Written answers

Thursday, 13 December 2012

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the number of cases which were due to be committed to the Crown Court but which were not sent by magistrates' courts as a result of...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many Crown Prosecution Service staff trained as (a) barristers and (b) solicitors were available to lead prosecutions of criminal cases at London courts in (i)...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General in what proportion of cases in magistrates' courts prosecutors for the Crown Prosecution Service have been in court without (a) the full case file and (b) any case...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the proportion of trials that do not take place in magistrates' courts as a result of identifiable failings by the Crown Prosecution...

      EU Law

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) which EU directives his Department transposed in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which EU directives his Department expects to transpose in (i) 2013 and (ii)...

      Libor

      To ask the Attorney-General how much additional funding the Serious Fraud Office has received to carry out its investigation into the manipulation of LIBOR rates.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Attorney-General how much of its annual budget the Serious Fraud Office has spent on tracing and recovering the proceeds of crime in each of the last five years.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Attorney-General what the total value was of the proceeds of crime retained by the Crown Prosecution Service under the ARIS incentive scheme in each of the last three years; and what...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Attorney-General what the total value was of the proceeds of crime retained by the Serious Fraud Office under the ARIS incentive scheme in each of the last three years; and what...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Attorney-General when his Department convened negotiations on the redundancy terms of its former Chief Executive, Phillippa Williamson, and its former Chief Operating Officer,...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what the details were of severance payments made to outgoing Serious Fraud Office staff including fixed term contract staff, by grade, in each of the last four...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General what the details were of all bonus payments or ex-gratia payments made to senior civil servants at the Serious Fraud Office, including fixed term contract staff, in...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many personal assistants are allocated to senior civil servant grade staff at the Serious Fraud Office.

  • Prime Minister

    • Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons he declined to accept the recommendation of the selection panel that Mr David Kennedy be appointed to the post of Permanent Secretary at the Department...

  • Transport

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licences were revoked due to problems being reported with vision in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licence renewal reminder letters were sent out in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of drivers who reported problems with vision had their driving licences revoked in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time taken between report and revocation was for drivers reporting a problem with their vision who had their driving licences revoked...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in his Department in each of the last two years.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which body is responsible for (a) the maintenance and (b) assessing the maintenance requirements of the Severn river crossings.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the level of identifiable expenditure per head on transport in (a) the north- west, (b) England and (c) the UK in each of the next...

      Transport: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the amount lost by UK businesses as a result of (a) road traffic delays, (b) train delays and (c) airport...

  • Health

    • Asthma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the cost of drugs such as the Omalizumab form of Xolair; and what steps his Department has taken to ensure this...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each strategic health authority area have received treatment through the Cancer Drugs Fund to date.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that care commissioning groups and local authorities are able to record and collect accurate data on the prevalence of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Quality Standard for Diabetes, whether any assessment has been made of the...

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints he has received on waiting times to see a GP in each primary care trust area in London in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to promote shared decision making for people with atrial fibrillation; and if he will make a statement.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that care commissioning groups and local authorities are able to record and collect accurate data on the prevalence of...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to ensure value for money in the purchasing of drugs by the NHS.

      Norovirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to cope with the recent increase in cases of norovirus.

      Phenytoin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the increase in the cost of the drug phenytoin.

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the trust special administrator for South London Healthcare (a) is to date and (b) will be upon completion of his work; (2) what...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress the Government have made on their determination on whether to extend the health grant to thalidomide survivors into a long-term grant;...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he proposes that the cost of any UK military presence in Afghanistan post 2014 should be met by the Treasury Reserve or by his Department's core...

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of BAE Systems's quality assurance procedures for equipment purchased by the Royal Navy.

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost will be of the Life Extension Programme for the Challenger 2 Tank.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what responsibilities the Minister for the Armed Forces has for liaison with the devolved Administrations.

      HMS Astute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of corrosion and flooding on HMS Astute.

      HMS Astute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the suitability of the pressurised water reactor 2's ability to power HMS Astute to its top speed.

      HMS Astute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what correspondence he has had with BAE Systems on the faults found in sea trials for HMS Astute; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what type of training took place during Exercise Prairie Thunder; what the cost was of that exercise; and how many personnel from (a) the US, (b) the UK...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which costs of Operation Ellamy were met from the Treasury Reserve and which were met from the core budget of his Department.

      Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which countries the UK has bilateral defence (a) agreements and (b) treaties; and if he will publish each such agreement and treaty.

      Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which countries the UK has a memorandum of understanding; and if he will publish each such memorandum.

      Military Attachés

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which countries the UK has a defence attaché.

      Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what amount was spent by his Department on copier paper in each of the last three years; and what assessment he has made of the value for money obtained...

      Porton Down: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many project licences granted under the provisions of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 have been granted for procedures currently being...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on foreign military sales contracts procured by the British defence staff in the US in each of the last five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the household benefit cap on child protection.

    • Crisis Loans: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loans were awarded in Scotland in each of the last five years; for what purposes such loans were given; and what the total...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contribution his Department is making to the Government's ambition of Britain being the most open, transparent country in the world.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the technical operation of the Universal Jobmatch website launched in November 2012.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of disabled people in employment in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) nationally; what assessment he...

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the current extent of racial discrimination in the UK labour market; and if he will make a statement.

      Farms: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents have been recorded on farms in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Farms: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how health and safety guidance is communicated to farms; and if he will make a statement.

      Food Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been referred to food banks by job centre staff in Scotland in 2012 to date.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of in-work families affected by the uprating of the applicable amount for housing benefit by one per...

      ICT: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other pieces of IT equipment were lost or stolen from his Department in...

      Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether individuals in receipt of income from mortgage payment protection policies are eligible to claim support for mortgage interest.

      New Enterprise Allowance: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Bury North constituency and (b) Greater Manchester are in receipt of enterprise allowance.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what contracts for providing car park management services to his Department are held by private companies; (2) what the total value is...

      Pension, Disability and Carers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls made to the Pension Service in the east of England (a) met an engaged tone, (b) were received and (c) were handled by an adviser...

      Personal Independence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long is the average period in days between an initial application for a personal independence payment and the determination of an appeal...

      Redundancy: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement by the Minister for Disabled People of 6 December 2012, Official Report, columns 84-6WS, on...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to local authorities on incorrect benefit payments and application of the household benefit cap.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) of 29 November 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on social...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to combat (a) benefit fraud by claimants who have multiple identities and (b) other benefit fraud.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of universal credit on support for families with disabled children who...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) of 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 1059W, on universal...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the benefit cap will apply for support towards housing costs for people living in supported exempt accommodation following the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have been referred to the Work programme...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have been referred to the Work...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day his Department had not provided a substantive written answer by...

  • Home Department

    • Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the regulation of biometric data, including rules for destruction of fingerprints and DNA profiles as legislated in the...

    • DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date the provisions of the Protection of Freedom Act 2012 relating to the retention of DNA samples, Section 64 of the Police and...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she proposes to enact the provision under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 to remove the DNA of innocent people from the DNA database.

      Drugs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2012, Official Report, column 1082W, on drugs: imports, how many of the 37 licence applications that...

      Drugs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2012, Official Report, column 1082W, on drugs: imports, whether any of the cancelled applications were...

      Drugs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2012, Official Report, column 1082W, on drugs: imports, during the interim period, how many of the 122...

      Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation is co-operating with any investigation taking place into its conduct or activities.

      Fingerprints: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress her Department has made on ensuring that fingerprint samples taken from innocent people will be destroyed by the end of 2012.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions someone resident in the UK whose dependent relative was granted leave to come to live permanently in the country...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child sex offenders are registered on the Violent and Sex Offenders Register in the UK.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Ministers in her Department have been allocated Government cars; and what the last dates were on which such cars were used by each...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent for hospitality purposes on (a) Champagne, (b) wines, (c) spirits, (d) soft drinks, (e) flowers, (f)...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to safeguard the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics in the policy areas for which she is responsible; and...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in her Department in each of the last two years.

      Police: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many telephone contact databases were downloaded by police from suspects' telephones using the ACESO system by police force in each...

      Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the sections of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 relating to regulation of biometric data and the destruction of...

      Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring into force the provisions contained in chapter 1, part 1 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which recruitment consultants her Department used to select candidates for public appointments within her departmental remit in each year for...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public appointments (a) regulated by and (b) not regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments have been made...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2012, Official Report, columns 250-1W, on sick leave, what assessment she has made of the difference in...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 122626, on the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, tabled on 12 October 2012 for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has provided to the Mayor of London for building affordable homes in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12...

    • Building Alterations: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Government plan to respond to his Department's consultation on proposed changes to permitted development rights for...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Autumn Statement, what the estimated effect of a two per cent reduction in centrally-funded spending for...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Autumn Statement, what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities by type that will not be...

      Local Government: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities have received grants from his Department to employ Andy Gale Consultants in each of the last three...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the findings and recommendations of the research conducted by the Royal Institution of Chartered...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what the anticipated total savings...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding implementation of the household benefit cap.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, column 622W, on wind power: planning permission, if he will consider...

  • International Development

    • Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government is taking to assist the poorest in Rwanda following the suspension of budgetary support to that country.

    • Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has agreed a timetable for the distribution of aid to Yemen that was pledged at the last Friends of Yemen...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of aid given to Yemen will be spent on health projects.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) lottery funding, (b) Music Hub funding and (c) funding in any other specific funding stream the Arts Council received in...

    • Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2012, Official Report, column 704W, on culture, when she expects to commission the study into the...

      Gambling Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department intends to publish its response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's First Report of Session 2012-13,...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to table 22, page 58 of the Autumn Statement 2012, how she intends to make the proposed £30 million reduction in the...

      Tourism: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which 10 tourist attractions in Devon attracted the greatest number of visitors in each of the last three years.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) unpaid and (b) expenses-only internships there have been in public bodies for which her Department is responsible in the...

  • Wales

    • Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average number of working days lost was per person in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years.

    • Welsh Language Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) whether there has been recent progress on the appointment of a secondee from the Welsh Language Commissioner's Office to work with his Department;...

  • Justice

    • Civil Proceedings: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many legal proceedings against the Government brought under the Human Rights Act 1998 have been resolved on the basis of relative costs...

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what he anticipates the average length will be of community orders which contain punitive elements.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of individual community order requirements in reducing re-offending rates.

      Equality Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the (a) set up and (b) ongoing cost of the Equality Advisory and Support Service.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for fraud there have been in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse of his Department's press office was in (a) April 2010 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many lawyers have been sanctioned for abuse of the legal aid system in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost has been of legal aid cases involving non-UK nationals taking legal action against the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2002; and if...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of the 10 highest-costing cases of legal aid in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse has been of paying the ten highest recipients of payments for legal aid in the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the introduction of cost limits to legal aid cases; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Profession: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to increase the access of small and medium-sized enterprises to the legal services market.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mobile telephones issued to members of his Department have been reported lost in the last six months; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many members of the Parole Board are (a) current and (b) former members of the Parole Board for Scotland; (2) how many members of the Parole...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in his Department in each of the last two years.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which recruitment consultants his Department used to select candidates for public appointments within his departmental remit in each year for which...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many public appointments (a) regulated by and (b) not regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments have been made by his...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department last assessed the (a) utility and (b) value of psychometric testing in its recruitment and selection of candidates for public...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on the payment of travel expenses to candidates in respect of their attendance at assessment centres and interviews when...

      Sentencing Council for England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget his Department has allocated for the process to recruit non-judicial members of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales in January 2013.

      Sentencing Council for England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much Gatenby Sanderson will be paid in respect of the process to recruit non-judicial members of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales in...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on team away days in the last six months; and where each such event was held.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2012, Official Report, column 283W, when he intends to provide a substantive answer to question 124635, tabled by...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to help households improve their energy efficiency.

    • Deforestation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to combat deforestation by a greater use of renewable energy.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on implementation of the Fourth Carbon Budget.

      Energy: Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of energy customers who switched suppliers (a) once, (b) twice and (c) more than twice in the...

      Energy: Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of energy co-operatives in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) the UK; what the total turnover of...

      Energy: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on support for community-owned renewable energy schemes.

      Energy: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has assessed the potential contribution of community-owned energy schemes to the UK's energy goals in respect of levels of...

      Fuel Poverty: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in Leeds North West constituency.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in his Department in each of the last two years.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department plans to publish the renewables roadmap.

      River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding from the public purse has been provided for Cardiff university's research and promotional activities on the Severn barrage...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the National Audit Office report into the decommissioning of the Sellafield Nuclear Plant published in...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households received assistance under the Warm Front scheme in England in each month of the last 11 years; and what the average...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on wind farms; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many employees in her Department were paid (a) between £80,000 and £100,000 per year and (b) in excess of £100,000 per year in each...

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when her Department last assessed the (a) utility and (b) value of psychometric testing in its recruitment and selection of candidates for public...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what her Department's policy is on the payment of travel expenses to candidates in respect of their attendance at assessment centres and interviews...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the average number of working days lost was per person in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the respondents to his Department's recent consultation on the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB)...

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage hauliers, traders and farmers to comply with his Department's policy to give preference...

      Cats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals in respect of the breeding of cats.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2012, Official Report, column 303W, on the common agricultural policy, what are the...

      Environment Protection: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the information, advice and links on greener living for individuals were not transferred from the directgov...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to deliver a new agreement on flood insurance when the Statement of Principles finishes in 2013.

      Floods: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Environment Agency and other bodies able to affect water levels about their priorities...

      Food: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on developing Government Buying Standards for food to date.

      Guide Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to widen the scope of legislation to protect assistance dogs and make an offence of an...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent for hospitality purposes on (a) Champagne, (b) wines, (c) spirits, (d) soft drinks, (e)...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid in (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses to officials in his Department in each of the last two years.

      Rivers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency has spent on maintenance of water courses in each of the last five years; and if he will make...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of senior civil servants have left (a) his Department and (b) each of the public bodies for...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) veterinary officers and veterinary inspectors, (b) animal health officers and (c) dairy hygiene inspectors were...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to curtail international whaling; (2) what his objectives are in respect of international whaling.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the recent violence in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether (a) attacks on the houses of public representatives and (b) threats to public representatives in Northern Ireland are categorised by the...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the involvement of Loyalist paramilitaries in the recent violence in Northern Ireland.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the level of resources provided by the UK Government to enable the Police Service of Northern Ireland to deal...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) unpaid and (b) expense-only internships there have been in British Embassies and High Commissions in the last 12 months.

    • Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much UK embassies abroad have spent on hospitality in the last 12 months.

      Flowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) cut flowers and (b) pot plants since May 2010.

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Macedonia's application for accession to the EU.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent for hospitality purposes on (a) Champagne, (b) wines, (c) spirits, (d) soft drinks, (e)...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2012, Official Report, column 814W, on sick leave, what assessment he has made of the...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has any plans to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made any representations to the Government of Vietnam regarding the possible closure of the Vietnam Bear Rescue...

  • Treasury

    • Accounting Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Financial Stability Report published by the Bank of England in November 2012, what recent assessment he has made of accounting...

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in (a) Liverpool, (b) Manchester, (c) Newcastle, (d) Sheffield, (e) Leeds, (f) Sunderland, (g) Bristol, (h) Birmingham, (i) Southampton,...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the likely average financial effect for those families who will be affected by the high income child benefit charge...

      Corporation Tax: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reasons football clubs are allowed to defer corporation tax payment; (2) how much tax revenue the Exchequer has foregone due to football and...

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he expects to make a decision on the report of the Ministerial Working Group on the devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland; and if he...

      European Banking Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the British nominees to the European Banking Authority are.

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of taxpayers that would be eligible for an annual pension tax relief allowance of (a) £35,000, (b) £30,000 and (c)...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Autumn Statement of 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-82, what elements comprise the additional £7 billion in tax due which...

      Taxation: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Exchequer received from Premier League Football Clubs in the last year for which figures are available.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net cost of UK membership of the EU in (a) the present Parliament and (b) the last Parliament.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to paragraph 1.169 of the Autumn Statement, what the estimated cost is of changing the information technology to allow debt from an...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to increase the number of apprentices from an ethnic minority background.

    • Apprentices: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have been created in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Redditch since the start of the Government...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of civil servants in his Department have requested (a) part-time, (b) job-share or (c) other flexible working...

      Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which of the educational exceptions contained in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 are applicable to educational uses...

      Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment on the potential effects of the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988...

      Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the proposed repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 will be subject to the Government's...

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on developing a debt management plan protocol; and when such a protocol is likely to be...

      Further Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether it is a requirement for education provision for adults to be inspected as part of an inspection of a further education...

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students who had attended universities in Birmingham have gone on to find work within one year of leaving their...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding the Higher Education Funding Council allocated for capital investment (a) in total at all universities in...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bids were received to round one of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date successful bidders to round one of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative will receive the funds.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) benchmarks and (b) targets he has set for completion of due diligence by successful bidders to round one of the Advanced...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent research his Department (a) has conducted and (b) plans to conduct on the likely effect on shops of under 3,000...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day his Department had not provided a substantive...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Partnerships: Ceremonies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil partnerships have taken place in places of worship in the last 12 months.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Future Commitments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Foreign Secretary on 21 March 2011 (Official Report, col. 799), what progress they have made to fulfil the undertaking that they...

    • Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision to transfer the excess cash held in the Bank of England's quantitative easing facility was an act of monetary or fiscal policy; and whether it...

      Banking: LIBOR and EURIBOR

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which institutions benefited, and by what amounts, from early stage discounts under the Financial Services Authority's (FSA) executive settlement procedures as a...

      Disclosure and Barring Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will levy a charge for users of the updating mechanism to the new Disclosure and Barring Service introduced by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012;...

      Health: In-vitro Diagnostic Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate the use of in-house pathology tests in the National Health Service. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to...

      Health: Lightning Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the finding by the Advertising Standards Authority that claims about the use of the Lightning Process (LP) were misleading, whether they have...

      Health: Medical Revalidation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the findings of the equality impact assessment for the revalidation process for doctors being introduced by the General Medical Council...

      Health: Medical Revalidation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how revalidation will be applied to doctors with portfolio careers.

      Health: Pathology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of in-house pathology tests in the National Health Service. To ask Her Majesty's Government for which disease areas and...

      Health: Patient Transfer Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis and according to what criteria Arriva Transport Solutions Ltd were named as the preferred bidder for the patient transport service in Greater...

      Health: Patient Transfer Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations will apply to the terms and conditions, including pension rights, of staff in the...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported practice of some local authorities of asking tenants to remain in occupation until a bailiffs' appointment has been...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of deportation of residents from East Jerusalem on the prospects for long-term peace in that region.

      NHS: Women Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 6 November (Official Report, col. 883) regarding the career progression of women doctors, whether revalidation is...

      Overseas Stability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the role played by churches and faith communities in supporting resilience in conflict areas and fragile states is taken...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 3 December (WA 109), what educational experience the Mir-Khalil-ur-Rahman Foundation has to develop...

      Pitcairn Island

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made to create a marine reserve around the island of Pitcairn.

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current ratio in the United Kingdom of those aged 65 years and over to those 18 to 64; what their forecast of those figures was for (1) 2007, (2) 2009,...

      Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why provisions in Part I of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 relating to the retention of DNA samples and fingerprints are unlikely to be commenced before mid-2013.

      Railways: Contract Awards Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 29 November (WA 80), (1) how often the Contracts Awards Committee has met this year; (2) who are the members of...

      Railways: Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 26 November (WA 22), to whom members of the public should make representations if they are dissatisfied with the...

      Railways: Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 26 November (WA 22), whether Network Rail and rail operating companies are obliged to provide some shelter on all...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 29 November (WA 81), in the light of the delayed award of the contract to operate the West Coast Main Line,...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of transparency in the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan in terms of access for, and consultations...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the Government of South Sudan in establishing a national human rights agenda, particularly with regard to...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that companies pay a fair share of corporation tax.

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