Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

  • Attorney-General

    • Corporate Manslaughter

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases are being investigated with a view to prosecution for offences under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007; how many cases brought...

    • Immigration

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which the Law Officers' Departments are responsible arising from inward migration...

      Money Lending

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has made for offences relating to illegal money lending in each year since 2005.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she will make a statement on dormant betting accounts and unclaimed winnings.

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of staff in her Department have received training in equality and diversity and the requirements of the Equality Act...

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which First Division football grounds were in possession of a current safety certificate for designated stadia in the 1988-89 season;...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which her Department is responsible arising from...

  • Scotland

    • UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on membership of the EU; and if he will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Prime Minister which food banks he has visited since May 2010; at what locations; and on what dates.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2012, Official Report, columns 438-39W, on Adult Education: Hampshire, what other...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average length of an apprenticeship has been in (a) England, (b) the north-east, (c) County Durham and (d) North West...

      Apprentices: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have been created in Barnsley Central constituency for people aged (a) 16 to 24, (b) 25 to 49 and (c)...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made in reducing red tape for small and medium-sized enterprises; and what progress he plans to make in 2013.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department provided for debt advice services in the latest period for which figures are available; what information...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of staff in his Department have received training in equality and diversity and the requirements of the Equality...

      Export Credit Guarantees: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which goods exported to North Korea were covered by UK Export Finance leading to North Korea's sovereign debt to UK Export...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to promote financial education for the purposes of discouraging the use of illegal money lenders.

      Higher Education: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (a) how many grants and (b) what amount of grant funding were awarded by each UK research council to each university in Scotland...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to provide teaching of computer skills to (a) pensioners and (b) people from low-income backgrounds.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible arising...

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what repayment arrangements have been concluded between the Higher Education Funding Council for England and London Metropolitan...

      Manufacturing Industries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on investment in green manufacturing...

      Medical Research Council: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employees of the Medical Research Council are currently on gardening leave from the start of their consultation stage of...

      Money Lenders: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce illegal money lending in Teesside; and what recent discussions his...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has contributed to raise awareness among small and medium-sized enterprises of opportunities for exports...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the number of small and medium-sized enterprises which export to international markets.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time members of staff at the Student Loans Company are working on the introduction of 24+ Advanced Learner Loans.

      Vocational Training: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his speech on 21 November 2012 at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference 2012, what discussions he has...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department informed the Horticultural Trade Association that ash dieback had been discovered in a Buckinghamshire...

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of officials in his Department have requested (a) part-time, (b) job-share or (c) other flexible working...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on ensuring that any disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions...

      Fisheries: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2012, Official Report, column 48W, on fisheries: Morocco, if he will make it his policy...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) value for money of the Chew Magna property level flood...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of grants for lead local flood authorities in England will be provided through the business rate retention...

      Floods: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) homes and (b) businesses in Haltemprice and Howden constituency were at risk of flooding in each of the last...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the name and location is of each food bank that he or Ministers of his Department have visited since May 2010; and what...

      Inland Waterways: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much funding has been provided by his Department to the Check, Clean, Dry campaign; (2) if he will take steps to...

      Inland Waterways: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce measures to control and eradicate the invasive Dikerogammarus haemobaphes shrimp recently discovered in...

      Inland Waterways: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which areas of England and Wales the invasive non-native Dikerogammarus haemobaphes shrimp has been discovered.

      Inland Waterways: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an assessment of the effect on the annual economic contribution of the angling community of England and Wales...

      Inland Waterways: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward measures to control and eradicate the invasive Signal crayfish from waters in England and Wales.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 2 November 2012 with regard...

      Pate de Foie Gras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider making it an offence to import foie gras for sale in British shops and through websites.

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last met Ministers from the devolved Administrations to discuss joint working on plant health strategies.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what model her Department used to estimate the reduction in harm that would be achieved by the introduction of a 45 pence minimum unit...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to announce restrictions on the use of the Mosquito teenager deterrent device; and if she will make a statement.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the pilot domestic violence disclosure scheme.

      Domestic Violence: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the lessons to be learned from the pilot domestic violence disclosure scheme.

      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.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to make forced marriage a specific criminal offence.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made on the effects of using the immigration rules, laid on 22 November 2012, to determine applications made before...

      Incitement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of inciting hatred on the grounds of race or religion under Part 3 and Part 3a of the Public Order Act 1986 have occurred...

      Police: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the police equipment budget in Lancashire was in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Powers of Entry: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had on the policy of not compensating householders for damage caused to property resulting from forcible...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Construction: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of introduction of CE markings on building materials.

    • Construction: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to promote awareness of the introduction of CE markings on building materials.

      Family Intervention Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department provided to family intervention projects in each of the last five years.

      Homelessness: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people who are not UK citizens have presented themselves as being statutorily homeless under the terms of the Housing...

      Homelessness: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of homeless young people in Suffolk in each year since 2007.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the (a) number of dwellings and (b) proportion of the total number of dwellings accounted for by (i) student...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what amount of (a) new homes bonus and (b) affordable homes premium (i) has been allocated to date and (ii) will fall due to be...

      Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will renew the guidance issued by his Department on the use of fire-resistant building materials.

      Private Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an estimate of the average level of private sector rents over the next four years; whether such an estimate...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the name and location is of each food bank that he has visited since May 2010; and on what date he visited them.

    • Peers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the (a) ethnicity, (b) social class at birth, (c) gender, (d) religion and (e) region of birth is of the membership of the House of Lords; (2) if he...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of demand for domestic feedstocks for bioenergy on existing wood users; and if he will make a...

    • Data and Communications Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution of the hon. Member for South Holland and the Deepings of 12 September 2012, Tenth Delegated Legislation...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people were living in fuel poverty on 1 December (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what arrangements are in place to explain the contracts for difference mechanism for renewable energy investors in order to ensure...

      Wind Power: Carmarthenshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what process he plans to use to satisfy himself that the requirements of paragraphs 4.9.1 and 4.9.3 of the Overarching National Policy...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the work of the Institute of Acoustics on the methodology employed to determine wind turbine noise...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what Minister in his Department will have responsibility for considering the findings commissioned by his Department of the Institute...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Argentina on reports of actions in ports in that country affecting the...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Bahrain government to secure the release of Jalila al-Salman and Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 338W, on the British Indian Ocean Territory, what the basis...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of political prisoners in Burma following the state of emergency in Rakhine state; and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the authorities in Burma on the powers of the Press Scrutiny and Registration...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote compliance with obligations under international law in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the appointment of a new US special envoy to the Middle East on the prospects of...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the likely causes of internet and mobile telephone networks being cut off in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the duration of the EU arms embargo against Syria; what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Chinese Government and (b) the United Nations on self-immolations in Tibet.

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on cancer services in each year since 2001-02.

    • Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating carbon monoxide poisoning in the period from 2006 to 2011.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many random and unannounced inspections the Care Quality Commission has carried out in each of the last three years.

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the population suffer persistent or chronic pain; and what treatments are available for persistent or chronic pain.

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) accident and emergency attendances and (b) emergency admissions for diabetes treatment for children under 18 years old there were in each...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department records proposed reconfigurations of local health services.

      Hospitals: Norovirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is providing any funding to the NHS to counter the outbreak of norovirus in hospitals.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 361W, on sick leave, if he will place anonymised results of the most recent assessment...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he gave to including indicators in the (a) Public Health Outcomes Framework and (b) NHS Outcomes Framework related to reducing the...

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to repeat the Stoptober campaign in 2013 and subsequent years.

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that NHS Stop Smoking Services continue to be commissioned by local authorities following the transfer of...

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time staff are employed in local NHS stop smoking services (a) in England and (b) by each primary care trust; and if he will estimate how...

  • Education

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recommendations from the Carlile Report into the Edlington case he plans to institute and when; (2) what consultation he proposes as a...

    • Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of trends in the number of young people studying at school or college with Saturday jobs or other part-time work.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve the process of obtaining a statement of special educational needs for people with (a) muscular dystrophy and related...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many full-time officials in his Department will be working directly on the teenage pregnancy strategy from January 2013.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the removal of trade barriers facing exports from the poorest countries to the markets of developed countries will be included...

  • Defence

    • Annington Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the discount rate given to his Department on rent levels in those former homes of his Department purchased by Annington Homes will continue...

    • Armed Forces: Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people with coeliac disease have been discharged from the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Army and (c) Royal Navy in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) internal discussions have taken place in and (b) representations have been received by his Department on rules applying to deployment of serving...

      Armed Forces: Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's rules are for deployment of serving personnel who are diagnosed with coeliac disease while in service.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has contributed to assist injured service personnel with care and rehabilitation in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13 to date.

      Armed Forces: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many allegations of rape have been reported to the Ministry of Defence Police in each year since 2000.

      Clyde Shipyards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid from the public purse to shipyards on the River Clyde in (a) 1997, (b) 2005, (c) 2010 and (d) 2012 to date.

      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, whether any of the contingency funding...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on Urgent Operational Requirements by (a) theatre and (b) equipment type in each of the last 10 years; and which such funding was...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many defence equipment contracts his Department has sought to renegotiate since May 2010.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the total cost is of his Single Integrated Priority List; (2) what platforms are on the Single Integrated Priority List.

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected cost is of the Future Nuclear Facilities programme for refurbishing the submarine refit complex at Devonport Dockyard.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost to his Department is of the (a) light and (b) heavy future air-to-surface guided weapons.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other pieces of IT equipment were lost or stolen from his Department in (i)...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible arising from inward migration...

      Katrice Lee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of the meeting on 13 November 2012 on Royal Military Police premises between the Minister for the Armed Forces, representatives of...

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what date the transfer of RAF Merlin MK3s to the Fleet Air Arm will be complete.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in Ministry of Defence police numbers on Scotland; (2) how many Ministry of Defence police...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) permanent and (b) casual members of staff in his Department do not receive contributions for their pensions.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of the changes announced in the autumn statement on the affordability of his Department's (a) equipment...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total size was of the unallocated provisions in his Department's budget in 2011-12.

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the purchase of special nuclear materials in each of the last 10 years.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff training in...

      Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many employees of (a) BAE Systems, (b) Babcock Marine and (c) Rolls-Royce have been seconded to his Department to work on the Trident replacement...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of operation of a continuous at-sea deterrent replacement system over the likely lifespan of such a system.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is for the cost of design and build for a replacement continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent system.

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2012, Official Report , column 238W, on Trident missiles, what the cost was of the (a) recent refit and (b) post...

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of the programme management and engineering services contract between the Royal Navy and Lockheed Martin for support to the Trident D5...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, column 616W, on unmanned air vehicles, what consideration his Department has given in the...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 10 December 2012, Official Report, column 40W, on vetting, what (a) safeguards, (b) processes and (c) checks his Department and...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 10 December 2012, Official Report, column 40W, on vetting, what representations on blacklisting his Department received prior...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he is taking to encourage greater archive accessibility at military museums in the lead-up to the centenary of the First World War; (2)...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what agreements the Civil Aviation Authority has with the Israeli government regarding the presence of Israeli security agents at UK airports.

    • Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many route change submissions Stagecoach has made to the North Eastern Traffic Commissioner since 1 January 2012.

      Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many route change submissions (a) Go North East, (b) Stagecoach and (c) Arriva have made to the North Eastern Traffic Commissioner each year...

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) the relative calorific values of (i) E10 fuel and (ii) petrol and (b) the potential effect of introduction of E10...

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent (a) information, (b) advice and (c) reports he has received on the case for electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak section of the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2012, Official Report, column 684W, on High Speed 2 railway line, what estimate his Department has made of the (a)...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to extend the range of statutory consultees on the grant of operator licences by Traffic Commissioners to include parish...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake an independent assessment of steps required to reduce any risk to the safety of remaining regular coastguards, those working in...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish details of staffing at the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (a) between 2006 and 2011, (b) in 2012 and (c) between 2013 and 2018.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in the construction sector in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England.

    • Job Creation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many jobs created in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) County Durham and (d) North West Durham constituency have been either (i) part-time or...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the level of happiness in each constituent part of the UK.

      Wines

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the current valuation is of wine kept for use at occasions hosted by the Prime Minister.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential effect on tax revenues of any prohibition on multi-buy alcohol promotions.

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the total net lending of banks who have signed up to the Government's Funding for Lending scheme has increased since it was introduced.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households that receive child benefit have (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children, (d) four children, (e) five children, (f) six...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will put in place contingency measures to assist individuals in households affected by the higher income child benefit charge who may be unclear about...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of job growth has been in (a) England, (b) the north-east, (c) County Durham and (d) North West Durham constituency in each year since 1997;...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of job growth was in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each year since 1997; and what...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the island water fuel duty discount pilot on the price of water fuel sold on islands; (2) if he will...

      Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many charities operating in (a) the north-east, (b) County Durham and (c) North West Durham constituency will be eligible for the...

      Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Financial Services Authority has taken recent steps to investigate and prosecute illegal money lending.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice or directions were given by Ministers to UK Asset Resolution about the timing of its announcement on Northern Rock remediation payments.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of PAYE submissions made in the real time information pilot have been unmatched through (a) being submitted late and (b) including the wrong...

      Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals employed by (a) major UK utility companies, (b) Energy UK or (c) any related energy utility organisation have been seconded to his...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much Government spending on welfare increased in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms and (c) as a proportion of gross domestic product between 1997-98 and...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to minimise tax avoidance by multinational corporations and companies.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many schemes to minimise payment of corporation tax have been challenged by HM Revenue and Customs in court or at a tribunal since 2004.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many additional members of staff of HM Revenue and Customs will work on tackling tax avoidance and evasion as a result of the funding change announced...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which 20 parliamentary constituencies there have been the largest increases in unemployment in the last 12 months; and what those increases were (a) in...

      VAT: Alarms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give consideration to making carbon monoxide detectors exempt from VAT.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken was between an application being made and benefit paid for (a) child benefit, (b) working tax credit and (c) child tax credit in...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average length of time was for HM Revenue and Customs to administer a reconsideration of a decision to stop or adjust a claimant's tax credit...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) people, (b) working people and (c) families in Kingston upon Hull North constituency are in receipt of tax credits.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) people, (b) working people and (c) families in Haltemprice and Howden constituency are in receipt of tax credits.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people will experience a reduction in income as a result of working tax credit decisions announced in the Autumn Statement, with the increase in...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been refused the disability element of working tax credit on the grounds that myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is an ineligible criterion...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the income of households in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency, (c) the West...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) England, (b) the north-east, (c) County Durham and (d) North West Durham constituency receive working tax credit; and what the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding was allocated for the Access to Work programme in 2011-12.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the report by the National Audit Office, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission Client Funds Account 2011-12, published...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the report by the National Audit Office, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission Client Funds Account 2011-12, published...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the recent report by the National Audit Office, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission Client Funds Account 2011-12,...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2012, Official Report, column 487W, on employment and support allowance, following the introduction of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average period is in each region of the UK between an initial application for employment and support allowance and the determination...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of appeals against decisions on the provision of employment and support allowance in each region of the UK have led to a change...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the name and location is of each food bank that he or Ministers of his Department have visited since May 2010; and what the date was of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the welfare of families in social housing subject to the under-occupation penalty; (2) what assessment he...

      Housing Benefit: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Edinburgh and (b) Edinburgh North and Leith constituency which will no...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payments he has made to each London borough to assist tenants affected by the housing benefit cap from the time of its introduction to the...

      Housing Benefit: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many tenants in the London borough of Islington have been affected by the housing benefit cap since its introduction.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of households on jobseeker's allowance did not contain children in each year for which data is available; (2) what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 17 October 2012 with regard to Mr N. Pletchy...

      Natural Gas: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to prevent unqualified and unregistered gas engineers from undertaking work on gas appliances.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) County Durham and (d) North West Durham constituency receive pension credit; and what...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which recruitment consultants his Department used to select candidates for public appointments within his departmental remit in each year for...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many public appointments (a) regulated by and (b) not regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments have been made by...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department last assessed the (a) utility and (b) value of psychometric testing in its recruitment and selection of candidates for...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on the payment of travel expenses to candidates in respect of their attendance at assessment centres and...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish a comprehensive breakdown of the sale of (a) contracts, (b) buildings, (c) plant, (d) machinery, (e) equipment and (f) other...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Remploy managers have been sold or given any of Remploy's (a) buildings, (b) plant, (c) machinery and (d) contracts or other assets; and...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons those Remploy factory sites that were earmarked for sale have not been sold.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will establish an inquiry into the process of closing Remploy and reports of corruption in the sale of some Remploy sites.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken was between an application being made and benefit paid for (a) attendance allowance, (b) bereavement benefits, (c)...

      Social Security Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been refused (a) disability living allowance and (b) disability premium for housing benefit on the grounds that myalgic...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recorded cases of benefit fraud there were by (a) European and (b) non-European immigrants in each of the last five years.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times and when he has met trades union consortium officers.

      Unemployment: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the level of unemployment in Hartlepool constituency in recent months; and what steps he will take to reduce the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the nationality of existing benefits claimants are to be captured when their records are migrated to universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Government Ministers on how passported benefits will be provided under universal credit; and if...

      Winter Fuel Payments: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people whose last UK address was in Preston constituency are now receiving winter fuel allowance whilst living abroad.

      Work Capability Assessment: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2012, Official Report, columns 41-2W, on Atos Healthcare, how many Atos staff conducting work capability...

      Work Capability Assessment: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) physiotherapists in the Southampton and Portsmouth work capability assessment centres obtained their...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding his Department has provided to Work programme providers in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) County Durham and (d) North...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the recommendation published on 29 November 2012 by the London Voluntary Service Council that the design...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the finding of the London Voluntary Service Council (VSC) published on 29 November 2012, that most VSC specialists are yet to...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2012, Official Report, columns 426-27W, on departmental responsibilities, how his Department's Open Data...

      Work Programme: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in North West Durham constituency who were referred to the Work programme have secured a job as a result of that...

      Work Programme: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have come off benefits after joining the Work programme in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency and (b) Yorkshire and Humber...

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the 12 month reoffending rate in each pilot area as part of the Intensive Alternatives to Custody pilots is for each (a) gender, (b) ethnic...

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have failed to comply with bail conditions whilst on (a) police bail and (b) court bail in each of the last two years.

      Civil Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the merits of producing an impact assessment of the cumulative effects on the civil justice system of the provision of the Legal Aid,...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of people on community orders who travelled abroad during the duration of their order in the latest year for...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders given a community sentence for rape in 2011 were aged (a) under 18, (b) between 18 and 21 and (c) over 21 years.

      Community Punishment Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the annual rate of change in reoffending rates of people under intensive community punishment orders.

      Courts: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to the merits of situating the East Middlesbrough Community Justice Court in East Middlesbrough.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions he had with the Scottish Government before the decision to create a hardship fund for victims, following changes to the Criminal...

      Custodial Treatment: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people died in custody in the youth secure estate by (a) gender, (b) race and (c) religion in each of the last four years; (2) how many...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible arising from inward migration...

      Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of legal executives in England and Wales were male in each year from 1 April 1997 to 2012; (2) what proportion of legal executives...

      Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department's guidelines on the restraint of female offenders were last amended.

      Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions males in the youth justice system in England and Wales have been restrained in each of the last five years.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on ministerial entertaining in the last six months; where each entertainment event was held; and what the name is of each...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate his Department has made of the likely average reduction in motor insurance premiums as a result of implementation of the proposals...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many injuries have been sustained by young people following an incident of restraint, in each young offender institution and secure training centre...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many adult offenders were held in the youth secure estate in 2011.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishops: Females

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what the legislative process is that would need to be followed by the Church of England to enable women to become bishops.

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