Written answers

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abu Qatada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he has met (a) his Jordanian counterpart, (b) officials in the government of Jordan and (c) the Jordanian...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support security and anti-terrorism capacity in (a) Nigeria, (b) Kenya and (c) other...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with Mr John Yates about his appointment as police...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Bahrain about the appointment of Mr John Yates as adviser on policing to that...

      Diego Garcia: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) owner/operator, (b) marks of nationality and registration, (c) flight number and date, (d) airport departed from,...

      Festivals and Special Occasions: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) embassies and (b) other posts held events to mark Burns Night 2012.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from his staff in (a) Israel and (b) Palestine on the health of Khader Adnan.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Israel on Khader Adnan.

      Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had at the UN on the safety of journalists abroad.

      Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the deaths of journalists abroad.

      New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government is providing assistance to the government of New Zealand for the purposes of rebuilding in Christchurch...

      Nuclear Power: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was to his Department of participation in the January 2012 Civil Nuclear Export Showcase, organised by UK Trade...

  • Health

    • Clinical Physiologists: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the (a) Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists and (b) Health Professions Council on statutory...

    • Clinical Physiologists: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) risk assessment and (b) cost-benefit analysis his Department carried out when considering whether (i) clinical physiologists and (ii) public...

      E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to encourage the use of e-mail in preference to printed correspondence for communications between his Department and hon. Members.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent comparative assessment he has made of health outcomes in the UK and other European countries.

      Health: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence on potential risks to patient safety he took into account when taking the decision to regulate public health workers.

      Hepatitis: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take as part of his proposals for NHS reform to improve the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C in South Asian communities.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of providing food per patient per day in (a) the NHS and (b) East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in each year since 2004.

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the National Audit of Continence Care; and if he will make a statement; (2) what recent assessment he has made of...

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) women, (b) men and (c) children are currently waiting for a kidney transplant in the UK; and how many such people are from black and minority...

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish (a) average waiting times and (b) success rates for the individual kidney transplant units listed by NHS Blood and Transplant.

      Locums: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has put in place any requirement that payments made to cover the costs of locums must be spent only on locums.

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent of any regional variation in NHS provision of neurology services; and if he will prepare and publish an outcomes...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on clinical networks for neurological conditions for (a) cancer and (b) stroke in the last 12 months; and whether he has...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage collaborative commissioning for low-volume neurological conditions via the authorisation process for clinical...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the NHS budget for palliative care (a) was in the last five years and (b) will be in each of the next three years.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with terminal illnesses received palliative care in each of the last five years.

      Prostate Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer who relapse after hormone therapy and chemotherapy.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has carried out an evaluation of the Suicide Prevention Strategy for England published in 2002; if he will publish the findings of...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support security and anti-terrorism capacity in (a) Nigeria, (b) Kenya and (c) other parts of Africa.

    • Developing Countries: Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to announce his plans for the future of the Global Schools Partnership.

      Developing Countries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the G20 Task Force on Employment.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on social protection programmes in India for (a) children and (b) pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid he plans to provide to Libya in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013; and for what purposes.

  • Scotland

    • Independence Referendum: Voting Entitlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether Scottish and other UK voters registered in Kettering constituency and other parts of the UK outside Scotland will be entitled to vote in any...

    • Under-occupancy Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect of under-occupancy penalties on social tenants in Scotland.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Automatic Assisted Area Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings he has had with ministerial colleagues to discuss representations to the EU on the retention of automatic assisted area status for...

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of his Department's invoices from its private sector suppliers were paid (a) within 14 days, (b) between 15 and 30...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the total value of contracts issued or to be issued by his Department in 2011-12 have required successful organisations to...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which contracts his Department has tendered or will tender in 2011-12 which require successful organisations to have a capital bond of more than...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons his Department has not updated the recent releases section of its Freedom of Information webpage since March 2008.

  • Home Department

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to businesses on compensation for damage caused by riots.

    • Identification Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the options available to individuals who do not drive or wish to travel abroad to obtain identification documents.

      Immigration Controls: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she expects electronic border gates to be operational at all UK airports prior to the commencement of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have (a) Olympic team training camps and (b) Olympic venues within their areas.

      Security: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2012, Official Report, column 77W, on security: London 2012 Olympics, whether the plans which have...

      Sham Marriages Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of UK Border Agency staff are working with the Church of England on the Sham Marriages Task Force.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has considered bringing forward legislative proposals to make it easier to charge potential terrorists in UK courts for offences...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Counterfeit Manufacturing: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration he gave to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement as part of his Department's Communications Review Green...

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 17 February 2012, Official Report, column 688W, on security resources at the Olympics, if he will...

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information the London 2012 Organising Committee has provided to him on the distribution of ticket prices for the London...

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many London 2012 Olympics tickets have been sold for (a) the closing ceremony and (b) the 100 metres men's finals night;...

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of London 2012 Olympics athletics finals tickets (a) have been and (b) will be allocated to schools.

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many tickets for the London 2012 Olympics have been sold at over £2,012; and to how many purchasers.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Attorney-General and (b) others on prosecutions for animal welfare offences where...

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many areas were designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty by Natural England in each of the last 10 years; and if...

  • Education

    • Children: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has considered bringing forward legislative proposals to bring the law on employment of children as models into line with the regulations...

    • Departmental E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will confirm (a) by what medium and (b) on what date his Department received guidance from the Cabinet Office stating that private emails were...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children would have obtained five GCSEs at grade A* to C including English and mathematics if GCSE equivalents were given the...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were eligible for the service pupil premium in each (a) region, (b) parliamentary constituency and (c) local authority area in...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools in South East Cornwall constituency have received funding from the pupil premium.

      Teachers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the likely change in levels of health and safety risks arising from teachers working to the age of 68; and what changes...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of newly-qualified teachers entering maintained schools in each county in England in each of the last five years.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to implement the principles of the Best Value Statutory Guidance in respect of (a) giving at least three months'...

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress he has made in establishing university technical colleges that specialise in environmental sustainability and sustainable...

      Young People's Learning Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what objectives the Young People's Learning Agency has set relating to the promotion of gender equality.

      Youth Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria his Department plans to use to determine the location of the youth centres under the Positive for Youth programme.

  • Defence

    • Air Displays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for RAF air shows in the UK in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013.

    • Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Report by Lord Levene on Defence Reform, when he expects the Service Chiefs to have responsibility for budgetary decisions.

      Armed Forces: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, columns 230-1, on armed forces: Germany, what estimate he has made of the saving which will...

      Armed Forces: Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which newspapers his Department provides for service personnel overseas.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current procedure is to alert civil authorities to an incoming missile threat.

      Helicopters: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times search and rescue helicopters from RAF bases in Scotland have been involved in operations to rescue individuals from the sea off the coast...

      Katrice Lee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will allow the family of Katrice Lee access to the case notes to the investigation into her disappearance; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Bases: Chelsfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2011, Official Report, column 529W, on military bases: Chelsfield, what his Department's normal procedures...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing new facilities for the arming of nuclear submarines due to (a) a change in Government policy...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 2.3.15, page 43 of Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon...

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to Figure 7, page 42 of Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity,...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 2.3.15, page 43 of Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon...

      Fossil Fuels: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has undertaken an environmental impact assessment in relation to hydraulic fracturing.

      Green Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many homes in London he expects to participate in the Green Deal in each year of the scheme.

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the wholesale price of gas was in the UK in each of the last four months.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average proportion of the cost of a solar PV installation which is accounted for by (a)...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of electricity exported to the Grid from solar PV installed on domestic...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many businesses were consulted as part of the preparation of his Department's document entitled Solar PV Cost Update, January 2012.

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for assistance under the Warm Homes discount scheme were (a) accepted and (b) rejected in 2011-12.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition he plans to use for the term full-time course of education for the purposes of schedule 1, section 3 of the...

    • Departmental Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on (a) wine, (b) other alcoholic refreshments and (c) bottled water since May 2010.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any officials in his Department or its non-departmental public bodies are paid other than through PAYE.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many letters he has received from residents of (a) Barnsley, (b) Doncaster, (c) Rotherham and (d) Sheffield asking him to...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Energy Performance of Buildings...

      Fire Services: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has received any representations from fire brigades on the availability of cutting gear through (a) ultra high...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) wholetime, (b) retained, (c) control and (d) non-uniform staff were employed in each fire authority in England on...

      Incinerators: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to empower local authorities to scrutinise the decisions of regional planning authorities on incinerator...

      Local Authorities: Audits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of any potential risks arising from local councils appointing their own auditors.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will restore Council Tax Resource Equalisation to local authorities in areas of relatively higher deprivation.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the contribution by the Minister for Housing and Local Government of 8 February 2012, Official Report, column 372,...

      Local Government Finance: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the change in funding to Hartlepool borough council has been as a consequence of his decision to reduce Council Tax...

      Local Government: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the community budget pilot projects are working with the Work programme.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the likely contribution of town and parish councils to efforts to encourage economic growth.

      Supporting People Programme: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made in the change in the level of funding for the Supporting People programme in Hartlepool constituency...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department has taken to implement the principles of the Best Value Statutory Guidance in respect of (a) giving at...

      Water: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of making a water assessment a statutory part of the planning process for the purposes of ensuring...

  • Treasury

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether approval from the EU would be required for the rate of corporation tax in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the UK to be lowered to (i) 12.5 per cent,...

    • Moody's Investors Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions staff in his Department had with representatives of Moody's on 12 and 13 February 2012; who took part in any discussions; and what their...

      Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints HM Revenue and Customs has received on its operations in respect of (a) delay, (b) staff conduct, (c) process or system, (d) policy or...

      Working Tax Credit: Eligibility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in (a) Sheffield, (b) South Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) England will lose their entitlement to working families tax...

  • Justice

    • Appeals: Employment Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of employment support allowance appeals heard at the tribunal venue in Hull were successful in each month since June 2010.

    • Compensation: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Minister in his Department is responsible for (a) regulation of claims management companies, (b) policy relating to regulation of claims management...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people found guilty of (a) common assault, (b) battery, (c) assault occasioning actual bodily harm, (d) wounding causing grievous bodily...

      Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have spent two or more periods in custody in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many convicted...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the minimum company turnover required by his Department is for businesses seeking to secure contracts with his Department; and if he will make a...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent from the public purse on criminal legal aid in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of each of the 20 highest legal aid...

      Personal Injury: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the likely change in the number of jobs in the personal injury claims handling sector including management companies, solicitors, car...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the costs to Police and Crime Commissioners of the commissioning responsibilities for victims services proposed in his...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those serving indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPPs) who had completed their minimum tariff were not released because they had...

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) prisoner education and (b) future employment of prisoners of reductions in (i) funding for prisons...

      Prisons: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 287W, on prisons: foreign nationals, when he proposes that a decision will be made on...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many homes were repossessed in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency, (b) East Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were prosecuted for offences relating to not having a television licence in Leeds North West constituency in each of the last six years.

      Victims' Commissioner: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent staff worked in the office of the Victims' Commissioner in each month since May 2010.

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the highest number was of previous convictions for failing to comply with a sex offenders register for an individual convicted of an offence of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2011, Official Report, column 1082W, on Atos Healthcare, what the specific capacity pressures which meant...

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2012, Official Report, column 164, on work capability assessment, whether he has considered imposing...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what practice Atos personnel use to assess benefit claimants who are under the supervision of more than one medical consultant.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent changes have been made to the opening hours of each Atos assessment centre undertaking work capability assessments.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many assessments Atos have undertaken in the homes of employment and support allowance applicants in each month from April 2010 to January 2012.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the key performance indicators Atos Healthcare is required to meet under the contract with his Department (a) as set out in...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the LIMA software used by Atos was modified as a result of the update to Medical Services guidance for work capacity assessments...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the likely level of take-up by businesses of the job subsidies announced in the autumn statement.

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission dealt with a complaint from an (a) parent with care or (b) non-resident...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the enforcement powers available to the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the number of liability orders applied for by the Child Support Agency has dropped from 28,360 in 2008-09 to 19,365 in 2010-11...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the number of deduction from earnings order (DEO) requests by the Child Support Agency has declined from 74,500 in 2007 to...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what savings his Department has achieved by the reduction in intake of Child Support Agency (CSA) cases since abolition in October 2008 of a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate his Department has made of the annual administration costs of the statutory maintenance service.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2011, Official Report, column 436W, on departmental manpower, if he will provide a breakdown of his...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what change in departmental headcount he plans for (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; (2) what change in Jobcentre Plus headcount he plans for...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many away days his Department has held since May 2010; what the location was of each such away day; how many staff attended; and what the...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 January 2012, Official Report, column 31WS, on cost of ministerial cars, whether his...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the match between jobseekers' skills and skills requirement for job vacancies for the North East of England.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a claim for employment and support allowance is in Newcastle upon Tyne East constituency; and what...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of fraud resulting from the time taken between the commencement of the Work...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the financial value to charities and third sector organisations of the Youth Contract; (2) how many...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the differences are between the Youth Contract and the Future Jobs Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the off-flow rate was for people aged 16 to 24 from benefit into work in each month since January 2011 for (a) those undertaking work...

      Higher Education: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to providing guidance to university academics on the interpretation of the Employment Equality (Repeal of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the transfer of housing benefit staff from local authorities to his Department as part of implementation of universal credit.

      Housing Benefit: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the potential saving if ex-offenders were not exempted from the extension of the housing benefit shared accommodation rate...

      Housing Benefit: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in temporary accommodation that would be affected by the benefit cap if it were currently...

      Housing Benefit: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of exempting all households in temporary accommodation from the benefit cap.

      International Pension Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff are employed by the International Pension Centre (a) in the UK and (b) overseas; (2) how many International Pension...

      International Pension Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensions applications were processed by the International Pension Centre in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 3 January 2012 with regard to Ms R Benson.

      National Insurance: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the number of National Insurance-based pensions recipients based overseas was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to conclude negotiations to finalise termination payments to flexible new deal providers.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution by the Minister for Employment of 1 February 2012, Official Report, column 291WH, whether people undergoing...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the number of bereavement benefit recipients based overseas was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in benefits to people domiciled outside the UK in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions were (a) issued and (b) enforced in each month since April 2011.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total monetary value was of benefits withheld under sanctions in each of the last 24 months.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to (a) tackle unemployment among and (b) introduce mentoring schemes for young black people.

      Universal Credit: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in receipt of support for mortgage interest or its equivalent under universal credit who...

      Work Capability Assessments: Audio Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution by the Minister for Employment of 1 February 2012, Official Report, column 291WH, whether people undertaking a...

      Work Capability Assessments: Audio Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State in his Department of 1 February 2012, Official Report, columns 291-2WH, (1) whether he...

      Work Capability Assessments: Audio Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State in his Department of 1 February 2012, Official Report, columns 291-2WH, in what format...

      Work Experience Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people came off benefits and entered into work as a result of the work experience programme in each month since January 2011.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the recommendation by Liz Sayce in her report entitled, Getting in, staying in and getting on, submitted to his...

      Work Programme: New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has any plans to change his policy that users of the Work programme are unable to transfer to the new enterprise allowance.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department issues guidance to local authorities on consulting bus companies prior to the relocation of bus stops.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will estimate the likely annual cost to the Exchequer of introducing universal free concessionary bus travel for all (a) 16 to 25, (b) 16...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the likely annual cost to the Exchequer of introducing universal free concessionary bus travel for all 16 to 25-year-olds...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the likely annual income to the Exchequer of introducing a universal free concessionary bus travel pass for 16 to 25 year olds...

      Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) her Department or (b) its agencies have been supplied with records of the Automatic Identification System transmissions for the Disney...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has any plans to bring forward legislative proposals in respect of (a) companies and (b) equipment involved in the reduction of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles were registered in the road tax band (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (f) F, (g) G, (h) H, (i) I, (j) J, (k) K, (l) L and (m) M in...

      Network Rail: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been spent by Network Rail on public relations work (a) supplied by external agencies and (b) conducted in-house in each of the last three years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to assist local authorities to set meaningful local targets for road safety.

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to revise guidance on the minimum amount of lighting required on A roads.

      Shipping: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has made representations to the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organisation proposing the development of...

      Shipping: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) officials in her Department on International Labour Organisation Convention...

      Shipping: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps she has taken toward ratifying the Maritime Labour Convention 2006; and if she will make a statement. [R]

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of speed sensitive traffic lights; and if she will make a statement.

      Traffic Orders: Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations her Department has received from local newspapers on the potential effect of her plan to remove the requirement for local...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of (a) the number of women who take up apprenticeships in sectors in which women are less than...

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which schemes implemented by his Department since May 2010 differentiate between small and medium-sized enterprises and large...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Red Tape Challenge in reducing regulation in local government...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what occasions he has taken flights within the UK on official business since August 2010; what class of travel he used; and...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on (a) recruitment services and (b) executive search agencies in each month since May 2010; and...

      Forth Road Bridge: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions have taken place between UK Trade and Investment and the Shanghai-based company, Zhenhua Heavy Industries, on...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which higher education institutions he expects to see a decrease in student places as a result of the implementation of the...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on export of equipment which cannot be used legally in the receiving country; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if the Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs will consider the merits of accepting the recommendations...

      UK Trade & Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review on UK Trade and Investment's...

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