Written answers
Tuesday, 4 December 2012

  • Women and Equalities
    • Females: Higher Education
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the effect of the website sponsorascholar.co.uk on young women's education. [Official Report, 13 December 2012, Vol....
  • Cabinet Office
    • Jobseeker’s Allowance: North East
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged between 18 and 24 in (a) Redcar and Cleveland and (b) Middlesbrough local authorities were claiming jobseeker's allowance in (i)...
    • Offensive Weapons
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many reported incidents of (a) murder, (b) attempted murder, (c) wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and (d) wounding or inflicting...
    • Public Sector: Procurement
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2012, Official Report, column 324W, on public sector: procurement, what steps the Government is taking to ensure...
    • Sovereignty: Scotland
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the cost of rebadging UK-branded Government supplies and possessions in the event of a vote for independence in Scotland.
    • Women's Resource Centre
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding he has given to the Women's Resource Centre in each of the last five years.
  • Deputy Prime Minister
    • Lord-lieutenants
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total cost to the public purse is of all the Lord Lieutenants; (2) what transport costs have been incurred by the Lord Lieutenant for County...
    • Voting Rights: Young People
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what recent representations he has received on lowering the voting age to 16; (2) what recent research he has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on...
  • Transport
    • Bus Services: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments of the bus service operator's grant he has made to each (a) operator and (b) local authority area in each year from 2004-05 to 2011-12.
    • Bus Services: Rural Areas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the future of rural bus services; and if he will make a statement.
    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effect of tolls on the Dartford Crossing on the local and wider economy.
    • Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings have been held at Ministerial level within his Department regarding a replacement for the Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee.
    • Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what groups representing disabled people (a) he and (b) his officials have consulted on access to transport since the Government's decision to abolish...
    • Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the successor arrangements will be following the abolition of the Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee.
    • Driving Tests: Southend-on-Sea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will increase the number of instructors and examinations at the driving test centre in Southend.
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications have been made to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme where no offers have been received; and what the average time was such...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the distance was from the proposed HS2 route for each application to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme where criterion two was accepted for (a)...
    • London Midland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent reports he has received on (a) the levels of service, (b) number of cancellations and (c) other matters related to London Midland; whether...
    • Public Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to improve the availability of public transport in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.
    • Public Transport: Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what groups representing disabled people (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have (i) met and (ii) consulted in the construction and formulation...
    • Public Transport: Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce his Department's new accessibility strategy.
    • Railways: Fares
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many passengers were found to be on a train without the required ticket to travel and having had the chance to purchase a ticket in (a) 2011,...
    • Rescue Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will re-examine the Government's decision to restructure the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination centres throughout the UK in light of recent adverse...
    • Rescue Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of any potential reliance on the volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service or other partners such as the Royal...
    • Thameslink Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with Bombardier on plans for the Thameslink rolling stock contract should Siemens and his...
    • Thameslink Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if it is not possible for his Department to reach financial close with Siemens on the Thameslink rolling stock contract whether Bombardier, as reserved...
    • Thameslink Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if it is not possible for his Department to reach financial close with Siemens on the Thameslink rolling stock contract whether he is considering...
    • Thameslink Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if it is not possible for his Department to reach financial close with Siemens on the Thameslink rolling stock contract whether he is considering...
    • Thameslink Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Thameslink rolling stock contract, whether all the new rolling stock will be delivered for the December 2018 timetable change.
    • Transport: Fire Hazards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of Network Rail and the Highways Agency on the...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the date of publication of the final report of the Laidlaw Inquiry was changed; and what notice was given to Mr Laidlaw of that change.
  • Attorney-General
    • Circumcision
      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions have been brought against those alleged to have caused harm through the performance of home circumcisions in each of the last three years.
    • Serious Fraud Office
      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Serious Fraud Office has paid out in redundancy payments since May 2010.
  • House of Commons Commission
    • Select Committees: Hearing Impairment
      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what facilities for hard of hearing people were available in Committee Room 11 on...
    • Select Committees: Hearing Impairment
      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if representatives of the House of Commons Service will consult with organisations...
  • Treasury
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in (a) the UK, (b) each region of the UK and (c) each constituency have received letters from HM Revenue and Customs informing them that...
    • Climate Change
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which the Government's fiscal policies are ensuring that growth is achieved alongside the objectives of...
    • Government Departments: Scotland
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of buildings owned by the UK Government in Scotland.
  • Home Department
    • Abu Qatada
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to appeal against the decision of the Special Immigration Appeals Tribunal in the case of Abu Qatada; and when she expects...
    • Charitable Donations: Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking against organised criminal gangs committing fraud and theft relating to bogus house-to-house charity collections.
    • Drugs: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been arrested for (a) all and (b) Class A drugs offences in each of the last three years.
    • Entry Clearances: Uganda
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to refusing leave to enter the UK to Ugandan parliamentarians who are complicit in human rights abuses.
    • Human Trafficking: Repatriation
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on how many victims of human trafficking have been returned to their home countries by Refugee Action,...
    • Immigration Controls
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, prior to the May 2012 changes to rules for qualifying for indefinite leave to remain, as announced in the written statement on 15...
    • Olympic Games 2012: Security
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for West Ham of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 102W, on Olympic Games 2012: security,...
    • Police and Crime Commissioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police and crime commissioners will be required to publish the contracts which (a) they and (b) their chief constable let.
    • Police and Crime Commissioners: Vetting
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether members of the police and crime panels are required to undertake a check by the Criminal Records Bureau before an appointment is...
    • Police: Cleveland
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2012, Official Report, columns 566-7W on Cleveland: police, for what reasons the number of police...
    • Police: Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the financial health of police pension funds for forces in the North East of England.
    • Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade profession magazines in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
    • UK Border Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what country of origin information fact finding missions have been conducted in Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of Congo by the UK Border...
    • Vetting
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by the (a) Independent Safeguarding Authority and (b) Criminal Records Bureau in each of the last five years;...
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Building Alterations: Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether parliamentary approval is required for his proposed changes to permitted development rights for extensions to homes and...
    • Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each successful bidder under the Weekly Collection Support scheme (a) applied for and (b) has been awarded.
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 995W, on housing, what guidance his Department gives to local...
    • Housing Act 2004
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities in England have staff dedicated to the task of enforcing breaches of the Housing Act 2004 in respect...
    • Housing Act 2004
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many local authorities in England have published plans for dealing with category 1 and 2 hazards as defined in the...
    • Housing: Suffolk (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses his Department expects to be built in Suffolk Coastal constituency in the next three years.
    • Housing: Suffolk
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses were built in Suffolk Coastal constituency in each of the last three years.
    • Planning Permission: Appeals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2012, Official Report, columns 344-5W, on planning permission: appeals, for what reason...
    • Planning Permission: Judicial Review
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Prime Minister's speech to the Confederation of British Industry's annual conference on 19 November 2012,...
  • Defence
    • Aircraft Carriers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of the EMALS electromagnetic launch system on the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers; and if he will make a statement.
    • Ammunition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he takes to assess the potential humanitarian and environmental effects of toxic munitions and munitions components prior to use.
    • Canada
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with US authorities to encourage their use of BATUS Canada for training.
    • Defence: Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress his Department has made in its implementation of the Review of Acquisition by Bernard Gray.
    • Guided Weapons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on upgrading the Storm Shadow cruise missile; and if he will make a statement.
    • Libya
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has commissioned any reviews into the lessons learnt from Operation Ellamy; and if he will place any such reviews in the Library.
    • Libya
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) type and (b) number of ground-attack weapons fired by Typhoon aircraft during Operation Ellamy.
    • Libya
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of lessons learned by (a) the UK and (b) NATO arising from the transportation of munitions to forward bases during Operation...
    • Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Police Federation has been consulted on the future role of the Ministry of Defence police at Ministry of Defence sites in the UK; and...
    • Pakistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK unmanned aerial vehicles have been used in Pakistan for surveillance or reconnaissance.
    • Sodexo
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the performance of Sodexo in respect of the inspection and maintenance of kitchen equipment in Army garrisons.
    • Unmanned Air Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the work being conducted by the Rotary Wing Unmanned Air System Capability Concept Demonstrator programme; and when...
    • Unmanned Air Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle by the British Army; whether there are any plans to (a) arm the Watchkeeper and...
    • Unmanned Air Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the potential threat to national security of the (a) acquisition and (b) use of drones by (i) governments and (ii)...
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Art Works: Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will extend the eligibility of participants in the Own Art scheme to include independent artists who only sell their own work.
    • Broadband Delivery UK
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for Broadband Delivery UK after 2015.
    • Culture
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the economic benefit of the culture sector in (a) Liverpool, (b) Manchester, (c) Sheffield, (d) Newcastle, (e)...
    • Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate she has made of the number of people who are employed in the travel and leisure sector in (a) Barnsley Central...
    • Females: Higher Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of the website sponsorascholar.co.uk on female students' welfare; [Official Report, 13...
    • Gambling: Havering
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many premises used for gambling there are in the Borough of Havering.
    • Mobile Phones
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in implementing the mobile infrastructure programme; and which commercial entities are competing to provide...
    • Public Libraries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the Arts Council superintends the library service; how contraventions of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 are...
    • Telecommunications: Environment Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State of 5 November 2012, Official Report, column 690, when she intends to publish the...
  • Education
    • Children: Poverty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the progress of local authorities in producing child poverty needs assessments and strategies.
    • Free Schools
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the capital and revenue costs of free schools that (a) have been provided to date, (b) are to be provided in...
    • Pupils
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether Ofsted considers student turnover rates when evaluating performance of students and schools.
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the way in which the pupil premium is being spent in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency and (b)...
    • Schools: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what analysis his Department has conducted on which (a) local authorities and (b) regions in England and Wales are likely to have increased...
    • Schools: Defibrillators
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department plans to provide defibrillators to schools.
    • Schools: Uniforms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has any plans to work with schools to ensure that the cost of school uniforms is kept to a minimum.
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Animal Welfare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reported incidents of animal cruelty there have been in England and Wales in the last five years.
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many transport failures there have been which have required the unexpected unloading and reloading of live animals for...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what specific training is provided for (a) farmers, (b) traders, (c) assembly-centre operators and (d) employees at ports...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what liaison there is between Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency inspectors and inspectors overseas on the...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the major final European destinations are of (a) sheep, (b) pigs, (c) cattle and (d) horses sent as live animal exports...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there have been any changes in the ability of RSPCA inspectors to inspect live animal exports at ports or in transit...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors were taken into account by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency inspectors in the decision to...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will carry out a full review into the animal welfare considerations of the live export trade from the UK.
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the recommendation of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he has made an assessment of the effects of the conditions under which live animals are transported over significant...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of conducting animal slaughter and meat processing at the closest...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the conclusion of the Commission Report presenting the state of implementation of Council...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure UK compliance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 Point (5) on the...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) major regional sources and (b) regional economic effects are of the UK trade in live animals for export for (i)...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many on-the-spot checks have been made by veterinary experts from the European Commission in collaboration with the...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last met EU Commissioner Borg or his predecessor to discuss the live animal export trade from the UK to other EU...
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will give consideration to revising the coalition agreement to include a policy to prevent the live export of animals.
    • Ash Dieback Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many trees in national parks have contracted ash dieback disease; and what the estimated cost is of felling those...
    • Ash Dieback Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Food and Environment Research Agency will publish the results of the consultation on the Rapid Assessment of chalara...
    • Ash Dieback Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Food and Environment Research Agency to submit a summary of the monitoring of ash dieback to the European...
    • Ash Dieback Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost to local authorities of (a) felling and burning and (b) managing in...
    • Climate Change
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on recent (a) flooding and (b) other extreme weather events in...
    • Dangerous Dogs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to help reduce the number of attacks on assistance dogs; and if he will make a statement.
    • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were prosecuted in 2011 under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and if he will make a statement.
    • Floods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effect of dredging and maintaining watercourses on levels of recent flooding;...
    • Floods: Sewers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons he has not brought into force the sustainable drainage provisions in Schedule 3 to the Flood and Water...
    • Forests
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Forestry Commission spent on advertising its bio-security protocols for the periods (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and...
    • Foxes: Urban Areas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of urban foxes in (a) England, (b) London, (c) Lancashire and (d) Hyndburn...
    • Polar Bears
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has received any representations from the Canadian government on the US administration's proposal to add polar...
    • Seas and Oceans: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans to ensure that the sustainable development of the marine environment will be plan-led rather than...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Access to Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's budget is for the promotion of access to work to (a) disabled people and (b) employers.
    • Access to Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have applied for access to work have not had their support preferences fully met; and for what reasons in each such case.
    • Access to Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people applied for access to work but did not receive it in each of the last five years by (a) impairment type, (b) constituency, (c)...
    • Access to Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received access to work in each of the last five years by (a) impairment type, (b) constituency, (c) size of employer, (d) age...
    • Access to Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of administering access to work is; and what proportion of that cost was due to (a) applications, (b) assessments, (c) review,...
    • Access to Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reduction in the number of disabled people receiving support through access to work; and if...
    • Carer’s Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that the introduction of personal independence payments will not result in a (a) loss of carer's allowance from existing...
    • Disability Living Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households identified as being affected by the benefit cap contain at least one person in receipt of disability living allowance.
    • Employment and Support Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households identified as being subject to the benefit cap contain at least one person in receipt of employment and support allowance...
    • Housing and Council Tax Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authorities operate a 100 per cent disregard of the war disablement pension and widow's pension for housing and council tax...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) highest and (b) median weekly housing benefit claim was in each (i) local authority area and (ii) parliamentary constituency in...
    • Hyperactivity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have received support from (a) Access to Work, (b) Work Programme and (c)...
    • Industrial Diseases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been diagnosed with a reportable industrially-related disease in the UK in the last five years.
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households had been contacted by his Department advising them that they may be affected by the household benefit cap by September...
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) households and (b) individuals who (i) became liable to the household benefit cap and (ii)...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the ability of the work capability assessment to establish the capability to work of a person with a fluctuating...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the guidance his Department provides to Atos Healthcare for delivery of work capability assessments.
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions based on the Work programme data published by his Department on 27 November 2012, what is the Key Performance Measure after 12 months, as...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Work programme participants have obtained job outcomes; and how many were (a) men, (b) women and (c) from an ethnic minority.
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Work programme participants who have obtained job outcomes since June 2011 had previously been unemployed for (a) more than 12, (b)...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants in the Work programme have started an apprenticeship since June 2011.
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average number of sustainment payments made subsequently to their Work programme provider has been in respect of Work Programme...
  • Justice
    • Civil Proceedings: Mental Capacity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people whose litigation capacity was challenged were found (a) incapacitous and (b) to actually have capacity in each year since 2005; (2)...
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing punitive elements to all community orders in a full financial year.
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of whether the inclusion of a punitive element in a community order will improve reoffending rates.
    • Debt Collection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he last met trade and representative bodies from the enforcement and bailiff industry.
    • Debt Collection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to issue a response to the consultation on Transforming bailiff action which closed on 14 May 2012.
    • Drugs: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children have been (a) prosecuted and (b) imprisoned for (i) all and (ii) Class A drugs offences in each of the last three years.
    • Legal Aid Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total (a) budget and (b) amount of money spent on legal aid was in each of the last five years.
    • Lincoln Prison
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) capital expenditure and (b) revenue costs were for HM Prison Lincoln in each of the last five years.
    • Offences Against Children: Convictions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many British citizens have been convicted in UK courts for sexual offences against children abroad since extra-territorial legislation came into...
    • Offensive Weapons: Sentencing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals have (a) been prosecuted for and (b) subsequently received a custodial sentence for an offence of carrying a bladed or pointed...
    • Prisoners: Repatriation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on the prisoner transfer agreement between the UK and Iraq in relation to Danny Fitzsimons.
    • Probation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders currently under supervision by probation trusts have been assessed as (a) tier 1, (b) tier 2, (c) tier 3 and (d) tier 4.
    • Prostitution
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on which occasions (a) officials and (b) Ministers of his Department met representatives of other Government departments to determine policy on...
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the funding received by his Department from the Treasury Reserve was spent in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.
    • Victims’ Commissioner
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the new Victims Commissioner will be required to seek representations from a wide range of organisations offering services sought by families of...
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Apprentices: Essex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of (a) apprenticeship and (b) advanced apprenticeship starts in (i) Southend West constituency,...
    • Environmental Protection: EU Grants and Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what submissions the Government has made to the recent EU consultation on Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection...
    • Export Controls: Israel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he suspended the export licensing process with regard to exports to Israel at the time of the recent hostilities in...
    • Financial Services: Africa
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he is taking to promote UK financial services in growth markets in Africa; (2) whether he has had discussions...
    • Instagram Your Policy Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the Instagram Your Policy scheme.
    • Overseas Trade
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the contribution to UK income and growth made by trade with developing nations.
    • Regional Growth Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2012, Official Report, column 697W, on Regional Growth Fund, how many Regional Growth Fund...
    • Regional Growth Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how funds committed to approved bids for the Regional Growth Fund which have failed the due diligence tests will be used.
  • International Development
    • Developing Countries: Sanitation
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effect of inadequate sanitation, hygiene and toilet facilities in contributing to violence against...
  • Health
    • Bisphenol A
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 625W, on COPHES, whether the Health Protection Agency has conducted any research on...
    • Cancer
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a uniform policy for the use of the Cancer Drugs Fund in the East Midlands, West Midlands and East Anglia following the recent...
    • Colorectal Cancer
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who is responsible for determining the willingness to pay per quality-adjusted life year figure for the use of Bevacizumab in metastatic colorectal...
    • Disease Control
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to address pathogenic resistance to antimicrobials.
    • Drugs: North East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) deaths and (b) hospitalisations due to legal high drugs there were in (i) the North East, (ii) Sunderland local authority and (iii)...
    • Health Services: East of England
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff of each primary care trust in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk and (c) Cambridgeshire received redundancy payments in each of the last three years;...
    • Health Services: East of England
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by (a) Suffolk Primary Care Trust and (b) the East of England Strategic Health Authority on (i) management and (ii) other business...
    • Health Services: East of England
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was per head of population of expenditure on the (a) capital and (b) running costs of the NHS in (i) Suffolk, (ii)...
    • Health: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to review the guidelines on sharing health data following the Children's Commissioner's report on this issue.
    • Health: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities have requested that public health budgets being transferred from primary care trusts should not be ring-fenced.
    • Hearing Impairment: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with his Scottish counterpart on audiology services in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
    • Hospitals: East of England
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the average waiting time in each NHS Hospital Trust in the East of England for a person referred by a GP to see a...
    • Influenza
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of deaths averted as a direct result of the seasonal influenza vaccination programme for each of the last five years.
    • Medical Treatments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the relationship between strategic health authorities and consultants in respect of decision-making on funding for patient...
    • Midwives
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed by (a) Suffolk NHS Trust and (b) in England and Wales in each of the last three years.
    • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence takes into consideration the views of a strategic health authority in determining...
    • NHS: Information and Communications Technology
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential limitations to his plan for use of online technologies in delivery of NHS services due to...
    • North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the financial status of North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust; and if he will make a statement.
    • Nurses: Uniforms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if his Department will take steps to ensure nurses' uniforms are sterilised after use in hospitals; (2) what research his Department has (a)...
    • Pharmacy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on future funding arrangements for community...
    • Respiratory System
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to continue the respiratory work of NHS Improvement in the reformed NHS.
    • Respite Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of access of respite care and short breaks for carers.
    • Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in his Department earning over £100,000 per year have been employed as (a) special advisers and (b) in a political role in each...
    • Strokes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the Commissioning Outcomes Framework 2012-13 will include measures relating to people who have experienced a stroke, including (a)...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has discussed with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions the vote by GPs at the British Medical Association conference in June 2012 that...
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Energy Supply
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to speed up infrastructure projects that improve energy security; and if he will make a statement.
    • Energy Supply
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will give consideration to publishing a single energy security strategy paper setting out how the Government will ensure...
    • Renewable Energy: Heating
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the level of consumption of fluorocarbons in the UK attributable to the recharging of heat pumps by 2020...
    • Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind farms there are in the UK.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Arms Trade Treaty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress the Government have made on securing a global arms trade treaty; and if he will make a statement.
    • Pakistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan on the treatment of religious minorities in that country.
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs What assessment he has made of the report of the Secretary General’s internal review panel on UN action in Sri Lanka...
    • Burma
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote peace and reconciliation in Burma.
    • Rwanda: DRC
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Rwanda on violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    • Cyber-security
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made on international aspects of the November 2011 national cyber security strategy.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs What recent discussions he has had with the Government of Afghanistan on the governance of Afghanistan after 2015.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Pakistan and (b) other countries bordering Afghanistan on security in...
    • Bangladesh
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the high commission in Dhaka has offered UK assistance with the investigation into the recent fire at a garment factory.
    • British Overseas Territories
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government provides to the overseas territories to assist with monitoring and curbing illegal and...
    • Cyprus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the UN General Secretary's report of 29 September 2012, what reports he has received on hydrocarbon reserves...
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
    • European Union
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made with his European counterparts in achieving a consensus for reform of the EU.
    • Latin America
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Minister in his Department will attend the EU-CELAC summit in Santiago, Chile in January 2013.
    • Pitcairn Islands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will work with the British High Commissioner to New Zealand to establish a highly protected marine reserve in Pitcairn.
  • House of Lords
    • Afghanistan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 13 November (WA 261-2), how many times they have investigated the circumstances of deaths caused by United...
    • Apprenticeships
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new apprenticeships have been created since 2010 in (1) North East England, (2) Yorkshire and the Humber, and (3) North West England.
    • Armed Forces: 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 14 November (WA 289), as they have not listed the criteria the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of...
    • Bahrain
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 14 November (WA 290), what issues they intend to raise with the Bahraini Minister of State for Human Rights.
    • Bahrain
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Government of Bahrain about human rights.
    • BBC: Licence Fee
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was raised by the BBC licence fee in each of the past five years; how many such fees were collected each year; what was the total collection cost, the...
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the application of universal jurisdiction relating to the use of torture in relation to the proposed visits to the United...
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Hugo Swire, on 30 October (Official Report, col. 156), how they...
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the credibility of the Joint Action Plan between the United Nations and the Government of Burma, in the light of the...
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Burma regarding the proposal to expel all ethnic Rohingya from that country.
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to obtain the release of Brang Shawng and other civilians held in prison in Burma.
    • Burma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of Burma about the situation of Rohingya Muslims in the state of Rakhine.
    • Businesses: New Start-ups
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new business start-ups there have been since 2010 in (1) North East England, (2) Yorkshire and the Humber, and (3) North West England.
    • Cayman Islands
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the reasons for the delay in agreeing the Cayman Islands Framework for Fiscal Responsibility (FFR); and whether they propose to take any further action...
    • Child Abuse: North Wales
      To ask Her Majesty's Government which accusations led to the establishment of the review by the honourable Mrs Justice Macur into whether any specific allegations of child abuse within the terms...
    • Child Soldiers: UN Action Plan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which countries, in addition to Burma, the United Nations has agreed action plans on child soldiers which do not include the right of access to military bases.
    • China
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 13 November (WA 271), whether they will raise the position of Catholics in China at the proposed United...
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the activities of the M23 militia in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; what evidence they have about support for...
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the origin of weapons and support provided to the M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    • Education: Careers Advice
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the findings of their consultation on careers guidance for schools, sixth form colleges and further education institutions.
    • Education: Sex Education
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 22 November, whether they will prioritise the provision of sex education for children with learning...
    • Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many postal votes were (1) issued, and (2) returned, in each of the police authority areas in the recent police and crime commissioner elections.
    • Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many postal votes were issued to serving members of the Armed Forces in the recent police and crime commissioner elections; and how many were returned.
    • Embryology
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement the recommendations of the 2011 Academy of Medical Sciences' report Animals containing human material in the regulation of...
    • Embryology
      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 5 November (WA 168) and by Lord Marland on 20 November (WA 340-41), when the journal article...
    • Embryology
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many organisations provide services on behalf of the Government to adults affected by donor conception. To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have...
    • Energy: Nuclear Industry
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to work with other members of the International Atomic Energy Agency, including China, Russia and the United States, to expand studies into...
    • Energy: Wind Turbines
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the generating capacity of onshore wind turbines in (1) England, (2) Wales, (3) Scotland, and (4) Northern Ireland, (a) installed, (b) approved but not...
    • Exports
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of United Kingdom businesses exporting goods and services to other European Union countries.
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the shelling of civilian infrastructure in Gaza.
    • Gibraltar
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incursions by Spanish vessels into Gibraltar's waters between November 2011 and October 2012.
    • Government Departments: Staff
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what surveys of staff employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are conducted; at what cost; at what time of year; and whether they will place in the Library...
    • Government Departments: Staff
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs work at least one day per week from home, broken down by (1) directorate, and (2)...
    • Government Departments: Staff
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff at each grade were employed in the Parliamentary Branch of the Department for Education and its predecessor departments in each of the past 10...
    • Government: Special Advisers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a Cabinet Minister may recruit to the post of special adviser through open competition; and, if not, why not. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the...
    • Health: Autism Spectrum Disorder
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 22 November (WA 410-12), what variations there are in the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder...
    • Health: Autism Spectrum Disorder
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 22 November (WA 410-11), whether they have compared autism provision in Northern Ireland with that in health...
    • Health: End of Life Care
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to encourage clinical commissioning groups to develop and implement electronic palliative care co-ordination systems.
    • Health: In-vitro Diagnostic Tests
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of in vitro diagnostics in achieving efficiency savings in the National Health Service.
    • Isles of Scilly: Transport Services
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many medical clinics on the Isles of Scilly were cancelled during 2011 due to transport problems experienced by clinicians travelling to the islands.
    • Isles of Scilly: Transport Services
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to implement the recommendations of the report by LINk4Scilly Medical travel to the Isles of Scilly.
    • Israel
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel regarding access to medical and surgical treatment in Israel for injured Gazans.
    • Israel and Palestine: West Bank
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) the Israeli settlement programme on the West Bank, and (2) the blockade of Gaza, on the achievement of a viable...
    • Lead Shot
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the Food Standards Agency's assessment of the level of lead in chocolate compared to that in pheasant shot using lead.
    • NHS: Hospices
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many National Health Service hospices determine a maximum period that terminally ill people can spend in their premises before being asked to make other...
    • NHS: Infection Control
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the World Health Organisation's 2009 report Natural ventilation for infection control in health-care settings, whether they have assessed the...
    • Pensions
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 19 November (WA 323), whether employers based in the Channel Islands of teachers working in the United Kingdom...
    • Planning
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what policy they intend to adopt regarding granting planning consents which would obstruct closed railway formations which, if re-opened, would be likely to have...
    • Police: Riot Police
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they issue on the deployment of armed riot police to deal with mental health patients in locked-in settings; and whether that guidance takes account...
    • Racism
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether there is a link between severe austerity periods and an increase in racial abuse and attacks.
    • Railways: Fares
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take measures to ensure that rail users in the greater London and south-east commuter zones pay train fares similar to those in other zones.
    • Railways: Freight Charges
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that the Office of Rail Regulation will publish the conclusion of their consultation Periodic Review 13 concerning the variable usage charge and a...
    • Railways: Public Holidays
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why franchised train operators are not required to operate services on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
    • Regional Growth Fund
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Regional Growth Fund grants and loans have been made to firms or organisations in (1) North East England, (2) Yorkshire and the Humber, and (3) North West...
    • Regional Growth Fund
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of jobs created or safeguarded by Regional Growth Fund grants or loans in (1) North East England, (2) Yorkshire and the Humber, and (3)...
    • Roads: M4
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 14 November (WA 298) concerning the M4 bus lane, whether they will state who made the two objections to the...
    • Rwanda
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development on 22 November, what was the "credible and compelling"...
    • Rwanda
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, on 22 November, that...
    • Schools: Diabetes and Epilepsy
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what efforts are being made to ensure that both staff and pupils are aware of (1) the nature of diabetic and epileptic attacks that take place in schools, and (2)...
    • Schools: National Curriculum
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the final version of the new curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 will be made available to teachers and the public. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...
    • Schools: National Curriculum
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the relevance to the United Kingdom of the latest school curriculum and examination system in Hong Kong.
    • Schools: Sport
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that parents receive regular updates about the range of physical education and school sport within their catchment areas.
    • Schools: Sport
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to build on the legacy of the Olympic Games in primary schools.
    • Schools: Sport
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new inter-school competitive sports leagues have been introduced since 2012, broken down by sport.
    • Turkey
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the implications for human rights in Turkey of the present hunger strikes by imprisoned Kurds.
    • Uganda
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Uganda regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced into the Ugandan Parliament.
    • Young Offenders
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were placed in custody (1) on remand, and (2) on sentence, at (a) the Magistrate's Court, and (b) the Crown Court, during the latest 12-month...
    • Young Offenders: Restraint
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times (1) handcuffs, and (2) escort chains, were used on children by (a) escort providers transporting children to or from custodial settings, and (b)...