Written answers

Friday, 13 July 2012

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on promoting the growth of...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations are offering 100 or more mentors through the Business Mentoring Scheme; and how many mentors are being...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of banks to discuss progress in meeting...

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many business failures there were in each (a) local authority, (b) ward and (c) super output area in each of the last 12 months.

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had on payment practices in the construction sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many D1 reports on the required conduct of directors under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 have been received...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to the likely effects on vehicle electronics of a severe space weather storm; and if he will take...

      Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information the Intellectual Property Office holds on the size of the company making a patent application.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what evaluations of the first two rounds of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) have been carried out by (a) the RGF Independent...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 154W, on research, whether the Government has access to the UK...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the estimated level was of Higher Education Funding Council for England funding for part-time higher education students up...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the estimated level and proportion was of funding for full-time higher education students up to undergraduate level for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department provided to fire and rescue authorities in the 10 most deprived local authority areas in each of the...

    • Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much press officers in his Department, its agencies and arms length bodies have claimed in reimbursable expenses since May 2010.

      Private Rented Housing: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to bring forward proposals for regulation of lettings and management agents.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the absentee rate for civil servants in his Department was in each of the last three years.

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote the growth of the creative industries in the regional economies.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on ensuring that...

      Assets

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

      Broadband: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2012, Official Report, column 880W, on broadband, what steps he is taking during the ongoing...

      Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of ex gratia payments made through schemes administered by his...

      Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the Ofcom consultation on the 872-76 and 917-21 MHz bandwidths; what timetable has been set for...

      Public Expenditure

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

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff of his Department were in the civil service redeployment pool on the latest date for which figures are...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the capability of the Afghan Air Force and the number of its serviceable planes and helicopters; and if he will...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Armed Forces personnel have served at least three months deployment in Afghanistan.

      Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons he decided to reduce the company strength of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 5 July 2012, Official Report, column 1087, on Army 2020, in what way the Army plans to make greater use of contractors...

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he proposes that the seventh Astute-class submarine will use a PWR2 or PWR3 reactor.

      Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the formation of a future joint Anglo-French expeditionary force.

      Nuclear Submarines: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has received any official representations from the Welsh Government on the relocation of nuclear submarines to Wales.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts his Department has entered into in respect of the replacement of the Trident missile system; on what date each such contract was entered...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what costs his Department has incurred on preparations for Trident replacement ahead of a Parliamentary decision in 2016; how much of the cost incurred...

      Public Expenditure

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

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 5 July 2012, Official Report, columns 1085-88, on Army 2020, what changes are being made to the training of reservists...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many businesses are participating in his Department's Partnering for Talent programme.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) individuals and (b) organisations his Department plans to consult with as part of the consultation on the effect of his proposed reforms on...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the employment rights of reservists.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists he expects to be on high readiness at any one time once the full 30,000 reserve contingent has been established.

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the established strength of each unit within the Royal Regiment of Scotland will be under his Army 2020 proposals.

      Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which independent scientists his Department has made available the documents on which it relied in determining exposure to radiation by veterans of...

  • Education

    • Assets

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

    • Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date he received advice from the Cabinet Office that private email accounts were outside the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; from...

      Ex Gratia Payments

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

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many foster carers there are in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England and Wales; and how many are unemployed in...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the per pupil cost of funding for students sitting GCSEs in (a) English and (b) mathematics in (i) England and (ii) Blackpool North and Cleveleys...

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what presentations the New Schools Network has given to his Department since May 2010.

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence between his Department and stakeholders on protecting children online since May 2010.

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with ministerial colleagues to discuss protecting children online.

      Private Education: Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2012, Official Report, column 600W, on private education: education maintenance allowance, how much has been paid in...

      Public Expenditure

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

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2012, Official Report, column 601W, on schools, how many pages of guidance there were in each area before the...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school sports co-ordinators there were (a) nationwide and (b) in each local authority area in the academic year 2011-12.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school sports partnerships there were (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority area in the school years (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09, (iii)...

      Teachers: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what average amount was received by teachers in allowances additional to their basic salaries in each of the last three years; (2) what total...

      Teachers: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in schools in the Coventry local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers voluntarily left the profession during the 2010 and 2011 school years.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many former service personnel who are military mentors have been recruited to support the Troops to Teachers programme since its inception.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much he has claimed in overnight subsistence allowances for the purpose of official government business in the last 12 months.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to answer question (a) 106403, tabled on 9 May 2012 and originally tabled as Question 94256 on 3 February 2012 and (b) 106412 tabled on 9...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how the feed-in tariff contracts for difference will be used to support carbon capture and storage.

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on the financing of storage infrastructure for carbon capture and storage schemes.

      Electricity Generation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment his Department has made of the potential role of distributed generation in reducing the UK's carbon emissions;...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department received bonuses in excess of (a) £1,310, (b) £2,000, (c) £5,000 and (d) £10,000...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) average and (b) total amount paid in bonuses to staff in his Department was in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential suitability of feed-in tariff contracts for difference for low-carbon...

      Space Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential threat of lengthy power outages following a severe space weather storm.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to address non-compliance with the EU air quality directive.

    • Assets

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

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of how global warming is affecting the UK.

      Fishing Vessels: Scallops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the list of vessels entitled to fish for scallops in western waters in (a) 2003 and (b) 2012.

      Game: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pheasants are reared for sport annually; and what proportion of them are (a) beak-trimmed and (b) fitted with bits.

      Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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...

      Mutual Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff who will transfer from her Department, its non-...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the lowest hourly rate is paid to staff by her Department; how many members of staff based outside London are paid less...

      Public Expenditure

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

      Renewable Energy: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the speech of 21 June 2012 by the Director for Climate, Waste and Atmosphere in her Department, if she will...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many private sector call centre staff were used by her Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take at the 2012 International Whaling Commission meeting to protect whales.

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken at the 2012 meeting of the International Whaling Commission to protect whales.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abid Hussein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 202W, on Abid Hussein, how many times officials in his...

  • Health

    • Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 33 of the NHS Chief Executive's Annual Report 2011/12, what criteria were used to determine that some local programmes related to...

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to provide information for primary care trusts (PCTs) on their obligation to meet the requirements set out in the NHS...

      Health Service Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what system is in place for monitoring the quality of the work of the Health Service Ombudsman; what recent assessment of the quality of that work has...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average population size of each clinical commissioning group will be relative to the population size of the primary care trust which each is...

      Mental Health Services: Sussex

      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) Mid Sussex constituency and (b) West...

      Mental Health Services: Sussex

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

      Mental Health Services: Sussex

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

      Mental Health Services: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of NHS mental health care treatment was in Mid Sussex constituency in each of the last five financial years.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people employed by the NHS earn more than (a) £150,000, (b) £200,000 and (c) £250,000 per annum.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, (b) the British Medical Association and (c) NHS employers...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage GPs to treat overweight and obese individuals.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of a national screening programme on (a) detection and (b) survival rates for...

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that women have equitable access to clinical trials and new treatments related to ovarian cancer.

      Public Expenditure

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

  • Home Department

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the business claims for damages under the Riots Damages Act 1886 have been rejected or discontinued since 11 August 2011;...

    • Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2012, Official Report, column 1113-4W, on deportation, what the cost was of each type of removal and...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to monitor the equality impact of the decision to end the Equality and Human Rights Commission's legal and...

  • International Development

    • Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the CDC is required to disclose to his Department the co-investors in funds it supports.

    • Ex Gratia Payments

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

      Overseas Aid: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects funded by his Department relate to creative industries.

  • Justice

    • Defamation Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2012, Official Report, column 256W, on the Defamation Bill, which organisations and individuals he and his Ministers...

    • Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what factors he plans to take into account in deciding when the squatting provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act...

  • Prime Minister

  • Scotland

    • Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 his...

    • Ex Gratia Payments

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

      Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the average number of working days lost per person was in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress his Department has made in implementing the Manchester Declaration of 2005.

      Public Expenditure

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

      Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) whether the Government plans to discuss the referendum on Scottish independence at the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee; (2)...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Transport

    • A3: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to (a) take and (b) publish traffic measurements for the A3 in East Hampshire to assess the effects of the Hindhead tunnel in its...

    • A3: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to complete noise action plans for the A3 in East Hampshire resulting from the 2012 noise mapping exercise.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the issuing of blue badges to people who require a wider parking space because they have difficulty exiting and entering their...

      Driving Tests: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking in respect of websites that imitate the official Government website used to book practical driving tests and charge...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions her Department has had with patient groups on the effects of proposed drug driving legislation on patients taking long-term pain...

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to implement section 165 of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to taxis and mini-cab drivers.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what performance indicators her Department has put in place to assess the Highways Agency and its agents in respect of the implementation of...

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress she has made on her proposals to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph.

      Public Expenditure

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

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of trains ran within 60 seconds of scheduled time in each year since 1997. [R]

      Rescue Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the provision of coastguard services in Scottish waters (a) in respect of protection for the Scottish fishing fleet and...

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will consider introducing an additional classification of a road in which a 20 mile per hour limit would be enforced.

      Shipping: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 15 December 2011, Official Report, column 846W, on shipping: flags, how many qualifying vessels were registered under...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age was of a vessel registered under the tonnage tax scheme in 2011-12.

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to provide transport (a) schemes and (b) concessions to assist students outside the London area with the cost of travel on...

  • Treasury

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the absentee rate for civil servants in his Department was in each of the last three years.

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of levels of air passenger duty in other countries in Europe.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to varying air passenger duty to help manage demands between airports.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates his Department has made of the scale and extent of the unregulated shadow banking industry.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of progress made by banks against the 17 pledges through the Business Finance Taskforce.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2012, Official Report, column 721W, on child benefit, when he expects HM Revenue and Customs' guidance on high-income...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the administrators of the Equitable Life Payments Scheme will respond to the letters from the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire of 26 March and 19...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to establish a hotline for hon. Members for the Equitable Life Payments Scheme.

      Government: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) Government departments and (b) non-departmental public bodies have sought approval from his Department for special payments to be made to staff...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the Exchequer was of fiscal incentives to encourage individuals to save; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of such measures.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which departments have surrendered an underspend through Budget Exchange in advance of the end of the financial year.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Government departments are expected to have greater than forecast savings in departmental spending in 2012-13.

  • Wales

    • Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 her...

    • Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate her Department has made of the monetary value of ex gratia payments made through schemes administered by her Department over the last two years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2012, Official Report, column 815W, on Mortgages: Government assistance, when he expects to announce his...

    • Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his decision to wind-up Remploy Ltd, what consideration he has given to the provisions of clause 8 of the company's...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2012, Official Report, columns 277-8W, on social security benefits: internet, when he expects work to develop...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of universal credit applicants who will not be able to prove their identity online.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he expects jam jar bank accounts to be available for recipients of universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had on the provision of face-to-face support for universal credit claimants with Post Office Ltd; and if he will make a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2012, Official Report, column 281W, on universal credit: employment, when information on the number of local...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent indicative volumes for employment and support allowance-related claimant groups...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the government of Afghanistan the release, on parole or probation if necessary, and resettlement of women found guilty of moral crimes.

    • Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the United Kingdom did not support the joint declaration about human rights violations in Bahrain, issued by 28 countries during a United Nations Human Rights...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the Serious Fraud Office has sufficient financial resources to secure the professional advice necessary to investigate the...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Burma about establishing a joint national and international board, to assess the number of political...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials have held with Ko Ko Gyi from the 88 Generation Students regarding his comments on the ethnic Rohingya...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received regarding a helicopter firing on a boat of ethnic Rohingya refugees fleeing from Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the number of ethnic Rohingya arrested since inter-ethnic violence began in Rakhine State, Burma.

      Crime: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that alleged financial wrongdoing is investigated by the Serious Fraud Office and the City of London police force as appropriate.

      EU: Association Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the adoption by the European Council of the European Union Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, and its affirmation of its...

      EU: External Action Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, guidance they have provided to ambassadors, and overseas-based staff, about working with European Union External Action Service ambassadors and heads...

      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 Government Equalities Office on 1 June; and...

      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 Government Equalities Office on 1 June, excluding agencies and...

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any requirement for companies in receipt of Government procurement contracts to offer paid internships for graduates, or apprenticeships.

      Horses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that individuals who carry out equine dentistry are properly trained and qualified.

      Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the escalating violence in West Papua, including the killing of a leader of the independence movement Mako Tabuni, whether they will press for the...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to encourage the United Nations towards more effective intervention within Camps Ashraf and Liberty regarding water and medical...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have in respect of all deaths in Camps Ashraf and Liberty since 1 January 2011; and what are the details of each case.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel concerning the killing of 13 year-old Ma'moun al-Dam by a missile on 20 June.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel about the continued incarceration of Mr Hassan Safadi and the solitary confinement of Mr Dirar...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 25 June (WA 32), whether they will propose to the United Nations that it take measures to persuade...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take following the publication of the report Children in Military Custody.

      Lord's Resistance Army

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what efforts they are making, in collaboration with the African Union and other partners, to ensure a cohesive response to acts of violence by the Lord's...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are investigating allegations of the use of prolonged detentions, solitary confinement, detention without family visits, and of the use of hooding,...

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Rwanda about releasing political prisoners.

      Rwanda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Rwanda regarding the treatment of opposition political parties.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Turkey with a view to promoting political and constitutional, rather than military, solutions to the...

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