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Written answers

Thursday, 12 July 2012

  • Home Department

    • Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were deported under immigration law to (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq, (c) the Democratic Republic of Congo and (d) Somalia in...

    • European Scrutiny Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis the decisions (a) SCH/Com-ex (98) 26 def, (b) SCH/Com-ex (98) 52, (c) SCH/Com-ex (99) 6, (d) SCH/Com-ex (99) 7 rev. 2 and (e)...

      Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the monetary value of ex gratia payments made through schemes administered by her Department in the...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to monitor or regulate cyber bullying; and if she will make a statement.

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities and Criminal Information has had with stakeholders to discuss...

      Police: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers committed suicide in each of the last 3 years.

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to EU Council Decision 2009/724/JHA, whether the second generation Schengen Information System is now in operation.

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contribution the UK will pay to cover its share of the operating costs of the Schengen Information System in 2012.

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of her Department were in the civil service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many...

      UK Border Agency: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of staff absence was for the UK Border Agency in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2006

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the timetable is for the proposed repeal of sections of the Equality Act 2006.

  • Attorney-General

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Attorney-General whether he expects the Law Officers' Departments to underspend their budgets for 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of any such underspend.

    • Work Experience

      To ask the Attorney-General how many interns work in the Law Officers' Departments' press offices.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much was spent by the House of Commons Service on consultants for web services...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of ex gratia payments made through schemes administered by his Department in the...

    • Leaseback Arrangements

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

      Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies has made in implementing the Manchester Declaration of 2005.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he expects his Department to underspend its budget for 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of any such underspend.

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff of his Department were in the civil service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Pay

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

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether she expects her Department to underspend its budget for 2012-13; and what estimate she has made of any such underspend.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and what...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has received any advice on differentiating subsidy support for biomass feedstocks sourced domestically and...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he next plans to meet with representatives of the UK Fashion and Textile Association to discuss the Climate Change Levy.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has undertaken on the potential effects of his proposals for electricity market reform on the level of...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost of electricity infrastructure required by 2050.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total amount of spending on constraint payments was, by type of technology, in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d)...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take in respect of energy companies that do not meet commitments under the Carbon Emission Reduction Target...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the amount of (a) gas-powered and (b) renewable generation expected to come on-line in the...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects Ofgem to publish its next update on the (a) community energy saving programme and (b) carbon emission reduction target.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what level of generating capacity in gigawatts of renewable energy is currently (a) in the construction phase, (b) in the planning...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what level of generating capacity in gigawatts of energy from (a) gas and (b) coal is currently (i) in the planning process, (ii) in...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the success of the Government's efforts to persuade domestic and business electricity users to switch...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish an index of (a) domestic energy prices, (b) domestic gas prices and (c) domestic electricity prices for each year...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with Ofgem on the regulatory response to recent changes in the cost of energy for domestic use; and...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the Government's progress in building a low-carbon economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in Scotland in fuel poverty in (a) the private rented sector, (b)...

      Fuels: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency spend more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel bills; and if he will...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) which (a) individuals, (b) companies, (c) organisations and (d) local authorities have received funding from the £3.5...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will ensure that (a) Green Deal promotional materials, (b) speeches on the Green Deal made by Ministers and (c) press releases on...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his Department's consultation on the Green Deal, what progress has been made on training community organisers to work...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent progress has been made on providing financial support for the Green Deal Finance Company.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether funding that has been allocated to finance incentives for the Green Deal but not spent in the financial year 2012-13 can be...

      Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of gas used in the UK that will be imported by 2020.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage investment in nuclear power.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the largest amount paid to an individual member of staff at his Department as a bonus was in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he expects his Department to underspend its budget for 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of any such underspend.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of feed-in tariff contracts for difference on competition in the...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what support his Department provides to projects for renewable heating in social housing.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the value of penalties issued under the Renewables Obligation was, by company at which the penalty was imposed, in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department were in the Civil Service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on subsidies for onshore wind farms.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress his Department and its agencies have made on implementation of the Manchester Declaration of 2005.

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2012, Official Report, column 332W, on mobile telephones, whether his official mobile...

      Television: Subtitling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department has undertaken any research on the importance to people with hearing loss of the provision of subtitles...

      Television: Subtitling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he proposes to include discussion of subtitle provision on broadcast television programmes in the series of seminars...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the average spend per night by Japanese tourist visitors to the UK in the latest period for which...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2012, Official Report, column 780W, on alcoholic drinks: young people, how many of the admissions of people under the...

    • Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of hospital trusts which are not meeting levels of care set out in his Department's Toolkit for High...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) 49 years and under, (b) 50 to 59, (c) 60 to 69, (d) 70 to 79, (e) 80 to 89 and (f) over 90 years had breast conserving surgical...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 49 years and under, (b) 50 to 59, (c) 60 to 69, (d) 70 to 79, (e) 80 to 89 and (f) over 90 years received any active treatment...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what means cancer networks are funded; (2) if he will take steps to ensure cancer networks can be supported beyond 2013 in order to continue to...

      Cancer: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise awareness among young people and in schools of (a) testicular cancer and (b) other male cancers; and if he will make a...

      Dental Services: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists-in-training there were in each of the last five years; and what proportion were not British citizens in each year.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to publish a commissioning outcomes framework for specialised services to measure the quality of commissioning of such...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in reviewing clinical networks; and when he expects the review to conclude.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms he plans to put in place to provide effective scrutiny of the decisions made by (a) the national Commissioning Board and (b) clinical...

      Medical Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to NHS trusts on the criteria used to award tenders for the supply of medical devices.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to NHS trusts on local flexibility within the national tariff.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will report on the progress of the cross-sector task and finish groups on implementation of the recommendations of his Department's...

      Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2012, Official Report, column 1106W, on health services: reciprocal arrangements, how many patients registered at an...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of how much local authorities have spent on end of life care in each year since 2009 (a) by authority and (b) in total.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the likely changes required to the NHS work force to enable more people to die at home should they wish.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to minimise uncertainty for NHS staff and patients arising from the decision to place South London Healthcare NHS Trust in...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure that the consultation on the future of the services at Orpington Hospital will proceed independently of any decision...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals in the near future to provide permanent financial assistance at least at the existing rate of the health grant to all...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether any account can be taken by the relevant assessing authority of the receipt of the pilot Health Grant during a review of the care package of...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons he is extending the consultation period on standardised tobacco packaging by one month; (2) on what date he plans to publish his...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cancer: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people with cancer were living in the London Borough of Bexley in the last period for which figures are available.

    • Charity Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps people can take if they are dissatisfied with the service received from the Charity Commission.

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cases the Charity Commission has investigated in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance he has issued to Government Departments and non-departmental public bodies on commercial advertisements on departmental websites.

      Employment: Coventry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the change was in the number of jobs in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry North East constituency in the (i) public and (ii) private sector in each of...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of Government procurement spend has been through the Contracts Finder website in each month since the website's launch.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many Government contracts have been published on the Contracts Finder website in each month since the website's launch; (2) what proportion...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the (a) regional, (b) social class and (c) age profile of people setting up businesses in the last three years.

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many prisoners are registered to vote.

      Public Expenditure: Cabinet Office

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he expects his Department to underspend its budget for 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of any such underspend.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the House of Lords Reform Bill, Schedule 1, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) electors and (b) elected Members in each area; and if...

    • Social Mobility: West Midlands

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase social mobility in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.

  • Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Department's total procurement expenditure on small and medium-sized enterprises was spent on legal aid providers in (a) the...

    • Legal Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to review the timeframe within which complaints can be referred to the legal services ombudsman.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter of 28 May 2012 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Reverend J P Hamilton.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of murder have been placed in open prisons since 2005; and how many such offenders have escaped.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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;...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he expects his Department to underspend its budget for 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of any such underspend.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases were referred to an outside adjudicator for breaches of prison rules in (a) Cookham Wood, (b) Warren Hill, (c) Feltham and (d)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken to offer (a) financial and (b) other practical assistance to (i) co-operatives, (ii) financial mutuals, (iii)...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether claimants placed in the work-related activity group are told as soon as they are assigned to this group whether the prognosis they have...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer from the Minister of State of 25 June 2012, Official Report, columns 19-20, on employment and support allowance:...

      Employment Schemes: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have found work via the Work programme in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people under the age of 25 were in receipt of housing benefit in the last year for which figures are available; (2) how many...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish each representation he has received from the Mayor of London on the limiting of housing benefit payments.

      Housing Benefit: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged under 26 years of age were in receipt of housing benefit in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency in each of the last five...

      Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 three years.

      Manchester Declaration

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

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many expressions of interest have been submitted for the Remploy factory sites proposed for closure; and for which sites.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much will be transferred to local authorities after the abolition of community care grants and crisis loans.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he plans to implement his household benefit cap policy for families not receiving universal credit for which a reduction in housing benefit...

      Social Security Benefits: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency were in receipt of benefits amounting to more than those allowable under the benefit...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration his Department has given to requiring all medical assessments to be recorded so that they can be referred to at any appeal stage.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 16 to 24 year olds have been unemployed for more than 12 months in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency, (c) west...

      Universal Credit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the benefits changes under universal credit on levels of child poverty in (a) Bethnal Green...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of appointments for claimants' examinations for employment and support allowance have been cancelled by Atos because of...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been waiting for a work capability assessment by home visit for (a) less than one month, (b) two to three months, (c)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) West Midlands and (d) England have secured employment through the...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average family claim for childcare tax credits was for families with children of each age in the latest period for which figures are...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families with a (a) two, (b) three and (c) four year old child receive both childcare tax credits and a free entitlement to 15 hours a...

  • Education

    • E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what correspondence (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the Information Commissioner's Office on...

    • Freedom of Information: Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received between 10 May 2010 and February 2011; how many requests (a) were...

      Freedom of Information: Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report column 370W, on the Freedom of Information Act 2000, what meetings he had with representatives...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of (a) pupils receiving free school meals, (b) pupils not receiving free school meals and (c) all pupils at the end of Key...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils (a) receiving and (b) not receiving free school meals achieved five A*-C grades including English and...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils obtained a GCSE Grade D or below in (a) English and (b) mathematics in (i) England and (ii) Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency...

      Manchester Declaration

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

      Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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;...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff of his Department were in the Civil Service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of these...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department plans to publish the outcomes and proposals from its review of personal, social, health and economic education, including sex and...

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of pupils (a) receiving and (b) not receiving free school meals achieved the expected level in reading, writing and...

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many dinner ladies were employed in schools in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of children (a) statemented for special educational needs, (b) in the School Action category and (c) in the School Action...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of children (a) statemented for special educational needs, (b) in the School Action category and (c) in the School Action...

      Stakeholder Advocacy Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons his Department's stakeholder advocacy group was shut down; and on what date it ceased work.

      Stakeholder Advocacy Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on its stakeholder advocacy group; and how much it spent on re-organising its communications department at the inception...

      Teachers: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of teachers received each of the allowances they were eligible to receive in addition to their basic salary in each of the...

      Teachers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teachers and (b) supply teachers were suspended from schools as a result of allegations by pupils in the latest period for which figures...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department allocated to postgraduate professional development for teachers in 2011-12.

      Teachers: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether full-time contracts at maintained schools and sixth form colleges still require teachers to work a minimum of 195 days and 1,265 hours a...

      Young People: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training in (a) Bromsgrove constituency and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • A Year of Service Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the names are of the members of the steering group overseeing the project A Year of Service; and what criteria were...

    • A Year of Service Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the minutes of each meeting he has had to discuss the project A Year of Service.

      Building Regulations: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the level of improvement in the standard of electrical work in homes since 2005; and...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps he has taken to offer (a) financial and (b) other practical assistance to (i) co-operatives, (ii) financial...

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) families and (b) single people presented themselves as homeless in each London borough in each month since April 2011.

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the estimate of the March 2011 report of the Audit Commission entitled Housing Market Renewal: housing, programme...

      Mitzvah Day UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many meetings he has had with Mitzvah Day UK.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes had been bought under the (a) NewBuy and (b) FirstBuy schemes as at 5 July 2012.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration his Department has given to applying the decent homes standard to English private rented sector housing; and...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2012, Official Report, columns 618-9W, on social rented housing, if he will place in the...

      Social Rented Housing: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to (a) increase the social housing stocks and (b) reduce social housing waiting lists in (i) Southampton,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether HM ambassador to Burma has raised the oppression of the Rohingya ethnic groups from Burma in recent meetings with the...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the rape of ethnic Rohingya woman by police and security services following recent communal...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the importance of direct flights from London to Jakarta with the Secretary of State for Transport in advance...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote freedom of religion in the middle east.

      Mongolia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Mongolian authorities on the freedom of the press and safety of journalists.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Nepalese authorities on the freedom of the press and safety of journalists.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the legal position of goods produced in the west bank and Gaza by individuals or...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with other EU member states on settlement produce from the west bank and Gaza.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Palestinian Authority on settlement produce.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government on settlement produce.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he expects his Department to underspend its budget for 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of any such underspend.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Turkish authorities on the arrest of journalist Müyesser Yildiz.

  • Leader of the House

    • Party Funding

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how much Representative Money has been paid to political parties in the House in each year since 1982; (2) what accounting mechanisms he has put in place to...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on helicopter leasing in Afghanistan to date.

    • C17 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK's involvement is in the Globemaster Sustainment Partnership Programme; how many Boeing employees are stationed at RAF bases through the...

      Defence Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what one-to-one meetings each Minister in his Department has held with companies from the defence sector in the last 12 months.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the RAF expects to take delivery of (a) Lot 7, (b) Lot 8 and (c) Lot 9 Low Rate JSF 35B aircraft; how many aircraft will be delivered in each Lot;...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will undertake a review of the use of drone missiles.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of restrictions on the use of UK airspace on the unmanned air vehicles development programme.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in the Department...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the (a) operation and (b) effectiveness of regulations governing banks' procedures for handling cases where fraud is suspected to have...

    • Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has assessed the merits of US policy on e-invoicing to implement an internet payment platform by the end of 2012 and oblige commercial vendors to...

      Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to offer (a) financial and (b) other practical assistance to (i) co-operatives, (ii) financial mutuals, (iii) employee-owned...

      CIFAS: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with CIFAS on the operation of the CIFAS National Fraud Database.

      Commodity Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the use of position limits for the commodity derivative markets; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that the delay to the increase in fuel duty will be fiscally neutral.

      Income Tax: Blackpool

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency pay income tax at (a) 20, (b) 40 and (c) 50%.

      Libor

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the Financial Secretary to the Treasury was made aware of the Financial Services Authority's investigation into LIBOR manipulation; (2) when...

      Minimum Wage: Shipping

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times officers from HM Revenue and Customs' National Minimum Wage Compliance Unit and its predecessor departments investigated claims of...

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of his Department were in the civil service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of these had...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of pet animals exported from the UK for sale overseas.

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will made available funding for further environmental projects similar to the Eden Project.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the report of the Independent Panel on Forestry, what plans she has to increase the area of accessible...

      Forests: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to safeguard the public forest estate including protection and restoration of ancient woodland in her...

      Horses: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what limits there are on journey times for horses travelling to the continent for slaughter.

      Horses: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the rules for the conditions of travelling horses on their way to the continent for...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to respond in full to the report of the Independent Panel on Forestry.

      Wildlife: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research her Department has commissioned on the use of wild animals in circuses; whether she plans to commission...

  • Transport

    • Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the terms of reference are for her Department's work on the resilience of the UK's petrol and diesel supplies; when this work will be completed;...

    • Liverpool Cruise Terminal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times Lord Heseltine and her Department have corresponded on the issue of the City of Liverpool cruise terminal since 13 May 2010.

      Liverpool Cruise Terminal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish a non-confidential version of her Department's Liverpool City Council State Aid clearance notification in relation to the City of...

      Liverpool Cruise Terminal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department took legal advice as part of each consultation related to the City of Liverpool cruise terminal.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which (a) road and (b) rail infrastructure projects announced since May 2010 have not received full business case assessments.

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he was informed that the European Investment Bank's involvement in Emerging Capital Partner's Africa Fund II was being...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) was informed that EIB's involvement in Emerging Capital Partner's Africa Fund II...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has met representatives of GCM Resources to discuss the developmental effects of its proposed open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department is delivering to Rohingya refugees from Burma who live in Bangladesh.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department is delivering to people who have been displaced by communal violence in Rakhine state in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many meetings representatives of his Department have had with leaders of the National League for Democracy in Burma in 2012 to date.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his budget for aid to Burma is in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding he is providing to the Shan Women's Action Network in Burma.

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department referred the allegations that CDC had invested in companies reported to have been money laundering fronts for James...

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken in respect of allegations that Emerging Capital Partners defrauded CDC and other investors.

      Dotun Oloko

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has offered legal assistance to Mr Dotun Oloko.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the UK Aid logo featuring in addition to the EU Aid logo where UK direct aid has been provided.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he expects his Department to underspend its budget for 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of any such underspend.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria his Department uses to determine the number of apprenticeship places created in any given time period.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how he defines an apprenticeship.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employers have received payments to take on their first young apprentice under the incentive scheme since its inception...

      Defence Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of UK companies eligible to apply for (a) general and (b) global licences under the EU's Defence...

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assets his Department has sold and leased back over the last 12 months; what the sale price was of each asset so sold; and...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many business mentors are available through the mentorsme.co.uk portal.

      Business: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he received from organisations representing small businesses on the cost of postage.

      Business: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses of the recent increase in postal charges.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in how many regulations introduced since May 2010 micro-businesses have been granted a waiver; and what the title of each such...

      Economic Growth: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the rate of economic growth in (a) the South East, (b) West Sussex and (c) Mid Sussex.

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2012, Official Report, columns 383-84W, on executives: pay, by what date he expects the...

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2012, Official Report, column 500W, on executives: pay, from what date he expects revised...

      Government Procurement Card

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

      Green Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote green growth as a response to climate change.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what deadline his Department has set for finalising the delivery partners for its start-up loans scheme's pilot phase.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he expects his Department to underspend its budget for 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of any such underspend.

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff of his Department were in the civil service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are available;...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 June (WA 1), which cited a conclusion of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health that there is no...

    • Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current process and timescale involved in obtaining an adoption order; and what plans they have to reform the present system.

      Advisory Group for National Specialised Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a process for appealing appraisals conducted by the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services.

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of evidence from the United States and Canada of a proliferation of weeds resistant to Roundup in fields planted with genetically modified Roundup...

      Banks: Virgin Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances Virgin Money gave the Government when they purchased Northern Rock plc about the protection of jobs and branches in Newcastle, Tyneside and Sunderland.

      Birds: Buzzards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation was undertaken before the decision was taken by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to embark on research involving the...

      Bloody Sunday

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were involved in any consultations or discussions regarding a decision by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to launch a criminal investigation...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are ensuring British companies investing in and trading with Burma do so transparently and ethically.

      Disabled People: Children's Holidays

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Hill of Oareford on 27 February (WA 280-1) and 15 March (WA 89) relating to the Heswall Disabled Children's Holiday Fund,...

      Education: Careers Advice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure careers advice and guidance in schools and colleges encourages women to enter occupations which are not sex-typical, in order...

      Education: NVQ Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the decision to remove, beyond 2013, the NVQ languages qualifications from the list of approved qualifications eligible for...

      Employment: Outsourcing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 14 June (WA 267), and in the light of recent severe computer problems affecting the Royal Bank of...

      Ethnicity: Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the collection and publication of data on ethnicity, in order to assess access to public services and facilities, and to identify...

      Finance: UK Asset Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Asset Resolution have sold or are planning to sell Northern Rock Asset Management properties in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Sunderland to Virgin...

      Finance: UK Asset Resolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Asset Resolution expects to make job cuts as a result of or as part of its phased exit from sites in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Sunderland.

      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 Communities and Local Government on 1 June,...

      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 Culture, Media and Sport on 1...

      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 Culture, Media and Sport on 1 June, excluding...

      Government Departments: Media

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the limit on the cost of answering questions put to it by members of the media.

      Health: Allied Health Professions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what capacity the Civil Service has to advise Ministers on matters of concern to the Allied Health Professions.

      Health: Giant Cell Arteritis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent estimate they have made of the costs to the National Health Service of failures to diagnose giant cell arteritis sufficiently early to prevent loss of...

      Health: Health Care Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the definition of a "health care worker"; how such workers are regulated; and what level of training is required for them to carry out their tasks when...

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the insurance industry about the formation of an insurance-backed fund to pay compensation to people with mesothelioma who...

      House of Lords: Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times since his appointment as a Minister of State, until 2 July, Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint has spoken in the House of Lords (1) in debate, and (2) to...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many under 25 year-olds are in receipt of housing benefit in each of the 10 districts of Greater Manchester.

      Imports and Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 28 May (WA 112-3), what were the top 20 categories (as defined by HM Revenue and Customs) of goods imported from...

      Justice: Judicial Inquiries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long each judicial inquiry commissioned by the Government since 2000 has taken; in each case, what was the subject of the inquiry; and whether any of those...

      Mayors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 30 April (WA 410-1), what methods, procedures and rules are in place to check the powers and performance of...

      Mental Health Act 2007

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data on ethnicity are available regarding detention rates, consent to treatment, control and restraint, and Community Treatment Orders under the Mental Health...

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will improve the performance of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 26 June (WA 58-59), what information they collect on the number, frequency and amount of claims for a temporary...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 26 June (WA 58-59), whether they will make it their policy to collect and publish the number of claims made for a...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the most recent year for which figures are available, how much was paid out to meet claims for a temporary uprating of UK state pensions by UK citizens who are...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 26 June (WA 59), whether they will record the time taken to process each claim for a temporary uprating of UK state...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 26 June (WA 59), whether they will record the number of civil servants who are required to process claims for a...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what types of information and data are currently held on UK citizens who receive UK state pensions and are resident in countries where that pension is not uprated.

      Water Supply: Pipe Leakage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 11 June (WA 236), what are the targets for Thames Water on reducing leakage for 2012 and 2013.

      World Heritage Sites: Liverpool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 22 May (WA 53-4), and considering that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has placed the Maritime Mercantile...

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