Written answers

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what amount his Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if...

    • World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport of 19 December 2012,...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay: Local Government

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps the Government is able to take to expedite the resolution of those equal pay claims by women employed by local authorities in the...

  • Transport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has had discussions with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Network Rail over the potential use of ducts and land...

  • Attorney-General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps he plans to take to address issues identified in the report by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate on the Serious Fraud Office published in November 2012.

  • Leader of the House

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Leader of the House which events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were attended by each Minister in his office using tickets or passes for which they did not pay personally;...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he took to ensure that in issuing arms export licences to Israel, notably those categorised as ML1, ML3, ML4 and ML10,...

    • Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on the success of the Mentorsme website.

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the success of the Mentorsme website; and if he will make a statement.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many firms are participating in his Growth Accelerator programme.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much he has budgeted to be spent on the Growth Accelerator scheme in each year from 2012-13 to 2014-15.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much he has spent on the Growth Accelerator scheme in each month of 2012-13 to date.

      Export Credit Guarantees: Grenada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the amount of Grenada's debt to UK Export Finance is.

      Export Credit Guarantees: Grenada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the debt owed by Grenada to UK Export Finance relates to airport projects; when such loans were made; and to which...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish a list of the specific exports of vehicle spare parts to Iraq that led to sovereign debt from that country...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which exports account for the proportion of Kenya's sovereign debt owed to UK Export Finance relating to the power sector.

      Export Credit Guarantees: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of Zimbabwe's sovereign debt currently owed to UK Export Finance was accrued through the export of oil pipelines;...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Autumn Statement 2012, what discussions he has held with (a) the chairman of the Green Investment Bank...

      Manufacturing Industries: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the balance of industries within the West Midlands.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of the commercial products and services provided by the Met Office to UK companies engaged in (a) on- and...

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish all correspondence and minutes relating to meetings between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Civil Service posts have been made redundant by his Department in each year since 1999; and what has been the cost of...

  • Treasury

    • Broadband

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the range of estimates made by his Department was for the revenue from the sale of the 4G spectrum.

    • Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to modernise and promote (a) Gift Aid and (b) payroll giving.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of his decision in the autumn statement to underspend in 2012-13 through reduced reserves on Government Departments.

      Taxation: Preston

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) national insurance and (b) income tax was paid by non-UK EU nationals living in Preston constituency in tax year 2011-12.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which regulations his Department introduced as a result of EU legislation in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012 to date; which regulations his...

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many civil service posts have been made redundant by his Department in each year since 1999; and what the cost of redundancies has...

  • International Development

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were attended by each Minister in her Department using tickets or passes for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made in the change in public donations to UK registered charities in each of the last seven years.

    • Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what consideration he has given to whether the policy of advertising all civil service jobs as available on a full-time, part-time or flexible working...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which organisations are allowed to advertise jobs on gov.uk.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department meets the Government's aspiration for the civil service to be an exemplar in flexible...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many civil service posts have been made redundant by his Department in each year since 1999; and what has been the cost of redundancies in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Back Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information and resources his Department provides to employers to support people diagnosed with lower back pain to remain in work.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of staff in his Department requested (a) part-time, (b) job-share or (c) other flexible working arrangements in each of the...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households that receive council tax benefit have (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children, (d) four children, (e) five...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what monitoring has taken place of the provision of information and advice to employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants by staff...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claims for employment and support allowance were unsuccessful in each of the last four years for which figures are available.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what medical reasons can be cited in claims for payment of employment and support allowance; and how many people have made a claim for...

      Farms: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the implications of (a) poor mobile telephone coverage and (b) poor broadband access for health and safety on...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of recently announced changes to levels of housing benefit on the long-term viability of sheltered housing.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which areas will be exempt from the one per cent increase in local housing allowance in 2014-15 and 2015-16; and if he will place a copy of the...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which his Department is responsible arising from inward...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of compliance in the UK with EU regulations in relation to the maximum 24 hour exposure to hand-arm...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with employer organisations and employee representatives in relation to the effect on employee health of...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has made a further assessment on whether the unused IPv4 addresses it holds have material value that could be realised.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2012, Official Report, column 142W, on Jobcentre Plus, how many and what proportion of those staff in the...

      Long Term Unemployed People: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the influence of long-term unemployment on individual mental health and well-being.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were attended by each Minister in his Department using tickets or passes for which...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons Remploy factory sites that were earmarked for sale have not yet been sold.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2012, Official Report, columns 87-8W, on sick leave, what assessment he has made of the difference in the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reciprocal agreements need to be agreed with the government of Namibia so that UK citizens living in Namibia who conduct financial...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what amount his Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) job vacancies and (b) jobseekers there were in each (i) parliamentary constituency, (ii) ward, (iii) lower layer super...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's announcement of 10 December 2012, on universal credit, how much universal credit will be received by (a) a...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support he will make available to local authorities participating in the universal credit pathfinder to enable them to provide budgeting...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has put in place to monitor the potential effects on homelessness and crime of the introduction of universal credit in those...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time vacancies were advertised in Jobcentre Plus in (i) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (ii) Suffolk and...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time vacancies were advertised in Jobcentre Plus in (i) Hastings and Rye constituency, (ii) East Sussex and...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies there were in each (a) parliamentary constituency, (b) ward, (c) lower layer super output area and (d) Jobcentre Plus...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (b) Merseyside, (c) the North West and (d) the UK who have been referred to...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (b) Merseyside, (c) the North West and (d) the UK have been referred to the...

      Work Programme: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on the Work programme in (a) the East of England and (b) Huntingdon constituency.

      Work Programme: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Work programme participants in the East of England are resident in Huntingdon constituency.

      Work Programme: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job outcomes under the Work programme there have been in (a) the East of England and (b) Huntingdon constituency.

      Work Programme: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reduction in long-term unemployment there has been since the start of the Work programme in (a) the East of England and (b) Huntingdon...

      Work Programme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have come off benefits after joining the Work programme in (a) Aberconwy and (b) North Wales to date.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fines have been issued to dog owners who failed to clear up their dog's faeces in England and Wales in the last 10 years.

    • Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his contributions of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 529, on live animal exports, on how many occasions...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his contributions of 13 December 2012, Official Report, columns 529-42, on live animal exports, what steps he...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to his contributions of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 531, on live animal exports, what...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his contributions of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 529, on live animal exports, what his policy is on...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his contributions 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 529, on live animal exports, what instructions or...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his contributions of 13 December 2012, Official Report, columns 524-42, on live animal exports, what assessment...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his contributions of 13 December 2012, Official Report, columns 524-42, on live animal exports, whether he has...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Aerials: Haslingden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will update the Haslingden television transmitter following the loss of television channels by people living in that area.

    • BBC: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the BBC Trust on providing the National Audit Office with unrestricted access to BBC accounts.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has had discussions with Network Rail on use of its ducts and land for a platform for fibre access to support the...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance her Department is offering to local authorities to help them complete the relevant procurement work for the rollout of...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to bid for contracts relating to broadband rollout.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the area of the UK that is not yet served by high speed digital broadband; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband Delivery UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to Broadband UK's (BDUK) annual report and accounts of 2011-12, in respect of what BDUK's £10 million expenditure on...

      Broadband: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 7 September 2012, Official Report, columns 478-79W, on broadband: Hartlepool, if she will bring forward...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings her Department has had with EU officials on broadband rollout since 2010.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Broadband Delivery UK's annual budget has been spent on expanding broadband within rural areas in each of the last...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on rural broadband.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the potential costs of a shift of digital terrestrial broadcasting to the 600 MGHz band; and if she will...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of (a) pensioners and (b) people from low-income backgrounds with access to the internet in (i)...

      Internet: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to ensure that small businesses with .co.uk addresses are not put at a disadvantage by the creation of the...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many procurement officers in her Department have relevant procurement qualifications.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Elected Office: Access

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to widen access to elected office and to support people with disabilities to become hon. Members.

    • City Deals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the outcome of bids for the second round of city deals will be announced.

      Peers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government’s policy is on the creation of new peers.

      All-postal Primaries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on implementing the coalition agreement commitment on all-postal primaries.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the most effective ways of ensuring the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register.

      Central Government: Devolution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent steps he has taken to devolve power from central Government.

      Social Mobility Strategy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the contribution of shared parental leave arrangements to his social mobility strategy.

  • Home Department

    • Arrests: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested for (a) theft and (b) robbery in the Metropolitan police area were (i) UK nationals, (ii) nationals of eastern...

    • Arrests: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 have been (a) arrested and (b) cautioned in each region in each month since May 2005.

      Bramshill Police College

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much capital investment there has been in Bramshill police college in each financial year between 2009-10 and 2012-13.

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the potential benefit of conducting a national television advertising campaign on raising awareness of the...

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of likely trends in the number of CCTV cameras in operation in the UK up to 2015.

      Communications Data Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her latest estimate is of the cost of fully implementing the draft Communications Data Bill.

      Crimes of Violence: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) charged with offences relating to assault on (i) shop workers and (ii) other public-facing...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many female victims of (a) grievous bodily harm and (b) actual bodily harm there were (i) of each age and (ii) in each ward in the latest...

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what her policy is on the recommendations made by the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill that the Interception of...

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the training of law enforcement officers in understanding and using communications intercept powers; and...

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness with which law enforcement agencies use their powers to intercept communications under the...

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the long-term viability of the current voluntary system of provision of communications data by overseas...

      Databases: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public authorities are currently allowed access to communications data and whether she plans to increase or decrease the number of...

      Deportation: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received from human rights groups on the UK's returns policy to Sri Lanka.

      Deportation: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consideration she has given to the UK's returns policy to Sri Lanka.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total spending on recruitment agencies by her Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrants have entered the country on a tourist visa and then not returned to their country of origin in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitor visas were applied for by people from India in each of the last three years; and how many such applications were granted.

      Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitor visas for people from India were decided (a) within four weeks, (b) between four and eight weeks, (c) between eight and 12...

      Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue was earned from applications for visitor visas from people from India in each of the last three years.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the applicants who applied for sponsor status between 1 July and 30 September 2012 and have had their sponsor status...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the UK Border Agency on issues affecting tier 4 visas for (a) London Metropolitan university and (b) other...

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visitor visas were issued to Pakistani nationals in each of the last three years.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the additional cost of the delivery of those public services for which her Department is responsible arising from inward...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times Warnings Index checks have been suspended at ports of entry in the last year; and at which ports of entry have these...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the UK Border Agency's service standard targets are for processing in-country immigration applications for limited leave to remain and...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of in-country immigration applications for limited leave to remain and permanent leave to remain were processed within the UK...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will broaden the definition of ancillary sale for the purposes of easing the licensing burdens for businesses currently covered...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of passports that were issued for residents of (a) Glasgow, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK in (i) 2009,...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were for every 100,000 residents in (a) the west midlands, (b) Birmingham and (c) each police authority area...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the policing budget will be protected from the planned reduction in departmental spending in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value was of contracts awarded by her Department to (a) management consultancies and (b) IT companies in (i) 2010-11 and...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many civil service posts have been made redundant by her Department in each year since 1999; and what the cost of redundancies has...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total amount of redundancy pay paid to civil servants in her Department was in each month from July to December 2012.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what amount her Department spent on interim staff as defined by the National Audit Office in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many temporary staff have been recruited in her Department in each month from July to December 2012.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2012, Official Report, column 248W, on UK Border Agency, what steps she plans to take to monitor (a) the...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice she has given to the UK Border Agency on dealing with representations by hon. Members on reviewing decisions on visit visa...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the estimated cost to the public purse was of ultimately successful appeals against UK Border Agency decisions in (a) 2008, (b)...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of cases referred to the UK Border Agency (UKBA) were processed on time according to UKBA's targets in each year since...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the performance of the UK Border Agency in processing its caseload.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of each age group up to 18 years in each region of the UK have been (a) arrested and (b) charged with a crime in the last 12...

  • Justice

    • Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff are employed in the office of the newly-appointed Chief Coroner; (2) what the budget is of the office of the Chief Coroner.

    • Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Chief Coroner will make an annual report to the Lord Chancellor under section 36 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009; and if this report...

      Civil Justice Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in which areas he expects the Civil Justice Council to make savings in the financial year 2012-13.

      Courts: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employees of magistrates and Crown courts in Lancashire (1) were made redundant in each of the last two years; (2) were (a) on permanent...

      Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the First Report from the draft Communications Data Bill Joint Committee and the inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward measures to improve compensation arrangements for victims of dog attacks.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what evidential basis he used in developing his proposals on employment tribunal users as announced in July 2012.

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will reform the family court system to reduce the extent to which women participating in proceedings feel vulnerable and exposed.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) nationality and (b) gender was of each suspected victim of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme operated by the...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 November 2012, Official Report, column 22WS, on judicial review, by what method he has estimated the...

      Landlords: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the number of prosecutions of private sector landlords for breaches of category one and two regulations.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign national prisoners have remained in custody beyond their earliest release date in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Victims' Commissioner and Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when does he intend the Victims Commissioner to begin his role; (2) where the offices of the Victims Commissioner will be; (3) how many staff are...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many answers to Parliamentary Questions his Department has referred hon. Members to somewhere they would be able to find the information for...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to upgrade the youth courts system.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Advantage West Midlands: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 23 May 2011, Official Report, column 466W, on Advantage West Midlands: assets, what assets...

    • Affordable Housing: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much affordable housing has been built in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Environmental Impact Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will take steps to streamline the environmental impact assessment process.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of staff in his Department have received training in equality and diversity and the requirements of the Equality...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the ability of fire and rescue services to maintain services if further spending reductions are made.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider further ways of safeguarding (a) landscape character and (b) visual amenity in the planning process for...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to item 37 of his Department's document, 50 Ways to Save: Examples of Sensible Saving in Local Government, what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will obtain a reply to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, who wrote to him on 19 October 2012 with regard to...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that the collection and collation by local authorities of lettings data in respect of the...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice he has received regarding the compatibility of EU Directive 2009/28/EC with the introduction of minimum separation...

  • Health

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2012, Official Report, column 384W, on arthritis, what assessment his Department has made of data collection for...

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on the identification of carers in each of the last three years; and how much it has (a) budgeted and (b) spent in...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS Commissioning Board plans to take to satisfy (a) itself and (b) his Department that funding allocated for carers support and breaks is...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of brain-cooling treatments for newborn babies starved of oxygen during birth; (2) how many...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of staff in his Department requested (a) part-time, (b) job-share or (c) other flexible working arrangements in each of the last five...

      Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the role of abstinence in drug treatment courses in prisons; (2) how many prisoners in each prison undertook drug treatment...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have taken the NHS health check since its creation; (2) how many new cases of diabetes have been detected through the NHS Health Check.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce guidelines to hospitals on the use of gluctose-fructose syrup in meals served to patients.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of girls aged 12 to 17 years have received the HPV vaccination in England and Wales through the NHS in the latest period for which figures...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England and Wales have been issued with the influenza vaccine in the last five years.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to promote preventative (a) clinical work and (b) medication for meningitis; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS Commissioning Board plans to take to ensure continuity and sustained roll out of the (a) adult and (b) children and young people...

      Mental Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, column 634W, on mental health services, how many trainees were funded in each year for each...

      Norovirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of norovirus were recorded by his Department in (a) England and (b) Birmingham in each year since 2010.

      Respiratory System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he proposes that there will be an individual responsible for the strategic overview of improvements in outcomes for respiratory patients in the...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the NHS of reductions in funding for local authorities to provide adult social care; and if he...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in his Department earning over £50,000 per year have been employed (a) as special advisers and (b) in a political role in each year...

  • Defence

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 the day...

  • Education

    • Early Intervention Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2012, Official Report, columns 44-5W, on local government finance and the oral answer to the hon. Members for Mid...

    • Education Capital Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department will publish the consultation responses to the Independent Capital Review.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools judged to be inadequate at their last inspection are being (a) closed and (b) converted to academies.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what progress his Department has made in drafting a definition of independent special schools for the purposes of the Children and Families Bill;...

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria his Department uses to decide whether to approve the creation of a university technical college in a particular area.

      Young People: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to (a) ensure that academies and free schools co-operate with local authorities to support the participation of people aged 16...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 year-olds are not in full-time education or training in each local education authority area...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 October (WA 1), what is the legal basis on which the duty to provide abortion services for women living in...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 December (WA 268), whether they will collect data on the sex of unborn babies aborted after 10 weeks gestation;...

      Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many newborn babies were available for adoption during the past 12 months for which figures are available.

      Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Government of Afghanistan regarding the protection that is currently given to United Kingdom-managed or United...

      Agriculture: Soil Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they contributed to the World Soil Day on 5 December organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the subsequent 3-day...

      Agriculture: Soil Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of a healthy soil; and whether they intend to develop that definition further for the purposes of the common agricultural policy reform.

      Airports: Gatwick and Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Institute of Directors' report into airport expansion at Gatwick and Heathrow.

      Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what regulatory system applies in respect of security for passengers at airports; and what are the risks which any such system is intended to mitigate.

      Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they determine the adequacy of security arrangements at foreign airports; and on what risks their determination is based.

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many projects currently supported by the Ministry of Defence in Afghanistan will qualify or be proposed for funding from the Department for International...

      Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to build international support for the draft text of an arms trade treaty following negotiations at the United Nations in July 2012.

      Arts: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of central funding for the arts in the financial years 2011-12 and 2012-13 was (1) for capital programmes, and (2) for revenue support.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum applications had been outstanding for more than 12 months in each year from 2008 to 2011; and how many have currently been outstanding for more...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what methods they are using to improve the quality of first decisions in asylum applications by women.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce a nominal gross domestic product target for the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether retail deposits with a bank within the proposed regulatory ring-fence will continue to be subject to a maximum limit on claims under the Financial Services...

      Banking: European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on the United Kingdom banking industry of the establishment of a new supervisory role for the European Central Bank over...

      Banking: European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom banks will be free to opt to be regulated by the European Central Bank (ECB) rather than the Bank of England or its Prudential Regulatory...

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been repaid to the United Kingdom by or in respect of each of the failed Icelandic banks; how much is still owed by each bank; and what steps they are...

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what rate of interest is paid by banks for funds under the funding for loans scheme; and to what extent interest rate reductions have been passed on to consumers...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Department for Work and Pensions benefit centres handle appeals against decisions to place recipients of the employment and support allowance in the...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children under 16 live in households with working and non-working parents respectively who will be affected by the proposed 1% cap in benefit increases.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 17 December (WA 270), why the information on the European Union nationality of recipients of child benefits is...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average time taken to process applications for disability living allowance; whether there is a target time within which those applications should be...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Burma regarding the allegations of rape of women by Burmese military forces in Rohingya.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Bangladesh regarding provision of assistance to Rohingyan refugees.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most recent violence in Arakan State in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Burma regarding the ongoing violence in Rakhine/Arakan State.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for an International Peace Mission to Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for the establishment of a United Nations Commission of Enquiry in Burma to consider the ongoing violence in...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian needs of those displaced by conflict in Kachin State, Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma about the cessation of conflict in Kachin State and ensuring humanitarian access to all internally...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider funding established local non-governmental organisations to provide aid to areas in Shan, Kachin, and Rakhine states in Burma which...

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what approach they have taken to help local councils tackle the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning when using Warm Homes Healthy People funding.

      Children: Data Sharing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 23 July (WA 92-3), what was the outcome of the working group dealing with information regarding...

      Dentistry: Dental Hygienists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take on patients' access to dental hygienists following the recommendations of the Office of Fair Trading report on dentistry published in...

      Drones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of frequent drone flights on the civilian populations of parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and in particular on children.

      Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the remarks on 13 December by the Deputy Prime Minister regarding drugs policy, whether they have any plans to amend their existing policy on...

      Drugs: Orphan Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that interim National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) appraisal processes for orphan medicines are...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of monetary policy on economic demand.

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the impact on finance costs for them and for business of the United Kingdom losing its AAA credit rating.

      Economy: Cost of Living

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to reduce the cost of living.

      Education: English Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to improve English language teaching for immigrants.

      Elections: Devolved Administrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Cabinet Office is taking to co-operate with the devolved Administrations in (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland, to ensure that the...

      Elections: Voting Age

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will monitor the experience in lowering of the voting age to 16 in the Scottish referendum with a view to informing future decisions about lowering...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 February 2011 (WA 12) regarding the number of cycles in which a risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) held discussions with Susan Bewley, Lin Foo and Peter Braude regarding concerns raised in their...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 July 2011 (WA 305-6), how many cybrid embryos have been generated with eggs from non-human species in total...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the value of adding a recycled biofuels category to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation to recognise the position of...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend the Green Deal and reduction of value added tax to include voltage optimisation.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much energy prices have risen for the average family in the United Kingdom since 2010, (1) as an absolute amount and (2) as a percentage; and how much of...

      Energy: Smart Meters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will happen to data stored in utility smart meters at the end of 13 months; and to whom that data will belong.

      EU: Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on United Kingdom banking and bank regulation of fewer than five European Union member states remaining outside the banking...

      EU: Competence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 14 December (WA 262), what estimate they have made of the cost involved in the use of existing resources to...

      EU: Justice and Home Affairs Powers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not implemented the European Supervision Order set out in Council Framework Decision 2009/829/JHA.

      EU: Prisoner Voting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consulted the Governments of (1) Armenia, (2) Andorra, (3) Bulgaria, (4) Estonia, (5) Georgia, (6) Hungary, (7) Liechtenstein, and (8) Russia, about...

      EU: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 14 December (WA 263), given that Singapore does not impose tariffs on imports, what benefits to...

      European Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve (1) the number of applications, and (2) the success rate, of British citizens competing for positions in the European Commission.

      Falklands War Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 17 December (Official Report, col. 1339), whether veterans whose hearing was damaged during the Falklands War are receiving...

      Finance: Isle of Man and Channel Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the steps taken by (1) the Isle of Man, (2) Jersey, and (3) Guernsey, to stop those islands and institutions operating from them...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the period that must elapse before senior regulators from the Financial Services Authority can join businesses which they have been...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they will make available to Sir Ken Knight to undertake his review of fire and rescue services.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess the level of protection offered by fire and rescue services.

      Food: Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the effect of climate change on small-scale farming in the developing world and its implications for world food supply.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider holding a wider consultation with women's groups about their proposed forced marriage legislation.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered upgrading the forced marriage protection order to a criminal offence as an alternative to introducing new legislation.

      Gambia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose that the Gambia be added to the list of countries under the scrutiny of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.

      Gambia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to legislate to remove the Gambia from the list of safe countries in Section 94(4) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

      Gambia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to update the Country of Origin Information Report on the Gambia.

      Gambia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the Gambia about the closure of independent newspapers and a radio station, the expulsion of a BBC...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to United Kingdom public funds of the United Kingdom contribution to reconstruction in Gaza following Operation Pillar of Cloud.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about their treatment of Gazan fishermen.

      Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Warsi on 10 December (WS 98), whether the assertion that "we will continue to take whatever action we consider...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to Table 2.2 and the statement about schools in paragraph 1.32 of the Autumn Statement 2012 (Cm 8480), which areas of the Department for Education...

      Government Departments: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance in the preparation of Private Members' Bills was provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in (1) the 2010-12 Session, and...

      Government Departments: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many copies of (1) Who's Who, (2) Dod's Parliamentary Companion, (3) Dod's Guide to the General Election 2010, and (4) Whitaker's Almanac, were purchased by...

      Government Departments: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they issue guidance about the use of acronyms and jargon in Government publications.

      Government Departments: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make it their policy to publish as an annex to the annual report produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) a...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 14 March (WA 73), when they now expect the findings of the review of Promoting Equality, Valuing...

      Government: Ministerial Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint continues to advise the Chancellor of Exchequer on banking matters.

      Guernsey Financial Services Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to pursue the Guernsey Financial Services Commission to make good losses suffered by UK investors in the CF Arch Cru Funds; what is their...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to ensure that wherever reference is made to the ethnicity of patients throughout the NHS, the 2011 Census ethnic group...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the health needs of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities are covered in NHS Joint Strategic Needs Assessments, Health...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 16 July (WA 14), whether they are now in a position to publish information on the number and proportion relative...

      Health: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of constraints on NHS spending, how they will ensure patients in accident and emergency departments are treated promptly.

      Health: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received concerning proposals to close the accident and emergency department at Lewisham Hospital.

      Health: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on the refurbishment of the accident and emergency department at Lewisham Hospital since 2005.

      Health: Ambulance Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to reduce the emergency response times of ambulance crews.

      Health: Asbestos-related Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information is required by coroners investigating asbestos-related deaths (1) in the hours following the death, (2) within seven days of the death, and (3) in...

      Health: Atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received a recommendation from the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services regarding the commissioning of a national specialised service...

      Health: Birth Defects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest information they have regarding the high risk groups suffering neural tube defects at birth. To ask Her Majesty's Government how the take-up of...

      Health: Birth Defects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what current Government-sponsored research is under way in respect of neural tube birth defects.

      Health: Bounty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments have been made to Bounty by any department or vice versa in each of the past five years.

      Health: Bounty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments have been made to Bounty by the Department of Health or vice versa in each of the past five years; and what agreements were in place between Bounty...

      Health: Bounty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS trusts are placed under any restrictions regarding the distribution of materials from commercial companies or charities other than Bounty; and what...

      Health: Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to publish the findings of its review of the Safe and Sustainable proposals on children's congenital heart...

      Health: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much hospital trusts spent on outside consultants, by strategic health authority area, (1) in each of the past 12 months, and (2) in each of the past five...

      Health: Finance-related Ill-health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the link between financial anxiety over debt and health problems; and what steps they are taking to improve debt advice services.

      Health: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase investment in innovation in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      Health: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the introduction of the value-based pricing system for treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      Health: Infection Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to appoint a new inspector of microbiology and infection control to advise the Government within the new NHS structures.

      Health: Infection Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to ensure that variations in the redeployment of specialist infection prevention and control commissioning nurses and teams will not pose...

      Health: Miscarriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of women losing their babies due to mistaken diagnosis of miscarriage, and the subsequent advice to doctors from the...

      Health: Neurology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the commissioning data set for neurology will be developed; and who will be responsible for collecting the data and ensuring that it is accurate. To ask Her...

      Health: Neurology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what indicators in the Commissioning Outcomes Framework pertain specifically to neurological conditions.

      Health: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks to patients of using products containing orlistat in treatments (1) prescribed by the NHS, and (2) sold over the counter.

      Health: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the quality standard for Parkinson's disease will be developed.

      Health: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on Parkinson's disease will next be updated.

      Higher Education: Modern Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) modern languages departments, and (2) degree courses in or including one or more modern language, have been closed in United Kingdom universities in...

      Higher Education: Online Courses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on the provision of university education of the publication by leading United Kingdom universities of degree resources online.

      House of Lords: Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 19 November (WA 320), when they expect to start on the process of achieving the objective of creating a...

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will ensure that foie gras is removed from the menu of all catering establishments in the House of Lords.

      House of Lords: Members

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 10 December (WA 196), what steps they take to ensure that all Members of the House of Lords retain the correct...

      House of Lords: Private Members' Bills

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance in the preparation of Private Members' Bills was provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in (1) the 2010-12 Session, and (2) this...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make family housing more accessible.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to improve the design quality of new-build housing.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce minimum space and storage standards for new homes as part of their review of housing standards.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current minimum space standards applicable to new affordable housing developments.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost implications of (1) the Lifetime Homes Standards, (2) the Code for Sustainable Homes, and (3) minimum space standards...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the regulations relating to information required for the marketing of new homes and what consideration they have given to the...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conditions or expectations are set out in agreements with developers for the disposal of public land for the purpose of new housing development as to the...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of detainees without authorisation to be in the United Kingdom have been incarcerated for (1) one year, and (2) over two years. To ask Her...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will establish an independent panel to review the cases of detainees without authorisation to be present in the United Kingdom who are held for...

      Immigration: Handcuffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times (1) handcuffs, and (2) escort chains, were used on children by escort providers escorting children to or from (a) immigration reception centres, (b)...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel concerning any long-term ceasefire they were negotiating with Hamas before the recent hostilities started.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reported raids by Israeli forces on the offices of Palestinian human rights organisations, including the...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Government of Israel concerning the recommendation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office report Children in...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning Palestinian farmers in Jayyous and elsewhere who are unable to access their land...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost of Mr Tony Blair and his supporting staff in his role as Quartet Envoy to the Middle East; and what is the United Kingdom share of...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel about access to the Old City of Jerusalem for pilgrims and students coming from the West Bank,...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel concerning the break-in and removal of all computer hard disks from the human rights offices of...

      Justice: Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners are currently serving a term of imprisonment for default in the payment of confiscation orders.

      Justice: Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was recovered from confiscation orders in 2011.

      Justice: Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many confiscation orders resulted in default sentences being activated in 2011.

      Justice: Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what range of default sentences were set by the Crown Courts for non-payment of confiscation orders in 2011.

      Justice: Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what types of offence resulted in confiscation orders being made in 2011.

      Justice: Confiscation Orders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of confiscation proceedings in 2010 and 2011 arising out of court hearings, the use of expert witnesses, enforcement and default...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the issue of an apology to Kenyan victims of torture during the 1950s Kenyan Emergency.

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will meet the Kenyan Human Rights Commission to discuss the setting up of a welfare fund for Kenyan victims of torture and violence and degrading...

      Liver Bird

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to (1) Liverpool Football Club, (2) Liverpool City Council, (3) the UK Intellectual Property Office, and (4) the European Union...

      Localism Act 2011

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the duty to co-operate introduced in the Localism Act 2011 applies to co-operation between public bodies for individual development sites; and...

      London Underground: Line Extensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of extending the Northern Line to Battersea Power station; and what contribution the developer of that site will make.

      Muslim Brotherhood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of whether the Muslim Brotherhood presents any terrorist threat globally.

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS contracts are currently placed with organisations owned by private equity companies.

      NHS: Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what applications they have (1) received, and (2) granted, from organisations which collect data from NHS users in NHS hospital maternity units regarding the...

      NHS: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the National Health Service in the period 2007-2012, as captured by the National Programme Budgeting Database, of funding continuing...

      NHS: General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to minimise patient services being cut by general practitioners.

      NHS: Liverpool Care Pathway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all patients who are intended to be placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway, and their legal carers, (1) must be informed by hospital staff of that intention,...

      NHS: Liverpool Care Pathway

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who has been appointed to chair their inquiry into the operation of the Liverpool Care Pathway; with whom the chair will be working to conduct that inquiry; and...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Warsi on 12 December (Official Report, col. 1064) and following the decision by the Government of North Korea to test its...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place in the United Nations Security Council following the launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea; what bilateral discussions...

      Ofsted

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 24 September (WA 326) regarding complaints to Ofsted, whether details of complaints are made public, and...

      Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Warsi on 14 December (Official Report, col. 1328) that "the mark of a good society is how it treats its old people", what plans...

      Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 6 December (WA 203-4), whether the voluntary contribution of €150,000 to the Organisation for Economic...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the Department for International Development has allocated in the last two financial years for (1) agriculture, (2) forestry, (3) fisheries, and...

      Parliaments: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest figures for the annual total costs, and cost per member, of (1) the House of Lords, (2) the House of Commons, and (c) the European Parliament.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to ensure that recipients of the British state pension resident overseas and whose pensions are currently frozen will in future...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to incorporate the £10 Christmas bonus for pensioners into the basic pension, or to abolish it.

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the regulators of utility companies about requiring utility companies to co-operate with public bodies in the planning of...

      Police: Aid and Development Programmes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of opportunities to review the way in which police reform and development is administered overseas in countries where the United...

      Police: Cross-Commonwealth Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scope for developing a cross-Commonwealth approach to police reform, including the establishment of a register of police...

      Police: Overseas Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the demand for the provision of United Kingdom policing practice and expertise by countries in Africa.

      Police: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the police of outsourcing police reform and development to commercial companies; and, what assessment they have...

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the size of the population of the United Kingdom in 2021.

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department or agency is responsible for assessing population trends in England.

      Post Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £1.34 billion allocated to the Post Office for modernising its network will be spent in rural areas.

      Post-2015 Development Agenda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to promoting a law and justice component within the Post-2015 Development Agenda. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they...

      Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures they will adopt to engage directly with Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords in providing their input to, and monitoring of, the...

      Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which civil society organisations have held discussions with the High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.

      Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what topics were discussed, and what were the outcomes of these discussions, at the last meeting of the High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.

      Prisoners: Ethnicity and Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they collect on prisoners' ethnicity and religious backgrounds; and what are the most recent figures for which information is available. To ask...

      Prisoners: Muslims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specialist advisers are employed within the prison service in relation to Muslim detainees; and what are their roles and responsibilities.

      Prisons: Lincoln Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have responded to the finding by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in his report on Lincoln Prison published in October 2012 that the data provided...

      Prisons: Lincoln Prison

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have sought an explanation for the finding of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in his report on Lincoln Prison published in October 2012 that work,...

      Railways: Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with relevant agencies about the reopening of a rail station in Walworth.

      Railways: Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what public money has been spent on the following railway stations (1) New Cross, (2) New Cross Gate, (3) St John's, (4) Lewisham, and (5) Ladywell, in 2010 and 2011.

      Railways: Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on (1) Elephant and Castle, and (2) Denmark Hill, railway stations in (a) 2010, and (b) 2011.

      Rodents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the rat population in (1) England, (2) Wales, (3) Greater London, and (4) Northern Ireland, in each of the past 15 years for which...

      Rodents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have (1) taken, and (2) plan to take, to reduce the rodent population in (a) Greater London, (b) England, (c) Wales, and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Schools: Primary School Places

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide extra funding to increase primary school places in the Greater London area.

      Schools: Primary School Places

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the availability of primary school places, including state-funded church schools, in London.

      Scotland: Independence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Iceland about the remarks by that country's President, Olafur Grimson, that independence for Scotland...

      Sport: Motor Racing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made regarding allowing motor racing on closed public roads.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to ensure that the Paris Club opposes any debt relief for Sudan until the Government of that country have been shown to have ceased all...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further pressure they will put on the Government of Sudan to allow access for humanitarian aid for the peoples of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states,...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of European Union and other international aid and supplies to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon to assist Syrian refugees...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Syria to allow access by international aid organisations to all civilians including Christians and...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Governments of Greece and Turkey to allow access for refugees from the fighting in Syria.

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many large multinational companies they estimate are trading in the United Kingdom and organising their tax affairs to pay little or no corporation tax.

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to avoid any tax avoidance arising from their proposal for employees to exchange shares for employment rights; and whether they agree...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are projected to be paying income tax at the 40% rate in the financial years 2012-13 and 2013-14; and how many paid income tax at that rate in 2009-10.

      Thames Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which company will be responsible for developing and financing the construction of the Thames Tunnel Project and whether it will adopt the Equator Principles in...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress in the Turks and Caicos Islands since the cessation of direct rule and the election of a new Government in November 2012.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the willingness to work of those experiencing long-term unemployment.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which areas of the country will be covered by the universal credit pilots due to commence in April 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision and support will be provided for universal credit claimants who do not have access to the internet at home, and for those who do not have the...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider taxing winter fuel payments for pensioners rather than means-testing those payments.

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 12 November (WA 249), and in the light of Recommendation 42 of the Report of the Leader's Group on Working...

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