Written answers
Wednesday, 28 November 2012

  • Home Department
    • Entry Clearances
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that applications for visa extensions are processed in a timely manner.
    • UK Border Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much compensation the UK Border Agency has paid out in compensation for lost documents in each year since 2009.
  • Transport
    • Bus Services: Information and Communications Technology
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the compliance cost of legislating to require all new buses to be fitted with on board audio-visual systems; and if he will make a...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the oral contribution of the right hon. Member for Putney of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 41, on High Speed 2, what...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the decision to re-run the bid process on the West Coast Main Line franchise will affect his Department's analysis of the business case for...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has received to connect High Speed 2 to the proposed western connection at Heathrow.
    • Railways: Compensation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the amount of money paid by Network Rail to train operating companies in compensation for delays; and if he will make a...
    • Railways: Compensation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) level and (b) availability of compensation offered to rail passengers who are subject to delay; and if he will...
    • Roads: Animals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to implement wildlife crossings in particularly hazardous areas.
    • Roads: Snow and Ice
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure that the road system is ready for severe weather conditions in winter 2012-13.
  • Work and Pensions
    • Epilepsy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department last issued guidance on epilepsy to medical services.
    • Farms: Fatalities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deaths have occurred on farms in England and Wales in each of the last three years; and what the causes were of such deaths.
    • Grants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what grant-giving programmes are operated by (a) his Department and (b) the bodies for which he is responsible; and which such programmes award...
    • Jobseeker's Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the eligibility rules are to be a postal claimant of jobseeker's allowance.
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cash value was for recipients of each passported benefit in each of the last three years; what estimate he has made of the...
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 535W, on universal credit, what estimate he has made of the number of...
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the calculation of universal credit of the recent announcement by HM Revenue and Customs...
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the feasibility of calculating monthly universal credit payments on the basis of PAYE data submitted by...
    • Work Programme: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has held with the Scottish Government in the last two months on the training needs of people participating in...
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Empty Property: East of England
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty properties there have been in each local authority area in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk and (c) Cambridgeshire in...
    • Land: Auctions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether it is his policy that local authorities which are planning authorities should be able to undertake both the land...
    • Land: Public Sector
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the sites owned by the public sector and identified by Government Departments in their local land disposal plans...
    • Planning Permission: Appeals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which planning authorities in England in each of the last five years have had (a) fewer than 5%, (b) 5 to 10%, (c) 11 to 15% and...
    • Planning Permission: Appeals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which planning authorities in England over the last two years for which information is available have had (a) more than 20% of...
    • Government Funding: Barnsley
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of Town Team Partnership funding on Barnsley Central constituency.
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Energy: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to assist people with their energy bills over the winter.
    • Energy: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funds the Government spent on research and development in energy in each of the last five years; and what funds have been...
    • Gas Market
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department (a) carried out and (b) was involved in any examination between 2004 and 2006 of allegations of misconduct in...
    • Warm Home Discount Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people in (a) the UK and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency have received support from the Warm Home initiative in the last...
    • Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines there are in the UK with a generating capacity of between 450kW and 500kW.
    • Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the wind turbine industry on carbon emissions.
  • Education
    • Children: Day Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2012, Official Report, column 423W, on children: day care, what other evidence-gathering and consultation...
    • Children's Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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) law...
    • Misuse of Drugs Ministerial Group
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times Ministers of his Department have attended the inter-ministerial group on drugs since May 2010.
  • Defence
    • Aircraft Carriers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies have been awarded sub-contracts for construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales; at which sites he expects work under...
    • Aircraft Carriers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 806W, on aircraft carriers, what the expected running costs will be of a second Queen...
    • Atomic Weapons Establishment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many representatives of the (a) French, (b) Russian and (c) Chinese Governments visited the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Berkshire, in (i) 2010 and...
    • Atomic Weapons Establishment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made with the French Government on French experimental involvement in the Orion laser facility at the Atomic Weapons...
    • Atomic Weapons Establishment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of the Atomic Weapons Establishment's Technical Outreach programme in each of the last three years.
    • Atomic Weapons Establishment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 September 2012, Official Report, column 44W, on AWE: research, which universities undertake research commissioned by the AWE...
    • Atomic Weapons Establishment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps he has taken to assess and upgrade lightning protection standards at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.
    • BAE Systems
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions BAE Systems has written to his Department to notify it of a (a) key industrial capability trigger event and (b) key...
    • Devonport Dockyard
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) details and (b) breakdown is of his Department's £162 million infrastructure investment at HM Naval Base Devonport from May 2010 to the...
    • HMS Defender
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Defender will be declared operational.
    • Military Aircraft
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the relative cost and benefits of having a maritime surveillance capability which consists of embarked aircraft compared...
    • Military Exercises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the names, dates and locations were of any nuclear weapons emergency exercises organised by his Department in 2011 and 2012; and what the names,...
    • Nimrod Aircraft
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of the cancellation of Nimrod on the UK's ability to conduct military tasks; and what progress his Department...
    • Trident
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2012 to the hon. Member for Islington North, Official Report, column 412W, what the titles are of all projects...
    • Trident
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed on the Trident replacement design programme at (a) BAE Systems, (b) Babcock Marine, (c) Rolls-Royce and (d) elsewhere.
    • Trident Missiles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the life expectancy is of rocket motors for the Trident D5 missile; and what studies have been conducted into the implications of ageing of the motors.
    • Trident Missiles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last seven-year design review of the Trident Re-entry System took place; and when the next such review will take place.
    • Trident Missiles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of adjustments to the D5 Missile extension programme consequent on the proposed reduction in the number...
    • Type 45 Destroyers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the unit production cost of Type 45 destroyers.
    • Unmanned Air Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 812W, on unmanned air vehicles, when a decision about the Royal Navy ISTAR UOR will be...
    • Unmanned Air Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to arm Watchkeeper WK450; and if he will make a statement.
    • Usa
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many experiments the Atomic Weapons Establishment has participated in using the Z Pulsed Power Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in each...
    • Usa
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report, column 458W, on nuclear weapons, which US establishments were visited by personnel...
    • Usa
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which UK establishments were visited by US personnel under the terms of the US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; and how many staff...
  • Scotland
    • Hospitals: Parking
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information his Department holds on the cost of introducing free parking at NHS trusts in Scotland; and what discussions he has had with the...
    • Sovereignty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions have taken place between Ministers in his Department and the Scottish Government on independence.
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions his Department has held with the Scottish Government in the last two months on the training needs of people participating in the Work...
    • Written Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...
  • Attorney-General
    • Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation
      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Serious Fraud Office is investigating the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation either formally or informally.
  • Wales
    • Boundary Commission for Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has had meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister to discuss the work of the Welsh Boundary Commission; and when any such meetings were held.
    • Devolution
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how often he meets Ministers in the Welsh Government.
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he plans to meet the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to discuss the effect on Wales of the Government's proposed changes to housing benefit.
    • Non-domestic Rates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Welsh Ministers on the implications of the proposed postponement of the next business rates revaluation from 2015 to 2017...
    • Severn River Crossings: Tolls
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss tolls on the two Severn crossings.
    • Severn River Crossings: Tolls
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the First Minister of Wales to discuss tolls on the two Severn crossings.
    • Welsh Grand Committee
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) when the Government will next convene a meeting of the Welsh Grand Committee; (2) if he will meet the Leader of the House to discuss a programme of...
  • Northern Ireland
    • Bill of Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether she plans to convene a meeting of Northern Ireland political parties to discuss a Northern Ireland Bill of Rights; (2) what...
    • Devolution
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent meetings she has had with Ministers in the Irish Government.
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2012, Official Report, column 583W, on pay, whether the number given for employees of her Department...
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Belarus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Home Secretary the establishment of a review of current (a) visa entry requirements, (b)...
    • Latin America
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the growth in UK exports to (a) Argentina, (b) Brazil, (c) Colombia, (d) Chile, (e) Paraguay and (f) Latin America has been...
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he has (a) given and (b) plans to give to the Government of Israel to help fight terrorism; what recent meetings...
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote compliance with international law in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart about further annexations in the west bank.
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the Israel-Gaza conflict and the ceasefire.
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has received reports of the use of drones by the Israeli armed forces; and whether he has made an...
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has considered imposing trade sanctions with Israel following the recent conflict.
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will visit Sri Lanka to discuss the ongoing political process in that country.
    • UK Trade and Investment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many businesses from Worcestershire have accessed help and support from UK Trade and Investment in the last year; and how...
    • Western Sahara
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with the UN Security Council political persecution in the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara under...
    • Western Sahara
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations in the UN Security Council on reports of the lack of freedom of expression and freedom of...
    • Western Sahara
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 September 2012, Official Report, column 151W, on Western Sahara, whether the Moroccan National Human...
  • Cabinet Office
    • Big Lottery Fund: Scotland
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications for Big Lottery funding were received from (i) Scotland and (ii) Kilmarnock and Loudoun...
    • Departmental Records
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 13 November 2012, Official Report, column 214W, on Sir Edward Heath, if he will publish a description of the contents of the...
    • Government Departments: Land
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much land owned by central Government Departments was (a) held, (b) sold and (c) purchased in each of the last five years.
    • Training (1 annotation)
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on training courses run by Common Purpose in each of the last five years.
    • Visits Abroad
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what overseas trips have been undertaken by Ministers in his Department since 12 May 2010; what the purpose was of each trip; what the total cost was of...
    • Written Questions
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...
  • Prime Minister
  • Health
    • Attendance Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department permits local authorities to include attendance allowance in means test calculations when assessing eligibility for care support.
    • Blood: Contamination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reach of the compensation deal announced in January 2011 for sufferers of bleeding disorders who received contaminated...
    • Brain Tumours
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people died from a brain tumour in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England in 2011-12; and what steps he is...
    • Care Homes: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department plans to provide financial assistance to small care homes to help them meet the costs of the increased minimum wage and new employee...
    • Charities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what offers of support or expertise his Department has received from charities or other organisations in 2012.
    • Doctors: Disciplinary Proceedings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors have faced disciplinary proceedings in Havering in each of the last five years.
    • Epilepsy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of epilepsy amongst (a) NHS staff and (b) the general public; (2) how his Department plans...
    • Health Education: Older People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote healthy lifestyles for elderly people.
    • Health Professions: Assessments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of health professionals being recruited from the NHS to carry out (a) work capability assessments and (b) personal...
    • Heart Diseases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence quality standard on atrial fibrillation to be published.
    • HIV Infection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to educate people about HIV/AIDS.
    • Hospitals: Parking
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average NHS trust spends annually on hospital car park (a) security, (b) signage, (c) maintenance and (d) other management costs.
    • Influenza
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of the seasonal influenza vaccination programme was in each of the last five years.
    • Influenza
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of influenza are predicted to have been averted as a result of the seasonal influenza vaccination programme this winter; and at what...
    • Influenza
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is considering to prevent an influenza crisis this winter.
    • Legionnaires' Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.
    • Maternity Services: Worcestershire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of spending by the NHS was spent on maternity care in Worcestershire in 2011-12.
    • Midwives
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant midwives there were in each region of England in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.
    • Monitor
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the application of Monitor's risk pool scheme to hospices and other third sector organisations.
    • Mrsa
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to encourage further research into the use of DNA sequencing to prevent outbreaks of MRSA.
    • Muscular Dystrophy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of unplanned emergency admissions to hospital with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions.
    • NHS: Innovation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of the Innovation, Health and Wealth review.
    • NHS: Reorganisation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress his Department has made in the modernisation of the NHS.
    • Skipton Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the cost of abolishing the two-stage system of the Skipton Fund in order to provide the £50,000 lump sum payment to...
    • Smoking: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce smoking among young people in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England.
    • Strokes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that clinical commissioning groups are accountable for the prevention of stroke; (2) what steps he plans to...
    • Surgery
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 26 of Innovation, Health and Wealth, if he Department will launch an oesophageal doppler monitoring uptake programme; what estimate...
    • Thromboembolism
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) incidence of venous thromboembolisms; (2) how many people were admitted to hospital...
    • Thromboembolism
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the NHS safety thermometer in reducing the occurrence of venous thromboembolisms.
    • Tuberculosis: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met Ministers in the Scottish Government to discuss the incidence of tuberculosis.
  • Deputy Prime Minister
    • Lord Lieutenants
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham has taken to promote awareness of the honours system in that county.
    • Lord Lieutenants
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will publish a list of all of the clerks to the lords lieutenant; (2) which clerks to lords lieutenant are not currently employed by the county,...
  • International Development
    • Bangladesh
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answers of 22 October 2012, Official Report, columns 726-8W, on Bangladesh, and 1 November 2012, Official Report,...
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Broadband Delivery UK
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report , column 905W, on Broadband Delivery UK, whether the methodology used to...
    • Broadband: Glasgow
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps her Department plans to take to tackle the broadband deficit in Glasgow; (2) what discussions her Department has had...
    • Broadband: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has met her counterpart in the Scottish Government to discuss the roll-out of superfast broadband; and when she next expects...
    • Internet: Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of recent steps taken at EU level to investigate the way online search engines gather and use...
    • Leisure: Surveys
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2012, Official Report, column 322W, on leisure: surveys, what the cost of the sections on...
    • Music
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she plans to ensure that each music hub is working with each school, local authority and other music organisations.
    • National Lottery
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate she has made of the amount of national lottery funding provided to good causes.
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Billing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time taken by his Department to settle invoices to external suppliers or contractors was in each of the last...
    • Bovine Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last met the Agriculture Minister in the Welsh Government to discuss culling of badgers.
    • Bovine Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department is providing for the development of usable TB vaccine for badger and cattle.
    • Fisheries: Quotas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish a register of ownership of UK fisheries quotas; and if he will make a statement.
    • Flood Control
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government plan to spend on managing the risk of flooding and coastal erosion in each year until 2015.
    • National Wildlife Crime Unit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to announce the future of the National Wildlife Crime Unit.
  • Treasury
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 77W, on alcoholic drinks: prices, when he or Ministers of his Department last met...
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how many families will be affected by the high income child benefit charge in 2013.
    • Child Benefit: Merseyside
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in St Helens South and Whiston constituency have received letters from HM Revenue and Customs informing them that their child benefit is...
    • Credit: Debts Written Off
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has any plans to review the taxation of peer-to-peer lending for the purpose of allowing the off-setting of losses through bad debt...
    • Devolution: Wales
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to meet the Finance Minister in the Welsh Government to discuss the report of the Commission on Devolution in Wales.
    • Freight Transport Association
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives of the Freight Transport Association.
    • Paye
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost for each employer of migrating to PAYE real time information in terms of (a) checking and amending employee data,...
    • Revenue and Customs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2012, Official Report, column 679W, on Revenue and Customs, what targets HM Revenue and Customs has set for the proportion...
    • Revenue and Customs: Sunderland
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many representations were made to his Department on the closure of Shackleton House tax office; and if he will list the names of all those making...
    • Tax Avoidance
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue to the Exchequer foregone through the practices of companies earning money from transactions with UK companies held...
    • Tax Avoidance
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many prosecutions HM Revenue and Customs brought under IR35 rules in the last year for which figures are available; (2) how many investigations...
    • Taxation: Self-assessment
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will have to complete a self assessment tax return as a result of changes to the age-...
    • Welfare Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on seeking to recover tax credit overpayments in each of the last five years.
    • Welfare Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of tax credit overpayments that have been written off in each of the last five years is.
    • Welfare Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on personal finances of requirements to repay large tax credit overpayments.
    • Working Tax Credit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in receipt of working tax credits with a disability element from May 2010 to date.
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Anti-dumping Duties
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the recent EU decision to impose anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese imports of ceramic tableware and...
    • Anti-dumping Duties
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with officials in the European Commission about the Commission's...
    • Apprentices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new employees taken on by his Department were taken on as apprentices in the last 12 months for which figures are...
    • Apprentices: Graduates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of apprentice-graduates who went on to (a) university, (b) work, (c) other...
    • Arms Trade: Israel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of companies in the UK that manufacture weapons or components of weapons that are sold to the...
    • Export Controls: Israel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which UK strategic export control licences to Israel direct, and as the end use country, are currently extant; and what the...
    • Export Credit Guarantees
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many credit or lending transactions were completed between UK Export Finance and companies seeking to export to (a)...
    • Export Credit Guarantees
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to increase UK Export Finance's lending to companies seeking to export where adequate credit...
    • Export Credit Guarantees
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the net percentage change in UK Export Finance's budget has been since 2010.
    • Export Credit Guarantees
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized enterprises his Department supports through assisting them in exporting British products to the...
    • Industrial Development Advisory Board
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 22 March 2012, Official Report, column 66WS, on the Industrial Development...
    • Insolvency
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations his Department has received on clarifying the law relating to administration expenses.
    • New Businesses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average number of new business start ups was in each UK city in each month since May 2010.
    • Offshore Funds: Companies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on UK businesses of companies who hold offshore accounts allowing only fortnightly...
    • Overseas Companies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what information his Department holds on how many UK companies opened new offices in South America in the last 12 months;...
    • Overseas Companies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on how many UK companies have relocated their head office abroad in the last 24 months.
    • Secondment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individuals employed by (a) major UK utility companies, (b) Energy UK and (c) any related energy utility organisation...
    • Students: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce delays in processing student finance applications; and if he will make a statement.
  • Justice
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been placed on the community payback scheme in each probation trust in each year since the scheme began.
    • Driving Offences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many motorists were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of (i) failure to accord correct precedence at pedestrian crossings, (ii) failure to...
    • Drugs: Convictions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of a drug trafficking offence in each of the last three years.
    • Employment Tribunals Service
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunal cases have been brought against businesses in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (c) England and Wales in...
    • Fixed Penalties
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices for disorder in relation to the sale of alcohol to a person under 18 years of age were issued in (a) England and Wales and (b)...
    • Legal Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much and what proportion of the legal aid budget was spent on immigration and asylum cases in each of the last five years; (2) how much and...
    • Prisons: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the proportion of prisoners undertaking some form of financial capability learning during their time in prison.
    • Young Offenders: Body Searches
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of routine strip searching on admission have taken place in each public sector and private sector young offender institution for...
  • House of Lords
    • Agriculture: Molluscicides
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the total amount of molluscicides applied to English farmland in each of the past 20 years.
    • Armed Forces: Defence Cuts
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of recent comments by the Chief of Defence Staff about the impact of reductions in personnel on the ability of the Armed Forces to carry...
    • Elections: Northern Ireland
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to remove the requirement for electoral correspondence in local government elections in Northern Ireland to be addressed to individual electors.
    • Energy: Wind Farms
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase public confidence in wind farm expansion.
    • EU: Financial Assistance to Member States
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that any European Union financial assistance for Cyprus would benefit Russians laundering money through that country's...
    • Government Departments: Coalition Agreement
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Home Office has made since May 2010 in respect of commitments relevant to it in the coalition agreement.
    • Government Departments: Insurance
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on insurance in each of the past six financial years.
    • Government Departments: Procurement
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was (1) the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper, and (2) the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet...
    • Health: End of Life Care
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to start and complete their 2013 review of the 2008 End of Life Strategy; and whether that review will have any independent elements in it.
    • Health: Infection Control
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to ensure that the commissioning of infection prevention and control by clinical commissioning groups is robust.
    • Health: Sexual Health
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what responsibilities have been given to local authorities for the commissioning and funding of sexual health services. To ask Her Majesty's Government how they...
    • Housing
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many interim empty dwelling management orders were approved (1) before June 2010, and (2) since that date; and which local authorities made those orders.
    • Immigration: Deportation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 17 October (WA 470), to which countries it is difficult to undertake enforced removals of foreign...
    • Israel
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the avoidance of hostilities in the Golan Heights.
    • NHS: Liverpool Care Pathway
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to promote to medical and nursing personnel awareness of best practice in the care of the terminally ill and dying as set out in the...
    • NHS: Private Patients
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the inpatients at each NHS hospital in England were private patients in each of the past five years.
    • Planning
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the applications for the registration of town and village greens since the coming into force of the Commons Act 2006 were made following the submission...
    • Prisoners: Rehabilitation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, of the prisoners with indeterminate sentences who had exceeded their tariff in September 2012, how many have been given an opportunity to undergo rehabilitation...
    • Public Bodies: Appointments
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many appointments or reappointments of candidates from a Chinese background were made to public bodies in each year from 2005 until the last year for which...
    • Questions for Written Answer
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each Question for Written Answer allocated to the Department for Communities and Local Government that remained unanswered on 11 October, on what date it was...
    • Rape
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cautions have been issued to people admitting rape in each of the past five years.
    • Retail Prices Index
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the consultation by the Office for National Statistics on the future of the Retail Prices Index is only publicised online.
    • Schools: Breakfast Clubs
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will maintain the network of school breakfast clubs.
    • Skills Funding Agency
      To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) local enterprise partnerships, and (2) city deals, will receive funding previously provided to the Skills Funding Agency in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, and...