Written answers
Wednesday, 19 December 2012

  • Northern Ireland
    • Electoral Register
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her assessment is of the findings and recommendations of the report of the Electoral Commission of 27 November 2012 on the state of the...
    • Political Parties: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her policy is on transparency of potential donations to parties in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
    • Political Parties: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans she has to consult on the renewal of legislation governing the transparency of political donations to parties in Northern Ireland.
  • Scotland
    • Dover House
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost is of building and associated work at Dover House to accommodate the office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Forests
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what agreements were made at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible arising from...
    • Secondment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 311W, on secondment, in which (a) departments and (b) policy areas...
    • Warm Front Scheme: North West
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to promote the take-up of the Warm Home scheme in the North West.
  • Home Department
    • Asylum: Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum seekers living in the UK claim to have been members or supporters of the Taliban; (2) how many asylum seekers living...
    • Entry Clearances
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications made before 22 November 2012 had not been decided by 13 December 2012.
    • Entry Clearances
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of using the Immigration Rules, laid on 22 November 2012, to determine applications made before...
    • Immigrants: Detainees
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals detained under the detained fast track process had been detained for (a) fewer than three months, (b) between three and...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British residents applying to sponsor non-EEA partners for family reunification in the UK in the first six months of 2012 were (a)...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British nationals were (a) successful in their non-EEA child reunification application and (b) unsuccessful in their non-EEA child...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British residents applying to sponsor non-EEA elderly dependent relatives to join them in the UK in the first six months of 2012...
    • Immigration Controls
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals living in the UK are currently subject to deportation orders; and how many foreign nationals outside the UK are...
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 349W, whether the number given for employees of her Department earning in...
    • Police
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of serving police officers in England and Wales were male in each year from 1 April 1997 to 2012; (2) what proportion...
    • Police and Crime Commissioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2012, Official Report, column 204W, on police and crime commissioners, how much her Department has...
    • Police: Overseas Workers
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 106W, on police: overseas workers, how many death penalty sentences have...
  • Prime Minister
    • ICT: Expenditure
      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation on the...
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Broadcasting Programmes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department gives to increasing the amount of television drama produced in each constituent part of the UK.
    • Broadcasting Programmes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has made to the BBC and independent producers on increasing television production in (a) Northern...
    • Catering
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on refreshments since May 2010.
    • Television: Licensing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what information her Department holds on the number of registered blind or severely sight impaired individuals who purchased...
  • 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,...
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with chronic fatigue syndrome as their primary condition received (a) employment and support allowance and (b) disability...
    • Coatings Industry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the report by the Health and Safety Executive into the coatings industry; and if he will make a statement.
    • Disability Living Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled children under the age of three were awarded the care component of disability living allowance in each of the last three...
    • Employment and Support Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether an applicant for employment and support allowance who has been placed in the support group and diagnosed...
    • Employment Schemes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons that the latest labour market statistics show an increase of 5,000 in the number of people engaged...
    • ICT: Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e)...
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.
    • Senior Civil Servants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of senior civil servants have left (a) his Department and (b) each of the public bodies for which he is...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      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 on 19 November 2012, HC...
    • 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 section 8, page 17 of the Government's response to Professor Malcolm Harrington's Third Independent Review of the Work...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been referred to the Work programme.
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all specialist homelessness organisations have now withdrawn as sub-contractors to the Work programme.
    • Working Hours
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people working regular night shifts.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Africa
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to deter the implementation of homophobic policies by (a) the Government of Uganda and (b) other African...
    • Commonwealth
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to promote human rights, good governance and the rule of law in the Commonwealth.
    • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider not attending the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo following human rights concerns...
    • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterparts on the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.
    • Egypt
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Egyptian authorities regarding the deteriorating situation in that country and the need...
    • EU Budget
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the European Court of Auditors is able to declare that the implementation of...
    • Mali
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote good governance in Mali.
    • Official Cars
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers in his Department have been allocated Government cars; and what the last dates were on which such cars were used...
    • Overseas Trade
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many overseas trade delegations have been accompanied to countries in the last 12 months.
    • 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 the principles enshrined in the Harare...
    • Uganda
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Ugandan government on its proposals to legalise discrimination against people based...
  • Cabinet Office
    • Volunteering
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to build a legacy of volunteering following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
    • Voluntary and Community Sector
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with charitable leaders on the financial outlook for the voluntary and community sector in the next 12 months.
    • Economic Situation
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the UK's (a) GDP and (b) life satisfaction level was in each of the last 10 years.
    • Employment Schemes
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for which Government employment and training programmes participants are categorised as being employed in the Labour Market Statistics.
    • Equality
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of staff in his Department have received training in equality and diversity and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, within the...
    • Government Departments: Procurement
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on streamlining the procurement process to enable more small and medium-sized enterprises to secure Government contracts.
    • Honours
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people were nominated by members of the public for inclusion in the 2012 (a) New Year's honours list, (b) Birthday honours list and (c)...
    • Pay
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was paid (a) in year-end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in the Deputy Prime Minister's Office in each of the last two years.
    • Senior Civil Servants
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the answer of 15 June 2010, Official Report, column 419W, on senior civil servants: pensions, if he will publish the (a) names, (b)...
  • Transport
    • A14
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the cost to businesses of accidents or delays on the A14 in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) Suffolk in each of the last...
    • A14
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the volume was of (a) HGV and (b) non-HGV traffic on the A14 in each of the last three years.
    • A14
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how often (a) one carriageway and (b) two carriageways have been closed (i) for routine maintenance or upgrade and (ii) due to a road traffic accident...
    • A14
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the junctions on the A14 in order of the volume of traffic that uses each one for each of the last five years.
    • Airports Commission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to section 2.127 of the Autumn Statement 2012, for what reason the Government plan to bring forward the timetable for public...
    • Airports Commission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials of his Department are (a) on secondment to and (b) supporting the Independent Commission on Aviation chaired by Sir Howard Davies.
    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to set out a strategy for the training and remuneration of staff in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
    • Network Rail: Compensation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has received on the payment of compensation to businesses disrupted by local transport works carried out by Network...
    • Public Transport: Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of likely trends in the level of crime on public transport over the next five years.
    • Railways: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to agree any other management contracts for the operation of the three suspended rail franchise competitions for more than 13 months...
    • Railways: Norwich
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have travelled on the Norwich to London railway line in the course of their official duties in each...
    • Rescue Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure an independent safety risk assessment is carried out into the closure of UK coastguard rescue co-ordination centres.
    • Rescue Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of skilled staff within (a) the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and (b) maritime rescue...
    • Rescue Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the age profile and length of service is of coastguards at each maritime rescue co-ordination centre.
    • Rescue Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to address any change in the operational capability of coastguards in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency headquarters and...
    • Road Traffic
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the change in traffic volumes on (a) the national strategic road network, (b) other A roads, (c) B roads, (d) other...
    • Roads
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) length and (b) proportion is of roads in each local authority area in England which are (i) part of the national strategic road network,...
    • Roads
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) maintenance and (b) capital spending on (i) the national strategic road network and (ii) all other public highways in...
    • Roads: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in road traffic accidents in Greater London in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will...
    • Roads: Suffolk
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents have occurred in Suffolk on each day of the week in each of the last three years.
    • Speed Limits: Cameras
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when approval was given for the introduction of variable speed enforcement cameras.
    • Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the conclusion of the British Chambers of Commerce in its Business Transport Priorities Update 2012 that there has been...
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his statements of 15 October 2012, Official Report, columns 6-8WS, on West Coast Main Line, and 6 December 2012, Official Report, columns...
  • Justice
    • Crown Courts: Lancaster
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the utilisation rate of Lancaster Crown court.
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (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...
    • ICT: Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and...
    • Legal Profession
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of practising barristers in England and Wales were male in each year from 1 April 1997 to 2012; (2) what proportion of practising...
    • Legal Profession
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of solicitors practising in England and Wales were (a) white British, (b) black Caribbean, (c) black African, (d) Pakistani, (e)...
    • Probation: West Yorkshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people (a) completed and (b) passed a probation programme in each probation area in West Yorkshire in each year since 2010.
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Business: Devon
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage banks to lend to small and medium-sized businesses in (a) Devon and (b) Newton...
    • Business: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the 1,000 business finance advice mentors announced on 12 December 2012 were included in the allocation of mentors (a)...
    • Construction: Industrial Health and Safety
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the current standards on construction sites are maintained and improved in...
    • Construction: Industrial Health and Safety
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that current levels of skills, knowledge...
    • Construction: Industrial Health and Safety
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution which the current Construction Design and Management regulations make to...
    • Debts: Advisory Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure people seeking support with debt problems can distinguish between commercial and...
    • Green Investment Bank
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many investments he expects the Green Investment Bank to make in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15 and (d) 2015-16; and...
    • Higher Education: Business
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to encourage the development of links between employers and universities; and if he will make a...
    • Higher Education: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much grant funding was awarded to universities in Scotland (a) per head of the UK population and (b) per head of the UK...
    • Human Embryo Experiments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with their ministerial colleagues in the Department...
    • Manufacturing Industries: Vocational Guidance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the status and profile of manufacturing as a career path; and if he will make a statement.
    • Overseas Trade: Israel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice he is giving to UK companies who are doing or planning to do business with Israeli settlements.
    • Science: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's expenditure on science capital was in each year since 2009-10.
    • Students: Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 35WS, on advanced learning loans, (1)...
    • Timber: EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had any discussions with his EU counterparts on the potential effects on the EU Illegal Timber (Due Diligence)...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Fossil Fuels: Reserves
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an assessment of including an obligation for UK-listed companies to disclose data on fossil fuel reserves in...
    • Livestock: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of live exports of (a) sheep, (b) pigs, (c) cattle and (d) horses was in each of the last five years for which...
    • Livestock: Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the cost of veterinary checks for animals transported (a) around the UK by road and (b) from the UK by sea are borne...
    • Rural Areas: Broadband
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to simplify the roll-out of broadband in rural areas.
  • International Development
    • Africa
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to withhold aid from (a) the Government of Uganda and (b) other African Governments in order to deter the...
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the findings were of the report on her Department's use of private consultants.
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps or policy changes have been implemented in relation to her Department's use of private consultants other than meetings with...
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (a) how many and (b) which private consultants funded by her Department she has met since she received her Department's report on the...
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how long it took her Department to produce its report on the use of private consultants.
    • Developing Countries: Land
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will discuss with the World Bank its policies on the financing of large-scale land acquisitions.
    • Developing Countries: Land
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is on improving land governance and security of tenure for the rural poor in developing countries; and if she will make...
    • Developing Countries: Land
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what operational projects her Department is currently funding that aim to support the registration of land rights in developing...
    • Developing Countries: Sanitation
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the announcement she made at the Sanitation and Water for All high-level meeting in Washington US, April 2012, what...
    • Developing Countries: Sexuality
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy not to allocate direct aid to Governments who are legislating to discriminate against people based on...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which her Department is responsible arising from...
    • Syria
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what safeguards are in place to ensure that UK aid is not being used by jihadist forces operating within the Syrian opposition.
  • Treasury
    • Banks: Loans
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the Bank of England and (b) the financial services industry on the funding for lending scheme and its availability to...
    • Capital Allowances
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what benchmarks or targets his Department has set in relation to the effect of the temporary increase of the annual investment allowance from 2013 to 2015.
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families his Department estimates will lose their entitlement to child benefit in each constituency from January 2013.
    • Economic and Monetary Union
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse has been of support (a) pledged and (b) paid for the European single currency to date; and if he will make a statement.
    • Economic Situation
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recent International Monetary Fund report on the effect ratio of cuts in the UK on gross domestic product.
    • Employee Ownership
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, following his Department's consultation on employee owner status, whether employee ownership shares will be treated as employee related securities as...
    • Employee Ownership
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' consultation on employee owner status, whether it will be necessary for employee...
    • Employee Ownership
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' consultation on employee owner status, whether employees will be required to have...
    • Excise Duties: Beer
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from Oxfordshire supporters of the Campaign for Real Ale on the abolition of the beer duty escalator.
    • Excise Duties: Beer
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what research he has undertaken or commissioned on the effect of the level of duty and VAT on beer on the number of pubs and of people employed by...
    • Financial Services
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consideration he has given to the involvement of the Financial Ombudsman Service in dealing with complaints about interest rate hedging products...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible arising from inward migration since...
    • Non-domestic Rates
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, columns 619-20W, on non-domestic rates, how many appeals against valuations for business rates...
    • Pensions: Tax Allowances
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the yield to the Government (a) in 2013-14 and (b) for the next five financial years if the restrictions to pensions tax relief...
    • Personal Income
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there has been in the average net annual income between 2007 and 2012.
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the latest population projections, as calculated in the 2011 census, will be used by Government Departments in the calculation of future grant...
    • Shares: Fraud
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been investigated by the Financial Services Authority for (a) boiler room and (b) recovery room scams in each year for which figures...
    • Tax Allowances: Charities
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to end tax relief for charities which fund Israeli settlements.
    • Tax Avoidance
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will launch an investigation into large-scale tax avoidance and ways to tackle it.
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how best to reduce marginal effective tax rates under universal credit.
    • Working Tax Credit: Merseyside
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Wirral South constituency and (b) Merseyside receive working tax credit; and what the average weekly payment is.
  • Defence
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to make a quarterly report to the House on the weekly totals of fatalities of (a) International Security Assistance Force...
    • Armed Forces: Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many individuals serving in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force live in non-service provided accommodation; (2) how many of...
    • Armed Forces: Interpreters
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many native translators and interpreters are working for the armed forces in each country in which the armed forces are based.
    • EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (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...
    • Germany
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what official guidance his Department issued to service personnel based in Germany on legal assistance insurance between 2004 and 2011.
    • Meetings: Security
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times since May 2010 the Minister of State for the Armed Forces (a) met and (b) stayed with Sir John Kiszely; (2) how many times and for...
    • Military Bases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which sites outside the UK armed forces personnel are based; how many personnel are based at each site, by service; and for what purpose.
    • Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many employees of his Department were paid (a) between £80,000 and £100,000 and (b) in excess of £100,000 per year in each of the last...
    • Saudi Arabia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilians based in the UK, (b) military personnel based in the UK, (c) civilians based in Saudi Arabia and (d) military personnel based in...
    • Saudi Arabia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of UK support for the Saudi Arabia National Guard Communications Project in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; and whether any...
    • Saudi Arabia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the relationship is between the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project and the Saudi Arabia National Guard Communications Project.
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Official Hospitality
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent for hospitality purposes on (a) Champagne, (b) wines, (c) spirits, (d) soft drinks, (e)...
    • Public Appointments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recruitment consultants his Department used to select candidates for public appointments within his departmental remit in...
    • Public Appointments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department last assessed (a) the utility and (b) the value of psychometric testing in its recruitment and selection of...
    • Public Appointments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on the payment of travel expenses to candidates in respect of their attendance at assessment...
    • Travellers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the number of Slovak Roma in the UK; and if he will make an assessment of the distribution of Slovak Roma in...
    • Travellers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on the integration of Slovak Roma in the UK; (2) what...
  • Education
    • Further Education: Inspections
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues on the proportion of an education institution's provision that should be inspected as part of an Ofsted inspection.
    • Ofsted
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the budget for Ofsted will be in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15 and (d) 2015-16; and how many (i) full-time staff and (ii) inspectors it...
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the amount of service pupil premium that will be allocated to each parliamentary constituency in 2013-14; and what...
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils eligible for the pupil premium have been formally registered for the premium; and how many such pupils' schools are in receipt of the...
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children will be subject to the pupil premium.
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding under the pupil premium was allocated to schools in Portsmouth for (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been spent as part of the pupil premium in (a) the north-west, (b) Cumbria and (c) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency since the...
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been allocated through his Department's Summer Schools programme to date; and how much funding has been budgeted.
    • Schools: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons his Department does not gather information on pupil turnover rates.
    • Schools: Asbestos
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what information his Department holds on (a) the presence of asbestos in schools, (b) the effect of asbestos management on the condition of...
    • Schools: Inspections
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements are in place for an education institution to follow when it is unhappy with the conclusions reached in an Ofsted inspection.
    • Special Educational Needs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school support staff (a) nationally and (b) working in schools in (i) Reading and (ii) Reading West constituency made applications to the...
    • Special Educational Needs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether, under the Government's new funding arrangements, a further education or sixth form college which enrols students with a learning difficulty or...
    • Teachers: Males
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many boys who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals attended a primary school at which there were (i) one, (ii) two and...
  • Health
    • Arthritis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration the Government have given to the implementation of a best practice tariff to support the care of people with early inflammatory arthritis.
    • Arthritis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to improve the care of people with rheumatoid arthritis in primary care.
    • Arthritis: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support he makes available to young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
    • Child Abuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of fabricated or induced illness have been diagnosed in (a) England and Wales and (b) Leeds in each of the last five years; (2) how...
    • Clinical Trials: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of access to clinical trials by (a) young people and (b) young people as they transition to adulthood.
    • Drugs: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS spent on anti-psychotic drugs for children in each of the last 10 years; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of...
    • Drugs: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for the treatment of children have proven mood-altering effects.
    • Epilepsy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative assessment he has made of the level of avoidable epilepsy mortality in the UK and in other European countries; and if he will review his...
    • General Practitioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP appointments were missed by patients in each primary care trust in England in each of the last three years.
    • Health: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent comparative assessment he has made of the well-being of children in the UK and other European countries.
    • Health: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria were used to determine the level of public health transition funding for the London boroughs of Merton and Sutton; and if he will make a...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible arising from inward migration...
    • Mental Health Services: Lancashire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated for mental health provision in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire in each of the last three years.
    • NHS: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether each NHS trust in England will hit its financial target for this financial year.
    • Plastic Surgery
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the three most common cosmetic surgery operations have been in each year for which information is available; (2) how many cosmetic surgery...
    • Prescriptions: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are eligible for free prescriptions in Leeds North West constituency.
    • Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department's consultation on procurement will be published.
    • Secondment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been seconded to assist his Department's consultation on procurement; and how many such people are seconded from the (a) private and...
    • Smoking: Death
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths have been caused by smoking in each of the last 10 years.
    • Smoking: Health Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are employed in local NHS stop smoking services in (a) each primary care trust area and (b) England in 2012-13; and how many such...
    • Varian Medical Systems UK and Hospital Corporation of America
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many meetings officials of his Department have had with representatives of (a) Varian and (b) HCA International since 2010; and what was...
  • Women and Equalities
    • Homosexuality: Marriage
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what representations on equal marriage for homosexual couples she has received from the Church in Wales.
    • Public Appointments
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities which recruitment consultants her Department used to select candidates for public appointments within her departmental remit in each year for which...
  • House of Lords
    • Armed Forces: Trident
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 31 October (Official Report, col. 249W), whether they will publish their Trident review;...
    • Arms Decommissioning
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of the Republic of Ireland about jointly requesting the United States Department of State to release the...
    • Arms Trade Treaty
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made since last July towards a comprehensive arms trade treaty; and whether they will discuss the case for this with the Government of the...
    • Asylum Seekers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Iranian nationals made an application for asylum in the United Kingdom in the past three years on the basis of persecution because of their Christian...
    • Aviation: Passenger Duty
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered lowering the air passenger duty for tourists coming into regional airports in the United Kingdom.
    • Badgers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to local police forces of planning and preparing for the pilot badger culls which were called off earlier this year; what is the forecast cost to...
    • Banking Bill
      To ask the Leader of the House which member of the Government will take the lead in taking the forthcoming Banking Bill through the House of Lords.
    • Banking: Levy
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider allowing banks to pay their bank levy by distributable capital notes that will allow bank capital to be retained to support new lending.
    • Banks: HSBC
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the fines imposed on HSBC by United States regulators for involvement in money laundering and sanctions breaches, whether they will institute a...
    • Banks: Lending
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been loaned to banks under the funding for loans scheme since the last statement by the Bank of England; and how much of that total has been lent by...
    • Banks: Switzerland
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the receipts forecast in the Autumn Statement as a result of an agreement with Swiss banks in respect of deposits and assets held with them by United...
    • Benefits (2 annotations)
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to minimise the impact of the 1% cap on benefit rises announced in the Autumn Statement on the poorest 30% of the population.
    • Benefits
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what person or organisation is legally liable for the wellbeing of benefits claimants who are found to be fit for work under the work capability assessment and who...
    • Benefits
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current annual cost of providing income support to 18-21 year-old claimants; what is the total number of such claimants; and how many of those are (1)...
    • China
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the fate of students involved in protests in Chabcha Sorig Lobling School in Chabcha County, north-eastern Tibet; and about any...
    • Civil Partnerships
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce civil partnerships for heterosexual couples.
    • Civil Service: Redundancy
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 24 September (WA 336), whether the requested information on the annual cost and numbers of civil...
    • Climate Change
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the article "A Reconciled Estimate of Ice-Sheet Mass Balance" in the journal Science of 30 November 2012; and...
    • Conflict Zones: Communication
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will examine the Elva mobile phone information platform, operating near the Georgia-South Ossetia frontier, with a view to its replication in other...
    • Education: Key Stage 4 Reform
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to report on the results of the public consultation by the Department for Education Reforming Key Stage 4 qualifications.
    • Education: National Leaders of Education
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether principals of (1) sixth form colleges, and (2) further education colleges, are eligible to become national leaders of education.
    • Egypt
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what Egyptian Mubarak-era corrupt assets are currently frozen in the United Kingdom; and how many have been frozen in the past two months.
    • Energy: Fuel Prices
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to enable fuel customers who pay by means of prepayment meters to have access to the lowest tariffs.
    • Energy: Shale Gas
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what licences for exploration and drilling in connection with shale gas have been granted in what areas of the Isle of Wight; to whom; and for how long.
    • Energy: Voltage Optimisation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage voltage optimisation; and what assistance they are giving to companies or organisations which promote the concept.
    • Equality Act 2010
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what opportunities are being given to the beneficiaries and intended beneficiaries of the public sector equality duty, and their representatives, to contribute to...
    • Equality Act 2010
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Public Sector Equality Duty Review Steering Group has started phase two of its work.
    • Finance: Payday Loans
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether proposed restrictions on sub-prime and payday lending in the United Kingdom will apply to lenders based elsewhere in the European Union, or in Jersey or...
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning reports of a recent air strike on the home of a policeman in Gaza.
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or will make, to the Government of Israel about the detention by their naval forces, reported on 2 December, of 12 fishermen...
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1860 of 2009 regarding access to and from Gaza.
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will open dialogue with all parties, including Hamas, to develop and implement the 12 November 2005 Access and Movement Agreement concerning Gaza and...
    • Gaza
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the re-opening for all purposes of existing and previous crossings into and out of the Gaza Strip.
    • Government Departments: Staff
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to change the process for the appointment of permanent secretaries; and on how many occasions since May 2010 a candidate selected...
    • Government: Ministerial Responsibilities
      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Minister is responsible for the Land Registry in Wales.
    • House of Lords: Correspondence
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the targets for the time taken to respond to correspondence from members of the House of Lords to the Northern Ireland Parades Commission; and what steps...
    • House of Lords: Private Notice Questions
      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many Private Notice Questions have been submitted to the Lord Speaker for approval in each parliamentary session since 2006; how many have been accepted; and...
    • Housing
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that future generations will be able to afford to buy or rent their own homes.
    • India
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have taken to ensure that any civil or military co-operation agreement with the Government of India does not contribute to the curtailing of the...
    • India
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised with the Government of India the issue of the unmarked graves found in north Kashmir between 2006 and 2009.
    • Israel
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning that Government's plan to build a military academy on the site of the Mount of Olives in...
    • Israel
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support any moves in the United Nations to require that Israel opens any nuclear facilities to United Nations inspection.
    • Israel and Palestine: West Bank
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 5 December (WA 180), what response the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council received from the Government of...
    • Marian Price
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why Marian Price has been detained in Northern Ireland since 16 May 2011; whether they will release her on the grounds of her age and health; and what evidence...
    • Migration
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the number of people from Bulgaria and Romania who will come to the United Kingdom after restrictions are lifted at the end of 2013.
    • Money Laundering Regulations 2007
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the operation of regulation 14 of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 in respect of Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords...
    • National Employment Savings Trust
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review the National Employment Savings Trust, and the cap of how much individuals can contribute per year.
    • Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Newry River Bridge
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom-level approval is needed for the construction of the proposed bridge between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland across the Newry...
    • Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the salary of the chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; what this would equate to if it were a full-time appointment; and...
    • Overseas Conflict: Sexual Violence
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration have they given to working with churches and faith-based organisations in G8 countries to rally support for their preventing sexual violence...
    • Private Sector: Employment
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sassoon on 5 December (Official Report, col. 693) that 1.2 million private sector jobs had been created since May 2010, what was...
    • Railways: Franchises
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 13 December (WA 257), what consideration they have given to providing guarantees to protect investments made by...
    • Schools: Sport
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in establishing links between secondary schools and sports clubs since the start of 2012.
    • Schools: Teachers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to improve morale among state school teachers.
    • South Sudan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the implementation of United Nations Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in South Sudan, in particular with regard...
    • South Sudan
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the continued conflict across the borders of South Sudan; and whether there has been an increase in (1) the number of refugees,...
    • Syria
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response has been received from the Government of Syria to the comment by the Foreign Secretary in the Daily Telegraph on 8 December that, "we've seen enough...
    • Syria
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will meet representatives of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union to discuss their omission from the National Co-ordinating Body for Democratic Change...
    • Syria
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received information that the Government of Syria is using incendiary bombs in cluster form, containing napalm, white phosphorous and thermite;...
    • Taxation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the comments by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on "Newsnight" on 5 December about the levels of tax paid by private equity managers, whether...
    • Taxation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that all companies trading in the United Kingdom pay their fair share of tax.
    • Taxation: Avoidance
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they apply any principles of acceptability to legal tax avoidance practices; and, if so, what are those principles.
    • Taxation: Information Exchange Agreement
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they will take if Guernsey does not enter into an enhanced tax information exchange similar to the one agreed with the Isle of Man; and what is their...
    • Turkey
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Prime Minister of Turkey, reported in the Guardian on 12 November, that "in the face of deaths, murders, if...
    • UN: Human Rights Council
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether consideration is being given to the case for a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
    • Universal Credit
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the definition of supported "exempt" accommodation where housing costs will be met outside universal credit; and whether such accommodation includes...
    • Young Offenders
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were (1) reprimanded, (2) arrested, and (3) detained for more than 24 hours, by Merseyside Police in the past five years.