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Written answers

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

  • Scotland

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment his Department has made of the economic benefit to (a) West Lothian and (b) Scotland of the London 2012 Olympics.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the lowest hourly rate paid to staff by his Department is; how many members of staff based outside London are paid less than £7.20 per hour;...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the lowest hourly rate is paid to staff by his Department; how many members of staff based outside London are paid less than £7.20 per...

    • Welfare Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his oral answer of 4 July 2012, Official Report, column 900, on welfare reform, what his responsibilities are in respect of welfare...

  • Wales

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what bilateral meetings she has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office in the last 12 months.

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) Labour, (b) Conservative, (c) Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat hon. Members have visited the Wales Office, Whitehall, since July 2010.

      Poverty: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many meetings she has had with ministerial colleagues to discuss poverty in Wales since May 2010.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Pontypridd of 3 July 2012, Official Report, column 532W on poverty: children, what the number of children...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Pontypridd of 3 July 2012, Official Report, column 533W on third sector, how much the big society seminar...

  • Attorney-General

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the prosecution of crimes committed online.

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many requests he received from the Crown Prosecution Service relating to unduly lenient sentences in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many unduly lenient...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions HM Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has had with the Government of that country on the conduct of...

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs on his proposal to exclude goods made in Israeli...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on exclusion of participants based in or operating from Israeli...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority on the importance of direct peace talks.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of (a) Qassam rockets, (b) Grad rockets and (c) mortar bombs launched into Israeli...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what delegation the UK plans to send to the Helsinki conference on the Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference on a nuclear-weapons...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Atos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2012, Official Report, column 567W, on Atos, what the total monetary value was of each...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many local authorities have submitted their local broadband plans; and how many of those submitted have been approved.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress has been made by Ofcom on the terms of reference for the Spectrum Auction; and when such an auction will be held.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the lowest hourly rate is paid to staff by his Department; how many members of staff based outside London are paid less...

      Rte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed closure of the London bureau of Raidió Teilifís...

      Rte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent meetings he has had with his Irish counterpart on the London bureau of Raidió Teilifís Éireann.

      Subtitling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to review the provision of subtitling on all broadcast platforms, including catch-up and on-demand...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the budget allocated to VisitBritain for attracting tourist visitors from Japan was in each year since 1997.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the expenditure in the retail sector attributable to visitors from Japan in the latest period for...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of interns working in the media sector.

  • Treasury

    • Business: Barnsley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many reports his Department received from small businesses in Barnsley Central constituency required to pay breakage fees from swap protection contracts...

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was allocated to Wales in addition to the block grant under the EU share of Wales Objective 1 and Convergence funding needs in each year since 2000.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the process to replace the Financial Services Authority with successor bodies to be completed.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will carry out an investigation into the cost-effectiveness of the Financial Services Authority.

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the implications of the Retail Distribution Review for the level of independent financial advice available to the public.

      Money Advice Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission an independent study into the cost-effectiveness of the Money Advice Service's allocation of marketing and brand awareness.

      Public Sector Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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) its...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the lowest hourly rate is paid to staff by his Department; how many members of staff based outside London are paid less than £7.20 per hour; and...

      Regional Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of regional public sector pay on social mobility.

      Quantitative Easing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on how many occasions he has received notice from the Bank of England that it would support quantitative easing in the latest period for which figures...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was lost to the Exchequer as a result of tax evasion in each of the last five years.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the UK's (a) imports and (b) exports were undertaken by vessels in the tonnage tax in each year since 2000-01. [R]

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on the level of revenue accruing to the Exchequer of the introduction of the tonnage tax scheme in 2000-01. [R]

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what comparative assessment she has made of the use in countries other than Scotland of minimum pricing for alcohol as a means of...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to her Department's consultation on minimum alcohol pricing, what information her Department has gathered on the (a)...

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assets her Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what estimate...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she estimates that all cases referred to the Case Assurance and Audit Unit will be cleared.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 17 May 2011, Official Report, column 156W, to the hon. Member for Bolton South East, on children: protection...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on deportations in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of acquisitive crimes committed that are related to the consumption of illegal drugs.

      Extradition: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent the UK participates in EU decision number SCH/Com-ex (96) decl 6 rev 2 on extradition; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Heathrow Airport: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time was on 29 June 2012 at Terminal 4 Heathrow Airport for passengers holding (a) EU and (b) non-EU passports...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on her border control policy; and if she will make a statement.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the use by police of powers to take action against licensees whose premises serve people who are (a) underage...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the use by local authorities of powers against problem drinking and licensed premises that are the source of...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to encourage police, health, local government and other agencies to co-operate and share information on missing...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance her Department provides to (a) the Missing Person Unit, (b) the Salvation Army and (c) other groups for work helping families...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) children under 18 and (b) adults who went missing in the UK last year.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to support the families of missing persons.

      Schengen Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the amendment to Article 40 of the Schengen Agreement implemented by Article 1(i) of EU Council Decision 2003/725/JHA, on...

      Sexual Offences: Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to bring into force the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (England and Wales) Regulations 2012.

      Terrorism: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Government have (a) issued and (b) received requests for judicial assistance and enforcement of judgements under...

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of blue badge holders who will (a) cease to be automatically eligible for a blue badge and (b) cease to be...

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2012, Official Report, column 841W, on electric vehicles, for what reason her Department moved the commitment to push...

      Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average number of working days lost per person was in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last three years.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason her Department moved the commitment to play an active role in the European Commission's review of the long-term targets in new car...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the lowest hourly rate is paid to staff by her Department; how many members of staff based outside London are paid less than £7.20 per hour;...

      Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 253W, on railway safety, what role her Department has in setting minimum railway safety...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities in England operate road safety education activities in schools.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date she expects all the rolling stock and infrastructure for Thameslink services to have been delivered; and for what reason the May 2012...

      Ryanair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will discuss with Ryanair its treatment of passengers with disabilities.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the (a) road and (b) rail infrastructure projects announced in the 2010 autumn statement were placed on hold between May 2010 and autumn 2011.

  • Health

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 222W, on antidepressants, what scientific and medical advice he considered on the safety...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage clinical commissioning groups to reduce unnecessary emergency readmissions of cancer patients within 28 days of discharge.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered in England at NHS dentists in each of the last three years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total number was of unplanned hospital admissions involving patients with a form of diabetes in each year since 1997; (2) what the total...

      Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clinical advice his Department provides on drug treatment in prison for those addicted to heroin; and what National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Health Services: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the operation of his Department's new funding formula for health services in Tower Hamlets.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total number was of patients staying in emergency beds for more than (a) 14 days and (b) 28 days in each year since 1997; (2) what the...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total number was of unplanned hospital admissions involving patients over the age of 65 in each year since 1997.

      Lost Working Days

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

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total number of patients discharged from hospital with malnutrition was in each year between 1997 and 2010.

      Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent contribution his Department and its non-departmental bodies and agencies have made to implementation of the 2005 Manchester Declaration.

      Mental Health Services: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in Sevenoaks constituency are receiving treatment for mental health conditions; (2) what the (a) mean and (b) median ages are of...

      Mental Health Services: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of NHS mental healthcare treatment was in Sevenoaks constituency in each of the last five financial years.

      Mental Health Services: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of future demand for NHS mental healthcare treatment in (a) Sevenoaks constituency and (b) Kent.

      Mental Health Services: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the role of voluntary organisations in providing mental healthcare treatment in (a) Sevenoaks constituency and (b) Kent.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has established any inquiries into bribery by the pharmaceutical and drug sector related to treatment in the NHS in the last...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of obesity and obesity-related conditions in (a) 2012, (b) 2015 and (c) 2020; (2) what estimate he...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the NHS Outcomes Framework on Improving the experience of care for people at the end of their lives, whether the proposed indicator will...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued for the (a) (i) Paxil and (ii) Wellbutrin forms of anti-depressant and (b) Advair forms of asthma treatment in each...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total value is of PFI schemes signed between 1997 and 2010; and what estimate he has made of the amount it will cost the NHS to pay back...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she plans to take to promote voluntary uptake of carbon reporting for companies not required to report under...

    • Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence she plans to gather on the progress of mandatory carbon reporting for quoted companies to inform her...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 17W, on Common Fisheries Policy, what agreement was reached...

      Pheasants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on protecting game birds from attacks by buzzards in each of the last five years for which...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Deputy Prime Minister on mandatory greenhouse gas reporting for companies.

      Natural Capital Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget is for the Natural Capital Committee in financial year 2012-13.

      Natural Capital Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the Natural Capital Committee's work programme in 2012-13; and if she will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • G8

      To ask the Prime Minister to what extent his work as a member of the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on the post-Millennium Development Goal framework will be reflected in the agenda for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average change in private sector housing benefit supported rents in each London borough for the...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the £30 million announced in the Government's Housing Strategy in November 2011 will be available to support provision...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) council house, (b) housing association and (c) private sector housing units were completed in each London borough...

      Land Investment Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the (a) operation and (b) regulation of land investment companies.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what specific grants and ring-fenced funding he has paid to local authorities in 2011-12; and what such grants and funding he...

      Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress his Department and its agencies have made on implementation of the Manchester Declaration of 2005.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities will be (a) tariffed and (b) topped-up from 2013 following reforms to non-domestic rates; and what the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the lowest hourly rate is paid to staff by his Department; how many members of staff based outside London are paid less...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to allow local authorities to charge for planning applications received as a result of direction under Article...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the Housing Act 2004 and related legislation to entitle tenants to be re-housed when they have to leave their...

      Social Impact Bonds and Home Bonuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions there have been within (a) his Department and (b) HM Treasury on (i) social impact bonds and (ii) home...

  • Justice

    • Lost Working Days

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

    • Probation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with Essex Probation on any (a) overspend and (b) underspend by the authority since July 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Traffic Offences: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cyclists have been prosecuted for wanton and furious cycling in each court division in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many cyclists...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to provide face-to-face support to those who are bereaved or seriously injured in road accidents;...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of young offenders given a community sentence have (a) breached that order and (b) received a custodial sentence as a result in each...

  • Education

    • Free School Meals: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Schools of 13 June 2012, Official Report, column 94WH, on free school meals (colleges), how...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on training individuals to handle and fly the CATOBAR aircraft since its introduction.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2012, Official Report, columns 678-9W, on armed forces: pay, what the nature is of the future payments; and whether they...

      Armed Forces: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what vaccinations and inoculations are administered to armed forces personnel (a) on entry to the services and (b) on a routine basis throughout a...

      Armed Forces: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of severe adverse reaction due to administration of vaccinations and inoculations leading to (a) the death of service personnel and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medical advice the Armed Forces has received from expert bodies on the simultaneous administration of multiple vaccinations, inoculations and...

      Armed Forces: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what vaccinations, inoculations and biological and chemical pre-treatments are administered to armed forces personnel prior to deployment to Afghanistan;...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving Army personnel at the time of their recruitment were citizens of (a) the UK, (b) the Irish Republic and (c) other countries.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving Army personnel lived at the time of their recruitment in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) the Irish...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) external organisations prior to the publication of the draft Energy Bill on the provision...

      Iraq-Kuwait Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what vaccinations, inoculations and other biological and chemical pre-treatments were administered to Armed Forces personnel prior to deployment on...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department considers to be a minimum credible nuclear deterrent.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the UK's need to maintain a nuclear deterrent.

      The Rifles Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans to reduce the size of The Rifles regiment.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many external consultants his Department engaged to work on smart meter roll-out in April (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of counterparty risks in the draft Energy Bill's multiparty contract model; and whether he plans to make...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs that will be created in the UK as a result of the Norway-UK energy...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the relative costs for installing the available smart meter solutions.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the relative equipment and support costs for the available smart meter solutions.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on the Check, Switch, Insulate to Save campaign since October 2012.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Hills Fuel Poverty Review published in March 2012, when he plans to announce a new measure of fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of fuel poverty of recent increases in domestic energy tariffs.

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the terms of reference are for his Department's work on the resilience of the UK's petrol and diesel supplies; when this...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what selection criteria were used by his Department when allocating the £200 million of funding pledged by his Department to...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which (a) individuals, (b) companies, (c) organisations and (d) local authorities have received funding from the £200 million...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any of the £200 million funding pledged by his Department to incentivise take-up of the Green Deal was allocated as part...

      Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent contribution his Department and its non-departmental bodies and agencies have made to implementation of the 2005 Manchester...

      Warm Front Scheme: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry North East constituency received assistance from the Warm Front scheme in each of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people under the age of 25 years are in receipt of housing benefit in each parliamentary constituency.

    • Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the number of private sector tenants in receipt of housing benefit who have been relocated from each...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding of transitional benefit to recipients of housing benefit was paid by each London borough in the first three months of 2012-13; and...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 18 to 24 year olds in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) region claimed jobseeker's allowance for 12 months or more in the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to announce the providers that will carry out the new personal independence payment assessment.

      Poverty: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people under the age of 18 were living below the poverty line in the UK in each of the last five years; and what steps he is...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether families with disabled children will be involved in monitoring and evaluating universal credit once it is rolled out nationally.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means his Department will monitor and evaluate the effect of the universal credit on families with disabled children.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Protection of Freedoms

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) with reference to Chapter 4 in Part 5 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, what steps she plans to take to enable individuals to apply to...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many residents of Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency completed a course at an adult education college in each of the...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many young people started a level (a) 2 and (b) 3 apprenticeship programme in construction at the age of (i) 16, (ii)...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of apprentices who completed a Level 2 programme in construction before their 19th birthday progressed to start a...

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Insolvency Service spent on printing hard copies of D1 reports concerning the conduct of directors as required under...

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Insolvency Service has spent on couriers to send D1 reports in each year since 2002.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the lowest hourly rate is paid to staff by his Department; how many members of staff based outside London are paid less than...

      Retail Trade: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the evidence considered by the Office of Fair Trading in determining not to make a referral...

  • International Development

    • The Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in the Sahel.

    • UN Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and for Defence on the implications for...

      Diarrhoeal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to tackle diarrhoeal disease in developing countries.

      Bilateral Aid Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made on its objectives for water and sanitation set out in the bilateral aid review.

      Development Aid: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister and other Ministerial colleagues on enshrining in law spending on...

      Aid Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements his Department has put in place to monitor the effectiveness of UK aid to the Palestinian Authority and the UN Relief...

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the amount of (a) new and (b) rescheduled debt to the UK held by developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will use the upcoming London Summit on Family Planning to consider the link between child marriage and fertility and...

      Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that its targets on control of malaria are met.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will bring forward proposals for funding to be made available to overseas missions which would be used for local anti-human...

  • House of Lords

    • Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the United Kingdom's submission to the United Nations Commission on the limits of the continental shelf with regard to Ascension Island.

    • Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided in the past year to women's organisations in Kachin State, Burma, which are assisting women who have been raped and sexually...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what quantity of the Department for International Development's budget allocated to the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past 12 months is used to support...

      Dyslexia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report Dyslexia Still Matters, published in June by Dyslexia Action; and what steps they will be taking to ensure (1) the earliest...

      Energy: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were their conclusions following their consultation on the long-term management of United Kingdom-owned separated civil plutonium.

      Energy: Smart Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether steps are being taken to allow the sharing of data with third parties at a one-second frequency from day one of the smart meter roll out.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will oppose plans to develop two wind farms near Belford, Northumberland, in view of the views of local residents and given that the site is located...

      EU: Public Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they will make to European Union proposals for a new public procurement directive.

      Extradition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an individual can be extradited in relation to an offence allegedly committed in the United Kingdom for which the individual has not been charged in the...

      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 Communities and Local...

      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 Home Office on 1 June; and how many of them...

      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 Home Office on 1 June, excluding agencies and non-departmental...

      Government Departments: Overseas Offices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 21 June (WA 314), in which countries the Department for International Development's 32 overseas offices are...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by Baroness Hanham on 29 June (Official Report, col. 477) that there is a training course to enable local councillors "to take a far...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Lord Henley on 1 February, a copy of which was placed in the Library of the House, what progress they have made in determining the...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the protection of intellectual property.

      Ministry of Defence: Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the reductions in the number of Ministry of Defence police will result in less total officer time being available to investigate actual and suspected cases...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 21 June (WA 320), since 2011 (1) how many new Department for International Development projects they have...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have disbursed as part of their Arab Partnership; for what percentage of the funds the Department for International Development has been the...

      Unemployment: Under 25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they are making to tackle unemployment among young people aged 16-24.

      Yemen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for International Development has published an operational plan and a one-year update of the plan for Yemen as it has for all its other...

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