Written answers
Monday, 3 December 2012

  • International Development
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department has offered to (a) Democratic Republic of Congo and (b) the surrounding region in 2012; and how...
    • Developing Countries: Building Regulations
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department has provided to (a) Bangladesh and (b) other developing countries on building regulations and fire...
    • Kenya
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if her Department will make representations to the Kenyan government on the urgency and importance of resuming registration of refugee...
    • Marie Stopes International
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether funding from her Department was used to set up a Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast; (2) what reports she has received of...
    • Syria
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Syria.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Burma
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Burmese authorities on the human rights of the Rohingya.
    • Egypt
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his Egyptian counterpart on President Mursi's recent extension of powers.
    • Gambia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official contact he has had with the government of Gambia in the last four months.
    • Maldives
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the dismissal of the Human Rights Minister for Maldives.
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of remarks by the Governor of Jericho on the alleged distribution of drugs by the...
    • 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 conflict between Israel and Palestine.
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote compliance with international law in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will lead international efforts to assist the Egyptian government in stopping the flow of illegal weaponry across its...
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he has made representations to the government of Israel on (a) compliance with UN resolutions, (b) the...
    • Occupied Territories
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will take steps to prevent house demolitions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank; (2) what recent discussions he...
    • Occupied Territories
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received to indicate the number of houses in the occupied West Bank which have been demolished since 1967.
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the situation for religious minorities in Sri Lanka; and what steps he is taking to promote the...
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will raise as a matter of concern with the Government of Sri Lanka the circular from 2011 allowing local authorities...
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote ethnic and religious pluralism in Sri Lanka.
  • Northern Ireland
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has held with Ministers in the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) Northern Ireland Executive on using expertise...
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Carbon Emissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on carbon emission targets.
    • Carbon Emissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of recent international negotiations on reducing carbon emissions.
    • Energy Company Obligation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2012, Official Report, column 425W, on Warm Home discount scheme, what progress he has made on...
    • Energy Supply
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to improving grid connections with Europe in order to ensure future energy security; and if he will...
    • Energy: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effect of his proposals for tariff reform on the profits made by the six major energy companies.
    • Garages and Petrol Stations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when he expects the current study by Deloitte into the downstream oil industry to be completed; and if he will publish the...
    • Nuclear Power Stations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to finance the 16GW of new nuclear power by 2025 through (a) levies additional to the Levy Control Framework cap of...
    • Nuclear Power Stations: Safety
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Office for Nuclear Regulation's report Japanese earthquake and tsunami: implementing the lessons for the UK's...
    • Renewable Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to ask the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee to carry out an analysis of the...
    • Wind and Nuclear Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the (a) strike price per MW hour and (b) length of contract required for investment in (i)...
    • Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the de-rating of wind turbines.
    • Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with wind turbine manufacturers on the advertising of de-rated turbines.
    • Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the practice of de-rating.
  • Home Department
    • Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths there have been from carbon monoxide poisoning in domestic premises due to faulty biomass boilers in the latest year for...
    • College of Policing
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responsibility the College of Policing will have for police staff working for private sector companies providing services to police...
    • Drugs: Crime (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 179W, on drugs: crime, if she will take steps to universally define the...
    • Drugs: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to prevent the selling of legal high drugs (a) over the internet and (b) over the counter.
    • Police: Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is provided to police officers on how to deal with criminality online.
    • Prostitution
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what occasions (a) officials and (b) Ministers of her Department met representatives of other Government Departments to determine policy...
    • Rape: Crime Prevention
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department plans to spend on the rape prevention campaign between December 2012 and December 2013.
  • Treasury
    • Air Passenger Duty
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change was in the level of air passenger duty from (a) 1997 to 2010 and (b) 2010 to date.
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff, and at what cost, HM Revenue and Customs will require to implement the claw-back of child benefit from 7 January 2013.
    • Credit Unions: North East
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Financial Services Authority has made of the number of credit unions in the North East in each year since 2007.
    • Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of how much the provisions of the UK Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2012 will save highly indebted countries in coming years.
    • Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on adopting the provisions of the Debt Relief...
    • Excise Duties: Aviation
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has considered freezing the duty payable on aviation fuel; (2) what representations he has received on duty on aviation fuel.
    • Excise Duties: Fuels
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the change was in the level of fuel duty from (a) 1997 to 2010 and (b) 2010 to date; (2) what steps his Department has taken to reduce the...
    • Financial Services: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost has been of the (a) Financial Inclusion Taskforce and (b) Financial Inclusion Fund in each year since 2005; and if he will provide a breakdown...
    • Fossil Fuels: Prices
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of (a) high, (b) medium and (c) low fossil fuel prices on (i) domestic demand, (ii) investment and (iii)...
    • Minimum Wage
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many national minimum wage claims have been brought against employers (a) by employees, (b) by trade union and (c) following HM Revenue and Customs PAYE...
    • Paye
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employers he expects to be participating in the PAYE real time information pilot at the end of each month from November 2012 to the end of April 2013.
    • Paye
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hashes from the payment system have been (a) matched and (b) not matched to real time information (RTI) data from employers since the start of the...
    • Paye
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the funding allocated by his Department to the PAYE Real Time Information project in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c)...
    • Revenue and Customs: Correspondence
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average response time was for letters sent to HM Revenue and Customs by (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public in the most recent period...
    • Succession
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total value of gifts made to the Government from the estate of deceased persons was in 2010-11; (2) what the total value of payments made to...
    • Taxation: Environment Protection
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the likely macroeconomic effects of investing revenues raised from carbon taxes into improving the energy efficiency of...
    • Welfare Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and Wales were in receipt of (i) child tax credit and (ii) working tax...
    • Welfare Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what processes are in place to ensure that the Tax Credit Office applies the correct postage when sending letters to (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b)...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the costs incurred by the Government through the failure to award the West Coast Mainline rail franchise; and if...
  • Cabinet Office
    • Childbirth
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which 10 (a) lower layer super output areas, (b) medium layer super output areas and (c) wards had the highest (i) number and (ii) proportion of...
    • Divorce
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which 10 (a) lower layer super output areas, (b) medium layer super output areas and (c) wards had the highest level of divorce in each of the...
    • Lone Parents
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which 10 (a) lower layer super output areas, (b) medium layer super output areas and (c) wards had the highest (i) number and (ii) proportion of...
    • New Businesses: Suffolk
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects the Office for National Statistics to publish figures on the number of enterprise births in Suffolk Coastal constituency in (a) 2011 and...
    • Teenage Pregnancy
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many teenage pregnancies there have been in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Bedfordshire, (f) Hertfordshire and (g)...
    • Teenage Pregnancy: Suffolk
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many girls under the age of 16 years (a) became pregnant and (b) gave birth in (i) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (ii) Suffolk county council area...
  • Women and Equalities
    • Equality: Impact Assessments
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent discussions she has had with the Prime Minister over the proposal to abolish equality impact assessments.
  • Transport
    • Bus Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport of 6 November 2012, Official Report, column...
    • Bus Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 892W, on bus services: EU law, if he will place in the Library submissions made to...
    • Bus Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Blackley and Broughton of 29 October 2012, Official Report , column 5W, on bus services, if he will place...
    • Bus Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to encourage more competition for bus service operators; and what investment his Department has made to modernise bus...
    • Bus Services: Tyne and Wear
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the application of quality contracts schemes under the Local Transport Act 2008 to the Tyne and Wear area; and...
    • Heathrow Airport: Air Pollution
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will assess the potential effect on air quality of a third runway at Heathrow.
    • Heathrow Airport: Railways
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what (a) consultations and (b) studies were conducted before allocating £0.5 billion to the proposed western connection to Heathrow; (2)...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2012, Official Report, column 370W, on the High Speed 2 railway line, what proportion of the affected land in...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has assessed the economic affect of High Speed Rail 2 on the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty; and if he will make a...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of High Speed Rail 2 on (a) the Misbourne, Colne and Chess rivers, (b) the chalk aquifer and...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the processes for the development of High Speed 2 comply with the (a) Strategic Environmental...
    • Public Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to (a) incentivise or (b) disincentivise transport authorities from pursuing quality contract schemes.
    • Public Transport: Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department is developing a strategy for improving access to transport for people with (a) autism, (b) sight loss and (c) impaired mobility.
    • Railways: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees from other Government Departments and other divisions within his Department have been seconded or permanently transferred to work on...
    • Roads: North West
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the North West Highways Management Contract for Area 10 in respect of the fuel...
    • Thameslink Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the reasons are for the time taken in reaching financial close for the Thameslink rolling stock contract; (2) for what reasons his...
    • Transport: Merseyside
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of average spending per head of population on transport in (a) the city of Liverpool and (b) Merseyside; and what the...
    • Transport: Snow and Ice
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had on the implementation of flexible staff working levels during times when poor...
    • Weather: Information Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had on the implementation of an online and VHF automated weather service.
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to provide detailed costings on the failures in the award of the West Coast Mainline rail franchise; and if he will make a statement.
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has made any financial provision in future budgets for (a) costs incurred by Directly Operated Railways relating to its...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost of attempting to award the West Coast Mainline rail franchise and the cancellation of the franchise award...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment (a) Ministers and (b) the Laidlaw inquiry have made of the analysis in the letter sent by his Department's head of major projects to...
  • Defence
    • Defence Equipment and Support
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for the (a) decision on, (b) legislative proposals for and (c) contract award relating to any change in status of Defence Equipment...
    • Defence Equipment and Support
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the result is of his Department's value-for-money assessment of the possible establishment of Defence Equipment and Support as a government-owned,...
    • Libya
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 809W, on Libya: military intervention, if he will place in the Library the aircraft...
    • Lynx Helicopters
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what air-to-ground weapon systems will be used by the Royal Navy's version of the AW159 Lynx Wildcat.
    • Military Alliances
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost to his Department was of military aviation collaboration projects in the EU in the last year; (2) what the cost to his Department...
    • Military Alliances
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that collaborative defence projects in which the UK participates work on competitiveness principles without...
    • Military Alliances
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that future collaborative defence projects are, wherever possible, bilateral collaborations to ensure efficiencies.
    • Military Alliances
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on extending collaborative defence projects to include collaboration on (a) mid-life up-dates of the equipment produced through the...
    • Reviews
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reviews are taking place in his Department.
    • Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what communications the Minister of State for the Armed Forces has had with the Scottish Minister for Transport and Veterans since 4 September 2012.
    • Type 26 Frigates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on export negotiations in respect of the Type 26 Frigate.
    • Type 26 Frigates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the (a) total cost and (b) unit cost of the new Type 26 Global Combat Ships to be purchased by his Department.
    • Unmanned Air Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he made of his Department's Maritime Unmanned Aerial Systems Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
    • Unmanned Air Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps the Reaper squadron has taken to tackle illegal piracy and fishing in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
    • Written Questions: Government Responses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to answer question 130504 from the hon. Member for Bournemouth East, tabled on 22 November 2012 for answer on 25 November 2012.
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Arts Council
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding her Department provided to the Arts Council in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; and how much such funding she...
    • Arts: Ethnic Groups
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of whether the Creative Industries Council might play a role in improving ethnic diversity in the media and...
    • Broadband
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the role of Ofcom in the negotiation of the 4G network rollout; and if she will make a statement.
    • Domestic Visits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) libraries, (b) galleries and (c) museums she has visited in her official capacity.
    • Football: Tickets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what advice the Premier League has sought from her Department on the resale of tickets to Premier League football matches through...
    • Local Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings Ministers in her Department have had with leaders of local authorities since May 2010.
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Council Tax Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what analysis he undertook of the potential effect on incentives to work of his proposed localisation of council tax support.
    • Enterprise Zones: Corby
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to reopen applications for enterprise zone status in order that Corby can apply to become an...
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much demand he estimates there will be for additional housing by 2030 by type of demand.
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of additional housing need he estimates will result from family breakdown, in the next 20 years.
    • Housing and Council Tax Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of households who will be affected by both the housing benefit under-occupation penalty...
    • Non-domestic Rates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2012, Official Report, column 571W, on non-domestic rates, how many business rate...
    • Planning Permission: Appeals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of planning appeals relating to major applications made to the Planning Inspectorate in each of the last five...
    • Planning Permission: Mole Valley
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to report on planning inquiry number 2172145 concerning The Glade in Mole Valley District local authority.
    • Private Rented Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the powers available to local authorities to regulate the length of time letting agents...
    • Wind Power: Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider further ways of safeguarding (a) landscape character and (b) visual amenity in the planning process for...
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Apprentices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have been created in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) England for people aged...
    • Boilers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the proportion of (a) oil fired, (b) gas fired and (c) biomass boilers that were...
    • Copyright
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely cost of implementing the recommendations of the Hooper report on copyright works...
    • Export Controls
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the introduction of Council Regulation (EU) 388/2012, on dual-use items, if he will make an assessment of...
    • Manufacturing Industries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies have been awarded funds as part of his Department's Sustainable Manufacturing for the Processing Industry...
    • New Businesses: Worcestershire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new businesses were created in Worcestershire in the last 12 months; and what plans his Department has to help...
    • Royal Mail: Trade Unions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for which trades union Royal Mail allowed staff (a) time to work on trade union duties and (b) facility time in (i) 2010-11 and...
    • Science: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on implementation of his Department's Strategy for Life Sciences published on 5 December 2011; and if...
    • Students: Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether a marketing budget will be made available to publicise the introduction of 24+ advanced learner loans.
    • Students: Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the contribution of the then Minister of State for Further Education and Skills, of 17 July 2012, Official Report,...
    • Teesside University
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK students studying at Teesside university have yet to receive a student finance payment for this financial year.
    • Teesside University
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students whose home address is in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency and are registered for study at...
    • Vocational Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) with reference to the announcement made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills on 20 November 2012, at...
  • Health
    • Accident and Emergency Departments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general hospitals in England provide accident and emergency services which include major injury and trauma; and how many beds there are at each...
    • Accident and Emergency Departments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) issued guidance and (b) (i) conducted and (ii) commissioned any research or studies on travel times to accident and...
    • Arthritis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to see a rheumatology nurse specialist following their initial diagnosis in the...
    • Arthritis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the use of the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation scheme in improving the quality of care for patients...
    • Care Homes: Learning Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people with learning disabilities whose care is paid for by the NHS are being cared for in facilities owned by private companies.
    • Genito-urinary Medicine
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish its proposed sexual health policy document.
    • Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the planned national clinical audit will include analysis examining the provision of personal care plans and access to treatments; and if he...
    • Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which EU countries UK citizens are required to have a European health insurance card to access health services by reciprocal arrangements.
    • Health: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to tackle health inequality.
    • Latex: Allergies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the difficulties experienced by patients in hospitals diagnosed with severe latex allergies; (2) what...
    • Medical Treatments
      Mr Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to prevent cost-based rationing of treatments since June 2012.
    • Mental Health Services
      Mr Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited for mental health services on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme for more than (a) 18 and (b) 28...
    • Mental Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he has spent on training therapists through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme by (a) cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) at...
    • Methadone
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of individuals in receipt of methadone prescriptions are (a) entitled and (b) not entitled to free prescriptions; (2)...
    • Methadone
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those who have completed a methadone course and who are no longer prescribed methadone have subsequently used (a) heroin, (b) crack...
    • Muscular Dystrophy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the amount spent by the NHS on unplanned emergency admissions to hospitals for people with muscular dystrophy and related...
    • Musculoskeletal Disorders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider introducing a national musculoskeletal conditions patient experience survey; and if he will make a statement.
    • NHS: Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what review of NHS tariffs has been undertaken in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
    • NHS: Public Appointments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what basis Tim Higginson has been appointed chief executive-designate of a trust which does not exist; and from which budget the cost of...
    • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the planned acquisition of the North Cumbria Trust by the Northumbria Healthcare Trust to be complete.
    • Palliative Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who (a) was invited and (b) attended his Department's roundtable discussion on the Liverpool Care Pathway held on 26 November 2012.
    • Palliative Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to his announcement of an independent review into the Liverpool Care Pathway, what the timetable is for appointing a chair of the review; how the...
    • Prostate Cancer
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the amount spent on funding research into prostate cancer by (a) the Government and (b) the third sector in each of...
    • South London Healthcare NHS Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to ensure that the work of the Trust Special Administrator for South London Healthcare NHS Trust takes place with...
    • Thalidomide
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2012, Official Report, columns 309-10W to the hon. Member for North Cornwall, on thalidomide, when he plans to make...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of trends in the (a) distance travelled and (b) time taken to travel by live animals...
    • Ash Dieback Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the findings of the Forestry Commission survey of conditions in ash woodlands to be published.
    • Bovine Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the potential cost of vaccinating all calves for tuberculosis.
    • Bovine Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will estimate the potential cost of testing cows for tuberculosis before culling them; and if he will make a...
    • Bovine Tuberculosis (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost of trapping and testing badgers for tuberculosis; (2) if...
    • Cats
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of abandoned cats being dealt with by animal welfare charities;...
    • Livestock: Animal Welfare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy that concentrated animal feeding operations should not be permitted in the UK; and if he will...
    • Livestock: Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will instruct Animal Health to permit the RSPCA to inspect all vehicles passing through UK ports; and if he will make a...
    • Meat: Imports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statistics he holds and what checks are made on imports from the EU of (a) all mechanically-stripped meat and (b) Baader...
    • Plastics: Packaging
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many responses he received from (a) the plastics manufacturing industry (b) environmental organisations and (c)...
    • Waste Management
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials of his Department worked under the Head of Waste in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 to date.
    • Zoos: Animal Welfare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he plans to take to protect the welfare of animals in zoos that host concerts, fireworks displays, festivals...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Comet Group
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to assist people in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK who lose their jobs as...
    • Council Tax Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged under 65 are in receipt of passported and non-passported council tax benefit in each local authority area.
    • Disability Living Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households affected by the benefit cap where at least one member is in receipt of disability living...
    • Employment and Support Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people in receipt of employment and support allowance died in each calendar year since 2010.
    • Epilepsy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with epilepsy his Department has helped into employment since May 2010.
    • Future Jobs Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evidence on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness was taken into consideration when the decision was made to discontinue the Future Jobs Fund.
    • Hyperactivity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department have had with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder disability organisations with regard to personalised...
    • Incapacity Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people who were on incapacity benefit and were previously in receipt of invalidity benefit have been transferred to...
    • Jobseeker's Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2011, Official Report, columns 1015-16W, on jobseeker's allowance, what the (a) jobseeker's allowance...
    • Pension Funds
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the research paper from the Financial Services Authority entitled Conflicts of Interest between Asset Managers and their...
    • Personal Independence Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide an information service for people preparing to apply for personal independence payments.
    • Poverty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in work and in poverty in (a) Wirral South constituency, (b) Wirral, (c) Merseyside, (d) the North West and (e) the UK in...
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) non-UK nationals and (b) all other nationals received benefits in excess of the total benefit cap introduced in 2012 in each...
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who will be affected by the proposed benefits cap have never worked in the UK.
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reason is for the difference between the Government's impact assessment which states that 56,000 households will be affected by the...
    • Social Security Benefits: Polygamy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits can currently be claimed by individuals in polygamous marriages; and what the total cost of each benefit to people in such...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) Jobcentre Plus area have failed to attend a work capability assessment (WCA)...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) with reference to the invitation to tender, whether it is still his policy that five per cent is the appropriate level for year 1...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incentive payments his Department has made to Work programme providers since June 2011.
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to publish the key performance measures, as defined in the Work programme invitation to tender, alongside future...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons why his Department's expectation, set out in the Work programme invitation to tender, that providers...
  • Education
    • Open Access Scheme: Sutton Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has made an assessment of the Sutton Trust's Open Access scheme to democratise entry to independent schools; and if he will make a statement.
    • Dedicated Schools Grant
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect on small primary schools of his Department's recent funding reform of the dedicated schools grant.
    • Early Years Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he plans to improve the quality of early years education.
    • Enterprise and Business Skills
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to encourage enterprise and business skills through teaching in schools; and if he will make a statement.
    • Anti-smoking Initiatives
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment his Department has made of anti-smoking initiatives in schools.
    • Child Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for child protection; and if he will make a statement.
    • Vocational Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for vocational education; and if he will make a statement.
    • Children: Day Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 762W, on children: day care, whether there is a minimum staff:child ratio for...
    • Children: Nutrition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to promote to children the importance of eating breakfast.
    • Health Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to (a) improve awareness of the importance of healthy eating in schools and (b) provide more cookery lessons dedicated to healthy eating.
    • Home Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what financial support his Department provides to local authorities to support parents who wish to home-school their children.
    • Home Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will commission a study into the benefits of home-schooling, including an assessment of experiences of home-schooling in (a) Europe and (b) the US.
    • Home Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on home schooling.
    • Outdoor Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that secondary school leaders and senior managers recognise the value of, and support the provision of, high-quality...
    • Outdoor Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that the professional development of future school leaders and senior managers through the National College for School...
    • Primary Education: School Meals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many primary schools in England and Wales provide optional breakfasts for pupils.
    • Pupils: Per Capita Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he plans to improve the system of per pupil funding for schools in England.
    • Science: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent steps his Department has taken to promote the teaching of science in schools.
    • Surveys
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department plans to publish the results of its recent survey of conditions and staff attitudes.
    • Teachers: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he plans to reward good teachers and remove bad teachers from the classroom.
    • Tees Valley
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect on the Tees Valley's sub-regional labour market of the proposed closure of his Department's regional offices.
  • Justice
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department was of community sentences for those aged (a) under 18 and (b) over 18-years-old in each of the last four years; and if...
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people sentenced to community payback in each of the last four years were (a) under 18, (b) 18 to 30, (c) 30 to 45 and (d) over 60-years-old.
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who have been placed on the community payback scheme have not completed their scheme in each year since the inception of the scheme, by...
    • Criminal Injuries Compensation: Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will list the meetings where he discussed with the Northern Ireland Justice Minister the recent reforms to the Criminal Compensation Scheme; and if...
    • Drugs: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 125W, on drugs: misuse, if he will take steps to universally define the term drug...
    • Grants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what grant-giving programmes are operated by (a) his Department and (b) the bodies for which he is responsible; and which such programmes award grants in...
    • Prisoners: Repatriation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of how many other EU member states are ready to implement the EU Prisoner Transfer Agreement; and by what date each member...
    • Prisons: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the level of illegal drug use in prisons; and what steps he has taken to reduce this figure.
    • Prisons: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many searches for narcotics among the prison population resulted in finds of (a) heroin and (b) needles used for drug taking in each of the last 10...
    • Prisons: Drugs and Alcoholic Drinks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners addicted to (a) heroin and (b) alcohol in each prison; (2) how many people serving a...
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding from the Treasury Reserve his Department received in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.
    • Re-offenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of people given (a) community and (b) custodial sentences reoffended in each of the last four years by police force area.
    • Repossession Orders: Suffolk
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (b) Suffolk county council area in each of...
    • Working Hours: EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many narrative verdicts by coroners have found the European Working Time Directive to be contributing to the cause of death.
  • House of Lords
    • Bees
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the decline in bee numbers, what assessment they have made of the future costs to farmers of the loss of pollination by bees.
    • Bees
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce measures to support bee keeping, in the light of the experience of damage to the bee population and its effects in 2012.
    • Bees
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role played in the die-off of honey bees in 2012 of pesticides, parasites, disease and poor nutrition; and whether they will...
    • Bees
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to address the findings of the British Beekeepers Association 2012 Honey Survey which highlighted a 72% drop in average yields.
    • Bees
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Bee Unit will publish an assessment of the 2012 honey production levels, the extent of notifiable diseases in United Kingdom honey bees during...
    • Benefits
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in cases where they take responsibility for paying child benefit to parents from Poland and the Republic of Ireland working in the United Kingdom having left...
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations and individuals have been approached by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with regard to meeting President Thein Sein of Burma when he visits...
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Burmese Government officials have visited the United Kingdom in the past six months; and what were the reasons for their visits.
    • Climate Change
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 8 November (WA 224) stating that Arctic temperatures have increased by almost twice the global average rate,...
    • Columbia
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the statement of 15 November from the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) welcoming a new effort for peace in Columbia.
    • Employment
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the net number of jobs created since 2010 in (1) North East England, (2) Yorkshire and the Humber, and (3) North West England.
    • EU: Turkey
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek an acceleration of possible European Union membership for Turkey; and, if so, how.
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Governments of Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Jordan about the prevention of further violence in the Gaza Strip.
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to work jointly with the Government of the United States to ensure a reduction of casualties in the current conflict in Gaza.
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current state of the provision of food supplies to Gaza.
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to help ensure that medical supplies are available in Gaza's hospitals.
    • Gibraltar
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are pursuing with the Government of Spain following the incursions by a Spanish warship into Gibraltar's territorial waters on 13 November 2012.
    • Government Departments: Records and Security
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 23 July (WA 104), what estimate they have made of the cost of answering the question in full.
    • Housing
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 23 June 2010 (WA 190), what conclusions they have reached on the effectiveness of current enforcement powers...
    • India
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current epidemic of dengue fever in India; and whether they have made representations to the Government of that country about its...
    • Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Chilcot inquiry is expected to report; and how much public expenditure has so far been incurred by the inquiry.
    • Israel and Palestine: West Bank
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel against the transfer of existing residents of Area C of the West Bank to Areas A and B.
    • Israel and Palestine: West Bank
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel not to proceed with the eviction of Bedouin communities in order to complete proposed...
    • Justice: Compensation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have received compensation for wrongful imprisonment over the past 10 years; and how much money was paid in total.
    • Libya
      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates in 2012 they have discussed with the Government of Libya the issue of compensation for United Kingdom victims of terrorist attacks committed with...
    • Pakistan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total budget of the Department for International Development education awareness programme in Pakistan.
    • Pakistan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 20 November (WA 357), what assessment they have made of the connection between the Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman...
    • Pakistan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 20 November (WA 357), how the contract to engage the Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman Foundation was awarded; and...
    • South Sudan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received of cases of hepatitis E, jaundice, cholera and malnutrition arising from food shortages in the South Sudan refugee camps.
    • Sport: Disabled People
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the London 2012 Paralympic Games, they intend to introduce a comprehensive set of initiatives to promote and protect the interests of those with...
    • Sudan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they will contribute to the 2012-13 budget of the United Nations Mission in Darfur.
    • Sudan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the use of United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) helicopters to evacuate Sudanese armed forces, whether UNAMID will offer medical evacuation...
    • Sudan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the use of United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) helicopters to evacuate Sudanese armed forces, whether UNAMID will offer medical evacuation to...
    • Sudan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about reports concerning the spread of yellow fever in Darfur; what is their assessment of the risk this poses to human life; and what...
    • Syria
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure women who have been raped in Syria and other zones of conflict have access to all necessary advice, counselling and medical...
    • Thames Tideway Tunnel
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent each year since 2005 by (1) the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (2) OFWAT, and (3) the Consumer Council for Water,...
    • Thames Tideway Tunnel
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their current estimates in respect of the Thames Tideway Tunnel of (1) its capital cost, (2) the cost of finance, (3) the operation and maintenance costs...
    • Thames Tideway Tunnel
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what limit to taxpayer liability is established by the Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Act 2012 in respect of the Thames Tideway Tunnel before, during and...
    • Town and Village Greens
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications there have been for the registration of town and village greens in each year since the coming into force of the Commons Act 2006; and how...
    • Uganda
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced in the Ugandan Parliament is being taken into account in their review of aid granted to Uganda.
    • World Trade Organisation: Customs Tariffs
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 7 November (WA 218), whether United Kingdom and German bound custom tariff rates are the rates...
    • Zimbabwe
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Partnerships Africa Canada, Reap What You Sow: Greed and Corruption in Zimbabwe's Marange Diamond Fields; and what...