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Written answers

Thursday, 5 July 2012

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the implementation of EU directives on animal experimentation; and if she will make a statement.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour injunctions were issued in (a) England and Wales, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Ashfield constituency in the last...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many intervention orders were issued in (a) England and Wales, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Ashfield constituency in the last three...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions were brought and (b) fixed penalty notices were issued for antisocial behaviour in Barnsley Central constituency in...

      Essex Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Essex Police Authority has received since 2010; how many such...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to review the charges that police forces may levy for firearms licences.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) letters, (b) emails and (c) other types of correspondence on immigration her Department has received in the last year.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many projects funded by her Department aimed at reducing knife crime have been the subject of evaluation reports since 2008; whether such...

      Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent contribution her Department has made to implementation of the 2005 Manchester Declaration.

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what total amount was spent on redundancy payments at the National Policing Improvement Agency in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the occasions since May 2010 on which her Parliamentary Private Secretary has travelled overseas with her or on her behalf.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of introducing compulsory fitness tests on police forces; and what plans she has to adapt...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to reduce the pay of police officers who are not on the frontline; how many officers she expects to leave the police as a...

      Police: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what total amount was spent on mobile technology by each police force in England and Wales in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (2) what...

      Staff: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people employed by her Department in Scotland.

      Tim Larkin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the evidence she considered in taking her decision to make an exclusion order against Tim Larkin; and if she will make a...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent representations he has received on parades in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list any occasions since May 2010 on which his parliamentary private secretary has travelled overseas with him or on his behalf.

      Ulster Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions he has had with Ulster Bank on its plans for dealing with the technical problems affecting account holders in Northern...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cyprus

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

    • Egypt: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Egypt on the Egypt-Israel peace treaty.

      Embassies: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason his Department's consulate in Malaga refuses to accept emails or faxes from hon. and right hon. Members.

      Embassies: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on hon. and right hon. Members raising constituency issues directly with British consulates (a) in Spain and...

      European Union: Legislative Competence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Coalition Agreement, page 19, what components are being covered as part of his Department's work to...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports that Hamas claimed responsibility for firing rockets from Gaza in June 2012. [R]

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the extent of arms smuggling into Gaza. [R]

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure Hamas accept and abide by the Quartet Principles. [R]

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct HM Ambassador to Morocco to raise with the Moroccan authorities the case of Hamdi Etarfaoui found dead in...

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct HM Ambassador to Morocco to raise with the Moroccan authorities the circumstances surrounding the burial of...

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions his parliamentary private secretary has travelled overseas with him or on his behalf since May 2010.

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many press releases his Department has issued in the last 12 months.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce expenditure by his Department.

  • Scotland

  • Cabinet Office

    • Twitter

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance he has issued to Ministers on their use of Twitter to announce or discuss departmental businesses.

  • Prime Minister

    • Peerages

      To ask the Prime Minister how many of the people elevated to the peerage since May 2010 who take the Conservative party whip (a) worked and (b) are working in the financial sector.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of funding from the affordable housing programme for 2011-15 has been set aside for funding schemes...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by how much the council tax has changed for someone living in a Band D house from 2010-11 to 2012-13; and how much someone...

      Council Tax: Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to work with landlord and Valuation Office Agency representatives to simplify regulations governing...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has been asked to contribute any underspends to meet the costs of deferring the rise in fuel duty.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built in each of the millennium villages to date.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to take steps to mitigate the adverse effects of the practice of gazumping in the housing market.

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list the occasions since May 2010 on which his parliamentary private secretary has travelled overseas with him or on...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the speech by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of 23 April 2012 at the Institute for Fiscal Studies,...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • EU Agricultural Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her French counterpart on EU agricultural subsidies.

    • High-speed Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure rural areas have access to reliable and high-speed broadband.

      Agricultural Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 34W, on agricultural vehicles, where such data are likely to...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what priorities she has set for the eleventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable she has set for the introduction of mandatory carbon reporting for businesses under section 85 of the Climate...

      Dogs: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to consult on the introduction of regulations to govern advertising the sale of dogs.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support her Department is providing for Payments for Ecosystem Services pilot projects.

      Floods: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of flood prevention measures and barriers in the West Midlands.

      Pay

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

      Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research grants funded from the public purse the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds received, by research...

  • Treasury

    • Bank for International Settlements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on monetary activism announced in Budget 2012 of the findings on the limits of monetary...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland on the technical difficulties at Ulster Bank; and if he will make a...

      Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each of the last 10 years.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the collection of gift aid on charitable donations made (a) as text donations via mobile telephone and...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of gift aid to charities in Scotland in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e) 2011 and (f) 2012.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised through inheritance tax in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will estimate the amount of revenue lost through...

      Libor

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that none of the members of his proposed Joint Committee have worked for or advised any of the banks being investigated in the LIBOR...

      New Businesses: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new businesses registered for VAT in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each of the last three years.

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was collected by HM Revenue and Customs as a result of investigations into unpaid corporate and personal taxation in each year since 2008.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department were working on smart meter roll-out in April (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

    • Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average number of working days lost per person was in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Minister of State plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Weaver Vale of 23 May 2012 on behalf of Mr Mark Radcliffe.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Minister of State plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Weaver Vale of 15 May 2012 on behalf of Mr Francis White.

      Mental Health

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

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration his Department has given to the findings of the joint Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering report on shale...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to receive (a) legal and (b) accounting advice from external organisations in relation to the strike...

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on which occasions his parliamentary private secretary has travelled overseas with him or on his behalf since May 2010.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the speech by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of 23 April 2012 at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, (1) what...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of new jobs expected to be created in renewable energy industries and the green economy by...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will express targets for renewable energy production in terms of the total amount of energy produced rather than installed capacity.

      Staff: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people employed by his Department in Scotland.

  • Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the report from the Office of Fair Trading on the cost of car...

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average (mean) basic pay is for full-time equivalent (a) men and (b) women in the (i) AA, (ii) AO, (iii) EO and (iv) HEO or equivalent grades...

      Rapid Transit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish a timetable for the Tramtrain pilot project in Sheffield; when she plans the service will be operating; what the end date of the...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the new national centre at Farnham in Surrey will monitor small boats used by holidaymakers in Scotland that do not have fixed radar location...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what weighting is given to the (a) economic, (b) social, (c) health and (d) environmental benefits of new transport projects.

  • Health

    • Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to begin his consultation on abortion counselling.

    • Blood: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he plans to issue to commissioners and acute trusts on the development of collaborative care pathways for patients diagnosed with...

      Dementia: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the early signs of dementia in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency and (b) Merseyside.

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by whom he was represented at the 30 April 2012 meeting of the European Commission's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health; what views...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has held with the NHS Commissioning Board on (a) the progress of their review of specialised services and (b) the deadline by which...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which bodies will have responsibility for commissioning (a) acute services and (b) mental health and learning disability services following the...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what basic principles underlie the formula used in his consultation on the (a) interim recommendations for the preferred distribution of public health...

      Health: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under which Minister's responsibility rural health falls.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the role of homecare in improving patient compliance and adherence to NHS-funded treatment.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has made of the potential role of homecare in the approval and introduction of...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the variation in palliative care spending among primary care trusts.

      Paramedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paramedics were employed by ambulance trusts in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 to date.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the change in the number of full-time equivalent posts as a result of the completion of the transition from primary...

      Primary Care Trusts: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees left primary care trusts in the North East (a) between 1 June 2010 and 31 March 2011 and (b) in financial year 2011-12; and how many...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the speech by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of 23 April 2012 at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, (1) what progress his...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to increase the uptake of free nursery milk and subsidised school milk.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many settings claiming for the cost of milk through the nursery milk scheme claimed more than (a) 60, (b) 70, (c) 80 and (d) 90 pence per pint in the...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to replace the post of National Clinical Director for Transplantation; and if he will make a statement.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average length of an apprenticeship.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many apprenticeship starts there were by people aged 16 to 18 in (a) the North East, (b) the North West, (c) Yorkshire...

      Apprentices: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of apprentices in the south-east are (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 years old.

      Apprentices: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether it is a requirement that apprenticeship trainers hold relevant teaching and professional qualifications and have passed...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the timetable is for kitemarking good employers, including public sector suppliers, who invest in skills and apprenticeships...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 238W, on conditions of employment, on what date each of Mr...

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what powers shareholders will have in cases where payments have been made to directors outside of a company's existing...

      Higher Education: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage UK businesses to exploit innovation and creativity through universities.

      Office of Fair Trading: Competition Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in the (a) Office of Fair Trading and (b) Competition Commission in the last...

      Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to raise the awareness of the difference between country of origin and country of manufacture.

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will list the occasions since May 2010 on which his parliamentary private secretary has travelled overseas with him or on...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the speech by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of 23 April 2012 at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, (1)...

      Retail Trade: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of trends in the size of the independent retail newsagent sector in the last five years; and what...

      Retail Trade: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the (a) level of supply within the wholesale distribution sector of the news and magazine...

  • Culture Media and Sport

  • International Development

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2012, Official Report, column 774W, on Atos, what the total value per year was of each contract...

    • Developing Countries: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of progress on the millennium development goal on universal primary education; and if he will...

      Developing Countries: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on programmes to provide education in developing countries in the last three years.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of aid provided by his Department was allocated to (a) private sector bodies, (b) non-governmental not-for-profit...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what drought prevention projects his Department funds in West Africa.

  • Justice

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2012, Official Report, column 672W, on Atos, what the value was of each contract between his Department and Atos in (a)...

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress he has made in his pilot projects for the delivery of intensive community sentences by payment-by-results arrangements.

      County Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many county court counters have been closed in England and Wales within the past 18 months; and how many will be closed in each year until...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will meet the hon. Member for Dudley North and other interested parties to discuss the system of justice in cases of death and injury by careless...

      Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what meetings he has had on including a public interest defence against libel lawsuits in the Defamation Bill; (2) what meetings he has had on...

      Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received from website operators on including protection from liability for libel for users' words in the Defamation Bill 2012.

      Designated Public Places Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many designated public place orders have been issued in (a) England and Wales, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Ashfield constituency in the last three years.

      Domestic Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will publish details of the numbers and lengths of sentences for crimes involving domestic violence in each of the last five years for which...

      Driving Offences: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for (a) drink driving and (b) each other motoring offence resulted in a custodial sentence in (i) Enfield North constituency, (ii)...

      Driving Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the change in the total immediate custodial sentences for (a) causing death by careless driving, (b) causing death by...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many electronically monitored offenders on (a) community sentences, (b) bail and (c) release from prison on licence (i) deliberately tampered with...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many civil servants in his Department are working on a system to make legal aid available to welfare cases involving points of law in the lower tribunal.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to devise a system to make legal aid available to welfare cases involving points of law in the lower tribunal.

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving life sentences are held in (a) closed prisons and (b) open prisons.

      Manchester Declaration

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

      Offenders: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in exploring how the Work programme can best get offenders receiving...

      Pleural Plaques: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to review the case for pleural plaques compensation following the recent ruling on mesothelioma triggers.

      Prison Service: Clinical Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many trainee psychologists who enter training with the prison psychological services have abandoned, suspended or otherwise ended their training in...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have escaped from custody (a) during transfer between prisons and (b) in other circumstances in each month of the last five years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of murder are held in (a) closed and (b) open prisons.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what account is taken of the views of the family of the victim in deciding to transfer a person convicted of murder to an open prison.

      Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mothers with babies were held in prison in each of the last five years.

      Remand in Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress has been made by the Youth Custody Pathfinder pilots in reducing the number of young people in the pilot areas who are remanded in...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of reoffending by offenders sentenced to less than 12 months in prison in the latest period...

      Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: Private Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the number of private prosecutions brought before the courts by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has made any plans to extend the squatting provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 to public parks;...

      Unpaid Fines: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) women and (b) men were held in prison for non-payment of fines in the last five years.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the administrative cost of transferring responsibility for commissioning victims' services to police and crime...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish his Department's response to the consultation, “Getting it right for victims and witnesses”.

      Work Capability Assessments: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department was of appeals made to the Tribunal Service against work capability assessment decisions in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date.

      Work Capability Assessments: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the response of his colleague of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 511W, on work capability assessments: appeals, if he will publish...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of 10 and 11-year-olds convicted in court had committed a non-violent offence by (a) age and (b) offence in 2010-11.

      Young Offenders: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) juvenile offenders and (b) young offenders from the London Borough of Enfield have been held in a (i) secure children's home, (ii) secure...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of expenditure on service accommodation after 2015; (2) how much of the budget for service accommodation will be spent...

    • Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army personnel were made redundant within (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) one year of qualifying for their full pension rights in the...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has any plans to review the defence training estate; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans his Department has for...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to review the structure of training for armed forces personnel.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012 on defence procurement, what the urgent operational requirements are which are referred to in the answer.

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of items lost or stolen from his Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what target he has set to reduce headcount across his Department, its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and wellbeing in his Department.

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the properties and their uses owned or leased by his Department outside the UK and Germany.

  • Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the average time taken was for the adoption process from first application to completion in the latest period for which figures are...

    • Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment his Department has made of the recommendations of the report by Addaction entitled A Better Future for Families; (2) what...

      Atos

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

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children's care homes there are in each council area in England and Wales; and how many are (a) privately owned and (b) run by the council in...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of looked-after children who have been provided with an independent visitor...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department is taking steps to decrease the average class size in schools.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what process is used to establish how child victims of human trafficking are placed in local authority care.

      Leveson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much it cost to provide him with legal advice in relation to his appearance at the Leveson Inquiry.

      Low Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has received any representations from Low Associates since May 2010.

      Mental Health

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of contracts issued by his Department were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in 2011-12; and what proportion this...

      Procurement

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

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the budget was of each public body he has abolished in the last full year of its operation; and what the budget was of each such body which he...

      Publications

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

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he intends to take to ensure local councils can take action to prevent disparity in the numbers of pupils with behavioural difficulties in...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of eligible students in (a) England and (b) Birmingham have received the minimum guaranteed bursary in each year since 2010.

      Young People: Social Problems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what work his Department has done to assess educational programmes designed to help young people develop the skills necessary to resist involvement in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department expects to pay Mr John Davies, a constituent of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead, the sum ordered to be paid to him by...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of households that will be affected by the housing benefit under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many families received housing benefit in excess of (a) £30,000 and (b) £40,000 in the last year for which figures are...

      Housing Benefit: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many under 25 year-olds in receipt of housing benefit in East Lothian constituency are also in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

      Housing Benefit: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of housing benefit recipients who are in employment are lone parents.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he proposes that the consultation on the future of the Independent Living Fund will be held.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in 18 to 24-year-olds in Vale of Clwyd constituency claiming jobseeker's allowance...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to announce his decision on whether support for mortgage interest, including the current capital limit and waiting period, will...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Wansbeck (Ian Lavery) of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 12, on Remploy, which social...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the working age population has been on out of work benefits in each year since 2004.

      Social Security Benefits: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families in Barnsley Central constituency claim housing benefit; and how many such people claim less than £20,000 per annum.

      Social Security Benefits: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Barnsley Central constituency claim disability benefit; and how many such people claim less than £30,000 per annum.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his letter to local authority chief executives on planning for welfare reform, which universal credit claimants he expects to...

      Work Capability Assessment: Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have requested that their work capability assessments should be recorded in each of the last 12 months.

  • Wales

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many families in Wales will (a) no longer be eligible for and (b) receive a reduced level of child benefit as a result of changes proposed by the...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce the result of the review of military decorations; and, in particular, when they expect to make an announcement about the creation of a...

    • China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the trade imbalance between the United Kingdom and China; and when they expect this policy to lead to balanced trade between...

      Commonwealth: Ministerial Task Force

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy towards the Strategic Plan 2013-16 First Discussion Paper considered at the Commonwealth Ministerial Task Force Meeting in London on 14 June;...

      Department for International Development: Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reports the Department for International Development has requested and received from each country to which it provides official development assistance in...

      Education: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in their consultation about the reform of GCSE examinations they will indicate how the reforms will support children with mixed abilities.

      Energy: Smart Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will make an announcement about the communications frequency between smart meters and the proposed home area network.

      Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how their skills strategy will contribute to reducing the gender pay gap.

      EU: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals from the European Commission to introduce new regulations in respect of data protection.

      EU: Republic of Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any emergency bilateral assistance for the Republic of Cyprus from Russia or China would impact on its membership of the European Union; and whether any...

      EU: Republic of Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect any emergency bilateral assistance for the Republic of Cyprus from Russia would have on its role and responsibilities as it assumes the presidency of...

      EU: Republic of Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect any emergency bilateral assistance for the Republic of Cyprus from Russia would have on the sovereignty of UK bases in Cyprus.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether child marriages or forced marriage will be included in the personal, social and health education school curriculum.

      Government Departments: Legal Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments were made by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to (1) Clifford Chance, (2) Freshfields, (3) Slaughter and May, (4) Allen and...

      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 the Ministry of Justice on 1 June; and how many...

      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 Justice on 1 June, excluding agencies and...

      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 the Department for Business, Innovation and...

      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 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 1 June;...

      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 Department of Energy and Climate Change on 1 June, excluding...

      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 the Department for International Development on...

      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 Department for International Development on 1 June, excluding...

      Government Departments: Food Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the decision of both Houses of Parliament to sign up to the WRAP Hospitality and Food Service Voluntary Agreement to reduce food waste,...

      Government: Air Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 28 March (WA 267), what are the names of all those who travelled on the chartered aircraft with the Prime...

      Higher Education: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures of success they are adopting in their skills strategy in relation to women's participation in further education, higher education and apprenticeships.

      Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the 2010 calendar year, what was the split of the total imports of goods from outside the European Union, between (1) industrial goods, and (2) processed and...

      Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the 2010 calendar year, what was the aggregate value of imports of goods from outside the European Union on which HM Revenue and Customs charged a positive...

      Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the 2010 calendar year, what was the aggregate value of imports of goods from outside the European Union on which HM Revenue and Customs effectively charged...

      Independent Commission for Aid Impact

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 20 June (WA 303), how many of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact's 53 recommendations have been...

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have sought as to whether the Intelligence and Security Committee can be constituted as a select committee of Parliament; and whether they will...

      Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current cost of the Chilcot inquiry; and when it will conclude.

      Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the fees per diem paid to the chair and members of the Chilcot inquiry.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to answer Question for Written Answer HL281, tabled on 17 May; and why it has not been answered.

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom will push for the full publication of the reports by the United Nations panel of experts on alleged links between Rwanda and the M23...

      Turks and Caicos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have undertaken on the proposal to introduce value added tax in the Turks and Caicos Islands; what has been the response to that...

      Turks and Caicos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many submissions have been received from residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands regarding the proposal to introduce value added tax; how many public...

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