced Renewal Grant (ERG3) in England; and how many future...

      Gamma Retrovirus Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any Government-funded bodies have used clinically validated assays in their published studies into gamma retrovirus...

      Higher Education: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from Havering have entered higher education in each of the last five years.

      Hull University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK students studying at the university of Hull have yet to receive a student finance payment for this financial year.

      Hull University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students of Hull university had outstanding student finance applications on (a) 24 September, (b) 8 October, (c) 22...

      Industry: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he last met Ministers in the Scottish Government to discuss the Scottish manufacturing and construction sectors; and when he...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 779W, on Regional Growth Fund, what the (a) number and (b)...

      Research and Development Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent conversations (a) he and (b) his ministerial colleagues have had with HM Treasury on the effect on the UK life...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average length of time to process a student finance application was in academic year (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c)...

      Student Loans

      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...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government plan to publish their response to the consultation on the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board in Wales.

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration his Department has given to the welfare and care of animals whose owners' licences for wild circus animals...

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the review on live exports will report to him.

      Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals have been destroyed due to poor health while they were in transit as part of the live exports trade in the...

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates officials from his Department met with officials of the Scottish Government to discuss Chalara fraxinea.

      Beaches: Saltburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department will provide additional funding to (a) the Environment Agency, (b) Redcar and Cleveland borough council and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Department has made of the cost to the public purse of the spread of bovine tuberculosis in the next...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his proposed licensing regime for badger culls, what redress there will be against licence holders in areas...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his top priorities for reform of the common agricultural policy are.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what specific role (a) Ministers and (b) officials of the devolved administrations will play in future negotiations on (a)...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress he has made on negotiations on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Dairy Farming: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential risks to animal welfare of the intensification and industrialisation of dairy...

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the deficit in dairy products.

      Dairy Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to reduce imports of dairy products and to increase the UK's self-sufficiency in this area.

      Dairy Products: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of export of British dairy products to the United Arab Emirates was in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

      Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms have closed down in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Cumbria in each of the last five years; and what...

      Farms: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on a strategy to improve safety on...

      Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the use of bolt guns to destroy greyhounds.

      Gulls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking in response to trends in the population of urban gulls.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the report “Left on the Verge”, on horse welfare, published in October 2012...

      Independent Panel on Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent consideration he has given to the recommendations of the Independent Panel on Forestry report.

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) animal health inspectors are present whenever live animals are exported, (b)...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the export of live animals; and whether he plans to change current guidelines on the export of live animals.

      Natural Resources: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will press for the inclusion of goals in relation to resource security in the successor to the millennium development...

      Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) received in Government grants in the years (a) 2009, (b) 2010...

      Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made on the Government's Schmallenberg virus strategy.

      Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Schmallenberg virus vaccine produced by MSD Animal Health in...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on industry of the rolling over of the uncompleted Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and...

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether combined heat and power will have a significant role in the Government's forthcoming gas generation strategy.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that members of the public are informed about (a) developments in the energy market and (b) levels of...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what steps he is taking in negotiations within the EU to protect the UK's current reduced rate of VAT for energy-saving...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total value of the UK energy efficiency sector is; what estimate he has made of the projected growth of that sector over the...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from the (a) energy efficiency sector and (b) construction sector on the European Commission's...

      Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received from Ministers in the Scottish Government in relation to energy bills; and if he will...

      Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met a Minister in the Scottish Government to discuss energy bills in the UK.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households that will be lifted out of fuel poverty as a result of the Green Deal and Energy...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the potential effects on fuel poverty of the introduction of the Green Deal and Energy Company...

      Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what research his Department has carried out since 2000 into the number of retail petrol sites required in the UK to ensure the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage take-up of the Green Deal by consumers.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Green Deal Finance Company to offer loans from 28 January 2013.

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the number of jobs in the (a) cavity wall and (b) loft insulation industry in (i) 2012, (ii) 2013, (iii) 2014 and...

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the number of jobs in the loft cavity wall and solid wall insulation industries...

      Severn Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his assessment is of the conclusion of Lord Heseltine in his report No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth, published in October...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the number of wind turbines taking advantage of the feed-in tariff scheme for (a) turbines emitting more than and...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) shortest and (b) longest time taken by his Department to answer a written parliamentary question was in (i) 2012 to date,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 3 September 2012, Official Report, column 156W, on children: maintenance, (1) what progress he has made on...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his officials have had with Motability on the implications for its scheme of the replacement of the higher rate mobility...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the length of time recipients of disability living allowance who have their Motability...

      Disability: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the differential effect of unemployment on disabled people in the North East.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of employment and support allowance in the (a) work related activity group and (b) support group undertook permitted work...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance had epilepsy in (a) Vauxhall constituency and (b) England and Wales since May 2010.

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings he has had with Welsh Government Ministers to discuss housing benefit reform.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent consideration he has given to the provision of Jobcentre Plus services at locations other than Jobcentre Plus offices.

      Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people normally resident in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who are employed by his Department.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals against the withdrawal of benefit following a work capability assessment involved people with a learning disability in each of...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data is recorded by (a) his Department and (b) Atos on the number of people with learning disabilities who had an advocate or other person...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with learning disabilities have been (a) given a work capability assessment by Atos and (b) had benefit withdrawn as a...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hours of training is given to people carrying out work capability assessments in (a) mental health and (b) learning disabilities.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many food banks operate; and what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who use them.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to bring forward secondary legislation to implement the mesothelioma support scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he made of the number of households with couples working 16 hours a week on the minimum wage living in their own home who pay...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost was of a transfer under (a) pot follows member and (b) an aggregator scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department is encouraging firms to employ older people.

      Social Security Benefits: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 3 September 2012, Official Report, column 175W, on social security benefits: armed forces, what assessment he has...

      Unemployment Benefits: Ayrshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to the public purse was of out-of-work benefits in (a) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency and (b) East Ayrshire local...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 7 July 2011, Official Report, column 1320W, on universal credit, (1) whether all new applications for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working-age benefit and credit recipients will be on universal credit by 2017.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to Table 5 on page 21 of his Department's universal credit impact assessment published in October 2011, what the average cash...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his planned introduction of universal credit, when new claims to (a) housing benefit, (b) tax credits, (c) jobseeker's...

      Vacancies: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time vacancies were advertised in Jobcentre Plus in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency on the most recent...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have been declared not fit to work by Atos Healthcare after taking the work capability assessment in (a) the UK, (b)...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of converter academies have (a) formal and (b) other arrangements to help another school raise its performance.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the change in spending by local authorities on supporting graduate leaders in childcare settings since May 2010; (2)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many responses to the call for evidence for the Childcare Commission were from (a) individuals describing themselves as parents, (b) individuals...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to increase flexibility within the childcare market.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education from which budget his planned £100 million of capital funding for childcare providers expanding to provide nursery education for disadvantaged two...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost was of preparing the report by Lord Carlile of Berriew on child protection in Doncaster.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the terms of reference were for Lord Carlile of Berriew in producing his report into child protection in Doncaster; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many serious case reviews have been (a) commissioned, (b) published in full and (c) published with an executive summary only since June 2010.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on bringing forward legislative proposals to require local safeguarding children's boards to commission more serious case reviews.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of Sure Start children's centres which have ceased providing on-site day care since May 2010.

      Early Intervention Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the planned transfer of the early intervention grant to the Department for...

      Offshore Employment Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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.

      Extended School Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to encourage schools to (a) provide and (b) host (i) breakfast clubs, (ii) after school clubs and (iii) holiday...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what percentage of children achieved (a) five A* to C GCSEs including English and mathematics and (b) two or more A grades at A level in each local...

      Home Education: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to support parents who wish to home-teach their children.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children are able to carry out play and learning outside the classroom when the only available...

      Pay

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

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Prime Minister's press statement of 12 November 2012, if he will place in the Library a list of the 400 primary schools he...

      Pupils: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what funding his Department has contributed to the construction by Capita of its One pupil database; (2) what discussions he has had with Capita...

      Schools: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the Welsh Government's decision to make it a statutory duty for local authorities in Wales to provide school-based...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the payment of school governor's expenses from public funds.

      Schools: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Government secure intranet connects schools and academies with Government Departments and local...

      Secondary Education: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of secondary schools have a professional school counsellor in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he estimates the number of young people with a learning difficulty assessment to be higher or lower than the number who will receive an...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) children with special educational needs and (b) disabled children are educated in mainstream schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether it remains his intention to include measures relating to special educational needs in a children's Bill in the current Session of Parliament.

      Students: Plagiarism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to tackle websites which offer to students essays or dissertations which they may submit as their own work.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he has taken to ensure the adequate and systematic training in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child of (a)...

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent on supporting apprentice training (1) as a whole, and (2) in the construction sector, for each region of the United Kingdom for the years...

    • Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will permit the Merchant Navy Medal to be included in the order of wear; and if not, whether the Honours Committee will create a national honour for...

      Building Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will monitor the effect on household safety of proposed changes to Part P Building regulations.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Burma regarding dialogue with the Kachin Independence Organisation.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Burma about allowing international humanitarian access to internally displaced Kachin people.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what aid they are providing to assist local community groups in Kachin in helping internally displaced people.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of continuing allegations of violations of human rights by the Burmese army in Kachin State and Rakhine State, what representations they have made to...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Burma about the release of Dr Tun Aung.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have given to United Kingdom companies trading and investing in Burma about operating in a transparent manner.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial contribution they have made to the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative.

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other European Union member states about the protection of tourists from carbon monoxide poisoning in hotels and other...

      Child Abuse: North Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 24 September (WA 209), what assessment they have made of any additional funding required for the National Crime...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether during work capability assessments Atos Healthcare professionals and Department for Work and Pensions assessors are required to take into account the...

      Civil Service: Secondments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people from industry are seconded to the Department for Transport; and for what purpose.

      Civil Service: Secondments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff of the Department for Transport are seconded to outside organisations.

      Employment: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what health and safety requirements apply to self-employed workers with fewer than five employees.

      EU: Commissioner for Health and Consumers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Mr Tonio Borg's candidacy as European Union Commissioner for Health and Consumers, and of his views on abortion; and whether they...

      Extrajudicial Killings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on extrajudicial killings.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to introduce compensation regulations to enable local fire and rescue authorities flexibility to manage workforce change by making...

      First-tier Social Security and Child Support Tribunals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in how many welfare benefit appeals in the past three years the Social Entitlement Chamber First-tier Tribunal has identified an error in law in its own decision...

      Gambling: Online Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to publicise the problem of online gambling addiction and to expand treatment programmes.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Prime Minister on 27 July 2010 that conditions in Gaza were like a "prison camp", what steps they will take to minimise any further...

      Government Departments: Contractors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the eligibility of G4S for public service contracts in the United Kingdom in the light of allegations of its involvement in illegal...

      Health: Medical Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each medical specialty, what was the total number of medical consultancy posts (1) established, and (2) filled, in each of the past 12 years.

      Health: Medical Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the regional distribution of all medical consultancy posts in each medical specialty in each of the past 12 years.

      Health: Medical Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities in adjusting (1) the total provision, and (2) the regional distribution, of medical consultancy posts in each medical specialty; whether...

      Hillsborough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the petition by Anne Williams to hold a new inquest into the death of her son at Hillsborough; and what consideration they...

      Houses of Parliament: Official Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Office library holds the bound volumes of the Official Report of each House of Parliament.

      Housing Act 2004

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many selective licensing areas have been established under the Housing Act 2004; what are the names, locations, relevant local authorities and dates of...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have published the policies regarding the wearing of Muslim headscarves and Christian crosses upon which they relied at the European Court of Human...

      International Crimes Tribunal: Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received about the alleged abduction by police officers of Shukho Ranjon Bali from the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent remarks of the Prime Minister of Israel about regional peace; and whether they will ask him for confidential details...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the demolition orders issued to families in Al Maleh, in the northern Jordan Valley.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have sought clarification from the Government of Israel about property rights for Arabs living in the Occupied Territories.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that United Kingdom and EU aid for the West Bank and East Jerusalem neither benefits the Israeli economy nor prejudices the human rights...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when consultation will take place and guidance issued on the working of the gateway system under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012;...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the number of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania entering the United Kingdom in the five years from 2014 to 2019. To ask Her...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recently published report by Ernst and Young stating that fragmented procurement practices are costing the National Health...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much support they have provided to the Palestinian Authority's general budget so far in 2012.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their Statebuilding and Service Delivery Grant, what information they have received on the breakdown of the Palestinian Authority's expenditure in...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their Statebuilding and Service Delivery Grant, whether they have received any information on the proportion of the Palestinian Authority's annual...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 5 November (WA 184), what estimate they have made of the number of those in receipt of a state pension and liable...

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice has been given to the NHS Commissioning Board concerning the provision of healthcare for women prisoners.

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord McNally on 20 March (Official Report, col. 778), when they will publish their strategy for women prisoners and those at risk of...

      Prisons: Strip Searches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what control and restraint techniques are deployed during the forcible removal of women prisoners' clothes at HMP New Hall.

      Public Sector: Contractors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to determine whether sub-contractors of public sector construction contracts are paid by their contractors in a full and timely manner;...

      Public Sector: Contractors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of non-payment on public sector contracts have been reported to the Efficiency and Reform Group to date; and what actions the Efficiency and Reform...

      Railways: Colne-Skipton

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the disposal by BRB (Residuary) Ltd of the portion of the former Colne-Skipton railway line between Colne and the former county...

      Railways: Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require Network Rail to take action to prevent the frequent closure of rail infrastructure due to floods between (1) Taunton and Exeter, and (2)...

      Railways: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost per diagrammed rail vehicle of (1) Pendolino trains operated by Virgin Trains, and (2) Intercity Express Trains to be operated by the successful...

      Railways: Thameslink

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when orders for the new rolling stock for the Thameslink franchise will be finalised; and when the rolling stock currently in use by the Thameslink franchise will...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom experience in interfaith relations is harnessed in United Kingdom foreign policy.

      Sport: Ethnic Minorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage greater participation in sport by women of Bangladeshi origin.

      Sport: Gender Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are encouraging the sharing of good practice to promote gender equality in sport.

      Sport: Public Spending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will undertake a gender audit of public spending on sport.

      Sport: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote a greater level of leadership opportunities for women in sport.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Warsi on 7 November (WS 84), whether they consider that contact with and assistance to armed groups opposing the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the lifting of the arms embargo on Syria would enable those supporting the Government of Syria to provide it with weapons legally.

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reduced tax avoidance and evasion by individual and corporate taxpayers in quantitative terms since May 2010; and, if so, by how much.

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce a general anti-tax avoidance rule.

      Telephone Calls: Unsolicited Calls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 31 October (WA 146), whether they have plans to ban computer-generated marketing telephone calls.

      Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to raise the profile of the United Kingdom as a tourist destination.

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