Written answers
Monday, 14 January 2013

  • Work and Pensions
    • Aviation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many air miles were accumulated by each Minister in his Department in 2012; how such air miles were used; and whether such air miles were...
    • Employment Schemes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to increase the hours worked by people who are underemployed in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b)...
    • English Language: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) other income-related benefits took up the offer of free English language lessons in...
    • Food Banks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any Member of the Government intends to visit a food bank in the near future.
    • Food Banks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Government has made of the demand for food banks across the UK; and if he will make a statement.
    • Food Banks: Nottinghamshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many food banks there were in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last three years.
    • Housing Benefit: Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what working estimate was used by his Department for housing benefit fraud in each of the last four years; and what the level of detected...
    • Jobseeker's Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of jobseeker's allowance claimants per job vacancy in (a) Paisley and Renfrewshire...
    • Jobseeker's Allowance: EU Nationals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of jobseeker's allowance paid to non-UK EU citizens of each nationality, was in each of the last five years.
    • Maternity Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of seasonal or part-time workers who do not receive maternity pay as a result of not being given work...
    • Personal Independence Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he proposes that blind or partially-sighted people will quality for eight points under descriptor E when applying for the personal...
    • Remploy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reports of corruption during the sale of Remploy sites in Chesterfield, Springburn and Barrow; and if he...
    • Social Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the Discretionary Social Fund data, awards and spend for each local authority for (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of (a) child benefit, (b) housing benefit and (c) jobseeker's allowance in Leeds North West constituency.
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in each local authority area whose weekly income will be reduced by (a) less than...
    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what effect the Joint Appeals Task Force has had on improving the quality of initial decision-making and the reconsideration process in respect...
    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were (a) convicted and (b) charged for but subsequently acquitted of each benefit fraud offence in each of the last four years;...
    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by his Department to investigate instances of fraud relating to (a) employment and support allowance and (b) other...
    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-UK EU citizens of each nationality have been prosecuted for benefit fraud in the last five years.
    • Social Security Benefits: Immigrants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total annual cost of welfare benefits issued to immigrants to the UK from the European Union in each of the last three years was; and...
    • Social Security Benefits: Uprating
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his contribution of 8 January 2013, Official Report, column 190, (1) what assessment he has made of the financial effect on the...
    • Unemployment: Tower Hamlets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged 25 and under in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency and (b) Tower Hamlets have been unemployed for (i) six, (ii) 12 and...
    • Universal Credit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what proportion of universal credit applications his Department, or its identity assurance contractors, expect to inspect original birth...
    • Work Capability Assessment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will exempt recipients of Skipton Fund Stage 2 payments from the back-to-work assessment process; (2) which conditions are exempt...
    • Work Experience: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people have participated in the Government's work experience schemes in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, (b) Tower...
    • Working Tax Credit: Wirral
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Wirral South constituency and (b) Wirral receive working tax credit and what (i) mean and (ii) mode amounts were...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Ecology: Morecambe
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has provided funding for any ecological project in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency since May 2010.
    • Flood Control
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 336W, on flood control, if he will give examples of the...
    • Floods: Bury St Edmunds
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) homes and (b) businesses were at risk of flooding in Bury St Edmunds constituency in each of the last five...
    • Floods: Morecambe
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to prevent flooding in the Hest Bank area in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency;...
    • Floods: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many properties were assessed to be at risk of flooding in each major settlement in Vale of Clywd constituency in each of...
    • Food
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of household incomes was spent on food by households in each income decile in each of the last three...
    • Fossil Fuels: Reserves
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the ability of the Financial Policy Committee at the Bank of England to measure climate change...
    • Fossil Fuels: Reserves
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the potential effects of an...
    • Insecticides
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's website information on neonicotinoid insecticides and bees, which interested parties will...
    • Insecticides
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the terms of reference of his Department's analysis of the wider environmental and agronomic implications...
    • Insects
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research into the cost of replacing insect pollination with artificial means.
    • 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, if he will publish...
    • Livestock: Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the long-term monitoring of the export of live animals through the...
    • Phytophthora Ramorum
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of Phytophthora ramorum on the sitka spruce harvest in the UK; and if he...
    • Phytophthora Ramorum
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effects on the economy of Phytophthora ramorum; and if he will make a statement.
    • Plastic Bags
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he intends to introduce a levy on single-use carrier bags.
    • Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how often his Department produces a staff magazine.
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Biofuels
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether he has recently given consideration to the suitability of biomass as a sustainable source of energy; and if he will make...
    • Biofuels
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the sufficiency of appropriate and sustainable supplies of fuel stocks for UK biomass plants; and...
    • Biofuels
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy that electricity generated from bioliquids derived from palm oil does not receive subsidies under the...
    • Biofuels
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2012, Official Report, column 817W, on biofuels, if he will include data on feedstock types for...
    • Deloitte
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with Deloitte in each month of (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Electricity Generation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of future revenue to the Exchequer that could be accrued from a contract for difference counterparty surplus.
    • Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from which providers his Department purchases its gas and electricity; what the cost of purchasing this fuel during the previous three...
    • Garages and Petrol Stations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the report produced for his Department by Deloitte, Study of the UK petroleum retail market, published on 14 December...
    • Green Deal Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average upfront assessment fee householders will pay to upgrade their home as part of the...
    • Green Deal Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 142W, on the Green Deal scheme, what measures have been put in place...
    • Hinkley Point C Power Station
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to ensure that local communities benefit from the construction and operation of a new nuclear power station at...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 1 November 2012 on the manufacture of smart meters.
    • Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how often his Department produces a staff magazine.
    • Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on whether businesses engaged in erecting wind farms are required to have an insurance policy against the...
    • Wind Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the (a) total cost and (b) cost per wind turbine of decommissioning existing (i) onshore and (ii)...
    • Wind Power: Carmarthenshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to visit north Carmarthenshire before making his decision on the Brechfa West Wind Farm planning application.
    • Wind Power: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the costs being borne by Welsh local authorities defending refusal decisions on wind farm applications...
  • Wales
    • Higher Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister of Wales on widening access strategies in Welsh higher education; and if he will make a statement.
    • Higher Education: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of Wales on the level of research funding obtained by the Welsh higher education sector; and if...
    • Higher Education: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the level of research funding obtained by the Welsh...
    • Pneumonia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 690W, on pneumonia, when he will write providing the figures for deaths from...
    • River Severn
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what recent discussions he has had with environmental bodies in Wales on the proposal for a Severn Barrage; and if he will make a statement; (2)...
  • House of Commons Commission
    • Sick Leave
      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 331W, on sick...
  • Attorney-General
    • Prosecutions: Appeals
      To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions the Crown Prosecution Service has reconsidered a decision not to prosecute following an appeal by the alleged victim since July 2012.
  • Scotland
    • Business
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of the Start-Up Loans scheme in Scotland.
    • Deloitte
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with Deloitte in each month of (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Deloitte
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department paid to Deloitte for consultancy services in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many research contracts commissioned by his Department were not subject to a tendering process in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 318W, on sick leave, if he will make an assessment of the contribution...
  • Northern Ireland
    • Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2012, Official Report, column 217W, on sick leave, if she will make an assessment of the contribution...
  • Transport
    • Bus Services: Information and Communications Technology
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider promoting a specific fund for the installation of audio-visual announcements in all buses nationwide.
    • Bus Services: Nottinghamshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated for the provision of bus services in the Nottinghamshire County Council area in each financial year since...
    • Green Flag
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department had with (i) the Chief Executive of Green Flag and (ii) the RBS group on the...
    • Lichfield Trent Valley Station
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when Lichfield Trent Valley rail station will be upgraded to enable disabled access to those platforms at the station which are currently inaccessible...
    • London Midland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the performance of London-Midland trains between 24 December 2012 and 2 January 2013; and if he will make a...
    • Motor Vehicles: Registration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of foreign-registered vehicles remaining in the UK beyond the deadline for registration with the Driver...
    • Motor Vehicles: Registration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions have been undertaken by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the last year against owners of foreign-registered vehicles...
    • Motor Vehicles: Registration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what safeguards he has put in place to ensure that foreign-registered vehicles do not remain within the UK beyond the registration deadline with the...
    • Part-time Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of staff in his Department work part-time.
    • Railways: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of savings that can be made in the rail sector in 2013.
    • Railways: Floods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to improve resilience against flooding of the rail link between London Paddington and the South West.
    • Regional Airports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to help regional airports expand.
    • Roads: Accidents
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of children killed or seriously injured on roads were from ethnic minority backgrounds in the last year for which figures...
    • Roads: Accidents
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (1) professional recovery and emergency service staff have been injured as a result of incidents at the roadside in each parliamentary...
    • Roads: Safety
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the Slow Down Move Over campaign's proposals to make hard shoulders safer for professionals and motorists alike; and if...
    • Unemployed People: Travel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions there have been between his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions in relation to the Bus for Jobs initiative.
    • West Coast Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the affordability of train tickets on the West Coast mainline for people in Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency.
  • International Development
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of her Department's funding for Afghanistan is going to (a) Daykundi province, (b) Bamyan province and (c) Northern...
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of her Department's staff are based in the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT); what plans she has for the Helmand...
    • Bangladesh
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the level of corruption in Bangladesh; and what programmes and projects her Department funds which aim...
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what changes other than a threshold for ministerial sign-off for contracts with suppliers, were recommended in her Department's...
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what changes other than a threshold for ministerial sign-off for contracts with suppliers, will be implemented as a result of the...
    • Kenya
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what initiatives her Department is working on with the Ministry of Defence to support aid development in Kenya.
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 30 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she intends to answer the letter sent to her by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 28 November 2012 with regard to...
    • Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information her Department collects on the uses to which the core funds of (a) the United Nations Population Fund, (b) the...
    • Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department plans to give to the International Planned Parenthood Federation for (a) abortion, (b) family planning and...
    • Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department plans to give to Marie Stopes International for (a) abortion, (b) family planning and (c) other...
    • Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will consider increasing the Official Development Assistance to population and reproductive health.
    • Philippines
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent reports she has received on the uses of funding provided by her Department to the Government of the Philippines;...
    • Philippines
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding was provided by her Department to (a) the United Nations Population Fund, (b) the International Planned Parenthood...
    • Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's 12 largest suppliers were by contract value in the most recent period for which figures are available; and how...
    • Rwanda
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what options her Department is considering to help the poorest people in Rwanda following her recent decision to suspend budget support.
    • Rwanda
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with Ministers in the Rwandan Government on her Department's decision to suspend budgetary support.
  • Prime Minister
    • A Programme for Government Update
      To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost was of (a) researching, (b) producing and (c) distributing the Government's mid-term review and its annex, A Programme for Government Update,...
    • Food Banks
      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer at Prime Minister's Questions on 9 January 2013, whether he has visited a food bank in the last 12 months; and whether he plans to visit a food...
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Building Regulations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to amend building regulations in relation to load-bearing beams to give preference to...
    • Families: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 13 of Working With Troubled Families: a guide to the evidence and good practice, by what means the...
    • Fire Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the spending cuts for each fire and rescue service will be by 2014-15.
    • Fire Services: Floods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it a statutory duty for fire and rescue services to respond to...
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what printing costs were incurred by his Department in production of the document 50 Ways to Save: Examples of Sensible Savings...
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, how many staff were...
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, what definition his...
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, how his Department monitors...
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, how many hard copies...
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, what meetings Ministers or...
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 124W, on local government finance, in which languages his...
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to publish revised figures for changes in spending power in the provisional local government finance settlement...
    • Local Government Finance: East of England
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what levels of reserves maintained by each local authority in the Eastern Region were at 31 December of each year since 2001;...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 3 December 2012 with regard...
    • Mobile Homes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his policy is on the provision of parking spaces on park home sites; (2) what guidance his Department gives on the...
    • New Businesses: Tax Allowances
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to introduce rate relief incentives for new start-up businesses of a duration in excess of 12 months.
    • Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 306W, on sick leave, if he will make an assessment of the...
    • Travellers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2012, Official Report, column 839W, on travellers, on which specific occasions there has...
  • Deputy Prime Minister
    • Electoral Register
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much local authorities are planning to spend on electoral registration in 2013; and how much they have spent in each of the last four years.
    • Politics and Government: Public Participation
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness among adults of the different levels of government.
  • Cabinet Office
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Females
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of alcohol-related deaths among women in each (a) socio-economic group, (b) ethnic group and (c) age group since...
    • Charities: Pay
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward legislative proposals to (a) remove charitable status and (b) impose other sanctions on charities which pay senior staff...
    • Deloitte
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with Deloitte in each month of (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Duchy of Cornwall
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 521W, on Duchy of Cornwall, (1) in what way seeking the consent of the Prince of...
    • Duchy of Cornwall
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 521W, on Duchy of Cornwall, if he will place in the Library the Cabinet Office...
    • Job Creation: Private Sector
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the number of jobs created in each sector of the private sector, including jobs for those in...
    • Life Expectancy
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what life expectancy at birth was in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) the UK in each of the last five years.
    • Low Pay
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) the UK, (b) East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency are paid less than the living wage.
    • Plymouth Brethren
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions officials in his Department have had with the Charity Commission on the charitable status of the Plymouth Brethren; and if he will make...
    • Procurement: EU Law
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance the Department has for commissioners and procurers on EU procurement rules relating to considering social value for (a) contracts under...
    • Teenage Pregnancy
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many teenage pregnancies there have been in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) the UK in the last three years.
    • Unemployment
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people of each ethnic group (a) are aged between 18 and 24 and have been unemployed for over a year and (b) are aged over 24 and have been...
  • Home Department
    • Asylum: Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2012, Official Report, column 624W, on asylum: housing, how many of the failed asylum seekers who are...
    • Aviation: Safety
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of laser pen attacks on aircraft were recorded in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.
    • Bramshill Police College
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the chief executive of the College of Policing on the (a) sale of Bramshill Police College and (b) proposed...
    • Bramshill Police College
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed at Bramshill Police College; how many staff she expects to be retained following its sale; and if she will make a...
    • Databases: Telecommunications
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the principal differences between her proposals contained in the draft Communications Data Bill 2012 and the...
    • Deportation
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were deported from the UK in each of the last five years.
    • Emergency Calls: Admissibility of Evidence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that the recording of 999 calls is of sufficient audible quality to be used in court; (2) what...
    • Entry Clearances
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the application for a visa made by Leah McGrath Goodman reference: GWF016647754 for the purposes of visiting Jersey has not...
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a verbally checked student record of attendance at lectures and seminars meets the UK Border Agency's criteria of the evidence...
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a signed student record of attendance at lectures and seminars meets the UK Border Agency's criteria of the evidence required to...
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is any size threshold of lecture or seminar which must be satisfied before a student record of attendance at lectures and...
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which universities and higher education institutions have been examined by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in respect of their international...
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 applications were (a) made, (b) initially accepted, (c) approved after discussion and (d) refused in each of the last five years.
    • Immigration Controls
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at which ports of entry intelligence-led border checks have been used in the last year.
    • Immigration Controls
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of in-country immigration applications for limited leave to remain and permanent leave to remain were processed within...
    • Immigration Controls
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases from 2010 in which reconsideration of a decision on leave to remain is sought decisions are outstanding; within what...
    • Immigration: Biometrics
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average it took for an application for a replacement biometric residence permit to be determined in the latest period for which...
    • Legal Opinion: Treaties
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of mutual legal assistance treaties; and if she will make a statement.
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 20 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs A...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 21 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester,...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 30 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Dr...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 28 November 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester,...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 4 December 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A. Ryder.
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 4 December 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr...
    • Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how long each individual currently subject to a terrorism prevention and investigation measure has been subject to that order; and for...
    • Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications to alter the conditions of a terrorism prevention and investigation measure were received in the last 12 months; how...
    • Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost has been of (a) employing special advocates and (b) awarding legal aid to those subject to a terrorism prevention and...
    • Tobacco: Smuggling
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what HM Revenue and Customs spent on operating x-ray scanners to tackle tobacco smuggling in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.
    • UK Border Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the UK Border Agency completed an investigation into missing documents and informed the applicant of the outcome within its...
  • Education
    • Arts: Curriculum
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce details for the incorporation of creative subjects into the new curriculum.
    • Children in Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which local authorities have been required to explain to his Department why children in care in that local authority have been placed in care homes...
    • Citizenship: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect which the proposed new baccalaureate qualification will have on the teaching of citizenship and political...
    • Design: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure future teaching of design and technology in schools has a focus on manufacturing emphasis.
    • Financial Services: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the role of financial education within the curriculum; what representations his Department has received on the nature...
    • Health Education: Alcoholic Drinks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the role of alcohol education within the curriculum; what representations his Department has received on the nature and...
    • Official Cars
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many journeys were undertaken in his Department's allocated Ministerial car by each Minister in each month in each of the last 12 months.
    • Pupil Exclusions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children have been permanently excluded from (a) academies and (b) maintained schools (i) since May 2010 and (ii) between 2005 and 2009.
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials are working to support the implementation of the pupil premium; and what analysis such officials have made of the likelihood of a...
    • Schools: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what exceptions from the Schools Admissions Code he has granted to schools since his appointment.
    • Schools: Playing Fields
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications to change the use of school playing fields his Department has received in the last 12 months; how many such applications have...
    • Special Educational Needs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will require local authorities to report on their local offer of services and activities for young people; (2) how he will determine what...
    • Teachers: Job Satisfaction
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve morale among members of the teaching profession.
    • Teachers: Qualifications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people obtained each type of school-based qualification in (a) music, (b) drama, (c) theatre studies and (d) art in 2011; what assessment he...
    • Written Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what average time it takes his Department to provide a substantive response to (a) an ordinary written parliamentary question, (b) a named-day written...
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Bangladesh
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made a recent assessment of the political situation in Bangladesh and the effect this has had on the geopolitical...
    • Bangladesh
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of the current civil unrest in Bangladesh on the forthcoming elections...
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to begin negotiations on the optional extension of the use of the British Indian Ocean Territory and Diego...
    • China
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese Government in respect of the apparent restriction of freedom of expression at the...
    • Colombia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Edmonton of 9 May 2011, Official Report, column 986W, on Colombia: politics...
    • Commonwealth
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civil servants in his Department's London offices work (a) full-time and (b) part-time solely on supra-, intra- and...
    • Deloitte
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with Deloitte in each month of (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Deloitte
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department paid to Deloitte for consultancy services in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • India
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indian authorities on womens' rights following the rape and murder of a woman on 16...
    • Iran
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meeting he and officials in his Department have had with their Iranian counterparts since 2010.
    • Israel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take in the event that the Israeli Government announces further settlements in the west bank.
    • Israel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli authorities on the recording of police interviews with children.
    • Kashmir
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Pakistani and Indian governments urging the need for restraint following the recent...
    • Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will conduct an assessment of whether any UK manufactured weapons or components were used by Israeli military forces...
    • Olympic Games 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were attended by each Minister in his Department using tickets or...
    • Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many research contracts commissioned by his Department were not subject to a tendering process in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c)...
    • Redundancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civil service posts have been made redundant by his Department in each year since 1999; and what the cost of...
    • Tibet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the restriction on the religious freedom and freedom of movement of Lama Soepa, who...
    • Tibet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect the human rights of people living in Tibet.
    • Vietnam
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Vietnam calling for the release from imprisonment of Doan Huy Chuong, Do...
    • Vietnam
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has received on trades union rights in Vietnam.
    • Visits Abroad
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times UK Government Ministers or officials used official aircraft belonging to foreign governments to make official...
  • Justice
    • Burglary: Convictions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of domestic burglary offences in the (a) North East and (b) UK in each of the last five years.
    • Chief Coroner
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times he has met the newly-appointed chief coroner since his appointment.
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) where he intends to use global systems for mobile communications to monitor offenders in the community; and what estimate he has made of the cost...
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether new technologies will be used to monitor alcohol prohibition as part of a community penalty; and what estimate he has made of the annual cost of...
    • Drugs: Convictions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of drug offences in the (a) north-east and (b) UK in each of the last five years.
    • Electronic Tagging
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what has been the total cost of placing offenders on electronic tags since 1 May 2010; and what comparative assessment he has done of the cost of...
    • Insurance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of the insurance industry since May 2010, by date and topic of discussion; and...
    • Prisoners: Marriage
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are in place to permit a (a) marriage and (b) civil partnership to take place when both parties are serving a prison sentence.
    • Prisons: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, columns 665-6W, on prisons: drugs, how many tests for opiates were conducted in prisons in...
    • Prisons: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were convicted of drug-related offences while already serving a prison sentence in each of the last five years.
    • Redundancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) 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...
    • Young Offenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 18 have committed a first offence in each region in each month since May 2005; and how many such people were convicted...
  • Treasury
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential annual change in receipts to the Exchequer attributable to a minimum unit price for alcoholic drinks fixed at (a)...
    • Banks: Loans (1 annotation)
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the funding for lending scheme on bank lending to businesses in the hospitality sector.
    • Banks: Loans
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the funding for lending scheme on small and medium-sized enterprises.
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in each parliamentary constituency have been moved into the highest rate tax bracket as a result of changes to child benefit eligibility,...
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the marginal rate of tax will be after the introduction of changes to child benefit for families with an annual income of £50,000 who have (a) one...
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost of child benefit was in each of the last five years.
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households affected by his planned changes to child benefit due to commence on 7 January 2013; and how much he...
    • Child Benefit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each parliamentary constituency have notified HM Revenue and Customs that they wish to stop receiving child benefit rather than pay the...
    • Child Benefit: EU Nationals
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of child benefit paid to non-UK EU citizens in each of the last five years.
    • Child Benefit: Hartlepool
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households in Hartlepool constituency which will be affected by his planned changes to child benefit due to...
    • Corporation Tax
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce the number of loopholes in the tax system so that larger corporations pay higher amounts of tax.
    • Economic Growth
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what comparative assessment he has made of economic growth in (a) the UK, (b) the US and (c) Germany in the last two years.
    • Financial Services: Regulation
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to ensure the Financial Conduct Authority will be a strong, open and proactive regulator of the financial services sector.
    • Flood Control
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any Barnett consequentials will be received by each devolved administration as a result of increased expenditure on flood risk management in each of...
    • Food Banks
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 each visit.
    • Gift Aid
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Gift Aid has been claimed on donations made to the British Friends of Ariel in each of the last five years.
    • Gift Aid
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action the Government could take against an organisation registered for Gift Aid that gives false or incomplete information about the countries in...
    • Government Departments: Buildings
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2012, Official Report, column 691W, on Government departments: Scotland, if he will assess the potential benefits of...
    • Income Tax
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the working population paid income tax at a rate above the personal allowance in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2009-10; and what estimate he has...
    • Income Tax
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of reintroducing an income tax rate of 10p on all earnings between £9,205 and £12,000 from financial...
    • Libor
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will take steps in conjunction with the Financial Services Authority to introduce new safeguards to ensure data processing and the...
    • Mutual Societies
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage new mutually-owned entrants in the financial services sector.
    • National Insurance Contributions
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Exchequer received in respect of employer and employee national insurance contributions in England in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.
    • Occupied Territories
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax relief applied for via Gift Aid was received by organisations funding projects in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories...
    • Poverty: Children
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the effect on child poverty measured as the number of children living in households falling below 60% of median income before housing costs was of his...
    • Poverty: Children
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the effect on child poverty measured as the number of children living in households falling below 60 per cent of median income before housing costs was...
    • Procurement
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many research contracts commissioned by his Department were not subject to a tendering process in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Pupils: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any Barnett consequentials will be received by each devolved administration as a result of increased expenditure on the pupil premium in each of the...
    • Revenue and Customs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs staff who administer tax credits in call centres will transfer to the Department for Work and Pensions under the TUPE rules,...
    • Tax Avoidance
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Finance Act 2012, what steps his Department plans to take to discourage tax avoidance and the use of tax havens by Controlled Foreign...
    • Tax Evasion
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have been (a) investigated and (b) prosecuted for tax evasion in each of the last five years.
    • Taxation: Energy
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the total amount of (a) UK corporation tax, (b) employers' national insurance contributions, (c) business rates paid and (d) employment...
    • Taxation: Public Houses
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much unpaid VAT or non-domestic rates was written off by the Insolvency Service on behalf of applicants who previously ran or operated public houses in...
    • Welfare Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households with a self-employed member claimed tax credits in the latest period for which figures are available; and for how many such households...
    • Working Tax Credit: EU Nationals
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the Exchequer was of working tax credits paid to non-UK EU citizens of each nationality in each of the last five years.
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Apprentices: Catering
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have so far (a) started and (b) completed apprenticeships under the Asian Culinary Excellence initiative.
    • Aviation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many air miles were accumulated by each Minister in his Department in 2012; how such air miles were used; and whether such...
    • Business
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to The Coalition: Mid-Term Review, published on 7 January 2013, page 9, what the 11 specific sector strategies are...
    • Business
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to The Coalition: Mid-Term Review, published on 7 January 2013, page 10, when the catapult technology and...
    • Business: Advisory Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2012, Official Report, column 810W, on business finance, whether the mentors available to...
    • Business: Government Assistance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many firms in each region (a) are taking part in, (b) were not found to be suitable for, (c) are still being assessed for and...
    • Business: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to increase research and development expenditure by business enterprises.
    • Business: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many Scottish based applications made to the start-up loan scheme have been (a) received and (b) successful since May...
    • Business: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many loans have been made under the start-up loans for young people programme in each month since the introduction of the...
    • Business: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many loans have been made under the start-up loans for young people programme in each constituency since the introduction of...
    • Comet Group
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the Insolvency Service to have completed its report on Comet; and what timetable he has set for this process.
    • Comet Group
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information he plans to make available to the public following the Insolvency Service report on Comet; and what discussions...
    • Credit: Interest Rates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of payday loan shops in each parliamentary constituency.
    • Deloitte
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with Deloitte in each month of (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Engineering: Prizes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to The Coalition: Mid-Term Review, published on 7 January 2013, page 10, what steps he plans to take to promote the...
    • EU External Trade
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many free trade areas the EU has negotiated with non-EU countries; and how many such areas it is currently negotiating.
    • Export Credit Guarantees: Argentina
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish details of the £45 million in debts owed to UK Export Finance by Argentina for mechanical goods; when UK...
    • Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of UK exports (a) within and (b) without the EU in each of the last 12 years.
    • London Metropolitan University
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what has been the total cost of establishing his Department's task force for international students at London Metropolitan...
    • London Metropolitan University
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much debt is currently owed by London Metropolitan university to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE);...
    • Money Lenders: Ashfield
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce illegal money lending in Ashfield constituency; and what recent discussions...
    • Nuclear Power: Trade Promotion
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial support his Department is providing for the Civil Nuclear Energy Showcase in London on 5-6 February 2013,...
    • Overseas Trade
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps UK Trade and Investment is taking to assist UK companies in taking advantage of trade opportunities in brownfield...
    • Overseas Trade: Germany
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the value of Germany's (a) most recent structural surplus in its trade with the UK and (b)...
    • Overseas Trade: Morocco
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the UK's £510 million exports to Morocco to November 2011 were to Western Sahara.
    • Overseas Trade: Morocco
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the £381 million of imports from Morocco to the UK was from Western Sahara.
    • Part-time Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of staff in his Department work part-time.
    • Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many research contracts commissioned by his Department were not subject to a tendering process in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has undertaken to assess the relative merits of spending programmes in encouraging innovation and...
    • Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 401W, on sick leave, if he will make an assessment of the...
    • Sustainable Development
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on the delivery of the actions in the (a) Resource Security Action Plan and (b) Technology Strategy...
    • Trade Promotion: Libya
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will list the names and companies of those who accompanied the Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office, on his...
    • UK Trade with EU
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the balance of trade between the (a) eurozone and (b) each of the member states is with the UK.
  • Women and Equalities
    • Males: Education
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues in the Department for Education on improving the educational attainment of white boys in...
    • Marriage
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with the Church in Wales on proposals to prohibit the Church in Wales from conducting same-sex marriages.
  • Defence
    • Service Complaints Systems
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that service complaints systems work efficiently, effectively and fairly.
    • Syria
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the options for military assistance to the Syrian opposition.
    • RAF Form 856B
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how an ex-serviceman who has legally changed his name to escape harassment can obtain a revised copy of his RAF Form 856B Certificate of Qualifications...
    • Defence Attaché Network
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the Defence Attaché network.
    • Veterans: Homelessness
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle homelessness among veterans; and if he will make a statement.
    • NATO Member States
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to encourage other NATO member states to contribute to operations.
    • Reservists
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely proportion of reservists who will participate in future operational deployments.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2012, Official Report, column 491W, on Afghanistan, from which ranks those personnel who have served tours of more...
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department on cases brought by public interest lawyers against the Government on behalf of Afghan nationals. [Official...
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the cost of repatriating equipment back to the UK following the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the required budget of the Afghan security forces from 2015; and what contribution the UK will make.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the combat-enabling functions of the Afghan National Army.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK's long-term contribution to the Afghan National Military Academy will be; and if he will make a statement.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the metrics his Department uses to assess the effectiveness of Afghan security forces.
    • Air Force: Air Traffic Control
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which radars and control centres in Scotland will be upgraded as a part of Project Marshall; and when he expects Project Marshall to begin; (2)...
    • Armed Forces: Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which services are not offered to armed forces personnel who are victims of crime where they refuse to give their consent for their commanding officer to...
    • Armed Forces: Lost Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of JSP 839 in (a) recording losses of equipment and (b) preventing future losses; and if he will make a...
    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the Royal Military Police has in investigating allegations of (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) assault by penetration in the (i) Royal Navy...
    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the Office of Standards of Casework has in reviewing data in relation to (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) assault by penetration; and if he...
    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving armed forces personnel have been convicted of assault by penetration in a civilian court since 2005; and if he will make a statement.
    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the (a) rank and (b) gender composition of court martial juries in each case of (i) rape, (ii) sexual assault and (iii) assault by...
    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the guidance in relation to the selection of court martial juries in cases of (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) assault by...
    • Armed Forces: Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had on the potential effect of benefit changes on members of the armed forces and reserves.
    • Base Review
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to conclude his Base Review.
    • British Overseas Territories
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the suitability of (a) unmanned underwater vehicles and (b) unmanned aerial vehicles for the task of the protection of the...
    • Climate Assessments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many climate assessments have been completed by his Department since 2010; if he will place a copy of each climate assessment in the Library; and if...
    • Defence Equipment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the cost of recuperating non-urgent operational requirements equipment lost, damaged or prematurely worn out will be met from the core defence...
    • European Fighter Aircraft: Oman
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon airframes for export to Oman under the contract signed by BAE Systems in December 2012 will be assembled in Lancashire.
    • Fuels: Pipelines
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual cost of operating the Government Pipeline and Storage System was in each of the last three years.
    • Fuels: Pipelines
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the market value of the Government Pipelines and Storage System.
    • HMS Vigilant
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of damage to the rudder of HMS Vigilant; and what estimate he has made of the cost of its repair; (2) how long it will...
    • Katrice Lee
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2012, Official Report, columns 904-5W, on Katrice Lee, if he will (a) list and (b) publish the specific failings of...
    • Lost Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) civilians and (b) armed forces personnel have had deductions from their pay following the investigation of lost equipment in each year...
    • Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 619W, on Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency, whether fraud investigations...
    • Shipping
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when recent trends in the number of UK Merchant Navy seafarers were last discussed with the First Sea Lord; and whether he plans to have such discussions...
    • Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 626W, on sick leave, if he will make an assessment of the contribution...
    • South Atlantic
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure a permanent Royal Naval presence in the South Atlantic.
    • Temporary Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many temporary staff have been recruited in his Department in each month from July to December 2012.
    • Trident
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what amount his Department has spent to date on procurement of new submarines and weapons systems in advance of the main gate decision on Trident...
    • Trident
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the report, Trident Alternatives Review and the future of Barrow, published in December 2012 by the Nuclear Education Trust.
    • Trident
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a list the members and affiliations of the joint Industry/MOD Integrated Programme Management Team (IPMT) established to oversee the...
    • Veterans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department is providing for local authorities to support veterans and military communities.
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Internet: Child Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to protect children on the internet; and if she will make a statement.
    • Betting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she plans to alter the stakes and rate of play of fixed odds betting terminals; and if she will make a statement.
    • Betting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps her Department is taking (a) to address the clustering of betting shops on high streets and (b) in respect of the...
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on external consultancy since 2010.
    • Creative Industries Council
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the agenda for the next Creative Industries Council meeting in January 2013 will be.
    • Creative Industries Council
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Ministers from (a) her Department and (b) other Government Departments will attend the next Creative Industries Council meeting in...
    • Creative Partnerships
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy that creative partnerships should be replaced by local initiatives as well as Arts Council provision.
    • Culture
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list all discussions she has had with local council leaders regarding cuts to local culture budgets.
    • Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many research contracts commissioned by her Department were not subject to a tendering process in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Trafford Housing Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held on the effect of the recent legal case between Mr Adrian Smith and Trafford Housing Trust on her...
  • Church Commissioners
    • Bishops: Females
      To ask the honourable Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions he has had on the emergency powers or procedures available to expedite the passage of a new Women...
  • Health
    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people attended an accident and emergency unit with (a) an immediate urgent need and (b) a non-urgent need, by each hospital trust in...
    • Ambulance Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what type of vehicle and what equipment is required to be on board when responding to an A19 call; and if he will make a statement.
    • Blood: Contamination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the eligibility criteria are for winter fuel payments from the Caxton Foundation to people with haemophilia infected with hepatitis C as a result of...
    • Brain: Tumours
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effects on mortality of the use of temozolmide in the treatment of brain tumours.
    • Dementia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to local authority budgets to take place in 2015 on the implementation of (a) dementia friendly...
    • Diabetes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to support the prevention of Type 2 diabetes (a) nationally and (b) in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement.
    • Emergency Calls: Admissibility of Evidence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the recording of 999 calls is of sufficient audible quality to be used in court.
    • Glaucoma
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to increase availability of eye drop medicines Timoptol and Azopt for the treatment of glaucoma; and if he will make a...
    • Health Authorities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to strategic health authorities on the initiation of policies which their successor local authorities are...
    • Health Services: North West
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about standards of care have been received by NHS acute trusts in (a) the north-west and (b) Liverpool in each of the last two years;...
    • Hernias: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 748W, on hernias: Greater London, how many finished admissions episodes there were and...
    • Injuries: Dogs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases the NHS treated relating to dog attacks in 2012; (2) what the total cost of treating patients in 2012 who had been admitted for...
    • Knee Replacements: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2012, Official Report, column 120W, on knee replacements: Greater London, if he will publish data on the (a) number...
    • Medicine: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse of training provided to an undergraduate medical student who graduates in 2013 is.
    • Medicine: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the over-supply of UK graduate medical students to the Foundation Programme in 2013.
    • Medicine: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to manage any over-supply of UK graduate medical students to the Foundation Programme.
    • Meningitis: Vaccination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration of (a) medical, (b) educational and (c) societal costs are made in cost-benefit analyses of the funding of meningococcal B vaccinations.
    • Mental Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 105W, on mental health services, if he will place in the Library the figures for each...
    • Mental Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Minister in his Department has responsibility for the provision of couples therapy under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.
    • Neurogenesis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned or evaluated on the effects of (a) environmental factors, (b) learning and (c) stress on neurogenesis.
    • NHS Foundation Trusts: Dorset
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was to (a) the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (b) Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust of the...
    • Nutrition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the Which? report entitled A Taste for Change: Food Companies assessed for action to enable healthier choices,...
    • Pain
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2012, Official Report, column 891W, on chronic illnesses, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of people live with...
    • Phenytoin
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the increase in cost of the Epanutin form of phenytoin sodium.
    • Radiotherapy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which NHS organisation he proposes will be responsible for commissioning the workforce for radiotherapy services; (2) what funding the Government...
    • Respiratory System: Diseases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason respiratory disease was not included in the NHS Commissioning Board's list of strategic clinical networks; and what consideration he has...
    • Royal Bournemouth Hospital
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost has been of reconfiguring the maternity unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital so that it can accommodate women's health patients; and...
    • Schizophrenia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve physical care arrangements for people suffering from schizophrenia; and if he will make a statement.
    • 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 make an assessment of the contribution...
    • Social Services: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs to the public purse of capping an individual's lifetime contribution towards their social care costs at (a)...
    • Social Services: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals would benefit from capping an individual's lifetime contribution towards their social care costs at (a) £25,000, (b)...
    • South Central Strategic Health Authority: Redundancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) board members, (b) executives and (c) other employees of the South Central Strategic Health Authority have received or will be receiving...
    • South London Healthcare NHS Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instructions he has given to Ipsos/MORI on its role in compiling the final report of the Trust Special Administrator for the South London Healthcare...
    • Streptococcus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evidence the National Screening Committee used to support its decision not to introduce routine screening for group B streptococcus carriage in...
    • Surgery: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 758W, on surgery: Greater London, how many finished admissions episodes there were and...
    • Surgery: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 760W, on surgery: Greater London, how many finished admissions episodes there were and...
  • House of Lords
    • Agency Workers Regulations
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 4 December (WA 142-3), whether the Agency Workers Regulations apply in the Channel Islands; and whether...
    • Care: Care Leavers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that teenagers leaving care organisations receive necessary support.
    • Climate Change
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 8 November 2012 (WA 224-5) stating that the statistical model used for global temperature was a linear trend...
    • Drugs
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their decision not to set up a Royal Commission on drug policy, whether they will undertake a thorough review of current drug policy by other means.
    • Education: English Baccalaureate
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider allowing the Languages NVQ to count towards school performance points for the English Baccalaureate.
    • Forced Marriage
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they will undertake prior to drafting legislation criminalising forced marriage. To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have...
    • Government Departments: Coalition Agreement
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Department for Education has made since May 2010 in respect of commitments relevant to it in the coalition agreement.
    • Government Departments: Policy Tsars
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 12 November (WA 278), which policy tsars have been appointed by the Prime Minister since the 2010...
    • Government Departments: Publications
      To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) newspapers, and (2) periodicals, were purchased by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for use by Ministers of that department in each...
    • Health: Diabetes
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure a consistent approach by schools towards children with type 1 diabetes.
    • Higher Education: Degree Programmes
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of students enrolled on degree programmes at (1) universities, (2) university colleges, (3) colleges of higher education, and (4) further education...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of recipients of housing benefit in pilot projects where the rent was paid to them and not directly to their landlord were assessed as not being...
    • Ibrahim Magag: Disappearance
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 8 January about the disappearance of Ibrahim Magag, why the letter sent to Mr Speaker was not also sent to...
    • Marriage: Same-sex Civil Marriage
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the form of words they propose should be used in same-sex marriage civil ceremonies together with a...
    • Planning
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review the current planning exemption that allows bank branches to be converted to betting shops without planning permission as both...
    • Schools: Funding
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the extra £1 billion allocated in the Autumn Statement to the establishment of new free schools will have an impact on the existing allocation for...
    • Schools: National Curriculum
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult the teaching unions on (1) the broad school curriculum, and (2) administration matters.
    • Schools: Sport
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend that all schools should keep records of curriculum time devoted to school sport, progression of those children taking part in school sport, and...
    • Schools: Teachers
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the drop-out rate of trainee teachers of modern languages.