Written answers

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

  • Wales

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what her Department's total level of carbon emissions was between (a) 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2011 and (b) 2 April 2011 and 1 April 2012.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's total level of carbon emissions was between (a) 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2011 and (b) 2 April 2011 and 1 April 2012.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department took to reduce its carbon emissions in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints about the work of his Department and each of its non-departmental public bodies were received in (a) 2010-11 and (b)...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's total level of carbon emissions was between (a) 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2011 and (b) 2 April 2011 and 1 April 2012.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department took to reduce its carbon emissions in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many complaints about the work of his Department were received in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department sought the (a) advice and (b) permission of the Department for Education before beginning the age assessments dental...

    • Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national offenders from European Economic Area countries have been deported from the UK in each of the last five years; and...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to seek the revision of the European Council Directive on the right of citizens of the Union and their family...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 7 of her Department's document, Call to End Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG): Action Plan, what timetable she...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials are involved in administering the National Referral Mechanism for suspected victims of trafficking; and in what parts of...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what cost was incurred by the (a) UK Border Agency and (b) UK Human Trafficking Centre in administering the National Referral Mechanism for...

      Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to increase the number of illegal immigrants who are successfully removed.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many customs officers she estimates have been asked to staff passport controls at London airports in the last two months; and what...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun off by her Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement.

      Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategic or transitional risk registers in each area of policy are held by her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received from Victim Support regarding changes to the commissioning of victim and witness support services.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many letters and emails his Office has received calling for the creation of an elected House of Lords in the last 12 months.

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the costs of a single question public referendum on reform of the House of Lords; and what estimate he has made of the cost of a...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the potential cost of elections to a wholly or part-elected House of Lords.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Portcullis House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reason the Despatch Box in Portcullis House is not stocked with its usual...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with energy intensive industries on changes in electricity costs due to the renewables obligation.

    • Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to Priority 1, Impact Indicator 1 on page 26 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2010-11, how the Green Deal...

      Fuel Oil: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the average household expenditure on heating fuel bills in (a) Coventry and (b) the west midlands.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the building of Heysham's new power station to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities have housed families in bed and breakfast accommodation for more than six weeks in the last 12...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the enforcement of building regulations.

      Departmental Staff: Party Affiliation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what (a) grants and (b) contracts his Department has awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who were...

      Departmental Staff: Political Affiliation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) job title and (b) pay band was of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by his Department since May...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses in (a) England, (b) the south-west and (c) Newton Abbot constituency qualify for small business rate relief.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish a statement of his Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps his Department...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home swaps have taken place under the HomeSwap Direct scheme in (a) Mid-Dorset and North Poole constituency and (b) England.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account is taken of bedroom size when allocating social housing; and what ability local authorities have to determine...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have to determine the bands into which those waiting for housing should be placed.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what representations he has received on the treatment by local authorities of households in temporary accommodation to...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many trade union representatives in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies had (i)...

  • Health

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's total level of carbon emissions was between (a) 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2011 and (b) 2 April 2011 and 1 April 2012; (2) what...

    • Clinical Psychologists: Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) chartered psychologists, (b) trainee psychologists and (c) psychological assistants have been employed by the Prison Service in the last five...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over the age of 60 received a free eye test in each of the last three years.

      General Practitioners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to the public purse was of the Quality and Outcomes Framework bonus system paid to GPs in each of the last five years.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research,...

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue guidance to clinical commissioning groups on how to support the mental health needs of former service personnel.

      Mental Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the treatment pathway and services to support former service personnel with mental health problems.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings have taken place between (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental bodies and trade union representatives utilising paid...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to investigate reform of the football creditors rule.

    • Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute...

      Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 30 March 2012 with regard to Ms L Watson.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will publish a statement of his Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps his Department...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the value to the UK economy of outbound tourism.

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministers: Code of Practice

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his oral answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, columns 1241-2, on the Ministerial Code (Culture Secretary), if he will place in the Library a copy...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the level of (a) hexavalent chromium, (b) chromium, (c) titanium dioxide, (d)...

    • Biofuels: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) incineration and (b) biomass plants are permitted to burn wood containing chromated copper arsenate.

      Biofuels: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the amount of (a) Strontium 90 and (b) Caesium 137 that was released in stack emissions and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress her Department has made on developing new measures on the control of bovine tuberculosis.

      Departmental Staff: Political Affiliation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the (a) job title and (b) pay band was of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by her Department...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1336-7W, on consultants, what additional payments...

      Floods: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Stoke-on-Trent were at high risk of flooding in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to support the food industry and food exports.

      Horses: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to counter and prepare for a possible outbreak of African horse disease in the UK.

      Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent employees (1) her Department employed in May 2010; and how many it employed at the latest...

      Power Stations: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reduce emissions to the atmosphere of (a) carcinogens and (b) particulates arising from power stations.

      Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what strategic or transitional risk registers in each area of policy are held by her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has assessed the merits of sheep farming in less favoured areas.

      UN Conference on Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on working with schools and organisations representing...

  • Transport

    • A683

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the M6 to Heysham Link Road to be completed.

    • A683

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) homes and (b) businesses will be compulsorily purchased to facilitate the route of the M6 to Heysham Link Road; and how much on average it...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more her Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time equivalent employees have (a) left and (b) been recruited to her Department in the last two years.

      Midland Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely increase in (a) freight and (b) passenger capacity of upgrading and then electrifying the Midland Mainline.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun off by her Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement.

      Rotherham Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Rotherham Central railway station will require structural modification to accommodate the tram train announced by the Parliamentary...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions trade union representatives from (a) her Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies have utilised paid...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to open access to multiple operators on the West Coast Main Line link from Carnforth to London.

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's total level of carbon emissions was between (a) 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2011 and (b) 2 April 2011 and 1 April 2012.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department introduced to reduce its carbon emissions in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of corporation tax revenue generated in Northern Ireland that is paid by companies with headquarters or registered offices in...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was generated for the Exchequer by fuel duty in the last year for which figures are available.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to foster a savings culture in the UK.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress the Money Advice Service has made in its review of the provision of financial education in schools; and when he expects the review to be published.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of International Monetary Fund (IMF) plans to review the size of the New Arrangements to Borrow and the implementation of the...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs has earned through penalties since 31 January 2012.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many additional tax inspectors have been recruited by HM Revenue and Customs in each month since September 2011; (2) how many tax inspectors were...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the use of 0345 numbers for telephone calls made by the public to HM Revenue and Customs to all calls handled by its contact centre network.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with independent care providers about their VAT status.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether arrangements are in place for small businesses to pay VAT on a monthly basis with regular adjustments made for outstanding debt.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Diplomatic Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what education and training his Department provides for its staff in women's rights.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, columns 752-3W, on the Arab Partnership Fund, what the (a)...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on a total ban on settlement trade.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 543W, on Mali, what recent assessment he has made of the...

      North Africa and Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what programmes his Department supports in north Africa and the Middle East on (a) women's social and political participation,...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) money, (b) training, (c) personnel, (d) security equipment and (e) other support for security assistance his Department...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the airport scanners promised to Yemen in 2011 were delivered; and when such delivery took place.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the operation of two active carriers is budgeted for in his Department's post 2015 Equipment and Support budget.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Statement of 10 May 2012, Official Report, column 141, on carrier strike capability, (1) from which year he proposes that the net...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items were ordered by his Department relating to the conversion of UK aircraft carriers to take catapult and arrestor gear.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of industrial jobs that were reliant on the conversion of the UK's aircraft carriers to take catapult and arrestor gear.

      Armed Forces: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to combat stigmatisation of mental illness in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department are taking to improve the screening, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed in the Retired Officer Corps on 31 December in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been accidentally overpaid in Scotland in each of the last five years; how much was repaid in each year and what the...

      Armed Forces: Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of levels of schizophrenia in the armed forces.

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1134W, how many of his staff work on export promotion in support of the UK Trade...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which (a) infantry and (b) armoured units his Department plans to (i) abolish and (ii) merge in the next 12 months; and which such units are based...

      Army: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) recruitment targets and (b) levels of recruitment were for (i) The Royal Scots Borderers, (ii) The Royal Highland Fusiliers, (iii) The Black...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures his Department introduced to reduce its carbon emissions in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department downgraded the post of Chief Scientific Adviser from a 4-star post to a 3-star post.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on external consultants, including management consultants, in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department's equipment budget will increase by 1% above inflation in each financial year from 2015 onwards.

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the annual budget of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport has been written off as a (a) loss and (b) theft in the last three years...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his answer of 7 March 2012, Official Report, column 780W, on departmental disclosure of information, if he will publish any interim...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times his Department has used a qualified exemption to withhold answers with relation to Freedom of Information requests in each of the last...

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give consideration to reversing the decision to transfer the UK's Harrier warplanes to the US.

      Iraq Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what medical conditions are more prevalent amongst veterans of the second Iraq war; [R] (2) what (a) potential and (b) actual causes of ill-health...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he consulted his French counterpart prior to cancelling the order for F35 aeroplanes using catapult machinery on future UK aircraft carriers.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects sea trials of the F35B aircraft to commence.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent employees his Department employed in May 2010; and how many it employed in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent employees have (a) left and (b) been recruited to his Department in the last two years.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trainee pilots are being held over and not on flying training in the (a) Navy, (b) RAF and (c) Army; when he expects all such recruits will...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make it his policy to award the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 to all members of HM Armed Forces who served for two years in...

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence police officers are employed (a) at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport and (b) within Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport...

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential for Ministry of Defence Police Officers to take a greater role in delivering security at Ministry of Defence...

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has assessed the potential effects of reducing the number of Defence Community Police Officers on the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has assessed any implications arising from the Haddon-Cave report on the loss of the Nimrod Xv230 for the safety management of...

      Queen’s Dragoon Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's employees have been made redundant in the last two years.

      Veterans: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen in prison.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 1 May 2012, to the hon. Member for Cardiff West, Official Report, column 1407W, on Atos, when each contract...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department took to reduce its carbon emissions in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 1 May 2012, Official Report, column 1411W, on the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, what the...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employers have (a) applied for and (b) secured funding from his Department to recruit people who have been unemployed for six months...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish his Department's risk register for the decision to rollout nationwide the incapacity benefits migration programme.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median length of waiting time was for callers to the jobseeker's allowance advice lines in the latest period for which figures are...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the length of time waited by the top 85 percentile of callers to the jobseeker's allowance advice lines was in the latest period for which...

      Pension Funds: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what pension fund overseas investment was as (a) equities and (b) debt instruments in each of the last 30 years; how much investment there was...

      Pension Funds: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the overseas earnings were of pension funds (a) in dividends, (b) in interest, (c) in total and (d) as a proportion of total UK earnings...

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average single pensioner weekly incomes were of (a) male and (b) female pensioners in today's prices in each of the last 30 years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether an assessment by the social services department of a local authority that a person with a disability requires care and support will be...

      Social Security Benefits: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many private businesses and public bodies have access to information held by his Department relating to individuals' employment history and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish his Department's risk register on the introduction of universal credit.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average number of hours was worked per week by people employed in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) each Scottish constituency in May (i)...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools he expects to convert to academy status in 2012.

    • Academies: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance is given to officials in his Department on the information to be provided in writing when they are advising primary schools on possible...

      Adoption: Reading (Berkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were in foster care awaiting adoption in Reading West constituency in each of the last three years.

      Apprentices: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many apprentice starts there were for 16 to 18 year- olds in (a) Redditch constituency and (b) the West Midlands in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

      Children and Young Persons Act 1933

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if the Government will consider reviewing Section 1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and its use for tackling and preventing child neglect.

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the number of children who went missing from care in the last year for which figures are available.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what percentage of children were living in poverty in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne North constituency, (b) the north east and (c) England in the latest...

      Departmental Staff: Political Affiliation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) grants and (b) contracts his Department has awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who previously held an elected position...

      E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received from the Information Commissioner's Office on the use of private e-mails and the Freedom of Information Act...

      Free School Meals: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in North West Durham constituency are registered for free school meals.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent to which local authorities are fulfilling their duty to identify home-schooled children...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many full-time equivalent employees his Department employed in May 2010; and how many it employed at the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many full-time equivalent employees have (a) left and (b) been recruited to his Department in the last two years.

      Primary Education: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many vacant primary school places there were in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency and (b) Birmingham city council area in each of the last five...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) on how many occasions a direction to admit was sought from the Education Funding Agency for each local authority area in the latest period for...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure non-maintained schools do not disadvantage maintained schools by engaging in unfair admissions practices.

      Schools: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of oral and written representations from Shropshire head teachers highlighting the effects on school infrastructure of...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many trade union representatives in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies had (i) part-time; and (ii)...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the potential saving to the Exchequer of privatising the court enforcement service.

    • Courts: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are employed by HM Courts and Tribunals Service on court enforcement in each region.

      Family Courts: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the waiting times for Family Court hearings in child protection cases in Worcestershire.

      Fraud: Direct Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to make redress more readily accessible for victims of mail scams.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Department's total procurement expenditure was spent on legal aid providers in (a) the fourth quarter of 2010-11, (b) the first...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 2 April 2012 with regard to Mr M Lawless.

      Parc Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve pastoral support for prisoners at Parc Prison, Bridgend; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an assessment of the powers used by HM Prison Ranby to request video footage from the West Retford Hotel in 2011 and 2012.

      Private Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2012, Official Report, column 180W, on alternatives to prison: Greater Manchester, (1) whether his Department keeps...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of payments made by his Department to small and medium-sized enterprises have been paid late since May 2010.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Department's expenditure on procurement has gone to small and medium-sized enterprises since May 2010.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department began including contracts to legal aid providers in its figures for procurement expenditure with small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department next expects to undertake a spend recovery audit to identify overpayments to suppliers caused by fraud or error.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun-off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Restraint Techniques: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the safety of prison officers over the age of 60 whose duties include the restraint of prisoners.

      Restraint Techniques: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to ensure that prison officers over the age of 60 will not be involved in (a) the physical restraint of prisoners and...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whom he met on his visit to Russia in May 2012; (2) whether he discussed (a) the rule of law, (b) human rights, (c) legal nihilism and (d)...

      Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the rate was of non-payment of criminal fines in each region in each of the last three years.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that the arrangements for commissioning victims' services by police and crime commissioners (a) costs no more...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to place the Victims' Code on a statutory footing.

  • International Development

    • Rio+20 Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the draft outcomes document for the Rio+20 conference in June 2012.

    • Jordan Valley: Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on water supply policies in the Jordan valley.

      Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries.

      Arab Partnership Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made by the Arab Partnership Fund.

      Procurement Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on the procurement of goods and services from the UK for the purposes of foreign aid.

      Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many complaints about the work of his Department and each of its non-departmental public bodies were received in (a) 2010-11 and...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what dates (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public...

      Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to send ministerial level representation to the African Union Conference on the food shortage in the Sahel.

      Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will take steps during the African Union Conference on the food shortage in the Sahel to agree measures to (a)...

      Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make it his policy to support social protection as part of his Department's new resilience strategy for the Sahel region.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what dates he has met the Chair of the Big Lottery Fund since May 2010; what issues were discussed at each meeting; if he will publish the minutes...

    • Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in each strategic health authority area were diagnosed with bowel cancer in England in each quarter of the last 12 months.

      Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of Government contracts were awarded to (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized businesses in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what measures his Department introduced to reduce the carbon emissions of 10 Downing street in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; (2) what the...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many charities deregistered in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Complaints

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many complaints about the work of his Department and each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies were received in (a) 2010-11 and (b)...

      Fuel Oil: Coventry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what has been the estimated average household expenditure on heating fuel bills in Coventry in each of the last 10 years.

      Israel

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to ensure that the Government do not procure goods, produce or services from illegal Israeli settlements.

      Major Projects Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times the Major Projects Authority has met since May 2010; on what dates; if he will publish the minutes of each meeting; and if he will make a...

      Population

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he can give a percentage breakdown of the total population by economic status of family for each of the last 30 years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish a statement of his Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps his Department takes to avoid an annual...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many of his Department's employees have been made redundant in the last two years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to encourage companies which offer apprenticeships to hire the apprentice after they have...

    • Apprentices: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in the London borough of Bexley employ an apprentice.

      Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which UK institutions have taken part in the European Commission's Erasmus Mundus External Co-operation Window.

      European Commission: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of educational projects under the Tempus IV of the European Commission...

      European Commission: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to increase the proportion of the European Commission's Tempus IV projects being signed with UK institutions.

      Higher Education: Risk Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his answer of 16 May 2012, Official Report, column 137W, on risk assessment, what risk registers his Department holds...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent employees his Department employed in May 2010; and how many it employed at the latest period for...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the report, Manufacturing the Future, by BDO LLP; and whether he plans to implement the...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of new business mentors recruited in (a) Lancashire, (b) the North West and (c) England...

      North Africa and Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of renewable energy and recycling in the middle east and north Africa.

      Patents: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on the UK's bid to host the European Patent Court; and if he will make a statement.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of his Department's employees have been made redundant in the last two years.

      Retail Trade: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to support small retailers and newsagents following the 2009 Office of Fair Trading decision not to refer...

      Retail Trade: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings he has had to discuss competition issues in the newspaper and magazine supply chain with representatives from (a)...

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions have been brought under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 for actual harm caused to an animal by use of an electronic training collar;...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the intervention in Libya and their perception of the threats ahead, they will review the policy of providing no aircraft carrier...

      Aviation: Flight Time Limitations

      To ask her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for the implementation of new flight time limitation rules as proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency. To ask her Majesty's...

      Aviation: London Airports

      To ask her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 23 April (WA 296-7) (1) whether they expect the number of flight departures from London airports over...

      Banking

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Bank of England to produce and publish a paper on the economic and social consequences of cancelling the gilt edge securities acquired...

      Burma

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether trade sanctions against Burma will be lifted in light of recent democratic progress.

      Carers

      To ask her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to increase support to carers.

      Charity Emblems

      To ask her Majesty's Government which, if any, prison authorities in the United Kingdom are instructing staff not to wear poppies or charity wristbands, including those for Help for Heroes.

      Children: Neglect

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review the definition of neglect in the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 to include emotional and educational concerns.

      Children: Parenting

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether Octavius Black discussed the Government's new parenting advice voucher scheme with (1) the Secretary of State for Education, (2) the Prime Minister, or (3)...

      Compensation: Pleural Plaques

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether they intend to restore compensation to pleural plaques sufferers following the decisions by the Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly to do so.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask her Majesty's Government how many awards under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme were made to applicants with unspent criminal convictions in (1) 2008-09, (2) 2009-10, (3) 2010-11,...

      David Simpson

      To ask her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made regarding the arrest and imprisonment of David Simpson in the Central African Republic after he reported finding 18 mutilated bodies...

      Department for Transport: Executive Agencies

      To ask her Majesty's Government, for each of (1) the Highways Agency, (2) the Vehicle Certification Agency, (3) the Government Car and Despatch Agency, (4) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing...

      Digital Economy Act 2010

      To ask her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the costs to universities, public libraries and wi-fi providers of implementing the provisions of the Digital Economy Act 2010. To...

      Disabled People: Blue Badges

      To ask her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 15 May (WA 3-4) in view of the statement that "eligibility for a badge under the 'with further assessment'...

      Education: Cyberbullying

      To ask her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place, nationally and at school level, to protect teachers who are victims of cyberbullying.

      Education: English

      To ask her Majesty's Government what action is being taken to increase the number of specialist English teachers in primary schools in response to the Ofsted report Moving English Forward. To ask...

      Education: English

      To ask her Majesty's Government what action is being taken to improve transition and continuity in curriculum and assessment between key stages 2 and 3 in response to the Ofsted report Moving...

      Education: English

      To ask her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve the teaching of handwriting, especially amongst boys, in the light of the Ofsted report Moving English Forward.

      Elections: Returning Officers

      To ask her Majesty's Government what was the cost of fees paid to returning officers for the general election in 2010 and the European parliamentary elections of 2009.

      Embryology

      To ask her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 22 November 2011 (WA 222) and 30 November 2011 (WA 69), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's...

      Finance: Transparency

      To ask her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to encourage financial transparency through the disclosure of profits and payable tax by multinational companies in the United Kingdom.

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Diabetes UK report State of the Nation 2012.

      Health: Podiatry

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether they will be meeting the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists to discuss the variation across the National Health Service in both the incidence of lower...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether they will adjust the Scottish block grant relating to spending on universities when free tuition is granted in Scotland to Northern Ireland students on...

      Homosexuality

      To ask her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with governments in the Commonwealth nations that have not reformed legislation banning homosexuality.

      Housing

      To ask her Majesty's Government, in the light of their policy on Right to Buy, what is their assessment of the likely average revenue per unit to local authorities from additional Right to Buy...

      Housing

      To ask her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the adequacy of the options available to first-time home buyers in London.

      Housing

      To ask her Majesty's Government how many home purchases have been completed under the NewBuy Scheme announced in the Autumn Statement.

      Housing: Health and Safety

      To ask her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the take up of residual current devices in homes rented through (1) local authorities, (2) registered social landlords and (3)...

      Immigration

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether those applying for leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom on the basis of being the unmarried partner of a United Kingdom national are eligible to...

      Imports and Exports

      To ask her Majesty's Government, further to the Office for National Statistics Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics, April 2011 edition, table G2 (top 30 export and import commodities in...

      Imports and Exports

      To ask her Majesty's Government, further to the Office for National Statistics Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics, April 2011 edition, table G2 (top 30 export and import commodities in...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask her Majesty's Government which religious leaders they have been in discussion with over finding ways to ensure access to and protection of the holy sites of Jerusalem and elsewhere in...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask her Majesty's Government when they became aware of the intention of the Government of the United States to replace and modernise the B61 nuclear weapons stationed in Europe. To ask her...

      Pensions

      To ask her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 30 April (WA 419), what is their assessment of the proposal by the Northern Ireland Executive not to implement...

      Pensions

      To ask her Majesty's Government what is (1) the median level, (2) the mean level, and (3) the mode level, of current public sector pension payments.

      Police: Risk Assessments

      To ask her Majesty's Government how many promotion event risk assessment form 696 submissions were received by the Metropolitan Police clubs focus desk in each of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

      Police: Risk Assessments

      To ask her Majesty's Government how many performers' personal details submitted by way of a promotion event risk assessment form 696 were recorded by the Metropolitan Police clubs focus desk in...

      Police: Risk Assessments

      To ask her Majesty's Government how many Licensing Authorities in England and Wales outside the Metropolitan Police area have imposed conditions on premises licences relating to the completion of...

      Prisoners: Transfers

      To ask her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in including provision for reduced sentences for prisoners transferred to the United Kingdom in a renegotiated prisoner transfer...

      Schools: Split Sites

      To ask her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 7 February (WA 57), whether it is possible to have a split site of a single school in an adjacent town,...

      Sudan

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the extent of any state-incited or state-orchestrated religious persecution and discrimination against Christians in Sudan.

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to assist in ensuring an early and peaceful resolution of the unimplemented provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between...

      Ticks

      To ask her Majesty's Government what epidemiology data exist for the historic and current population densities of Ixodes ricinus ticks in England and Wales; whether it shows an increase in tick...

      Ticks

      To ask her Majesty's Government, with regard to the freedom of household pets to travel in Europe, what surveillance measures exist to detect the arrival of tick-borne encephalitis and other...

      Ticks

      To ask her Majesty's Government what testing is carried out in addition to Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto and Borrelia afzelii for tick-borne diseases including Bartonellosis, Ehrlichiosis,...

      Transport: Intelligent Transport Systems

      To ask her Majesty's Government whether they are taking action to ensure that United Kingdom representatives at the European Commission Expert Group relating to the intelligent transport systems...

      Unemployment

      To ask her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the reasons for the levels of unemployment affecting black and Asian people aged under 24 years; whether racial discrimination is...

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint

      To ask her Majesty's Government when they expect to make a decision on a new system of restraint for use in the under-18 secure estate following the work of the Restraint Advisory Board.

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