Written answers

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were attended by each Minister in his Office using tickets or passes for which they did not pay...

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many Civil Service posts have been made redundant by his Department in each year since 1999; and what has been the cost of redundancies in each such...

  • Transport

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total spending on recruitment agencies by his Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many purchases of properties accepted onto the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme have been completed.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many valuations of properties accepted onto the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme are (a) in dispute and (b) have been disputed.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many offers to buy a property accepted onto the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme have been turned down.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many properties have been accepted onto the Exceptional Hardship Scheme since the scheme began.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the current status is of the proposed M6 link road into Heysham; and when he expects work on that road to begin and to be completed; (2) if...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were attended by each Minister in his Department using tickets or passes for which they did...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many procurement officers are currently employed by his Department; (2) how many civil servants in his Department regularly deal with...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total amount of redundancy pay paid to civil servants in his Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what amount his Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many temporary staff have been recruited in his Department in each month from July to December 2012.

  • Home Department

    • Children: Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2012, Official Report, column 223W, on the Council of Europe convention on the protection of hildren...

    • Communications Data Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs of 18 December 2012,...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the neighbourhood policing fund budget was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the number of drug dealers operating in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate income to be received in 2013 as a result of visa applications by Belarusian and Ukrainian children.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the evaluation of the Association of Chief Police Officers' pilots of the revised definitions of missing and absent will be published;...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers have been employed (i) by Northumbria Police Authority, (ii) in South...

      Police: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the guidelines issued to police forces in England and Wales for the use of long-range acoustic devices.

      Police: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the implications for her policy on freedom of speech for employees of police services who are opposed to same...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Early Intervention Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Local Government Finance Settlement 2013-14, how much each local authority will receive in lieu of the...

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on equality impact assessments since May 2010; and under what cost headings such funds were spent.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who has been appointed to the post of troubled families co-ordinator in each local authority area.

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the sale of the Fire Service College, whether he has made an estimate of any additional costs which will be...

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the sale of the Fire Service College, how much is due to be raised as a result of the sale; and whether the...

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual budget of and expenditure on the Fire Service College was in each of the last 10 years.

      Fire Services: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to improve morale amongst firefighters.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) number and (b) cost of instances of fraud in his Department was in each month since May 2010.

      Local Government: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on freedom of speech for local government staff who are opposed...

      Local Government: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to issue new guidance to local authorities on their expenditure on translation and interpretation services; and...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were attended by each Minister in his Department using tickets or...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of areas identified as developing neighbourhood plans to cover in whole or in part cover one of the (a) 10 per...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many posts have been declared redundant by each of his Department's executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the pay of his Department's senior staff has been cut since May 2010.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department shares any senior members of its staff with other Government Departments.

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether all town teams eligible for town team partner funding applied for such funding; and whether those town teams constituted...

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions his Department has used video conferencing since May 2010; and what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Procurement

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) how many procurement officers are currently employed by her Department; (2) how many civil servants in her Department regularly deal with...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the economic benefit to each English region of (a) the UK film industry, (b) the UK music industry and (c)...

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of employees in the UK (a) film, (b) music, (c) design, (d) arts, (e) tourism and (f) heritage industries are university...

      Deloitte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department paid to Deloitte for consultancy services in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made with the Mobile Infrastructure Project; and if she will make a statement.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will consider the merits of reviewing levels of use of micro cell technology to support mobile communications in public and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many procurement officers are currently employed by her Department.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many civil servants in her Department regularly deal with procurement services.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will consider encouraging licence holders to make spectrum available to operators who wish to make use of micro technology.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many civil service posts have been made redundant by her Department in each year since 1999; and what has been the cost of...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total amount of redundancy pay paid to civil servants in her Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2012, Official Report, column 137W, on sick leave, if she will make an assessment of the...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many temporary staff have been recruited in her Department in each month from July to December 2012.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of an hon. Member in 2011.

  • Wales

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many procurement officers are currently employed by his Department.

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many procurement officers in his Department have relevant procurement qualifications.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many posts have been declared redundant by each of his Department's Executive agencies and non- departmental public bodies in each year since 1999; and...

      Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent representations he has received from political parties calling for a referendum on Welsh independence.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect of the under-occupancy penalty on servicemen and their families.

  • Scotland

    • Income Tax Personal Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of people in Scotland who will be affected by the planned change to the income tax personal allowance.

    • Scottish Independence: Border Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of Scottish independence on border control at the border between Scotland and Northumberland.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with industry representatives on tourism in Scotland.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many posts have been declared redundant by each of his Department's Executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1999;...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what amount his Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total spending on recruitment agencies by her Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many procurement officers are currently employed by her Department.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants in her Department regularly deal with procurement services.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many procurement officers in her Department have relevant procurement qualifications.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Civil Service posts have been made redundant by her Department in each year since 1999; and what the cost of redundancies has been in...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many posts have been declared redundant by each of her Department's executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total amount of redundancy pay paid to civil servants in her Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amount her Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many temporary staff have been recruited in her Department in each month from July to December 2012.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the timetable is for negotiations on the extension of the use of British Indian Ocean Territory by the US for defence and...

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of staff in his Department requested (a) part-time, (b) job-share or (c) other flexible working arrangements in...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of staff in his Department have received training in equality and diversity and the requirements of the Equality...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many posts have been declared redundant by each of his Department's executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in...

  • Health

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the use of biological therapies on adults diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and who have a disease activity score of above...

    • Blood Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve the recording of a (a) diagnosis of sepsis and (b) death from sepsis in NHS trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 November 2012, Official Report, column 193W, on cannabis, what effect the (a) Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and (b) Misuse of...

      Care Homes: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the rate was per 100,000 people of permanent admissions to residential and nursing care homes for over-65s in (a) Wirral South constituency,...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of staff in his Department have received training in equality and diversity and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 in each of the...

      Health Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial deficit was of each (a) primary care trust and (b) NHS hospital trust in Lancashire in each of the last three years.

      Hospitals: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge from hospital there were in (a) Wirral South constituency, (b) Wirral and (c) Merseyside in...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of differences in the price paid for medical devices by foundation trust hospitals and health providers.

      NHS Commissioning Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions since his appointment the medical director of the NHS Commissioning Board has worked on a Saturday or Sunday.

      NHS: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on freedom of speech for NHS staff and others working on NHS premises of the case between...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were attended by each Minister in his Department using tickets or passes for which they did not...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary value was of contracts awarded by his Department to (a) management consultancies and (b) IT companies in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12;...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many procurement officers are currently employed by his Department; (2) how many civil servants in his Department regularly deal with...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which contracts his Department has signed with private companies for the provision of services previously provided by the public sector under his...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Civil Service posts have been made redundant by his Department in each year since 1999; and what the cost of redundancies has been in each such year.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many posts have been declared redundant by each of his Department's executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1999; and...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total amount of redundancy pay paid to civil servants in his Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amount his Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many temporary staff have been recruited in his Department in each month from July to December 2012.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the size of her Department's team is in (a) Kabul and (b) Helmand; and if she will make a statement about planned changes to...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Helmand Province in each of the last 10 years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2012, Official Report, column 152W, on bovine tuberculosis, what judgements his...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible...

      Inland Waterways: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward measures to prevent further aquatic invasive non-native species entering the UK from mainland Europe.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his contributions of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 529, on live animal exports, on how many occasions...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his contributions of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 530, on live animal exports, what has occurred as...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on the number of real nappy schemes run by local authorities; and what plans his...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the cost savings to local authorities of families choosing to use reusable nappies in the latest year for...

      Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long disposable nappies take to decompose when sent to landfill; and if he will make a statement.

      Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of disposable nappies in the waste stream.

      Smoke and Chimney Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he takes to monitor smoke or grit emissions from a wood or coal burning appliance so that no such appliance...

      Smoke and Chimney Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will establish a central register of appliance emissions that have been checked for validity prior to installation; and...

      VION Food Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions his Department has had with VION NV on the retention of its UK operations in respect of (a) red meat,...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 30 march 2011, Official Report, column 344W, on waste management, on what evidence he based...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance his Department provides on the distances offshore wind farms should be built away from sensitive coastlines; and if he...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the effect of air passenger duty on the competitiveness of regional airports with London airports.

    • Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of the Inward Processing Relief process and its ease of use for small businesses.

      Business: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to provide small businesses with advice and help and to promote their understanding of the tax system.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers have contacted HM Revenue and Customs on the forthcoming change to child benefit policy to (a) end their entitlement, (b) adjust their...

      Corporation Tax: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much UK corporation tax was paid by energy companies operating in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Crown Lands and Estates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many estates have been claimed by the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer in each of the last five years; and what the value was of each such property.

      Deloitte

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with Deloitte in each month of (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total spending on recruitment agencies by his Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of staff in his Department have received training in equality and diversity and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 in the last three...

      Individual Savings Accounts: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that children are not adversely affected by the transfer of child trust funds to junior ISAs.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what infrastructure projects have (a) been awarded confirmed support and (b) contractually signed borrowing guarantees under the Government's borrowing...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate his Department has made of the likely effect on families or single parents of the decision to apply increases in maternity pay of one...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff worked in the HM Revenue and Customs minimum wage enforcement team in each year since 2008.

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to extending the national insurance contributions holiday to micro businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2012, Official Report, column 921W, on Northern Rock, whether any communication was given by his Department to UK...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answers of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 563W, on PAYE, for what reason the numbers provided of hashes matched in each month of...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 563W, on PAYE, what estimate he has made of the number of records submitted to the PAYE...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the potential effect on child poverty measured as the number of children living in households falling below 60 per cent of median income before housing...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the potential effect on child poverty measured as the number of children living in households falling below 60 per cent of median income before housing...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the potential effect on child poverty measured as the number of children living in households falling below 60 per cent of median income before housing...

      Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of contracts awarded by his Department to (a) management consultancies and (b) IT companies in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many procurement officers are currently employed by his Department; (2) how many civil servants in his Department regularly deal with procurement...

      Tax Avoidance: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recently released report, “The Great Payroll Scandal” by the UCATT trades union; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons spouses are classified as a non-taxable benefit for travel purposes but children are not classed as such.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount his Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many temporary staff have been recruited in his Department in each month from July to December 2012.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many new VAT registration numbers were issued in (a) 2012 and (b) each of the last five calendar years; (2) how many VAT registrations have been...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time from request to issuing of a new VAT registration number is; and what the average time for issuing such numbers was, at the calendar...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints his Department has received on VAT registration certificates in (a) 2012 and (b) each of the last five years.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to speed up the issuing of VAT registration certificates to businesses.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional revenue was received by the Exchequer as a result of the 2.5 per cent increase in rates of VAT between May 2010 and May 2012.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what evidence on child care costs tax credit claimants will be required to provide to HM Revenue and Customs under the proposal set out in his autumn...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average cost of calls made to the tax credit helpline was in each of the last three years.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls were received by the tax credit helpline was in each of the last three years.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time was between an eligible applicant's working tax credit claim form being received and the applicant receiving the support to...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons working tax credit claim forms are not available for download from the gov.uk website.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time was between an eligible applicant requesting a working tax credit claim form via the tax credit helpline and the receipt of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding his Department allocated to publicising the Access to Work programme in 2011-12; and what funding will be allocated to publicising...

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on which active projects his Department receives advice from UK registered charities.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children living in households with no adult in work in (a) each London borough and (b) the UK are (i) in single parent...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation study on the impact of child poverty on gross domestic product.

      Comet Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that specialists from Jobcentre Plus work with Comet employees in Chesterfield whose jobs are threatened by the...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total spending on recruitment agencies by his Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many doctors were employed on a (a) full-time and (b) part-time basis to conduct medical examinations of claimants for employment and...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment and support allowance recipients in each Government region experienced (a) mental and behavioural and (b) physical...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment and support allowance claimants failed a personal capability assessment in each of the last four years.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Croydon Central of 10 September 2012, Official Report, column 85W, on youth unemployment: London,...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Croydon Central of 10 September 2012, Official Report, column 85W, on youth unemployment: London,...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to transpose in (i)...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations his Department...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the criteria are for eligibility to make use of food banks.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many families with dependent children are reliant, in some degree, on food banks.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what Government support is made available to food banks.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the results of the Future Jobs Fund were for each constituency in the UK in each year for which data are available.

      Hepatic Angiosarcoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will classify hepatic angiosarcoma caused by exposure to vinyl chloride on the same basis as mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the HM Courts and Tribunal Service Social Security and Child Support Appeals Centre has failed to meet its targets in...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants were in receipt of jobseeker's allowance or equivalent benefit for more than (a) six, (b) 12 and (c) 18 months in each...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how consent is sought for mail containing sensitive and confidential medical data to be opened and handled by a third party when it is sent to...

      New Enterprise Allowance: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire are currently in receipt of the new enterprise allowance.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider providing additional financial support to disability charities for the purposes of managing any additional workload as a...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total amount of redundancy pay paid to civil servants in his Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what occasions Ministers in his Department have met with trades union consortium officers on the closure of Remploy sites.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which (a) contracts, (b) buildings, (c) plant and machinery, (d) equipment and (e) other assets of Remploy Abertillery have been sold.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claims for benefits are paid out (a) within 16 days following receipt of the claim and (b) after 16 days following receipt...

      Social Security Benefits: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Barnsley Central constituency will be affected by planned changes to (a) disability living allowance, (b) under-occupancy...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of (a) customer error and (b) fraudulently claimed overpayment was in claims for (i) pensions credit, (ii) jobseeker's allowance...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he received in 2012 from the Australian Government on frozen state pensions for expatriate pensioners now living in that...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many expatriate pensioners do not receive an annual uprating of their UK state pension.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were classed as underemployed in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK in (i) 2009,...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of people in each parliamentary constituency who will receive less in universal credit than they...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the Universal Credit system will handle a statement of an employee's earnings in a given period, obtained from the employer in a PAYE...

      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) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (b) Merseyside, (c)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment advisors work as part of the Work programme; and how many such advisors have received training in assisting (a) those with...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Banks: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the statement in the Financial Stability Report published by the Financial Services Authority and...

    • Consumer Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which companies have signed up to the midata initiative.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many posts have been declared redundant by each of his Department's Executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in how many cases of collective redundancy the duration of the consultation undertaken by the employer was (a) 45 days or fewer,...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Government response on changes to the rules on collective redundancies, what steps he plans to take to...

      River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 461W, on River Severn, whether public funds have been...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the future of the 19 to 25 Learning Entitlement Grant; and if he will make a statement.

      Training: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support the Government are providing to former army personnel to retrain for civilian roles within and outside the armed forces.

  • Education

    • Bellerbys College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what reports he has received on allegations of falsification of exam results at Bellerbys Colleges; and what steps he proposes to take to investigate...

    • Bright Futures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what relationship the Bright Futures educational organisation has with his Department; what role it plays in respect of the Department's...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he is taking in response to the findings of the Serious Case Review of Child EG published by the Westminster Safeguarding Children...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefits of introducing a UK-wide public examination system.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure that the views of those schools in Northern Ireland that sit GCSE examinations through English and Welsh Boards...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how often he has met his counterparts in Northern Ireland and Wales to discuss the current examination arrangements at GCSE and A level in the last year.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total spending on recruitment agencies by his Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he will publish the results of his public consultation on the English Baccalaureate.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of staff in his Department have received training in equality and diversity and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, within the...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what his policy is on provision of free school meals under universal credit; (2) if he will estimate the cost of extending free school meal...

      Health Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the role of drugs education within the curriculum; what representations his Department has received on the nature and...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students have been removed from secondary school sex education classes on the discretion of their parents or guardians in (a) Hastings and Rye...

      ICT: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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)...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements are in place to ensure accountability of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools to (a) the Government and (b) Parliament.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many inspectors were engaged by Ofsted who had (a) qualified teacher status and (b) lay inspector status in each of the last five years.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were attended by each Minister in his Department using tickets or passes for which they did...

      Playing Fields: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether it is his policy that (a) academies and (b) free schools must notify (i) his Department and (ii) any other public body of the sale of school...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many civil servants in his Department regularly deal with procurement services.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many procurement officers in his Department have relevant procurement qualifications.

      Pupil Exclusions: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were permanently excluded from (a) primary, (b) middle, (c) upper and (d) secondary schools in Suffolk in each of the last three years.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many civil service posts have been made redundant by his Department in each year since 1999; and what has been the cost of redundancies in...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total amount of redundancy pay paid to civil servants in his Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many support staff have been employed in the role of cook or catering assistant in schools in (a) 2012 to date and (b) 2011.

      Schools: Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school playgrounds and playing fields owned by schools are crossed by public footpaths; how many such footpaths have been diverted for...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to reform school league tables.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) name, (b) URN and (c) establishment number of each maintained secondary school was in the latest year figures are available; what...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of people aged (a) 16 and (b) 17 who are currently not in education, employment or training have a special educational need or...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) turnover and (b) wastage rate was for (i) full-time and (ii) part-time teachers in each school in the most recent year for which figures...

      Teachers: Male

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of primary schools in each decile of deprivation had (a) zero and (b) fewer than 10 per cent full-time equivalent male...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people obtained each type of school-based qualification offered in IT in 2011; what assessment he has made of the value of such qualifications...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people obtained each type of school-based qualification offered in leisure and tourism in 2011; what assessment he has made of the value of...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people obtained each type of school-based qualification offered in engineering in 2011; what assessment he has made of the value of such...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what amount his Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many temporary staff have been recruited in his Department in each month from July to December 2012.

      Young People: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities effectively track people aged 16 and 17 on the national client caseload following the raising...

  • Justice

    • Ashwell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 857W, on Ashwell Prison, (1) what the valuation provided for the former Ashwell...

    • Christmas: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on Christmas trees and decorations in each of its buildings in 2012; how many (a) artificial and (b) real Christmas trees...

      Crimes of Violence: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average number of reconvictions was for each offender found guilty of grievous bodily harm between 1994 and 2011; (2) what the average...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average custodial sentence handed down for actual bodily harm was in each year between 1994 and 2011; (2) what the average custodial...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that certified bailiffs undertake their duties in compliance with (a) legislation and (b) appropriate codes of conduct;...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of people convicted of drink-drive offences were found to be over the legal blood alcohol limit when driving (a) 10 hours after taking...

      Family Justice Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the consequences for his Department's policies of the conclusions of the Norgrove Report.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on the expansion of the payment by results model to prisoner rehabilitation schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisoners on remand and (b) convicted prisoners currently in custody have addresses in North Wales.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons have been re-designated as joint establishments containing both adult and young offenders' institutions since May 2010.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the monetary value was of contracts awarded by his Department to (a) management consultancies and (b) IT companies in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12;...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total amount of redundancy pay paid to civil servants in his Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what amount his Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offender Institutions: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost has been to the public purse of Christmas parties held for those detained in each institution in the secure youth estate, in each year...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 18 have been charged with each offence since May 2005.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people of each age between 10 and 17 years who were convicted of a crime (a) went on to reoffend and (b) were subsequently sentenced to a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the total spend was on the refurbishment of 70 Whitehall from January 2012 to December 2012; (2) what the cost was of the refurbishment of...

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps he is taking to encourage public donations to charities in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the...

      Charities: Closures

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make an assessment of changes to the workload of Government-provided public services as a consequence of charities closing down in (a)...

      Civil Servants: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on freedom of speech for civil servants who are opposed to same-sex marriage of the case...

      Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) (a) how many and (b) which host organisers for community organisers have been appointed in each local area; (2) what criteria and outcome...

      Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (a) how many and (b) where have Community First panels been established.

      Crime: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many cases of drug offences were reported in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the...

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people were employed in the (a) private sector and (b) public sector in each parliamentary constituency in each of the...

      EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations his Department...

      Meetings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have attended since 4 September 2012.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on refreshments from July to December 2012.

      Permanent Secretaries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office who was on the appointment panel which recommended the appointment of David Kennedy as Permanent Secretary for the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

      Permanent Secretaries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office who is on the panel to decide on the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary to the Home Office.

      Permanent Secretaries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many current Permanent Secretaries of Government departments are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total amount of redundancy pay paid out to civil servants in his Department has been in each month since July 2012.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will grant asylum to Afghan interpreters who have worked with the British armed forces in Afghanistan on the same terms as the asylum granted to Iraqi...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set a new date for the conclusion of all asylum legacy cases; and, if so, what systems will be established to ensure that the UK Border Agency...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 14 December (WA 262), what was their estimate of the cost of answering the original question.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what agreements are in place with Bounty regarding the insertion of child benefit forms in their packs for expectant or new mothers in each of the past five years....

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to reduce the number of times that children in the care system are moved.

      Civil Service: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible in each department for determining the training needs of civil servants pursuant to Section 3(6) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act...

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the United Kingdom they estimate to be in fuel poverty; how many such people there were in 2010; and what assessment they have made of the...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to Table 2.2 of the Autumn Statement 2012 (Cm 8480) which sets out cash reductions in departmental resource budgets, by what proportion each...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether funding for the education of 16-18 year-olds is protected from reductions between 2013-14 and 2014-15.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 24 September (WA 202) explaining that they do not record centrally the numbers of foreign nationals holding...

      Omagh Bombing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Intelligence Services Commissioner's 2010 report about the Omagh bombing in 1998; and, if not,...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the savings that would be achieved in administration and payments by abolishing the £10 Christmas bonus paid to pensioners.

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have consulted local authorities and strategic health authorities concerning the expected populations of their areas over the next 10 years.

      Prisons: Lincoln Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the action taken at Lincoln Prison, reported by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in his report on Lincoln Prison published in October 2012 that prisoners who...

      Prisons: Lincoln Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take in the light of the conclusions by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in his report on Lincoln Prison published in October 2012 that...

      Race Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve race relations.

      Schools: Inspectors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of Her Majesty's Inspectors undertaking school inspections on behalf of the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (1) have...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether compensation paid out for gross fiscal misconduct is a legitimate deduction from profits for the purpose of calculating corporation tax; and, if so,...

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