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Written answers

Thursday, 14 June 2012

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints about the work of her Department and each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies were...

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many buildings owned by her Department and the bodies for which she is responsible have been empty for more than two...

      Rural Areas: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to promote the interests of rural businesses.

  • Education

    • Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will consider the creation of a database of personal finance teaching resources and volunteers to help young people; if he will consider a scheme...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing and Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly payment of (a) council tax benefit and (b) housing benefit was to a (i) private renter and (ii) social tenant in each...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people aged 18 to 21 years old claimed housing benefit in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) how many...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training his Department provides to enable its staff to recognise victims of human trafficking.

      Legionnaires' Disease: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland has visited the premises operated by (a) North British Distillery Company,...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to provide information for pensioners who are paid benefits by Giro cheque about changes to the method of payment.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were receiving benefit payment by Giro cheque on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) basic state retirement pension, (b) SERPS and S2P awards were as a proportion of average earnings for (i) men and (ii) women with...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Blackley and Broughton constituency will be eligible for fewer benefits upon the introduction of the benefit cap in April 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to offer IT and training assistance to housing associations so that they can assist in the roll-out of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who he proposes will determine whether a person is classed as vulnerable for the purposes of direct payment of rent, or permitting fortnightly...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 31 January 2012, Official Report, column 523W, on universal credit, whether it remains his policy that new...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his answer of 7 July 2011, Official Report, column 1320W, whether it remains his policy that, from October 2013, all new...

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which projects providing assistance to veterans his Department is funding in Worcestershire.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his answers of 24 November 2011, Official Report, columns 569-70W and 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 295W, if he will...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of Government-sponsored unpaid workers who were in work placements that (a) were and (b) were not classed as...

      Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many investigations into excessive heat in the workplace were conducted by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last five years.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many operators have permits to run community bus routes.

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps her Department is taking to tackle (a) uninsured drivers, (b) fraudulent insurance claims and (c) the cost of motor insurance; (2)...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action she intends to take to harmonise the systems for retention of vehicle registration marks pending transfer between Northern Ireland and Britain.

      Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport over what distance the railway track in Rugby has been remodelled to facilitate higher track speeds as part of the enhancement works of the railway...

      Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) former speed and (b) new higher speed was each time the railway infrastructure was enhanced in Rugby since 1998.

      Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what phases of enhancement work have been undertaken on the rail infrastructure in Rugby since 1998; what (a) new platforms, (b) newly positioned...

      Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the benefits accruing from renewal of the flyover provided as part of the enhancement works to railway...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operating companies have made requests to (a) close and (b) reduce opening hours at station ticket offices in the latest period for which...

  • Leader of the House

    • DEFRA Question Time

      To ask the Leader of the House what the reasons were for reducing the allocation of oral questions to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and if he will reconsider that decision.

    • Consideration on Report

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions he has had on ensuring that sufficient time for debate of new clauses and amendments to Government Bills is given at Report stage.

      Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will take steps to introduce penalties for Ministers who do not meet the House's expectations in respect of ministerial statements.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the total monetary value is of each contract between his Department and Atos; (2) when each contract between his...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration he has given to the human rights records of members of the Bahraini Government who plan to visit the UK...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Bosnia and Herzegovina to fulfil the criteria needed to start the process to enter NATO.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) highest, (b) median, (c) median full-time equivalent and (d) lowest full-time equivalent salary was paid by (i) his...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total (a) number and (b) value of contracts issued by (i) his Department and (ii) bodies for which he is responsible...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent his Department and its...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to support the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in Russia on the situation in Syria and the need to protect the...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the level of insurgency in Southern Thailand.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on official ministerial visits to Ukraine during the European football championships.

  • Scotland

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when each contract between his Department and Atos was most recently (a) agreed, (b) renewed and (c) extended.

    • David Livingstone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) Department for International Development on...

      David Livingstone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Government and (b) key stakeholders in Scotland on (i) Malawi and (ii) plans to commemorate the 200th...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff working for his Department are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum; and if he will make a...

  • Wales

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total monetary value is of each contract between her Department and Atos.

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when each contract between her Department and Atos was most recently (a) agreed, (b) renewed and (c) extended.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff working for her Department are employed through off-payroll engagements costing less than £58,200 per annum; and if she will make a...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if she will give the total (a) number and (b) value of contracts issued by her Department which were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in the...

  • Attorney-General

    • Atos

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what the total monetary value is of each contract between his Department and Atos; (2) when each contract between his Department and Atos was most recently (a)...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of whether a ban on the import of foie gras into the UK would contravene EU law.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent the Law Officers' Departments and their non-departmental public...

      Regulation

      To ask the Attorney-General which regulations the Law Officers' Departments repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what the anticipated total savings to those affected will be of...

  • Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications there have been to the Cancer Drugs Fund to date; and how many such applications were (a) approved or (b) declined by (i) age, (ii)...

    • Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who will be responsible for monitoring out of area payments for contraception services from April 2013; (2) pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2012,...

      Cord Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations on the availability of umbilical cord blood donation; (2) if his...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his oral answer of 27 March 2012, Official Report, column 1336, which high street outlets are sharing and showing calorie information as part...

      Health Professions Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to oversee the work of the Health Professions Council (HPC); what sanctions he has made available to the HPC to regulate...

      Health Services: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training his Department provides to enable NHS staff to recognise victims of human trafficking.

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the Health Protection Agency decided not to examine the effects on human health of incinerators in August 2003.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how specialised neuromuscular services will be delivered under the new NHS Commissioning Board; and if he will make a statement.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent of regional variation in the NHS provision of musculoskeletal services.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Long Term Conditions Outcomes Strategy will (a) address the needs and expected future needs of people with musculoskeletal conditions and (b) take...

      NHS: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department has issued to NHS trusts on adopting the Health Protection Agency's recommended swab analysis procedure in NHS laboratories.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the effect of patient numbers on nurses' ability to give high quality care; and if he will make it his policy that the patient to...

      Psoriasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the proportion of patients suffering from severe psoriasis who have received a psoriasis area and severity index...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to reform social care in the 2012-13 Session.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to decide whether financial support for people affected by Thalidomide will continue beyond the three year pilot scheme; and when he plans...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refused asylum seekers have been returned to (a) Zimbabwe, (b) Iran, (c) Iraq and (d) Somalia annually since January 2010.

    • Bigamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on bigamous marriage in respect of applications for leave to enter or remain.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she made of the annual savings which would be achieved by the police if Crown Prosecution Service and police staff were...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were arrested on suspicion of making fraudulent insurance claims in (a) 1997, (b) 2002 and (c) 2011.

      Entry Clearances: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely effect of changes to the regulations for Tier 2 visas on the number of foreign academics wishing to...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 visas have been rejected on the basis of not meeting English language requirements (a) prior to and (b) after 21 April 2011.

      Health Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff working in her Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will undertake an assessment of the effects of immigration at regional level in the United Kingdom.

      Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the suitability of Close Protection UK to provide security services at the London 2012 Olympic and...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Rob Whiteman received a bonus in 2011-12; and what the value of any such bonus was.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to promote awareness of the elections for police and crime commissioners.

      Race Relations: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK has fully implemented EU Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA; and what assessment her Department has made of its...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers and senior police officers on the use of section 60 notices...

      Terrorism: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes to UK anti-terrorism laws resulted from EU Council Framework Decision 2008/919/JHA.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what indices the UK Border Agency has used to calculate annual resource budget uplifts for each of its contracts with the private sector in...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the criteria for UK Border Agency staff bonuses include rewards for the number of failed asylum seekers sent back to their country of...

      Work Permits: Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the waiting times for Bulgarian and Romanian students applying for work permits in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c)...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the introduction of the Business Finance Partnership.

    • Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 304W, on Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats, when he plans to publish a summary of...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the 1,000 largest companies paid no corporation tax in each year since 2005; and how many such companies paid (a) less than £10 million and...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average rate of corporation tax paid by (a) FTSE 100 companies and (b) companies with profits greater than £1,500,000 was in (i) 2009-10 and...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect on credit unions of erroneous claims for mis-selling of payment protection insurance. [R]

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, columns 297-98W, on the Equitable Life Payment Scheme, how frequently (a) he, (b) his special...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of converting the UK's contribution to the European Union from pounds to euros.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government take to mitigate the potential currency gain or loss from converting the UK's contribution to the EU budget and receiving funds...

      Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the consultation on offshore gambling will commence.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to create a savings culture in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total (a) number and (b) value of contracts issued by (i) his Department and (ii) bodies for which he is responsible which were awarded to small...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many public sector workers are being paid off-payroll in (a) the NHS, (b) non-maintained schools and (c) publicly-owned banks; and if he will...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent his Department and its non-departmental public bodies...

      Tax Allowances: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1203W, on tax allowances: charities, what procedure is used by HM Revenue and Customs...

      Taxation: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of reforms to the controlled foreign companies regime on developed countries; (2) what estimate he has made...

      VAT: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the levying of VAT on approved alterations on the upkeep of listed buildings.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) designed output and (b) average load factor is of each bio-mass power station in the UK; and how many megawatts of...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether low carbon generation projects which make final investment decisions before the contract for difference mechanism becomes law...

      Carbon Emissions: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects emissions from the shipping industry to be included in the UK carbon budget; and what recent discussions on this matter...

      Coryton Oil Refinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has received any representations from the administrators of Coryton Oil Refinery in respect of the provision of...

      Coryton Oil Refinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the implications for (a) the security of UK fuel supply and (b) UK energy resilience of the...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to continuously match supply and demand in the grid.

      Energy: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the average proportion of household expenditure on energy bills in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry North...

      Fuel Poverty: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford, (b) Erith and Thamesmead and (c) Old...

      Fuel Poverty: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households living in fuel poverty in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency, (b)...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the rate of return on capital is for combined heat and power and district heating schemes.

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to provide grants to fund feasibility studies for combined heat and power and district heating schemes in the...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider extending the Renewable Heat Incentive to waste heat from power stations.

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider reclassifying waste heat from power stations as a renewable resource where it reduces emissions of carbon dioxide...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the contribution of combined heat and power and district heating to reductions in carbon emissions; and...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish any evidence used to determine the strike price that new nuclear power stations will receive under the contract for...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether strike prices for new nuclear power stations will be negotiated on a site-by-site basis; (2) how contract for difference...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which newspaper proprietors he has met since the start of the Leveson Inquiry.

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the total monetary value is of each contract between his Department and Atos.

      Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when each contract between his Department and Atos was most recently (a) agreed, (b) renewed and (c) extended.

      Adam Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether Adam Smith received any severance package upon resigning from his Department; whether Adam Smith received any payment...

      Adam Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will place in the Library the clear requirements, referred to in his Department's statement of 26 April 2012, that...

      Adam Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department's Permanent Secretary gave prior authorisation for Adam Smith to act as a contact point for the News...

      British Sky Broadcasting: News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what legal advice not to meet representatives of News Corporation he received and from whom in November 2010; and what...

      British Sky Broadcasting: News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he sought any advice from his Department's Permanent Secretary on taking responsibility for the decision on the News...

      Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Diamond Jubilee celebration.

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which the principles of digital inclusion are taken into account by his...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will estimate the amount spent by the private sector on advertising foodstuffs to (a) children and (b) adults in each of...

      Health Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package.

      Leveson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received from media groups since the start of the Leveson Inquiry.

      Leveson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse of the Leveson Inquiry has been to date; and what estimate he has made of its total...

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on heritage of the decision to remove VAT relief for restoration and maintenance...

      Misleading Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in dealing with misleading...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration he has given to using UK-built vehicles for official use during the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what training his Department provides to enable its staff involved with the London 2012 Olympics to recognise victims of human...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent progress he has made on the auction of 4G spectrum; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps VisitBritain and VisitEngland are taking to promote tourism in (a) East Cleveland and (b) the North York Moors.

  • International Development

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when each contract between his Department and Atos was most recently (a) agreed, (b) renewed and (c) extended.

    • Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes and projects his Department funds which support the provision of clean water and sanitation in developing countries.

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to ensure that aid to Clean Technology Fund projects in Mexico is directed towards generating affordable,...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff working for his Department and its non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements costing...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to introduce regional pay since 20 March 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) circulars and (b) consultation documents were issued by his Department in each of the last two years.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent his Department and its...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to work with the UN Refugees Agency on meeting the needs of Syrian refugees.

  • Defence

    • Army: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the actual manning against establishment figures is for each infantry battalion; and what proportion of soldiers is (a) English, (b) Scottish, (c)...

    • Army: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether recruits will be allowed to choose the infantry cap badge within the Scottish regiments that they join.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2012, Official Report, column 721W, on defence: procurement, what discussions his Department had with HM Treasury on the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Atos

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the total monetary value is of each contract between his Department and Atos; (2) when each contract between his Department and Atos was...

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average household income was (a) on the latest date for which figures are available, (b) in 2010, (c) in 1997 and (d) in 1992 in the areas...

      Business: Richmond Park

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of micro-businesses in Richmond Park constituency.

      Business: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) micro, (b) small and (c) medium-sized businesses there were in (i) Birmingham, Hall Green constituency and (ii) the West Midlands in the...

      Charitable and Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what support his Department is giving to charitable and voluntary organisations seeking funding from his Department.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what range of appraisal markings, and how many markings in each grade, were given to civil servants, by grade, in the most recent year for which figures...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average bonus paid to civil servants was, by grade, in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants, by grade, were subject to disciplinary penalties in the year ended March 2012.

      Emergency Planning College

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will visit the Civil Service Emergency College at Hawkhills, Easingwold; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent civil service posts there were (a) on the latest date for which figures are available (b) in 2010, (c) in 1997 and (d) in...

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time jobs equivalent to 24 working hours or fewer each week have been created in (i) the UK and (ii) Birmingham,...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to improve the process of Government procurement.

      Health Insurance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff working in his Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package.

      Leonard Cheshire Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when (a) he and (b) Ministers from his Department last met representatives from Leonard Cheshire Disability.

      Office for Civil Society

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 725W, on the Office for Civil Society: manpower, how many staff were working...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many meetings his Department has had with the Department for Work and Pensions to discuss the role of charitable and voluntary organisations in the...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what indicators his Department is using to measure the success of the Big Society programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate his Department has made of the economic value of training in voluntary youth organisations in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b)...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce the administrative burdens of volunteering.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has considered expanding the National Citizen Service to include year 10 students.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what average number of hours was worked per week by people employed in (a) the UK and (b) Birmingham, Hall Green constituency in May (i) 2010, (ii) 2011...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women from each ethnic group in each age group (i) started and (ii) completed an apprenticeship, by...

    • Apprentices: Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support is available through the National Apprenticeship Service for people wishing to work in clinical research.

      Apprentices: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentice starts there were by 16 to 18 year-olds in (a) Birmingham, Hall Green constituency and (b) the West Midlands...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the priority markets will be for the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation in 2012-13.

      Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when each contract between his Department and Atos was most recently (a) agreed, (b) renewed and (c) extended.

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the barriers to young innovative firms obtaining equity finance.

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Enterprise Capital Funds had been set up by May 2012.

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee to (a) small and medium-sized...

      Commercial Agents: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what legislative protection is currently in place to ensure the payment of commercial agents by firms.

      Commercial Agents: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has had discussions with the European Commission on the provisions in EU Council Directive 86/653/EEC...

      Commercial Agents: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations his Department has received on possible changes to EU Council Directive 86/653/EEC to the EU Directive 3053...

      Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints about the work of his Department and each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies were received in...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department had with Adrian Beecroft as part of his review into employment law.

      Exports: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who the end-user is of the goods licensed for export in the fourth quarter of 2011 to Bahrain and described as equipment...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people employed by his Department are based in London.

      Manufacturing Industries: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to improve manufacturing skills in London through (a) apprenticeships and (b) higher...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how his Department (a) monitors and (b) regulates the support from (A) the Business Enterprise Fund and (B) other publicly-funded...

      Overseas Trade: Gabon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to post UK Trade and Industry staff to Libreville in Gabon; and what proposals he has to support companies and...

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to help support the retail sector.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects on education provision for people aged 16 to 24 of the introduction of 24+...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the public finances of the introduction of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans in...

      British Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made in conducting his proposed study to review the scope, quality and robustness of the available evidence...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency on accreditation for conferences in 2011.

    • Debts Written Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much bad debt was written off by his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on the updating of published data in line with the Government's transparency agenda in each month...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) empty homes and (b) homes which had been empty for more than six months there were in each region in each of the...

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many first-time buyers have (a) registered an interest in, (b) applied for and (c) bought on the Government's FirstBuy scheme.

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many lenders are participating in the Government's FirstBuy scheme.

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many loans from the Government's FirstBuy scheme have been repaid on resale of the property with the Government's share...

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in each parliamentary constituency have participated in the FirstBuy scheme to date.

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the average age of an unassisted first-time buyer in England.

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on promotional material for the Government's NewBuy Guarantee scheme.

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an estimate of the average deposit required of a first-time buyer.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to introduce a national telephone helpline for No Second Night Out nationwide.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the ministerial working group on homelessness has discussed the rise in homelessness and rough sleeping since May 2010.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what capital projects the Homes and Communities Agency will have in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and what he...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the increase to the housing benefit bill as a result of the Government's Affordable Rent model.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homes were built on public sector land released for house building (a) between May 1997 and April 2010 and (b)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the Housing Minister's announcement of February 2011 of Government plans to accelerate the release of...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many bids have been received for the Government's Build Now, Pay Later scheme; and how many have been successful; (2)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, column 246W, on housing: construction, whether the figures of...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average density of new dwellings was in each (a) region and (b) local authority area in each year since 2010.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new (a) affordable homes and (b) homes for social rent were built in each (i) region and (ii) local authority area in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the number of jobs supported to date in construction and related industries by increasing...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when the industry-led guidance on housing for older people will be published; (2) what discussions he has had with...

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to support council staff who want to make in-house bids under the community right to challenge draft...

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the compatibility of draft statutory guidance on the community right to challenge with the duty...

      Local Government: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to publish guidance for local authorities on assets of community value.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many people have been rejected for loans provided through the Government's NewBuy Guarantee scheme; (2) how many...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what checks are in place to ensure that a property purchased through the Government's NewBuy Guarantee scheme is the...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built as a result of the Government's NewBuy Guarantee scheme.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) lenders and (b) housebuilders have signed up to the Government's NewBuy scheme; how many are not members of the...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average percentage deposit is for mortgages offered under the Government's NewBuy Guarantee Scheme.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the potential financial risk to the Exchequer of the security provided by Government...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to improve protections for tenants in the private rented sector.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on promotional material for the Right to Buy scheme since May 2010.

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether sport club supporters' groups will be eligible for funding from the right to bid fund.

  • Justice

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps will be taken to assess offenders' alcohol problems and addictions prior to the introduction of compulsory sobriety schemes; (2) what...

    • Child: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that HM Courts and Tribunal Service hears appeals relating to the Child Support Agency as quickly as possible.

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider introducing proposals to bring claims management firms within the remit of the statutory Legal Ombudsman.

      Closed Material Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Government Department made the decision to use a closed material procedure on each occasion on which that procedure has been used in each of the...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the average cost of supervising an individual under the proposed intensive community punishment order.

      Contempt of Court: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have received custodial sentences after being found guilty of contempt of court in (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown courts in...

      Court Orders: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that compensation orders are related to the disposable income of perpetrators.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were given court fines in each of the last four years; and how many of those fines were paid in full.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the evidence to support the hypothesis that viewing violent videos or films could have been a factor in cases...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many men were reconvicted of domestic violence offences within (a) one year and (b) two years of completing a domestic violence-related programme...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training his Department provides to enable its staff to recognise victims of human trafficking.

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he expects HMP Oakwood to reach full operating capacity; (2) how many prisoners he expects to be held in HMP Oakwood in each week until...

      Offenders: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to reduce crime amongst offenders diagnosed as having two or more mental illnesses.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what (a) meetings he has had with and (b) representations he has received from PortalCo on the practicality of implementing changes to the RTA...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has received from (i) the medical professional bodies, (ii) the insurance industry,...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what reports he has received of the escape of and attempts to recapture John Anslow; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners on Remand: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women from Redditch are being held in custody.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals sentenced to jail in the UK were transferred to serve their sentences in other EU member states in each year since 2009 under the...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals subject to probation measures imposed in the UK have had their probation measures supervised by the authorities of another EU member...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what offences he proposes that restorative justice practices will be applied.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consult the victims of serious crime on the use of restorative justice practices.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to reform the criminal justice system in order to improve public safety and the performance of the Probation Service;...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service regarding (a) disability living allowance, (b) employment and support allowance, (c) income...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government plan to review the law on adverse property possession.

      Terrorism: Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications his Department has received for the ex gratia scheme for victims of terrorist acts overseas.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Conflict: Cultural Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will ratify the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two protocols.

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are being made, in the training of military service personnel, to strengthen the United Kingdom's effective integration in combined international...

      Charity Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Charity Commission about ensuring it has the resources it needs to monitor the activities of charities robustly.

      Charity Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of charities are scrutinised by the Charity Commission on average each year.

      Civil Service: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 24 April (WA 386), why they do not record centrally and publish the annual numbers and costs of...

      Civil Service: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made by Civil Service Learning to ensure senior civil servants are aware of the constitutional significance of Parliament and the conventions...

      Discretionary Social Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they will issue to local authorities with reference to possible local connection rules applied to the replacement for the discretionary social fund.

      Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 28 May (WA 100-1), how they will publicise the proposed "multichannel approach" for informing the public about the...

      Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 28 May (WA 100-1), how many copies of paper booklets setting out information about candidates for the Police and...

      Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 28 May (WA 100-1), how many representations they received, and from whom, about the issue of voters obtaining...

      Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of turnout in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections they would consider to demonstrate sufficient public support for those elected to the posts.

      Employment: Outsourcing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they collect data on the number of jobs outsourced to foreign countries by United Kingdom-based companies.

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of United Kingdom gross domestic product is accounted for by United Kingdom exports to Eurozone countries.

      Greece: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are providing assistance to Greece to ensure that poverty levels in Greece do not rise.

      House of Lords: Members' Speeches

      To ask the Leader of the House whether the intervention by Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Official Report, col. 803, 23 May) during a question asked of Lord Howell of Guildford by Lord Davies of...

      Mayors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of the 10 recent referendums on directly elected mayors.

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of all NHS trusts that are currently approved by Monitor as foundation trusts, what are (1) their audited revenue expenditure for 2010-11, and (2)...

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of all NHS trusts that have applied to Monitor to become foundation trusts but have not yet been approved, what are (1) their audited revenue...

      NHS: Out-of-hours Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what investigations are being conducted into the out-of-hours general practitioner service in Cornwall.

      Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games about the organisations and companies which have been...

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to revise the definition of special educational needs for schools; and whether they will publish that definition.

      Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have submitted bids for the Weekly Collection Support Scheme for waste collection.

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