Written answers
Tuesday, 18 December 2012

  • Transport
    • British Transport Police
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of British Transport Police time was allocated to investigation of each category of crime in each of the last five years.
    • British Transport Police
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on ensuring effective co-operation between the British Transport...
    • British Transport Police
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an assessment of areas for potential improvement in co-ordination between the British Transport Police and other police forces.
    • Bus Services: Halton
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated for the provision of bus services in Halton Borough Council area in each financial year since 2009-10.
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to transpose in (i)...
    • Great Western Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments his Department expects to receive from the operator of the Great Western rail franchise over the next three years.
    • Great Western Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he or officials in his Department have met representatives of FirstGroup to discuss granting that company an extension to its Great Western...
    • Great Western Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to extend the Great Western franchise with First Group without a franchise competition; and if he will make a statement.
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible arising from inward migration...
    • Official Cars
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Ministers in his Department have been allocated Government cars; and what the last dates were on which such cars were used by each Minister for...
    • Railways: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on agreeing management contracts for the operation of rail franchises for more than 13 months without a tendering competition; and...
    • Railways: Norwich
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions bus transport replaced rail for all or part of the journey due to (a) routine and (b) non-routine maintenance of the Norwich to...
    • Roads
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the maintenance backlog of (a) roads and (b) pavements on the non-strategic highways network in England; and if he will...
    • Roads: Snow and Ice
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will estimate the cost of gritting roads in winter 2012-13; (2) what steps he has taken to ensure sufficient salt is available for road...
    • Transport: East of England
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of average spending per head of the population by his Department in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex, (d)...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the implementation of the recommendations of the Laidlaw Review to be complete.
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Sam Laidlaw carried out a full trawl of departmental emails during the compilation of his final report.
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to his Department was of the work done to compile the (a) interim and (b) final report of the Laidlaw Review.
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he or his officials received advice on the risk of legal action by (a) the EU Commission and (b) bidders in the cancelled franchise...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the taxpayer is of the fee agreed by his Department with Virgin Rail for the running of the Intercity West Coast Mainline as a...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on (a) external legal advice and (b) other external consultancy on negotiating the management contract with Virgin...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of the premium payments he expects to receive from Virgin Rail in (a) the first year and (b) the remaining period of the operation of...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the terms of the deal with Virgin Rail on operating the Intercity West Coast Mainline allow the fee agreed for the first year to rise in the...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of implementing in full the recommendations of the Laidlaw Inquiry, December 2012.
  • Home Department
    • Databases: EU Countries
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 5 December 2012, Official Report, column 65WS, on the Justice and Home Affairs Council, what...
    • Entry Clearances: Indian Subcontinent
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the reasons for the difference in refusal rates of visa applications from Indian nationals and from Pakistani...
    • Entry Clearances: Iran
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 19 December 2011, Official Report, columns 924-5W, on entry clearances: Iran, what steps her Department has...
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which EU directives her Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives her Department expects to transpose in...
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which regulations her Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations her Department...
    • Human Trafficking
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Border Agency targets specific flights as part of its strategy to tackle human trafficking.
    • ICT: Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e)...
    • Mousa Abu Maria
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis Mousa Abu Maria was granted an entry visa to the UK for his visit in November 2012.
    • Police: Stun Guns
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces in England and Wales have deployed tasers beyond the specialist role.
    • Students: Demonstrations
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost was of additional policing and crowd control measures put in place for the student protest march in London on 21 November...
    • UK Border Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library the contact details of UK Border Agency officials who could be contacted by hon. Members outside the working...
    • UK Border Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether UK Border Agency staff have been made aware of the Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) (Elected Representatives)...
    • UK Border Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is given to UK Border Agency staff on dealing with representations by hon. Members; and if she will make a statement.
    • UK Border Agency: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency intends to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Ilford South of 30 August and 15 October 2012 concerning...
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Broadband: Rural Areas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that broadband companies are fairly charging rural customers who can only get low speeds of broadband.
    • Mobile Phones
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to appoint a supplier for the Mobile Infrastructure Project.
    • Tourism
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she plans to support tourism business improvement districts in each city in England.
    • Tourism: North East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will undertake an impact assessment of the potential effect of Scottish independence on tourism in the north-east.
    • UK Fashion and Textile Association
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she next plans to meet the UK Fashion and Textile Association.
  • Treasury
    • Charities: Bank Services
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will hold discussions with the chief executive of HBOS on the decision by Halifax to withdraw some current and savings accounts for charities;...
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of the correspondence and communication exercise with taxpayers in respect of forthcoming changes to child benefit policy.
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of taxpayers affected by the introduction of the higher rate changes to child benefit who had elected to...
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level the weekly rate of child benefit will be for (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 for the (i) first child and (ii) second and...
    • Dairy Farming: Government Assistance
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any Barnett Consequentials will result from the establishment of the new Dairy Fund for England.
    • Ford Motor Company
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and others on the EIB loan to Ford...
    • Paye
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, column 596W, on PAYE, whether HM Revenue and Customs is able to calculate the accuracy rate of...
    • Revenue and Customs: Washington, Tyne and Wear
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2012, Official Report, column 437W, for what reasons he does not plan to publish the feasibility study considered by...
    • Senior Civil Servants
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the ages are of the (a) Permanent Secretary, (b) Second Permanent Secretary and (c) other managing directors of his Department.
    • Surveys
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of his Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried out the survey; and what the...
    • Taxation: Football
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Premier League footballers are registered in the UK for purposes of taxation.
    • Working Tax Credit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the level of the basic element of working tax credit in 2013-14 if it had risen by the retail prices index in April (a) 2011, (b)...
    • Written Questions: Government Responses
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer questions 127543, 127542 and 127541 from the hon. Member for Streatham, tabled on 5 November for answer on 7 November 2012
  • Northern Ireland
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) which EU directives her Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives her Department expects to transpose in...
  • Scotland
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to transpose in (i) 2013 and...
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations his Department expects to...
  • Wales
    • Pneumonia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will ask the Welsh Minister for Health to publish the figures for deaths from hospital-acquired pneumonia at University Hospital Wales Cardiff in...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Animals: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider banning live animal exports from the UK.
    • Ash Dieback Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many ash tree new planting sites are still to be surveyed in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales, from tracking...
    • Ash Dieback Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his control strategy for Chalara fraxinea ash dieback will include removing infected trees from new planting sites...
    • Common Fisheries Policy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress he has made on negotiations for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement.
    • Dogs: Animal Breeding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he is taking to prevent the battery farming of puppies in the UK.
    • Food: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the effect of changes in the price of oil on the prices of food.
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Alarms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost of providing free audible (a) carbon monoxide detectors and (b) dual carbon monoxide and...
    • Alarms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to discuss with representatives of the construction sector the effects of extending the provisions of the...
    • Conditions of Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of officials in his Department have requested (a) part-time, (b) job-share or (c) other flexible working...
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects...
    • Flood Control
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of grants for lead local flood authorities in England will be provided through the business rate retention...
    • ICT: Theft
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other pieces of IT equipment were lost or stolen from his...
    • Internet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content...
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in his Department in each of the last two years.
    • Public Appointments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public appointments (a) regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and (b) not regulated by...
    • Right-to-Buy Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 61W, on Right-to-Buy Scheme, what estimate he has made...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Atos Healthcare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral evidence of the Permanent Secretary of his Department to the Public Accounts Committee of 19 November 2012, HC 744-i,...
    • Atos Healthcare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral evidence of the Permanent Secretary of his Department to the Public Accounts Committee of 19 November 2012, HC 744-i, Q161...
    • Atos Healthcare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral evidence of the Permanent Secretary of his Department to the Public Accounts Committee of 19 November 2012, HC 744-i,...
    • Atos Healthcare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to section 14, page 18 of the Government's response to Professor Malcolm Harrington's Third Independent Review of the Work...
    • Atos Healthcare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to section 13, page 18 of the Government's response to Professor Malcolm Harrington's Third Independent Review of the Work...
    • Atos Healthcare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to section 15, page 18 of the Government's response to Professor Malcolm Harrington's Third Independent Review of the Work...
    • Atos Healthcare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to recommendations of Annex B of the Government's Response to Professor Malcolm Harrington's Third Independent Review of the...
    • Atos Healthcare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the oral evidence of the Permanent Secretary of his Department to the Public Accounts Committee, 19 November 2012, HC 744-i,...
    • Employment and Support Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of annual assessments for claimants of employment and support allowance with (a) long-term illnesses, (b)...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect on low-income families of planned changes to housing benefit eligibility in respect of...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) refuges for victims of domestic violence and (b) supported housing projects for young...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he will exclude payments for supported housing from the benefit cap, including for refuges and young people's accommodation, which are...
    • Housing Benefit: Edinburgh
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he expects to be paid in discretionary payments of housing benefit to social housing tenants in Edinburgh North and Leith...
    • Housing Benefit: Edinburgh
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Edinburgh and (b) Edinburgh North and Leith constituency he expects to be required...
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what tailored support is provided to jobseekers diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
    • Jobcentre Plus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2012, Official Report, columns 344-6W, on Jobcentre Plus, what each of the figures in the tables is as a...
    • Official Hospitality
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent for hospitality purposes on (a) Champagne, (b) wines, (c) spirits, (d) soft drinks, (e) flowers, (f) laundry,...
    • Personal Independence Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the delay of transferring existing lifetime and indefinite claimants of disability living allowance to personal independence payments...
    • Police: Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of changes to the consumer prices index on the police pension scheme.
    • Social Security Benefits: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants attending the Jobcentre in (a) Hamilton, (b) Rutherglen, (c) Coatbridge, (d) Falkirk, (e) Barrhead, (f) Shettleston, (g)...
    • Surveys
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of his Department's most recent staff survey; which organisation carried out the survey;...
    • Telephone Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 21 November 2012, Official Report, column 153W, on telephone services, if the termination rate is retained by the...
    • Unemployment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the implications for his policies are of the observation of the Office for Budget Responsibility report on Economic and Fiscal outlook...
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Work and Pensions Select Committee's Third Report of Session 2010-12, HC576, on universal credit, what steps he will take...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral evidence of the Permanent Secretary of his Department to the Public Accounts Committee of 19 November 2012, HC 744-i,...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the oral evidence of the Chief Medical Adviser and Director for Health and Wellbeing of his Department to the Public Accounts...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work capability assessments received zero points on initial assessment and were passed on appeal in the latest period for which...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 388W, on the work capability assessment, what proportion of those work...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the reasons why the Work programme key performance measure did not achieve the minimum performance...
    • Work Programme: Greater Manchester
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people successfully completed the Work programme in the Greater Manchester area in the last year.
    • Work Programme: Kilmarnock
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency have completed the Work programme since its inception; (2) how many people in...
  • Defence
    • Afghanistan (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effect of unmanned aerial vehicle strikes on the mental health and wellbeing of civilians in Afghanistan.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) names of members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed on operations were read out during ceremonies at...
    • Air Force: Military Bases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on buildings for the use of civilian contractors at (a) RAF Leuchars, (b) RAF Lossiemouth and (c) RAF Marham in each of the last...
    • Armed Forces: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of the capacity review of the Army estate in Scotland in the Library.
    • Defence Equipment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, columns 261-4, on defence budget and transformation, what maritime patrol capabilities are...
    • Depleted Uranium
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to paragraph III. 4 of the report of the UN Secretary-General on Effects of the use of armaments and ammunities containing depleted...
    • Lost Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which items were listed as (a) lost, (b) lost in transit and (c) missing at (i) COD Donnington and (ii) COD Bicester from 2010 to date; and if he...
    • Military Alliances
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military aviation collaboration projects his Department has taken part in with (a) EU countries, (b) non-EU countries, excluding the US and (c) the...
    • Military Bases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) he, (b) Ministers or (c) officials of his Department have (i) received written communication from or (ii) met representatives of (A) Thales...
    • Nato
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid to (a) NATO, (b) the US Administration, (c) the US Treasury, (d) the Receiver General of Canada, (e) MAMSA, (f) NATO...
    • Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for unmanned underwater vehicle programmes in the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.
  • Cabinet Office
    • Emergency Planning College
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to visit the Emergency Planning college at Easingwold; and if he will make a statement.
    • Israel
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to ensure that products from and companies based in Israeli settlements are excluded from public procurement.
    • Negligence: Ministry of Defence
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential effects of his proposals for closed material procedure in negligence claims brought by the families of...
    • Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) marriages, (b) divorces, (c) civil partnerships, (d) dissolutions of civil partnerships and (e) annulments of civil partnerships there were...
  • Deputy Prime Minister
    • Official Hospitality
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department has spent on hospitality in (a) 2012-13 to date and (b) 2011-12.
  • Education
    • Family Justice Review
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made in implementing the decision of the Family Justice Review on ensuring that children maintain relationships with grandparents...
    • Freedom of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the relative cost to his Department of answering Written Parliamentary questions from hon. Members and...
    • Further Education: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to allow further education colleges to enrol 14 to 16 year olds; and if he will make a statement.
    • Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of students aged 16 to 18 in (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges entered (i) higher education institutions and...
  • Attorney-General
    • Christmas
      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Law Officers' Departments are holding a Christmas party in 2012; and what the cost is.
    • Crime: Damage
      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has carried out for criminal damage in each of the last five years; and what the conviction rate was in each such year.
    • Crimes of Violence
      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has carried out for (a) actual bodily harm and (b) grievous bodily harm in each of the last five years; and what...
    • Dangerous Driving
      To ask the Attorney-General how many drivers were prosecuted for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving where their speed was recorded at less than 35 mph in the last two years for...
    • Domestic Violence: Prosecutions
      To ask the Attorney-General what guidance he gives to the Crown Prosecution Service on the consideration to be given to the terms of a reconciliation agreed via a Muslim Arbitration Tribunal when...
    • Drugs: Prosecutions
      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has carried out for drug possession and supply offences in each of the last five years, by each class of illegal drug.
    • Personation
      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has carried out for identity theft in each of the last five years; and what the conviction rates were in each such year.
    • Serious Fraud Office
      To ask the Attorney-General what amount has been spent on refurbishing the Serious Fraud Office premises at Cockspur street, London in the last two years.
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Coal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish his Department's coal strategy.
    • Electricity Generation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 2.8 of his Department's Gas Generation Strategy, published on 5 December 2012, for what reasons his...
    • Energy Company Obligation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with energy suppliers on the reporting of (a) the costs incurred by suppliers and (b) the costs to be...
    • Energy: Co-operatives
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding he has allocated for energy co-operatives in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; to which organisations it has been...
    • Fish: Conservation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider promoting the use of offshore wind turbines to protect fish stocks in UK waters.
    • Fuel Oil: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what discussions his Department has had with domestic heating oil suppliers on recent trends in heating oil prices; and if he...
    • Natural Gas: Exploration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 617W, on natural gas: exploration, when he intends to make...
    • Natural Gas: Exploration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the ownership of the mineral rights to shale gas extraction on the UK mainland.
    • Petroleum Act 1998
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many notices he has served under section 29 of the Petroleum Act 1998 in each year since 1998; and on whom such notices have been...
    • Renewables Obligation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider extending the Renewables Obligation to 2020 to ensure there is a clear transition in place so that investors can...
    • Sellafield
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what safety breaches have been reported at Sellafield nuclear plant in the last year; and on which occasions the emergency services...
    • Sellafield
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's latest estimate is for the total cost of decommissioning the Sellafield plant.
    • Sickness Absence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2012, Official Report, column 713-4W, on sick leave, what assessment he has made of the difference...
    • Warm Front Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 312W, on the Warm Front scheme, how many of the 21,956 eligible...
    • Warm Front Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 312W, on the Warm Front scheme, how many successful applications...
    • Warm Front Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 311W, on the Warm Front scheme, what the average length of time was...
    • Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines have been erected in the last three years; and how many such turbines were manufactured in the UK.
    • Wind Power: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to make a decision on the Brechfa West wind farm application.
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Business: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills following his announcement on 12 December 2012, by what date he expects (a) the first and (b) all funds under the Small Business...
    • Business: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what timetable he has set for legal and commercial terms to be finalised in relation to the Small Business Tranche of the...
    • Business: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills following his announcement on 12 December 2012, by what date he expects 1,000 business finance advisers to be (a) recruited and...
    • Business: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills following his announcement on 12 December 2012, whether business finance advisers will be available through the mentorsme online...
    • Business: Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he made of changes in the rate of net lending to businesses in each English region in the last year for which...
    • Business: Recruitment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to employ staff; and if he will make a statement.
    • Business: Regulation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which regulations affecting business his Department has withdrawn or amended in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations...
    • Business: Regulation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which regulations affecting business his Department has introduced in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations affecting...
    • Communications Data Bill (Draft)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with which businesses and organisations his Department has met to discuss the implications of the draft Communications Data Bill;...
    • Communications Data Bill (Draft)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on the draft Communications Data Bill; and if he will make a statement.
    • Computers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on average per desktop computer for each full-time employee in the latest period for which figures...
    • Cosmetics: EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that cosmetics companies based in the UK comply in full with the prohibition...
    • Employee Ownership
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's consultation on employee owner status, by what process a reasonable price for the sale of...
    • Employee Ownership
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's consultation on employee owner status, whether the scheme will be restricted to UK company...
    • Employee Ownership
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to businesses of implementing the employee ownership scheme.
    • Employee Ownership
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what eligibility criteria will apply to firms and employees taking part in the employee ownership scheme.
    • Employee Ownership
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills following his Department's consultation on employee owner status, whether he expects firms to advertise vacancies which are only...
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects...
    • Exports: Iraq
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the publication of sovereign debt data by UK Export Finance (UKEF) in October 2012, which defence exports...
    • Foreign Students: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on offering maintenance grants for living costs to UK students studying at foreign universities.
    • Further Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the accuracy of statistics held on the Unistats website on further education colleges; and if he...
    • Government Departments: Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) benchmarks and (b) targets he has set for the Data Strategy Board Breakthrough Fund and its delivery.
    • Government Departments: Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) benchmarks and (b) targets he has set for the Open Data Immersion Programme and its delivery.
    • Government Departments: Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when bidding for firms wishing to apply for funds under the Open Data Immersion Programme will (a) open and (b) close.
    • Government Departments: Disclosure of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when bidding for public sector bodies wishing to apply for funds under the Data Strategy Board Breakthrough Fund will (a) open...
    • Insolvency
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to ensure that (a) shareholders and (b) other types of owners are not allowed to structure...
    • Insolvency
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to ensure that genuine investment into a company cannot be registered as a loan in order to...
    • Local Enterprise Partnerships
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the population of England is covered by local enterprise partnerships; what plans he has to extend coverage;...
    • Local Enterprise Partnerships: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2012, Official Report, column 235W, on local economic partnerships: Greater London, if he...
    • Money Lenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many reports have been received by the illegal money lending teams in each (a) local authority area and (b) constituency; how...
    • New Businesses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department is making on achieving the Government's aim of making the UK the best place to start a business;...
    • Occupational Health
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to promote best practice on workplace well-being.
    • Occupational Health
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent research his Department has conducted into the relationship between workplace well-being and productivity.
    • Recruitment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many civil servants his Department has recruited in each month since 2010; what the cost to the public purse was of such...
    • Recruitment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to recruit staff to posts in his Department in each of the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
    • Regeneration: Essex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on regeneration in (a)...
    • Regional Growth Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2012, Official Report, column 298W, on regional growth fund, what the monetary value was of...
    • Regional Growth Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 779W, on regional growth fund, how many (a) bids and (b)...
    • Regional Growth Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2012, Official Report, column 298W, on regional growth fund, from which regions the awards...
    • Secondment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many (a) secondments and (b) temporary transfers to his Department there have been of staff whose principal employer is...
  • Health
    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) attended accident and emergency (A and E) departments, (b) spent up to 120 minutes between arrival and departure in A and E, (c) spent...
    • Antibiotics: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the UK Five Year Anti-Microbial Resistance Strategy and Action Plan will be published.
    • Blood
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of blood were collected by NHS Blood and Transplant England in each of the last 12 months for which data is available.
    • Castlebeck
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received a full copy of the review for Castlebeck produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers for Castlebeck Limited.
    • Death: Winter
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many excess winter deaths there were in England in each year since 1997.
    • Epilepsy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received on the effectiveness of the Government's strategy on (a) epilepsy diagnosis and management and (b) sudden death...
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to transpose in (i) 2013...
    • Health Professions: Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students entered training to become a (a) nurse, (b) midwife and (c) GP in England in each of the last five years.
    • Heart Diseases: Children (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times paediatric cardiac transplant services have been moved between hospitals in the last 20 years; and how long the process took to complete...
    • Hernias: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admissions episodes there were and what the (a) mean and (b) median time waited was in days for hernia repair procedures in (i) North...
    • HIV Infection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department's updated HIV strategy will be published.
    • Hospitals: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) discharges and (b) emergency readmissions within 28 days of discharge for those aged over 75 there were, in line with Hospital Episode...
    • Injuries: Fireworks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the cost of firework-related injuries to the NHS in the last 12 months; (2) how many people were admitted to hospital for...
    • Medicine: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to increase the availability of clinical data for research. (2) what discussions he has had with the European Medicines...
    • Meningitis: Vaccination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timeframe is for the introduction of the MenB vaccination.
    • NHS: Per Capita Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net expenditure per head by the NHS was in England in each of the last five years.
    • North of England Cancer Network
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding his Department has provided to the North of England Cancer Network in each of the last four financial years; (2) how many members of...
    • Nutrition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department will continue with the Supermeals campaign in 2013; and how much will be spent on any forthcoming campaigns to promote healthy...
    • Obstetrics: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were for (a) doctors and (b) nurses specialising in obstetrics in each NHS trust providing maternity services in the London...
    • Official Cars
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Ministers in his Department have been allocated Government cars; and what the last dates were on which such cars were used by each Minister for (a)...
    • Surgery: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes there were and what the (a) mean and (b) median time waited was in days for (i) hip replacement, (ii) hysterectomy...
    • Surgery: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admissions episodes there were and what the (a) mean and (b) median time waited was in days for cholecystectomy procedures in (i)...
    • Visual Impairment: Devon
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age was of people diagnosed with (a) diabetic retinopathy, (b) cataracts and (c) age-related macular degeneration in (i) Plymouth and...
  • Justice
    • Rehabilitation of Offenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential role of charities and voluntary organisations in the rehabilitation of offenders.
    • Hate Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to tackle hate crime through the justice system.
    • Family Courts
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he is making in promoting greater transparency in the family courts.
    • Prisoners: Drug Addiction
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to prevent drug addiction among prisoners.
    • Human Trafficking
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many victims of trafficking referred to the trafficking victim support scheme operated by the Salvation Army in the last 12 months failed to receive...
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • China
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he has any plans to make representations to the new leadership of the Chinese Communist Party regarding the...
    • China
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his counterpart in China on providing reparation and medical assistance to the victims of...
    • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Canadian Government's decision not to attend the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government...
    • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on attending the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to...
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations...
    • Gibraltar: Spain
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the movements of a Spanish warship in the territorial waters of Gibraltar; and what steps...
    • Israel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that Israeli settlements are excluded from all EU and UK agreements with Israel.
    • Mediterranean Sea: Environment Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plan to ratify the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution.
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Israeli blockade of Gaza on the humanitarian situation in that territory...
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the use of UK-manufactured weapons or components by Israeli forces in Operation Pillar of...
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has requested the Government of Israel to take to effectively ease the terms of the current blockade...
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of UK compliance with paragraph seven of UN Security Council Resolution 465 (1980) on...
    • Occupied Territories
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Israel to end the construction of settlements.
    • Palestinians
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect that the vote in favour of recognising Palestine as a non-member observer state...
    • Palestinians
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect that the vote in favour of Palestinian recognition at the UN will have on UK relations...
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the Government of Sri Lanka's commitment to upholding Commonwealth values of (a) good...
    • Sri Lanka
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of attacks on Jaffna university students by the military in Sri Lanka; what recent...
    • UK Membership of EU
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he had with (a) trade associations and (b) trades unions in the UK on UK membership of the EU.
  • Prime Minister
    • Ministers: Codes of Practice
      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to revise the Ministerial Code to reflect changes in practice in respect of collective responsibility since May 2010.
  • International Development
    • Ascension Island
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial aid her Department has given to Ascension Island in each of the last three years.
    • Developing Countries: Civil Wars
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of development aid from her Department to countries that have recently experienced a...
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which EU directives her Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives her Department expects to transpose...
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which regulations her Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations her...
    • G8
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will ensure that the setting of post-millennium development goals will be included on the agenda for the G8 Summit in 2013.
    • Non-governmental Organisations
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is on engaging with non-governmental organisations not funded by her Department.
    • Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list all contracts signed by her Department with private companies for the provision of services previously provided by the...
    • Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the case for a sustainable development goal on the conservation and sustainable use of...
  • House of Lords
    • Accession Declaration and Coronation Oath
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider revising the accession declaration for a new Monarch. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider revising the Coronation...
    • Alcohol
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to communicate the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
    • Banking
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make further equity investments in Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland; and, if so, whether they have advised the Bank of...
    • Banks: HSBC
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 19 November (WA 303), whether HSBC Holdings plc is subject to financial services regulation in the United Kingdom...
    • Bill of Rights
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether civil servants are engaged in preparing a Bill of Rights; and, if so, under whose authority and under what terms of reference the work is being done.
    • British Overseas Territories
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of relations between the United Kingdom and each of the British Overseas Territories.
    • City Status
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the next occasion will arise when towns and boroughs can apply for city status.
    • Crime: Alcohol-related Crime
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken on the impact of compulsory sobriety schemes on alcoholism or alcohol-related offending.
    • Criminal Justice: Re-offenders
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken on the circumstances in which restorative justice has a positive effect on re-offending rates in England and Wales.
    • Criminal Justice: Re-offenders
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken on the impact of youth conferencing on re-offending rates in England and Wales.
    • Criminal Justice: Re-offenders
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reviews of community punishment, the probation service and re-offending rates there have been since 1980; and what actions were subsequently taken.
    • Criminal Records Bureau
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering proposals to simplify the system of Criminal Records Bureau checks by relating the checks to individual persons rather than to the...
    • Education: Free School Meals
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will support young people eligible for free school meals who are required to stay in education to age 17 from 2013 and elect to do so in a further...
    • Education: School and College Leavers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the preparedness of school and college leavers for employment.
    • Energy: Renewables Obligation Certificates
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the timescales for the award to small- and medium-sized businesses of their renewable transport fuel certificates following their claim;...
    • EU: Balance of Competence Review
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Northover on 6 December (WS 75-6) concerning the European Union Balance of Competence Review, from which...
    • EU: Salaries
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the total salary bill of the European Commission and other EU institutions; and of the level and total amount of personal taxation...
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to Oxfam's "Beyond Ceasefire" briefing note, published on 6 December.
    • Health: Staff and Patient Personal Security
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the relevant parties measures to rationalise (1) hospital security, and (2) telephone systems, to ensure patient and staff...
    • HGV Road User Levy Bill
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the net effect of the HGV Road User Levy Bill coming into effect after the various costs involved have been defrayed.
    • Justice: Community Orders
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often during the most recent financial year for which figures are available a fine was attached to a community order.
    • Overseas Conflict: Sexual Violence
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to consult churches and faith-based organisations in conflict-affected countries that have context-specific technical knowledge and...
    • Railways: Fares
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 6 December (WA 183), whether they retrospectively monitor the fare increase regulatory mechanisms; if so, for how...
    • Schools: Bullying
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they offer to schools to support pupils diagnosed with serious illnesses with specific regard to bullying.
    • Schools: Teachers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers that (1) joined, and (2) left, the profession in the past five years, were employed in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c)...
    • Slovakia
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the ambassador and Government of Slovakia about the frequency of Slovak children being put into care in the United...
    • Syria
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given assistance to the British medical charity, Hand in Hand for Syria, in delivering medical aid to victims of the conflict in Syria; and what...
    • Voluntary Organisations: Healthcare
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to consult voluntary organisations such as the Women's Royal Voluntary Service about healthcare policy.
    • Young People: Self-harm and Suicide
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of instances of self-harm and suicide attempts amongst young people.