Written answers
Wednesday, 16 January 2013

  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Apprentices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentices are working in his Department and its agencies; of those, how many are (a) paid and (b) completing a...
    • Apprentices: Kingston upon Hull
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships were commenced in Hull in 2012; in what sectors; and how many of those apprenticeships were (a) offered...
    • Business: Advisory Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many business mentors are currently available through the mentorsme.co.uk portal.
    • Business: Billing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to speed up payments for services made by larger companies to small and medium-sized businesses; and if...
    • Comet Group
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with executives of Comet...
    • Foreign Investment in UK: North East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK Trade and Investment inward investment delegations have visited the North East since May 2010; and what companies...
    • Foreign Investment in UK: North East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what measures and programmes UK Trade and Investment has to attract inward investment to the North East.
    • Foreign Students: EU Countries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether UK students studying in universities in other EU member states are eligible for student financing; and if he will make a...
    • New Businesses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many premises in each region are available under the Start Up Spaces scheme.
    • Patents
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK manufacturers have indicated to his Department that they will use patent boxes; and if he will make a statement.
    • Regional Growth Fund: Yorkshire and the Humber
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value was of payments made from the Regional Growth Fund to businesses located in Hull and East Yorkshire by 1...
    • Royal Mail: Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many members of the Royal Mail Pension Plan are resident in Scotland; and how many such members are (a) employee...
    • Supermarkets: Unfair Practices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the recent Which? report on misleading supermarket offers.
    • Trade Promotion: India
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) who has led trade delegations to India since May 2010; (2) how many trade delegations have visited India since May 2010.
  • Treasury
    • Aviation
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 donated to charity.
    • Bank Services
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the issue of dormant bank accounts was first (a) given consideration and (b) raised in public by his Department.
    • Business: Loans
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider introducing a loan guarantee scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises to increase lending from commercial banks.
    • Data Protection
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions each Minister in his Department carried classified documents on public transport in the last 12 months for which information is available.
    • Gift Aid
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the contribution from the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office of 8 January 2013, Official Report, column 68WH, on Charities (Donation), if...
    • Income Tax: Rebates
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to HM Revenue and Customs is of making individual income tax refunds (a) electronically and (b) by cheque.
    • Income Tax: Rebates
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many income tax refund payments of (a) under £1, (b) under £10 and (c) under £100 were made in the latest year for which figures are...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Chief Secretary to the Treasury intends to reply to the letter 24 October 2012 from the hon. Member for Esher and Walton with regard to Mr Richard...
    • NHS Commissioning Board: Pay
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he approved the salaries of the (a) Chief Executive, (b) Non-Executive Chairman and (c) the National Directors on the Executive Board of the NHS...
    • Redundancy
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (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...
    • Revenue and Customs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what support HM Revenue and Customs provides to disabled people when completing self-assessment tax return forms; (2) what provision is made by HM...
    • Revenue and Customs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps are taken by HM Revenue and Customs to make its services accessible to people with disabilities; (2) what steps HM Revenue and Customs...
    • Revenue and Customs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how HM Revenue and Customs ensures it makes reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010 to self-assessment tax return forms for those with...
    • Revenue and Customs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance HM Revenue and Customs gives to people with ADHD when completing working tax credit claim forms.
    • Revenue and Customs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what training HM Revenue and Customs provides to staff on dealing with people with disabilities; (2) what training HM Revenue and Customs provides to...
    • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer further to recommendation 26 of the 16th Report of the Treasury Committee, Session 2010-12, HC 731, entitled Administration and effectiveness of HM Revenue...
    • Revenue and Customs: Training
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether and when training modules covering (a) commercial understanding and (b) complex case working skills have been introduced by HM Revenue and Customs...
    • Revenue and Customs: Training
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role-specific in-depth training for non-technical skills has been put in place by HM Revenue and Customs; and when such training was put in place in...
    • Taxation: Self-assessment
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies completed (a) electronic and (b) paper format corporation tax self-assessment forms in each of the last five years.
    • Taxation: Self-assessment
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals paying income tax completed (a) electronic and (b) paper format self-assessment tax forms in each of the last five years.
    • VAT: Tower Hamlets
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on listed buildings in Tower Hamlets of applying the full rate of VAT to approved alterations to...
    • VAT: Tower Hamlets
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on self-storage businesses in Tower Hamlets of applying the full rate of VAT to self-storage businesses.
  • Transport
    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition: Garages and Petrol Stations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made on plans to introduce automatic number plate recognition cameras to petrol stations in order to stop uninsured drivers from...
    • Aviation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 donated...
    • Official Cars
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on providing a government car for the Leader of the Opposition since September 2010.
    • Official Cars
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the date of each occasion on which the Leader of the Opposition has booked use of a government car, the destination of travel on...
    • Rescue Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made towards the awarding of the new Search and Rescue helicopter contract; how the proposed timescale for the...
    • Traffic Commissioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the budget of the Office of Traffic Commissioners is for 2012-13; and what the comparable figure is for the Office of Rail Regulation.
    • Unemployed People: Travel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the effectiveness of the Bus for Jobs initiative.
    • Wind Power: Seas and Oceans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to prevent the building of offshore wind farms in the waters and shipping lanes between the Isle of Man and Heysham Port.
  • Northern Ireland
    • Aviation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many air miles were accumulated by each Minister in her Department in 2012; how such air miles were used; and whether such air miles were...
    • Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions each Minister in her Department carried classified documents on public transport in the last 12 months for which...
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total of greenhouse gas emissions was for (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) Wales in (i)...
    • Natural Gas: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which locations in Wales he has identified as possible sites for shale gas development.
    • Natural Gas: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent assessment he has made of the potential value of shale gas assets in Wales; (2) what estimate he has made of the...
    • Natural Gas: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received from the Welsh Government on the exploitation of Welsh shale gas resources.
    • Renewable Energy: Heating
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to include domestic boilers over 45kw in the renewable heat incentive.
    • Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 772W, on sick leave, if he will make an assessment of the...
  • Wales
    • Enterprise Zones
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on enhanced capital allowances for enterprise zones in Wales.
    • Energy Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the effect of energy costs on the cost of living for people in Wales.
    • Aviation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 donated to...
    • Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions each Minister in his Department carried classified documents on public transport in the last 12 months for which information is available.
    • Police and Crime Commissioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
    • Remploy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with trades unions and disability and carers' organisations on securing employment for the most vulnerable past and...
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what part he expects women's civil society organisations to play in the building of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Government plans to commence discussions with the US administration on the renegotiation of the current agreements on...
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US military and government on the modalities of enabling Chagossian people to live again in...
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how he plans to engage with Chagossian groups and other interested parties with respect to identifying and settling difficulties...
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people are resident on Diego Garcia, by nationality.
    • Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions each Minister in his Department carried classified documents on public transport in the last 12 months for...
    • Embassies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security of UK embassies and consulates against cyber attack.
    • Eritrea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the Government of Eritrea and civil society groups concerning human rights in that country.
    • Gibraltar
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his EU counterparts to ensure that, in the EU decision-making process on aviation measures,...
    • Gibraltar
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that Spain complies with its obligations under the Cordoba Agreement.
    • Gibraltar
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that Gibraltar Airport is not excluded from EU aviation measures.
    • Israel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many electoral observers from the UK he proposes will be present during parliamentary elections in Israel scheduled for 22...
    • Jordan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many electoral observers from the UK he proposes will be present during the parliamentary elections in Jordan scheduled for...
    • Jordan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Jordanian Government on the upcoming parliamentary elections in that country.
    • Pakistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) nature and (b) monetary value was of counternarcotics assistance given by his Department to the Pakistani...
    • Pakistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken in providing financial support to the Pakistani Anti Narcotics Police, to ensure that no...
    • Syria
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to (a) support and help the Syrian opposition and (b) enable greater support for the protection of...
    • Syria
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions Ministers and officials in his Department and UK diplomatic staff have had with representatives of the Iranian...
    • Syria
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consular arrangements he has put in place to enable residents in (a) Syria and (b) Iran to access UK officials.
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Art Works
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what works of art are on display in (a) her and (b) her ministerial colleagues' offices; and what recent valuation has been made of such...
    • Broadband
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households receive 2Mbps broadband (a) in rural areas and (b) in urban areas.
    • Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions each Minister in her Department carried classified documents on public transport in the last 12 months for which...
    • Gyms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration she has given to preventing local authorities from competing with private providers for provision of gyms and similar...
    • Mobile Phones: Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government is taking to improve the mobile infrastructure to cover existing mobile coverage gaps on main transport routes.
  • Scotland
    • Aviation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 donated to...
    • Business
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to Coalition: Our programme for government, published in May 2010, what steps his Department is taking to meet the Government's...
    • Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions each Minister in his Department carried classified documents on public transport in the last 12 months for which information is...
    • Food Banks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has visited a food bank in Scotland since May 2010; and whether he has any plans to visit a food bank in Scotland.
    • Industry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Government's industrial strategy; and what...
    • Official Hospitality
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent for hospitality purposes on events hosted by each Minister in his Department in each of the last 12 months.
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Efficiency and Reform Group on savings within his Department; and what steps his Department is taking to...
    • Scottish Business Board
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library copies of the papers supplied by his Department to members of the Scottish Business Board for their meeting of 26...
    • Sovereignty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of the role of the UK and Scottish governments in preparations for the 2014 referendum on...
    • Surveys
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when his Department last conducted a staff survey; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of the last survey.
    • Travel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost to the public purse was of transport for (a) Ministers, (b) staff and (c) special advisers in each of the last 12 months.
    • Visits Abroad
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many overseas visits were made by (a) Ministers, (b) staff and (c) special advisers of his Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost to...
  • Home Department
    • Antisocial Behaviour
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the long-term effect of lead in the environment on levels of violence and anti-social behaviour.
    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under 18 years old who were given an anti-social behaviour order were (a) White British, (b) Black Caribbean, (c) Black...
    • Arrests: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of those people under the age of 18 who were arrested between November 2011 and November 2012 and whose family were engaged by...
    • Bramshill Police College
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what level of capital receipt she expects from the sale of Bramshill Police College; and by what date she expects the sale to be completed.
    • Bramshill Police College
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the current market value of Bramshill police training college.
    • Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice she received from the Office for National Statistics on the release of partial statistics on 30 December 2012 in relation to...
    • Designated Public Places Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many designated public places orders have been issued in each local authority area since their introduction.
    • Offences Against Children: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the anticipated cost of Operation Pallial; and what contribution she expects to be made to funding that...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Asbestos
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Health and Safety Executive to resume its Hidden Killer campaign.
    • Employment and Support Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the amount of employment and support allowance granted to individuals (a) on mental health grounds and (b) for behaviour reasons was...
    • Employment and Support Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many face-to-face medical examinations of claimants who have been in receipt of employment and support allowance for (a) 0 to six months,...
    • Employment: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 648W, on employment schemes: young people, when his Department plans to...
    • Employment: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals have received youth contract wage subsidies since the launch of the scheme.
    • Food Banks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many food banks were in operation in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many people have used food...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of tenants living in the social rented sector and in receipt of housing benefit who will be...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the rates of local housing allowance in areas exempted from the 1 per cent cap on uprating will be uprated (a) in line with the...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in determining which areas should be exempted from his policy of capping increases in local housing allowance rates at 1 per cent, whether...
    • Housing Benefit: Tower Hamlets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in (a) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency and (b) Tower Hamlets in receipt of...
    • Independent Living Fund (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what monitoring of eligibility for access to the Independent Living Fund by each local administration is undertaken by his Department.
    • Independent Living Fund: Greater London (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by the Independent Living Fund in each London borough in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13 to date; and what...
    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobseeker's allowance claimants who have been receiving benefit for 12 months or more in...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Minister for Disabled People plans to reply to the letters of (a) 30 June, (b) 25 September, (c) 9 November and (d) 7 December 2012...
    • Social Security Benefits: Uprating
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department considered the potential effects of the loss of education maintenance allowance on families who will be affected by the...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful job outcomes from the Work programme there have been in each parliamentary constituency in the last 12 months; what...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of long-term unemployed persons in each (a) region, (b) constituency and (c) local authority area have been placed...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2013, Official Report, column 199W, on long-term unemployed people: mental health, how many and what...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people who have found work through the Work programme had been unemployed for (a) over three years, (b) between...
    • Work Programme: Clwyd
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of referrals to the Work programme in Vale of Clwyd constituency have resulted in a successful job outcome in each month since...
    • Work Programme: Clwyd
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) job referrals and (b) job outcomes there have been in Vale of Clwyd constituency in each month since the start of the Work programme.
    • Work Programme: Wirral
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Wirral have (a) enrolled on and (b) completed the Work programme.
    • Working Age Benefits: Halifax
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Halifax constituency are currently in receipt of working-age benefits.
    • Written Questions: Government Responses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will respond to parliamentary question 132699 from the hon. Member for Vale of Clwyd tabled on 5 December 2012 for answer on 10...
  • International Development
    • Bangladesh
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to support the work of non-government organisations working to promote the rights of ready-made...
    • Commonwealth
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of her Department's bilateral expenditure was allocated to Commonwealth countries in (a) 2000, (b) 2005,...
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2012, Official Report, column 819W, on consultants, what assessment she has made of the extent to...
    • Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions each Minister in her Department carried classified documents on public transport in the last 12 months for which...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Rural Areas: Schools
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he has made an assessment of the number of small schools in rural areas which may close as a result of funding...
  • Cabinet Office
    • Crown Immunity
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 521W, on Crown Immunity, (1) if he will publish a bibliography setting out where...
    • Electoral Register
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure the transition to individual voter registration does not lead to people being unaware that they may be removed from...
    • Employment: East of England
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people in (a) Witham constituency, (b) Essex and (c) the East of England were employed by small and medium-sized...
  • Defence
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average period is between a serviceman completing a tour of Afghanistan and commencing pre-deployment training ahead of another tour.
    • Armed Forces: Weapons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent guidance has been issued to armed forces personnel in relation to the transportation of serviceable weapons from theatres of operation back...
    • Cyprus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on his Department's plans to reinstate two P 2000 class coastal training craft, Dasher and Pursuer, at the Sovereign base...
    • Katrice Lee
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for Defence of 20 December 2012, Official Report, columns 904-5W, on Katrice Lee, if he will publish the...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 13 September 2012 with regard to Mr Luke Storey.
    • Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often his Department produces a staff magazine.
    • World War II: Military Decorations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer by the Prime Minister of 19 December 2012, Official Report, column 841, on Arctic convoys, if he will provide an update on...
  • Education
    • Children: Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with colleagues on ensuring that the Children and Families Bill offers support to carers of disabled children along the...
    • Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Children Review
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education who within Government has primary responsibility for policy on the sexualisation and commercialisation of children.
    • Education: East Midlands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on each school pupil in each local authority area in the East Midlands in each of the last five years.
    • Education: Nottinghamshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on education in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each financial year since 2009-10.
    • Families
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to measure family breakdown by local authority area; and if he will make a statement.
    • Financial Services: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether Ofsted holds any evidence on the effect of financial education in schools; (2) what evidence Ofsted holds on how financially capable...
    • School Leaving
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what plans he has to monitor compliance with the raising of the participation age by age cohort; (2) what assessment he has made of the equality...
    • Schools: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what representations he has received on the effect of funding changes on small schools from April 2013; (2) what assessment he has made of the...
    • Schools: Sports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects Ofsted to publish its report on current levels of sports participation in schools.
    • Schools: Sports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he proposes to assess the effect of the London 2012 Olympic legacy on school sport.
    • Sixth Form Education: Ashfield
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many 16 to 18 year-olds who are entitled to free school meals are studying in a general further education or sixth form college in Ashfield...
    • Special Educational Needs: Nottinghamshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on special educational needs in the Nottinghamshire local authority area in financial years (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.
    • University Technical Colleges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to increase the number of university technical colleges.
  • Justice
    • Applied Language Solutions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much ALS/Capita has been paid (a) in total and (b) in each month since taking over the contract for the delivery of language services to his Department.
    • Applied Language Solutions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial penalties ALS/Capita has paid (a) in total and (b) in each month for missing agreed service delivery standards since taking over the...
    • Applied Language Solutions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the break clause is in his Department's contract with ALS/Capita for the delivery of language services.
    • Children in Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children in care in each year from 1997 to 2012 were of (a) white British, (b) black Caribbean, (c) black African, (d) Pakistani, (e) Indian,...
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the evidence base is to show that punitive community requirements will act as a deterrence mechanism and reduce crime; (2) when he will...
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether it is his policy that punitive requirements as conditions of community orders will replace rehabilitative ones.
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the effect on the cost of the National Offender Management Service of any increase in the use of electronic monitoring as a...
    • Crimes of Violence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to tackle violent offences against those accused of being witches and to ensure prosecution of the perpetrators.
    • Electronic Tagging
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders (a) were tagged and (b) breached the conditions of their tag in each year from 1997 to 2012; (2) what sanctions were applied...
    • Government Procurement Card
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) staff and (b) special advisers in his Department have use of a Government Procurement Card.
    • Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) nationality and (b) gender was of each suspected victim of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme operated by the...
    • Press: Subscriptions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much his Department spent on newspapers and periodicals in 2011-12; (2) pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2012, Official Report, column...
    • Prisoners: Foreign Nationals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners have been held in each prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and in each such case what was the...
    • Prisoners: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his answer of 9 January 2013, Official Report, column 361W, on prisoners: Wales, how many of the 901 prisoners have as their first language...
    • Prisons: Construction
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what budget has been allocated for the building of a new prison in either North Wales, North West England or London; and for what year any such...
    • Prisons: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce (a) the availability of drugs in prison and (b) the number of prisoners who develop a drug addiction while in prison;...
    • Prisons: Security
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 524W, on prisons: security, if he will list the instances of prisons requiring...
    • Probation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) assistant chief officers, (b) administrative and clerical staff, (c) probation officers and (d) probation services officers were...
    • Probation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total caseloads of each probation trust in England and Wales were in each year since the introduction of the trusts.
    • Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how often his Department produces a staff magazine.
    • Reoffenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the reoffending rate was amongst people who are (a) White British, (b) Black Caribbean, (c) Black African, (d) Pakistani origin, (e) Indian...
    • Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what visits (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have made to North Wales since May 2010.
    • Written Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's average response time to parliamentary questions has been since May 2010.
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Bellwin Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have claimed funding under the Bellwin scheme as a result of flooding in 2012-13 to date.
    • Charities: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has issued to local authorities on funding for charities.
    • Charities: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of local government spending reductions on charities.
    • Civil Disorder: Croydon
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) funding and (b) other support his Department offered to businesses, communities and other affected parties in Croydon...
    • Council Tax: Nottingham
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of additional households in (a) Nottingham East constituency and (b) Nottingham City who...
    • Derelict Land
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to support local authority planning departments to encourage the reuse of previously...
    • Derelict Land
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to encourage a more imaginative and creative approach to developing brownfield sites for residential...
    • Homelessness: Ashfield
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of homeless young people in Ashfield constituency in each year from 2007 to date.
    • Homelessness: Tower Hamlets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many children are homeless in (a) Tower Hamlets and (b) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency; (2) what steps he is...
    • Non-domestic Rates: Environment Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the publication in draft of the Non-Domestic Rating (Renewable Energy Projects) Regulations 2012 on 25 October...
    • Non-domestic Rates: Environment Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to introduce business rate retention measures for (a) new nuclear projects and (b) other forms of low carbon...
    • Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the compliance of local authorities with the Construction and Design Management Regulations 2007...
    • Property Development: Birmingham
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Birmingham Development Plan, what steps he has taken to ensure that the effect of new communities on local...
    • Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how often his Department produces a staff magazine.
    • Social Rented Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) shared equity or shared ownership and (b) other intermediate market homes have been built by (i) registered social...
    • Temporary Accommodation: West Midlands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many children have been registered as living in temporary accommodation in each local authority area in the west midlands...
    • Wind Power: Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to prevent frequent applications for planning permission for the use of the land for wind farms...
  • Women and Equalities
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when her Department plans to respond to letters from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 18 September, (b) 17 October, (c) 5 November...
  • Health
    • Aviation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 donated to...
    • Cancer
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards he has put in place to prevent the loss of expertise and knowledge of cancer services staff during the transition to strategy clinical...
    • Carers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on bringing forward legislative proposals to provide support to carers of disabled...
    • Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on external consultancy since 2010.
    • Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions each Minister in his Department carried classified documents on public transport in the last 12 months for which information is...
    • Epilepsy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of people with epilepsy in England; and if he will make a...
    • General Practitioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much and what proportion of individual GP income was (a) part of the GP's basic contract and (b) performance related in each year from 1999; (2)...
    • General Practitioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) mean average, (b) median average, (c) upper quartile and (d) lower quartile NHS income per annum for (i) GPs and (ii)...
    • General Practitioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that GP funding is allocated according to the health needs of the population in each practice.
    • General Practitioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean average, (b) largest and (c) smallest global sum payment made to GP practices was in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of...
    • General Practitioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what unit payment was made to GP practices for each directed enhanced service commissioned in each of the last 10 years.
    • General Practitioners: Ashfield
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints he received on waiting times to see a GP in the Ashfield primary care trust area in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.
    • Health
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to publish the names of those companies who (a) sign up and (b) decline to sign up to his Responsibility Deal; and if he...
    • Hospices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people receiving care from hospices in the UK in each of the last five years.
    • Hospices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to minimise the burden of regulation on hospices.
    • Nurses: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average pay was of registered GP practice nurses in each year since 1999.
    • Obesity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assistance with dieting the NHS provides to those suffering from obesity; (2) what steps his Department is taking to help people make informed...
    • Obesity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) children and (b) adults were (i) obese and (ii) overweight when measured by body mass index in (A) Dudley North constituency, (B)...
    • Obesity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 18, (b) between 18 and 24, (c) between 25 and 64 and (d) 65 years and over in (i) Dudley North constituency, (ii) Dudley...
    • Obesity: Dudley
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to tackle obesity in Dudley; and what information his Department holds on the number of people in Dudley suffering...
    • Organs: Donors
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on presumed consent for organ transplants in England; and if he will make a statement; (2)...
    • Palliative Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to reform palliative care funding and funding for hospices; and if he will make a statement; (2) what steps he is...
    • Palliative Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will instruct health and wellbeing boards to prioritise end-of-life care.
    • Paracetamol
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions have been issued for the use of paracetamol in England in each of the last five years.
    • Part-time Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of staff in his Department work part-time.
    • Pharmacy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to his Department was of administering the minor ailments service in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; (2)...
  • House of Lords
    • Abortion
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 December 2012 (WA 268), what is the source of the delegated powers given to primary care trusts; where the...
    • Airports: Capacity
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of spare capacity on runways and terminals at Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, London City, Southend International, and Birmingham...
    • Airports: Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many organisations which the Department for Transport consulted about the Government's airport policy in the south-east of England indicated that they fully...
    • Building Regulations: Electrical Safety
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety impact of no longer requiring that electrical work in kitchens and outdoors be notified to the local authority.
    • Fluoridation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what implications the benefits of the Childsmile programme in reducing dental decay and social inequalities in dental health among children in Scotland have for...
    • Fluoridation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the implications for water fluoridation policy of the findings of the systematic review of developmental fluoride neurotoxicity,...
    • Freedom of Information Act 2000
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make the Corporation of Trinity House subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if so, when.
    • Government Departments: Training
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on computer training courses for staff in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in each year since 1997, broken down by type of...
    • Health: Ambulance Service
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the waiting times for emergency ambulances in the East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust area.
    • Health: Ambulance Service
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budget for the East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust in each of the past five years; and what is the projected budget for the next three years.
    • Health: Ambulance Service
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were employed by the East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust in each of the past five years; what are the projected figures for each of the...
    • Health: Doctors' Language Tests
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when and why they intend to change the law so that doctors who have qualified in the European Union have their language skills tested to prove they can speak...
    • Health: Medical Students
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are sufficient doctors in training in the United Kingdom to meet the basic needs of the National Health Service without importing foreign medical...
    • Higher Education: Degree Programmes
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students in (1) universities, (2) university colleges, (3) colleges of higher education, and (4) further education colleges offering degree courses, have...
    • HMS "St Albans"
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the crew of HMS "St Albans" will be given the opportunity to have harmony time when it goes in for refit; and, if so, whether they...
    • Houses of Parliament: Correspondence
      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in 2012; and, of those, what proportion was received in the House of Lords.
    • Marriage: Same-sex Weddings
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why their proposals to legislate to prohibit the Church of England and the Church in Wales from conducting same-sex weddings do not extend to other churches or...
    • Mexico: Money Laundering
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received representations from the Government of Mexico or its agencies regarding the consequences of HSBC's facilitation of money laundering by...
    • Mexico: Money Laundering
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have offered any reparation to Mexico in relation to the consequences of HSBC's facilitation of money-laundering by Mexican criminal elements,...
    • NHS: Healthcare Services
      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which legislative provisions the Department of Health relies when requiring patient services to be shifted from the hospital to the community sector; and which...
    • Nobel Peace Prize
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received representations from the public regarding the Prime Minister's attendance at the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.
    • Railways: Fares
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 18 December 2012 (WA 296), why there is a variation in individual train ticket prices when fare rises are limited...
    • Railways: Fares
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 18 December 2012 (WA 296), whether they have any plans to make the process of fare baskets more transparent.
    • Railways: Fares
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 18 December 2012 (WA 296), whether representatives of passenger interests are involved in the process for...
    • Railways: Rolling Stock
      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the new rolling stock being procured by Southern to be in service; and where the new stock is to be deployed.
    • Schools: Free Schools
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of (1) teaching, and (2) leadership, staff in operational free schools have qualified teacher status. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...
    • Shipping: Freedom of Information Act 2000
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make the Corporation of Trinity House subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if so, when.
    • Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was (1) the annual budget, and (2) the headcount, of the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities in (a) 2010, (b) 2011,...
    • Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether ship owners have been consulted about funding from the General Lighthouse Fund being spent on the Accessibility for Shipping, Efficiency Advantages and...
    • Shipping: General Lighthouse Authorities
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the General Lighthouse Authorities' Joint Strategic Board's annual corporate targets for (1) 2012,...
    • Shipping: Navigation and Timing Systems
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the expected benefits for ship owners from the continued development of resilient position navigation and timing (RPNT) systems; and whether ship owners...
    • Social Care: Adults
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of introducing a cap to individual financial liability for adult social care, as proposed by the Dilnot Commission, if the cap...
    • Taxation: Tax Havens
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Newby on 9 January (Official Report, col. 126) about tax havens, whether there have been any discussions with the Channel Islands...
    • Transport: Expenditure
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of identifiable expenditure per head on transport in (1) the East of England, (2) England, and (3) the United Kingdom, in each of the...