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Written answers

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on dates used to calculate future entitlements to direct payments as...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect on (a) the level of land banking and (b) access to agricultural land by new...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to deal with irresponsible dog ownership in the proposed draft...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to deal with attacks on guide and other assistance dogs.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Association of British Insurers on provision of affordable and adequate flood insurance.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what programmes to protect and encourage the breeding of endangered species the Government sponsors.

      Water Charges: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to paragraph 4.2 of his Department's guidance to water and sewerage undertakers in relation to the...

  • Scotland

    • Cabinet Growth Implementation Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he expects to be a member of the proposed Cabinet Growth Implementation Committee.

    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with (a) Universities Scotland and (b) NUS Scotland on the effect of the Government's immigration reforms on Scottish...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the trend in the number of people using food banks in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury and the Northern Ireland Executive on corporation tax; and if she will make a...

    • National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will undertake a comparative assessment of the compatibility of her plans for the National Crime Agency (NCA) and provisions for the NCA...

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will specify pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State of 18 June 2012, Official Report, HL column 1609, on the Crime and...

  • Home Department

    • Acid Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of acid attacks were recorded in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many such incidents led to...

    • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Child Protection Command to be appointed.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed on the effect of fantasising on levels of (i) crime and (ii) recidivism.

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with representatives of Twitter and other social media companies about crime prevention; and if she will make a...

      Crime: Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) assaults, (b) incidences of criminal damage, (c) robberies and (d) other offences committed...

      Crime: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) car thefts, (b) burglaries and (c) violent crimes have been reported in Birmingham in each year since 2007.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce levels of domestic violence; and what assistance is offered to victims of domestic violence.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2012, Official Report, column 224W, on drugs: crime, when her Department plans to update its estimate...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been investigated for carrying out female genital mutilation to date.

      Offences Against Children: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking in response to reports of the use of Twitter by paedophiles; and if she will make a statement.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested on suspicion of committing and (b) subsequently charged with offences relating to prostitution by age,...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex worker outreach centres there are in England and Wales.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex workers were arrested in the Metropolitan police area in 2011.

      Prostitution: Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is responsible for supervising people sentenced to an engagement and support order under the Policing and Crime Act 2009; and what...

      Sexual Offences: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) rape and (b) sexual assault were reported to civilian police by members of the armed forces in each of the last three...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support she plans to provide to victims of stalking after the implementation of new legislation in this area.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to improve communications between her Department and the Department of Health in respect of the psychological effects of...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to enable police to search the property of individuals arrested for suspected stalking, to assist evidence gathering.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the National Audit Office's report, Central Government's...

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the use of biofuels derived from corn; and if he will make a statement.

    • Chesham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times (a) he and (b) each member of his ministerial team have visited Chesham and Amersham in an official capacity in the last three years;...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings have been held by Ministers in his Department with potential investors in the High Speed 2 project; and on what dates those meetings took...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2012, Official Report, column 339W, on motor vehicles: registration, if he will make it his policy to commission...

      Motorcycles: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects to conclude his trials of changes to module one of the motorcycle practical test; (2) when he expects to begin consulting on...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the outcomes were of the consultation on the placing of notices of traffic orders by local authorities in local newspapers; and if he will make a...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that all market support mechanisms included in the Government's proposed Energy Bill are transitional.

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will ensure that the Government's proposed Energy Bill includes provision for a strategy to reduce energy demand.

      Energy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of households that have been charged termination fees by their energy supplier in...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to a domestic consumer of a smart meter; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average annual energy saving from installing a smart meter in (a) an average domestic setting, (b) a...

      Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations his Department has received from Scottish Executive (a) Ministers and (b) officials on energy prices and the big...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much money auctioning allowances for the aviation sector within the EU ETS raised in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when state aid clearance for (a) contracts for difference and (b) investment instruments is anticipated; and how this will fit with the...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to change the level of subsidy for solar photovoltaics in the next two years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely economic effect of the superfast broadband rollout in rural areas.

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the (a) debt and (b) ownership of professional football...

      Museums and Galleries: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people visited each of the national museums in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1997.

      Music: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of young people who play musical instruments.

      Olympic Games 2012: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to raise participation in events connected with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Swindon.

      Public Expenditure: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on (a) sport, (b) music, (c) film, (d) museums and galleries and (d) libraries in (i)...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what her policy is on the publication of research and data commissioned by her Department and the bodies for which she is...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the UK's market share of the international tourism industry in each of the last 10 years.

      War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the current state of preservation of war memorials.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many apprentices were employed by (a) his Department and (b) its principal contractors in each of the last five years; and...

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to ensure consistency in audits following the abolition of the Audit Commission.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what methodology the forecast council tax benefit expenditure for 2013-14 has been established; how it will be updated to...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assumptions his Department has recently employed in forecasting council tax benefit expenditure as part of the process of...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list the fire control rooms in England.

      Fire Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire stations were closed in (a) England and Wales, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of homeless people in each (a) local authority area and (b) Parliamentary constituency...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes have been granted planning permission on land owned by the Government since May 2010; and how many of those...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government has received from the sale of land for building new houses since May 2010.

      Housing: Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps he has taken to promote more co-operative housing; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that contracts between sellers and buyers of houses are made binding earlier in the process of...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what permits and licences his Department and its public bodies issue to businesses.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice his Department provides to local authorities on the issuing of local authority bonds.

      Local Government Finance: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what reserves and balances are registered with his Department by Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to granting the power to initiate a community governance review to the charter trustees of...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 10W, on departmental pay, what the estimated saving to...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken was from receipt of planning application to decision by planning authorities in rural district...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken was from receipt of planning application to decision by planning authorities in National Parks in...

      Right to Buy: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's budget for advertising and public awareness is in 2011-12; and what proportion of that budget has been...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total stock of social housing was in (a) each English region and (b) each London local authority in (i) 1982, (ii)...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to put into practice the recommendations of the National Audit Office's review of Central Government's...

  • Education

    • Frank Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding has been allocated to the Frank website for 2012-13; and what his Department has contributed to that allocation.

    • GCSE: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what percentage of schools had a reduction in the proportion of pupils receiving grades A*-C in GCSE English from the previous year in (a)...

  • Health

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been prescribed antidepressants in each of the last five years.

    • Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what analysis his Department has undertaken into the effect on low income groups of setting the cap on individual contributions to residential...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people from Liverpool, Walton constituency are receiving drug treatment through the NHS.

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of patients who have requested assisted suicide in each of the last five years.

      Flunitrazepam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women were admitted to hospital with symptoms related to the drug flunitrazepam in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) health care assistants were employed by (i) North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, (ii) Hillingdon Hospital and...

      Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if his Department will publish a response to the report of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum; (2) if he will implement the...

      Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ask the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to expand and prioritise its Quality Standards work programme as it applies to...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to implement any new policies or issue guidelines on maximum caseload sizes for health visitors.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent qualified health visitors were employed in the NHS in (a) March 2012 and (b) March 2010.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent qualified health visitors he expects to be employed across the NHS in each month from April 2012 to April 2015.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to maintain the number of full-time equivalent qualified health visitors employed in the NHS after the Health Visitor...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent qualified health visitors who had left the profession returned to the profession between April 2010 and April 2012.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified health visitor roles existed in the NHS in (a) March 2012 and (b) March 2010.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned to monitor the effect of increased health visitor numbers on child and family health.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that public health commissioners reduce the gap between the number of people being diagnosed with hepatitis C and the...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department is providing for public health commissioners within local authorities to ensure hepatitis C services are appropriately...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas the five highest increases for admissions to hospital occurred in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions have taken place about the possibility of a merger between St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals and North Cheshire Hospitals; and who...

      Hyperactivity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to encourage research into the extent of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder amongst children.

      Hyperactivity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to monitor the prescription of psychotropic drugs to children; (2) how many prescriptions for drugs used to treat attention...

      Hyperactivity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that psychotropic drugs are only prescribed to children in accordance with the guidelines issued by the National...

      Injuries: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of each (a) age and (b) sex were hospitalised with suspected animal attack injuries in each area in each of the last five years; and what...

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many unique visitors to the NHS Information Service for Parents website were recorded in each month since its launch; (2) how many unique views...

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many individuals signed up to receive (a) text messages and (b) emails from the NHS Information Service for Parents website in each month since...

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much it cost to set up the NHS Information Service for Parents website; (2) how much the NHS Information Service for Parents website cost to...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances he would intervene in the case of a major configuration of NHS services; and if he will make a statement.

      Older People: Day Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government ways to market council-run day centres for the elderly in (a)...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital appointments were missed in (a) Gloucestershire, (b) the South West and (c) England in each of the last five years.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to aligning the indicators in the NHS Outcomes Framework and Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework to ensure better...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in each of the services were promoted to a higher rank in each year since 1995; and what proportion such people formed of the total...

    • Armed Forces: Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in each rank in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy were promoted to a more senior rank in each year since 2000.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether length of service was a consideration in the selection of individuals for redundancy announcements made in tranches 1 and 2; (2) if length...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many senior responsible owners have been designated within his Department; and to which project each such person is currently assigned.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the ownership status is of monetary items discovered at the site of HMS Victory 1744.

      Ramil Safarov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with representatives of NATO on the case of Ramil Safarov.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) his Department and (b) the armed forces provided advice or training to Indonesian security and defence forces in the last five years.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any members of the Israeli armed forces have been attached to HM armed forces in each of the last five years.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any members of HM armed forces have been attached to the Israeli armed forces in each of the last five years.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any members of the Israeli armed forces and security forces have attended training courses in the UK provided by his Department in each of the...

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the value of the assets and property at each location of the Royal Navy Museums and the Royal Air Force Museums.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assets have been assigned to (a) Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, (b) Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, (c) Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what personal contribution volunteer reservists have been required to make towards travel to their place of duty since April 2011; (2) what...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the fully manned establishment is of the Submarine Service; (2) how many nuclear engineers are available to the Submarine Service; and if he...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many personnel in the Syrian armed forces were trained by the UK armed forces by (a) rank, (b) location of training and (c) duration of...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy that any plans to intervene in (a) Syria and (b) other countries with military action involving (i) USAF Lakenheath and...

      Ulster Defence Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of recognition payments were made to part-time members of the Ulster Defence Regiment; who was eligible for such payments; and whether any...

      Yorkshire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were recruited into the 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) at the Middlesbrough Armed Forces Career Office in (a)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Deduction Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit deduction orders were requested by HM Courts and Tribunals Service but not granted by his Department in the latest period for...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that good quality affordable child care is available for jobseekers.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason employment and support allowance payment to claimants who are in the process of submitting an ESA3 form are terminated until...

      Employment Schemes: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress has been made on mandatory work activity and voluntary work experience schemes in Brigg and Goole constituency.

      Housing Benefit: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much Discretionary Housing Payment funding has been allocated to each local authority in the South East in 2012-13.

      Housing Benefit: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much Discretionary Housing Payment funding was (a) allocated and (b) spent by each local authority in the South East in 2011-12.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target was recommended by the Lofstedt Report for reductions in health and safety regulations through sector-specific consolidation; what...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were prosecuted for illegally claiming jobseeker’s allowance while working in each of the last 10 years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to answer the letter concerning Ms K Billington sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 23 July 2012.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse was of benefits received in (a) Gloucester constituency, (b) the south-west and (c) England in each of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to provide that spousal benefits paid in respect of a benefit recipient are payable to no more than one wife at any one...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work capability assessments Atos completed per week in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Work Capability Assessment: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide a guarantee that any benefit claimant in Birkenhead asking for their work capability assessment interview with ATOS to be...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the average cost to the public purse of a successful Work programme applicant to date.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage increase was accounted for by the introduction of a cumulative job outcome target when calculating the minimum performance...

      Work Programme: Harrogate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency have (a) volunteered and (b) been required to take part in the Work programme in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the costs incurred so far on the parliamentary constituency boundary proposed changes; what estimate he has made of the likely cost...

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of the Boundary Commission's consultation hearings in (a) the Liberty Stadium, Swansea and (b) the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

      Work Experience: Social Mobility

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of unpaid internships on social mobility.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to introduce votes for prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

    • Private Sector: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the net change in private sector jobs was in the Humber region from May 2010 to the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Justice

    • Anti-slavery Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to mark Anti-slavery Day on 18 October 2012.

    • Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to prevent claims management companies from exploiting claims of mis-selling of personal protection insurance.

      Community Orders: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many community payback schemes have taken place in Brigg and Goole constituency in each of the last five years.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average length of time taken for the completion of coroner inquests was in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; (2) what steps he is taking...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many individuals were convicted of (a) causing death by careless driving and (b) causing death by dangerous driving and sentenced to (i) an...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines levied by HM Courts and Tribunals Service have been paid in full or in part by an unpaid work order since 1 September 2004.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for (a) credit card fraud and (b) mortgage fraud in each of the last 10 years.

      Fraud: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many non-UK nationals from each country have been successfully prosecuted for benefit fraud in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted in relation to people trafficking in the last two years.

      Juries: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to ensure those selected for jury service are not in the UK illegally.

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timescale is for the introduction of the procedure to compensate mesothelioma sufferers set out in the publication of the detailed support...

      Olympic Games 2012: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were convicted for illegally reselling tickets for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in each month of 2012; and what the...

      Perjury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted for providing false information under section 20 of the Juries Act 1974 in the last five years.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what change there has been in the number of (a) vacant and (b) occupied prison places since May 2010; (2) what estimate he has made of the likely...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (a) how many mobile telephones and (b) what quantity of drugs were seized from prisoners in each prison in each of the last two years.

      Prisoners' Discharge Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum number of times is that a person eligible to receive a discharge grant from prison has received such a grant in each of the last two years.

      Prisons: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners who have access to Sky TV in their prison cells.

      Sexual Harassment: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunals involving allegations of harassment at work of a sexual nature were (a) heard and (b) upheld in each of the last five years.

      Sexual Offences: Lie Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of the lie detector test used on sex offenders.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many interpreters employed by Associated Language Solutions have security clearance and police counter-terrorist checks in place.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the contract between his Department and Applied Language Solutions specifies the number of interpreters that should have a Diploma in Public...

      Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2012, Official Report, column 543W, on unpaid fines, how many financial penalties are outstanding; and how many of...

      Victim Support: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding was provided to Victim Support in North Yorkshire in each of the last three years.

  • Treasury

    • Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on fiscal measures to reduce long-term youth unemployment.

    • European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contributions the UK (a) has made in the last year and (b) will make in the next year to the European Investment Bank.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect that investment in infrastructure will have on the economy.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to support nationally important infrastructure projects.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made on implementation of the national infrastructure plan 2011.

      Household Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to help households with their cost of living.

      Beer Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the relative effect of progressive beer duty relief on breweries seeking to maximise export opportunities.

      Cost of Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government have taken to reduce the cost of credit to the real economy.

      Churchill Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Direct Line Group about the effect of the proposed closure of the Churchill call centre...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the classification of financial services compensation scheme funding; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the burden of regulatory cost for Independent Financial Advisers operating as a one-person business; and if he will...

      Succession: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on the creation of a European Certificate of Succession.

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the cost to (a) business and (b) household consumers of the levying of VAT on (i) gas and (ii) electricity bills.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency and (b) Birmingham participated in the business mentor scheme in the...

    • Community Interest Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many community interest companies there were in each (a) local authority area and (b) Parliamentary constituency in each year...

      Consumers: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of bill-of-sale lenders who have signed up to abide by his Department's voluntary...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review consumer protection rules for the purpose of providing further protection for consumers paying tradespeople in cash.

      Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will take steps to ensure that any transitional periods granted to businesses affected by the proposed changes to...

      Education: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many prisoners in (a) England and (b) Birmingham have participated in his Department's “Making Prisons Work: Skills for...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average time taken to award an export licence was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the number of state school pupils who go on to attend Russell Group universities.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce the UK's current account deficit with India.

      India and China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress UK Trade and Investment has made in the creation of new posts in (a) India and (b) China.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will commission a detailed study of the lay-by sales scheme in place in New Zealand and the insolvency arrangements...

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings at ministerial level have taken place with the Vice- Chancellor or other officials of London Metropolitan...

      Overseas Trade: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of trade relations between the UK and Burma; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Trade: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 17 July 2012, on UKTI and ECGD Support for Green Technologies, whether the...

      Regional Growth Fund: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been awarded to businesses in Worcestershire through the Regional Growth Fund to date.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for professional and career development loans were received in each academic year since 2001-02.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the effect of the recent temporary relaxation of Sunday trading legislation on (a) retail sales and...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of publicly-funded projects undertaken by firms that engage in blacklisting against trade union...

      Unfair Dismissal: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what evidence or advice his Department gathered on the potential direct benefits to business prior to taking the decision to...

      Work Experience: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints his Department's Pay and Work Rights helpline service has received from people who have undertaken unpaid...

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department is funding any programmes promoting inter-faith and religious tolerance in Burma.

    • Developing Countries: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the developing world.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department has given in each country for aid and development projects relating to water, sanitation and hygiene in the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Aid Match scheme.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total value of support provided to charities through the Aid Match scheme was in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d)...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the call for applications for the Aid Match scheme will re-open for 2013.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on allegations of use of bird shot by Bahraini police and security forces in towns and villages in...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Bahraini government on the imprisonment of Nabeel Rajab.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Bahraini government on the case of the medics convicted for their role in the...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he raised the excessive use of force by Bahraini security forces against protesters with King Hamad of Bahrain on his...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reciprocal arrangements there are between the UK and other nations for the leasing of property for diplomatic purposes.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the welfare of David Simpson held under house arrest in the Central African Republic; and...

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the government of Gambia on the wellbeing of journalists and activists in The Gambia who...

      Ramil Safarov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Hungarian Government on the case of Ramil Safarov.

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