Written answers
Monday, 4 February 2013

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • India
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on strengthening safety measures for women and girls in India following...
    • Iraq
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the condition of residents of Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty; and what representations he...
    • Israel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Israel on its failure to adhere to the provisions of the United Nations...
    • Jordan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department has given to Jordan to deal with refugees from Syria; when any such...
    • Private Military and Security Companies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many private military companies are based in the UK.
    • Private Military and Security Companies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role of private military companies in helping British businesses establish themselves in...
    • Shaker Aamer
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the release of Shaker Aamer.
    • Sudan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what benchmarks he will use to assess whether progress has been made in meeting Government conditions necessary to cancel...
  • Northern Ireland
    • Conditions of Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of staff in her Department currently work (a) part-time, (b) in a job-share and (c) in another flexible working arrangement.
    • Conditions of Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed on zero-hour contracts in her Department.
    • Legislation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent consideration her Department has given to ending the practice of dual mandates at Stormont and Westminster.
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on which occasions the Police Service of Northern Ireland has requested support from the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2010 by (a) type...
  • Wales
    • Conditions of Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of staff in his Department work (a) part-time, (b) in a job-share or (c) in another flexible working arrangement.
    • Conditions of Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people are employed on zero-hour contracts in his Department.
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment...
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many senior officials in his Department's arm's-length bodies (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that...
  • Scotland
    • Broadband
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of Fife is covered by superfast broadband.
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Ash Dieback Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome has been of the work of the task force set-up to deal with tree disease and Chalara fraxinea; and what...
    • Ash Dieback Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on Chalara fraxinea.
    • Biomass
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2013, Official Report, column 323W, on biomass, if he will undertake an assessment of...
    • Bovine Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what financial support his Department has provided for research and development of vaccines against tuberculosis in (a)...
    • Livestock: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure the enforcement of existing regulations on the exportation of livestock.
    • Livestock: Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2013, Official Report, column 303W, on livestock: transport, for what reasons action was...
    • Livestock: Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his contribution of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 529, on live animal exports, whether his zero...
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Biofuels
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on the sustainability of bioliquid fuels.
    • Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of renewable and non-renewable energy sources in the UK's energy mix in 2030.
    • Energy: Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much (a) research and development funding, (b) capital grants and (c) other state support for nuclear fusion and solar PV energy...
    • Energy: Meters
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what support his Department provides to microbusinesses and small and medium-sized enterprises that wish to install smart meters.
    • Fracking (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration his Department has given to (a) the decommissioning of fracking sites and (b) the legal obligations on companies who...
    • Natural Gas: Reserves
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the long-term future of the UK's shale gas reserves.
    • Natural Gas: Storage
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (b) Health and Safety Executive on...
    • Nuclear Power Stations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 134W, on infrastructure, when he will bring forward proposals for a...
    • Radioactive Waste
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the cost of establishing a geological disposal facility for highly radioactive nuclear waste; who...
    • Renewables Obligation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria are used in determining subsidies for renewable energy in the renewables obligation certificate banding review.
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main...
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many senior officials in his Department's arm's-length bodies (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that...
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many chairs in his Department's arm's-length bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally meeting any tax...
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many senior officials of his Department's arm's-length bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally meeting...
    • Wind Power: Republic of Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions the Secretary of State has had with (a) his Irish counterpart and (b) interested parties in the UK on the use...
  • Treasury
    • Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the volume sold in both retail outlets and informally of (a) counterfeit alcohol, (b) alcoholic drinks on which duty has been...
    • Financial Services
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to address the high rate of compensation claims for mis-sold payment protection insurance that are rejected by banks but subsequently...
    • Food Banks
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has for allowing gifts of food to food banks to be gift aided; (2) what financial incentives he plans to introduce for businesses to...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects the private sector to contribute towards (a) High Speed 2 and (b) Phase 2 of the High Speed 2 Birmingham to Manchester route.
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to quantify the economic benefit to West Cumbria of High Speed 2.
    • Income Tax
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many people who paid the 10p rate of tax in the financial year 2007-08 were in receipt of (a) child tax credit, (b) working tax...
    • Individual Savings Accounts
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to make changes to the structures of ISAs to allow savers to put their whole allowance into a cash ISA; (2) what assessment he has...
    • Minimum Wage
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints for non-compliance by employers to pay the national minimum wage were made in (a) 2012, (b) 2011, (c) 2010 and (d) 2009.
    • National Insurance Contributions
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many taxpayers in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) each region of England made upper earnings limit employee national...
    • Pay
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department and its agencies have been paid in excess of £100,000 per annum in each of the last three years.
    • Payments Council
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to make changes to the governance of the Payments Council; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many responses his Department...
    • Personal Income: Birmingham
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of single-earner families in (a) Birmingham, Erdington constituency and (b) Birmingham will suffer a reduction in income as a...
    • Revenue and Customs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of staff in HM Revenue and Customs' large business service are over the age of 55; (2) what proportion of HM Revenue and Customs...
    • Training
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many away days his Department has held since 2010; and what the cost was of each such event.
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of...
    • Working Tax Credit: Reserve Forces
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of the reserve forces in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland are claimants of working tax credits.
  • Home Department
    • Asylum
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking with her European counterparts to encourage asylum seekers to claim asylum in the first EU member state they arrive in.
    • Asylum: Sexuality
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum cases were granted on the grounds of persecution because of sexuality in each month from July 2010 until December 2012.
    • Coral: Smuggling
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions coral has been confiscated at the UK border following attempts to bring it into the country illegally in the last 10 years.
    • Court Orders: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many production orders have been issued by courts in London in each year since 2002.
    • Deportation: Syria
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will support Syrian students at universities in the UK who are facing deportation as a result of being unable to access funds...
    • Detention Centres: Internet
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which websites detainees at immigration detention centres are blocked from accessing.
    • Entry Clearances
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was to make a decision on an application for a sponsorship licence in the latest period for which figures are...
    • Entry Clearances
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what target her Department has adopted for the time between promulgation of an entry clearance appeal determination when the appellant is...
    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visa checks have been waiting for more than the guideline time for a response.
    • Entry Clearances: Yemen
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Yemen on the resumption of visa services in Sana'a.
    • Human Trafficking: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures the UK Border Agency has put in place to identify possible child trafficking victims.
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will publish the report estimating the number of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals expected to enter the UK in 2014.
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many non-EEA nationals who applied to enter the UK between 9 July and 31 December 2012 as the partner of a British citizen or...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were made at UK Border Agency posts overseas in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and how...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the number of Romanians and Bulgarians who may seek work in the UK after immigration restrictions are lifted...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were made at UK Border Agency posts overseas on the grounds of family or partners...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for leave to enter were considered at (a) overseas posts and (b) the UK Visa Section in Croydon in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011...
    • Immigration Controls: Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the retention of case notes and documentation by UK Border Agency entry clearance officers and caseworkers in...
    • Immigration Controls: Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to improve the (a) production of notes and (b) retention of copies of documents in UK Border Agency casework.
    • Immigration Controls: Data Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that best practice is shared between UK Border Agency officers in the UK and their counterparts abroad.
    • Incitement
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many instances of material that incited hatred and is illegal have been reported using the Association of Chief Police Officers...
    • Lost Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the items of equipment owned by the UK Border Agency that were (a) lost, (b) stolen, (c) written off and (d) recovered...
    • Lost Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the items of departmental equipment (a) lost, (b) stolen, (c) written off and (d) recovered between 1 January 2011 and the...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 17 December 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Dr M Kiche.
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 18 December 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr I C...
    • Offenders: Passports
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminals or suspects whose passports are held by the police have successfully applied for a new passport in (a) their own and (b)...
    • Prisoners: Foreign Nationals
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2013, Official Report, column 245W, on prisoners: foreign nationals, (1) how many foreign national...
    • Slavery
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information is used to map the location of victims of slavery in England and Wales; [R] (2) if she will record the local...
    • Theft: Denton
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases of theft from the person there were in Denton and Redditch constituency in each of the last five years; and what the...
    • Travellers: Animal Welfare
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information and guidance is made available to local authorities, charities and enforcement agencies on dealing with animal welfare...
    • UK Border Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mandatory and voluntary training she has put in place for UK Border Agency employees responsible for (a) casework decisions and (b)...
    • West Midlands Police
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full-time equivalent policy officers, (b) full-time equivalent community support officers, (c) other full-time equivalent staff...
    • Written Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day by her Department (a) received a substantive answer after the...
    • Written Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of questions tabled for ordinary written answer by her Department (a) were answered after 30 days and (b) have...
  • Prime Minister
    • Food Banks
      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to question 140119, to the hon. Member for St Helen's South of 30 January 2013, on what date he plans to visit that food bank.
    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry
      To ask the Prime Minister whether he expects the Iraq Inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot to report before May 2015.
    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry
      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a list of the documents under negotiation between the Iraq Inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot and the Government for declassification to...
  • International Development
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the consultant's report on proposals for the Bost Agri-Business Park made in July 2010 is publicly available.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which Minister the consultant's report on the Bost Agri-Business Park in Afghanistan was made in July 2010.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which Minister authorised her Department's investment in the Bost Agri-Business Park project in Afghanistan; and when that...
    • Africa
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid her Department has given to (a) Uganda and (b) Rwanda in each year since 2010; and how much aid it plans to spend in the...
    • Burma
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Burma; and if she will make a statement.
    • Burma
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports she has received on the use of funds of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in Karen State, Burma.
    • Darwin Initiative
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding her Department has granted to the Darwin Initiative, in each year for which figures are available.
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with (a) her counterparts in the UN Security Council, (b) the UN and (c) her counterparts in other...
    • Developing Countries: Debts Written Off
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to question 140135 of 30 January 2013, what estimate she has made of how much and what proportion of official...
    • Developing Countries: Human Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how her Department ensures aid is delivered to countries that do not violate human rights either in their own or in other countries.
    • International Climate Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the International Climate Fund; and if she will make a statement.
    • Japan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the UK provided any (a) financial and (b) other aid to Japan following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
    • Jordan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) financial and (b) other assistance her Department has given to Jordan to deal with refugees from Syria; when any such aid was...
    • Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many international charities receive funding from her Department.
    • Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding has been allocated by her Department to future projects which aim to deliver gains for both communities and wildlife...
    • Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding has been given to projects which aim to deliver gains for both communities and local wildlife under her Department's...
    • Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to question 140135 of 30 January 2013, what proportion of official development assistance provided by the UK was...
    • Palestinians
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any of her Department's financial aid to the Palestinian Occupied Territories is allocated to the purchase of school textbooks...
    • Palestinians
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of her Department's financial aid to the Palestinian Occupied Territories in 2013-14 will be spent on social assistance...
    • Palestinians
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any of her Department's financial aid to the Palestinian Occupied Territories is allocated to support the publication of the...
    • Palestinians
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any of her Department's financial aid to the Palestinian Occupied Territories is allocated for the protection of members of the...
    • Palestinians
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 645W, on Palestinians, whether prisoners in Israeli jails, without...
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Regeneration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to support the regeneration of previously developed land.
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the data used to determine the local government finance settlement.
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average spending power per head is for residents in predominantly rural counties and unitaries of all types and...
    • Council Tax Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to council tax benefit on working people on low incomes.
    • Families: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Troubled Families initiative in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b)...
    • Ministers’ Private Offices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of running each ministerial private office was in his Department in each of the last three years.
    • Non-domestic Rates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his written statement of 25 October 2012, Official Report, columns 63-4WS, on Business Rate Retention Scheme,...
    • Parish Councils
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of reserves town and parish councils are required to maintain; and what the average level of reserves is for each of...
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their...
  • Deputy Prime Minister
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government will publish the written evidence received as part of the Trident Alternatives Review.
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has had with counterparts and defence ministers from each of the NATO member states as part of the Trident...
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish details of all costs associated with the Trident Alternatives Review.
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether the Trident Alternatives Review will include detailed (a) through-life costings and (b) capital costs of all alternative deterrent systems the...
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many members of staff from (a) HM Treasury, (b) the Ministry of Defence and (c) the Cabinet Office have worked on the Trident Alternatives Review on either a...
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what alternatives to the continuous at-sea deterrence policy the Trident Alternatives Review is considering.
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which serving and former one star and above officers the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has met as part of the Trident Alternatives Review.
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which budget the Chief Secretary to the Treasury was allocated to conduct the Trident Alternatives Review.
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which Ministers submitted comments to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury as part of the Trident Alternatives Review.
    • Trident
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many departmental officials have been consulted as part of the Trident Alternatives Review; and in which departments such staff are based.
  • Justice
    • Community Orders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the findings of his Department's impact assessment on intensive community punishment were on the question of whether the risk of reoffending would...
    • Homicide: Prisoners Release
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to his answer of 19 October 2012, Official Report, column 485W, on homicide: prisoners' release, if he will provide the names of the seven...
    • Judicial Review
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many applications for judicial review there were (a) in total and (b) by area in each year from 1997 to 2012; (2) what the remedies were of...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 17 December 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr G Spring.
    • National Archives
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the contents are of each of the files at the National Archives that remain closed beyond the 30 Year Rule as a consequence of the application of an...
    • UK Membership of EU
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contingency plans his Department (a) has made, (b) is making and (c) plans to make for UK withdrawal from the EU; whether those plans will be...
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Art Works: Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many individuals have accessed the interest-free loan offered by the Own Art Scheme since its inception.
    • ArtCo Trading
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England has paid to ArtCo Trading Ltd in each year since that company's inception.
    • Arts
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of total Government spending is allocated to the arts, cultural and heritage sectors.
    • Arts: Brigg
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have been employed in the creative industries in Brigg and Goole constituency in each of the last five years.
    • BBC Radio
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has made to the BBC Trust on ensuring sufficient competition between in-house and independent producers...
    • Copyright
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to make the draft regulations for modernising copyright available for public scrutiny.
    • Copyright
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many statutory instruments she plans to use to introduce the proposals set out in her Department's publication, Modernising...
    • Copyright
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to her proposals for Modernising Copyright, what definition she will adopt for caricature and pastiche.
    • Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to paragraph 83 of the summary of recommendations in Lord Justice Leveson's report on The Culture, Practices and Ethics...
    • Culture: Voluntary Work
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people volunteered in (a) theatres, (b) museums, (c) art galleries and (d) national heritage sites in (i) 2008-09, (ii)...
    • Internet: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the number of (a) people with low incomes and (b) pensioners in (i) Scotland and (ii) Kilmarnock and Loudoun...
    • Music: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many children and young people are involved in youth music in each region of England.
  • Education
    • Arts
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which subjects his Department defines as creative subjects.
    • Bullying
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2013, Official Report, column 326W, on bullying, (1) on what dates the alleged incidents took place; (2)...
    • Cabinet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2013, Official Report, column 18W, on Cabinet, for what reasons he did not attend meetings of the Cabinet on three...
    • Chequers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 15 January, Official Report, column 731W, on Chequers, for what purpose he undertook a visit to Chequers in an official...
    • Children: Day Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the cost of 25 hours of child care in (a) Hounslow, (b) London, (c) each region and (d) the UK.
    • Children's Centres: Newcastle upon Tyne
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what Sure Start provision there is in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne; and what assessment he has made of the quality of provision in each Sure Start...
    • Gcse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) high achieving pupils, (b) middle achieving pupils, (c) low achieving pupils and (d) all pupils at KS2 achieved five or more A*...
    • GCSE: Birmingham
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils in state schools in (a) Birmingham, Erdington constituency and (b) Birmingham achieved five GCSE passes including mathematics...
    • Information Commissioner
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much his Department has spent on appealing decisions made by the Information Commissioner since May 2010; (2) when he plans to answer...
    • Schools: Construction
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the written ministerial statement on the Priority School Building Programme, published on 24 May 2012, which schools under that...
    • Schools: Voluntary Work
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage volunteering in schools.
    • Visits Abroad
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2013, Official Report, column 44W, on visits abroad, if he will provide a breakdown of the total cost of the three...
  • Attorney-General
    • Burglary
      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases of burglary have been referred by police forces in England and Wales to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision in each of the last five years.
    • Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act 1875
      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions have been brought under the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act 1875 in the last 30 years.
    • Human Trafficking
      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2012, Official Report, columns 156-7, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for human trafficking there have been in each...
    • Minimum Wage: Prosecutions
      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were successfully carried out for failure to abide by national minimum wage legislation in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many senior officials in the Law Officers' Departments arm's-length bodies (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that...
  • Transport
    • A1: North Yorkshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much his Department has spent on compulsory reacquisition of land needed for the A1 Leeming to Barton upgrade since the Government's decision...
    • Biofuels
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the sustainability of (a) palm oil, (b) jatropha and (c) other biofuel liquids.
    • Buses: First Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirements the Government has put in place for the provision of (a) first aid kits and (b) first aid facilitation on public buses carrying out...
    • Car Tax
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate how many foreign vehicles that have been in the country for more than six months are not registered for UK road tax.
    • Car Tax
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to ensure that foreign vehicles pay road tax after being in the UK for more than six months.
    • Durham Tees Valley Airport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give support to Durham Tees Valley airport's bid for round four regional growth fund funding.
    • Great Western Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from the Mayor of Bristol, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and the Severn Side Rail...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the economic benefit of High Speed 2 in West Cumbria.
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost to taxpayers of the compensation payments for the construction of phase two of High Speed 2.
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many homes in Stafford constituency will be demolished during the construction of phase two of High Speed 2.
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on land and property values in Stafford constituency as a result of the proposed route of High Speed 2.
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the number of properties in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North which will be affected by the proposed route for...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the potential economic benefits of the proposed High Speed 2 extension to Leeds to (a) individuals and (b) businesses in...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created in each city along the proposed route of High Speed 2 as a result of that project.
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether compensation arrangements set up for phase 2 of High Speed 2 will be made under the terms of the (a) Compulsory Purchase Act 1965, (b) Land...
    • High Speed 2 Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis his Department will compensate those affected by the proposed High Speed 2 extension to Leeds; when he anticipates compensation will be...
    • Large Goods Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to introduce a free dated road disc for goods vehicles registered abroad that would expire six months after entry to the...
    • Motor Vehicles: Registration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that foreign vehicles are registered with the DVLA after being in the country for six months.
    • Public Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which external organisations he has met to discuss Access for All measures to provide easier access for older or disabled passengers and those with...
    • Public Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to increase access to transport for older or disabled passengers and those with small children.
    • Public Transport: Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many complaints his Department received regarding assisted travel bookings for blind, partially-sighted and disabled people on (a) trains,...
    • Public Transport: Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many disabled people booked assisted travel on (a) trains, (b) coaches and (c) aeroplanes in (i) 2012, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2010, (iv) 2009 and (v) 2008.
    • Railways: Fares
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy not to introduce a high peak fare as set out in his Department's publication Rail Fares and Ticket Review: Initial...
    • Railways: Fares
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Rail Fares and Ticketing Review: Initial Consultation, published in March 2012, what recent discussions his Department has had...
    • Skinningrove Jetty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department will have discussions with Redcar and Cleveland borough council about improving the safety of Skinningrove Jetty.
    • Waterloo Station
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on re-opening the platforms at the former Waterloo International Terminal for domestic commuter services; and if...
    • West Coast Railway Line
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the economic effects of the upgraded West Coast Mainline on Warrington.
    • West Coast Railway Line: Franchises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures and safeguards his Department will put in place to ensure that a situation like the collapse of the West Coast Mainline franchise deal...
  • Defence
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts have been signed regarding the logistical withdrawal of equipment from Afghanistan to date; and with whom.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many agreements have been reached with national governments regarding the logistical withdrawal of equipment from Afghanistan.
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) who will be responsible for the protection of UK military trainers in Afghanistan after 2014; (2) who will be responsible for force protection of...
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the status of forces agreement will be for UK service personnel serving in Afghanistan after 2014; and who will any agreement cover; (2) what...
    • Africa
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military trainers are (a) in Mali, (b) travelling to Mali and (c) in North West Africa.
    • Armed Forces: Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2013, Official Report, column 285W, on Armed Forces: Housing Benefit, if he will have discussions with the Secretary...
    • Army: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when each army careers office and career clinic in Scotland (a) closed and (b) is scheduled to close by 26 March 2013 under the recruit partnering...
    • Aviation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the Minister of State for the Armed Forces has taken flights in the UK in an official capacity since May 2010; how many such...
    • Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions military personnel were deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland in 2012 to deal with explosive devices.
    • C17 Aircraft
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the per-week cost to the UK will be of deploying two C-17 aircraft to Mali.
    • Cemeteries: Bassetlaw
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the state of repair of the headstone and plot of Trooper Anthony Dykes of the Blues and Royals in Harworth Cemetery,...
    • Defence Infrastructure Organisation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress he has made on the organisational redesign of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation; and whether any outside consultants have been...
    • Depleted Uranium
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 18 January 2013, Official Report, column 964W, on depleted uranium, what studies have been conducted on civilians in Iraq to...
    • Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the future of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
    • Indian Ocean Tsunami
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of British military involvement in Operation Garron; and if he will make a statement.
    • Lord Britten of Aldeburgh
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is his Department's policy not to release film footage relating to the life and works of the late Lord Britten of Aldeburgh as a consequence...
    • Mali
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether unmanned drones are operational in Mali; and whether any such drones have been moved into the region.
    • Mali
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of British troop commitments to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali; how many troops from participating...
    • Mali
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops have been earmarked for involvement in the EU training mission to Mali; and if he will make a statement.
    • Military Aircraft
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where all the UK Sentinel aircraft were deployed on 24 January 2013.
    • Nimrod Aircraft
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the annual costs associated with utilising alternative capabilities to fulfil the role that would otherwise have been...
    • RAF Lossiemouth
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Moray of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 569W, on RAF Lossiemouth, when the Quick Reaction...
    • Reserve Forces
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many joint exercises between the Territorial Army and Reserves are planned for each of the next seven years; (2) how many joint training...
    • Royal Corps of Signals: Redundancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Royal Corps of Signals, by rank, are liable for redundancy under tranche 3.
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of...
  • Health
    • Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Skipton and Ripon of 25 January 2013, Official Report, column 486W, on health services: rural areas, what...
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Government's alcohol strategy, when the cost benefit analysis on the case for local investment in alcohol interventions and...
    • Alexandra Hospital Redditch
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when a decision will be made regarding the transfer of control of Redditch Alexandra Hospital to the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation...
    • Babies: Screening
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2013, Official Report, column 353W, on babies: screening, if he will issue guidance to maternity units and health...
    • Beef: Horse Meat
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Food Standards Agency will publish the results of the DNA tests that they are conducting on products following the discovery of horsemeat in...
    • Beef: Horse Meat
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he was informed about the presence of horsemeat in beefburgers.
    • Beef: Horse Meat
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities are investigating retailers whose burgers were found to contain horsemeat.
    • Breast Cancer
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has issued guidance to NHS trusts on the provision of appropriate (a) prosthesis and (b) wigs for black and Asian women who have...
    • Cancer
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of patient-reported outcome measures in respect of cancer patients from black and minority ethnic groups;...
    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the provisions of carbon monoxide alarms to homes that...
    • Clinical Trials
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the relative levels of representation of ethnic minorities in clinical trials.
    • Domestic Violence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role he expects (a) the National Commissioning Board and (b) clinical commissioning groups to have in addressing domestic violence.
    • Domestic Violence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many healthcare staff with direct responsibility for policy on domestic violence were employed by each primary care trust in each of the last five years.
    • Donors
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to increase the number of individuals from ethnic minorities registered on the (a) bone marrow, (b) blood and (c)...
    • Glass
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of glass-related incidents was in each of the last five years.
    • Health
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect an Investor State Dispute Settlement clause in the final Canada-EU Trade Agreement would have on public...
    • Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress on the transfer of public health functions to local authorities and the formation of health and wellbeing boards.
    • Medical Records: Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that GPs be required to provide medical reports free of charge to disabled people for the purpose of launching legal appeals.
    • Obesity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) children and (b) adults in Pendle constituency were classed as (i) obese and (ii) overweight when measured by body mass index in...
    • 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) Haltemprice and Howden...
    • Pharmacy: Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has for amendment of section 64 of the Medicines Act 1968 in order to decriminalise genuine dispensing errors made by pharmacists; what...
    • Prescription Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regarding the consultation proposals for an early access scheme...
    • Prescription Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to improve statistical returns to determine patient characteristics in the dispensation of prescriptions.
    • Snow and Ice: Accidents
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the NHS of falls due to snow in winter 2012-13.
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Children: Maintenance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his plans to allow the payment of statutory child maintenance by parents without use of the statutory collection service,...
    • Children: Maintenance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has developed on allowing parents to pay and receive statutory child maintenance via referral to a money transfer...
    • Children: Maintenance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what amount of child maintenance has to be paid, over what period, and with what degree of regularity, for a child maintenance arrangement,...
    • Children: Maintenance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's report, Estimating the impact of CSA case closure and charging, published in August 2012 and its conclusion...
    • Children: Maintenance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had on including the student loan income of full-time students in the income that is assessed when determining...
    • Children: Maintenance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the Client Charter for the Child Maintenance service.
    • Conditions of Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed on zero-hour contracts in his Department.
    • Employment Schemes: Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, columns 645-6W, on employment schemes: disability, what steps are taken by...
    • Food Banks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the correlation between changes to working age benefits and increase in demand for food banks.
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents who are not registered as the main carer of their child claim housing benefit for properties with two or more bedrooms in (a)...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many registered foster carers claim housing benefit for properties with two or more bedrooms in (a) Liverpool, (b) the North West and (c)...
    • Incapacity Benefit: Offenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of recipients of incapacity benefit who have subsequently received criminal convictions since 1997-98.
    • Jobcentre Plus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of which objectives he sets targets for Jobcentre Plus branches.
    • Office for National Statistics
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State for Employment on 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 661, if he will place in the...
    • Personal Independence Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2013, Official Report, column 326W, on personal independence payments, which organisations were consulted...
    • Personal Independence Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that the needs of people suffering from Parkinson's disease are taken into account by the new personal...
    • Personal Independence Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy that people with long-term conditions are not subject to costly and stressful reassessments for personal...
    • Personal Independence Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that people with fluctuating conditions are properly and accurately assessed for personal independence payments.
    • Plants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on indoor and outdoor plants and trees since his appointment.
    • Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value is of any benefits that have been (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid in each parliamentary constituency in each financial year...
    • Social Security Benefits: Disability
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that people claiming disability benefits have the right to use evidence provided by a medical consultant,...
    • Social Security Benefits: Polygamy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many polygamous families are claiming benefits; (2) what estimate his Department has made of the number of second and subsequent...
    • Unemployed People: Travel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of out-of-work benefits successfully claimed an allowance to travel to an interview for work between 1997 and 2010; where...
    • Unemployment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 5 November 2012, Official Report, column 591, to what change of policy or procedure he was referring when he stated...
    • Unemployment Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in which no-one has ever worked which were claiming out-of-work benefits in each...
    • Unemployment Benefits: West Midlands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Birmingham, Erdington constituency, (b) Birmingham and (c) the West Midlands who have...
    • Work Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions further to his answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 659W, on the Work programme, whether he will publish his response to the...
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Apprentices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Fifth Special Report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, Apprenticeships: Government...
    • Apprentices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Fifth Special Report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, Apprenticeships: Government...
    • Apprentices: North West
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have been created in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West since the start of...
    • Business: Government Assistance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will simplify the administrative aspects of Government-backed loan schemes.
    • Citizens' Advice Bureaux
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Citizen Advice Bureau offices closed in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how many he estimates will close in 2012-13.
    • Copyright
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's publication, Modernising Copyright: a modern, robust and flexible framework, what definition...
    • Cybercrime
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure small businesses are aware of cyber-security issues.
    • Cybercrime
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the level of awareness of cyber security issues among small and medium-sized enterprises.
    • Higher Education: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the data recently published by UCAS relating to acceptance rates for the 2012-13 academic year by...
    • Higher Education: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Higher Education Funding Council for England will continue the core and margin student number control exercise in the...
    • Medicine: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to page three of his Department's publication Strategy for UK Life Sciences, published in December 2011, how many...
    • Medicine: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department plans to allocate to the Biomedical Catalyst Fund in each year to 2015.
    • Medicine: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on supporting the discovery, development and commercialisation of research in life sciences...
    • Medicine: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have enrolled on higher level apprenticeships in relation to life sciences since December 2011; where such...
    • Overseas Students: Syria
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government has any plans to offer assistance to Syrian students currently studying at UK universities who are having...
    • Overseas Students: Syria
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if the Government will encourage all UK universities to enable Syrian students to complete their courses without suffering...
    • Schools: Vocational Guidance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to work with the Department for Education to ensure that schools provide the best advice to...
    • Travel and Subsistence Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many senior officials in his Department's arm's-length bodies (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment...
    • University Marine Biological Station Millport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government and University College London on the future of the University...
  • Cabinet Office
    • Business: East Yorkshire
      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) Haltemprice and Howden constituency and...
    • Business: Lancashire
      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) Pendle and (ii) Lancashire in each of...
    • Charities: Fraud
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to tackle the problem of bogus charity bag collectors.
    • Companies
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office who drew up the list of 38 companies that are involved in the strategic relations initiative announced in July 2011; and who was involved with any...
    • Government Departments: Billing
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will introduce electronic invoicing across Government to allow businesses to benefit from invoice discounting platforms.
    • Government Departments: Internet
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many unique users have visited the data.gov.uk website in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available.
    • Ict
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which companies with headquarters in United States jurisdiction have been accepted as providers of G-Cloud computing services which could entail...
    • Minimum Wage
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Liverpool Walton constituency, (b) Liverpool and (c) England and Wales who earn (i) the minimum...
    • Pay
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average annual salary was for (a) men and (b) women in full-time employment in (i) Haltemprice and Howden constituency, (ii) East Yorkshire,...
    • Procurement
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many research contracts commissioned by his Department were not subject to a tendering process in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.
    • Public Expenditure
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure that spend data by Government Departments is published promptly in accordance with the timelines published by his...
    • Voluntary Work
      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps his Department is taking to promote the (a) physical and (b) psychological benefits of volunteering; and if he will make a statement;...
  • House of Lords
    • Abortion
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 January (WA 2), whether a biased gender ratio for the birth rate across the national population as a whole is the...
    • Ansaru
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 21 January (Official Report, col. 970) that Ansaru was proscribed by Her Majesty's Government as a terrorist...
    • Banking: Staff
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of people employed in the banking industry in the United Kingdom.
    • Battle of the Atlantic: Commemoration
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage government buildings across the United Kingdom to fly White and Red Ensigns during the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of...
    • Benefits
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of proposed changes to the benefits system on NHS dental patients. To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment...
    • Benefits
      To ask Her Majesty's Government why education and training are not stipulated as relevant deductions in Regulation 95 of the draft Universal Credit Regulations 2013; and whether education and...
    • Benefits: Motability Schemes
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the number of vehicles provided to disabled people with the support of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance...
    • British Council
      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what power the British Council has discretion to spend its own surpluses from paid-for services; and whether they will require such income to be set against...
    • British-Irish Relations
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland about any disadvantages faced by British people living in that country.
    • Elderly People: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to address the findings of Stonewall's research Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Later Life, published in 2011. To ask Her Majesty's...
    • Employment: Work Capability Assessment
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to ensure that tribunal judges in work capability assessment cases give written determinations for the benefit of appellants, Atos...
    • Energy: Oil Prices
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to support those within the elderly community struggling to pay for heating oil.
    • Food: Cheese
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what regulations apply to cheese imported from the Republic of Ireland into the United Kingdom.
    • Freedom of Religion and Conscience
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Warsi on 22 January (Official Report, col. 1088), which ministers participated in the meeting held on 22 January to discuss...
    • Government Departments: Catering Facilities
      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what heading in the Cabinet Office accounts the costs relating to catering facilities at 10 Downing Street are listed.
    • Government Departments: e-mail
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Information Commissioner's guidance relating to private email accounts has been applied at the Ministry of Justice; and, if so, whether they will...
    • Health: Clinical Trials
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average length of time taken by the regulatory process for a successful medical research application for a clinical trial in (1) 2010-11, and (2)...
    • Health: Doctors' Language Tests
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 January (WA 134), under what provisions of European law the systematic testing of language competence at the...
    • Health: Drug-resistant Diseases
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action are they taking to deal with drug-resistant diseases.
    • Health: Healthwatch England
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sought the views of Healthwatch England on the NHS Bodies and Local Authorities (Partnership Arrangements, Care Trusts, Public Health and Local...
    • Health: Healthwatch England
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish any submission received from Healthwatch England on the NHS Bodies and Local Authorities (Partnership Arrangements, Care Trusts, Public...
    • Health: Obesity
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations to tackle obesity in the recent Royal College of Physicians report Action on obesity: comprehensive care for all.
    • Health: Plasma
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure security of supply of plasma products to the National Health Service in the light of the decision to sell Plasma Resources UK Ltd.
    • Higher Education: Funding
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of the allocation of the Higher Education Funding Council for England recurrent grant for teaching for the latest available year.
    • Hillsborough
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of personnel and resources available to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for its inquiry into the...
    • House of Lords: Savings Strategy and Financial Plan
      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the saving in the Committee Office staffing budget arising out of the House of Lords savings strategy and financial plan approved in 2010.
    • House of Lords: Savings Strategy and Financial Plan
      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the saving in Catering and Retail Services arising out of the House of Lords savings strategy and financial plan approved in 2010.
    • House of Lords: Savings Strategy and Financial Plan
      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the saving in the select committee travel budget arising out of the House of Lords savings strategy and financial plan approved in 2010.
    • House of Lords: Savings Strategy and Financial Plan
      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the saving from the reduction in the printing of select committee evidence arising out of the House of Lords savings strategy and financial plan...
    • House of Lords: Savings Strategy and Financial Plan
      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the saving from the House of Lords contribution to the Web and Intranet Service budget arising out of the House of Lords savings strategy and...
    • Houses of Parliament: Police
      To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the annual cost of the House of Lords share of the parliamentary estate police contract in each year since 2008.
    • Houses of Parliament: Police
      To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the commencement date of the most recent contract for the provision of police services to the Palace of Westminster; and on what date the contract expires.
    • Human Trafficking
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in the last two years in combating people-trafficking in south east England.
    • Israel and Palestine
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel concerning the replanting of olive trees belonging to Palestinians and damaged or destroyed by...
    • Lithuania
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have expressed concerns to the Government of Lithuania about conditions in prisons in that country, and in particular in relation to Lukiskes prison...
    • Mexico: Money Laundering
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 16 January (WA 136), whether the United Kingdom's business and diplomatic relations with Mexico have been...
    • Mexico: Money Laundering
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 17 January (WA 148), whether discussions with the Government of Mexico during the trade promotion visit made to...
    • Migration
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to reduce the number of economically active people leaving the United Kingdom.
    • National Crime Agency
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the implications for the establishment of the proposed National Crime Agency of a refusal of the Northern Ireland Executive to support a legislative...
    • NHS: Dentistry
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on NHS dental patients of the change in threshold levels for patients who apply for patient charge exemption status...
    • NHS: GP Accreditation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of local education and training boards to accredit general practitioners with special interests. To ask Her...
    • NHS: GP Accreditation
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity for the Royal College of General Practitioners, with support of the relevant speciality organisations, to take on...
    • Nigeria
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 21 January (Official Report, col. 970) that "through our high commission in Abuja, we are supporting counter-...
    • Olympic Truce
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made, in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, in co-operating closely with the Government of...
    • Palestine
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held concerning diplomatic privileges for the Palestinian Mission in the United Kingdom, following Palestine's upgrade to non-member...
    • Pensions
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are members of pension schemes which are contracted out of the state second pension; and how many of those are in public sector schemes.
    • Pensions: Britons Living Abroad (3 annotations)
      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many bilateral agreements for United Kingdom citizens living abroad who are in receipt of the state pension have been agreed; when those agreements were made;...
    • Public Sector: Women
      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will undertake research to ascertain the areas in the public sector where women employees are in a significant majority; and whether they will take...
    • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Wales
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the establishment of an investment bank in Wales to help provide finance for small- and medium-sized businesses in Wales.
    • Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2013
      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations and individuals responded to their recent consultation on the draft Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2013 by...
    • Suicide
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of middle-aged men committing suicide; and how they will increase the support given to men at risk of doing so.
    • Tunisia
      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the financial value of aid, technical assistance or low-interest loans provided to Tunisia by (1) the United Kingdom, (2) the European Union, and (3)...
    • Welfare: Personal Independence Payment
      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Freud on 24 January (Official Report, col. 1180), how many people they estimate will be affected by changes to mobility support for...