Written answers

Monday, 25 February 2013

  • Wales

    • Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse.

  • Attorney-General

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU arrest warrant in enabling the Crown Prosecution Service to pursue suspected criminals who have absconded...

    • Buildings

      To ask the Attorney-General what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by the Law Officers' Departments.

      Buildings

      To ask the Attorney-General what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by the Law Officers' Departments.

      Buildings

      To ask the Attorney-General what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of the Law Officers' Departments; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Law Officers'...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2013, Official Report, column 696W, on children: abuse, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the Director of...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Information Officers

      To ask the Attorney-General how many press officers are employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) each region and (b) its London headquarters.

      Crown Prosecution Service: Interpreters

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of interpreters used by Crown Prosecution Service witness care units in (a) Lancashire, (b) Staffordshire, (c) West Yorkshire and (d) the West Midlands...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what the Law Officers' Departments' core statutory obligations are; and what estimate he has of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation; (2) if he...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Attorney-General how much surplus food was thrown away by the Law Officers' Departments in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      GPT

      To ask the Attorney-General when he expects the Serious Fraud Office to conclude its investigation into allegations concerning GPT Special Project Management Ltd.

      Information Officers

      To ask the Attorney-General how many press officers were employed by the Law Officers' Departments in each year since 2010.

      Islam

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the draft guidelines issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions on social media crimes in preventing Islamophobia online; and if he...

      Meat: Labelling

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service made for offences related to the mislabelling of meat products in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what the Crown Prosecution Service’s policy is on prosecuting employers who fail to pay the national minimum wage to their employees.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) for what reasons the Crown Prosecution Service does not record the numbers of cases referred to it by the police for offences other than rape and...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what the policy of the Crown Prosecution Service is on informing complainants of the judgment made following an application of no case to answer at the end of the...

      Regulation

      To ask the Attorney-General how many and which regulations the Law Officers’ Departments have repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has made of the savings...

      Regulation

      To ask the Attorney-General how many regulations the Law Officers' Departments introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; if he will list those regulations; and what estimate he has made...

      Schengen Agreement

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the utility of the Schengen information database for UK prosecutors in bringing suspected criminals overseas to justice.

      Sentencing: Females

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of the cases that he (a) was referred and (b) took up regarding unduly lenient sentences related to female offenders in the latest period for which...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General on what dates (a) he and (b) the Solicitor-General discussed unauthorised payments made to members of staff at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) with the director of the...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many legal opinions he has sought on the recoverability of the unauthorised payments made to staff leaving the Serious Fraud Office in 2012; (2) on what...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) which consultancies with a relationship with the Serious Fraud Office were the subject of Sir Alex Allan's review; (2) whether members of the Serious Fraud...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has contracts with any of the consultancies whose relationships with the SFO were the subject of Sir Alex Allan's review.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will give public notification of each occasion on which the Serious Fraud Office requests additional funding from HM Treasury.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2013, Official Report, column 696W, on Serious Fraud Office: funding, how exceptionally large Serious Fraud Office cases can be...

      Sexual Offences: Counselling

      To ask the Attorney-General how many (a) victims and (b) witnesses in sexual assault cases who gave evidence in court in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 were advised by the Crown Prosecution...

      Staff

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff were employed by the Law Officers' Departments in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed.

      Training

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, from which companies the House of Commons has procured water coolers in the last...

    • Hays

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons Service paid Hays in the last 12 months; and how much...

  • Defence

    • Basing Decisions: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the effects on local employment of the decision to base HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth.

    • Arctic Convoys: Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made on the awarding of an Arctic convoy star medal to veterans of the second world war Arctic convoys.

      Afghanistan: Equipment Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the process will be for deciding which vehicles, equipment and other material will be recovered from Afghanistan in the run-up to the end of combat...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support he is providing to sustain peace in Libya.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service and civilian personnel are assigned to the defence advisory team in Libya; and what the cost of the defence advisory team to the public...

      Advisory Committee On Conscientious Objectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors was in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Advisory Committee On Conscientious Objectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases were dealt with by the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of military operations in Afghanistan is in financial year 2013-14.

      Air Force: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the RAF website has not published a monthly operational update of its work since September 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2012 to the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Official Report, columns 1074-5W, on armed forces: sexual...

      Babcock International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value is of each contract Babcock International has with his Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department; (2) how many staff are based in each property used by...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on professional services in each of the last five years.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department is signed up to the Government's Cycle to Work scheme; (2) who his Department's cycling champion is; (3) what progress his...

      Dalgety Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he received the Committee on Medical Aspects of Reduction in the Environment report on radiation at Dalgety Bay; (2) what reports or evidence...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent Memorandum of Understanding signed with (a) Canada, (b) Norway and (c) Denmark.

      Deloitte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with Deloitte in each month of (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; (2) how much his...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role is to be assigned to each strategic exchange officer post to be exchanged with France; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons Ghurkas were historically not allowed to access pensions or social security benefits when made redundant.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason Gurkhas were classed as foreigners and mercenaries before 1997.

      Gurkhas: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department has on children of Gurkhas despite being born in the UK being registered as being born in Hong Kong or Brunei.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) start date, (b) planned completion date, (c) expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) expected cost was of each information...

      Libya and Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the defence sections of the British Embassy in (a) Libya and (b) Somalia is to be opened.

      Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the statement on page 17 of the annexes to his Department's Business Plan 2012-15, published on 31 May 2012, that his Department will...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the total cost to the Exchequer of the British deployment to Mali in support of French military intervention in that country.

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the members are of the Committee on the Polar Medal; and who that committee's chairman is.

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria are used to award the Polar Medal.

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the recipients of the Polar medal in each of the last 10 years, together with their citations.

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) polar explorers and (b) employees of the British Antarctic Survey have been awarded the Polar Medal in each of the last 25 years.

      Military Bases: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department’s bases where radiation particles have been located are now subject to remediation action plans.

      Military Bases: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the work started on the clean-up of Almondbank, Perth; and when he expects such work to be completed.

      Military Decorations: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service medals have been awarded to armed forces personnel from Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency; and how this figure compares to the (a)...

      National Army Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on the National Army Museum in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he plans to publish cost estimates for operations in North Africa.

      Nuclear Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on research, development and demonstration for (a) nuclear fission and (b) nuclear fusion in each year since 2005.

      Offshore Industry: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate his Department has made of the annual cost to the public purse of the provision of security for the UK’s offshore oil and gas...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which sites owned by his Department are currently earmarked for disposal; how long each site has been on the market; and what is the size of each site. [R]

      Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has gained from sales of its property in Wrexham in the last 10 years.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black or...

      Qinetiq: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his Department has had with QinetiQ regarding the clarification of pension costs supplied by that company as part of the...

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he has made a public request for potential polluters of Almond Bank, Perth to self-identify; (2) what process his Department has agreed...

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to identify other possible polluters of radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay Beach, Fife.

      RAF Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) Royal Air Force Museum London and (b) Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii) 2012-13.

      Rare Earths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the importance of rare earth elements to defence guidance and control systems and electronic warfare; and what estimate he...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and which regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has made of the savings which...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what the anticipated cost is of each.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) employers, (b) trade unions and (c) other organisations were consulted by his Department on the planned changes to the reserves.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential risks associated with not recruiting a sufficient reserve force to complement regular capability.

      Reserve Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made towards the implementation of Future Reserves 2020 in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Naval Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on the National Museum of the Royal Navy in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of officials of the three most senior grades in his Department have (a) resigned, (b) taken voluntary early retirement, (c)...

      Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the value of the Terms of Business Agreement between his Department and BAE Systems in respect of the shipbuilding facility...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual basis; (2) what steps he is...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations.

      Timothy MacColl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with officials in Dubai regarding the disappearance of Timmy MacColl.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of using unmanned aerial vehicles on security missions to date.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to review the UK Reaper remotely piloted air system as required by article 36 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the use of unarmed unmanned aerial systems in the UK; and what plans he has for their future use.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will undertake an assessment of the aural and psychological effects of the use of armed and unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles on those affected by...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2013 to the hon. Member for Plymouth Moor View, Official Report, column 50W, on unmanned air vehicles, if he will...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2012, Official Report, column 29W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether his Department has provided any unarmed drone...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2012, Official Report, column 31W, on Afghanistan, how many unmanned aerial vehicle strikes have been conducted by...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance he plans to provide to the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-terrorism and Human Rights' inquiry into the use of unmanned aerial vehicles;...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to review the use of unmanned aerial and maritime vehicles as required by Article 36 of Additional Protocol I to the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will undertake an assessment of the legality of targeted killings by remotely piloted air systems.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) psychological and (b) physical assessments his Department has undertaken on Royal Air Force pilots of unmanned aerial vehicles; and if he will...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Government of Uzbekistan about military equipment to be transferred to the latter in exchange for shipping out UK...

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department retains the expertise and knowledge of senior former members of the armed services.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what planning applications for onshore wind turbines were objected to by his Department between the period (a) 1 June and 31 December 2010, (b) 1 January...

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

  • Prime Minister

    • Mass Media

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) for what reason his meetings with media executives and journalists have not been published since June 2012; (2) if he will publish the details of all meetings...

    • Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister on which occasions he has discussed the funding of a future nuclear deterrent with the Secretary of State for Defence in the last 12 months.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what regulations her Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse.

  • Education

    • Academies Capital Maintenance Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many additional academy places have been created through the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund to date.

    • Adoption: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many couples in Brigg and Goole constituency adopted a child in each of the last three years.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what disciplinary procedures relating to child protection he has put in place for adults working with the cadet forces taking part in the...

      Child Minding: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many childminders in Birmingham were registered with Birmingham city council in each year since 2005.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he will publish the reports of the work of the task and finish groups on children's homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he will publish the results of the consultation on the sharing of registration details of children's homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the prevalence of (a) alcohol and (b) substance abuse amongst parents whose children have been taken into care.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the prevalence of (a) alcohol and (b) substance abuse amongst children in care.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to his Department's More Great Childcare report, what consultations his Department undertook with people who work in child care to...

      Children: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effect of new digital technology and media on the attention span of pupils and students.

      Children: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research his Department has commissioned on the effect of digital technology on the brains of children and young people.

      Children: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the effect of the overuse of digital technology on academic standards.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how the Government plans to analyse the responses to its consultation entitled, Measuring Child Poverty: a consultation on better measures of child...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 813W, on children: protection, for what reasons his Answer did not also include the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to reform social work training to ensure social workers have an understanding of the effect of maltreatment on older children.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the funding of new nursery places will be in addition to the funding of children's centres; and whether the funding of such children's centres...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) for what reasons his Department's expert advisory group on violence against women and girls was disbanded; (2) what recent discussions he has...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate he has of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation.

      Dominic Cummings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what travel expenses his special adviser, Dominic Cummings, has claimed from the public purse since his appointment; and what the (a) date, (b) venue...

      Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils who did not have a statement of special educational needs in each school achieved no qualifications by the end...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the empty or largely empty buildings owned by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students who studied (a) politics and (b) geography at GCSE level went on to study it further at A-level in each of the last five years.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education at schools at which more than 50 per cent of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 were eligible for free school meals, how many and what proportion of...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to his answer of 24 January 2013, Official Report, columns 397-400W, on GCSE, if he will provide the figures broken down by (a) boys and (b) girls.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total cost was of his Department's consultation on reform of GCSEs; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many formal complaints his Department has received about the conduct of special advisers in his Department since May 2010 from (a) other...

      Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the procedure is for reporting (a) grievance procedures and (b) payoffs resulting from grievance procedures to his Department's Education Board;...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on providing age-related guidance for sex and relationship education in primary schools.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education who is responsible for the safeguarding and security of home schooled children.

      ICT: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to encourage the teaching of computer coding in schools.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to increase the power of Ofsted to monitor and report as a standard part of all inspections on the quality and sustainability of the...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average number of forms of entry is of primary schools in England and Wales.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his private ministerial office has spent on subscriptions to (a) the New York Review of Books and (b) the Times Educational Supplement in the...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in Brigg and Goole constituency received funding from the pupil premium in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; and how much such funding...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the report by Sir Michael Wilshaw on the pupil premium, what additional measures his Department is taking to ensure that the pupil...

      Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost to the public purse was of support staff in schools for children whose first language is not English in the latest period for which...

      Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children whose first language is not English attend (a) primary and (b) secondary school.

      Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the quality of education in classes where there are children who have very limited knowledge of English.

      Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils for whom English is a second language there are in schools in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Pupils: Languages

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

      Pupils: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if his Department will provide guidance to schools on tailoring their policy with regard to study leave for students taking end of year examinations at...

      Reading: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much funding his Department has provided to the year one phonics screening check to date; (2) how many meetings he had with teaching unions...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and which regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has made of the savings which...

      Royal National College for the Blind

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department's funding to the Royal National College for the Blind; and what plans he has for future...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children receive free milk at school.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to maintain minimum standards of physical education in schools in respect of (a) the amount of time schools allocate and (b)...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to promote the playing of traditional British sports in schools.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether any staff in his private office are on secondment.

      Sixth Form Colleges: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the level of VAT payable by sixth form colleges.

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he will publish the evaluation of the Step Up to Social Work pilots; (2) what changes he has made to the Step Up to Social Work courses.

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish details of the contract tendering process for the Frontline Social Work Programme.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support his Department provides to schools in rural communities to encourage provision for children with special educational needs during school...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions to local authority budgets on the ability of services included in local offers to be delivered.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that the needs of pupils currently on School Action and School Action Plus programmes will be met by the local offer.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he expects to publish (a) the regulations concerning the approval of independent special schools and special post-16 institutions as...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of education funding reforms on independent specialist providers.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the full-time equivalent headcount was of officials in the Safeguarding department of his Department in (a) May 2010 and (b) January 2013; and...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the full-time equivalent headcount was of officials in the Children, Young People and Family division of his Department in (a) May 2010 and (b)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether a Minister from his Department will attend the 3rd OECD/EI International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2013. [R]

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what weight will be given to a school's ability to find suitable long-term employment for its teacher trainees in the allocation of future teacher...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on (a) the Government Car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year since 2009-10;...

      UK Council for Child Internet Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many whole-time equivalent officials in his Department worked on the UK Council of Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) in (a) May 2010 and (b)...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and engineering industries.

      Young People: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the occasions on which his Department has met other Government Departments or outside bodies to discuss the Government's youth sport...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the arrangements being made by local authorities to stay in contact with 16 to 18 year olds not in employment, education...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a)...

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated to each unitary and district council to fund a council tax scheme from April 2013; and what formula...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has issued to councils regarding devising schemes for administering council tax benefit from April 2013.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate he has of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the prevalence is of (a) alcohol abuse and (b) other substance abuse amongst families involved in the Troubled Families...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the costs of decommissioning fracking sites are.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what correspondence he has had with local authorities regarding fracking and the provision of section 106 agreements to cover...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities regarding permissions and agreements with regard to the...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to Lord Bates of 19 October 2012, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA489, on government...

      Government Procurement Card

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

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of all homelessness (a) applications and (b) acceptances were from black, Asian and minority ethnic households...

      Housing: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of whether taxes on a single self-build property through the affordable housing levy and the...

      Local Government Finance: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons he intends to reduce the 2013-14 formula grant for the East Riding of Yorkshire by more than the national average.

      Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether elected mayors are employees.

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what cash and non-cash means-tested benefits are provided by his Department; what the rules are in respect of means-testing for...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Localism Act 2011, whether (a) an emerging local plan, (b) a new local plan or (c) a fast-track change to...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those...

      Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what investment he has made to promote the introduction of pop-up shops across the UK.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to reduce sickness absence in his Department.

      Social Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has undertaken research into the (a) quality and (b) age of electrical installations in the social rented...

      Social Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with what frequency the requirements of the Decent Home Standard with regard to electrical products and installations are reviewed.

      Social Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has considered including provision for the update of electrical safety within the requirements of the Decent Homes...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum...

      Vacant Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the protection of fields from development to prevent urban sprawl.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to ensure that local authorities have sufficient financial resources available to fund appeals against...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in her Department; whether her Department has an (a) internal alcohol...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish her response to her Department's consultation on its alcohol strategy, including any recommendations for minimum...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in each of the last 10 years, how many asylum applications were received; how many asylum decision were made; how many of those decisions...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2013, Official Report, column 21W, on asylum, what assessment she has made of the efficacy of (a) the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum legacy cases are outstanding; (2) how many outstanding asylum legacy cases have been identified as being criminal to...

      Asylum: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pregnant women in receipt of asylum support were dispersed or relocated during pregnancy (a) once, (b) twice, (c) thrice, (d) four...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many air miles were accumulated by each Minister in her Department in 2012; how such air miles were used; and whether such air miles were...

      Bombings: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps could be taken by the families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings to have that crime reinvestigated; and if she will...

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to removing or altering the penalty charges applied when a person makes a mistake on the registration form...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by her Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of her Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will review the dossiers submitted to her Department by the former hon. Member for Huddersfield West (1979 to 1983) and...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) allegations of, (b) arrests for, (c) charges for, (d) prosecutions for and (e) convictions for (i) rape, (ii) sexual assault and...

      Crime Prevention: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to assess the effectiveness of the initiatives set out in the Government's November 2011 report on Ending Gang and Youth...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential costs and benefits of recording the rate of occurrence of cyber crime.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) who her Department's cycling champion is; (2) what progress her Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee; (3)...

      Demonstrations: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on (a) the provision of information by the police to private companies that are planning or taking civil legal action...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to ensure that the UK Border Agency complies with the recommendations of HM Inspectorate of Prisons on the...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the equipment needed to undertake (a) roadside drug testing and (b) police station drug testing; and...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she plans to have with police and crime commissioners on the introduction of roadside drug testing.

      Drugs: Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passengers entering the UK on ferries have been (a) found in possession of a Class A drug and (b) fined in each year since 2006.

      Elections: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of (a) electoral fraud, (b) crimes of racism and discrimination related to elections and (c) other election-related crime...

      Entry Clearances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the changes in visa application rules implemented in June 2012, how many appeals against visa refusals as a result of these...

      Entry Clearances: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the changes in visa application rules implemented in June 2012, how many appeals against visa refusals as a result of such...

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports she has received on whether Romanian and Bulgarian citizens are abusing principles of free movement in the EU.

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she is taking to avoid officers suspected of misconduct in the Hillsborough disaster retiring; (2) what assessment she has...

      Human Trafficking Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how long the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking was suspended before it was reconvened in May 2010.

      Human Trafficking: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department’s most recent assessment is of the level of human trafficking in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average fine was for employers prosecuted for hiring illegal foreign workers in each of the last five years.

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those fines issued to employers prosecuted for hiring illegal foreign workers was in excess of £10,000 in each of the...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people detained for immigration purposes were recorded as being in a state where their health was likely to be injuriously affected...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons detained for immigration purposes in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12 were considered to have potentially been a victim of torture.

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which independent organisations which provide English language testing services are approved by the UK Border Agency.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public enquiry office appointments have been available for those applying for indefinite leave to remain in each of the last 12 weeks.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many checks performed by the UK Border Agency Employer Checking Service took longer than the service standard of five working days in the...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time for applications from (a) the UK and (b) Scotland for (i) Tier 2 visas, (ii) student visas, (iii) indefinite...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants from (a) the UK and (b) Scotland for (i) Tier 2 visas, (ii) student visas, (iii) indefinite leave to remain and (iv)...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time is for a case worker to consider an application for an extension.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what service improvement plans are in place to ensure that the processing of permanent migration applications happens within service standards.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of other EU member states have registered under the provisions of Part 3 of the Immigration (European Economic Area)...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of other EU member states have been (a) admitted and (b) refused entry to the UK under Regulation 11(2) of the Immigration...

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration applications for residence as the spouse of an EU citizen are outstanding (a) six months and (b) one year after the...

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many live appeals there are against refusal of leave to remain as a spouse; (2) how many immigration appeals against refusal of...

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential level of immigration to Northern Ireland from Bulgaria and Romania when transitional controls...

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) UK Border Agency enforcement officers and (b) police officers are currently working to tackle sham marriages.

      MI5: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many MI5 files relating to Welsh nationalists are held by (a) the security services and (b) the National Archives.

      Passports: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2012, Official Report, column 276W, on post offices, what assessment she has made of (a) the extent and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer from the Prime Minister of 13 February 2013, Official Report, column 855, if she will publish the (a) definition of...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of ballot papers were spoilt in each constabulary in the police and crime commissioner elections in November 2012.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of offences were dealt with out of court in each year from 2002 to 2012 (a) in England and Wales and (b) by police authority area.

      Police: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent police officers were recruited in Copeland constituency in each of the last three years.

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers currently serving in the Metropolitan Police Service are (a) black and (b) Asian.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of whether reducing starting salaries for police constables will affect levels of diversity within police forces.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants were interviewed for vacant positions for (a) chief constable and (b) deputy chief constable between January and July 2012.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the candidates interviewed for the 12 chief constable positions appointed since November 2012 were (a) black or minority ethnic,...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she intends to review the curriculum at the Police Staff college; (2) at what stage leadership is taught to police officers...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people she appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations her Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she intends to issue to police forces in England and Wales on the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013; and when any such guidance will...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made any assessment of potential links between rising prices of legal tobacco products due to changes in taxation and demand...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department plans to take to deal with illegal tobacco smuggling.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are based in each property used by her Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate her Department’s total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many stop and searches were carried out for each category of offence in each police force in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; (2)...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what proportion of drug-related stop and searches led to drug seizure in each of the last three years; what proportion of...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of those arrested following stop and searches in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 were (i) male and (ii) female; (2)...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many intimate stop and searches were carried out by each police force in each year since 2010; and how many people stopped and searched...

      Theft: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to (a) counter and (b) prevent theft of large goods vehicles and their loads.

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the economic impact of stolen copper telephone cables in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency, (b)...

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on whether, if the Scrap Metal Dealers' Bill supported by the Government were to be enacted, people...

      Tourists: Passenger Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has taken steps to require the cruise industry to assist the UK Border Agency to fast-track low-risk passengers...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on training courses run by Common Purpose in each of the last five years.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people failed to attend the UK Border Agency office at Liverpool in 2012 for premium service appointments; and how many such...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what increase there has been in the number of UK Border Agency staff working on (a) temporary and (b) permanent migration since 8 July 2012.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of her Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged (a) 10, (b) 11, (c) 12 and (d) 13 were (i) arrested, (ii) charged and (iii) found guilty of a criminal offence in each...

  • Transport

    • A458 and A483

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) with reference to the Welsh Government's National Transport Plan, intervention 98, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government...

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a) internal alcohol policy and...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of increasing ethanol imports under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation on the ethanol and biodiesel...

      Bridges: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London and Transport for London regarding construction of a bridge over the Thames at Gallions Reach.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by his Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Department, (b)...

      Crossrail Line: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2013, Official Report, column 601W, on Crossrail line, whether the Welsh Government would receive a 100 per cent...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will consider issuing the summary of outcomes of the cycling demonstration towns and cycling cities and towns programmes as a written...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the tax planning of Heathrow Holdings Ltd on the (a) service offered to passengers at London...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that any long-term planning to link High Speed 2 to High Speed 1 and continental European services explores options...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many homes in (a) Stafford constituency and (b) England have been issued with a compulsory purchase order following the publication of phase two of...

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorists drive cars that are not compatible with E10 fuel.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements there are for allocating particular models of car to Ministers through the Government Car Service.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2012, Official Report, column 276W, on post offices, what assessment he has made of (a) the extent and (b) the...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that passenger refunds will (a) form part of the Government's ticketing review and (b) be reformed to deliver a system...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much local authorities in England have spent on Hackney carriage surveys in the last five years.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2013, Official Report, column 198W, on conditions of employment, what the average weekly hours of employment are for...

    • Crime and Courts Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effects of section 32 of the draft Crime and Courts Bill on public perceptions of the impartiality and...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) who his Department's cycling champion is; (2) what progress his Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee; (3) whether his...

      Election Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times an election court has been convened in the last 30 years; and what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) cost of running...

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what revenue has accrued to the public purse from the Victims' Surcharge since May 2010.

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate his Department has made of any extra expenditure that will be incurred by courts and tribunals as a result of reductions in the G4S total...

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Lord Chief Justice on the appointment of a judge to preside over the Hillsborough inquests.

      Industrial Disputes: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will launch an urgent public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the arrest and conviction of 24 workers who took part in the Shrewsbury...

      Juries: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to publish a response to the consultation on removing the upper age limit for jurors in England and Wales undertaken under the previous...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 632W, on legal aid scheme, how much and what proportion of the total legal aid budget...

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent assessment he has made of the application process for a lasting power of attorney; (2) what steps he is taking to expedite the time...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with which countries the UK has a prisoner transfer agreement.

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he made of whether his Department will be open to compensation claims from those prisoners possibly affected by contaminated halal meat...

      Private Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many private prosecutions were brought in courts in England and Wales in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he intends to take to ensure that the use of deferred prosecution agreements avoids any public perception that wealthy corporations allegedly...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black or...

      Public Order Act 1986

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 for behaviour that was found to be insulting in each of the last five years.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners reoffend within one year of release; (2) what assessment he has made of the correlation between a prisoner’s gender and...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reoffending rate was in (a) England, (b) Hull and (c) Kingston upon Hull North constituency in each of the last five years.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims made at the small claims court were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in each of the last 10 years.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the working of the Small Claims Court.

      Solicitors: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) received against solicitors in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many stop and searches in each police force led to a conviction in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Styal Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners at HMP Styal are from Wales.

      Trafford Housing Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has held on the effect of the recent legal case between Mr Adrian Smith and Trafford Housing Trust on his Department's policies on...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to revise the existing Code of Practice for Victims of Crime; what consultation process will be undertaken to revise the Code; and if...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals were made to a First Tier Tribunal hearing against failed work capability assessments in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals were made to an upper tribunal hearing against failed work capability assessments in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on appeals against work capability assessments in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many male offenders are in the secure youth estate in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) how many female offenders are in...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young people under the age of 16 there are in the secure estate, by age; and how many of each age have a mental health problem or learning...

      Young Offenders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice of people aged under 18 years old who were arrested in the Metropolitan police area in each year from 1997 to 2012, how many had previously been found...

      Young Offenders: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many young offenders have entered the secure youth estate having previously been subject to a school action plan plus since May 2010; (2) how...

      Young Offenders: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many young offenders have entered the secure youth estate having previously been diagnosed with having learning difficulties since May 2010;...

      Young Offenders: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many young offenders have entered the secure youth estate having previously been subject to an educational health and care plan since May 2010;...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Elections: Petitions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many election petitions have been filed in the last 30 years; and what the reasons for the filing of each was.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a) internal alcohol policy and (b)...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional revenue generated by the application of annual licence fees for 700 MHz spectrum from the end of 2014.

      Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department; (2) what the names and locations are of all properties used...

      Child Benefit: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to end child benefit payments to non-resident children of migrant workers; and if he intends to copy other European Economic Area...

      Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the level of funding available through the Coastal Communities Fund for future years.

      Corporation Tax: Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2013, Official Report, column 517W, on corporation tax: Duchy of Cornwall, whether he plans to consider whether or not...

      Cycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) who his Department's cycling champion is; (2) what progress his Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee; (3) whether his...

      Debts Written Off: Burma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms he has put in place to ensure that British debt relief to Burma is spent on poverty reduction rather than the military.

      Excise Duties: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect the incidence of downtrading in the tobacco market has on revenue to the Exchequer.

      Excise Duties: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 446W, on excise duties: tobacco, when he expects to sign the World Health Organisation's...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Inheritance Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of estates in Scotland which were subject to inheritance tax in 2011-12; and which will be so subject in each year...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions (a) he and (b) HM Revenue and Customs has had with the (i) Attorney-General and (ii) the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) about the...

      Minimum Wage: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employers in (a) Pendle and (b) Lancashire have received a warning for non-payment of the minimum wage in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Minimum Wage: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many notices of underpayment of the national minimum wage have been served to employers in (a) Scotland and (b) East Lothian constituency in (i)...

      Minimum Wage: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employers in (a) Hull, (b) Kingston upon Hull North constituency and (c) East Yorkshire have received a warning for non-payment of the minimum wage...

      Money Advice Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what redundancy payments have been made to staff as a result of the Money Advice Service review; and if he will publish the documentation in relation...

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many special severance payments were reported to his Department by (a) NHS foundation trusts and (b) NHS acute trusts in the last year for which figures...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (1) estimate he has made of the number of people with pensions who have taken an annuity provision from their pension between 1 January 2008 and 31...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black or...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequentials will be awarded to Wales as a result of funding allocated to projects in England under the local investment element of the Green...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of interest that will accrue to the Exchequer from holding deposits for the 4G spectrum auction; how he intends to...

      Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what the anticipated cost is of each.

      Revenue and Customs: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many authorised agents have had their registration with HM Revenue and Customs deleted as a result of a data-cleansing routine; how many (a)...

      Revenue and Customs: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase awareness among small and medium-sized enterprises of the HM Revenue and Customs procurement plan.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the number of double-handled calls made to HM Revenue and Customs call centres; (2) what plans he has to monitor the...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the customer service experience of HM Revenue and Customs call centres.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 927-8W, on roads: construction, what road building schemes he has announced in his...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual basis; (2) what steps he is taking...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands, (c) Dudley borough and (d) Dudley North constituency receive (i) carer's allowance and (ii) tax credits.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 601W, on social care funding, what discussions he has had with the Scottish...

      Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has given consideration to raising the limits on tax relief on save as you earn share option schemes and share incentive plans.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to tackle tax avoidance; and if he will consider strengthening disclosure of tax avoidance schemes guidance to help developing countries.

      Taxation: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered introducing energy tax exemptions such as exist in Germany to protect the long-term competitiveness of the UK's energy-intensive...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his Department has had with organisations, businesses and charities from the west midlands on youth unemployment in...

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent staff were employed at Big Society Capital in each of the last 12 months; and how many such staff (a) left and (b) joined...

    • Civil Service Advisory Board

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on the implementation of decisions of the Civil Service Advisory Board.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure that all (a) hon. Members and (b) Secretaries of State are aware of guidance published by his Department in July 2005...

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the cost of living, at today's prices, for the average family in each of the last 30 years.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of the cyber security of different brands of mobile devices.

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of recent trends in female employment in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK.

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of women with children who are (a) not employed, (b) in part-time work and (c) in full-time work (i) in Glasgow...

      Employment: Retail Trade

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England are employed in the retail sector.

      Employment: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what proportion of people were self-employed in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years;...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the average number of hours a week spent in employment by people under 18 years old in each of the last 30 years.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of teenagers under 18 years old were in work in each constituency in each of the last 30 years.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Married People: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many hours were worked on average by married couples in each of the last 30 years.

      Older Workers: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of people aged over 65 in the working population in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire...

      Olympic Games 2012: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which body now owns the database of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games volunteers; and if he will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the total cost of the volunteering programme up to and after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and if he will...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) national average income per head and (b) regional average income per head in England was in each month since May 2010; and what the average...

      Personal Income: Tees Valley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average (a) personal and (b) household (i) gross and (ii) net income is in the Tees Valley.

      Population

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will calculate from the 2011 census the number of adult citizens over 18 years of age residing in the UK from (a) the Commonwealth, (b) the...

      Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many and which regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has made of the savings...

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many thefts of motor vehicles were recorded in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years.

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many thefts of motor vehicles were recorded in (a) Hull and (b) Kingston upon Hull North constituency in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland

    • Corporate Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has paid to the Scottish Government for corporate services in each year since May 2010; and what services were provided for such...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of people in Scotland who will receive housing benefit that is (a) less than £5, (b) £5 to £10,...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost to the Exchequer has been of his ministerial car in each of the last three years.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2013, Official Report, column 7W, on biomass, if he will assess the potential social...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which TB infected cattle sent for slaughter may enter the UK food chain;...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department.

      Coastal Erosion: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of any sea level rises which will affect the Dorset coastline over the next (a) 10, (b) 30 and...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the response to the recent floods.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of food waste from the commercial catering sector was sent to landfill in each of the last three years for...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider banning dry-branding of wild ponies.

      Meat: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many laboratories in the UK are able to conduct the DNA tests necessary to identify adulterated horsemeat.

      Meat: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much processed and frozen meat has been imported from (a) EU countries and (b) other countries in the last month.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government to assess the potential effect on milk supplies of the...

      National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations on its representation of...

      National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations on its continued representation...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and which regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to European Council Regulation No. 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, what steps...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many ash trees have been planted as part of the Big Tree Plant campaign since the launch of the scheme.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress he has made in implementing the principles of the waste hierarchy; and if he will make a statement.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) east Yorkshire.

  • International Development

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by her Department.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by her...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of her Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports she has received on whether there is unrestricted access for the delivery of humanitarian access in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many children in Chin State, Burma will benefit from the work of the Myanmar Education Consortium.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent on outside consultants working on Burma-related issues in each of the last two years.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department has provided for rehabilitation and counselling services for former political prisoners in Burma.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who her Department's cycling champion is.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress her Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has signed up to the Government's Cycle to Work scheme.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what specific criteria on value for money must be satisfied before her Department allocates funds to the Green Climate Fund.

      Developing Countries: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many projects her Department is funding that involve (a) inclusive financial services and (b) reform of regulatory environments for...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries her Department is supporting in the training, recruitment and retention of health workers.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department provides to countries to help strengthen their health systems in a long-term and sustainable fashion.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department provides to developing countries to help strengthen their health work forces in line with the World Health...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department is involved in preparations for the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in 2013.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures she is taking in support of the World Health Organisation’s initiative to achieve universal health coverage in...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to (a) reduce growing inequalities in health in developing countries and (b) show that UK aid is...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to measure the effect of its support for health system strengthening in low-income countries.

      Developing Countries: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many projects involving (a) microinsurance and (b) other forms of insurance have been funded on a (i) bilateral and (ii)...

      Developing Countries: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress she has made in documenting the effect of faith groups through systematic research; and what plans she has for such...

      Developing Countries: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress she has made in developing and implementing the Faith Partnership Principles; and if she will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's (a) policy and (b) programme is on (i) micro-hydro power generation and (ii) micro solar power generation.

      Developing Countries: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK support for immunisation reaches those children who are unimmunised.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much surplus food was thrown away by her Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to alleviate and tackle the humanitarian situation in northern Mali.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department is providing advice to aid workers from the UK who are in or may be going to Nigeria, following the recent...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of (a) official development assistance and (b) her Department's budget was spent on (i) direct monitoring...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2013, Official Report, columns 994-95W, on procurement, if she will publish a list of all...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 645W, on procurement, whether the Procurement Group award all...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people she appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, columns 644-45W, on consultants, what proportion of her Department’s...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what regulations her Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in her Department on an annual basis.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to reduce sickness absence in her Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff are based in each property used by her Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate her Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what safeguards are in place to prevent UK aid to tackle the humanitarian situation in Syria being used by the Syrian state.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff of her Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

      Zambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact on the effectiveness of bilateral and multilateral aid to Zambia of the avoidance by UK...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a) internal...

    • British Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much grant has been provided from the public purse to British Nuclear Fuels Limited in each year of its operation.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department.

      Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of domestic premises which have carbon monoxide alarms fitted.

      Centrica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with Centrica on its decision to forfeit its 20 per cent option on four planned nuclear plants.

      Centrica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of Centrica's decision to forfeit its 20 per cent option on four planned nuclear plants.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who his Department's cycling champion is.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has signed up to the Government's Cycle to Work scheme.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department plans to publish the latest edition of Estimated Impacts of Energy and Climate Change Policies.

      Electricity: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to transpose Article 37, section 1(i) and (j) of the Electricity Directive 2009/72/EC on common...

      Electricity: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to transpose Article 40 of the Electricity Directive 2009/72/EC on common rules for the internal...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the levels of transparency in the wholesale energy market.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the level of competition in the wholesale energy market.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of liquidity in the wholesale energy market.

      Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what progress has been made on the implementation of EU Regulation 1227/2011 on wholesale energy market integrity and...

      EU Emissions Trading System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the risk of carbon leakage if he does not provide the maximum level of compensation allowable to energy...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many investigations Ofgem has undertaken under the provisions of article 40 of the electricity directive 2009/72/EC on common...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which hon. Members have been invited by his Department to be Green Deal parliamentary ambassadors; and which have (a) accepted and (b)...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households which have been prevented from taking out a Green Deal package because they have...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much of the funding of his Department's Green Deal communications campaign has been spent by (a) Freud PR, (b) the St Ives Group...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which publications will run Green Deal advertisements as part of his Department's Green Deal communications campaign.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what arrangements he has made with local authorities to allow funding for Green Deal pilot projects that were not spent in the...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) expected cost is...

      Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2013, Official Report, column 241W, on inspections, what other priority work the Inspector has...

      Natural Gas: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to transpose Article 41, section 1(i) and (j) of the Gas Directive 2009/73/EC on common rules for...

      Natural Gas: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to transpose Article 44 of the Gas Directive 2009/73/EC on common rules for the internal market in...

      Natural Gas: Price Fixing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ofgem and (b) the Financial Services Authority on price fixing in the gas market.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much (a) research and development funding and (b) other state support for nuclear fission was provided by his Department in each...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what new monitoring duties have been placed on Ofgem since 2010; and what new information gathering powers have been given to Ofgem in...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many full-time staff are employed at Ofgem for the purposes of (a) monitoring the level of transparency, including of wholesale...

      Power Failures: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in Brigg and Goole constituency experienced electricity supply failure in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013 to date; and what...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and which regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has made of...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what the anticipated cost is of each.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Renewable Heat Incentive on the price of wood.

      Road Haulage Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when he last met the Road Haulage Forum; and who attended that meeting; (2) when he met the Road Haulage Forum in the last year;...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual basis.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce sickness absence in his Department.

      Solar Power: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether his Department has assessed the potential effect of the EU Commission investigation into anti-dumping complaints against...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on (a) the Government Car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year...

      Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what costs are borne by his Department arising from the production, filming and casting of the video entitled Arnold Schwarzenegger's...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely spend across suppliers for (a) core group and (b) broader group households for (i) Year two,...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) core group and (b) broader group households will receive rebates for (i) Year two, (ii) Year three and (iii) Year four of...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) core group and (b) broader group households receiving rebates from the Warm Home Discount scheme are also beneficiaries of...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households (a) received and (b) are estimated to receive rebates under the (i) core group and (ii) broader group elements of...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the amount of (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind power generated in each (i) region, (ii) county in...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities follow best practice guidelines on noise assessments for wind turbine applications.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that doctors and licensed abortion clinics do not intentionally misreport the reasons for which abortions are performed.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department or the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists require an impartial translator to be present when doctors are consulted...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it would be a decision for his Department or for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to require testing of aborted babies to...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the four hour waiting target was missed at each London accident and emergency department in quarter 1 and quarter 2 of 2012-13.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times ambulances waited more than 15 minutes to discharge their patients at accident and emergency departments at each of the hospitals in London...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the relationship between (a) cancer patient experience, (b) clinical effectiveness and...

      Care Quality Commission: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 19 December 2011, Official Report, column 977W, on Care Quality Commission pay, how many special severance payments have...

      Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether cost savings to the NHS resulting from the introduction of supervised community treatment under the Mental Health Act 2007 are on course to reach...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to collect data on the number of people who register with an NHS dentist each year.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made on the development of a new NHS dentistry contract; and whether he has received feedback from clinical groups on the pilot...

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve access to NHS dentistry services for school-age children.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people applied for free NHS sight test vouchers in each of the last three years; and how many such applications were successful.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to review the role of the Food Standards Agency.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made on the development and implementation of quality dashboards by the clinical reference groups on (a) neonatal critical care, (b)...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken in response to recent Care Quality Commission inspection reports on (a) the London Ambulance Service, (b) Chase Farm Hospital, (c)...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications of the census results from Islington, Camden and Haringey for the effect of the rising population on...

      Health Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the National Commissioning Board's fulfilment of its duty to reduce inequalities between patients with their ability to...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England and Wales aged (a) under 11 years, (b) 11 to 16 years, (c) under 18 years and (d) above 18 years were admitted to each hospital...

      Hyperkinetic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of a link between poor early infant attachment and hyperkinetic syndrome; (2)...

      Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will offer special assistance to Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust to help it meet NHS accident and emergency treatment time targets.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pregnant women in receipt of section 95 or section 4 support from the UK Border Agency throughout their pregnancy and birth attended (a) the same...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cash and non-cash means-tested benefits are provided by his Department; what the rules are in respect of means-testing for each such benefit; and how...

      Meat: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received any representations from the Food Standards Agency regarding the potential contamination of meat products other than beef.

      Meat: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the potential contamination of meat products other than beef.

      Meat: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the ban on desinewed meat on the (a) food chain and (b) contamination of beef products.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will recommend that individual commissioners implement National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) approved Oesophageal...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation (a) his Department, (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and (c) other NHS bodies have made of clinical evidence...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will assess the effects of using oesophageal doppler monitoring during surgery on (a) complications, (b) patient outcomes and (c) the...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential saving to the NHS of the oesophageal doppler monitoring uptake programme recommended by his...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate (a) his Department, (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and (c) the NHS Technology Adoption Centre have made of...

      Myodil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who have physical problems as a result of being injected with Myodil; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has conducted a full impact assessment on the decision to move Cumbria's out-of-hours telephone contact to the regional NHS Direct.

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total level of receipts was from the sale of non-trust NHS property in London in (a) each of the last three years and (b) 2013 to date; and if he...

      NHS: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of the most recent (a) in-patient, (b) outpatient, (c) accident and emergency, (d) maternity, (e) mental health and...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Social Services: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of adults are receiving social care in (a) Kent, (b) Medway and (c) Chatham and Aylesford constituency.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on social care for the over 65s in each adult social care department in each of the last five years.

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent annually on care for the elderly (a) resident in residential and nursing care, (b) receiving home care, (c) receiving day care,...

      Social Work: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Russell Group universities have ended their social work degree courses since May 2010.

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 1072-75, on South London Healthcare NHS Trust, what clinical evidence Sir...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of 31 January 2013, Official Report, columns 1072-75, on South London Healthcare NHS Trust, (1) what clinical evidence...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations.

      Surgeons: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on patient care and safety of the withdrawal of the Joint Committee for Higher Surgical...

      Surgery: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many invited reviews were commissioned from the Royal College of Surgeons by hospital trusts, of which his Department had notification, in each year...

      Young Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the secure youth estate had recognised mental health conditions in each year since May 2010; and how many of those conditions were (a)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what estimate she has made of the average pay for (a) men and (b) women in (i) Glasgow North West constituency, (ii) Glasgow, (iii) Scotland and (iv)...

    • Birth Certificates

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether, under the Government's equal marriage proposals, parents will still be able to register themselves as mother and father on their children's...

      Body Confidence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what progress she has made on the Government's body confidence agenda; and if she will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when she intends to reply to (a) the letter of 7 August 2012 from the hon. Member for Chesterfield to her ministerial predecessor and (b) the letter...

      Operating Costs

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the Government Equalities Office's administrative expenditure was in 2010; and what that expenditure will be in 2015.

      Regulation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what regulations she introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many staff of her Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) east Yorkshire.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in her Department; whether her Department has an (a) internal...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will review the framework for agreement and arrangements between network operators and land owners on securing wayleaves and...

      Equality Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer from the Ministry of Justice of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 452W, on Equality Advisory and Support...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will require the national lottery to display the odds of winning on lottery tickets.

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2012, Official Report, column 219W, on press subscriptions, how much her Department has spent on...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people she appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how often her Department produces a staff magazine.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and which regulations her Department has repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate she has made of...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to reduce sickness absence in her Department.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what direct financial support her Department provided to sporting events or organisations in the years (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff are based in each property used by her Department.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding programmes her Department has made available for the provision of local swimming pools for sporting and recreational purposes.

      Tourism: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to promote tourism in Devon and Cornwall.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff of her Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) retail, (b) agriculture, (c) tourism, (d) construction, (e) education, (f) information and communication technology...

    • Apprentices: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many retail apprentices in (a) Pendle and (b) Lancashire completed their apprenticeship programme in 2011-12.

      Apprentices: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employees in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Redditch have worked with the Government's apprenticeship scheme since that...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by...

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage private businesses to sign up to a Prompt Payment Code; and what steps he plans to take...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reason the estimate of the maximum benefits over 10 years of the Hargreaves reforms has been reduced from £26...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he will consult on the recommendations of the Hargreaves Review into IP and Growth that (a) the UK should also promote at EU...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department is signed up to the Government’s Cycle to Work scheme.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who his Department’s cycling champion is.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has any plans to prohibit the use of nominee directors of UK companies.

      Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if his Department will introduce an entertainment-specific definition of when a person is a worker.

      Entertainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the Government's provision of sector-specific guidance on the national minimum wage...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will adopt the carbon emissions factor calculated by the EU when determining the amount of compensation for...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether he will adopt the carbon emissions factor calculated by the EU when determining the amount of compensation to...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what comparative assessment his Department has made of the UK's proposed compensation for energy-intensive industries with...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much EU transition funding the UK will receive in total; and how much each recipient region in the UK will receive in the...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria he will use when allocating EU transition funding to regions of the UK.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the recently announced EU transition funding will be delegated to local enterprise partnerships.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the budget approved for the EU Transition Fund for 2013-14 the Government will retain through top-slicing.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of EU transition zone funding to the UK the Government plans to ring-fence for specific purposes; (2) what...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of regional state aid rules on the distribution of EU transition zone funding in the UK.

      EU Grants and Loans: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of (a) EU transition funds and (b) other EU funds the Government plans to distribute to Plymouth, Torbay and...

      EU Grants and Loans: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of (a) EU transition funds and (b) other EU funds the Government plans to distribute to (i) Hull and (ii)...

      EU Grants and Loans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU budget negotiations on regional funding for Northern Ireland.

      EU Grants and Loans: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the convergence funding in Cornwall on future distribution of EU transition funding...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to assist UK manufacturers of industrial fire safety and air extractor installations with sales in...

      Exports: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support the export of UK creative industry products.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Foreign Investment in UK: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the amount of foreign direct investment in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire...

      Helmets: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on continuing the exemption for Sikhs from requirements to wear safety helmets on construction sites; and if...

      Higher Education: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the application rates were for UCAS' January deadline for each of the following UK-domiciled ethnic groups (a)...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to tackle the problems of people starting multiple limited liability companies and then...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many limited liability companies have been declared insolvent in (a) the UK, (b) Leeds and (c) Leeds North West constituency...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure the IP framework encourages the creation of new content.

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what cash and non-cash means-tested benefits are provided by his Department; what the rules are in respect of means-testing for...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his answer of 15 September 2011, Official Report, column 1357W, on mobile phones, what further progress he has...

      Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many multinational companies have been given access to Ministers under the Government's strategic relations programme; and to...

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote trade with Israel.

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the value of the UK's bilateral trade with Israel.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2012, Official Report, column 276W, on post offices, what assessment he has made of (a) the...

      Property: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the recent sale of the Headquarters of Platinum Prime Property Investments Ltd in the British Virgin Islands,...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) pursuant to his statement of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 33WS, on Regional Growth Fund: Update, whether the...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) pursuant to his statement of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 33WS, on Regional Growth Fund: Update, what reason...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has commissioned an independent analysis of the number of jobs (a) directly and (b) indirectly created and safeguarded...

      Regional Growth Fund: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the Regional Growth Fund on job creation in (a) Hull and (b) Kingston upon Hull...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and which regulations his Department has repealed between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has made...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; if he will list those regulations; and...

      Reptiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many CITES and non-CITES listed reptiles as recorded under Eurostat have been imported into the EU in each year since 2001;...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum...

      Student Finance England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff were employed by Student Finance England in each quarter from 2008 to 2013.

      Student Finance England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints were received by Student Finance England regarding lost documents in each of the last 12 months.

      Student Finance England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what compensation was paid by Student Finance England in respect of lost documents in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy that the Student Loans Company records all documents which it receives by recorded delivery and...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made in implementing an alternative student loan system for those members of the Muslim...

      UK Intellectual Property Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the statutory duties of the Intellectual Property Office is in relation to (a) trademarks, (b) patents, (c) copyright and...

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure a balance between employer and employee rights in cases of unfair dismissal.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of respect for human rights in Algeria.

    • Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the extent of the trade in illicit firearms and military material in Azerbaijan; and what steps...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Azerbaijani Government on human rights abuses in the run-up to the presidential election.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the commitment of the Azeri Government to civil and political freedoms; and what representations...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking independently and together with the EU and his international counterparts to encourage the...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Bahrain on the decision by that country's Ministry of Health to dismiss...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the detention and reported torture of Ahmed Humaidan in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the monitoring of the use of tear gas and protest-related...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of respect for human rights by the Government of Bahrain.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on progress in implementing the Bassiouni Report in Bahrain.

      British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which EU member states require UK nationals seeking to reside in those countries for more than three months to apply for a...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under which conditions suspension of EU sanctions against Burma would occur.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on increased land confiscation in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on Burmese laws and their compatibility with Burma's international human rights obligations; and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions are faced by EU (a) businesses and (b) member states if they break the EU arms embargo on Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on land confiscation in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings UK Government representatives have had with the Kachin Independence Organisation in the last 12 months.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether the Burmese Government plans to sign the International Covenant on Civil and Political...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether Burma has agreed to sign the (a) Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have been held with his EU counterparts in other EU member states on making representations to the Government...

      Conditions of Employment

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

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the cost was of upgrading the diplomatic posts in (a) Abidjan Madagascar to an embassy, (b) Hyderabad to a deputy...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider the recent report by Amnesty International on gender-based violence against women around Tahrir Square; and...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with his Indian counterpart the issue of ensuring that Dalits are prioritised in the strengthening of safety...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of India to prevent the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of India on (a) prisoners at risk of execution and (b) the abolition...

      Intelligence Services: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which countries the UK has (a) formal and (b) informal intelligence sharing arrangements.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will support a resolution on the human rights situation in Iran at the forthcoming session of the Human Rights...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department will raise the persecution of the Bahá'í community in Iran during the dialogue with Special...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he has met the Israeli Ambassador to the UK between 1 and 30 November 2012.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department is issuing precautionary advice to UK nationals in Kenya up to and following the Kenyan presidential...

      Lord's Resistance Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking through diplomatic channels to organise a collective response to the activities of the Lord’s...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the deployment of human rights...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that all military forces active in Mali act in accordance with UNSC Resolution 2085.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority on the importance of direct peace talks.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he plans to have with his counterparts at the United Nations on the nuclear test in north Korea and...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had regarding support for a Nuclear Weapons Convention; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of his Department are working on the proposed WMD-Free Middle East Conference.

      Nuclear Weapons: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which meetings his Department has held with foreign representatives regarding the proposed WMD-Free Middle East Conference (a)...

      Nuclear Weapons: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has spoken to the (a) Israeli Prime Minister, (b) Israeli Foreign Minister or (c) Israeli Ambassador regarding the...

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) officials will join the UK delegation to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Israel on measures to limit the number of civilian casualties in Gaza.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage Israel to end settlement building.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli Government on the actions of the Israeli military in the village of Al Maleh in the...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure Hamas accepts and abides by the Quartet principles. [R]

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the states bordering the Indian ocean on the ability of private security...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Saeed Abedini

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the detention of Saeed Abedini in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the arrest and detainment of signatories of the new Dawn Charter in Sudan; and what...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 747W, on terrorism, what action his Department is taking to...

      Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department last undertook an audit of the currency of the UK’s international treaty obligations as recorded in...

      Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support democratic Government in Tunisia.

      Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Tunisia on the recent shooting of an opposition leader; and whether in those...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 491W, on Western Sahara, what reports he has received on...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 491W, on Western Sahara, what reports he has received on...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that the Government of Zimbabwe respects the rule of law and human rights.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a) internal alcohol...

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid by his Department to Atos in the last two financial years; and how many Atos employees are under contract to his Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by his Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who will claim winter fuel allowance in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow,...

      Disability: Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the need for disabled accessible and assisted toilets at public events to facilitate either side transfers for...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how far in advance of the end of their contribution-based employment and support allowance (ESA) claim the claimant is notified in writing that...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken is for processing income-based employment and support allowance claims.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received from claimants who have been left without any benefit income following the closure of their...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people in the employment and support allowance work-related activity group left the benefit within 12 months of starting on...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the minutes of the Health and Safety Executive board meeting of 31 October 2012 will be published.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of tenants in social housing who will not be able to pay their rent as a consequence of the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of unpaid carers who will be affected by the underoccupancy rules where a partner's disability requires...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to exclude residential properties owned by local authorities when used as temporary accommodation from the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons residential properties owned by local authorities for temporary accommodation are not included in the definition of temporary...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the ability of the private rental market to accommodate those who leave the social rented sector due to an...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support Jobcentre Plus provides for claimants of incapacity benefit whose claims are being reassessed.

      Ingeus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payment his Department provides to Ingeus for each successful job outcome under the Work programme.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the weekly cost to the Exchequer was of jobseeker's allowance paid to people aged 16 to 24 in each year since 2002-03; and what the amount...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what cash and non-cash means-tested benefits are provided by his Department; what the rules are in respect of means-testing for each such...

      New Enterprise Allowance: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 13 February 2013, Official Report, column 713W, on new enterprise allowance: disability, how many disabled people...

      New Enterprise Allowance: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Hull and (b) Kingston upon Hull North constituency are in receipt of the new enterprise allowance.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cleaners and other staff employed by his Department earn less than the living wage.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the savings to the public purse following the abolition of savings credit in each of the five...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that pensioners who are entitled to pension credit are encouraged to claim it.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average total income provided by the Government to pensioners was in each of the last 10 financial years.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of pensioners who will receive means tested benefits under the new single-tier state...

      Pensions: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the projected value in each year from 2015-16 to 2019-20 of employer national insurance contribution revenues,...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will begin to collect data on the (a) length of personal independence payment award and (b) condition of each recipient.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has carried out of the ability of deaf people to carry out daily living activities if they no longer receive funding for...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider exempting dementia patients from the 28 day hospital rule for personal independence payments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the manifestations and nature of dementia in relation to categorising...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether during the transfer period from disability living allowance to personal independence payments carers will have to make a fresh...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were...

      Redundancy: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of redundancy on happiness and well-being levels of workers; and what discussions he has had with...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what estimate he has made of the likely...

      Revenue and Customs: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are currently employed at the Tax Credit Office in Hull; and what estimate he has made of the number of staff (a) retained at...

      Revenue and Customs: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed at the Tax Credit Office in Preston; and how many such staff will be (a) retained at the site, (b) redeployed and...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual basis.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce sickness absence in his Department.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2013, Official Report, column 457W, on social security benefits: hyperactivity, for what reason benefit...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department is providing to local authorities not included in the benefit cap pilot but which have responsibility for displaced...

      Social Security Benefits: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with motor neurone disease (MND) are in receipt of (a) disability living allowance (DLA) and (b) attendance allowance (AA); how...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate his Department’s total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff of his Department are employed in Preston constituency; in which locations; and whether he has any plans to make such staff...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people qualifying for state pension payments on their birthday in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 received payment of their pension...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the revenue likely to be generated by changes in national insurance premiums following the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate his Department has made of the value of the single-tier state pension if it was uprated by (a) earnings, (b) the consumer...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the savings to the public purse following the introduction of the single-tier state pension in 2017 in...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 510W, on state retirement pensions, what the average protected amount is...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the White Paper on the single-tier pension, published in January 2013, for what reasons the cost of the single-tier pension...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the increases to national insurance contributions which would be required to maintain state pension...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of moving all current pensioners onto a single-tier state pension from...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse as a percentage of gross domestic product of maintaining the current...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the draft Pensions Bill, published in January 2013, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2013, Official Report, column 355W, on social enterprises, if he will provide details of the 10 social...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions his Department has had with housing associations on the effect of universal credit on their finances; and if he will...

      Vacancies: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time vacancies are available in the Newcastle upon Tyne travel-to-work area, by job type.

      Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households whose income will be reduced as a consequence of implementation of the provisions of the...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of increase in demand for legal aid funded advice services following reform to the welfare system which will take...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that people who are terminally ill are not (a) inappropriately assessed for benefit entitlement and (b)...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals have been made to the outcome of work capability assessments in each year since 2009.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have ceased to be entitled to incapacity benefit following a work capability assessment in each year since 2009.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have ceased to be entitled to employment support allowance following a work capability assessment in each year since...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time is between a successful appeal against a work capability assessment and a further such assessment on an individual.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on conducting work capability assessments on people who have recently had successful appeals against a change...

      Work Capability Assessment: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who have been diagnosed as terminally ill have (a) undergone a work capability...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether he has received any reports that people on the Work programme classified as being in self-employment have opted for that pathway...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have found work through the Work programme (a) nationally and (b) in Hull who have a (i) visual impairment, (ii) physical...

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

  • House of Lords

    • Abkhazia and South Ossetia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are advising travellers not to visit Abkhazia and South Ossetia; and what reports they have received of any difficulties experienced by United Kingdom...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 February (WA 1), which mothers' countries of origin display a gender imbalance in the birth ratio, and what in...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to ensure that the law on abortion is adhered to in the light of the assertions in the BBC "Panorama" broadcast of 4 February 2013...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 February (WA 27), what estimate they have made of the cost of testing aborted foetuses to ascertain (1) their...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 February (WA 27), whether they, or the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, require an impartial...

      Africa: Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give additional aid to African countries reliant on wildlife-based tourism in order to support efforts to conserve wildlife.

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have adjusted their risk assessment methodology for pesticides to test the safety of systemic pesticides such as nicotinoids; and, if not, whether...

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the length of time residues of nicotinoid pesticides can remain in soil after a treated crop has been harvested, and of the...

      Arab Spring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the European Union response to the Arab Spring: the state of play after two years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 6 February (WA 57-8), where is the major point of illegal entry to the United Kingdom by asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum applicants whose cases have been outstanding for 12 months have so far applied for permission to work in the United Kingdom; how many applications...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are supporting current attempts by the European Union to assist genuine national reconciliation and the implementation of human rights norms in Bahrain.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they most recently discussed human rights violations in Bangladesh with the Government of Bangladesh; and what specific cases were raised during those discussions.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Bangladesh the imprisonment of the Acting General Secretary of the Bangladesh Opposition Party, Mirza Fakrul Islam...

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Bangladesh the case of Mahmudur Rahman, who has been held under office arrest for over two months in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they most recently discussed with the Government of Bangladesh reported abuses by Bangladesh law enforcement agencies, including the Rapid Action Battalion.

      Banking: LIBOR

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which British-based banks have been fined for manipulation of the LIBOR or other infringements since 1 January 2010; what were the amounts involved; by whom were...

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 28 January (WA 263), and in the light of the recent decision by the Court of the European Free Trade Association...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received during the past six months from the Welsh Government in relation to their entitlement to consequential payments under the...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have changed the rules or guidance on eligibility for housing benefit after the decision at a Social Security Tribunal in the Vasile case in Bristol...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds they pay child benefit and child tax credit to European Union nationals in the United Kingdom for children left behind in European Union states;...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that pensioners claim the benefits to which they are entitled.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have transposed the requirement in Directive 2004/38/EC that "persons exercising their right of residence should not, however, become an unreasonable...

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where the Life in the UK test centres are located.

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what precautions were made to validate the accuracy of the information in the Life in the UK Test Study Guide.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Burmese Ambassador to the United Kingdom about arrests in Burma under the right to protest law.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Burma on the formation of a joint domestic and international board with the involvement of the United Nations...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom Ambassador to Burma has met the new leadership of the Karen National Union.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken or intend to take any action to assist the Government of Burma in the development of mobile telecommunications in that country.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations will be distributing British aid for internally displaced people in areas of Burma controlled by the Kachin Independence Organisation.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of British aid to Burma goes directly to indigenous Burmese organisations.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they give to companies interested in trading and investing in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are giving to the Government of Burma in relation to reviewing and drafting laws in Burma.

      Businesses: Invoice Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish (1) their response, and (2) the individual responses, to the public consultation implementing Directive 2011/7/EU on combating Late...

      Businesses: Invoice Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of money owed to businesses as a result of late payment of invoices.

      Businesses: Invoice Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have made of the likely impact on the United Kingdom's gross domestic product of enforcing (1) early payment schemes and (2) prompt payment...

      Businesses: Invoice Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place between the Cabinet Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills regarding enforcement of the prompt payment code.

      Cats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to raise and promote public awareness about responsible cat ownership.

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 5 December (WA 157-8) concerning government support for British-based and foreign charities, whether they will now...

      Children: Childcare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative merits of childcare being delivered by parents as opposed to others; and whether they will introduce measures to...

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 24 January (WA 242), why they will not extrapolate and collate the numbers of civil servants made...

      Courts: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria will be applied by HM Courts and Tribunal Service in determining whether and which magistrates' court buildings will be closed following the...

      Crime: Joint Enterprise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to reform the law that provides for joint-enterprise prosecutions to be made. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals were convicted...

      Defamation Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact across the whole United Kingdom of the non-application of the Defamation Bill to Northern Ireland; what steps they...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons have been learnt as a result of the attack on the United Kingdom Ambassador in Benghazi, in particular in relation to the security of diplomatic...

      Disabled People: Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of Motability customers with adapted cars or wheelchair-accessible vehicles who could lose their entitlement under the...

      Drones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 6 February (WA 62) concerning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by police forces to carry out...

      Drones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a robust legal framework to ensure that there is accountability and reparation when things have gone wrong as a...

      Drones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that when drone attacks take place information is recorded on (1) the extent of civilian casualties, (2) the identity of those...

      Drugs: Orphan Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's High Specialised Technologies programme will consider the affordability of ultra-orphan medicines.

      Dunfermline Building Society

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Newby on 29 January (WA 299-300) why, in accordance with the Dunfermline Building Society Compensation Scheme, Resolution...

      Education: AS-Levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to end the AS level qualification.

      Education: English and Maths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by Lord Nash on 7 February (Official Report, col. 412), what provision they will make for pupils between the ages of 16 and 18 who have...

      Education: English and Maths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to enhance the provision of English and maths teaching in schools and further education colleges to meet the needs of 16-18 year-olds who...

      Education: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each year between 2007 and 2012, what proportion of secondary schools offered (1) French, (2) Spanish, (3) German, (4) Portuguese, (5) Polish, (6) Italian,...

      Education: Leavers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people left (1) school, (2) sixth form college, and (3) further education college, at the end of Year 12 in each of the past five years.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect European Union grants and loans to be available to Egypt for new work in public health and education, including adult literacy; and over what...

      Egypt and Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether funds from the British-Arab Initiative, or other sources, will be made available for developing and extending internal democratic dialogue in Egypt and Tunisia.

      Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the electoral timetables for local authority and police and crime commissioner elections to enable future police and crime commissioner...

      Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the police and crime commissioner elections held in November 2012; and what is their forecast of the running costs of the commissioners,...

      Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will evaluate the new structures involving police and crime commissioners prior to the next elections for those positions.

      Employment Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that private healthcare employers are required to pay employees wages and redundancy payments. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Employment Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to change employment law so that in the event of a business closing, the workforce have the legal right to review the financial accounts...

      Employment: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure fair pay, flexible working conditions and greater provision of childcare for working women.

      Employment: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 4 February (WA 6), what feedback has been received during the first six months of the new arrangements; whether a...

      Energy: Biomass Fuel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 1 February (WA 361-2), who is responsible for conducting the phytosanitary checks that are made on imports of...

      Energy: Smart Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 5 February (WA 34) concerning smart meters, whether those meters will be installed in homes on a voluntary...

      EU: Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that decision-makers at all levels in the Middle East and North Africa are aware of the loans and technical assistance...

      EU: Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what ways they expect that European Union funds will assist reforms in the administration of justice to the benefit of defendants and litigants in the Middle...

      EU: Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funding for the Erasmus for All programme for 2014-2020, outlined in their May 2012 response to the 27th Report of the European Union Committee of...

      EU: Proposed Financial Transaction Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that the European Commission's proposals to introduce a financial transaction levy do not apply to transactions made in the...

      EU: Single Market

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation in the latest British Chambers of Commerce Trade Confidence Index report that the Government should take the...

      EU: UK Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult the European Parliament during the renegotiation of the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union.

      Finance: Contactless Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the robustness of the security surrounding contactless payments. To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to...

      Finance: Investment Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether venture capital trusts are to be included in the category of restricted products currently being consulted on by the Financial Services Authority in...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are on target to meet their Spring 2013 target of a fully developed front-of-pack nutrition labelling scheme based on (1) guideline daily amounts, and...

      Food: Production and Consumption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what method they use to calculate (1) the level of domestic self-sufficiency in food production, and (2) domestic food consumption; and what was the level of each...

      Food: Security and Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage G8 leaders to provide support for the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement and the costed country plans developed by that organisation at the...

      Food: Security and Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that investments in the costed plans developed as part of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement are adequate.

      Food: Security and Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to build on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition programme at this year's G8 summit.

      Food: Security and Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address any potential negative impacts of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition programme, and in particular competition between...

      Gambia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking following the decision by the President of The Gambia to withdraw from participation in talks with the European Union under Article 8...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received information about the restoration of the water supply to Al-Bureij Camp in the Gaza Strip; and, if not, whether they will make...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the transboundary notification and accompanying documents as specified in Annex 1 of Regulation (EC)...

      Georgia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of human rights in Georgia.

      Georgia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Georgia about its position on the rights of religious minorities.

      Georgia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration have they given to supporting the work of the Office of Public Defender in Georgia.

      Government Departments: Arm's-length Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which non-departmental public bodies and arm's-length bodies are directly responsible to the Department of Health; and what was the total cost of (1) the finance,...

      Government Departments: e-mail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will standardise the format of Ministers' Government e-mail addresses, including the names of ministers in the House of Lords.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the expenditure of the Department for International Development on permanent staff, temporary staff, consultants and air freight in each of the past three...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the reduction in the size of the armed forces and reduction in military expenditure, they have plans to reduce the number of Ministers in...

      Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent estimate of the cost of the NHS reorganisation implemented under the terms of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

      Health: Access to Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their response to the proposed Earlier Access to Medicines Scheme consultation; and what arrangements they are making to ensure early...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose that the Cancer Drugs Fund will operate when it becomes the responsibility of the NHS Commissioning Board; and what will happen in 2014 to...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to assess the effects of the new system of value-based pricing; and what assessment they made of its impact on access to treatment for cancer patients.

      Health: General Healthcare Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the financial viability of General Healthcare Group, which trades as BMI Hospitals, and its ability to fulfil its obligations as an...

      Health: Neurology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report of the Sue Ryder Foundation The Forgotten Millions: reforming social care services for people living with neurological...

      Health: Private Healthcare Companies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to change employment law to strengthen fitness-to-practise tests for people setting up and running private healthcare companies.

      Health: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what allocation of time is made available in the new NHS consultant contract to further the legal requirement in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to promote...

      Health: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS contracts issued by organisations for which the National Commissioning Board is responsible have included a requirement to promote research, as legally...

      Health: Respiratory Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support research into idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      Health: Urology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the commencement of clinical commissioning groups on stoma and continence patients. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Hedgehogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the reported decline of a third in the numbers of hedgehogs in the past 10 years; what are the reasons for the decline; and whether...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are supporting poorer students wishing to undertake postgraduate study.

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current strategy for assisting (1) economic, and (2) Roma, migrants who are destitute in the United Kingdom.

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for dealing with anti-social behaviour and low-level criminal activity among the homeless population in the United Kingdom.

      House of Lords: Savings Strategy and Financial Plan

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the projected saving from the reorganisation of mail delivery 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 is the projected saving in the estate cleaning contract costs 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 due to the reorganisation of library 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 budget for Information Office printing and publicity arising out of the House of Lords savings strategy and financial plan...

      Houses of Parliament: Police and Security

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what market testing has taken place on the provision of policing and security services to the Palace of Westminster.

      Houses of Parliament: Police and Security

      To ask the Chairman of Committees to what extent members of the Joint Committee on Security were involved in the process of approving the terms of the most recent contract for the provision of...

      Houses of Parliament: Police and Security

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the contract for the provision of policing and security services to the Palace of Westminster involves the provision of services exclusively within the...

      Houses of Parliament: Police and Security

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the contract for the provision for police and security services to the Palace of Westminster includes measures of (1) man hour contribution, (2) numbers...

      Houses of Parliament: Police and Security

      To ask the Chairman of Committees on what basis the division of costs for policing the Palace of Westminster is divided between the House of Commons and the House of Lords; and what contract...

      Houses of Parliament: Police and Security

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what contracts exist for the provision of security and policing services to the Palace of Westminster by contractors others than the Metropolitan Police.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have as to the effect of frequent changes to the Immigration Rules on charities and lawyers that help with immigration applications.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions are in place to assist destitute migrants residing in the United Kingdom who are not entitled to access to public funds.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since May 2010 the annual rate of inflation has been at or below the target set for the Monetary Policy Committee by the Chancellor of the...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when reported annual inflation was last on or below the target set by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

      Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from European Union institutions to bring about changes in insolvency laws in the United Kingdom; and which member states...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Iran regarding the number and circumstances of executions taking place in Iran.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel about the proposed position of the wall near Bethlehem, once this ceases to be the subject of...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel regarding plans to construct a barrier through the Cremisan Valley in Bethlehem.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the local community in the Cremisan Valley in Bethlehem of the Government of Israel's proposal to construct a...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel about the killing in November by Israeli security forces of Ahmad Jabari.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had regarding a ban on the import of goods from Israeli settlements in the light of the report by the United Nations High Commissioner...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the Government of Israel concerning their refusal to take part in the January 2013 Universal Periodic Review session of the...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 7 February (Official Report, col. 445), for how many refugees the United Nations Relief and Works Agency...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 7 February (Official Report, col. 445), how many of the refugees for which the United Nations Relief and...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 7 February (Official Report, col. 445), what financial contribution has been made by (1) the United...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 7 February (Official Report, col. 445), what plans they have to initiate or fund reports on children in...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the proposal of the Government of Israel to resume its policy of not transferring tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority if the...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees regarding recompense from the Government of Israel for the...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning their refusal to allow holders of United Kingdom passports who are of Palestinian origin...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning their renaming of the West Bank as Judea and Samaria.

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the risks posed to Christians in the north-eastern province of Kenya from the Somali-based Islamist group al-Shabaab.

      King Richard III

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to promote the re-interment of the remains of King Richard III.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose in the forthcoming Legal Aid Eligibility Criteria Regulations to require means-tested benefit recipients to be subject to an assessment of...

      Lithuania

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 4 February (WA 15-6), what were the results of the inquiries about general conditions in Lithuanian prisons,...

      Met Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 29 November 2012 (WA 79) and the letter of 7 December 2012 from the Chief Executive of the Met Office to Lord...

      Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are currently undertaking with the Governments of (1) Romania, and (2) Bulgaria, with regard to the perception of life in the United Kingdom...

      Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of studies conducted in Bulgaria suggesting large numbers of the population of that country are planning to emigrate to the United...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost in each of the past 10 years of running the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and how many people are employed by that...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the average cost of the conduct of a technology appraisal by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

      Nepal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes have taken place following the last annual review of the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme in Nepal; whether the objectives have changed; whether...

      NHS: Commissioning Support Units

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how commissioning support units will be held accountable for their actions. To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure transparency in decisions...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has received in each year since 2008; and how much compensation it has paid in...

      NHS: End-of-life Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to meet the objective of the NHS mandate that the NHS be recognised globally as having the highest standards of care at the end of...

      NHS: National Clinical Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used in determining whether a National Clinical Director role should be established for a particular condition or group of conditions. To ask Her...

      NHS: Patient Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to improve patient care in response to the findings of the public inquiry into Stafford Hospital.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments will send representatives to the conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in Oslo on 4 and 5 March. The Senior Minister of State,...

      Offenders: Outsourcing Probation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how, in the event of the outsourcing of probation tasks, they will ensure continuity of supervision for cases initially deemed medium risk and supervised by the...

      Offenders: Outsourcing Probation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how private sector providers will address the drug addictions of offenders in the event of outsourcing of probation tasks.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether restorative justice is central to their transforming rehabilitation plans.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will assess the effectiveness of the deployment of promised bilateral and international grants and loans for the purpose of revitalising the economics...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken steps to ensure that Department for International Development-supported programmes in India do not support forced hysterectomies.

      Parliament Square

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect Section 143(1) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 to be enforced in respect of the remaining encampment in Parliament Square.

      Patient Advisory and Liaison Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total allocation of resource to the Patient Advisory and Liaison Service in each of the years 2010-11 and 2011-12; and what is the total budget...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local planning authorities have had core strategies rejected at examination, or subjected to major amendment; and for what reasons.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received about the selection process carried out for the appointment of the Deputy and Assistant Crime Commissioners in South Wales; and...

      Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the United Nations General Assembly's open working group on sustainable development goals.

      Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the negotiations for a successor framework to the post-Millennium Development Goals and the negotiations for Sustainable...

      Prisoners: Care System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) prisoners, and (2) persons under the supervision of the probation service, experience a period in local authority care.

      Prisons: Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been any cases of the serving of halal meat to Christians, Sikhs or Jews in HM Prisons.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which public bodies are included in the Civil Service headcount.

      Public Health: Responsibility Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the Public Health Responsibility Deal partners are signatories to the (1) out-of-home calorie labelling pledge, (2) salt reduction pledge, (3)...

      Public Health: Responsibility Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the consequences, if any, for signatories of the Public Health Responsibility Deal calorie reduction pledge who fail (1) to report on their progress, and...

      Railways: European Rail Traffic Management System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated timetable for the implementation of the European Rail Traffic Management System in the United Kingdom; and what progress has been made so far.

      Railways: Eurostar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislative powers the UK Border Agency has to check Eurostar passengers' tickets.

      Railways: High Speed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to comply with European Union Directive 96/48/EC on the noise limits for trans-European high-speed rail systems.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken on the impact on HS2's forecast passenger numbers should Heathrow be downgraded as a result of the findings of the Independent...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have requested that the European Rail Agency review the compatibility of the proposed high speeds of HS2 with the technical specifications for...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have carried out on the compatibility of their choice for the route of HS2 with the principles in the 2008 Costs Handbook published by the...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken any assessment of the likely cost of extending HS2 to Scotland.

      Railways: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restructure the railways of Northern Ireland to comply with Article 59 of Directive 2012/34/EU on the recast of the first Railway Package.

      Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of regulation by the Care Quality Commission of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital.

      Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage NHS organisations in Buckinghamshire to provide opportunities for employment for staff of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital made...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number and status of brokers working in the academies programme, and how many are working in each region; whether they are employed or working as...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the terms of reference and remit of brokers in the academies programme.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used to decide which schools to approach directly through brokers or other Department for Education officials to suggest that they should convert...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what system is in place proactively to inspect the standards of asbestos management in (1) local authority schools, and (2) non-local authority schools, in (a)...

      Schools: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to maintain modules on Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole in the Schools National Curriculum.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives they offer to individuals who, having already achieved qualified teacher status, wish to re-enter the profession after pursuing other career paths.

      Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) how much capital has been invested in United Kingdom small and medium-sized enterprises, and (2) how many jobs have been...

      Smoking: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a policy on electronic cigarettes; and whether there are any current proposals for legislation on electronic cigarettes at United Kingdom or...

      Social Care: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to adjust the Northern Ireland block grant in relation to social care funding after the freezing until 2019 of the United Kingdom inheritance tax...

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to invite Somaliland to the international conference to be co-hosted by the United Kingdom and Somalia on 7 May.

      Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what complaints have been made to the United Kingdom National Contact Point regarding alleged breaches by the United Kingdom company Gamma International of the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent figure for the number of refugees from Syria currently based in (1) Jordan, (2) Lebanon, (3) Turkey, (4) Iraq, and (5) North Africa; and...

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any European Union discussions on draft proposals to legislate on inheritance tax.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of a recent report by the Bulgarian authorities which concluded that Hezbollah was responsible for the terrorist attack in Burgas in 2012,...

      Thailand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the European Commissioner regarding the cut in European Union aid to the Border Consortium in Thailand.

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the dates of (1) the data used, and (2) the conclusions, of the cost-benefit calculations on which the decision to build the Thames Tideway Tunnel was made.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following Norway's recent recovery of 4.2 million dollars in misused aid funds from Uganda, in co-operation with the Office of the Auditor General of...

      UN: Ruggie Principles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be defining the United Nations Ruggie principles and how to apply them to forthcoming trade missions, in particular the mission in February to...

      Violence Against Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they adopt the United Nations' definition of violence against women and girls, which includes prostitution and human trafficking.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any response to the British Council's press statement on 12 December expressing concerns about the Home Secretary's announcement that the UK...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the "appropriate persons" for the remediation of Brofiscin Quarry have been determined.

      Water Management: Urban Waste Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all notes of meetings, correspondence and other communications they have had with the European...

      Wildlife: Illegal Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decisions of the governments of Botswana and Zambia to outlaw trophy hunting.

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