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Written answers

Monday, 29 October 2012

  • Wales

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average time taken by his Department to settle invoices to external suppliers or contractors was in each of the last three financial years.

    • Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to require all cleaning contracts held by his Department to stipulate that the cleaning products used and their ingredients...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales to which magazines, journals and newspapers his Department subscribes.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of officials from her Department travelling to and from Northern Ireland and London was in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012...

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) on what dates (a) she and (b) the Minister of State for Northern Ireland have visited Northern Ireland since being appointed; (2) what...

  • Prime Minister

    • Chequers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the guest list for each party held at Chequers to celebrate New Year's Eve since 1982.

  • Attorney-General

    • Offences against Children

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were brought under section 58 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for internal trafficking of children in each year since its introduction.

    • Unsolicited Goods and Services

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what steps he is taking to increase the number of successful prosecutions of individuals or companies involved in cold calling regarding accident claims; (2)...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what aviation security options were considered prior to the introduction of full-body scanners at airports.

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 2 October 2012, Official Report, column 652W, on the blue badge scheme, how many letters he has received from hon. Members...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will publish the minutes of the Bus Service Operator's Grant Better Bus Area working groups.

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his Department's proposed drug driving legislation on the quality of life of patients taking...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had any discussions regarding the potential introduction of graduated driver licensing; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is for the cost of the proposed HS2 spur to Heathrow.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what allowance was made in HS2's demand forecasts for abstraction of passengers from HS2 services by franchised and open-access operators making use of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assumptions his Department has made as to route and terminus locations and passenger and baggage connections between the High Speed 2 terminus...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what alternatives to the proposed western connection to Heathrow Airport were examined by his Department in advance of the commitment to allocate...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what definition his Department uses for on-airport station in respect of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide the salaries, pensions arrangements, remuneration packages and expenses claimed by (a) the board members of High Speed 2 Ltd and (b)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings took place (a) between his Department and (b) High Speed 2 Ltd personnel and staff of the Office of the Rail Regulator in the last two...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing each of Network Rail's six models for forming alliances with train operating companies.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on allowing Network Rail to borrow in foreign currencies.

      Pedestrian Crossings: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the role of school crossing patrols in promoting (a) road safety and (b) awareness of road safety for school children;...

      Rail Delivery Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many officials in his Department have been assigned to provide administrative support to the Rail Delivery Group since June 2011; and how...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to what extent consultants have been used by his Department to advise on the (a) West Coast Mainline, (b) Great Western, (c) Essex Thameside and (d)...

      Rescue Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Irish Government on future arrangements for Irish Coast Guard stations and their role in supporting HM...

      Rescue Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents required a joint response from the Irish Coast Guard and HM Coastguard, by coastguard station, in each of the last five years.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what support his Department provides to local highway authorities whose road networks are disproportionately affected by disused mine and quarry...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a ship sailing on routes between UK ports and (a) the Channel Islands and (b) France is classified by his Department as working (i) wholly or...

      Shipping: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he will take to minimise the effect on seafarers' jobs of the introduction of the 0.1% sulphur content in fuels used by the shipping...

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether ships flying a flag of convenience that are sailing on routes between UK ports and (a) the Channel Islands and (b) France are subject to the...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Directly Operated Railways would be able to take over the operation of the West Coast Main Line in the event that it is not possible to reach...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department had discussions with the EU on his decision to (a) discuss with Virgin its operating the West Coast Mainline on a temporary...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisations provided legal advice to his Department on his decision to discuss with Virgin its operating the West Coast Mainline on a temporary...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what external consultants have been used by his Department to advise the Department on the West Coast Mainline franchise since 2010; and what fees have...

      West Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) UK and (b) EU legislation and regulations were considered in respect of his decision to negotiate with Virgin to operate the West Coast...

      Wheels to Work Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial support his Department provided to Wheels to Work schemes in each financial year from 2008-09 to 2011-12.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints of child abuse involving British Council (a) employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors were (i)...

    • British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many permits his Department has issued to allow merchant vessels access to the British Indian Ocean Territory Marine...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on the maintenance of the Marine Protected Area around the British Indian Ocean Territory...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on biodiversity conservation in the UK Overseas Territories in each of the last five years.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department have worked full time on environmental issues in the UK Overseas Territories in each of the...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the economic risks posed to the UK by environmental degradation and climate change in...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding his Department has given to the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum in each of the last seven years.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding his Department has given to the Overseas Territories Environment Programme in each of the last 10 years.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the future of the Overseas Territories Environment Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of the Rohingya peoples in Burma.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has had any discussions with the Government of the Cayman Islands on the Cayman Turtle Farm since 2007.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Cayman Islands Government to implement the measures set out in the Framework...

      Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to require all cleaning contracts held by his Department to stipulate that the cleaning products...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent UN report by Navanethem Pillay, UN Commissioner on Human Rights, on the M23 movement...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Rwandan counterpart on the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his American counterpart on the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on recent attacks on civilians committed by the M23 movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo;...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on recent civil unrest in the town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has held with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning human rights abuses in the east of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Rwanda concerning the operation of Rwandan armed and irregular forces...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Uganda concerning their relations with the Democratic Republic of...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Ethiopian counterpart on the human rights situation in Ethiopia.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-20.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his German counterpart on negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-20.

      Henderson Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made with the Henderson Island rat eradication programme.

      Horn of Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to work with multilateral organisations to combat terrorism and violent extremism in the...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to facilitate the return of former Chagos Islanders to the British Indian Ocean Territory.

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on legal advice relating to the Chagos Islands in the last 12 months.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made on the effect of the decision to close the British consulate in Basra on the UK's commercial...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the Sinai peninsula.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to reduce the levels of maritime piracy off the coast of Eritrea; (2) what steps he is taking to...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce the levels of maritime piracy off the Somali coast.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens have been captured by pirates in the last five years.

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve access and transport to Pitcairn Island.

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials from his Department have visited Pitcairn Island in each of the last five years.

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote sustainable tourism in Pitcairn Island.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the UK's relationship with Rwanda; and if he will make a statement.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials from his Department are currently stationed in Somaliland.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the UK's relationship with Somaliland; and if he will make a statement.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 7 September 2012, Official Report, column 471W, on South Sudan, on the oil pipeline project in South...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he has received from his Department on the legal status of Palestinian refugees entering (a) Jordan and (b) Lebanon...

      Tristan da Cunha

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the damage caused by the 2011 Petrel Bay oil slick on Nightingale Island, Tristan da Cunha.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the upcoming national 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 assessment he has made of progress with the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team investigation in the Turks and...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the economic situation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider waiving the usual five-year criterion to allow veterans of the Second World War to receive the Ushakov Medal...

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will reconsider the decision by his Department to refuse to allow the remaining Arctic Convoy survivors to receive the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Zimbabwean authorities regarding cases of land belonging to white farmers being seized...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which armoured vehicles are currently (a) deployed and (b) available to service personnel in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Foxhound vehicles are currently awaiting repair in Afghanistan; (2) how many Foxhound vehicles operated by the armed forces have been (a)...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 615W, on Libya: military intervention, how many of the Dual Mode Seeker Brimstone...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 615W, on Libya: military intervention, what the average cost was of a return sortie...

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of flights in Operation United Protector were flown from the French carrier Charles de Gaulle.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are in place to prevent fires on nuclear submarines.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of international state militaries which own unmanned aerial vehicles (a) in total and (b) with missile capacity.

      US Airbases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the names are of the US Commander and the RAF Liaison Officer at (a) NSA Menwith Hill, (b) USAF Lakenheath, (c) USAF Mildenhall, (d) USAF Feltwell,...

      Veterans: Grace and Favour Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former military personnel have been provided with grace and favour homes; at what cost to the public purse such accommodation is funded; and...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average time taken by his Department to settle invoices to external suppliers or contractors was in each of the last three...

    • Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to require all cleaning contracts held by his Department to stipulate that the cleaning products used and...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to setting a target date to decarbonise electricity in the Energy Bill.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to continuing the (a) Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and (b) Community Energy Saving Programme until...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment his Department has made of its continuing obligations under the Community Energy Saving Programme and the Carbon...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent work has been done by the Monitoring Group on Coal Health Claims; and what the remit of the group is.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Off-grid Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of off-grid households in (a) East Hampshire constituency, (b) East Hampshire District, (c)...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to introduce quality, safety and reliability guarantees to ensure that heat pump installations perform as intended.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy that the delivered coefficient of performance of air source heat pumps as installed should be set...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many days on average staff of his Department in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each of the...

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made on the building of a marine energy park at Devonport.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spends annually on education in Bangladesh; and what that money is spent on.

    • Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to require all cleaning contracts held with her Department to stipulate that the cleaning products used...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid her Department has made available to Rwanda in each of the last five years; and how much such aid was (a) classified as...

      St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the total cost of the St Helena airport project.

      St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made with construction of the St Helena airport.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what proportion of the £10 million support allocated to Syrian refugees which was announced in August 2012 has been...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average time taken by his Department to settle invoices to external suppliers or contractors was in each of the last three financial years.

    • Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 848W, on unemployment: statistics, what assessment the Office for National...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the answers of 19 October 2012, Official Report, column 419W, if he will publish the Major Projects Authority report into High Speed 2.

      Shops: Empty Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many shops have been empty in the Newton Abbot constituency in (a) each of the last five years and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Communications: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what notice under Part 24 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) Order 2001 is required to...

    • Communications: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for mobile telephone masts, antennae or other infrastructure relating to mobile telephony in national...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the grant per property is for new affordable housing in each region (a) being built and (b) planned for build in the next year.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much grant input has been expended to achieve the objective of more affordable housing in the latest period for which...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new tenants have benefited from new provision of affordable housing in the last year.

      Arson: Gravesham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an estimate of the total cost to the taxpayer and insurance companies of deliberately-started fires in...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to publish a response to his consultation on localising support for council tax in England; and if he will place...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has received legal advice on the (a) potential effects of the announcement of a transition fund on the legality of...

      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 imported into the UK in each of the...

      European Year of Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to support the European Year of Citizens 2013 campaign.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of housing benefit recipients aged under 25 who have (a) been accepted as homeless by a...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answers of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 220W, on internet, and 22 October 2012, Official Report,...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what amount of Early Intervention Grant his Department expects to receive from the Department for Education in the financial...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have used section 69 of the Localism Act 2011 to give discretionary relief on non-domestic rates.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was raised in business rates in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much he expects to raise through business rates in...

      Parish Councils: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms exist to deal with individual complaints relating to parish councils which fall outside the remit of the Local...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under which criteria he will call in a planning application under section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the powers of local planning authorities to control the number of...

  • Justice

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were placed on a community order in England and Wales who had a history (1) of being taken into care in the latest period for which...

    • Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what monitoring his Department is undertaking of convictions for criminal activity in English and Welsh courts where joint enterprise has been the basis...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions his Department has had with officials in the Department for Communities and Local Government on the operation of private bailiff firms;...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Hastings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the number of employment tribunal cases that have been brought against businesses in (a) Hastings and (b) Hastings and Rye...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on extending the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to include registered providers of social housing; and if he...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department collects on the proportion of requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 that were responded to by...

      Latchmere House Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much money the Government received from the sale of HMP Latchmere House.

      Marriage: Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to eliminate statutory impediments to the holding of outdoor marriage ceremonies.

      Payment by Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of extending his Department's payment by results pilots to the whole of England and Wales.

      Payment by Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he intends to proceed with the delivery of probation services on the basis of the payment by results system.

      Payment by Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost has been of the payment by result pilot projects which the Government have placed on hold in (a) England and (b) the west midlands since...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were refused entry into Her Majesty's Prison Thameside and redirected to Her Majesty's Prison Peterborough in August 2012 due to...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions prisoners have been redirected from privately contracted prisons in England and Wales to public sector prisons due to staffing or...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were refused entry to a privately contracted prison in England and Wales and redirected to an alternative prison due to staffing or...

      Public Order Offences: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been charged with public order offences for insulting a police officer by the Metropolitan Police in 2012.

      Sir Edward Heath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many files relating to the premiership of Sir Edward Heath (a) are retained by Government Departments and (b) have been transferred to the National...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to enforce the appropriate sale of age-restricted video games.

      Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to extend the franchise to convicted prisoners; what legislative options he has considered...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average waiting time is for appeals relating to the work capability assessment in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) each local authority area in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents within the Child Support Agency's caseload have a child maintenance liability which has been increased above the...

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Child Support Agency's policy is on the collection of ongoing child maintenance liabilities from a non-resident parent in...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Child Support Agency has responded to the request of the Independent Case Examiner in May 2011 that it considers the wording of the...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Child Support Agency has responded to the request of the Independent Case Examiner in January 2012 that it considers giving its...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 551W, on employment and support allowance, (1) if he will make it his...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual number of employment and support allowance mandatory reconsiderations before appeal; and what...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that claimants whose employment and support allowance has been disallowed receive an income while the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions within what timescale he expects (a) 90 per cent and (b) 99 per cent of mandatory reconsiderations before employment and support allowance...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Youth Contract placements have been started in (a) England and Wales, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what liaison arrangements are in place between his Department and the Department for Education on the Youth Contract for young people aged 16...

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to tackle discrimination in the workplace against people with schizophrenia.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to teach people about the changes to housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the capacity of parents of housing benefit claimants aged under 25 to house their children; (2) what...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of housing benefit under the age of 25 who are (a) undertaking apprenticeships and (b)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit recipients under the age of 25 live in a (a) homelessness hostel and (b) domestic violence refuge.

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of housing benefit claimants in Islwyn constituency are in active employment.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobseeker's allowance claimants with children under five years old in (a) Glasgow North West...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the guidance his Department gives to jobcentre staff to use when considering applying sanctions to jobseeker's allowance...

      Mental Function Champions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to monitor the performance of mental function champions.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the retail distribution review on auto-enrolled staff.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Remploy Ltd is categorised as a public sector company; and if he will make a statement.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people formerly employed at the Remploy factory in Wythenshawe have found alternative employment.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful claimants from the Social Fund there were in each local authority in 2010-11.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to teach claimants about how to handle their finances and budgets when moving from weekly to monthly benefit payments.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected by the benefit cap, by (a) local authority, (b) parliamentary...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice and guidance his Department has given claimants, including long-term claimants, about the effects of the benefit cap; and what...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants from the Social Fund have been sanctioned and how much they were penalised per person, by local authority in (a) 2010-11,...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the amount of money (a) recovered from and (b) lost through benefit fraud in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to provide clearer guidance to assessors and staff on the symptoms of conditions that do not have any obvious physical signs.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to provide additional training to all assessors and staff on the symptoms of conditions that do not have any obvious...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to support those people eligible to receive universal credit who do not have access to a computer or are unable to use one.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the possible effect of adult illiteracy and innumeracy on the effective implementation of his online universal...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress the working party on the future funding of supported accommodation following the introduction of universal credit has...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the marginal deduction rates for individuals under (a) the current system and (b) universal credit are by income bracket.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of recipients of employment and support allowance who will claim universal credit online.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that Welsh language correspondence from Jobcentre Plus decision makers to claimants is (a) available and (b)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to ensure that functionally illiterate and innumerate adults are supported within the Work programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent guidance he has given to Work programme providers on Youth Contract wage incentives; and if he will place a copy of any such...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to Work programme providers on the potential effect of the introduction of universal credit on their work.

  • Home Department

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department met representatives from BAE Systems Detica in the latest period for which...

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff who work for BAE Systems Detica have been working in her Department in each of the last five years.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted police bail without a condition to reside at a specific address in the latest year for which figures are available.

      e-Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on the e-Borders programme in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      e-Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what purposes data collected from the e-Borders programme are currently being used.

      e-Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the original terms of reference were for the e-Borders programme; and which Minister was responsible for the programme at the time the...

      Criminal Records: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for information from criminal records have been (a) issued by the UK authorities and (b) received by the UK authorities...

      Cycling: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will issue guidance to police forces to ensure that action taken against individuals who ride bicycles on pavements is consistent...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the number of cases where it has taken two attempts to return a foreign national criminal or failed asylum seeker to...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 120W, on offenders: foreign nationals, how many foreign national...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether operators who respond to 999 emergency calls and 101 non-emergency calls to the police are classified as front-line or back-office.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the answer of 8 July 2010, Official Report, column 387, on entry clearances: overseas students, what recent progress her...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of opting out of all pre-Lisbon treaty EU police and criminal justice measures.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 30 July 2012, Official Report, column 1090W, on freedom of information, for what reason the Taser statistics for...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the name is of each contractor or supplier of (a) mobile telephone and (b) mobile data services to her Department.

      Immigration: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Leicester given leave to remain in the UK had to wait longer than the 28-day transition period to receive their benefits...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer the letter sent to her by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 10 September 2012 with regard to Mr B Seaby.

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports the UK Border Agency has lost in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the level of awareness of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections (a) prior to her recent advertising...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much is being spent on the production of English-language only ballot papers in Wales for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many emergency calls to the police were made in England and Wales in 2011; and which call centres took such calls.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which training establishments are used by English and Welsh constabularies for the initial training of police officers.

      Social Networking: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to protect the private online data of users of social networking sites.

      Telecommunications Act 1984

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many directions under section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 have been given in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will consider putting on public display in Kettering in 2013 Sir Alfred East's painting “After Turner, Venice,...

    • Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to mark the centenary in 2013 of the death of the Kettering-born English landscape artist Sir...

      Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will make it a requirement that the Victoria and Albert Museum marks the centenaries of important British artists when...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the average time taken by her Department to settle invoices to external suppliers or contractors was in each of the last...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's programme of funding to deliver high-speed...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether her Department gives priority to industrial and commercial users in its allocation of funding to deliver high-speed...

      Broadcasting Reception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2012, Official Report, column 21W, on broadcasting reception, who owns the UK planning...

      Creative Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much has been spent on Creative Partnerships in each year since their creation.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions she has had on steps to ensure that the remains of HMS Victory discovered in 2008 are protected under the...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what her policy is on whether volunteer-run libraries will be subject to the statutory public library service requirements;...

      Local Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure the provision of a strong, regionally-based news output in the ITV Granada franchise.

      Equal Civil Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether consideration was given to requiring respondents to her Department's equal civil marriage consultation who used its...

      Equal Civil Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the signatures, names and addresses of 500,000 supporters of the current law on marriage which were supplied by the...

      Equal Civil Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many responses were received to her Department's equal civil marriage consultation; how many of those were submitted (a)...

      Public Lending Right

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when she expects her Department to announce its decision on the Public Lending Right Office following the consultation on...

      Sports: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will provide funding for tickets to professional football and cricket matches for young people from disadvantaged...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much the Government spent on (a) marketing Britain overseas and (b) marketing England in the UK in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and...

      Tourism: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will estimate the number of tourists who visited (a) Devon and (b) Newton Abbot constituency in the latest year for...

      UK Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions she has had on relocating UK Sport's head office outside central London; and if she will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has (a) commissioned or (b) evaluated any recent research on the gestational time limits for abortion set out in the Abortion Act 1967.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the support and assistance available to people who received contaminated blood and blood products during treatment by...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason he allocated only part of the Cancer Drug Fund underspend to the Cancer Radiotherapy Innovation Fund; and what plans he has made for...

      Cancer: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he had had with (a) Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust and (b) Stockport Primary Care Trust on improving the proportion of...

      Christie NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the proton radiotherapy machine to be installed at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, how much money the Government plans to lend the...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients participated in a clinical trial in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce measures to ensure that any medicines available across the counter made in Israel are clearly marked as being a product of that country.

      Drugs: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that the NHS will not purchase medicines produced in Israel.

      Friarage Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) his ministerial colleagues, (b) local authorities, (c) trade unions and (d) other stakeholders about the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the NHS Commissioning Board is making in establishing strategic clinical networks.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to prevent non-emergency use of NHS resources by overseas visitors who are not exempt from NHS charges.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will lay official guidance regarding access to primary health services for overseas visitors before Parliament for approval.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to assist homeless people in registering with a GP.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the average age of death of homeless persons.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the NHS charging patients and visitors for use of NHS car parks; (2) what his policy is on the NHS charging NHS staff for use...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many UK educational establishments offered courses in medicine suitable for entry into the NHS in each academic year since 1997-98; and if he will...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students enrolled on medical courses providing an education suitable for employment in the NHS in each academic year since 1997-98; and if he...

      NHS: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on primary care trusts seeking written consent from patients before they will deal with communications from their hon. Member whom they...

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding he has allocated for NHS Change Day; (2) whether any external agencies are involved in the promotion of NHS Change Day.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of staff redundancies in each primary care trust area in 2011-12.

      NHS: Staff Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the staffing level is for NHS improvement programmes for (a) cancer, (b) heart disease and (c) strokes; (2) what funding his Department...

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on NHS service providers charging patients through the use of 0845 telephone numbers.

      Older People: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people aged over 65 who suffer from extreme loneliness; (2) what plans the Government has to tackle...

      Paramedical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of paramedics trained and equipped in the independent use of ketamine and midazolam.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's press release of 8 October 2012 entitled Eight thousand patients to benefit from advanced cancer treatment, (1) how...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether any of the funding he has allocated to the Cancer Radiotherapy Innovation Fund will be available to hospitals in the North East to purchase...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the press notice of 9 October 2012 from his Department on advanced cancer treatment, whether funding compatible with the Cancer...

      Smoking: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with officials from the Northern Ireland Executive on the forthcoming public consultation in Northern...

      University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget is for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust in 2012-13; and what its budget is in each of the next three years.

  • Treasury

    • Broadband

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the likely reserve price for the 4G spectrum auction.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue his Department expects to raise from the 4G spectrum auction.

      Budget Scrutiny

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish the report prepared for him by the hon. Members for Southport and Gainsborough, Improving Financial Scrutiny of the Budget Process by...

      Business: Peterborough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 17 October 2012, Official Report, column 317W, on business: Peterborough, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) secondees, (c) IT and (d) staff training in respect of the child benefit income tax charge.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has allocated for the administrative costs of the child benefit income tax charge.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of people paying income tax at the higher rate in each parliamentary constituency in receipt of child benefit...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in receipt of child benefit who will begin to pay income tax at the higher rate (a) in 2012-13 and...

      Cleaning Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to require all cleaning contracts held by his Department to stipulate that the cleaning products used and their ingredients...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that multinational or foreign-owned companies trading in the UK pay a fair and reasonable amount of corporation tax.

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will (a) extend and (b) increase the landlord's energy saving allowance to incentivise improvements to energy efficiency in the private rented sector...

      European Central Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Article 127(6) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union empowers the Council to modify the decision-making bodies and procedures as...

      European Central Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the EU treaties contemplate the participation of non-Eurozone member states in the decision-making bodies of the European Central Bank by means of...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce (1) fiscal and economic incentives in order to encourage homeowners and landlords to make energy efficiency improvements under the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the merits of reducing to five per cent the rate of value added tax on (a) A rated boilers, (b) A and B rated windows and (c) passive...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce fiscal and economic incentives to encourage homeowners and landlords to make energy efficiency improvements under the Green...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role Atos plays in delivering HM Revenue and Customs' capabilities policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that HM Revenue and Customs responds to the requests of Mr John Echlin, a constituent of the hon. Member for Hayes and...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the future of the Bank of England as the lender of last resort should Scotland become independent.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set up a review to assess the merits of setting up a tax avoidance system wherein all such schemes would be illegal without prior agreement by...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of individual high-value tax evasion; and how many officials in his Department were tasked with this in (a)...

      VAT: Boilers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce VAT to 5% on A rated boilers, A and B rated windows and passive flue gas technologies installed by Green Deal-accredited installers to...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average tax credit overpayment in each region of the UK in 2011-12.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward plans to change procedures at the Tax Credit Office so that all complaints must be (a) acknowledged and (b) dealt with within a...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts under the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme took place in each region in each month since...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish the provisional end-of-year data for apprenticeship starts in 2011-12 for people aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to...

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will respond to the findings of the British Chamber of Commerce's Supply Chains report; (2) if he will review the...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many regional outreach events have been held as part of the Business Finance Taskforce pledges of October 2010; and where and...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what mechanism his Department is monitoring the 17 commitments made under the Business Finance Taskforce.

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the economic value of the construction sector in (a) Devon and (b) Newton Abbot constituency.

      Credit: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many credit licences have been revoked by the Office of Fair Trading in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Drugs: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of jobs that would be lost in the UK pharmaceutical industry if medicines produced in Israel were...

      Electric Cables: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans the Government have to strengthen measures preventing the importation of counterfeit and falsely marked electrical cabling.

      Electric Cables: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made in preventing the importation of counterfeit or falsely marked electrical cabling.

      Electric Cables: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK jobs have been lost as a result of the importation and installation of counterfeit or falsely marked electrical cabling.

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans the Government has to help graduates into employment.

      Hawk Aircraft: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in which year the export of the Hawk trainer aircraft to Bahrain was underwritten by the Export Credits Guarantee Department; and...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications via UCAS there were to attend university from each (a) constituency and (b) local education authority area...

      Languages: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students studied Mandarin at degree level in each of the last 10 years.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Postage Stamps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many first class stamps the Post Office sold in the six months (a) prior to and (b) after the price rise to 60 pence.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 September 2012, Official Report, columns 27-9WS, on regional growth fund...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 September 2012, Official Report, columns 27-9WS, on regional growth fund...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his answer of 18 October 2012, Official Report, column 370W, on regional growth fund, if he will provide anonymised...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what external policy research his Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; which organisation was commissioned...

      Saudi Arabia: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if the Government will take steps to protect the health and human rights of UK citizens undertaking the Hajj from exploitation by...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials from his Department are on secondment to companies in the UK; and what the names are of those companies.

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether all crew regardless of nationality who are working on a ship registered under a flag of convenience on routes between UK...

      Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the UK's imports and exports of textiles were in each year since 1982.

      Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure rogue traders who operate using multiple identities are prevented from continuing...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of badgers (a) suffering and (b) not suffering from tuberculosis in (i) the UK, (ii)...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings Ministers in his Department have had with representatives from (a) the National Farmers' Union, (b) the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what consideration he is giving to recent developments in the DIVA test in formulating the Government's plans to...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with Ministers responsible for agriculture in the devolved administrations regarding the review...

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to provide a response to his consultation on the registration of town and village greens.

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for status as a town or village green he has determined to be vexatious or unnecessary in each of the...

      Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to introduce a countryside code setting out a code of behaviour for those visiting and walking...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the statement of principles relating to guaranteed...

      Floods: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of flood defences in South West England.

      Marine Environment: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date he plans the draft assessment from the Marine Research Vessels Group will be completed; and if he will place a...

  • Education

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications were (a) received and (b) accepted for the (i) Teach First and (ii) Troops to Teachers programme in (A) 2010 and (B) 2011.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make the possession of the banned chemical carbonfuran a criminal offence.

    • Alcohol: Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the amount of duty-unpaid alcohol shipped to European Union destinations each year, (2) of those, the amount actually consumed...

      Armed Forces: Ex-service Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance they are offering ex-service personnel to help them acquire new skills. To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claims for asylum in the United Kingdom have been granted on the basis of religious persecution in each of the past five years; and, for each year, (1)...

      Banks: Green Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the proposed Green Bank will start operations.

      BBC Media Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the first annual review into the grant of £90 million by the Department for International Development to BBC Media Action has been concluded; if so,...

      British Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where the eleven new embassies and up to eight new consulates and trade offices, as announced by the Foreign Secretary on 10 September, will be located; what will...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken steps to obtain the release of Zaw Zaw Aung and other political prisoners in Burma; and what meetings they have had with representatives of...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Burma regarding its refusal to grant passports to members of the 88 Generation Students group.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions are placed on diplomats from Burma travelling in the United Kingdom; and what restrictions are placed on United Kingdom diplomats in Burma...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Burma regarding the case for the Burmese Parliament to have a fixed timetable.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Burmese lobbying and public relations companies now operate in the United Kingdom.

      Business Ambassadors Network

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 15 October (WA439), whether the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills or UK Trade & Investment...

      Children: Road Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve road safety for children travelling to and from school in the dark.

      Crime: Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 17 October (HL 2448), what action is being taken to tackle race hatred.

      Deaths in Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of deaths in custody occurred during the past five years; how many have led to disciplinary action or prosecutions; and with what outcomes.

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 8 October (WA 404), whether they remain committed to achieving a reduction in public sector debt as a percentage...

      Defence: BAE Systems and EADS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to work with the governments of France and Germany to encourage new talks between BAE and EADS directors and managers regarding future...

      Disabled People: Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve access to buses for people with disabilities.

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received representations advocating a reduction in the value of sterling as a means to increase exports and strengthen the manufacturing sector.

      Economy: National Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much, as a percentage of gross domestic product, they forecast that the national debt will fall by 2015.

      Economy: Spending Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact and effects of expenditure reductions on mothers and children.

      Elections: Young Voters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will consider to increase the interest of young voters in political and constitutional matters; and how they will involve members of both Houses of...

      Employment: Self-employed Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what health and safety requirements apply to self-employed workers.

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of planned increases in the use of ethanol in aviation fuel.

      EU: European Justice and Home Affairs Powers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord McNally on 15 October (Official Report, col. 1303) regarding European justice and home affairs powers, what estimate they have...

      Extradition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 16 October (Official Report, col. 1376), whether they will support the provision by the Council of Europe...

      Finance: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, the Financial Services Authority, or the Bank of England have assessed the impact of quantitative easing on the availability of quality collateral to...

      Fishing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to protect foreign nationals working in the United Kingdom fishing industry from abuse and ill-treatment.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions the Department for Education has placed on the use of government procurement cards issued to its employees.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many government procurement cards were issued to staff employed by the Department for Education, and its predecessor departments, in each year since 2007-08.

      Government Departments: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Education and its predecessor departments have (1) taken, and (2) plan to take in each of the next two years, to reduce the number of...

      Health: Sexual Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure the protection and continuity of sexual health screening services.

      House of Lords: Gift Shop

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how much was spent on the recent relocation of the House of Lords gift shop.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Foreign Secretary on 20 June (Official Report, Commons, col. 860), in which London Boroughs the 150 households receiving housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion, of housing benefit claimants in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have been in work in each year since 2001.

      Illiteracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have set a target date for the elimination of illiteracy in the United Kingdom; and, if so, what that target is.

      Illiteracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the level of illiteracy in the United Kingdom.

      International Labour Organisation: Work in Fishing Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ratify the International Labour Organization Work in Fishing Convention; if so, when; and whether they will transpose the terms of the Convention...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, directly or through international agencies, concerning the executions in the past week at Tabriz, Shiraz and Zahedan prisons...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Israel regarding that Government's participation in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much legal aid was paid to each legal representative for (1) Abu Hamza, (2) Babar Ahmad, (3) Syed Talha Ahsan, (4) Adel Abdul Bary, and (5) Khaled al-Fawwaz,...

      Moldova

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what encouragement they intend to give to Moldova to assist that country in preparing for possible future membership of the European Union.

      NHS: Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what involvement the Secretary of State for Health or the Department for Health have in appointing members of hospital, trust or other such bodies' boards,...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Human Rights Watch report Spiralling Violence: Boko Haram Attacks and Security Force Abuses in Nigeria, published on 11 October.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in the northern parts of North Korea which were struck by torrential rains in July 2012; and what is...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the policy of the Government of North Korea in distributing food, housing, medical care, employment and education opportunities...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of North Korea about the equity of the distribution of humanitarian aid and food provisions among the population.

      Olympic Games: Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the International Olympic Committee about the inclusion of Northern Cyprus as a participant country in the Olympic Games.

      Roads: A66

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many miles of the A66 trunk road between the M6 and the A1 are dual carriageway and how many are single carriageway; and what plans they have to complete the...

      Roads: Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many serious road accidents have been caused by badgers in each of the past 10 years.

      Roads: M4

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to restore the 70 miles per hour speed limit on the M4 between junction 4 and Chiswick flyover.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 15 October (WA 454-5), how many local education authorities did not send a statement to the Department...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they will give to administrators of free schools regarding religious instruction, including the teaching of creationism.

      Spain/Gibraltar Border

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Government of Gibraltar regarding reported increases in the time taken by Spanish authorities to inspect vehicles...

      Spain/Gibraltar Border

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the economy of Gibraltar of an increase in delays to motorists crossing the Spanish border.

      Spain/Gibraltar Border

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Spain regarding delays to vehicles at the border between Spain and Gibraltar.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Government of Syria has offered compensation to internationally-protected Palestinian refugees killed or wounded by its forces on its territory; and,...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the adequacy of protection for civilians in Syria.

      Venezuela

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to improve relations between Venezuela and the United Kingdom, following the recent presidential election.

      Western Balkans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what new policy initiatives they are proposing for United Kingdom activities in the western Balkans to assist local economic development and trade with the United...

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