Written answers

Thursday, 28 June 2012

  • Women and Equalities

    • Same-sex Civil Marriages

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the potential effect of European human rights legislation on any UK legislation on same-sex civil marriages.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the importance of childcare for women.

      Human Trafficking Ministerial Group

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many times she has attended the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Human Trafficking in the last 18 months.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to respond to the (a) letter of 30 March 2012 and (b) email of 16 May 2012 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding a constituent Mr M....

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many troubled families co-ordinators there are.

    • Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which areas the Planning Inspectorate plans to issue model policies for adoption in local plans.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding for (a) the arts, (b) heritage, (c) active leisure and (d) museums his Department allocated to (i) England,...

    • e-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many e-mails he received to his official government email address in each month since May 2010.

      Flags: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons the flags of British Overseas Territories were not displayed in Parliament Square and Horse Guards Parade...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being in his Department.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the (a) make, (b) model and (c) network provider was of each mobile telephone device he has been officially issued with...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) telephone calls and (b) text messages he received to mobile telephone devices officially issued to him in each...

      4G Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects the 4G spectrum auction to be held; and if he will make a statement.

      4G Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when Ofcom expects to determine the application it has received for re-use of existing 2G spectrum for 4G services; and what...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much has been claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its...

      Rebekah Brooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport from how many different telephone numbers he has received text messages from Rebekah Brooks since May 2010. [R]

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

  • Treasury

    • EU Customs Information System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has (a) made of and (b) published on the effectiveness of the EU Customs Information System.

    • EU Customs Information System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) people and (b) UK nationals have had their data added to the EU Customs Information System by the UK authorities in each of the last five...

      Finance Act 2008

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue HM Revenue and Customs estimates will be raised in 2012-13 due to the provision of section 58 of the Finance Act 2008; (2) what...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will undertake an assessment of the level of public awareness of Gift Aid declaration forms.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of funding that charities are unable to reclaim in Gift Aid due to the requirements relating to individual declaration forms.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made on securing public and private investments for the funding of the projects in the National Infrastructure Plan 2011,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the (a) letter of 28 April 2012 and (b) email of 14 May 2012 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding a...

      Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) publications and (b) consultation documents have been issued by his Department since May 2010.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Table 6 of Annex B—Table of Impact for Individual Measures of the HM Revenue and Customs consultation document, “VAT:...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish the impact assessment in respect of the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board.

    • Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she plans that her consultation on the future of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority will begin; (2) pursuant to...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with (a) the EU Commission and (b) her EU ministerial counterparts on the rules...

  • Justice

    • Debts Written Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

    • Early Guilty Plea Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1156W, on the early guilty plea scheme, what additional credits will be applied to...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunals were on matters related to holiday pay in each year since 2007.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers failed their fitness tests by age group in the last five years.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the age profile is of prison officers across the prison estate.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many contracts issued by his Department were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in 2011-12; what proportion that figure represents of all...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders released on licence following a life sentence have committed (a) murder and (b) other offences in each of the last five years.

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he plans to bring forward proposals to extend the provisions relating to squatting in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female offenders aged 10 to 18 years entered custody with a substance misuse problem in each year since 2005.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate any consequential cost of the early roll-out of smart meters resulting from (a) suppliers running additional...

    • Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of installation failures on the overall cost of the smart meter roll-out.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the number of consumers switching energy providers following the launch of his Department's Check,...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost to small and medium-sized enterprises of the legal advice that will be...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish his proposals for the Green Deal Launch cash-back scheme.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many contracts issued by his Department were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in 2011-12; what proportion that figure...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many publications his Department has issued since May 2010; and what the title was of each (a) publication and (b) consultation...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals following the publication of her Department's White Paper entitled, “Putting...

    • Asylum: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were transferred to another EU member state under the Dublin Regulation in each year since that regulation came into...

      Community Safety Accreditation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans she has to introduce greater transparency and accountability to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme; (2) how her...

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department's Communications Capabilities Development Programme was established; and how many of the staff involved in that programme...

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances the authorities of other countries would be able to request access to data stored under the proposed Communications...

      Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued to police forces on the enforcement of section 42 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 in each...

      Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made in each police authority area under section 42 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 in each of the last 12...

      Detention Centres: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is her policy that pregnant women are always allowed to keep their hand-held maternity records (maternity notes) when they enter...

      Essex Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received from (a) members of the public and (b) hon. Members on Essex Police Authority; and if she will...

      Illegal Immigrants: Frontex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal migrants travelling to the UK have been intercepted by Frontex in each year since it was established; and if she will make a...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Ministry of Defence Police have worked at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Manchester, (d) Liverpool, (e) Doncaster, (f) Glasgow, (g)...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Ministry of Defence Police have been seconded to work for the UK Border Agency (a) in each (i) week and (ii) month and (b) in...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people have a UK passport.

      Regional Pay

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the physical capacity of a person aged 60 to carry out the job of a police officer.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget she has set for advertising (a) elections to the posts of Police and Crime Commissioner and (b) details of the method of election...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints were recorded against the police service in (a) Essex, (b) Southend and (c) England and Wales in each of the last...

      Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legal advice she has received regarding the dismissal of police officers with a physical disability after failing to complete the annual...

      Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice she has received regarding the potential effects of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 on proposals to introduce an annual...

      Police: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) capital and (b) resource cost of establishing the police ICT company has been since 2010.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the annual pay freeze for police officers to be lifted.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress she has made on police pension reform; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers from England and Wales have trained at the European Police College in each year since 2006; and what estimate she...

      Police: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of operational police vehicles which are fitted with satellite navigation systems provided by the...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to work with the European Court of Human Rights to develop the criteria by which verifiable guarantees...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what publications have been issued by her Department since May 2010.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in developing its policy on Future Force 2020; and if he will make a statement.

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of each branch of HM Armed Forces were recruited in each of the constituent parts of the UK in the latest period for which figures are...

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration has been given to any potential consequences for the defence of the sovereign base areas in Cyprus of a disorderly departure by Greece...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the powers available to the Child Support Agency to investigate the validity of declared...

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Child Support Agency takes to verify declared incomes.

      Crisis Loans: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding he plans to provide to the Scottish Government for crisis loans payments in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department expects to publish the cross-Government Disability Strategy.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate has been made of the number of disabled children in (a) the UK and (b) England.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether families with disabled children will be involved in evaluating the effects of the early roll-out of universal credit in the Greater...

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what modelling his Department has undertaken in relation to the effect of the introduction of universal credit on families with disabled...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Barrow and Furness of 23 January 2012, Official Report, column 1, that he would issue...

      Employment Schemes: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from (a) the West Midlands, (b) Coventry and (c) Coventry North East constituency have (i) volunteered and (ii) been required...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has switched its (a) gas or (b) electricity supplier in any of the last 10 years.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which energy supplier supplies his Department with (a) gas and (b) electricity.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on its (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each of the last 10 years.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many procurement card holders in his Department were (a) paid off-payroll, (b) employed on a part-time basis and (c) employed as a...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on which dates his Department has published Government procurement card spending over £500 since May 2010.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who would be subject to the under-occupancy penalty if single parents with equal custody rights each rely on housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he proposes that the role of carers will be recognised when an under-occupancy penalty is applied to housing benefit claimants.

      Housing Benefit: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of under-25-year-olds in receipt of housing benefit in East Lothian constituency.

      Housing Benefit: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people managed under level 1 multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) housing...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Legionnaires’ Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve enforcement of health and safety controls for legionnaires’ disease.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants returned to work within (a) 13, (b) 26 and (c) 52 weeks in each Jobcentre Plus district in...

      Pay

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

      Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many UK state pensioners living in countries where the pension is frozen claimed a temporary pension uprating to cover the period of their...

      Poverty: EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department made of the effect that changes in the level of trade between the UK and other EU member states since (a) 1980,...

      Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to help working people prepare for retirement.

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's budget was for all skills-related activities in each of the last five years.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much it will cost his Department to run the social fund in each of the next three years.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the scope local councils will be given to decide how the social fund is spent.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department plans to publish data on (a) the spending on crisis loans in 2005-06 and (b) community care grants in 2010-11.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much it cost his Department to set up the social fund.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means recipients of universal credit will be informed of their receipts.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the audio recording of work capability assessments.

  • Education

    • Children's Centres: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he has allocated to Sure Start children's centres in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency and (b) Birmingham City Council area for...

    • Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will issue guidance to teachers on the importance of a good standard of turnout when teaching.

      First Aid: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many (a) teachers and (b) childminders in (i) Swindon and (ii) England are first aid trained; (2) if he will make it his policy to make it...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many additional primary school places were created in the academic year 2010-11 through (a) the Free Schools programme and (b) Basic Need funding...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what selection criteria his Department used in its recruitment of (a) Alexandra Gowlland, (b) Elena Narozanski and (c) James Frayne.

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to require schools to have defibrillators on their premises and to ensure that staff are trained to use them.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish success rates for each school sixth form in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent steps he has taken to ensure fair funding of 16 to 19 education provision between schools and sixth form colleges by 2015.

      Sixth Form Education: GCE A Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) school sixth forms and (b) sixth form colleges do not offer A Levels in (i) English language, (ii) English literature, (iii) French, (iv)...

      Students: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department expects to achieve its objective to have consistent data available for the judgement of performance of post-16 students by Ofsted...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new charities were established (a) nationally and (b) in Swindon in the last year.

    • Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that ambulance trusts not meeting their response targets are brought up to the national minimum standard.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in each year since 1997-98.

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2012, Official Report, column 144W, on cancer: drugs, which professional organisations his Department is working with to...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of dentists in England have exceeded their NHS quota for work in each of the last two years.

      Home Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many families have been visited by a (a) family nurse partnership and (b) family intervention project in (i) the last three years and (ii) the latest...

      Meals On Wheels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people receive meals delivered to their homes and arranged through the local authority.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts issued by his Department were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in 2011-12; what proportion that figure represents of all...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the financial performance of South London Healthcare NHS Trust; (2) what recent representations he has...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people affected by thalidomide were alive in (a) the UK, (b) East Sussex and (c) Hastings and Rye constituency in the latest period for...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department allocated to adult skills in the last year.

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are enrolled in adult skills sessions (a) nationally and (b) in Swindon.

      Bank Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to publish the consultation on implementing Article 19 of the Consumer Rights Directive on excessive card surcharges.

      Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will consider the recommendation by the British Chambers of Commerce to create a state-backed business bank to improve...

      Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will request the Financial Reporting Council to publish an annual report on the operation of the UK Stewardship Code.

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the update of the Financial Reporting Council's Corporate Governance Code to codify current best practice, what...

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his proposals on executive pay, what the criteria will be for a change in company remuneration policy; and...

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that companies do not draft director pay policies broadly to avoid annual binding votes on...

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his oral statement of 20 June 2012, Official Report, column 867, on executive pay, for what reasons he has proposed a...

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information companies will be required to publish on consultation with employees over director pay policy following...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how his Department communicates the information that a course is to be designated for higher education purposes to the (a)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether due diligence checks for higher education course designation take into account the applicant's parent company.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of pupils in the (a) poorest and (b) richest one per cent of areas entered (i) any university,...

      Manufacturing Industries: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are employed in the pharmaceutical sector in (a) the UK, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d)...

      Manufacturing Industries: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value of the pharmaceutical sector is to the economy of (a) the UK, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d)...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of students who entered medical schools in the UK were educated in a UK state school in the latest period for...

      Overseas Trade: Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the primary (a) imported and (b) exported goods and services are between the UK and (i) the Democratic Republic of Congo and...

      Overseas Trade: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the primary (a) imported and (b) exported goods and services are between the UK and Syria.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how the Skills Funding Agency monitors the effectiveness of (a) sub-contractors and (b) lead contractors delivering (i) the adult...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the management fees charged to sub-contractors by the lead contractors of Skills Funding...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how the Skills Funding Agency assesses the suitability of those sub-contractors involved in delivering apprenticeships which are...

  • Transport

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to reduce the carbon intensity of the railways.

    • Longbridge Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood of 14 June 2012, Official Report, column 533W, on railway stations, what account she...

      Private Hire Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2012, Official Report, column 1016W, on private hire vehicles: Greater London, what assessment she has made of the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what preparations she has made for the next rail High Level Output Specification.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to make rail companies more accountable to the travelling public.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress she has made on the Intercity Express Programme rolling stock contract.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress she has made on transport infrastructure projects announced in the autumn statement.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to improve access to water in the developing world.

    • Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to support the work of WaterAid in the developing world.

      Niger

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Niger; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what account his Department takes of the Government's transparency agenda in formulating its procurement policy.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether the Government plan to raise with other states the imprisonment and torture of Houtan Kian in Iran for legally...

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Israel on their Unlawful Combatants Law.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many vehicles are owned by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental bodies in the UK.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan following the death of Fukraz Begum.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken regarding the Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Sarsak.

  • House of Lords

    • Children: Parenting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional training to support the wider delivery of parenting interventions, and to maintain the quality of those interventions.

    • Civil Service: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training previously provided to Ministers and to senior civil servants by the National School of Government is not provided by Civil Service Learning.

      Civil Service: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants of permanent secretary or equivalent presently in post have received dedicated training on the constitutional significance of Parliament...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has spent on activities related to climate change since May 2010.

      Disabled People: Personal Independence Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that members of the House of Lords can view and comment on the third version of the assessment criteria for personal independence payments...

      Education: Modern Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to reach a decision on whether to accept the recommendation of the Expert Panel that modern foreign languages should be restored to the compulsory...

      Employment: Under 25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the youth contract funding for subsidised jobs for under 24 year-olds on the Work Programme has been dispersed since the launch of the contract in April.

      Employment: Under 25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many job vacancies for those aged between 16 and 25 were available in each parliamentary constituency in May 2012. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many...

      Finance: Gilts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of the gilt-edged securities purchased by the Bank of England as part of its policy of quantitative easing; what is the annual income from...

      Food: Retailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review competition policy to ensure that it supports retail diversity and entry to markets for new food businesses.

      Food: Retailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions Ministers have had with large retailers on provision of local food in stores.

      Food: Strategy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support and guidance they are providing to local authorities to help them deliver food strategies.

      Food: Sustainable Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of their review of planning guidance, they will consider new guidance to provide stronger support for a sustainable food system.

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of staff employed within the private offices of ministers and the permanent secretary at HM Treasury on 1 June; and how many of them were...

      Government Departments: Interns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many interns were taken on by each government department in (1) 2009-10, (2) 2010-11, and (3) 2011-12.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their White Paper on the overseas territories.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent in the latest year for which figures are available on publicising and advertising the policy that United Kingdom citizens in receipt of a state...

      Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has spent through the Prosperity Fund throughout the various countries where it operates.

      Railways: BRB (Residuary) Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 18 June (WA 279), what is the cost of transferring landholdings from BRB (Residuary) Ltd to London and Continental...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Sassoon on 11 June (WS 120), what are the current, past and proposed rates of interest charged on the bilateral loan to...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they endorse the establishment of academies in cases where there is no proven need for an additional school.

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the health and safety obligations which need to be met by all free schools opening in September with regard to (1) science laboratories, (2) design and...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which subjects must be taught at free schools. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the minimum number of hours for which any obligatory subject must be taught...

      Schools: Meals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 14 December 2011 (WA 276-7) concerning nutritional standards in academies and free schools, what...

      Schools: Physical Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the requirements for the access of pupils aged 11-16 to school playing fields for physical education.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 12 March (WA 30), how they calculated their provisional estimate for 2009-10; and when they expect...

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 12 March (WA 30), what was the teacher retention rate by type of state school in England for the past...

      Sex Offences: Overseas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens or residents have been (1) charged, and (2) convicted, of sexual offences against children in South and South-east Asia in the most...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of South Sudan's Parliament having voted to suspend at least 75 Government officials for alleged theft of at least £2.6 billion, whether they...

      Taxation: Tax Returns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances UK taxpayers are not allowed to submit their tax returns using HM Revenue and Customs' online service, but are required to submit a paper...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 16 March (WA 124), for each year between 2006 and 2011, how many trainees from (1) graduate teacher...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in considering visa applications by foreign nationals citing the European Convention on Human Rights Article 8 right to a family life, whether it is the right of...

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