Hansard Written Answers

Some recent written answers

Health: General Practitioners: Rural Areas answered 8 April 2014

Anne McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the minimum income guarantee required for rural GP practices; and if he will make a statement.

Education: Children's Centres answered 10 April 2014

Sarah Champion: To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what plans he has in place to support children’s centres that wish to move towards a co-operative model following their proposed closure;

(2) if he will provide funding for the transition of children’s centres to new structures;

(3) what steps he has taken to ensure the quality of service provided by co-operative model children’s centres;

(4) what steps he has taken to develop the capacity and knowledge of parents and staff who volunteer to take on the running of their children’s centre.

Justice: Public Expenditure answered 9 April 2014

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what programmes which receive funding from his Department are available solely to (a) men and (b) women.

Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment answered 8 April 2014

Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) what the average waiting time for applicants for the personal independence payment (PIP) in each region of the UK is between submission of the DS1500 form and the date of receipt of the first payment after an assessment by each assessment provider;

(2) what the average waiting time for applicants for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in each region of the UK is between submission of the PIP2 form and the date of the face-to-face PIP assessment from each assessment provider;

(3) what the average waiting time for applicants for the personal independence payment (PIP) in each region of the UK is between submission of the PIP2 form and the date of receipt of the first payment after an assessment from each assessment provider.

Home Department: Illegal Immigrants answered 7 April 2014

David Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made for immigration offences as a result of information received from the public in each week in 2013; and how many resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) deportation.

Some recent written ministerial statements

Energy and Climate Change: Scotland Analysis (Energy) 9 April 2014
Edward Davey: The Government have today published the 12th paper in the Scotland analysis programme series to inform the debate on Scotland’s future within the United Kingdom. “Scotland Analysis:...
House of Lords: Education: Qualification Reform 9 April 2014
Lord Nash: My right honourable friend Secretary of State for Education (Michael Gove MP) has made the following announcement. The Government is today announcing the next steps in the reform of GCSEs and...
Work and Pensions: Single-tier Pension (Contingencies Fund Advance) 9 April 2014
Steve Webb: The Department for Work and Pensions has obtained approval for a further advance from the Contingencies Fund of £549,000 for the continued development of IT for the single-tier pension...
Business, Innovation and Skills: Regional Growth Fund 10 April 2014
Michael Fallon: Today my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister will announce that 50 projects and programmes have been awarded a total of £300 million in round 5 of the regional growth fund (RGF)....
Treasury: UK Guarantees Scheme 3 April 2014
Danny Alexander: UK Guarantees was announced in July 2012 with enabling legislation, the Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Act 2012, receiving Royal Assent on 31 October 2012. UK Guarantees was launched in...
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Foreign Ministers (Informal Meeting) 10 April 2014
David Lidington: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs attended the informal Foreign Ministers meeting on 4 to 5 April in Athens, Greece. The informal format of the...
Leader of the House: State Opening of Parliament 8 April 2014
Andrew Lansley: Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to agree to open a new Session of Parliament on Wednesday 4 June instead of on Tuesday 3 June. The date will better facilitate arrangements for the...
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Foreign Affairs Council/Defence Foreign Affairs Council 10 April 2014
David Lidington: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will attend the Foreign Affairs Council on 14 April. The Minister for International Security Strategy will attend...
Defence: Armed Forces Pay Review Body (Triennial Review) 10 April 2014
Anna Soubry: On 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 25WS, I announced in a written ministerial statement, the commencement of the triennial review of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB). I...
Justice: Bailiffs 7 April 2014
Chris Grayling: The Government have implemented new laws, effective from yesterday, to deliver their commitment to provide protection against aggressive bailiffs in England and Wales while ensuring that debt can...
Cabinet Office: Local and Mayoral Election Guidance (European Parliament) 9 April 2014
Francis Maude: Guidance has today been issued to civil servants in UK departments and those working in non-departmental public bodies and other arm’s length bodies on the principles that they should...
Education: Qualifications Reform 9 April 2014
Michael Gove: The Government are today announcing the next steps in the reform of GCSEs and A-levels. We are introducing more rigorous content into reformed GCSEs and A-levels to be taught from September 2016...
Treasury: Anti-Avoidance Provision 3 April 2014
David Gauke: The Government are fully committed to tackling tax and national insurance avoidance and will take the necessary steps to protect the Exchequer and maintain fairness in the tax system. We have...
Energy and Climate Change: UK Downstream Oil Sector 9 April 2014
Michael Fallon: Today, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is publishing the conclusions of its review of the role of UK’s refining and fuel import sectors. I am grateful to all those who...
House of Lords: Missing Persons: Guardianship of Property and Affairs 8 April 2014
Lord Faulks: On 17 December 2013 the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my honourable friend Shailesh Vara, issued a Written Ministerial Statement announcing that work was progressing on a...
Business, Innovation and Skills: UK Coal 8 April 2014
Michael Fallon: UK Coal is seeking investment, from various parties including the Government, to fund a managed run-down of its two remaining operational deep mines. The future of UK Coal is primarily a...
House of Lords: State Opening of Parliament 8 April 2014
Lord Hill of Oareford: Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to agree to open a new session of Parliament on Wednesday 4 June instead of on Tuesday 3 June. The date will better facilitate arrangements for the...
House of Lords: Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme 3 April 2014
Earl Howe: I am pleased to announce today the publication of Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme: Twelfth Report to Parliament. The Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) is a voluntary agreement...
Communities and Local Government: Local Planning and Renewable Energy Developments 9 April 2014
Eric Pickles: This coalition Government have reformed the planning process so that communities themselves have the opportunity to influence the decisions that affect their lives. We have abolished regional...
Home Department: Countering Terrorism 9 April 2014
Theresa May: Protecting the safety of the UK and our interests overseas is the primary duty of Government. Terrorism remains the greatest threat to the security of this country. I have today published the...