Written answers

Monday, 16 July 2012

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time is for examination of claimants of employment support allowance in (a) Wrexham, (b) Wales and (c) the UK.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that employment and support allowance claim forms make clear to claimants that they are able to request a recording of their...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance have been (a) referred to the Work programme and (b)...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from the support group of Employment and Support Allowance have volunteered for employment support and been (a) referred to the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of (a) housing benefit and (b) local housing allowance payments for the (i) social rented sector and (ii) private sector...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to include foster children in the allocation of bedrooms to families that are claiming housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit: Monmouthshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged under 25 receive housing benefit in (a) Newport and (b) Monmouthshire.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people of working age have 10 qualifying years for contributory benefits out of the last 14 years.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of pensioners living in poverty in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales, (e) Northern Ireland and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the amount of (a) tax credits that housing benefit claimants are eligible for but do not take up and...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many assessments have been conducted at the Exeter Assessment centre by Atos by (a) home local authority area of the assessed, (b) total...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether credit unions will retain the ability to recover a delinquent loan before a benefit is paid to a claimant under his proposals for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) in-work credit, (b) return to work credit, (c) housing benefit run-on and (d) job grants will be factored into the amounts...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 666-7W, on work capability assessment, how many people waited longer...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Atos work capability assessments for employment and support allowance were appealed against in each region in the latest...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2012, Official Report, column 2W, on broadband: Kent, whether the £9.87 million...

    • Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will assess the financial effect of harmonising mobile roaming charges on the domestic mobile phone industry; (2)...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the full-time equivalent headcount of Ofcom was, by department, in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many Olympic contracts at Tier 1 level have been awarded to companies in (a) Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, (b)...

      Olympic Games 2012: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many athletes from (a) Dartford constituency and (b) Kent have been selected to represent Great Britain at the London 2012...

      Sports: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the introduction of VAT on income from the hire of...

      Sports: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effects on his Department's targets for sports participation of the introduction...

      Sports: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on which public bodies have contributed funding to the installation of the all-weather...

      Subtitling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the compliance of (a) the BBC, (b) ITV and (c) Channel 4 with their requirements in...

      Subtitling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the effect of the time taken to publish the Communications Green Paper on subtitling for the deaf.

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many staff VisitEngland employs in (a) Yorkshire and Humber, (b) London and the South East and (c) total.

      VisitEngland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what guidance VisitEngland provides to tourist attractions on developing their business.

  • Attorney-General

    • Banks

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) when he was first advised that the Crown Office and Prosecution Service was conducting investigations into banking conduct in Scotland; (2) what discussions he...

    • Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Attorney-General what categories of data are recorded in the Crown Prosecution Service Case Management System and associated Management Information System on monitoring the management...

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2012, Official Report, column 12W, on police: surveillance, if at his next discussion with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP),...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Botulinum Toxin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to replacing batch tests on botulinum toxin involving animals with validated alternatives used in other...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to tackle youth antisocial behaviour.

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were assaulted and the offender charged with (a) the offence of assault on a police constable in the execution of...

      Crime: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed by (a) US nationals in the UK and (b) UK nationals in the US in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Customs Officers: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many customs officers have been operating in the North West in each of the last three years.

      Domestic Violence: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce levels of domestic violence in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands; and what assistance her...

      Domestic Violence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will have discussions with the Secretary of State for Education on training teachers to (a) teach on issues relating to and (b)...

      Driving Offences: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were caught speeding in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last three years for which...

      Drugs: Decriminalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the effects of drug decriminalisation in Portugal; and what recent discussions...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date her Department issued its call for evidence on the actions included in its transgender equality action plan; if she will place...

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Government intend to bring forward legislative proposals to address the issues identified in its transgender equality plan for...

      Licensed Premises: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many closure notices were issued in the Metropolitan police area under the Policing and Crime Act 2009 during 2011; (2) how many...

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Metropolitan Police Service’s Operation Jigsaw (a) at Heathrow airport and (b) elsewhere will be brought into the National...

      National Police Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps (a) she, (b) her Department and (c) the police are taking to mark National Police Memorial Day on 30 September 2012.

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between her Department and stakeholders on the protection of children online.

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with ministerial colleagues on the protection of children online.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason police and crime panels have a two-thirds veto in respect of the budgets of police commissioners' budgets.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she has taken to ensure police and crime commissioners take account of rural policing needs in (a) police plans and (b)...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she plans to issue to newly-elected police and crime commissioners on engagement with (a) community safety partnerships and (b)...

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there were in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency, (c) the West Midlands and (d)...

      Police: Birth Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the number of police officers in police forces in England and Wales who have a registered place of...

      Police: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the procurement of tablet computers for police forces is undertaken by her Department's centre of excellence procurement team;...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the findings of the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report Policing in austerity: one year on, published on 2...

      Police: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police horses were in service in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of maintaining these horses in each of those years.

      Police: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the current state of police morale; and if she will make a statement.

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what reviews have been undertaken into the long-term medical effects of the use of plastic bullets in Northern Ireland; and what...

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK adopted the technical specifications to support the second generation Schengen Information System set out in EU Council...

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation her Department (a) made and (b) published regarding the effects in the UK of EU Council Decision 2005/211/JHA.

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government has fully enacted the provisions of EU Council Decisions (a) 2006/228/JHA, (b) 2006/229/JHA and (c) 2006/631/JHA...

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to EU Council Decision 2008/173/EC, whether the tests of the second generation Schengen Information System the decision...

      Stop and Search: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each ethnic group were subject to stop and search by police in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency in the latest period for...

      Stop and Search: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) women and (b) men were subject to stop and search by police in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency in the latest period for which...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has provided to each organisation or group providing help and support to victims of discrimination and human...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what inspections her Department undertook at the Great British Circus in 2009.

    • Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish her Department's response to its consultation on tackling irresponsible dog ownership.

      Food: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 1 May 2012, Official Report, column 1385W, on food: charitable donations, what the outcome...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure food products labelled as produce of Morocco are not from Western Sahara.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what she is doing to encourage the reduction of food waste by food suppliers.

      Horses: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horses were exported for slaughter in each of the last five years.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many publications her Department has issued since May 2010; and what the title was of each (a) publication and (b)...

  • Wales

    • Manchester Declaration

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

    • Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2012, Official Report, column 420W, on publications, how much her Department has spent on (a) circulars, (b) consultation...

      Public Sector Staff

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

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2012, Official Report, column 651W, on unemployment, by how much claimant count in these categories has risen since May 2010.

  • Scotland

    • Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the future of post offices in Scotland.

    • Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2012, Official Report, column 420W, on publications, how much his Department has spent on (a) circulars, (b)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many times he has visited (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland since May 2010; (2) when he last visited (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales and (c)...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Data Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many thefts of tablet and mobile phones from the Commons part of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of proposals to devolve power to set the rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent progress has been made by the Joint Ministerial Working Group on corporation tax.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the absentee rate for civil servants in his Department was in each of the last three years.

    • Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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...

      Homelessness and Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the contribution of manipulation on the LIBOR rate to the level of (a) repossessions and (b) homelessness.

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) he and (b) his officials have had any contact with the London boroughs of Richmond, Kingston, Sutton and Croydon to...

      Homelessness: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of homeless veterans in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2012, Official Report, column 600W, on housing benefit, whether the increase in expenditure on...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2012, Official Report, column 600W, on housing benefit, how the estimated increase in housing...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for his Department's review of the New Homes Bonus.

      Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answers of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 10W and of 18 June 2012, Official Report, columns 689-90W, and...

      Public Expenditure

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

      Public Sector: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps he plans to take to review his Department's public land auction pilots; and to what timetable; (2) when he...

      Quarrying: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to make a decision on the proposed westerly extension to Hermitage Quarry, Aylesford, Kent, reference TM10/2029.

      Social Rented Housing: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to increase the social housing stock in Birmingham, Ladywood.

  • Transport

    • A3: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to publish noise action plans for the A3 in East Hampshire arising from the 2007 noise mapping exercise.

    • Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Aviation: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions her Department has had on the EU's proposals for limitations on flight times; and if she will make a statement.

      Aviation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with the Consumer Association on the pricing policies and hidden charges of budget airlines.

      Blue Badge Scheme: Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy that thalidomide survivors should automatically receive blue badges.

      British Midland Airways: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood of 9 July 2012, Official Report, column 68W, on bmi, what discussions she had on the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will request that Network Rail rearranges planned engineering work on East Coast line on 15 and 16 September in order to avoid disruption to the...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many take-off and landing slots at Heathrow were allocated to flights (a) departing to and (b) arriving from (i) Belgium, (ii) Cyprus and (iii)...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) terminating and (b) transfer passengers arrived at Heathrow in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the eligibility criteria to apply for a standard driving licence are different from that for heavy good vehicle licences for people...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will ask the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to permit people who have suffered a historic epilepsy condition to apply for an heavy goods...

      Manchester Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress her Department and its agencies have made on implementation of the Manchester Declaration of 2005.

      Railway Stations: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects work to (a) begin and (b) finish on the Apperley Bridge Railway Station as part of the Leeds Rail Growth Package.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps her Department has taken to encourage more people to use trains rather than other methods of transport.

      Railways: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on improving rail links between Barnsley and (a) Leeds, (b) Sheffield and (c) London; and if she will undertake a...

      Railways: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with (a) Southern Railway, (b) Southeastern Railway and (c) relevant cycling organisations about the restrictions they...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to promote transportation of freight by rail.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the volume of coal transported by rail in each year since 1997.

      Railways: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure Shrewsbury has a direct rail service to London.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of trains ran within 60 seconds of scheduled time in each year between 1992 and 1997. [R]

      Rescue Services: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the new Maritime Operations centre in Fareham will (a) open and (b) be fully operational.

      Rescue Services: South Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for the future of Forth Coastguard station.

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to launch a consultation on the proportion of wheelchair accessible vehicles per local fleet that must be met before a licensing...

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to implement sections 165 and 167 of the Equality Act 2010 on the imposition of the duties on taxi and private hire vehicle drivers to...

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 relating to taxis, private hire vehicles and accessibility for disabled persons to be brought...

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the (a) cost and (b) availability of taxi and private hire vehicles that are accessible to disabled people.

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations regarding the implementation of the Equality Act 2010 in...

      West Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with Network Rail and train operating companies on improving (a) punctuality, (b) value for money and (c) service...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Lord Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what legal opinion he has sought on the primacy of the House of Commons under his proposals to create an elected House of Lords; and whether he plans to make that...

    • Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he last met representatives of the Roman Catholic Church to discuss reform of the Act of Settlement.

      Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent steps he has taken to reform the Act of Settlement.

  • Education

    • Holiday Playschemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what budget his Department provided for holiday playschemes (a) nationwide and (b) in each local authority area in (i) music, (ii) sport, (iii)...

    • Young People: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the relationship between accommodation status and substance abuse among under 18-year-olds.

  • Defence

    • Scout Specialist Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on the Scout specialist vehicle programme.

    • Budget Reductions: Local Economies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the effect of reductions in the defence budget on local economies.

      Armed Forces Presentations: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many presentations the armed forces delivered in secondary schools in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) the UK in the last year.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made on the security transition in Afghanistan.

      Discrimination: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to tackle discrimination within the armed forces.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to ensure that the balance between regular and reserve forces is maintained at an appropriate level.

      Armed Forces: Gender Identity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures his Department has put in place for members of the armed services who present with gender identity disorder.

      Armed Forces: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what policies and procedures his Department has put in place for members of the armed forces who present with learning difficulties.

      Armed Forces: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what treatment is provided before a medical discharge to a member of the armed forces diagnosed with a mental health condition.

      Armed Forces: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have been discharged with mental health conditions in each of the last 10 years.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits to the Army there have been from each (a) region of England and (b) nation of the UK in each of the last 10 years; and what demographic...

      Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what artwork is currently displayed in the offices of each of the Ministers in his Department; and what the estimated cost is of each such artwork.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the expected overall change in defence spending during the present Parliament.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2012, Official Report, columns 1041-2W, on defence equipment, in which month each item subsequently recovered was lost...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) military electronic warfare specialists are employed in the (i) RAF, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Army; and if he will make a...

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of feeding, watering and maintaining the ceremonial horses used by his Department was in the last 12 months.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with Rolls-Royce on its facilities being developed as part of the refurbishment of its Raynesway plant that are specific for...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the French Ministry of Defence on the possible location of UK nuclear weapons in French bases or use of...

      Prime Regional Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the total value of the Prime Regional Contract for Scotland and Northern Ireland; (2) when the winner of the Prime Regional...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reserves his Department plans to recruit in each calendar year until 2020.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the wider economic effect on his reforms to the reservists.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse will be of his Department's consultation on the effect of his reform of the reserve forces.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people the Territorial Army recruited in the last two years; and what the recruitment targets were for each of these years.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimates his Department has made of the number of recruits to the Territorial Army in each year up to 2020.

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) full strength number and (b) number of personnel serving is of each battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland; and how many personnel in...

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Veterans: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to improve the employment opportunities of veterans.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the monetary value of exemptions from air passenger duty for destinations in the Highlands and Islands in each of the...

    • Air Passenger Duty: International Cooperation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with international partners to build consensus for a per-plane duty since the...

      Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Department...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for St Helens South and Whiston (Mr Woodward) of 26 June 2012, Official Report, column 245W, on child trust...

      Commodity Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution of excessive financial participation in the commodity derivative markets to commodity price volatility.

      Commodity Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential for a conflict of interest to arise for exchanges implementing position management measures whose revenue is...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of unsecured debt owed by individuals in each income decile in each year since 1997.

      Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of ex-gratia payments made through schemes administered by his Department over the last two years.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that consumers and other public interest groups are adequately represented on the board and committees of the bodies that replace the...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that the bodies that replace the Financial Services Authority take into account the effects of the activities of the financial services...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will carry out a review of the (a) independence and (b) transparency of the Financial Services Authority in respect of its (i) governance and (ii)...

      Public Sector Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received the report on market facing pay requested on 7 December 2011 from (a) the Prison Officers Pay Review Body, (b) the School Teachers...

      Public Expenditure

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

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers have had their details passed to debt collectors by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in pursuit of underpaid tax as a result of...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use HM Revenue and Customs makes of credit reference agencies and data-matching services to identify fraud.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals appealed against demands for repayment of underpaid tax as a result of miscalculations of tax liability made by HM Revenue and Customs...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals against tax liability calculations by HM Revenue and Customs were upheld in each month of the last two years.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals liable for underpaid tax as a result of miscalculations of tax liability made by HM Revenue and Customs in the PAYE system in the last...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals against tax demands by HM Revenue and Customs were (a) received and (b) upheld under extra-statutory concession A19 in each month of the...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for callers to HM Revenue and Customs telephone lines.

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the revenue which accrued to the Exchequer from VAT on domestic energy as a result of increases in fuel...

      VAT: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much value added tax was paid by charities located in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      VAT: Sports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consultation he has held on his plans to charge VAT on the letting of all-weather sports facilities; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change and Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he last met the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive to discuss (a) climate change and...

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the role of independently-owned electricity generation in improving liquidity in the...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of the importance of fixed power purchase agreements to distributed electricity generators.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 187W, on energy, how many consumers switched supplier in quarter one of...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on (a) bioenergy, (b) coal, (c) combined heat and power, (d) district heating, (e) geothermal, (f) heat,...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on making Display Energy Certificates mandatory for commercial buildings.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many community energy saving programme projects work has begun but will not be completed until after 1 January 2013.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what modelling his Department has undertaken to determine the total amount energy companies would be required to spend to meet their...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what monitoring the Government is conducting of the effects on (a) payment method preference, (b) levels of debt and (c) levels of...

      Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of ex gratia payments made through schemes administered by his Department...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland living in...

      Fuel Poverty: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of fuel poverty in St Helens South and Whiston constituency.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made on the establishment of the Green Deal for the non-domestic sector.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Renewable Heat Incentive and feed-in tariffs may be used in conjunction with Green Deal finance.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with the insurance sector on the prospects for insurance providers offering 25 year warranties...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to create a myth buster section on its website similar to that of the Department for Environment, Food and...

      Microgeneration: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many residents of St Helens South and Whiston constituency participate in the feed-in tariff scheme for home electricity generation.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the finding of the International Energy Agency report on shale gas published on 29 May 2012 that under...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark of 24 November 2010, Official Report, column...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget was for each of his Department's agencies in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 to date.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for planning consents for renewable energy developments each local planning authority (a) received, (b) approved...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to increase the proportion of renewable energy generated by community- and co-operatively-owned projects...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any exemptions have been made to his policy that Ofgem may not accredit for feed-in tariffs any renewable electricity...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding allocated to the Warm Front scheme in 2012-13 (a) has been spent, (b) is planned to be spent and (c) is expected to...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for a Warm Front grant have been (a) made, (b) approved and (c) rejected since April 2012.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for wind farms each local planning authority (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected in each of the last 10 years.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many interns work in his Department's press office.

      Youth Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what date (a) he last met and (b) he will next meet his Department's Youth Advisory Panel; what recent progress he has made on...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in the aerospace sector in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) Ashfield constituency.

    • Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many times his Department's small and medium-sized enterprises panel has met since May 2010; (2) how many times he has attended a meeting of...

      Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps he has taken to offer (a) financial and (b) other practical assistance to (i) co-operatives, (ii) financial mutuals, (iii)...

      Census: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what account the census will take of the illegal immigrant population.

      Construction: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in the construction sector in (a) the UK, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency.

      Employment: East Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) private, (b) public and (c) third sector jobs in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Nottinghamshire...

      Former Prime Ministers: Allowances

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much in public duty costs allowance has been paid to each former Prime Minister in each year since 1991; (2) whether the Government has any...

      Leukaemia

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e) 2011 and (f) 2012 to date.

      Migration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how migrants arriving or departing from London Victoria Coach Station are accounted for in the net migration statistics. [R]

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to ensure that black and minority ethnic, disabled, part-time and employees aged over 50 do not receive disproportionately low...

      Procurement

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

      Public Sector: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what systems are in place to ensure that main contractors for public sector contracts pay their subcontractors within 30 days in line with the...

      Renewable Energy: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in the energy sector in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) Ashfield constituency.

      Space Weather

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment he has made of (a) the (i) likelihood and (ii) potential severity of changes in space weather and (b) the potential effects of...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many interns work in his Department’s press office; (2) how many interns work in the Prime Minister’s press office.

  • Justice

    • Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the need for further burial space and grounds (a) in London and (b) nationally.

      Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the job description for the post of Chief Coroner; and if he will make a statement.

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of regulation of claims management companies who submit non-sale claims to lenders and the Financial...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has received any request from the Scottish Government to transfer responsibility for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in...

      Driving Offences: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many motorists were prosecuted for speeding offences in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) Ashfield constituency in each of the last three years for which...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency took a case to an employment tribunal in each year since 2007.

      Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to HM Courts and Tribunals Service of enforcing the payment of financial penalties levied by courts in (a) 2010,...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much legal aid funding was paid to Leigh Day & Co in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many female prisoners have children under the age of 18; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many and what proportion of women with a...

      Police Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 so that 17-year-olds are no longer treated as...

      Prisoners: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in Kent have keys to their own cells.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many sex workers were cautioned in the Metropolitan police area during 2011; (2) how many persons in the Metropolitan police area were...

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of women with a previous conviction reoffended in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Sentencing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many custodial sentences of (a) two weeks or less, (b) one month and (c) two months were served by female prisoners in each of the last five years;...

      Solicitors: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he is taking in respect of excessive legal charges levied by solicitors in no-win-no-fee cases; (2) what representations he has...

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Young Offenders: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young adult offenders aged 18 to 20 years from (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire were held in (i) young offender institutions,...

      Young Offenders: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juvenile offenders from (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire were held in a (i) secure children's home, (ii) secure training centre...

      Youth Custody: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of progress in ensuring appropriate educational provision for Welsh-speaking young people held on the secure estate.

  • International Development

    • Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to (a) improve access for international aid agencies to all areas of Arakan State, Burma and (b)...

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

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

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

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

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to meet the Millennium Development Goal to ensure universal education.

      Dotun Oloko

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

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations his Department is funding to counter human trafficking; and where these organisations are based.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of (a) food shortages and (b) levels of conflict in Mali; if he will reconsider Mali's exclusion...

      Overseas Aid: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what fraud losses his Department (a) identified and (b) recovered in each country to which it provided aid in each of the last three...

      Overseas Aid: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 26 October 2011, Official Report, column 277W, on overseas aid: fraud, whether there has been a change...

      Public Sector Staff

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions he has flown on official business (a) by budget airline and (b) in economy class in the last 12 months.

    • Arab Partnership Participation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the breakdown is of the spending of the Arab Partnership Participation Fund.

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

      Crisis Management Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has (a) allocated to and (b) spent on the new Crisis Management Centre.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of (a) data loss and (b) breaches of confidentiality have occurred in his Department since January 2012.

      Diamond Jubilee 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on events to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (a) in the UK and (b) overseas.

      EU Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals on secondment from each Government Department were working in an EU (a) institution and (b) agency in each...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the monetary value was of the UK’s contribution to the EU External Action Service in each year since 2009; and what...

      European External Action Service: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on how many UK nationals from each Government Department are on secondment to the European...

      Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of ex gratia payments made through schemes administered by his...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with London-based business organisations on increasing exports to (a) other EU member states, (b)...

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) the UK Embassy network and (b) his Department spent on petrol and diesel costs in each of the last five years.

      GREAT Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has (a) allocated to and (b) spent on the GREAT campaign since it was established.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on hospitality for staff since May 2010.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has commissioned any independent research into the content of Palestinian textbooks.

      Photoshoots and Videos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on photoshoots and videos involving Ministers since May 2010.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department allocated to the (a) Stabilisation Aid Fund, (b) Conflict Prevention Pool, (c) Discretionary...

      Public Sector Staff

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

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department are working on the repatriation of powers from the EU.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which charities and voluntary organisations Ministers in his Department have visited since 12 May 2010.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on training for Ministers since May 2010; and what the purpose of the training was in each case.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will issue an emergency travel document for Colin Anditon, constituent of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr Frank...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to UN Security Council Resolution 2044 (2012), when the visit of Ambassador Christopher Ross to Western Sahara...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Ministers in his Department have discussed progress on the referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara with...

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated value is of the Government wine cellar; and what the 20 most expensive bottles are.

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many bottles from the Government's wine cellar have been sold in the last year; and what revenue has accrued from each sale.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessments his Department has made of the performance of the Finance Fitness campaign; on what dates such assessments were...

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new firms signed up to the Prompt Payment Code in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and how many businesses ceased to be...

      British Chambers of Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been made available for British Chambers of Commerce trade missions in each of the last five years; and how...

      British Chambers of Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many British Chambers of Commerce trade missions UK Trade and Investment has supported in each of the last 10 years.

      Business

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

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses have received money under the Start Up Loans scheme to date.

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much it costs the Insolvency Service to send D1 reports by courier; and if he will estimate the annual cost of transmitting...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether his Department has assessed the use by employment agencies of permanent contracts of employment known as Swedish...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the practice of employment agencies requiring employees to opt out of any rights to equal pay through the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which universities (a) he and (b) the Minister for Universities and Science has visited in the last 12 months.

      Higher Education: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the review of VAT exemption for commercial providers of...

      Industry: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the (a) manufacturing and (b) construction sector in Scotland.

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much private investment was provided through the Enterprise Capital Funds scheme in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 to date.

      New Businesses: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of his Department’s provision of support for business start-ups in (a) Maidstone and the...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for which services (a) his Department and (b) the bodies for which he is responsible hold contracts with the Post Office; and...

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on reinstating the long-term plan for science.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department is making on developing alternatives to the student loans system for Muslim students for whom the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will estimate the effect of the time taken to develop a Sharia-compliant student loan product on the take-up of...

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 30 January 2012, Official Report, columns 465-6W, on technology and innovation centres, what...

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure small businesses are aware of the services offered by catapult centres.

  • Health

    • Air Ambulance Services: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury of 11 July 2012, Official Report, column 411, whether his Department's review of...

    • Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure care homes cannot use a diagnosis of requiring continuing nursing care as a reason to levy top up fees in addition to any...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will develop a clear rating scheme for care homes.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to support unpaid carers with their rest, health and employment.

      Carers’ Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what time scale he has set for delivering a review of carer’s benefit.

      Chronic Illnesses: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients had chronic medical conditions in the London borough of Bexley in the last period for which figures are available; (2) how many...

      Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases there have been of adverse reactions to unlicensed homeopathic medicines in the last 10 years; and how many such medicines have...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of restrictions in access to contraception services; and how he plans to ensure that all women of all ages have a...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS funding was allocated for the provision of insulin pumps to (a) all diabetics and (b) diabetics aged 18 or under in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii)...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many insulin pumps were issued in England and Wales to (a) all diabetics and (b) diabetics age 18 or under in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) 2009, (iv)...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2012, Official Report, column 88W, on diabetes, if he will publish the minutes of the Diabetes Advisory Group meeting...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2012, Official Report, column 88W, on diabetes, what the (a) terms of reference are and (b) membership is of the Diabetes...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2012, Official Report, column 840W, on diabetes, when he expects to receive confirmation of the development of best...

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's policy is on the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements through the EU food supplements...

      Drugs: Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings his Department has had with other Government departments to discuss the effect of proposed drug driving legislation on people using pain...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had contact with drug rehabilitation treatments with a duration of (a) up to three years, (b) between three and five years, (c) between...

      Drugs: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many licensed pharmaceutical drugs have been withdrawn from the market in the last 10 years due to safety concerns.

      Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) the NHS and (b) his Department spent on petrol and diesel costs in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs worked (a) fewer than 10 hours per week, (b) between 10 and 24 hours per week, (c) between 24 hours and 48 hours per week and (d) more than...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of GP practices in each primary care trust area offered extended opening hours in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs had an income before tax of (a) more than £100,000 but less than £250,000, (b) more than £250,000 but less than £500,000...

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure older people's hospital wards have the same staffing levels as wards not specifically catering for older people.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role he envisages for the Nursing and Care Quality Forum in facilitating cross fertilisation of knowledge and experience between care home and...

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account he took of the findings of the 2011 report by the Health Service Ombudsman on investigations into NHS care of older people in developing...

      Healthcare Assistants: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to extend the registration and regulation of doctors and nurses to health care assistants.

      Healthwatch England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (Healthwatch England Committee) Regulations 2012 specify that the Chair of CQC needs to be consulted on...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve and monitor training for care workers employed to conduct home visits and other care workers.

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2012, Official Report, column 149W, on hospitals, how many people waiting for treatment had been on a waiting list for...

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2012, Official Report, columns 338-40W, on accident and emergency departments, how many people waited for more than (a)...

      Hospitals: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the number of hospital medical secretariat in England whose posts have been (i) abolished and (ii) downgraded from grade...

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with (a) autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease and (b) autosomal recessive polycystic kidney...

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department made available for research into polycystic kidney disease in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he...

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the development of treatment for people with polycystic kidney disease in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Treatments: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to his Department has been of every project undertaken by the Health Technology Assessment Programme; when each project was commissioned;...

      NHS: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which hospital trusts in England currently send consultants’ letters electronically to the Indian subcontinent for typing and return to the UK...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to reduce wastage of drugs.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the capacity for use of unused, in-date, seal-intact drugs returned to pharmacies.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he plans to allocate for (a) clinical networks and (b) cancer networks in 2013-14.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people employed by the NHS earn more than £65,738 per annum.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the highest level of pensionable pay in the NHS was for (a) consultants, (b) GPs, (c) senior managers and (d) other managers in each financial year...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce national care outcome standards in England.

      North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the current chief executive of the North Cumbria University Trust will be retained after the appointment of the new acting chief...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce levels of childhood obesity.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects to publish an update of the progress made by the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention programme end of life...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients had repeat treatments for sexually transmitted infections on the NHS (a) fewer than five times, (b) between five and 10 times, (c)...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reform the adult social care system in England.

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Tobacco: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect on independent retailers of an advertising ban on tobacco products.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of implementing plain cigarette packaging on illicit or counterfeit tobacco production.

      Vulnerable Adults: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the potential for increased employment opportunities of more closely matching the needs of vulnerable people and their families to the...

  • House of Lords

    • Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ascension Island has ever been used for rendition flights.

    • Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Bahrain regarding the medical welfare of disabled prisoners.

      Banking: LIBOR

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the outcome of their review into the operation of the London Interbank Offered Rate for Sterling deposits.

      Banking: LIBOR

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the London Interbank Offered Rate will be the reference rate for the proposed "funding for lending" scheme.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring forward the introduction of actions consequent upon the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Banking.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons working for (1) Barclays Bank, and (2) in any other banks operating in the United Kingdom, have this year lost the status of being Financial...

      Children: Looked-after Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of, and adherence to, the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010, and of the...

      Energy: Smart Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is being made for the introduction of smart meters to enable customers to benefit from tariffs that reward dynamic responses to demand on the...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 27 March (WA 235), what progress has been made in discussions with the Welsh Government relating to the provision...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 June (WA 17), whether members of the working group on Water Fluoridation in England-Monitoring Health Effects...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how wide the consultation will be on the content of regulations to be brought forward on water fluoridation under the Health and Social Care Act 2012; and when...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which countries they collaborate to stop child marriages and forced marriage; and how.

      Government Departments: Apprentices

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the total number of staff employed by the House of Lords on 1 June; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2) apprentices under the age of...

      Government Departments: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many letters were received by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in each of the past five years for which information is available; and, of...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and each of its agencies have (1) taken, and (2) plan to take in each of the next two years, to...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has placed on the use of the government procurement card issued to its employees.

      Government Departments: Retirement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its predecessor departments took early retirement, and what...

      Health: Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they provided to the Design Council to run a project to encourage design for people with dementia. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the...

      Health: Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will increase the proportion of people living with dementia in the United Kingdom receiving a diagnosis.

      Health: Health Care Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions they have given to the Independent Safeguarding Authority about the regulation and training of healthcare workers. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Health: Midwives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that professional indemnity insurance is available to independent midwives by October 2013, in view of the provisions of the...

      Health: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust publication in March 2012 Defining the Value of MS Specialist Nurses and the research being...

      Health: Perinatal Mortality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of figures published in a Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health Perinatal Mortality report, gathered from hospitals in...

      Health: Pre-natal Diagnostic Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the United Kingdom National Screening Committee regarding the accuracy of pre-natal tests for foetal abnormality.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not sign the protocol to the Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty at this month's Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the principle of the development of regional nuclear-weapon-free zones where all nation states in that region are committed to a...

      Paraguay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have recognised Mr Frederico Franco as president of Paraguay, following the impeachment of President Fernando Lugo.

      Personnel Recovery Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the level of resources required to support service veterans through the Personnel Recovery Centres; and what steps they are taking to...

      Prisoners: Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the information they have been gathering since September 2011 on the number and proportion relative to population of Gypsy, Roma and...

      Prisoners: Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in each year since 2000 in the proportion of prisoners with serious literacy and numeracy needs being enrolled in relevant remedial courses.

      Prisoners: Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in each year since 2000 in education managers receiving prisoners' records at the time of transfer between institutions.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not yet answered Question for Written Answer HL953, tabled on 20 June and due for answer on 4 July, asking whether they will introduce measures to...

      Royal Family: Official Engagements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many official engagements the Duke of York has undertaken as Britain's Trade Envoy since he resigned a year ago; what were the related costs of transport; and...

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the existence of income tax avoidance schemes under which individuals are able to secure personal remuneration under repatriated off-shore loan arrangements...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed in the HM Revenue and Customs call centre to handle calls relating to self-assessment; what is the average call waiting time; how many...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that specific, high quality training on combating and responding to homophobic bullying is an integral part of all initial teacher training...

      UN Watercourses Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date the United Kingdom will accede to the United Nations Watercourses Convention, in the light of the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister at the Rio...

      UN: Rio+20

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will develop an action plan to follow up the issues raised at the Rio+20 conference; if so, how it will relate to initiatives by the United Nations...

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