Written answers

Monday, 21 January 2013

  • Home Department

    • Amazon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts were awarded by her Department to Amazon in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in the North West in each year since 2007.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to make the list of dangerous countries regarding refugee status the same as the list of dangerous countries for...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of initial asylum decisions being overturned in each year for which figures...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will give consideration to changing the classification of crimes, other than the crime of domestic violence, where an amicable...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have been made to the Community Safety Fund 2013-14 from (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13 allocations for each of the police force...

      Crime Prevention: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to combat (a) knife, (b) gun, (c) drug and (d) trafficking crime in Liverpool; and if she will make a statement.

      Dell

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts were awarded by her Department to Dell CSC in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's top three policy implementation (a) successes and (b) failures have been since May 2010.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportation charter flights were cancelled in each year since 2008; and what the cost to the public purse was of such cancellations...

      Deportation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that no unaccompanied minors are sent back to dangerous countries as a result of an inaccurate...

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to improve conditions for those in detention centres.

      Detention Centres: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether refugees and asylum seekers held in detention centres have access to (a) public radio stations and (b) Refugee Radio.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential risks in returning documents to third party registered visa agencies which have since gone out...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa agencies are registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that there is sufficient manpower to deal with visa extensions following the backlog after the...

      Entry Clearances: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to fasttrack visas to people seeking to come to the UK to participate in inward trade and business delegations.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether out-of-country student visa interviews will be conducted after students have been awarded a Conditional Acceptance of Study...

      Entry Clearances: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to make changes to the visa regime for Russia on the same basis as the changes recently announced to the visa regime for China.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish proposals for reforming the UK's extradition arrangements.

      Google

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts were awarded by her Department to Google in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children living in the UK without immigration status were abandoned in the UK by their parents, by country of origin, in the latest...

      Legal Opinion: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has received any representations that the Crown Prosecution Services's role in processing requests under the UK's mutual legal...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency plans to respond to the letters of (a) 28 September 2012 and (b) 7 December 2012 from the hon. Member for Harrow...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to her Department.

      Oracle Corporation UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts were awarded by her Department to Oracle in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of police forces' workforce demographic and the potential effect on (a) the ability of police forces to replace...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 423W and 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 46W, on Porton Down, on...

      Symantec

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts were awarded by her Department to Symantec in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's vacancy rate was in 2011-12; and what the estimated vacancy rate is for 2012-13.

      Xerox Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts were awarded by her Department to Xerox in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

  • Education

    • Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to reduce truancy in schools.

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to promote and expand apprenticeships.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of his Department's measures to improve teacher training.

      Parenting Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to improve parenting skills of parents with children under the age of three.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of school budgets will be allocated directly to schools under the new national schools funding formula.

      Academies: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether 16 to 19 academies are required by his Department to provide free school meals to eligible students; and whether his Department provides...

      Cabinet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of meetings of the Cabinet he has attended in the last 12 months.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he held a private ministerial office Christmas party in 2012; and if he will publish the cost of any such party held.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether Ofsted holds any evidence on the effect of financial education in schools.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he proposes that England will be a signatory to the OECD PISA 2015 Financial Literacy Assessment.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2012, Official Report, columns 49-50W, on GCSE, how many pupils in each category were (a) of each ethnic group,...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) girls and (b) boys in each (i) local authority and (ii) ward who did not have statements of special educational needs did not achieve a...

      GCSE: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) emails were sent and (b) meetings were held between Ofqual and AQA on the setting of grade boundaries for Unit 1 GCSE science papers in...

      GCSE: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the allowable level of change between science GCSE examination results of A*-C grade is following the introduction of a new syllabus; (2)...

      GCSE: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many of the AQA Unit 1 science examination papers sat for GCSE (a) biology, (b) chemistry and (c) physics were (i) requested to be remarked...

      Health Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what arrangements are in place to provide drug education schemes in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; (2) how much his Department has spent...

      Intercountry Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children who were nationals of each non-UK country were adopted from care in each year since 2000.

      Intercountry Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education from which governments the UK has received representations on forcible adoption of children of their nationals resident in the UK.

      Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many meetings he and officials of his Department had with Google in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; (2) how many meetings he and officials...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to ensure that his Department's staff with responsibility for the personal, social, health and economic education review meet...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward plans to fund visits to schools by the Life Education Centre as part of the personal, social, health and economic education...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether schools are able to use the pupil premium to pay for breakfasts for pupils who would otherwise start the day hungry; and if he will make a...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average lifetime cost to the Exchequer is of educating a child in the state school system.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure the availability of breakfasts and lunches to all children in primary school.

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of children reported experiencing bullying and violence in (a) primary school and (b) secondary school in 2011-12; (2) what...

      Schools: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much schools in Eastbourne and Willingdon received in funding from the pupil premium in 2011-12; and how much they will receive in 2012-13.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) which education transport practitioners and stakeholders were involved in the Efficiency and Practice Review of Home to School Transport; (2)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many places for post-16 high needs provision are being funded in each local authority; and what the actual number of places required is in each...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many local authorities have made representations to him on changes to the amount made available for post-16 high needs provision; and what action...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he has given to local authorities who have more people requiring places in high needs post-16 provision than will be funded in the next...

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the potential implications of reductions in funding to speech and language therapy services.

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many overseas trips he has taken for the purpose of official government business in the last 12 months.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many named day questions were answered within five days by his Department (a) since 1 September 2012 and (b) from September 2011 to September...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many social impact bonds have been issued by Big Society Capital to date; what the total value of such bonds has been; and who received each such bond.

    • Business: Surrey

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of (a) small and (b) medium-sized businesses that were operating in (i) Woking and (ii) Surrey in each of the...

      Civil Servants: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether all Government employees, if subject to disciplinary allegations, are entitled to a disciplinary process that accords with the requirements of...

      Crime: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many cases of drug offences were reported in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in each of the last five years;...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what official guidance is issued to the Leader of the Opposition on the use of Government cars.

      Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how often his Department produces a staff magazine.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2013, Official Report, column 213W, on internet, what steps her Department is taking to increase...

    • Morning Star

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held with the Morning Star as part of her consultation on the future of the newspaper industry in relation to...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration was given to including the measures on tourism in the pledges made by the Government in the Coalition Mid-Term Review.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will take steps to ensure that the success of British Empire and Dominion forces in (a) defeating the German Spring...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what effect his planned changes to succession to the Crown will have on the role of the heir to the throne as (a) Duke of Cornwall and (b) Prince of Wales.

  • Justice

    • Coroners’ Courts Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what Government funding is provided to the Coroners’ Courts Support Service; what assessment he has made of the adequacy of that funding; and if he...

    • Detention and Training Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children were released from (a) secure children's homes, (b) secure training centres and (c) young offender institutions at the mid-point of a...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, columns 666-7W, on prisons: drugs and alcoholic drinks, if he will publish details of the...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department takes to make HM Courts and Tribunals Service staff aware of the provisions of the Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what advice has been given to HM Courts and Tribunals Service staff on dealing with representations from hon. Members on behalf of their constituents who...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training is given to HM Courts and Tribunals Service staff on dealing with representations from hon. Members; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government will offer costs protection to claimants in professional negligence cases following the implementation of Part II of the Legal...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to extend the use of the prison chaplaincy service in rehabilitation post release from prison.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the mentoring scheme for recently released prisoners to be rolled out across the UK.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on implementation of the planned 10 per cent increase in general damages for personal injury claims; what discussions he has...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) target and (b) actual current absence rates are for Prison Service officers in England; and what the equivalent rates are in (i) Scotland,...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time was from the beginning of (a) an income support, (b) a tax credits and (c) a disability living allowance appeal to the...

  • Transport

    • A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to provide funding for investment to upgrade the A12.

    • A66

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will develop dual carriageway roads on the A66 between Scotch Corner and Penrith.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulatory powers govern the operation of (a) Quality Contracts, (b) Quality Partnerships and (c) Better Bus Areas; and how much his Department...

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has allocated to each transport authority as part of the better bus area fund.

      Bus Services: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many recipients of free bus passes there were in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) Sunderland in each year for which figures are available.

      Driver And Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are in place for the processing of biometric cards when DVLA is made aware of the compassionate circumstances of the applicants; and...

      Driver And Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are in place for the issuing by DVLA of biometric cards on behalf of the UK Border Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Driver And Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average timescale is for issuing biometric cards by DVLA when they receive notification from the UK Border Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of individuals driving in the UK on (a) driving licences issued inside the European Union and (b) driving licences...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the number of non-UK driving licence holders who do not apply for a full UK driving licence within 12 months; and if...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research his Department commissioned on (a) noise and (b) health effects on local communities of the Operational Freedoms trials at...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new public sector jobs have been created to promote HS2; and what the cost to the public purse is of such jobs.

      M23: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to reduce the effect on nearby residents of noise levels from the M23 in West Sussex.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that a requirement for new electric trains forms part of the specification for the renewal of the Midland Mainline franchise in 2015.

      Oxford Economic Research Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with Oxera since 1 January 2012.

      Parking Attendants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that anyone working in a parking enforcement company and who has access to the Driver and Vehicle...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 26 March 2012, Official Report, columns 947-8W, on aviation: Hertfordshire, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in...

      Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what safety measures have been implemented since the Tebay rail accident.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to educate people on the dangers of driving in ice and snow.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what savings he expects to be made through the reductions in replacement and repair of rail track following the Intercity Express programme.

      Shipping Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to (a) maintain and (b) increase usage of the shipping lane between Barrow and Douglas.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether transport authorities opting for a Quality Contract Scheme are exempt from transport improvement funds.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to take photographs and conduct surveillance in the UK.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Nurseries

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many places are available for children at the House of Commons nursery; and...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that aircraft carriers do not sail without proper air support.

    • Armed Forces: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 986W, on Royal Military Police: sexual offences, whether information relating to the...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential effects on matters for which his Department is responsible of the recently adopted Directive 2012/29/EU...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department's procurement projects are on hold pending the announcement of the French Government's defence spending review.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's top three policy implementation (a) successes and (b) failures have been since May 2010.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Future Strategic Air Tanker project is on course to meet its contractual requirements by 2014.

      HMS Vanguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator has been asked to provide any advice on the feasibility of docking of an armed Vanguard class submarine at...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the structural durability of the bulkhead of the F-35B aircraft.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for North East Fife of 19 November 2012 on the ministerial correction of 18 September 2012,...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capabilities the UK armed forces have to utilise fixed-wing strike aircraft in defence of the Falkland Islands, other than from an airbase on those...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources have been allocated to nuclear disarmament-related research by (a) his Department and (b) the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each year...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the recent National Audit Office report on Ministry of Defence Major Projects 2012, if he will place in the Library copies, redacted as...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Coalition Agreement Programme for Government, page 45, published May 2010, when the stockpile of operationally available nuclear...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of vessels chartered by the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary and (c) Ministry of Defence were (i) non-UK flagged and (ii) crewed...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans for the use of MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan after 2014 in an intelligence, surveillance and...

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which sectors those leaving the armed forces in 2011-12 found long-term employment.

      Wind Power: Carmarthenshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department (a) opposed the Bryn Llywelyn wind farm within TAN 8 Strategic Area G and (b) did not oppose the proposed Brechfa West...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biomass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has reviewed the level of renewable obligation certificates support to various business technologies since the publication...

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the capacity margin for electricity generation; what the margin will be in 2015; and what...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made on examining barriers to collective energy purchases.

      Energy: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will introduce a new energy tariff to reduce energy costs for residential care homes.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the risks to public safety of naturally occurring radon gas mixed with shale gas obtained from hydraulic...

      Fuel Poverty: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency.

      Natural Gas: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much gas is used in Wales each year.

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contracts for PR services have been awarded by his Department in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the standards of installation of (a) heat pumps and (b) solar power installations; and whether he has...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 737W, on cycling, how many of his Department's staff...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) New Homes Bonus and (b) Community Infrastructure Levy in...

      Housing: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of new homes that used the Secured by Design standard in each of the last five years.

      Property Development: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Birmingham development plan, whether an environmental impact assessment will be carried out to establish...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1113W, on railways: Radlett, whether (a) Ministers and (b)...

      Railways: Radlett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment or evaluation he has made of the wider economic benefits of the Radlett Rail Freight proposal.

      Shops: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statistics his Department collects on shop vacancy rates by locality.

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 405W, on Crown Prosecution Service, with what offences the 263 defendants whose committal for trial...

    • Legal Opinion: Treaties

      To ask the Attorney-General what the Crown Prosecution Service's role in processing requests made under the UK's mutual legal assistance treaties is.

      Rape

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases were downgraded from rape to sexual assault by the Crown Prosecution Service following the initial hearing at the magistrates' court but before the...

      Rape

      To ask the Attorney-General how many allegations of rape were passed from the police to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision in each of the last four years.

      Rape

      To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions the Crown Prosecution Service decided to take no further action on rape allegations passed to them by the police in each of the last four years.

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will consider providing further humanitarian assistance to internally-displaced people in Kachin state through local community...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to encourage the government of Burma to allow unhindered access for international humanitarian assistance to...

      Developing Countries: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the contribution her Department has made to the protection of endangered species through the creation...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure safe access to sanitation services for women in developing countries.

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with (a) her EU counterparts and (b) the European Commission on increasing supplies of humanitarian aid.

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports she has received on the efforts of the Tanzanian Government to protect the forest on Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on catering and hospitality in each year since May 2010.

    • Dairy Products and Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of imports from other EU countries was in each of the last three months of (a) milk, (b) other dairy products,...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether new guidance to help courts deal more effectively with seized dogs as announced in April 2012 has been issued.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many companion dogs were (a) killed, (b) put down or (c) hurt after dog attacks in 2012; (2) how many companion...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland were placed on the register of exempt dogs under section 4A and...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of the Pitt report: Learning Lessons from the 2007...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2012, Official Report, column 385W, on flood control, what the adjusted annual totals...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he will take to prevent fracking operations in the Mendip Hills contaminating groundwater in that area.

      Furans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government regarding making possession of carbon furan illegal in England.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Welsh Government on fly grazing involving horses.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure an enforceable link between horse and owner following the closure of the National...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2013, Official Report, columns 208-9W, on livestock: transport, whether he has concerns...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2013, Official Report, column 209W, on livestock: transport, on which occasions the Chief...

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) rangers, (b) planners, (c) archaeologists, (d) sustainable development advisers and (e) education officers were...

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) jobs, (b) young people involved in and (c) hectares of land conserved as a...

      New Forest National Park Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reasons the pilot scheme for direct elections to the New Forest National Park Authority have been postponed;...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs have entered the UK from (a) other EU countries and (b) listed non-EU countries since his Department...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from which (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries dogs have been imported since the introduction of the revised EU Pet Travel scheme...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received from Eurostar on the EU Pet Travel scheme and what recent representations his...

      Pigmeat: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much pig meat was imported from other EU countries in each of the last three months.

      Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to prevent the importation of pig meat which has been illegally produced in sow stalls.

      Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on which EU member states comply with the sow stall and tether ban.

      Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason his Department's system of making grants available for landowners and landholders to encourage the control of...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what amount his Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 656W, on British Indian Ocean Territory, if he will...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Burma to allow unhindered access for international humanitarian...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will introduce measures to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on the government of Burma, if there is not an...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the government of Burma to work with independent, international monitors to (a) undertake a...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) his EU counterparts, (b) the US and (c) the Association of South-East Asian Nations,...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of the People's Republic of China on the Burma Army's air strikes in...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Burma to conduct a full review of the 1982 Citizenship Law, and to...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma in response to the Burma Army's recent aerial bombardment of the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary-General of the United Nations in response to the escalating conflict in Kachin...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Burma to undertake further legislative, constitutional, institutional and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the judiciary in Burma; and what assessment he has made of the prospects for the creation...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to urge the Government of Burma to end its military offensive in Kachin and Northern Shan states and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Burma to sign, ratify and implement those core international human rights...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider working with other EU member states to halt the relaxation of economic sanctions and new trade and...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the preparedness of Burundi to join the Commonwealth.

      Commonwealth Business Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote the work of the Commonwealth Business Council.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has raised concerns about child prisoners with the Israeli Government since May 2010.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he has met the Israeli Foreign Secretary in the last year.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department's Preventing Sexual Violence team will be deployed in Mali.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts on the possible imposition of sanctions against Israel...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he has made to the Israeli Government's recent decision to extend the construction of new Israeli settlements in...

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote scholarships for Commonwealth citizens to study in the UK.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of attempts at political reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

      Turkmenistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of UK relations with Turkmenistan.

  • Treasury

    • Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid out through the alcohol drawback duty regime in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

    • Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the cancellation of the scheduled fuel duty rise.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 14W, on Northern Rock, whether (a) he and (b) officials in his Department were made...

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the extent of the relationship between the North sea oil and gas tax regime and the sector's UK employment base; (2)...

      Personal Income: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 670W, on personal income: Kingston upon Hull, how many people in Hull North had a taxable...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the consultation on public procurement and tax avoidance announced in the 2012 autumn statement.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many participants in tax avoidance schemes HM Revenue and Customs has contacted regarding the settlement opportunity announced on 3 December 2012; and...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of tax avoided by multinational corporations trading in the UK via the use of inter-company loans.

      Tax Avoidance and Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the European Commission's action plan on tackling tax avoidance and evasion.

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in preventing artificial transfers of profits to tax havens.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Merseyside

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Halton, (b) Knowsley, (c) Liverpool, (d) Sefton, (e) St Helens and (f) Wirral local authority areas are claiming (i) working family...

      Working Tax Credit: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the total amount of working tax credits paid to people who are self-employed in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland in the last...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent on supporting adult education in Worcestershire in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

    • Biocidal Products: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) other Government Departments and (b) other EU member states on the introduction of...

      Biocidal Products: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK (a) manufacturers, (b) installers and (c) operators on the...

      Business: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to assist (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses in Essex; and if he...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the Government's Business Bank to begin lending money to small and medium-sized businesses.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to enable small and medium-sized businesses to derive maximum benefit from the Government's Business Bank.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government's Business Bank will impose lower lending requirements than existing commercial banks.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to require commercial banks to state the specific reasons they refuse to lend to a small or...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to stimulate competition amongst the UK's main commercial banks to provide loans to small and medium-sized...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to lower the cost and time spent by small and medium-sized businesses on regulatory compliance.

      Export Credit Guarantees: Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what exports of boats and related equipment to Cuba were supported by UK Export Finance; when these exports were made; and which...

      Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information sources officials in his Department with policy responsibility for dealing with anti-Semitism in universities...

      Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings he has had with the Board of Deputies of British Jews on anti-Semitism on university campuses; what was...

      HMV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) his officials have had with executives at HMV and its owners...

      Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of customs tariffs and other charges applicable to goods imported into the European...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will introduce legislation to ensure that gift vouchers are honoured in the event of a company entering administration.

      Motor Vehicles: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support car manufacturers based in the UK to export cars to emerging markets.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications for inward investment into UK manufacturing of the decision by the Norwegian...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the proportion of work in the UK offshore fabrication sector that is carried out by foreign companies.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote UK content in North sea fabrication projects.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department takes to work with country-specific All-Party Parliamentary Groups to maximise the opportunities their...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many members of the Senior Civil Service his Department has recruited in each year since 2010; at what cost to the public...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to recruit staff to Senior Civil Service posts in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Shops: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what statistics his Department collects on shop vacancy rates by locality.

      Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote intra-Commonwealth trade in (a) Africa, (b) the Caribbean and (c) the Asia-Pacific...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what UK Trade and Investment teams abroad are doing to lobby foreign governments to lower regulatory barriers faced by UK companies.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how UK Trade and Investment decides which company to support when multiple British companies with varying strengths of bids are...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what distinction UK Trade and Investment makes between British companies and British subsidiaries of foreign companies when they...

  • Health

    • Airports Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Airports Commission and Secretary of State for Transport; and if he will ensure that his Department's...

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the number of anti-depressants prescribed for people aged (a) between five and 15 and (b) between 16 and 25 years...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average diagnosis rate for dementia was for (a) Nottingham City, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England in the most recent...

      Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, columns 666-7W, on prisons: drugs and alcoholic drinks, what the total cost of (a)...

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to include measures to reduce unaddressed hearing loss in his campaign to tackle loneliness and isolation; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on the treatment of mental illness in children and young people in each of the last 10 years.

      Mental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the potential contribution of mindfulness therapies to the improvement of children's mental health and well-being.

      Mental Illness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) number and (b) proportion is of people aged (i) between five and 15 and (ii) between 16 and 24 years old who have one or more psychiatric...

      Roaccutane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has made any comparative assessment of the safety assessments made by the (a) US and (b) EU authorities in respect of the drug...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual cost to his Department is of providing language interpretation services for patients.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on all ministerial transport since May 2010.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Biocidal Products: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to seek a derogation from the European Biocidal Directive 1998.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living abroad received employment and support allowance in each of the last four years; and what the total amount paid to such...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cash terms level of the basic allowance element of employment and support allowance for those in the support...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to take account of rent affordability in areas in determining which areas to exempt from the cap of one per cent on the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to (a) review the effect of changes to the uprating methodology and (b) re-baseline local housing allowance rates in 2015-16.

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Health and Safety Executive plans to require Storengy to put in place (a) indemnifications, (b) parental guarantees and (c)...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the method used by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was to assess the risk to miners working in the Winsford Rock Salt Mine of a gas...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department takes to monitor whether employers are meeting the terms and conditions which must be met to advertise with...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has recently had discussions with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and (b) disability organisations on his duty of care towards...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of excluding from the benefit cap (a) support housing costs, (b) discretionary housing payments and (c) other...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of what the difference in 2017 will be between the basic pension weekly payment paid to a person who has paid 35...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of people who retire in the first five years after the introduction of the new pension system who...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely net cost of paying the annual increase in the state pension from April 2013 to those who are excluded...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 10 January 2013, Official Report, columns 458-59W, on universal credit, what factors he will take into account in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 14 January 2013, Official Report , columns 471-2W, on universal credit, whether he expects new claimants to take...

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the universal credit pilots began in Wales; and whether he will publish the conclusions of these pilots.

  • House of Lords

    • Amazon Rainforest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have provided, or plan to provide, to humanitarian and health programmes that protect Yanomami Indians in the Amazon rainforest from...

    • Cameroon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Cameroon about safeguarding lives of two men being released from prison following an overturning by the...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Government of China to release the Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo and remove restrictions on the freedom of movement of his wife Liu...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the data produced by the Met Office for each of the past 10 years on (1) annual surface temperatures averaged over the land areas of the world, (2) annual...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any plans to start discussions with the Government of the United States concerning the renewal of the Diego Garcia lease due in 2016.

      Education Act 2011

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely impact of the Education Act 2011 on the balance of faith and non-faith school provision.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the Electoral Commission's recommendation in its November 2012 report Continuous Electoral Registration in Northern Ireland, the Northern...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total administrative cost for (1) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, (2) the Human Tissue Authority, (3) the Medicines and Healthcare...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of jobs created since May 2010 in (1) the South Basildon and East Thurrock parliamentary constituency, (2) the Basildon local...

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many offshore wind farms there are in England and Wales; and how many are planned for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.

      EU: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 8 January (WA 28-9) concerning European Union trade agreements, what consultation ministers and...

      EU: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 8 January (WA 28-9) concerning European Union trade agreements, whether a written brief outlining...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 12 December 2012 (WA 230-31), whether the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, which conducted the systematic...

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the annual cost to the NHS of treating diabetes; what proportion of the entire NHS budget that represents; and what is their forecast of...

      Higher Education: Foreign Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on the numbers of foreign students coming to English and Welsh universities of changes in immigration policy in 2012; and...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the amount of New Homes Bonus allocated in its first two years (1) to local authorities in London and the South East, and (2) to local authorities in the...

      Income: Household Averages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average income per household in (1) the South Basildon and East Thurrock parliamentary constituency, and (2) the Basildon local authority area.

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the kidnapping of young girls in India to meet the demand for wives or domestic servants in areas in which there is a substantial...

      Justice: Lay Justices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current age profile of lay justices.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, or intend to take, to address the failure of Libya to surrender Abdullah Al-Senussi to the International Criminal Court in violation of...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any information indicative that the Government of Libya paid, or promised to pay, a sum of money to the Government of Mauritania in return for...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of their servants or agents have taken part in the questioning of Abdullah Al-Senussi during the period of his detention in Mauritania or during his...

      NHS: Contractors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances with regards to staffing levels were given by Sodexo when bidding for their contract at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. To ask...

      NHS: Dentistry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the latest year for which records are available, what was the total cost to the National Health Service of providing scale-and-polish treatments. To ask Her...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure greater transparency in the procurement of NHS consumables; and whether that includes a requirement for each NHS Trust to...

      Northern Ireland: Constitution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to hold a referendum in Northern Ireland on future constitutional arrangements; and, if so, what criteria they will apply in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking bilaterally and multilaterally within their overseas aid programme to assist smallholders and farmers in the developing world to deal...

      Prisons: Lincoln Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to respond to the finding of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons set out in his report on Lincoln Prison published in October 2012 that the...

      Royal Australian Navy: Centenary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give a vote of thanks to the Royal Australian Navy on their centenary to recognise their support and sacrifice in two world wars, the Korean war...

      Royal Australian Navy: Centenary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Royal Navy ships will represent the United Kingdom at the Royal Australian Navy's centenary fleet review on 3 October 2013.

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations by the M23 rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo that elements of the Democratic Forces for the...

      Schools: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of formal complaints made by (1) maintained, (2) independent, (3) boarding, and (4) residential special schools to the Office for Standards in...

      Schools: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to avoid the development of discrimination between different schools in the public sector.

      Schools: Inspectors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 9 January (WA 102), how many of Her Majesty's Inspectors currently employed as school inspectors,...

      Schools: Pupil Premium

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the impact of the pupil premium on differences between funding per pupil in Worcestershire and Birmingham in (1) 2013-14, and (2)...

      Schools: Voluntary Aided Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the removal of the requirement for groups to seek consent by the Secretary of State before publishing proposals for voluntary aided schools outside of...

      Schools: Voluntary Aided Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the commitment in the coalition agreement to "work with faith groups to enable more faith schools and facilitate inclusive admissions policies in...

      Schools: Voluntary Aided Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether local authorities in England must seek proposals for the establishment of an academy when they wish to establish a new school, or whether they can arrange...

      Security: Vetting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals received positive vetting or developed vetting clearance by Defence Business Services National Security Vetting and its predecessors in (1)...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of United Kingdom trade is with the European Union, excluding trade which goes to the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp before being transited to...

      UN: Specialised Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve communication to Parliament of the activities of United Nations specialised agencies in relation to the objectives of United...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 15 October 2012 (WA 445), how many Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories wishing to visit...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 15 October 2012 (WA 445), why those Israeli citizens who have breached international law by building...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of their relationship with the Government of Zimbabwe; at what political level they have conducted meetings since 2010; and what modification of...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the access of the Matabele people in Zimbabwe to (1) governmental and administrative opportunity, (2) children's rights to be...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had discussions with African inter-governmental organisations regarding Zimbabwe's compliance with the Southern African Development Community...

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