Written answers

Friday, 6 July 2012

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Financial Services: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) when he plans to publish an evaluation of the use and effect of the lenders compared website on consumer borrowing and...

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 735W, on higher education, if he will begin to record the...

      Manufacturing Industries: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of gross valued added is accounted for by manufacturing in the South East.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for research into mindfulness-based therapies were (a) accepted and (b) rejected by the Medical Research...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of EU citizens studying in the UK; and if he will estimate the (a) total...

      Postgraduate Education: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency enrolled on a postgraduate course in each of the last five years.

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what comparative assessment he has made of UK productivity and that of other G7 countries.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts and Cultural Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what guidance his Department offers to local authorities seeking sponsorship for arts and cultural events.

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure the deployment of 4G/LTE mobile services as soon as possible; and if he will...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential economic effect of any delay to the...

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure local authorities maintain adequate sports facilities in (a) South Yorkshire and...

      Tourism: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the monetary value is of tourism to the south-east outside London.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what form the most recent 4,000 redundancy notices were served to military personnel.

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 3W, on armed forces: sexual offences, how many cases of (a) rape and (b) sexual assault...

      Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2012, Official Report, column 650W, on Atos, what the value was of each contract between his Department and Atos in (a)...

      Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make it his policy for a ship from the Royal Navy to make a courtesy visit to Australia as part of the commemorations to mark the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each document identified in the letter from the Armed Forces Minister to the hon. Member for Houghton and...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items were lost or stolen from his Department's property in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Germany, (c) Cyprus and (d) the main building in London in 2011-12.

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will delay the move of 39 Engineer Regiment to RAF Kinloss until there has been an independent safety check at RAF Kinloss.

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual cost is of RAF Lossiemouth for each type of expenditure.

      Reserve Forces: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to compensate reserve personnel who are required to provide support during the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 54W, on electoral register, whether he has assessed the reasons for the difference between...

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether it is his policy that elected Members of a reformed House of Lords will be able to act upon constituency issues; and what difference, if any, there would...

  • Education

    • Apprentices: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of apprentices in the west midlands are (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 years old.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent estimate he has made of the uptake of free school meals; and what proportion of eligible pupils received such meals; (2) what...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff working for his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are employed through off-payroll engagements...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his private ministerial office has spent on public transport in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress has been made in developing proposals for national provision of family-friendly sign language courses for parents of deaf children.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) five to 11 and (b) 11 to 18-year-olds his Department estimates are on the special educational needs register (i) nationally and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the flag for Ascension Island; and if he will make a statement.

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what means his Department procures British Overseas Territory flags.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many flags of British Overseas Territories his Department holds in London.

      Ivory Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to work with the Government of the Ivory Coast to ensure a stable and secure future for its...

      South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are stationed in (a) South Georgia and (b) the Sandwich Isles.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to the South Sudanese Government.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Turks and Caicos Islands Government has committed to pay Interhealth Canada under the terms of the 2008 contract...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Interhealth Canada on the refinancing of its contract with the Government of the Turks...

  • Health

    • Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to publish the long-term conditions outcomes strategy and its companion document on diabetes at the same time; (2) when he plans...

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the scope is of the companion document on diabetes to the long-term conditions outcomes strategy.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means the NHS Commissioning Board monitors the implementation of the diabetes quality standard by local clinical commissioning groups.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the NHS Commissioning Board about the expiration of the National Service Framework for Diabetes and its effect on the...

      National Childbirth Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives his Department provides to encourage people to train as National Childbirth Trust practitioners; and if he will make a statement.

      Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2012, Official Report, column 1107W, on health services: reciprocal arrangements, how many patients registered at an...

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

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

      Primary Care Trusts: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 113W, on primary care trusts: redundancy, what methodology his Department used to...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions Ministers from his Department have met representatives of South London Healthcare NHS Trust since May 2010.

      Stress: Long Term Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2012, Official Report, columns 369-439W, on mental illness, if he will fund research into assessing the levels of stress...

  • Home Department

    • Essex Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will discuss with Essex Police Authority improving its response to requests for information.

    • Self-defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the practice and promotion of self-defence; and if she will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to address the food crisis in the Sahel.

  • Justice

    • Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

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

    • Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the reconviction rates of prisoners released from each prison in England and Wales in the last five years.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the responses to question 19 of his Department's consultation on getting it right for victims and witnesses supported greater...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure that national standards for restorative justice practice, including the Restorative Justice Council's Best Practice...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Minister for Justice in the Northern Ireland Executive on use of closed materials procedures in civil...

    • Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Minister for Justice in the Northern Ireland Executive on holding an independent investigation into the...

      Ulster Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Northern Ireland Executive on the consequences of the recent computer...

      Welfare Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effects of the implementation of welfare reform in Northern...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value was of the Fuel Duty Rebate and successor Bus Service Operators Grant paid to (a) Go North East, (b) Stagecoach North East and (c)...

  • Treasury

    • Barclays

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will encourage the Financial Services Authority to revoke the stage one 30 per cent discount on the fine paid by Barclays for settling at an early stage.

    • Building Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the Green Paper on the future of building societies; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from the electronic gaming machine industry on his proposals for machine games duty.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional expenditure has been allocated to the High Speed Rail 2 project to enable HS2 to deliver the recommendations in the Major Project...

      Interest Rate Swap Transactions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to provide assistance for small businesses to manage their interest repayments on swap agreements.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made on the resolution of the issue of the capital budget for Northern Ireland for the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of whether existing and proposed EU regulation on the allocation of slots at airports in EU member states would prevent...

      Timber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution of the (a) wood panel industry, (b) wood processing sector and (c) forestry sector to the economy; and if he...

  • Wales

    • Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment she has made of the contribution of her Department to the achievement of the Government's overall objectives.

    • Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if she will list her official engagements for (a) 2 and (b) 3 July 2012.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith) of 3 July 2012, Official Report, column 531W on Olympic Games 2012, when her...

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if she will list any occasions since May 2010 on which her parliamentary private secretary has travelled overseas with her or on her behalf.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if she will commission an assessment of how the measures announced in Budget 2012 will impact on Wales.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Wales of 20 June 2012, Welsh Grand Committee Debates, columns 12-13, on regional pay, what...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brighton Pavillion (Caroline Lucas) of 2 July 2012, Official Report, column 426W, on Atos, on how...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of appeals against decisions that an applicant for employment and support allowance (ESA) should be placed in the work related...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of decisions to place a person in the employment and support allowance work-related activity group have been appealed against.

      Employment Schemes: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support is available on the Work programme for people who would like to enter self-employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 26 April 2012, Official Report, column 1002W, on employment schemes: young people, whether the formal review of the...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2012, Official Report, column 708W, on housing benefit, if he will list the meetings his Department has had...

      Housing Benefit: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged under 25 were in receipt of housing benefit in Warrington North constituency in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Medical Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has investigated instances of copyright infringement resulting from the trade in GP sickness certificates.

      Medical Certificates: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to prevent the online trading of GP sickness certificates.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to make use of data from credit rating agencies in delivering universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it remains his policy that live benefit claims will be treated as universal credit claims for 1,500 claimants per month in the North...

      Work Capability Assessment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (Tom Greatrex) of 2 July 2012, Official Report, column 436W, on work...

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