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Written answers

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received about demonstrations in Colombia by the human rights movement known as the Patriotic March.

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Spanish Government over the incursion by Guardia Civil vessels into...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of reports of attacks on churches in Nigeria; and if he will make a statement.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Arctic: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the data released by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration which indicated that the...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average time taken was by his Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12 months; and for...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what comparative study his Department has made of UK energy policy and the decentralised energy generation and ownership model in Germany.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 443, on energy bills, what the evidential basis is for his statement...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to his Department's document, “Estimated impacts of energy and climate change policies on energy prices and...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 and the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy 2001, what assessment he has made...

      Geothermal Power: Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 446, on geothermal energy, if he will make a statement on the...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to announce details of the financing and timetable for new nuclear power stations.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has made an estimate of the (a) cost and (b) time required for a business to comply with each piece of...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what date he last had a bilateral meeting with the Secretary of State for Scotland; and what matters were discussed.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Accountability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to increase the accountability of the civil service.

    • Efficiency and Reform Agenda

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress his Department has made on his efficiency and reform agenda.

      Voluntary Sector Funding

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the total reduction in funding to the voluntary sector in 2011-12.

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office in how many cases the Charity Commission has exercised its power to remove a trustee in each year since 2002.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many men in England were diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the average working age unemployment rate was in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) nationally in each...

  • Transport

    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of automatic number plate recognition cameras in operation by region.

    • Aviation: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has plans to increase legislative obligations on UK and international airlines to provide wheelchair access to aircraft.

      Aviation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of go-around incidents involving commercial aircraft that have taken place at London airports in...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation mechanism for small and medium-sized enterprises...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the sales volume was of biofuels made from recycled food waste products in the UK for road fuel in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to his Department's Personal Independence Payment and eligibility for a Blue Badge consultation, whether the current eligibility...

      Carbon Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the likely contribution of the transport sector to the second and third carbon budgets under the Climate...

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential safety benefits of making it compulsory for cyclists to wear helmets; and if he will make a...

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has considered bringing forward proposals to make compulsory the wearing of helmets by cyclists.

      E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons his Department does not operate a dedicated e-mail account for hon. Members to send correspondence directly to Ministers; and what...

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant, to the written ministerial statement of 15 September 2010, Official Report, column 49WS, on the Equality Act 2010, when he plans to...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many fines have been issued to registered keepers of uninsured vehicles since continuous insurance enforcement came into effect on 20 June...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of unregistered foreign vehicles in the UK; (2) how many registered foreign vehicles...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unregistered foreign vehicles that should have been registered have been identified in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with local authorities on the 50% discount on penalty charge notices for payments made within 14 days.

      Post Offices: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of the provision of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency services in post offices.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the High Level Output Specification announced on 16 July 2012, how much of the funding will be provided by (a) the Exchequer and (b)...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy that 16 to 25 railcards are subject to the same restrictions on time of travel as other railcards.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the potential effect on rail ticket prices of the High Level Output Specification programme for 2014-19.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take account of station usage figures when determining timetable specifications for any future rail franchise in Kent.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the likely contribution of the transport sector to the Government's renewable energy target of 15 per cent by...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a decision on proposals to amend requirements placed on traffic authorities that propose and make temporary and permanent...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to measure public perceptions of road safety.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2012, Official Report, column 43W, on rolling stock, for what reason the projected carriage numbers for the...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he will take to ensure that economies of scale in rolling stock purchasing and cascade are maintained in the event of the devolution of rail...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has any plans to reform air passenger duty; and if he will make a statement.

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of likely overall levels of lending under the National Loan Guarantee Scheme.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to place a geographical quota on the National Loan Guarantee Scheme.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the balance was in the National Insurance Fund at the end of each financial year since 1999-2000 setting out (a) the monetary balance and (b) that...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were awarded working tax credits in (a) England and Wales, (b) the east midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency in each...

  • Scotland

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Funding for Lending Scheme on Scottish businesses.

    • Cabinet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what bilateral meetings he has had with each of his Cabinet colleagues since May 2010.

      Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on the construction industry in Scotland.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the recent changes in the level of personal insolvencies in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the potential effect of under-employment on the Scottish economy.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the £72 million funding from third-party sources for flood defences, which third parties have...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 18 June 2012 regarding puppy farming.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has undertaken on the proportion of milk permeate in supermarket milk; and if he will introduce...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what broadband speed her Department defines as super-fast.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, with reference to the letter from her Department dated 30 September 2011, reference number 181868/dm/24, when her Department...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information her Department holds on the number of libraries closed in each local authority area in each of the last three...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent steps her Department has taken specifically targeted at building links between schools and public libraries.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will provide additional ring-fenced funding to secure the future of (a) Guisborough, (b) Loftus and (c) Saltburn...

  • Home Department

    • Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to the police on procedures when dealing with children with aggressive autism.

    • British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when her Department plans to update its document, “Life in the UK: a Journey to Citizenship”; (2) what estimate her...

      Dorset Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the damping formula on funding for Dorset constabulary.

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty tickets have been issued for the use of mobile phones while driving (a) nationally and (b) in each police force area in the...

  • Justice

    • Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fine was for using a motor vehicle uninsured against third-party risks by area in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hearings for appeals against refusal of employment and support allowance which have been upheld were (a) paper hearings where the appellant was...

      Prisoners: Community Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the policy of the Prison Service is on allowing prisoners with indefinite sentences for public protection to undertake work in the community; and...

      Prisoners: Community Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners absconded from work placements in the community and whilst travelling to or from work placements in the community in the last year for...

      Prisoners: Community Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what risk assessment was carried out by the Prison Service before allowing Bernard Lee Sharkey to work at Newham Grange Country Farm in Coulby Newham.

      Wellingborough Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of staff employed at Wellingborough Prison was in each of the last five years.

      Wellingborough Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of prisoners held at Wellingborough Prison was in each of the last five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total monetary value was of the Medical Services contract between his Department and Atos Healthcare in 2011-12; and what the...

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that those who are eligible for bereavement benefits take them up.

      Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals have claimed bereavement benefit in each of the last five years; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people living in Birmingham have moved into work in each of the last two years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many jobseeker's allowance claimants, in which Jobcentre Plus districts, and over what period have been required to participate in...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations his Department has engaged to deliver the Remploy Mentoring for Success programme; and how much each organisiation is to be...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has allocated to the Remploy Mentoring for Success programme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make provision in the universal credit system to ensure that people in need of refuge support as a consequence of domestic violence...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he plans that eligible service charges will be paid for under universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has carried out analysis of future universal credit claimants to establish (a) how many households will be affected by the...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has issued any guidance or recommendations to Atos on the degree of variance from the average outcomes that should...

  • Health

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 26W, on blood: contamination; for what reason the Advisory Committee on the Safety of...

    • Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department had with (a) industry and (b) other Government Departments and agencies to ensure that they have put in place...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he has put in place to ensure consistency among GP commissioning boards in different areas when prescribing medicines for people with dementia.

      Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the NHS Commissioning Board expects to establish a system for the commissioning of treatments for rare and specialised conditions; and if he will...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the regulation of drug rehabilitation centres; (2) whether he plans to give each local authority the right to limit the...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 701W, on epilepsy, in which month the study is expected to be published; and...

      First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential for community first aid responders to attend category A incidents in circumstances where the ambulance...

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of GPs who have participated in leadership courses in the last two years.

      Mephedrone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many reports his Department received of health treatment for misuse of the drug M-Cat in the last year; (2) what treatment the NHS provides for...

      National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005 on rural communities and...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the development of the NHS South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium on the National Agenda...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with NHS employers regarding the NHS South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has approved any NHS trust to pay to join the NHS South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had regarding the cost to the public purse of an NHS South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium working group.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has oversight of the NHS South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium's budget.

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the uses to which receipts from property sales by NHS Property Services Ltd retained by his Department can be put; and if he...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission an assessment of the research conducted by the Schools Health Education Unit into the number of girls and boys aged between 14 and...

      Palliative Care: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much local authorities have spent on end-of-life care in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the East Midlands in each year since 2009.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the implications for his policies of the findings of the report by Sands on preventing babies' deaths; and if he will make a statement.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provides for research into the causes and prevention of stillbirth.

      Streptococcus: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of infections among newborn babies of the introduction of the Royal College of Obstetricians' and...

      Streptococcus: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has conducted any international comparative analyses of measures for preventing group B streptococcus infection in newborn...

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Arakan State, Burma, since 1 June 2012; and if she will make a statement.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid her Department provides to the Burmese Government; and if she will make a statement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she plans to take to ensure that victims of violence in Arakan State, Burma, from Rohingya and Rakhine communities receive...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the average time taken was by her Department to reply to correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in the last 12 months; and for...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that it meets the target of spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much overseas development assistance has been spent in the private sector, by country, since June 2010.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps her Department is taking to help reduce the number of street children in Syria; (2) what steps her Department is...

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