Written answers

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

  • Attorney-General

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Attorney-General what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 569W, on the Royal Engineers, whether the Royal Engineers 507 Specialist Team has been...

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from (a) Rolls-Royce and (b) BAE Systems have been based at (i) RAF Leuchars and (ii) RAF Lossiemouth in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number and proportion of armed forces family households that are in fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which languages are compulsorily taught to members of the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which languages are spoken among the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which languages members of the armed forces can choose to learn; and at what stage in their career such training can begin.

      Armed Forces: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces speak (a) Arabic, (b) French, (c) Mandarin, (d) Farsi, (e) Pashto, (f) Dari, (g) Serbian and (h) Nigerian.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what period of time before departing for Afghanistan service personnel will be exempt from redundancy under tranche 3.

      Armed Forces: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will have discussions with the armed forces champions for the boroughs of (a) Redcar and Cleveland and (b) Middlesbrough about the effect of armed...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in his Department are employed on zero-hours contracts.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which consultancies have been given contracts with his Department since May 2010; and what the (a) cost, (b) purpose and (c) scope of work conducted...

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will announce his plans for the future of Defence Equipment and Support.

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what consideration he has given to delaying the consultation on the implementation of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Enhanced Operating...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Life Extension Programme that the CHARM-3 propellant charge is subject to will involve re-licensing the existing charge or manufacturing new...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on the progress of the referral of the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice for failure to implement fully Directive...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has made an international comparative assessment of the use of Article 346 in relation to EC defence and security procurement.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the Stabilisation Unit is represented on the current commitments team for Mali.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK forces from each service have been deployed in Mali to date.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost is of UK involvement in Mali to date; from which budget this is drawn; and whether any funding has yet been recouped from the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft will remain in service beyond 2015.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where all UK Sentinel aircraft are currently deployed.

      Military Bases: Kirknewton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the ministerial correction of 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 7MC, on military bases: Kirknewton, if he will place in the Library...

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the purpose is of the current and proposed refurbishment of (a) 1 hangar annexes, (b) 3 hangar and (c) C4I Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth; and if...

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on hardened aircraft shelters at RAF Lossiemouth in each of the last five years.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department's new employment model will apply to reservists.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the funding allocated to the Reserves will be drawn from his Department's core budget.

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will issue details on how veterans can apply for an Arctic Convoy medal.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to respond to question 129772, tabled by the right hon. Member for North East Fife (Sir Menzies Campbell) on 20 November 2012.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) her Department and (b) each of its arm's length...

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) her Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) her Department and (ii) each of its arm's...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effect of emerging clean coal technology on the economic case for the extraction of coal from...

    • Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the use of Government data to help energy providers reduce the cost of finding potential recipients for...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that hydraulic fracturing does not lead to contamination of underground water sources.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what effect the increase use of hydraulic fracturing would have on the UK's ability to meet the goals set out in the EU Renewable...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2013, Official Report, column 474W, on Green Deal scheme, from which departmental underspend...

      Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which decisions in his Department are awaiting inspectors' reports; and in each such case involving delay to the scheduled timescale,...

      Nuclear Installations: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 1 February 2013, Official Report, column 64, on European opt-in decision (nuclear...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its...

      Radioactive Waste: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the decision by Cumbria County Council on 30 January to vote against proceeding with stage four investigations for a...

  • Transport

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed on zero-hour contracts in his Department.

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its arm's length bodies...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the residents of Gloucestershire of High Speed 2; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the potential economic benefits to businesses and residents in Stafford constituency as a result of phase two of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many high speed train services will stop daily at Stafford train station on the non-High Speed 2 train network under initial plans for phase two of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria the contractors who gave evidence to his Department on the proposed High Speed 2 extension to Leeds applied in making their assessments...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what surveys the contractors who gave advice to his Department on the proposed High Speed 2 extension to Leeds conducted in Tamworth constituency.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he will apply to compensation claims for people whose properties will be affected by the High Speed 2 extension to Leeds.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that Bradford and Leeds-Bradford airport receive the maximum potential economic benefit from Phase 2 of High Speed 2.

      Motorcycles: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department provides guidance on issues relating to liability to driving examiners conducting motorcycle test manoeuvres in a live highway...

      Roads: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Bexhill to Hastings link road on (a) the natural environment and wildlife, (b) carbon...

      Transport: Fire Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2012, Official Report, column 688W, on transport: fire hazards, when he will publish the Highways Agency and...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of spare capacity within Directly Operated Railways to take over the Great Western franchise.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of stand-alone antisocial behaviour orders have resulted in custodial sentences in each of the last five years; what...

    • Asylum: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether refugees and asylum seekers held in detention centres have access to social networking sites; (2) whether refugees and asylum...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many glassing attacks have been reported to the police in each of the last five years.

      Daniel Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will request a judicial inquiry into the death of Daniel Morgan and the subsequent police investigation.

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to make it easier for tourists and investors from China to obtain visas for entry to the UK.

      Illegal Immigrants: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many business establishments in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire have been fined for employing illegal foreign national workers...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost to her Department is of an appeal to the upper tribunal in relation to immigration cases.

      Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last met the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

      Individual Support Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual support orders have been introduced in England and Wales between 2003 and May 2010; and how many individual support...

      Industrial Disputes: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with (a) West Mercia police and (b) Staffordshire police on the case of the Shrewsbury 24; and if she...

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Minister of Justice in the Northern Ireland Executive on the role of the National Crime Agency in...

      Overseas Students: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to reduce the length of time taken to process applications for employment registration certificates made...

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parenting orders were issued between their introduction and May 2010; and how many parenting orders were issued in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent steps she has taken to encourage the police to make its workforce more representative of the communities they serve; (2)...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to improve data collection about victims of slavery.

      Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the merits of recent advice given by Operation Podium on ticket fraud and the secondary ticketing market; and...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salary is of each member of the UK Border Agency Executive Board.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing...

    • Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to amend section 303 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which new taxes on developments his Department introduced through local government in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012; how many councils...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in pursuit of which of his Department's strategic objectives the Government issued tickets to Ministers in his Department to...

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to producing a best practice approach for retailers in town centres to help them combat the...

  • Scotland

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of people on zero-hours contracts in Scotland.

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in his Department in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its arm's length bodies...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Booktrust

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office prior to the decision being made by the Secretary of State for Education with regard to funding for Booktrust, whether submissions were made from any...

    • Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many assisted digital service providers there are; and where such providers are based; (2) what resources are offered to assisted digital...

      Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which departmental or cross-departmental policies have been influenced by the measurement of and research into well-being conducted by the Office for...

      Health

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many meetings have been held by Ministers in his Department with the Office for National Statistics to discuss ways to measure well-being.

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with the US administration on personal data of UK citizens not being accessed as foreign intelligence information under the...

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to remove barriers to small and medium-sized enterprises participating in Government procurement.

      Public Sector: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which public bodies are currently participating in the mutual support programme.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beef: Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the role of (a) the Food Standards Agency and (b) his Department is in (i) policing food safety, (ii) tracing the...

    • Beef: Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the possible public health implications of the use on horses of (a) the anti-inflammatory...

      Chelsea Flower Show

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) purpose and (b) expected cost is of his Department's themed garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

      Circuses: 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 devolved Governments on the establishment of a UK-wide ban on...

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints his Department and its agencies have received in regards to odours released by windrow composting sites...

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2012, Official Report, column 551W, on compost, what the name is of the project funded...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the total spending on recruitment agencies by his Department was in each month from July to December 2012; (2)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 591W, on floods: Elmbridge, when the allocations for flood...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government regarding flood prevention insurance.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the risks of the horizontal transfer of antibiotic-resistant genes from genetically-modified plants to...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on the number of animals that have died through the trade of exporting livestock in the...

      Phytophthora Ramorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the criteria used to authorise and approve the use of Subdue as a chemical treatment against Phytophthora...

      Polar Bears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government intends to support a ban on the international trade of polar bears.

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2012, Official Report, column 233W, on press subscriptions, how much his Department has...

      Ramblers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to answer the letter to his Department from the Ramblers of 11 September 2012.

      Travel and Subsistence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Notes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has given consideration to re-issuing Treasury Bradbury notes.

    • Bingo Association

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives of the Bingo Association; and when he next plans to meet the Bingo Association.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in his Department are employed on zero hours contracts.

      Deloitte

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department paid to Deloitte for consultancy services in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he expects to make an announcement on the outcomes of the Alcohol Fraud consultation and proposed steps; (2) when he expects a new excise duty...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the likely cost to the Exchequer of fraud on beer excise duty in each of the next five financial years.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of data...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the route of High Speed 2 on the western branch north of Birmingham.

      Infrastructure UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2013, Official Report, column 306W, on Infrastructure UK, what the income was of Infrastructure UK in each category of...

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will hold discussions with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund on using a red card sanction against the Government of Argentina...

      Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the list of ministerial meetings with external organisations for the third and fourth quarter of 2012 on his Department's website.

      Personal Income: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of single-earner families in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency will experience a net loss in income by...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports he has received that the instructions contained in HM Revenue and Customs' leaflet SA342 entitled, “Why not try our online direct debit...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2013, Official Report, column 924W, on Revenue and Customs, how many staff he expects to be employed in each area of HM...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2013, Official Report, column 102W, on tax avoidance, what assessment he has made of the level of tax avoided by the...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to his Budget Statement 2012, when he intends to bring forward legislative proposals to give effect to his announced changes to the taxation...

      Taxation: Whisky

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to meet Ministers in the Scottish Government to discuss the potential implications of a per bottle production tax on Scottish whisky.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when the Government plans to publish an assessment of the likelihood of the UK meeting its target on the proportion of premises to...

    • Broadband: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the ability of (a) Bury Metropolitan Borough Council and (b) greater Manchester Combined Authority to...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department has undertaken or commissioned on the public's perception of cold-calling.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate she has made of the number of companies operating in the UK which engage in cold-calling.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with companies based in the UK on cold-calling practices.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the extent of cold-calling in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with industry on persistent silent telephone calls from marketing companies.

      Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the multinational companies with which Ministers in her Department are buddied in the strategic relations initiative...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the monetary value was of contracts awarded by her Department to (a) management consultancies and (b) IT companies in (i) 2010-11...

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for High Peak of 26 November 2012, Official Report, column 53W, on sports: schools, how much...

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for High Peak of 26 November 2012, Official Report, column 53W, on sports: schools, how much...

      Telephone Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate she has made of the number of people registered with the Telephone Preference Service.

      Telephone Preference Service: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of people in Scotland registered with the Telephone Preference Service.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps Ofcom is taking to ensure that services covered by local television licences meet high production standards.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Construction: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of specialist contractors in the construction sector who have been engaged in work paid...

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Liverpool and (c) England and Wales earn (i) the living wage and (ii)...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his Department and (ii) each of...

      Prisoners: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many prisoners sat A levels whilst in prison in each of the last five years; (2) what steps he is taking to increase...

      Science: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he had had with his Israeli counterpart on furthering scientific collaboration between the UK and Israel.

      Students: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions (a) he and (b) officials from his Department have had with the Scottish Government on student support.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what restrictions are in place regarding age for those applying to study for a post-graduate teaching qualification with...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Travel and Subsistence Payments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many senior officials in the Government Equalities Office (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their...

    • Travel and Subsistence Payments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) how many senior officials in her Department's arm's-length bodies (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that...

  • Wales

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) his Department in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012.

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of data...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its arm's length bodies in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the role of Mohamed Badie in Egyptian foreign policy.

    • Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the treatment of Christians in Egypt.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on arms smuggling in the Sinai Peninsula.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Egypt on the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 829W, on Israel, what assessment he made of the risk of...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what languages are spoken in his Department; and how many of his staff speak each such language.

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct HM Ambassador to Morocco to send an observer to the trial of the 23 Saharawi political prisoners imprisoned...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his Department and (ii) each of...

  • International Development

    • Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UK aid overseas in reducing the number of child soldiers.

    • Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has contributed to World Bank forest and forestry projects in each year since 2008.

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has contributed to the World Bank Forest carbon partnership facility in each year since 2008.

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the Independent Evaluation Group's report into the World Bank's financial support for forestry...

      Developing Countries: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to promote religious freedom in the developing world.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) her Department and (b) each of its arm's...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) her Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what languages are available to be taught to her staff.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what languages are spoken in her Department; and how many of her staff speak each such language.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to tackle any adverse treatment of Christians in Mali.

      Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid her Department has given to Mozambique in (a) each of the last five financial years and (b) 2012-13 to date.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 645W, on Palestinians, (1)...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how payments made to the families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are monitored.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 645W, on Palestinians, what...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 645W, on Palestinians, what...

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department provided to clean water programmes in sub-Saharan Africa in 2012.

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will list the different types of out-of-court disposals as a share of total out-of-court disposals for (a) England and Wales and (b) each police...

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what offences have been committed by those remanded on bail in each year between 1997 and 2012; (2) what offences have been committed by people...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what support will be given by his Department to Citizens Advice Bureaux to help those who are no longer entitled to legal aid for legal claims regarding...

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial assistance is available for people to pay for medical reports to allow them to challenge decisions on benefits eligibility if they do not...

      Crime Prevention: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the Positive Futures programme operating at HM Prison Leeds since November 2011; and if he will consider rolling out the...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many representations he has received on the rates charged by Sherforce as High Court-appointed bailiffs.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what declarations of interest must be made by his Department's non-executive directors; with what frequency any such declarations are required to be...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have received (a) one and (b) more than one non-custodial sentence for drink driving in each year since 2000; (2) how many people...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of offenders who will be tagged under the new tagging contract to be awarded in spring 2013.

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its arm's length bodies...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his Department plans to conduct a full evaluation of the cost of cases within the low value road traffic accident process for personal...

      Prescriptions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) fined for claiming for a free prescription that they are not entitled to in each of the last five years.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to review the cases of those on Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2013, Official Report, column 218W, on prisoner escapes, how many such prisoners are still at large; what estimate...

      Prisoners: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in prison in each year since 1997 (a) never worked and (b) grew up in households where no-one had ever worked.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of drug treatment programmes for offenders on supervision in reducing re-offending.

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he is taking steps to improve prisoners' behaviour through nutrition.

      Prisons: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has made a preliminary assessment of viable prison sites in Sefton.

      Prisons: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to increase levels of sport and exercise in prisons.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the Probation Service in England and Wales performed against his Department's targets in 2011-12.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure effective information sharing between police, other agencies and new providers in delivering risk management and public...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on taxis in 2011-12.

      Travel and Subsistence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 their...

      Travel and Subsistence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many chairs in his Department's arm'slength bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally meeting any tax liability in respect of...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day by his Department (a) received a substantive answer after the named day...

      Young Offenders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made in reducing reoffending in London by young people leaving custody; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • 16-19 Bursary Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what bursary schemes have been introduced by his Department in place of the education maintenance allowance; (2) what bursary schemes will...

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with Ofsted about (a) improving and (b) increasing its work on child protection (i) in schools and further education...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for how many pupils in schools in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire English is a second language.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Ofsted inspectors were previously headteachers of a school; and how many such inspectors were headteachers of a school judged (a) outstanding,...

      Schools: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in (a) Dartford and (b) Kent have received (i) outstanding, (ii) good, (iii) satisfactory and (iv) inadequate ratings in their most...

      Schools: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to the statutory provision of libraries in schools.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will provide support for long-term sports funding in schools in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) the north-west.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to increase the amount of sport played in schools.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to create a sporting habit for life among school children as part of the Government's youth sport strategy since May 2010; and...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of (a) non-academy schools, (b) converter academy schools before or after conversion, (c) sponsor-led academy schools and...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he took into consideration the report by the National Centre on Performance Incentives, Teacher Pay for Performance: Experimental Evidence from...

      Teachers: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers who obtained their teaching qualification in Scotland are currently employed in schools in England.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that the supply of newly qualified teachers is not affected by imbalances in the distribution of teacher training...

      Young People: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of his Department's role in the Government's youth sport strategy to create a sporting habit for life; and if he will make...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Lobbying

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists.

    • Referendums: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on enabling participation in referendums held in the UK by UK citizens living abroad.

      Trident

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) which Permanent Secretaries have been consulted by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury as part of the Trident Alternatives Review; (2) which of the Service...

  • Health

    • Alexandra Hospital Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances he will allow the transfer of the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch to University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to reduce geographical variations in funds for prescribing cancer drugs funds; (2) what plans he has to introduce standard...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to promote greater public awareness of the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and their causes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the UK have been diagnosed with Type (a) 1 and (b) 2 diabetes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire who have been diagnosed with diabetes are receiving all nine basic monitoring tests.

      Diabetes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on the treatment of diabetes in (a) Pendle and (b) Lancashire in each year since 2010.

      Drugs: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the annual report submitted to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, published on 31 October 2012, page 123,...

      Food: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what total calorie reduction was secured by industry agreements through the Responsibility Deal, in respect of (a) food, (b) drink products and (c) food...

      Food: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has set targets for the number of food and drink manufacturers signing up to the Responsibility Deal.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its arm's length bodies in...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of data...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that HIV treatments should be made available to patients immediately after approval by the European Medicines Agency.

      Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2013, Official Report, column 261W, on beef: horsemeat, if he will issue guidance to regional authorities to test for...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many stand-alone NHS midwife-led birthing centres there are; and what his policy is on the role and location of such units.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of organ donation rates in countries with presumed consent legislation; and if he will make a statement; (2) when his...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females received an organ transplant in each year since 2008 by (i) age and (ii) health authority.

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its arm's length bodies...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 1072-5, on South London Healthcare NHS Trust, (1) if he will provide a breakdown...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 31 January 2013, whether it is his policy to adhere to the high level implementation plan set out in Figure 3, Appendix Q of...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 1072-5, on South London Healthcare Trust, whether land at University Hospital...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 1072-5, on South London Healthcare NHS Trust, on what date he asked the NHS Medical...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 1072-5, on South London Healthcare NHS Trust, what the evidence is for his...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 1072-5, on South London Healthcare NHS Trust, what factors will determine whether...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 1072-5, on South London Healthcare NHS Trust, what the evidential basis is for his...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government regarding the proposals for standardised packaging on tobacco products.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an estimate of the costs of providing the processes provided by Atos in-house.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in his Department are employed on zero hours contracts.

      Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to revoke the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989; and if he will make a statement.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the population were in receipt of disability living allowance in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals are pending for people who have been assessed for employment and support allowance in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 645W, on employment schemes: disability, how many of the 254,630 Work...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) private sector and (b) public sector jobs were created as a result of the Future Jobs Fund in each parliamentary constituency in...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people in each local authority area have claimed incapacity benefit in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who were on incapacity benefit have found employment in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were transferred from jobseeker's allowance to long-term incapacity benefit in each financial year since 1997; and what...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason his Department no longer publishes statistics on Jobcentre Plus vacancies: and if he will publish such statistics in the future.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) longest duration of a jobseeker's allowance claim in each local authority area was in each year since 1997.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual saving to the Exchequer when an individual who was claiming jobseeker's allowance moves into...

      Materials Handling Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to revoke the Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations 2010 and the Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes...

      Mining: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and (b) other Ministers or officials in that Department to...

      Mining: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Atos in assessing health related compensation claims of former mine workers.

      Mining: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the potential health issues associated with working underground in mines.

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its arm's...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children in the UK who will be deemed to be in poverty as a result of changes in welfare benefits...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential of social investment bonds as a source of funding for employment support; and if he will make a...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has provided to registered social landlords on managing increases in rent arrears.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of providing language interpretation services for people claiming benefits in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland in each of the last...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the new burdens doctrine Guidance for Government Departments, issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many (a) employment and support allowance or incapacity benefit and (b) disability living allowance cases where the initial tribunal has...

      Social Security Benefits: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency have been (a) investigated and (b) prosecuted for benefit fraud in each of the last...

      Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the distributional effects across households per decile of income through equivalised income for each nation...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average length of time callers to his Department's local offices in (a) Leeds and (b) England have to wait before their call is...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of children in each parliamentary constituency were living in households claiming out-of-work benefits in each...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people in arrears on their rental payment and who are recipients of housing benefit will automatically continue to have their housing...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department will be issuing guidance to clarify what safeguards will be put in place for people who are currently in arrears on...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been involved in universal credit pilot schemes to date; how participants in the pilot scheme were selected; what steps...

      Universal Credit: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of claimants in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne North constituency and (b) Newcastle upon Tyne who...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has undertaken a cumulative impact assessment of changes to welfare since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider allowing people with learning disabilities to be assessed less regularly for benefits eligibility by Atos Healthcare on...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of appeals against work capability assessment decisions were unsuccessful in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 in...

      Work Capability Assessment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of work capability assessments were successfully appealed against in (a) Birmingham, Erdington constituency, (b)...

      Work Experience: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people participated in the Government's work experience schemes in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey in the latest period...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons people (a) in receipt of working tax credit will be exempt and (b) on a work programme placement will not be exempt from the...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision has been made in defence spending plans for upgrades to Apache attack helicopters.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 23 January (WA 209-10), what is the major point of illegal entry by asylum seekers first registered in...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment as to whether current British citizens would be able to pass the new United Kingdom citizenship test. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Business Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-domestic hereditaments would, under a deferral of the rating revaluation, face changes in business rates liability in the billing year 2015-16...

      Children: Data Sharing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure agreement across public services to the use of a single identifying reference number for children to enable better co-ordination of...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of self-immolations by protestors in Tibet; when they last raised the issue of self-immolations with the Government of...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to continue after April 2013 with the 50% council tax discount on a second home owned by a person who is obliged to live in a dwelling...

      Disabled People: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place to measure local authorities' adherence to government guidance concerning the provision of funds from the Disabled Facilities Grant.

      Disabled People: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was allocated and spent in England through the Disabled Facilities Grant in each of the past five years, broken down by local authority.

      Drones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether drones are being used by the police or Armed Forces to carry out surveillance operations over the United Kingdom.

      Economy: Gross Value Added

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, based on the latest estimates of local gross value added (GVA) per capita, what are (1) the areas with the 10 highest figures of GVA per capita in the United...

      Education: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that children performing well at primary school go on to attain five good GCSEs.

      European Commission: Publications and Pamphlets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the distribution in United Kingdom schools of the European Commission pamphlet Ten Years of the Euro-10 Success Stories; and...

      European Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support amending European Union law so that the European Parliament has a single location for its work.

      Government Departments: Catering Facilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the subsidy for catering facilities in the Whitehall offices of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

      Government Departments: e-mail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 28 January (HL4729), whether the Information Commissioner's guidance relating to private e-mail accounts has been...

      Health: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by Earl Howe on 31 January, by what means they will achieve any reduction in the number of people attending the Lewisham Accident and...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers will be meeting representatives of Prostate Cancer UK to discuss its report entitled Value-Based Pricing: Getting it Right for People with Cancer.

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the extension of the Cancer Drugs Fund beyond January 2014.

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many former school teachers in England have died of mesothelioma during the past 10 years.

      Health: Waiting Times

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of waiting times for hospital beds in Essex; and whether they will take steps to improve that situation.

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the impact of the Emmaus Communities on the annual finances of (1) central, and (2) local, government; and whether they will assist the...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their anticipated expenditure on the new homes bonus in (1) 2013-14, (2) 2014-15, and (3) 2015-16; and what are the corresponding Barnett formula...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often meetings have been held between the British Transport Police and Eurostar to discuss child trafficking. To ask Her Majesty's Government how often the...

      Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 30 January (WA 335), what are the daily fees paid to the chairman and members of the Chilcot inquiry.

      Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the number of migrants who will enter the United Kingdom from (1) Bulgaria, and (2) Romania, when barriers to citizens of those countries...

      NHS: General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many general practitioners are currently working in each region in England.

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of piracy against United Kingdom-bound ships in the Indian Ocean have occurred over the past five years; and, of those, how many were...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they give to the Planning Inspectorate in relation to the assessment of the viability of housing developments.

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local planning authorities have adopted policies and charging schedules for the Community Infrastructure Levy; and which have policies and schedules that are...

      Public Interest Lawyers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 17 November 2010 (WA 213), what payments were made to Public Interest Lawyers by the Ministry of Defence in the...

      Railways: Eurostar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often UK Border Agency staff have met representatives of Eurostar to discuss the issues surrounding unaccompanied children travelling on Eurostar services.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the termination of the Great Western franchise competition, whether they expect to pay compensation to companies that had previously worked on bids; if...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Earl Attlee on 28 January concerning the HS2 project (Official Report, col. 1342), what is their best forecast of the final cost of the...

      Severe Winter Weather

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to minimise disruption due to recent severe weather of key services for residents in rural areas.

      Teachers: Industrial Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to avoid the prospect of industrial action by teachers this summer.

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