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Written answers

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

  • Women and Equalities

    • Mental Health

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to promote good mental health and well-being within her Department.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Empty Property: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of empty houses in the Mid Bedfordshire area.

    • Government Procurement Card

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

      Housing: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure on housing in each region in England in each of the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been spent on (a) homes bonuses and (b) social impact bonds since their inception.

      Public Expenditure: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) homes bonuses and (b) social impact bonds have been issued in the Mid Bedfordshire area.

  • Wales

    • Business: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate she has made of likely growth in business investment in Wales in 2012.

    • Capital Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if she will assess the effect of reductions in capital allowances on the Welsh economy.

      Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effect of the recession on the construction industry in Wales.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if she will estimate the average change in the level of benefits for disability allowance claimants in Wales up to 2015.

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times she has required overnight accommodation in Wales in her official role since May 2010.

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department has spent on hotel accommodation in Wales since May 2010.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what proportion of workers in Wales will pay a reduced level of income tax as a result of the reduction in the additional rate; (2) what discussions...

      Inflation: Standard of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effect of inflation on the living standards of people in Wales in the last 18 months.

      Redundancy: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many public sector jobs she expects to be lost in Wales up to 2015; (2) if she will assess the effect on the Welsh economy of public sector job...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many social housing tenants there are in Wales aged between 16 and 24 years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people in Wales she estimates will be affected by the Government's proposals for welfare reform.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what recent assessment she has made of progress towards the objective in her Department's business plan to represent Welsh interests in the...

      Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effect on the average family in Wales of tax and spending changes taking effect from April 2012.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department has spent on taxis and hire cars since May 2010.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the change has been in the level of (a) unemployment, (b) youth unemployment and (c) long-term youth unemployment in Wales since May 2010.

      Vat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations her Department has received from organisations in Wales on the changes contained in the VAT: Addressing Borderline Anomalies...

      Vat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effect on the Welsh economy of the increase in the standard rate of VAT.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many households in Wales will no longer be eligible for tax credits as a result of changes proposed by the Government.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to ensure that (a) failed asylum seekers and (b) refugees have access to adequate accommodation, food and other...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that children do not become destitute as a result of having financial support withdrawn in the event of a...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department monitors the numbers of all asylum-seeking and migrant children living in poverty.

      Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the extent to which the UK is compliant with Article (a) 25 and (b) 38 of the Council of Europe Convention on...

      Crime: Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have used the CrimeMap website in each year for which figures are available.

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders under section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 were issued in (a) England and Wales, (b) Nottinghamshire...

      Essex Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanism exists for the public to complain about decisions taken by Essex Police; and if she will make a statement.

      Essex Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with Essex police authority on (a) overspend and (b) underspend by the authority since July 2010; and if she...

      Essex Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days sickness absence were recorded in Essex police force (a) in total and (b) per officer in each of the last three years for which...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which EU measures formerly under the third pillar have not yet been implemented by her Department; when such measures are expected to be...

      Gating Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gating orders were issued by local authorities in (a) England and Wales, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Ashfield constituency in the...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many procurement card holders in (a) her Department and (b) the Government Equalities Office were (i) paid off-payroll, (ii) employed on...

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the number of defacement removal notices issued by local authorities in (a) England and Wales, (b)...

      HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will introduce a requirement for the new Head of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to have experience serving in a police force.

      Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) directions to leave under section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, (b) premises closure orders, (c) crack house...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints lodged with the Independent Police Complaints Commission are outstanding (a) three to six months, (b) six months to...

      Mephedrone

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many formal reviews were carried out before her decision to ban mephedrone.

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press releases her Department has issued in the last 12 months.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost per full-time equivalent member of staff spent by UK Border Agency on staff allocated to detection and intelligence...

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the judgment of the European General Court in case T-210/02 RENV of 7 March 2012, (1) what plans the Government have to enforce the...

    • EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the UK contributed to the EU in the most recent month for which figures are available.

      Income Tax and National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to begin further consultation on options for the integration of the operation of income tax and national insurance contributions.

      Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent contribution his Department has made to implementation of the 2005 Manchester Declaration.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the report from the Office of Fair Trading on the cost of car insurance;...

      Timber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the economy if the wood panel industry were to be displaced by the biomass industry; and if he will...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to tackle the problem of nuisance phone calls about (a) personal protection insurance and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to Argentina following its decision not to honour judgements on debt repayment by...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of human rights abuses against the Rohingya people in Burma.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise attacks on trade unionists in Colombia with the Colombian Government.

      Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent contribution his Department has made to implementation of the 2005 Manchester Declaration.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on providing support for tourism in Northern Ireland.

    • Cross-border Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on people trafficked into Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortion forms returned to his Department (a) did not have the required two doctors' signatures and (b) were incomplete in each of the last five...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients waited longer than four hours in each accident and emergency ward in (a) Trafford, (b) Manchester and (c) Salford (i) in each of the...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to increase the range of publically available data on cancer that can be analysed by age. (2) if he will publish data...

      Health: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which officials in his Department exercise a leadership role in relation to rural health.

      Health: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Minister in his Department has responsibility for matters relating to rural health.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department took to increase the uptake of the Nursery Milk Scheme in each of the last five years; and what his Department's target is for...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have received milk through the Nursery Milk Scheme in each of the last five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the average time taken from receipt of an appeal until the date of the first appeal hearing for employment...

    • Employment and Support Allowance: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in East Lothian constituency are awaiting decisions on employment and support allowance appeals.

      Employment and Support Allowance: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals have been upheld on employment and support allowance decisions in East Lothian constituency since May 2010.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance have volunteered for support through Work Choice since...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from the support group of employment and support allowance have volunteered for support through Work Choice since October 2010.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the removal of housing benefit for those under 25 years of age.

      Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of determining the number of pensioners returning to the UK over the last five years from countries where they are...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements will apply to those who receive support for mobility costs in the personal independence payment on reaching age 65.

      Personal Independence Payment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what representations he has received from (a) adults with autism and their families and (b) voluntary sector organisations about the...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Wansbeck of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 12, on Remploy, whether the £10,000...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the introduction of regional variation in the benefits system.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Times of Sittings

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the cost to the public...

  • Transport

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2012, Official Report, columns 1013-14W, on Atos, what the value was of each contract between her Department and Atos...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to promote the growth of the aviation industry in the UK.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether her Department has switched its (a) gas or (b) electricity supplier in any of the last 10 years; (2) which energy supplier supplies her...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the benefits of a high-speed rail network to the north of England.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will estimate the potential journey time saving High Speed 2 will provide for passengers travelling between Northwich station and (a)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential benefits of HS2 for (a) North Wales and (b) other parts of Wales.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what responses her Department received from Welsh respondants on the consultation on HS2; and what proportion of those respondants were in favour of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans that the public consultation on compensation for people living near the proposed route of High Speed 2 will be held.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration her Department has given to using a hardship-based scheme in determining compensation for people affected by High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration her Department has given to using a property bond solution to determine compensation for people affected by High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the potential journey time saving High Speed 2 will provide for passengers travelling between (a) Poulton-Le-Fylde, (b) West...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many low-carbon vehicles are registered (a) nationally and (b) in Swindon.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the current pay (a) minima and (b) maxima are for staff at each grade, from AA to Grade 6 or equivalent grades outside London, in each of her...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when was the last full equal-pay audit conducted in each bargaining unit in her Department; and when the next such audit in each such unit is scheduled...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time equivalent staff in her Department and the public bodies for which she is responsible outside London earn less than (a)...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in each departmental bargaining unit which grades have not seen an increase in pay maxima in (a) three, (b) four, (c) five and (d) six or more years.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which grades in each of her Department's bargaining units outside London have more than (a) 50% and (b) 60% of women in them, as measured as...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of the Thameslink contract on existing train maintenance work at Hornsey depot. [R]

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Hornsey depot will continue to be responsible for train maintenance work for (a) mainline and (b) other Great Northern services operated by...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes to train maintenance work at Hornsey depot she expects to see over the next five years as the result of the Thameslink Rolling stock...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have had with train operating companies in respect of...

  • Justice

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle of 28 November 2011 concerning a constituent, Alan...

    • Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being within his Department.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he plans to allocate the £100 million announced in Budget 2011 for service accommodation.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 192W, on armed forces: pay, whether monies due to bereaved families are adjusted to claim...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of HM Armed Forces who have been issued with compulsory redundant notes for discharge are within one year of reaching the full...

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what budget was allocated to ceremonial uniforms for the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF in the last year.

      Cyprus: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the long-term future for the sovereign base areas in Cyprus.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparations his Department has made for war with Iran; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost in (a) personnel and (b) materiel.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will allocate resources to considering the effect on UK military capabilities of Scotland voting in favour of separation in the 2014...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will discuss the future of HMNB Clyde with the Scottish Government before the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost of replicating the facilities at Faslane and Coulport at another site in the UK; (2) what...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Co-operative Engagement Capability system will contribute to a recognised air picture; (2)...

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on awarding a Service Medal to former members of Bomber Command; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to lay regulations before Parliament to restrict the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

    • Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) following the debate in Westminster Hall on 20 June 2012 on gangmasters, what steps her Department is taking to...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on which dates her Department has published Government procurement card spending over £500 since May 2010.

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many street litter control notices have been issued in (a) England and Wales, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Ashfield...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much livestock was exported to be reared outside of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made on the unilateral nature of the ban on desinewed ruminant meat products as of the end of...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations her Department introduced between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Sausages: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will reverse her Department's ruling on the protected geographical indication status of the Lincolnshire sausage.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the average household water bill in each (a) region and (b) nation in each of the last...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of household earnings of those in the poorest UK decile which was...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many residents of (a) Newton Abbot constituency and (b) Teignbridge (i) started and (ii) completed a course at an adult...

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the burden of regulation on small and medium-sized businesses.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent support UK Export Finance has given to unabated coal-fired energy projects.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans UK Export Finance has to support unabated coal-fired energy projects.

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the discouragement of anti-competitive state aid to improve the...

      Manufacturing Industries: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed by low emission vehicle manufacturing companies...

      Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to assess the effect of labelling the country of manufacture or origin on products on the retailing of...

      Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department is working on schemes to accredit products for which the majority of design and manufacture took place in...

      Overseas Students: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many British nationals studied in each other EU member state in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

      Overseas Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure repayment of debts by EU students who take out loans with the Student Loan Company.

  • International Development

  • Education

    • Academies: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many complaints against academies and free schools have been upheld, in full or part, by (a) his Department and (b) the Education Funding Agency.

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the publication of local authority adoption scorecards; and if he will make a statement.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the budget is for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in each year until 2015; (2) what plans he has for future...

      Children in Care: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will introduce legislation to allow police forces access to the names and addresses of all local authority children's homes in their area.

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many requests have been made to his Department's IT department from (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers requesting information...

      Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) grants and (b) contracts his Department has awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who were previously employed in any...

      Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the (a) job title and (b) pay band was of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by his Department since May 2010 who was...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether primary legislation would be required to reclassify subjects and areas of learning on the national curriculum to become statutory parts of the...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many ministerial directions have been sought by his Department in each quarter since September 2011; and on what issues they were sought.

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many disciplinary procedures have been brought against (a) special advisers and (b) civil servants in his Department regarding the use of private...

      Education Act 2011

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what staffing changes he has made to his Department to prepare for the commencement of section 45 of the Education Act 2011.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what qualifications other than GCSEs are offered to pupils of GCSE-age studying in England; and what the required ability ranges are for pupils for...

      English Language: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to promote a greater emphasis on teaching accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling in the English Language GCSE.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what public funding each independent school has received in adopting or applying to adopt free school status.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications were submitted to open free schools in the application round which closed in February 2012; and how many such applications were...

      Free Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the free schools approved to open according to which decile of the deprivation index the lower level super output area in which the...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people in Warrington gained five good GCSEs in each year from 1997 to the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of GCSE entries were at (a) foundation and (b) higher level in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Association of Colleges on his proposals for the future of GCSEs.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 non-permanent...

      Government Procurement Card

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

      Health Insurance

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

      Intercountry Adoption: Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Belarus on adoption by UK families of orphans from that country; (2) what...

      Pay

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

      Primary Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether a primary school can be inspected by Ofsted and given a level 2 good rating if it has a poor attendance record and poor attainment rates at Key...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many publications have been issued by his Department since May 2010.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 383W, on publications, if he will list the number of copies of each publication to...

      Pupil Exclusions: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many decisions by head teachers to exclude pupils were overturned by appeals panels in (a) Witham constituency and (b) Essex in the latest year for...

      Recruitment

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

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what the anticipated total savings will be from repealing those...

      Regulation

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

      Religion: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils took GCSE religious education in (a) South Swindon constituency and (b) England and Wales in each year since 2002; and how many are...

      School: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) schools and (b) academies were given an Outstanding grade in Ofsted inspections in (i) England and (ii) South Swindon constituency in the...

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what capital costs were associated with the (a) free schools and (b) Building Schools for the Future programmes.

      Schools: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what training has been undertaken by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department to assist them in assessing complaints against schools.

      Schools: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many complaints against (a) mainstream schools and (b) free schools and academies he estimates his Department will process in the 2012-13 academic year.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the implementation and effectiveness of the provisions relating to school discipline in the Education Act 2011.

      Schools: News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he had with (a) Rupert Murdoch and (b) other staff of News Corporation and its subsidiaries on (i) the establishment of a school...

      Teachers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to enable schools to remove incompetent teachers from the classroom.

      Teachers: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of mathematics teachers in primary schools have a post-GCSE qualification in mathematics.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of teachers received salary increases in 2012 as a result of progressing up the pay scale.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department plans to take steps to deregulate teachers' pay.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been paid out in pensions to retired teachers under the Teachers' Pension Scheme in each year since 2000.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the total annual saving of his proposed changes to teachers' pensions in (a) 10, (b) 20 and (c) 30 years time.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total liabilities of the Teachers' Pension Scheme were in each year since 2000.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average lump sum payment made to retiring teachers is for teachers who have been employed full-time for 30 years or more.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been paid out in lump sum payments to members of the Teachers' Pension Scheme in each year since 2000.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the 20 largest lump sum payments made to members of the Teachers' Pension Scheme were in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has paid towards teachers' pensions through employer pension contributions in each year since 2000.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much the Government will pay towards teachers' pensions in employer pension contributions in each of the next 10 years.

      Truancy: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has made an assessment of truancy rates in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) Coventry, (ii) Coventry North...

      World War I: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy that the history of the First World War forms part of the national curriculum during the four years of the commemoration...

      Young People: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what comparative assessment he has made of the proportion of young people (a) in the West Midlands and (b) nationally who are not in education,...

      Young People: Yorkshire and Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of young people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 years living in (i) York and (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber were in (A)...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many secure children's homes have (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 2003; what the reason for opening or closing was in each case; how...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emigration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people emigrated from the UK in each of the last five years.

    • Government: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department has issued to Government departments and non-departmental public bodies on paying a living wage to all employees in the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department has any plans to fund social impact bonds.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to encourage electronic procurement and invoicing across the public sector as a means of delivering cost savings and efficiency...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the population involved in volunteering.

  • House of Lords

    • Academy for Healthcare Science

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much government funding the Academy for Healthcare Science (1) received in each of the past two years, and (2) will receive in each of the next three years.

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 25 June (WA 2), whether the Commando Helicopter Forces and other Royal Navy units were working to "4 in...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, when selecting personnel of the Armed Forces for compulsory redundancy, what consideration was given to the proximity of their immediate pension point.

      Contraception

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of restrictions in access to contraception services in England; and how they will ensure that women of all ages in England are able...

      Creative Industries: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of small and medium-sized enterprises in the creative industries they envisage will access finance under the economic stimulus package announced on...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the Government of Egypt concerning (1) the freedom of worship of the Coptic community, and (2) the welfare and civil...

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy towards export substitution in the United Kingdom economy.

      Extradition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the United Kingdom's extradition laws and agreements.

      Gambia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific issues were raised by the European Union delegates at the eleventh Article 8 political dialogue session between The Gambia and the European Union on...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are considering to assist in bringing an end to the Gaza blockade, in line with their commitment to human rights and international law.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the blockade on the prospects for the long-term future of the Gazan fishing industry.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of Gazan fishermen, and the patrol boats sent to monitor their safety, by the Israeli Navy; and what mechanisms...

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentices (1) under the age of 21, and (2) over the age of 21, were employed within the Ministry of Defence on 1 June, excluding agencies and...

      Health: Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £66 million for research into dementia announced in the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia has been allocated; and what are the projects...

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of people currently living with diabetes in the United Kingdom; of those, how many have not been diagnosed; what is the...

      Internet: 4G Spectrum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest timetable for the auction of the 4G spectrum; and whether that auction will specify that mobile telephony operators should guarantee a full...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health and welfare of the journalist Mrs Narges Mohammadi and the poet Mr Mohammad Soleimani Nia imprisoned in Iran.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are open to them and other ratifying states to establish whether the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had contact with the joint Israeli-Palestinian Villages Group concerning the destruction of homes, water supplies and farm buildings in the West...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel about video footage captured by B'Tselem of violence in the West Bank involving settlers in the...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the alleged arson attack by Israeli settlers on the Zaid Bin Hareth Mosque on 19 June, what discussions they will hold with the Government of Israel...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel, as administrators of the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, concerning the future of the...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will initiate a joint EU demarche about the plan to relocate Palestinian Bedouin now living near Maale Adumin to a semi-urban site adjoining the...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will initiate discussions, directly or indirectly, with the Palestinian Bedouin of Area C of the West Bank and of East Jerusalem, and in particular...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which British war grave cemeteries were damaged in Libya in June; what damage was done; what representations they have made to the Government of Libya about the...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many national insurance numbers have been issued to (1) nationals from the 10 countries that most recently joined the European Union (EU) since their...

      NHS: Mergers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 June (WA 301), whether the considerations set out in that Answer would apply to any merger of an NHS foundation...

      NHS: Monitor

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the future role of Monitor will include public health.

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Russia regarding the export of helicopters to Syria.

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will impose travel restrictions on those who have been implicated in the death of the Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, and maintain such restrictions...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 25 June (WA 40-1), whether the UK Trade and Industry official who spoke at an event at the Sudanese...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each year between 2006 and 2011, how many of the students who completed initial teacher training qualifications were graduates from Russell Group universities.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made or will make to the Government of Uzbekistan about their stated intention of ending compulsory child labour in the cotton...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are making representations to the Government of Uzbekistan about freedom of expression on the internet.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to protect human rights campaigners in Uzbekistan, including Elena Urlaeva and Tatiana Dovlatova.

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