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Written answers

Friday, 19 October 2012

  • Scotland

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many inquiries his Department has received from Members of the Scottish Parliament on reserved constituency issues in the last 12 months for which...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people died of alcoholic poisoning in each principal seaside town in each of the last five years.

    • British Nationals Abroad: Disasters

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what protocols have been agreed with (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) travel companies, (c) media organisations and (d) airlines over the...

      Cleveland Fire Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding his Department has awarded to Cleveland Fire Authority in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 to date.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions emergency disaster planning procedures have been initiated in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many emergency disaster planning officers are in post in the UK; and who the employing body is of each such officer.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have attended his Department's Disaster Planning Committee since May 2010.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what discussions he has had with coroners on UK disaster planning procedures since 2010; (2) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the NHS...

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which countries his Department has consulted with regard to disaster planning over the last three years.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the variation in risk between different areas of the country in relation to disaster management planning.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which assessment of flood risk his Department has included in disaster planning management across the UK.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the minimum number is of (a) fire appliances and (b) ambulances required to be within reach of UK airports in case of an emergency disaster...

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the preparedness and reliability of cross-border co-operation in disaster planning in each constituent part of UK with...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when he expects to publish the Major Project Authority's report on High Speed 2; (2) what reason the Major Project Authority's report on High...

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his Department's policy is on taking into account when assessing tenders submitted for departmental contracts the (a) apprenticeship schemes, (b)...

      Unemployment: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of people were unemployed in each of the principal seaside towns in the UK in the latest period in which figures are available.

      Voluntary Work: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with LOCOG on engaging with volunteers from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics; and what the outcome of such...

  • Education

    • Adoption: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what provisions are in place to allow the children of deceased adopted adults to trace their biological grandparents; and if he will make a statement.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many apprentices working in his Department are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the apprenticeship. (2) how many (a)...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 left care in 2011 in (i) Stafford constituency and (ii) England.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many responses his Department received to its Childcare Commission consultation; and when he expects to publish a summary of those responses.

      Civil Servants: Political Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2012, Official Report, column 699W, on Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats, (1) whether he was aware of the...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research his Department is undertaking on the effect of domestic violence on children's educational attainment.

      Foster Care: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on including foster children in the allocation of bedrooms to families...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding has been given to the proposers of the Rotherham Free School at all stages of its application process to date.

      Free Schools: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which organisations have expressed an interest in providing a free school in (a) the boroughs of (i) Tameside and (ii) Stockport and (b) Greater...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he has received on the application of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to his Department's business.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to ensure that his special advisers understand the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department and the public bodies for which he is responsible responded...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the latest national figure for five A to C passes at GCSE will be released; and what that figure is.

      GCSE: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received from schools in Birmingham on this year's GCSE English results.

      Independent Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to develop a legal definition of an independent special school, separate from the definition of an independent...

      King's Priory Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will publish his Department's impact assessment on the decision to support the application for academy status for the proposed King's...

      Physical Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 599W on physical education: teachers, if he will publish the further guidance...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department are taking to ensure that pupils are provided with the skills and vocational training necessary to improve the long-term...

  • Home Department

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions involving illegal use of airguns there were in each of the last five years.

    • Anti-slavery Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to promote Anti-slavery Day.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many apprentices working in her Department are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the apprenticeship; (2) how...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications were (a) made and (b) granted to (i) women and (ii) men in each of the last five years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications were granted to (a) women and (b) men on the basis of (i) gender-related violence and (ii) sexual orientation in...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed by people on bail in each region of the UK in 2011; and what crimes were committed in such cases.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many murders were committed by persons on bail in each of the last 22 years.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to (a) re-tender and (b) award the lead IT contract for the e-Borders programme.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value of the re-tendered lead IT contract for the e-Borders programme will be.

      British Citizenship: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) foreign and (b) Commonwealth armed forces personnel have successfully applied for UK citizenship since 2000; and if she will...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) chartered and (b) other flights have been used by the UK Border Agency to return foreign national criminals and failed asylum...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases it has taken (a) two, (b) three and (c) four attempts to return a foreign national criminal or failed asylum seeker because...

      Deportation: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) foreign and (b) Commonwealth soldiers have been deported following an unsuccessful application for (i) British citizenship and...

      Deportation: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former and serving (a) foreign and (b) Commonwealth soldiers were deported in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011 and (iv) 2012; and how...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to the Government of deporting foreign national offenders was in each of the last 10 years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the costs to her Department of the use of narcotics by employees of her Department and the public bodies...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British citizens were (a) extradited from and (b) deported to the UK from (i) France, (ii) Germany, (iii) Poland, (iv) the...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the average time taken by the Minister of State for Immigration to reply to representations by hon. Members on firms in their...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the letter from the Minister for Immigration of 13 June 2011 regarding the number of appeals allowed by the First-tier...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the number of non-UK EU nationals who have lived in the UK for more than three months without employment...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of non-UK EU nationals who leave the UK within three months of entering the UK.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of non-UK EU nationals who have entered the UK to seek employment in each of the last five years by...

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 507W, on London Metropolitan University, what the required criteria are...

      Overseas Students: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reasons overseas students are required to register with the Overseas Visitor Registration Office on arrival in the UK; (2) on...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to monitor the payment (a) of its main contractors within 14 days and (b) by main contractors to...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to prepare for the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what external policy research her Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each such piece of...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reservists are employed by her Department.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Anti-slavery Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans she has to mark Anti-slavery Day on 18 October.

    • Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what external policy research her Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each such piece of research...

  • Prime Minister

    • Leveson Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the cost to the public purse has been of assessing whether (a) texts, (b) emails and (c) other forms of communication between himself and (i) Rebekah Brooks,...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Halton (Derek Twigg) of 14 September 2012 in respect of the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what information he holds on how many local authorities generate income from the recycling of plastics and cardboard; (2)...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many apprentices working in his Department are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the...

      Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have reported incidents to his Department under the Bellwin scheme in 2012; which such authorities have...

      Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the volume of counterfeit or falsely marked electrical cabling installed in Government buildings.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the need to change the law relating to payments demanded as a result of covenanted properties...

      Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to commence section 34 of the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009; and if he will...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the council tax freeze grant for 2013-14 will be additional to the currently allocated spending totals for local...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on reimbursing councils for successful business rate appeals from 2012-13 when a decision on the appeal is...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to protect existing buildings adjacent to proposed developments through the introduction of risk...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many reservists are employed by his Department.

      Sleeping Rough: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people with an armed forces background were sleeping rough in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency and (b) Greater...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the potential savings to the Exchequer of removing access to social housing for households earning over (a)...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's written evidence to the Defence Select Committee's inquiry into the Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Part 2:...

    • Armed Forces: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of members of each (a) faith and (b) denomination in the (i) service and (ii) civilian branches of the armed forces.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the UK's ability to adequately defend itself and take part in international deployments.

      Libya: Military Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which NATO participating states participated in the campaign over Libya in response to UN Security Council Resolution 1973; and how many such states...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the highest paid position is in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies.

      Prisoners of War: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to issue medals to all former prisoners of war.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what media or public speaking training Ministers in his Department have received since May 2010.

      Woodvale Aerodrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a comprehensive risk assessment relating to base property and asbestos has been undertaken at Woodvale Aerodrome, Southport; and if he will make...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost has been of the review of constituency boundaries to date; what costs have been incurred under each category of costs; and what further costs are...

    • Social Mobility

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress he has made on the Government's social mobility strategy; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Broadband: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the relaxation of planning permission for broadband infrastructure.

    • Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the broadcasting industry in Wales.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what external policy research his Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; which organisation was commissioned to provide each such piece...

      Wylfa Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which countries have expressed an interest in financing Wylfa B nuclear power station.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the control of air pollution throughout the UK.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial penalties the EU has imposed on the UK for breaches of air quality standards; and if he will make a statement.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources his Department has allocated to support efforts to prevent (a) badger-baiting and (b) cock-fighting.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of how many bovine tuberculosis tests have resulted in (a) false positives and (b) false negatives...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that as few badgers as possible are shot on top of, or near their setts.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring arrangements his Department is putting in place to ensure that badgers killed during the cull are killed humanely.

      Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the extent of business support for mandatory carbon reporting for (a) companies listed on the Alternative...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who his Department (a) has and (b) plans to consult on its supplementary guidance for mandatory greenhouse gas reporting.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he plans to specify which methodologies will be permitted in measuring greenhouse gas emissions.

      Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress the Circular Economy Task Force has made on resource security.

      Organic Food: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason butchers are required to register with organic control bodies in order to sell organic meat; which bodies...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what external policy research his Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each...

      Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the development and deployment of a vaccination for Schmallenberg virus; and if he will make a...

      Seagulls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the size of the seagull population in the UK; and what estimate has been made of the...

      Shrimps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of how the invasive shrimp, Dikerogammarus villosus, was imported into the UK;...

      Trees: Import Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to prohibit the importation of ash trees to prevent the spread of disease.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of housing benefit under the age of 25 years (a) have children, (b) are orphans, (c) are care leavers and (d) have parents...

    • Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's target is for consolidating or revoking health and safety regulations.

      Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the potential savings to the Exchequer of uprating (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) attendance allowance, (c) carer's...

      Unemployment Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many school leavers began immediately to claim out-of-work benefits in each of the last three years; and what the total value of those...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2012, Official Report, column 65-7W, on work capability assessment: appeals, which Tribunal Service centres...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by the Tribunals Service to deal with appeals against the work capability assessment in each month of 2012 to date.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason his Department informed providers of an additional 33,000 referrals of employment and support allowance claimants to the Work...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the number of jobseeker's allowance claimants referred each month from jobcentres to the Work programme has declined over the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials working on the Work programme have left to work for Work programme providers since October 2010.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many (a) schools and (b) clinics have been financed and constructed by the UK Government in Helmand Province in Afghanistan;...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many internally displaced people there are in Arakan State, Burma; and what proportion of such displaced people are (a) Rakhine and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she discussed aid to refugees from Burma at her recent meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what involvement her Department has had in the Millennium Development Goals fund for Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of aid delivered by her Department to Burma is channelled through (a) UN agencies, (b) international aid agencies and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role the Government is playing in the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures are in place to ensure that UK international development programmes implemented in Burma comply with the 2008 UN...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she has taken to ensure that UK international development aid is not channelled through the Burmese Government's Ministry...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has allocated to development aid in Burma in 2013; what percentage of this has been allocated to Chin State;...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government is taking to support refugees in western Burma.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what external policy research her Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each such piece of...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women have been imprisoned for breaching antisocial behaviour orders in each police force area; and how many such people have...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many apprentices working in his Department are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the apprenticeship.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) paid apprentices and (b) paid interns are employed in his Department.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on bail for a defendant charged with a summary only imprisonable offence where such a defendant has in previous unrelated proceedings...

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the 12-month reconviction rate was for each type of sentence for those found guilty of domestic burglary in each year since 1994; (2) what...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the quality of interpretation services in courts in England and Wales following changes to the centralised contract.

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many civil court cases have been adjourned as a result of lack of interpreters supplied by Applied Language Solutions in the last 12 months for which...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hastings and Rye (Amber Rudd) of 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 777, on departmental...

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

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

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total value of all penalty notices issued by police was in each of the last three years; and what proportion of such notices were not paid.

      Homicide: Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the shortest sentence served by a convicted murderer before their release from prison was in the last 15 years; (2) what assessment he has...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many district judges have left the magistracy in each of the last 10 years; and from what courts such judges left.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new Justices of the Peace have been appointed in each of the last 10 years; and to which courts they were appointed.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Justices of the Peace have left the magistracy in each of the last 10 years; and from which courts such justices left.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North dated 5 September 2012, ref 330806.

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent employees there were at the Parole Board on 30 September (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many of those given indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection received a minimum tariff of (a) two to five years, (b) over...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to review the release test for those prisoners on indeterminate sentences for imprisonment for public protection who have served...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, columns 123-4W, on prisoners; release, and the figures given in Table 4, if he will provide...

      Prisoners: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what support his Department provides to (a) male and (b) female inmates who have experienced domestic violence.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what offences the foreign nationals in prison in England and Wales on 30 September 2012 were found guilty of.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals there were in prison in England and Wales by nationality on 30 September 2012.

      Prisoners: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on meeting the health and social care needs of elderly prisoners on their release; and...

      Prisoners: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection are aged over 60 years.

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) cost per prisoner and (b) cost per place in each prison was in 2011-12.

      Prisoners: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what treatment is available to prisoners with post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with which countries the UK has signed prisoner transfer agreements since May 2010.

      Prisoners: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether history of military service is automatically recorded when an inmate is received into prison; and how any such service is recorded.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent employees there were in (a) public and (b) private sector prisons on 30 September 2012.

      Prisons: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the capital investment budget is for prisons in financial year (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the National Offender Management Service decided not to impose financial penalties on private prisons on each occasion such penalties...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has received any reports of instances of private prisons refusing to take new prisoners because of a lockdown caused by staff shortages in the...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent employees there were at the probation service on 30 September (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget is for the Probation Service in financial year (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Probation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 411W, on probation: Essex, for what reasons meetings with hon. Members were arranged; what...

      Probation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 410W, on probation, what specific steps Essex Probation have (a) taken and (b) plan to...

      Probation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2012, Official Report, column 637W, on probation: Essex, if he will place in the Library a copy of the response to each...

      Probation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 410W, on probation: Essex, what estimate his Department made of the potential cost to the...

      Probation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2012, Official Report, column 637W, on Probation: Essex, whether the position of Chief Executive of Essex Probation was...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 8 March 2012, Official Report, columns 853-4W, on public expenditure, what recent progress has been made in saving...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to prepare for the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to page 19 of his Department's Business Plan 2012-15, published on 31 May 2012, what estimate his Department has made of the redundancy...

      Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what definition his Department uses for (a) reprimand, (b) severe reprimand and (c) demotion under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 where these...

      Unpaid Fines: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unpaid fines there were in the West Midlands in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the monetary value was of those fines.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he is taking to ensure a minimum standard of provision of services for victims and witnesses by police and crime commissioners; (2)...

      Victims' Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget was for the Office of Victims’s Commissioner in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; and how much of that budget...

      Victims’ Commissioner: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 22 February 2012, Official Report, columns 849-50W, on Victims' Commissioner: manpower, how many full-time equivalent...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff were employed by the Tribunals Service to deal with appeals relating to the work capability assessment in each month in 2012 to date.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps his Department is taking to encourage long-term investment in the UK aerospace industry; (2) what support his...

    • British Antarctic Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost was to the public purse of the (a) establishment and (b) work of the British Antarctic Survey in each of the last...

      British Antarctic Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) manpower and (b) property establishment are of the British Antarctic Survey.

      British Antarctic Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) objectives and (b) tasks are of the British Antarctic Survey.

      Business: Cannock Chase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support businesses in Cannock Chase constituency.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with major lenders on loans to young entrepreneurs, particularly those who are not in education,...

      Business: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to support small and medium-sized businesses in Pendle constituency.

      Business: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of access to credit for businesses in (a) Cannock Chase constituency...

      Combined Heat and Power: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on refineries and petrochemical plants of the withdrawal of levy exemption certificates...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received representations from the International Labour Organisation on the potential effects on growth and labour...

      Construction: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to support the construction industry in Pendle constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Construction: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to support the construction industry in Sunderland.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK-based students entered university courses in each academic year since 2006 in (a) the west midlands and (b) England.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of pupils in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England and Wales went on to higher...

      Loans: Interest Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of marketing techniques employed by providers of very high interest loans.

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of recent events concerning London Metropolitan University; and whether his Department...

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 518W, on London Metropolitan University, whether he has...

      Manufacturing Advice Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills since the launch of the Manufacturing Advice Service (MAS) in January 2012, how many jobs have been (a) created and (b)...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of seafarers earning the national minimum wage who were subject to an accommodation...

      Morecambe and Lunesdale: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department has allocated to Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency since 2010.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of business start-ups in each constituent part of the UK since May 2012.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to increasing the Regional Growth Fund allocation to banks who have successfully lent their...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the Regional Growth Fund on bank lending to small and medium-sized businesses.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many reservists are employed by his Department.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has met representatives of the New College of the Humanities to discuss whether their students can receive loans from...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the National Audit Office report, Central Government's...

      UK Research Partnership Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many bids he has received to the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund to date; how many have been unsuccessful; and...

      US Securities and Exchange Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects (a) in the UK and (b) internationally of the US Securities and Exchange...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote re-skilling initiatives in the UK.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) Order 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the reason was for the time taken for the entry into force of the Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) Order 2012.

    • E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance his Department has issued to (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers on the use of personal e-mails for...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent discussions he has had with energy companies on using the universal credit system to allow pre-paid meter customers...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the merits of reducing energy tariffs for people who live in housing that cannot take advantage of energy efficiency...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to limit gas and electricity price rises.

      Energy: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what support his Department provides to projects for liquid air energy storage.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of children under five years old living in fuel poverty.

      Heating: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department is developing guidance on the EU draft directive requiring all towns to have a heat plan by the end of 2013 to...

      Low Carbon Networks Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the source of funding for the Low Carbon Networks Fund is.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what subsidies, grants or loans are available to bus service operators; and when such funds first became available; (2) when the reduction in...

    • Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the provision of rural bus services; and if he will make a statement.

      Great Western Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of demand for direct non-stop services between Cardiff and London Paddington following completed...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions representatives of the Government have had with overseas investors on the potential funding of the HS2 project; and which such...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet representatives of HS2 Action Alliance within the next four weeks to discuss the HS2 project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library all correspondence, emails and documents concerning financial matters and expenditure on HS2 exchanged between HS2 Ltd...

      HM Coastguard: Risk Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the system of risk management used by HM Coastguard was last reviewed.

      HM Coastguard: Risk Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the risk management systems of HM Coastguard will be reviewed following the closure of Forth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

      Liverpool Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what terms Liverpool city council has repaid £8.8 million to operate turnaround calls at Liverpool International Cruise Terminal.

      Motorways: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to provide funding for a dual carriageway between Newcastle and the border with Scotland.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the likely carbon emission reductions arising from the introduction of the renewable transport fuel obligation.

      Rescue Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects equipment at Shetland Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Aberdeen Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre to be upgraded.

      Rescue Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in staffing levels at Aberdeen Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre on levels of service.

      Rescue Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what investment has been made in equipment at Shetland Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Aberdeen Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre following...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to address the growth in road casualties in the most recent quarter.

      Roads: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred due to (a) motorists and (b) cyclists failing to stop at red traffic lights in Barnsley Central constituency...

      Roads: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on negotiations on the EU Roadworthiness Package.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what process is in place for approving the Highways Agency's strategic plan; and what process is in place to ensure that new schemes are included in...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which level of officials at the Highways Agency can approve spending on roads; and at what seniority investments (a) under £100,000, (b) between...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road safety officers have been employed in the last two years.

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected (a) cost and (b) revenue will be to his Department by using Directly Operated Rail to operate the West Coast Main Line in each of...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether a procurement risk model was developed by his Department for the intercity west coast franchise competition; (2) what testing his...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) qualifications and (b) training was of each official of his Department who worked in the intercity west coast franchise procurement team;...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what meetings were held at board level to consider the progress of the intercity west coast franchise competition; (2) at how many meetings his...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what dates bid evaluation clarification meetings were held during the intercity west coast franchise competition; and who requested each such meeting.

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bid evaluation clarification meetings were held with each of the bidders in respect of the intercity west coast franchise.

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the tender evaluation guidance document was prepared and issued prior to the receipt of the bids for the inter-city west coast franchise.

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members there were of the tender evaluation team in respect of the inter-city west coast franchise; and what the grade was of each team member.

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he developed a risk mitigation plan for the collapse of the procurement process in respect of the inter-city west coast franchise competition.

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether his Department is considering making a legal claim against the professional indemnity insurance of any of the external consultants...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what external firms of consultants were contracted or retained and used by his Department in respect of (a) franchising policy design, (b) writing the...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what fixed fee his Department paid to WS Atkins in respect of work relating to the West Coast Mainline franchise; and how that fee was decided upon.

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what fixed fee his Department paid to Eversheds LLP in respect of work relating to the West Coast Mainline franchise; and how that fee was decided upon.

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to receive the reports from the two investigations he has established following the cancellation of the West Coast Mainline franchise...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which consultancies have worked or are working on revenue forecasts on both the West Coast Franchise bid and on High Speed 2, either for High Speed 2...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will investigate which passenger numbers that have been erroneously used for the West Coast Mainline franchise bid affect the business case for HS2.

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he was first made aware of the issues with the tendering process for the West Coast Mainline franchise; (2) who made the decision to make...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the civil servants who have been suspended pending inquiries into the West Coast Main Line franchise made contributions to any aspect of...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the grade and role was of each official of his Department involved in (a) implementing the new franchising policy, (b) writing the franchise...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role WS Atkins carried out on behalf of his Department in respect of (a) devising the changes to the rail franchising policy detailed in the White...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role Eversheds LLP carried out on behalf of his Department in respect of (a) devising the changes to the rail franchising policy detailed in the...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the (a) Secretary of State for Transport, (b) Minister of State (Rail) and (c) Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Rail)...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what research his Department has conducted to assess the impact of air passenger duty on the economy; (2) if he will consider the All Party...

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what studies have been conducted to assess the effect of the costs of air passenger duty on the UK economy; what assessment has been made of the...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hon. Members have made representations to his Department to request an economic review of air passenger duty since June 2012.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many apprentices working in his Department are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the apprenticeship; (2) how many (a) paid...

      Bank Notes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he had had with the Bank of England regarding the relative number of notes in circulation for £5, £10, £20 and £50.

      Capital Investment: Northampton

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the letter from the hon. Member for Northampton South on commuted sums for river maintenance, if he will consider the evidence now...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of Child Trust Fund accounts from the first full year of the programme that have received additional...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of lowering the 20 per cent small profits rate tax band to (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16 and (e) 15 per cent.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) budgeted and (b) actual cost was of the Equitable Life payment scheme in each year of its operation to date.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many estates of deceased policyholders have been sent compensation by the Equitable Life payment scheme; what proportion of all eligible estates...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many errors have been reported in payments made by the Equitable Life payment scheme.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many policyholders will not receive compensation from the Equitable Life payment scheme because they have experienced a relative gain.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual policyholders in Scotland have yet to receive payments from the Equitable Life payment scheme, by parliamentary constituency.

      Free Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the cost to the public purse is of (a) direct government expenditure and (b) estimated loss of revenue of the free ports in (i) Liverpool, (ii)...

      George Anson

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what costs have been incurred by HM Revenue and Customs in contesting the case of the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs v. George Anson.

      George Anson

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what costs have been recovered from Ernst and Young after the decision in the case of the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs v. George Anson.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will introduce stamp duty and provisions for council tax rebates for purchasers making energy-efficiency improvements to their home to encourage...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce VAT to five per cent on A rated boilers, A and B rated windows and passive flue gas technologies installed by Green Deal-accredited...

      Income Tax: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to introduce plans to integrate the operation of income tax and national insurance contributions.

      Income Tax: Rates and Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of lowering the 40 per cent income tax band to (a) 30, (b) 38, (c) 37, (d) 36, (e) 35, (f) 34, (g) 33, (h) 32,...

      Income Tax: Rates and Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of lowering the 20 per cent income tax band to (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16 and (e) 15 per cent.

      Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid out under the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme to provide for approved alterations to listed places of worship since the March...

      Minimum Wage: Underpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of reasons for the increase in the number of under-payments of the National Minimum Wage.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the withdrawal of child benefit from the fourth and any subsequent children in a single household...

      Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend and increase the Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance to encourage early improvements to the private rented sector before the introduction...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the UK's budget deficit was in each financial year from 2008 to date; and what the estimated budget deficit for each subsequent year up to 2016 will be.

      Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what external policy research his Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each such piece of research was...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has a target time for HM Revenue and Customs to reply to correspondence from hon. Members; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many current and former personnel from (a) Deloitte, (b) KPMG, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) PwC are working for his Department and its associated public...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in receipt of the basic state pension and residing in (a) Australia, (b) Canada and (c) New Zealand paid income tax in the UK in each of the...

      Tax Allowances: Health Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to introduce a tax deduction for those who take out health insurance.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will appoint a committee to investigate the role of KPMG in designing and marketing aggressive tax avoidance schemes; (2) if he will appoint a...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent organisations located in tax havens from acquiring private finance initiative contracts.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals under which companies avoiding UK taxes would not be eligible to receive any public grants and subsidies.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what costs have been incurred by HM Revenue and Customs in contesting the case of Vardy Properties v. the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what costs have been incurred by HM Revenue and Customs in contesting the cases of Howard Peter Schofield v. the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and...

      Taxation: Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage refineries to generate their own electricity using combined heat and power once levy exemption certificates are removed...

      Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what media or public speaking training Ministers in his Department have received since May 2010.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many apprentices working in his Department are (a) paid and (b) completing a qualification as part of the apprenticeship.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) paid apprentices and (b) paid interns are employed in his Department.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will (a) condemn the convictions and prison sentences given to nine medics for their role in demonstrations in Bahrain in...

      Bernard Arnault

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria were applied in bestowing a KBE on Bernard Arnault.

      Bumi PLC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on Bumi PLC.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the findings of the Chin Human Rights Organization's report entitled “Threats to Our...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Chin State following the ceasefire agreed between the Burmese Army...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Burma regarding the continuing military presence in Chin State; and what...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Burmese counterpart on revising Burma's National Registration Card so that it no longer...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Burmese counterparts on Burma's refusal to allow ethnic Rohingya to be included in the 2014...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has held with UK representatives of the ethnic Rohingya of Burma since violence began in Arakan State in June 2012.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Burmese government to sign and ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that reports of violations of religious freedom in Chin State and throughout Burma are included...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Burmese counterpart regarding violations of freedom of religion or belief in Burma,...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to encourage the Burmese government to issue a formal invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy and other political parties in...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the potential role of the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Burma in violating the right to...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Burma regarding reports that the Border Areas National Races Youth...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Burma regarding reports of orders for the destruction of large Christian...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times British Embassy officials in Burma have visited Chin State in the last year; and whether he proposes that such...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of crimes against humanity being committed by the Burmese government against Burmese people.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of which Na Sa Ka bases in Arakan State are being used to detain ethnic Rohingya.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to support the International Labour Organisation's efforts to work with the Burmese Government to eradicate...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Burmese government on plans to move from the current ceasefire talks to substantive...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the involvement of the Burmese Department of Education and Training in violating the rights of...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to encourage the Burmese government to ensure the teaching of ethnic minority languages is included...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Bangladeshi government on closure of the border between Burma and Bangladesh.

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to publish the Government's strategy on business and human rights; and what plans he has to publicise it.

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the recommendation of the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions, whether he plans to undertake...

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider the work of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority as part of the Government's strategy on business and human...

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to require companies to map supply chains as part of the Government's strategy on business and human rights.

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has put in place to monitor implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

      Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what engagement his Department has had with the financial sector in drafting the Government's strategy on business and human rights.

      European Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on support for attempts to petition the EU over stopping sittings of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what external policy research his Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each such...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made or instructed to be made to prevent the use of torture on those Tamil asylum seekers deported...

      St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times a Minister from his Department has visited St Helena in each of the last five years.

      Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the future of Rockall in the event of secession. (2) what...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the installation of the Coastal Radar Project system in the Turks and Caicos; and if he will make...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the forthcoming elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and if he will make a statement.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to help ensure a free and fair election in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which anniversaries her Department has begun planning commemorations for in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015.

    • Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans her Department has for a national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how many (a) paid apprentices and (b) paid interns are employed in her Department; (2) how many apprentices working in...

      Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on items of art from May 2010 to the latest month for which figures are available.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the average percentage change in the productivity of the (a) creative industries and...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress she has made on improving the productivity of the (a) tourism industry, (b) creative industries and (c) leisure...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the effect on local communities of art displayed in public places.

      Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England has set aside for redundancy payments in respect of its proposed restructuring; what proportion...

      Arts: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on arts bursary awards for people aged under 25 since May 2010.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the 10 most valuable (a) movable and (b) immovable assets owned by her Department are.

      Battle of Waterloo: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what role her Department will have in events to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015.

      Bell Towers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which bell towers have received grants from public funds in the last 12 months.

      British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the total cost was of consultants employed by the British Library in each of the last five years.

      British Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Board of Trustees of the British Museum on the future management of its Parthenon...

      Cathedrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will make an assessment of the potential effect on the maintenance of the fabric of English cathedrals of the loss of...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many consultants for which her Department is responsible were employed in (a) museums, (b) historic palaces, (c) parks,...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what (a) heritage and (b) conservation sites there are in each region.

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of conservation of literary landmarks.

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on its aims related to heritage (a) in cash terms, (b) in real terms and (c) as a proportion...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps her Department can take to stop British residents receiving unwanted sales calls from companies based outside the UK.

      Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many employees have been dismissed by her Department since May 2010.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assurances she has been given that the Maritime Heritage Foundation has the appropriate resources and independent...

      Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the level of associated expenditure in local economies from visitors in self-catering...

      Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what her latest estimate is of the use by overseas visitors of self-catering holiday accommodation in the UK in each of the...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many page hits have been recorded by the (a) Arts Council England and (b) British Film Council websites since May 2010.

      Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much has been spent on rebranding her Department and its agencies since May 2010.

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what meetings staff of her Department have had with representatives from (a) the Natural History Museum, (b) the Royal...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many free visits were made to art galleries and museums funded through the public purse in each region of England in each...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with her Greek counterpart on exchange of museum artefacts since the building of the new...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of whether visitor numbers for those museums and galleries in London which are funded by...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if her Department will take steps to (a) review the Arts Fund Criteria to ensure all forms of art are eligible for funding,...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many galleries have participated in the Own Art Scheme in the last 12 months.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much has been spent in each region on programmes launched as part of the Cultural Olympiad on the latest date for which...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy that all businesses which contributed to the London 2012 Olympic Games receive the full...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which contractors based in other EU member states are providing services to her Department.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many public libraries providing internet access to the public there were in each region of England in each of the last 10...

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on external media relations in each of the last 12 months.

      Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had on the (a) protection and (b) maintenance of the (i) Avebury and (ii) Stonehenge world...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with representatives of the tourism industry in the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what effect her Department estimates the change to VisitBritain's budget will have on international visitor numbers to the UK...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of inbound tourists to the UK in the latest month for which figures are available.

      Tourism: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps (a) Visit Britain and (b) Visit England is taking to promote tourism in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Pendle constituency.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what visits in an official capacity she has made to each UK world heritage site in the last 12 months.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the maintenance of world heritage sites in EU member states.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many applications for locations in England to become World Heritage Sites are outstanding; and if she will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the proposed (a) closure of accident and emergency services across the country and (b) service changes to the NHS in Worcestershire.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) paid apprentices and (b) paid interns are employed in his Department.

      Blood and Marrow Transplantation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent progress has been made by the Clinical Reference Group on Blood and Marrow Transplantation on (a) the development of a national tariff...

      Cancer: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were first diagnosed with cancer whilst admitted to casualty in each of the last five years.

      Contraceptives: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent steps he has taken to ensure that women are not refused contraceptive advice by their local GP; (2) if he will estimate the number of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency ambulance call-outs were made in (a) Birmingham and (b) England for people with diabetes experiencing a diabetes emergency; and if he...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to consult industry on the development of the Diabetes Action Plan.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is available to health practitioners to (a) improve their awareness and understanding of domestic violence and (b) help them recognise signs...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of reported domestic violence cases were referred through general practitioners and health practitioners in the latest period for which...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made on the number of (a) recreational drug users and (b) drug addicts in (i) Enfield North constituency, (ii) London and...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS was of unplanned hospitalisations as a result of epilepsy in each year since 2009.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of patients was per doctor delivering out-of-hours cover between 7.00 pm and 8.00 am in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of NHS-registered patients per general practitioner was in each primary care trust in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of locum doctors providing out-of-hours cover in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Harrow Primary Care Trust: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Harrow Primary Care Trust area aged (a) 65 and (b) 75 years or over in need of (i) a new hip, (ii) a new knee and (iii) other...

      Health Professions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were working for the NHS in London for NHS trusts (i) in 2010-11, (ii) in 2011-12 and (iii) on 31 July 2012; and if he...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating non-EU visitors that was not recovered in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid by the UK under the European health insurance card scheme for the treatment of British registered patients in European economic area...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the role of the long-term conditions outcome strategy will be in improving the quality and uptake of cardiac rehabilitation; (2) what the role...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent progress his Department has made on the cardiovascular disease outcomes strategy, (2) with reference to the joint report,...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Health Protection Agency to report their findings on the potential links...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to collect data on the amounts spent on insulin pumps to treat diabetes.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed in the NHS in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the likely number of midwives in the NHS in...

      NHS: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals are designated as major trauma centres in the event of a major disaster in the UK.

      NHS: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protocol arrangements he has reached with the NHS on the number of ambulances required to attend a designated major disaster; and within what...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the importance of deprivation weighting in the public health funding formula.

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department is doing to encourage innovation within the NHS.

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what income NHS trusts and foundation trusts earned from the treatment of private patients; and what proportion of their total income such revenue...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what savings have been made as part of the QIPP challenge relating to the procurement of consumables as regards (a) price variation and (b) improved...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor the payment (a) of its main contractors within 14 days and (b) by main contractors to sub-contractors...

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS employees have been made redundant and re-employed as consultants by his Department in each of the last seven years.

      NHS: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many employees of NHS care trusts were seconded to his Department in each year since 2005; (2) how many employees of NHS ambulance trusts were...

      North West London Hospitals NHS Trust: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much income from private patients the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust received in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; how much it expects to receive in...

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were recruited by the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of the population in Barnsley Central constituency have joined the national organ register.

      Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answers of 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 325-6W and 21 June 2012, Official Report, columns 1106-7W, how many patients...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department have taken to prepare for the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the next radiotherapy dataset to be published; (2) what information he proposes the next radiotherapy dataset will contain on the...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which the Cancer Radiotherapy Innovation Fund will increase access to intensity modulated...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what external policy research his Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each such piece of research was...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reservists are employed by his Department.

      Respiratory System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to retain the expertise of the regional respiratory programme boards.

      Smallpox: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS personnel are currently vaccinated against smallpox.

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the continuation of the thalidomide health grant beyond 2012.

      Waste Disposal: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken since the investigation by the Health Protection Agency in 2003 into clusters of diseases linked to long-term exposure...

      Waste Disposal: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on any link between incinerator emissions and the incidence of still births and...

  • House of Lords

    • Food and Drink: Sales and Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the strategies of the Food and Drink Federation to promote the growth of domestic sales and exports by its member companies.

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to increase the transparency of public spending on government procurement cards in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister between 2001...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to increase the transparency of past public spending on government procurement cards in the Department for Communities and Local...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Communities and Local Government has taken to stop fraudulent spending on government procurement cards.

      Health: Sleep Apnoea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking with regard to the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.

      Malaria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contingency planning they are undertaking in case of the advent of malaria in the United Kingdom.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign national prisoners were detained in each prison in England and Wales on the latest date for which information is available, and how many such...

      Prisons: Strip Searches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes have been made at New Hall prison in the light of the report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, published in August, describing as "unacceptable and...

      Trees: Ivy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Newby on 24 September (WA 295), on what evidence they base their view that ivy poses no threat to trees; what other problems...

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