Written answers

Monday, 5 November 2012

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of civilians affected by unmanned aerial vehicle strikes in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definition his Department uses of the term civilian in respect of UK operations in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many summary offences handed to service personnel have been entered onto the Police National Database since 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of school leavers entered the armed forces in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to encourage those who have been made redundant recently from the armed forces to join the reserves.

      Armed Forces: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which three and four-star personnel have retired from the armed forces since May 2010.

      Armed Forces: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role of Ministers in his Department is in monitoring the commercial employment contracts agreed by former military personnel post-retirement.

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many prosecutions of (a) rape and (b) sexual assault of members of the armed forces have been conducted in (i) Iraq since 2003 and (ii) Afghanistan...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are attached to the Bahraini armed forces or are advising the Bahraini Government.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent requests he has received from the US administration for the use of Diego Garcia for (a) military action against Iran and (b) operations in...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings staff of his Department have had with former staff of his Department employed by defence contractors to discuss the (a) Terrier programme,...

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many schedule 2 offences were reported to the Royal Military Police in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the future of the Ministry of Defence Police and their duties; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which dates a UK warship has not been available for Operation Atalanta over the last two years.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with the Attorney-General's office on the legality of armed drone strikes.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration his Department has given to the creation of a Government department with responsibility for veterans.

      Veterans: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department has been in respect of (a) solicitors', (b) barristers', (c) experts' fees and (d) other costs in relation to ionising...

  • Treasury

    • Community Investment Tax Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent consideration he has given to widening Community Investment Tax Relief to financial intermediaries other than community development finance...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of research and development relief for corporation tax for large companies was in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10, (d) 2010-11...

      Corporation Tax: Video Games

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made by his Department's consultation on corporation tax reliefs for high-end television animation and video games industries.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) gross contributions net of the UK rebate and (b) net contributions for the UK to the EU in (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14.

      Excise Duties: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that UK sovereignty over the setting of excise duty rates, and use of that revenue, during negotiations on the draft...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give consideration to extending the personal allowance level at which lower-paid employees begin paying income tax to £12,000 per annum.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government has to provide support to businesses (a) prior to and (b) following the introduction of the real-time information reporting system...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to increase small businesses' awareness of his plan to require them to report PAYE information monthly to HM Revenue and Customs.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the £108 million budget allocated to HM Revenue and Customs to deliver the real-time information recording programme has been spent on (a)...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses HM Revenue and Customs (a) has contacted directly and (b) plans to contact directly to alert them of their forthcoming obligations under...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets he has put in place in relation to the (a) speed and (b) accuracy of the transfer to the Department for Work and Pensions of tax information...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to alert employers to their forthcoming obligations under the real-time information recording system.

      Personal Income: Cumbria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of households that include 16-18 year olds in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria that had a gross income of...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010.

      Tax Allowances: Personal Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the distributional effect on incomes of tax relief on personal pensions to individuals and households.

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many closure notices HM Revenue and Customs issued in each tax year between 1989-90 and 2008-09, where relief had been claimed by the taxpayer...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the principle of requiring companies to pay VAT in the countries where their profits are raised.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what powers HM Revenue and Customs has to ensure that VAT costs passed on between businesses are representative of the VAT actually paid.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of whether introducing minimum pricing for units of alcohol is an effective way to tackle excessive drinking.

    • Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) DNA profiles and (b) biological samples have been deleted or destroyed since Royal Assent was given to the Protection of...

      Public Order Act 1936

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish the results of the consultation on reforming section 5 of the Public Order Act 1936.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on research and development in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and how much she plans to...

      Theft: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of theft from the person there were in Barrow in Furness constituency in each of the last five years, by the nature of item stolen.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, who approved the current remuneration arrangements for the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuels: Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the development of the wood fuel sector.

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to publish on his departmental website the agendas and minutes of the new Nuclear Industry Council; and whether any...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Nuclear Industry Council will next meet.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the terms of reference are for the Nuclear Industry Council.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how regularly he expects the Nuclear Industry Council to meet.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on Chinese participation in the building of nuclear power stations in the UK.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's vacancy rate was in 2011-12; and what vacancy rate has been assumed for 2012-13.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for how many onshore wind turbines consent has been given in each (a) region and (b) constituent part of the UK in each of the last...

      Wind Power: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many onshore wind turbines were given consent in each parliamentary constituency in Cumbria in each of the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Archbishop of Canterbury

      To ask the Prime Minister what progress he has made with the appointment process for the next Archbishop of Canterbury; and when he expects an announcement about the appointment to be made.

    • Leveson Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 998W, on Leveson Inquiry, what material the Leveson Inquiry asked him to provide.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister how many public appointments he has approved have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister what proportion of staff of Number 10 Downing Street are (a) male and (b) female.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Children: Chernobyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider the merits of rescinding the decision to charge for visas in respect of applications made for visitors under...

    • Dalai Lama

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his Department have issued to Ministers in other departments on meeting his...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage Israel to (a) sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and (b) open its nuclear programme...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in the last 12 months.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female.

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 176W, on trade promotion, what the names are of the Scottish...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 176W, on trade promotion, what the titles were of the reports...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 176W, on trade promotion, how many firms were supported under...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, columns 176W, on trade promotion, what the names were of the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what funding has been given to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in each of the last five years; what studies the EHRC has produced; and...

  • Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the DVLA Front Office Counter Services tender to be awarded; and what the reasons are for the time taken to award the tender.

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions of the DVLA Front Office Counter Services contract will be non-exclusive.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered (a) electric vehicles and (b) hybrid vehicles there were in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which potential construction sites his Department is considering in respect of High Speed 2 that are within Chesham and Amersham constituency.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the written ministerial statements of 17 July 2012, OfficialReport, columns 139-40WS, and 18 September 2012, Official Report, columns...

      London Midland: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure that the timetables and standards of service specified in the London Midland franchise are kept to.

      London Midland: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to enforce penalties against Govia for poor performance in the running of the London Midland franchise.

      London Midland: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the performance standard achieved by Govia, if he will consider ending the London Midland franchise at the initial expiry date.

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to require National Air Traffic Services to sell its unused former training college at Hurn Airport; and if he will make...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff training in...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider introducing an offence of vicarious liability relating to birds of prey persecution for the purpose of...

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further incentives the Government plans to put in place to encourage domestic recycling and reprocessing.

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the volumes of (a) municipal and (b) commercial and industrial waste exported illegally from the...

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent the illegal export of hazardous waste from the UK to developing and other countries.

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees of cancer networks funded by his Department have been made redundant since January 2012.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of cancer networks in supporting improvements in patient experience and patient safety in the NHS.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the results of the 2011-12 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey will be used to improve cancer outcomes at (a) trust and (b) national level.

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions the Government has had with the European Commission on the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from the cheese and dairy industries about his proposed reforms to food labelling.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what way the NHS Commissioning Board plans to hold clinical commissioning groups to account for their performance against the Commissioning Outcomes...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider implementing a mandatory data collection process at the point of GP registration.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish the single operating model on clinical networks.

      Hospitals: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the volume of (a) total hospital waste and (b) hazardous hospital waste generated in England and Wales in the last year for...

      Hospitals: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the ways in which waste generated in hospital is (a) recycled, (b) used to produce energy from waste and (c) incinerated.

      NHS County Durham and Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected financial balance is of Durham and Darlington Primary Care Trust at the point of transition to clinical commissioning groups.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on nationally commissioned NHS services (a) at each hospital trust and (b) for each medical specialty for (i) 2011-12, (ii)...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on funding proton beam radiotherapy.

      Royal Lancaster Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has had discussions with the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Health Trust on the proposed closure of the vascular services unit at Royal...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to revise guidance to the Planning Inspectorate to consider consents for planning permission rather than...

    • Licensed Premises: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of licensed premises given planning permission for conversion into (a) retail use, (b)...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the publication of Lord Heseltine's report on growth, what plans he has to review the case for the creation of...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria he will use to determine which local authorities to place under special measures for planning purposes.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the financial effects of the foregone planning fee income on local authorities that are...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts in each (a) industry type and (b) age group there were in (i) Barrow and Furness constituency and...

    • Apprentices: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the number of 18 to 24 year old apprenticeship starts was in (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton in the most recent...

      Apprentices: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of apprentices in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency and (b) Medway.

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new signatories to the Prompt Payment Code there have been during this year to date.

      Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether he has made an estimate of additional costs that might be incurred by businesses as a result of his proposed...

      Enterprise Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many firms benefited from investments under Enterprise Capital Funds in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13 to date.

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to organisations in the UK of compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...

      Foresight Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff have been assigned to the (a) entire Foresight programme and (b) Foresight Horizon Scanning Centre in each of the...

      Foresight Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the budget of the Foresight programme was for each of the last five years for which data are available; and if he will make...

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which locations and buildings within the north-east and Teesside areas (a) his Department and (b) the Insolvency Service are...

      Manufacturing Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total cost to the public purse has been of the Manufacturing Advisory Service since its launch in January 2012.

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department is providing for those wanting to start their own business.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 633W, on new businesses: young people, in which regions the...

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 633W, on new businesses: young people, by what date he...

      Regional Growth Fund: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which businesses in Worcestershire were awarded conditional allocations in Rounds 1 and 2 of the Regional Growth Fund; and how...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many mentors are available through the Government's mentoring portal.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the expected standard cost is of adding a house to a next generation access service in the BDUK framework.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will ensure independent assessment of suppliers' cost estimates inputting to the BDUK DECC.

      Leveson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether her predecessor was asked to provide a witness statement and documents to the Leveson Inquiry under section 21(2) of...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase visitor footfall in (a) the British Museum, (b) the National Gallery, (c) Natural History...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff working in the (a) Olympic Delivery Authority and (b) other agencies worked on the London...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much the Olympic Delivery Authority spent in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 and has spent in 2012-13 to date on...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will investigate reports that blacklists were used by contractors completing construction work on public contracts for...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (a) how many discussions and (b) what correspondence Ministers and officials in her Department have had with (i) construction...

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when her Department plans to publish (a) the names of those dignitaries to whom it allocated London 2012 Olympic and...

      Public Transport: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with public transport providers to ensure maximum Wi-Fi accessibility for commuters.

      Unsolicited Goods and Services: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research into unsolicited subscription-rate text messages.

      Unsolicited Goods and Services: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether she has had any recent discussions with PhonePayPlus regarding unsolicited subscription-rate text messages.

  • Attorney-General

    • News International

      To ask the Attorney-General whether he was consulted on what texts, emails and other correspondence between the Prime Minister and News International should be (a) published and (b) provided to...

    • Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Attorney-General what guidance is issued to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on circumstances in which police forces may apply for the discharge of an order made under the Proceeds...

  • Wales

    • Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions his Department had on the languages of the police and crime commissioner election ballot paper with (a) the Home Office, (b) the Welsh...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female.

  • Education

    • Adoption: Newton Abbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many couples in Newton Abbot constituency adopted a child in each of the last three years.

    • Educational Institutions: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department allocated for the building of new (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) further education colleges for the...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in each (a) primary and (b) secondary school were eligible for free school meals in each local authority area in the most...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department plans to publish research on the take-up of free school meals.

      Languages: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made in increasing the number of (a) Hindi, (b) Arabic, (c) Portuguese, (d) Russian, (e) Punjabi, (f) Mandarin and (g) Cantonese...

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of boys (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals were taught in primary schools in which there were no...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in Newton Abbot constituency received funding from the pupil premium in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much such funding schools...

      Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have more than (i) 50 per cent, (ii) 60 per cent, (iii) 70 per cent, (iv) 80 per cent and (v) 90 per cent...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made towards establishing a national funding formula for schools in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to question 121841, tabled by the hon. Member for Gedling on 17 September 2012 for answer on 15 October 2012.

      Young People: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date his Department expects to publish the first performance data for the element of the Youth Contract relating to young people aged from 16...

  • Justice

    • Ashwell Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who calculated the market value of HMP Ashwell; and when that market value was established.

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on whether a claimant will be treated as available for work...

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make the Duchy of Cornwall subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable from inception to go live is for the tendering process for his new electronic tagging contract; and what each key milestone is.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Newton Abbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunals cases have been brought against businesses in Newton Abbot constituency in each year since May 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he proposes that all legal aid practitioners will be given training on his new online application system for civil legal aid.

      Offenders: Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of offenders were in employment at the termination of their probation order for all probation trusts in England and Wales on the...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) convicted and (b) remand prisoners had a country of origin other than the UK in each of the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what capital expenditure over £10,000 was made at HMP Ashwell and HMP Wellingborough, by type of spend, in each of the last five financial years.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010.

      Unpaid Fines: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2012, Official Report, column 500W, on unpaid fines: West Midlands, what steps he is taking to improve the repayment...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will ensure that measures to tackle hunger and malnutrition in the developing world are included in the agenda for discussions...

    • Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she plans to publish the findings of the UK-led independent multi-agency mission to South Omo in the Southern Nations,...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department found that human rights violations were occurring in South Omo in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UK-Israeli co-operation on international development.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements are in place to ensure that UK financial aid to the Palestinian Authority is not directly or indirectly appropriated...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what projects the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Palestinian Territories have received funding from her Department.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what processes are in place to monitor the effectiveness of UK aid to the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations Relief and Works...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department contributed to the Palestinian Authority general budget in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the proportion of the textbooks provided to South Sudanese children as a result of aid provided by her Department...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the cost of UK support for the recent presidential elections in Yemen.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many appointments made to the boards of the public body overseen by her Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of her Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve the work capability assessment.

    • Disability Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions the Minister for Disabled People has had with his ministerial colleagues on the Government's disability strategy.

      Exempt Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he proposes that in the event of the exempt accommodation system being localised, the current budgets will be (a) maintained with...

      Exempt Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his proposed timescale is for introducing a new system for meeting the housing costs of supported exempt accommodation.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what timetable he has set for his proposed plans to remove housing benefit from individuals under the age of 25.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his initial estimate was of the date by which the incapacity benefit reassessment exercise would be completed; and what his most recent...

      Older Workers: Brighton and Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people aged over 65 in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency in the...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the Prime Minister of 17 October 2012, Official Report, column 318, on engagements, whether disabled ex-service...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appointments made to the boards of public bodies overseen by his Department have been (a) male and (b) female since May 2010.

      Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions individuals were accused of committing offences against his Department under the Public Order Act 1936 in the last year...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has considered allocating benefits proportionally in accordance with defined contact arrangements in child custody cases.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who he plans to appoint as acting senior responsible officer for the universal credit programme.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to introduce national minimum standards for (a) face-to-face services for universal credit applicants and (b) replacements for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether elements of a claim intended to support a claimant's children will be identified separately to universal credit recipients.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect on women of the switch to monthly single payments on the introduction of universal credit.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Children

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of children lived in a household in which no person worked in each of the last 30 years.

    • Immigration: Kashmir

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the size of the Kashmiri-origin population in the UK.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the infant mortality rate in (a) each region and (b) each constituent part of the UK was in each of the last 30 years.

      Major Projects Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many projects examined by the Major Projects Authority have received red/amber status; and which those projects were.

      New Businesses: Brighton and Hove

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new businesses were set up in (a) the UK and (b) Brighton, Kemptown constituency in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of his Department's staff are (a) male and (b) female.

      Unemployment: Mothers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of mothers who do not work who have a youngest child aged (a) 0 to five, (b) five to 11 and (c) 11 to 18 years old.

  • House of Lords

    • Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 22 October (WA 1-2), how and when the intervention by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland in...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 18 October (WA 475-6), what was the size of the sample survey and where it was conducted within Helmand.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentice schemes are currently in place in Merseyside.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any decision has been made on enabling the continuation of the Commando Helicopter Force via the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme.

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider the decision to forbid the acceptance of the Ushakov medal by survivors of the Arctic Convoys.

      Banking: Asset Protection Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of premium and other amounts paid and expected to be paid by United Kingdom banks to HM Treasury under the Asset Protection Scheme...

      Banking: Fund Managers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 15 October (WA 438), what is their response to the European Commission's assessment of the contribution of fund...

      Banking: Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that all United Kingdom banks are fully implementing anti-money laundering regulations.

      Banking: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered the case for cancelling some or all of the government debt acquired for value from the market under quantitative easing.

      British Citizenship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures exist to permit an individual who has renounced British citizenship to reclaim that citizenship.

      Business Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require local authorities to fund any repayment required as a result of appeals about business rates levied before the introduction of localised...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of China in respect of the imprisoned human rights lawyer, Ni Yulan.

      Civil Service: Secondments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior civil servants at the Department of Energy and Climate Change are on secondment to companies or organisations in the United Kingdom; how many were...

      Civil Service: Secondments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior civil servants at the Department for Communities and Local Government are on secondment to companies or organisations in the United Kingdom; how...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assumptions they made in respect of (1) the number of claims for council tax benefit, and (2) the anticipated cost thereof, when announcing a 10% cut in the...

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what treaties or international obligations the United Kingdom is committed, either alone or with European nations, in respect of cyber security and cybercrime.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the capacity and success of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the statement by the Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, at the United Nations mini-summit on the situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about good governance, security sector reform, and national and...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about prosecuting Bosco Ntaganda and Laurent Nkunda for their...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about the release from prison of Pastor Kutino Fernando.

      Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 15 October (WA 440-41), what advice they give to members of the Armed Forces in battle zones to enable...

      Elections: Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what limits there are on expenditure by or on behalf of candidates in the elections for police and crime commissioners; and whether there are restrictions on...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 12 November 2007 (WA 1-2), Lord Drayson on 19 May 2009 (WA 290) and Baroness Wilcox on 3 October 2011 (WA...

      Energy: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will use European Union funding for the development of carbon capture and storage.

      Energy: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of the Wylfa nuclear site; and what discussions they have had on the sale of the site with interested parties since September 2012.

      Energy: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings the Department of Energy and Climate Change has had with the owners of Horizon Nuclear and the bidders for the company since August 2012.

      Energy: Nuclear Reactors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which nuclear reactors are currently being assessed as part of the generic design assessment process; and whether they expect any other reactors to enter the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to abolish or suspend VAT on energy, or to review subsidies paid to green energy generators; and whether they have made an assessment of...

      EU: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what requests they received from the Scottish Government for advice about the position of Scotland within the European Union in the event of Scottish independence;...

      Gambia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the Gambia about the reported disappearance of the journalist, Ebrima B. Manneh.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of the extremist Salafi militants in Gaza.

      Ghana

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to boost trade between Ghana and Britain.

      Health: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review their policy on the use of the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) in the light of the recent research by Tomljenovic and Shaw about...

      Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to protect sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning, within the Millennium Development Goal 2015 Development...

      Healthcare: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 22 March (WA 193-4), under which charging regulations the 29,677 non-European Economic Area workers in receipt of...

      Higher Education: Foreign Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have on the number of defaults on the payment of fees to United Kingdom universities made by foreign students.

      Homosexual Men and Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what statutory obligations are laid upon them to assess the treatment of homosexual men and women in the developing world.

      House of Lords: Inter-parliamentary Organisations and Conferences

      To ask the Chairman of Committees to which inter-parliamentary organisations or conferences, including those organised by European Union institutions but excluding the Inter-Parliamentary Union...

      House of Lords: Youth Events

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many youth events took place in the House of Lords in (1) 2011, and (2) to date in 2012.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of, and how many, (1) 16 to 17 year-olds, (2) 18 to 21 year-olds, and (3) 22 to 24 year-olds, claiming housing benefit in England are (a) single...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that the obligation imposed by Article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights to secure to everyone within its jurisdiction the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women and girls have been prevented from being trafficked as a result of the Department for International Development's Human Trafficking in South Asia...

      Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Indonesia in respect of the imprisoned activist, Johan Teterissa.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the financial limits to legal aid in respect of barristers and solicitors available to members of the Armed Forces charged with murder.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 4 July (WA 178), why they did not answer the part of the question asking for an assessment of the...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have established who carried out the attack in Benghazi in June on the convoy carrying the United Kingdom Ambassador to Libya, Sir Dominic Asquith.

      Licensing Hours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider a review of late-night licensing procedures to give local residents greater influence over licensing decisions, in view of the...

      Maternal Mortality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to help reduce levels of maternal mortality by 2015, in the light of millennium development goal 5.

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated transitional costs of transferring the functions of the National Policing Improvement Agency to other bodies, including the Home Office and...

      NHS: Personnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers the Secretary of State for Health and the Department for Health have in appointing personnel monitoring, administering and running hospitals, trusts...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Northover on 24 September (WA 273-4) and on 18 October (WA 482), what was the meaning of the word "elections" in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the total financial assistance given by the United Kingdom to sub-Saharan Africa over the last three years was distributed between different United Kingdom...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in receipt of state pensions are subject to income tax; at which rates; what percentage of those in receipt of a state pension this represents; and...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 2 July (WA 128), which non-public sector organisations, companies or charities have been permitted to enrol their...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria ministers apply when deciding whether to call in local authority planning decisions on the conversion of registered historical battlefields to other uses.

      Police: College of Policing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the funding arrangements for the new College of Policing will be, including those for pensions, (1) until the end of the financial year 2014-15, and (2)...

      Police: Police ICT Company

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding arrangements will be put in place for the Police ICT Company.

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 18 October (Official Report, col. 1564), whether they have plans as part of their reform of provisions for...

      Police: Tasers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether police officers are required to undergo eyesight tests before being issued with taser guns.

      Population Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will promote the issue of population growth within the Millennium Development Goal 2015 Development Framework.

      Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to help achieve the eradication of extreme hunger and poverty, especially amongst rural populations, by 2015, in the light of millennium...

      Remploy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have negotiated with the trade unions representing Remploy employees facing redundancy; and, if so, with what result.

      Scrap Metal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that all businesses dealing in the buying and selling of scrap metal are aware of new legislation regarding cash sales.

      UN: Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of why the 56th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was unable to agree final conclusions; and what steps they are taking to...

      UN: Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, and intend to take, to incorporate the requirements of the 56th UN Commission on the Status of Women Resolution on Gender Equality and...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the United Arab Emirates about the arrests of political opponents of that Government.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the United Arab Emirates concerning arrests of activists this year.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether members of religious orders who are unpaid members of a religious community are exempt from the resident labour market test; and whether they will include...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 24 September (WA 202) explaining that they do not record centrally the numbers of visa refusals for foreign...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Zimbabwe in respect of the treatment of the women's movement of Zimbabwe.

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