Written answers

Friday, 1 February 2013

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many complaints about the Crown Prosecution Service have concerned its handling of cases of (a) rape, (b) sexual offences other than rape, (c) burglary, (d)...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of complaints made against the Crown Prosecution Service have concerned a decision not to charge; and how many such complaints have been upheld in each...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General by what date the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) intends to accept the recent recommendation of HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspector that it should cease omitting to...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service has spent to date on addressing the concerns about its complaints handling identified by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspector...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the implementation of the literacy and numeracy proposals made in his 2011 New Challenges, New...

    • UK Equity Markets: Business Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the responses of the investment management industry to Recommendation 8 of the Kay review in...

      Exports: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) total value and (b) level of growth was for exports from businesses based in London in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12;...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had any recent discussions with (a) other Ministers in his Department, (b) officials and (c) consumer groups about...

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what investment the Technology Strategy Board has made in cell therapy technology innovation centres.

      Whisky: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the financial contribution of the Scotch whisky industry to the UK economy in the next 12 months.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Broadband

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the cost to central Government of broadband not being...

    • Business: Birmingham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of (a) small and (b) medium-sized businesses in (i) Birmingham, Erdington constituency and (ii) Birmingham in...

      Charities: Schools

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what recent representations he has received about the loss of charitable status by some schools in Scotland; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed on zero-hour contracts in No. 10 Downing Street.

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate he has made of the costs to Government Departments of non-online transactions due to the internet not being universally available;...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the total number of appointments was to non-departmental public bodies where the preferred candidate was not appointed by the Prime Minister...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average amount of time spent volunteering was by people in each 10 year age band in each of the last 30 years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Child: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of local authorities' ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need; and what...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Government-owned land has been released (a) in total and (b) by each Government department for housing use in each of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have requested a review of alternative notional amount figures for their authority to date.

      Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much income district and unitary councils in England obtained from market stalls in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012;...

      Planning Permission: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to decide whether to call in for his own determination the planning application for development at Bailey Drive,...

      Social Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new social housing starts there were in London in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Employment Agencies

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

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Football Association on its stewardship of football clubs where the owners appear to be...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under which legal jurisdiction UK armed forces personnel in Afghanistan after 2014 will be acting.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will be responsible for operating and maintaining UK defence equipment left in Afghanistan after 2014.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether there is a defence attaché in (a) Mali, (b) Niger, (c) Nigeria, (d) Algeria, (e) Mauritania, (f) Burkina Faso, (g) Chad, (h) Libya,...

      Armed Forces: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of how many armed forces personnel will be affected by the proposed change to housing benefit in relation to the...

      Armed Forces: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many injured serving and ex-serving armed forces personnel are resident in Liverpool; and how many such people will receive the armed forces...

      Armed Forces: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers from Liverpool are serving in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units in the (a) RAF, (b) Army and (c) Royal Navy are liable for redundancy under tranche 3; and when he expects the tranche 4 redundancy programme...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Territorial Army: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the size of companies which employ serving members of the Territorial Army.

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 1 May 2012, Official Report, column 1533W, on theft, how much of the property listed was recovered; and whether there...

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of those who leave the armed forces find employment within a year in (a) London, (b) Manchester, (c) Newcastle, (d) Colchester, (e)...

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of time is for which veterans are out of work before finding employment after leaving the armed forces.

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans are employed in (a) London, (b) Manchester, (c) Newcastle, (d) Colchester, (e) Aldershot, (f) Catterick, (g) Glasgow and (h) Liverpool.

  • Education

    • Bullying: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to address cyberbullying in schools and elsewhere.

    • Schools: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on (a) securing future funding arrangements for and (b)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the distribution of teacher training places in the (a) North Staffordshire sub-region and (b) West Midlands region.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the statement in the Friends of the Earth, RSPB and Greenpeace's Dirtier than coal? report that burning...

    • Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many homes have received Energy Company Obligation support since October 2012, by region; and what the total value of support given...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the extent of possible shale gas reserves throughout the UK.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the reasons are for the differences between the Green Deal cashback scheme in Scotland and England and Wales; and what estimate...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2013, Official Report, column 474W, on Green Deal scheme, what estimate his Department has made of...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he proposes that consumers will be subject to a credit check before being allowed to take out Green Deal finance.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what role (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have in deciding which media outlets will be used as part of the Green Deal...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his Department's local authority competition 2012-13 projects awarded funding, how many households he expects to...

      Green Deal Scheme: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the Government is doing to maximise take up of the Green Deal in Bradford East constituency.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assistance his Department is providing to (a) elderly people, (b) disabled people and (c) people on low incomes to heat and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees: Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the European Food Safety Authority Scientific Opinion behind the development of a risk assessment of plant...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has issued guidelines to officials on responding to inquiries from the constituents of hon. Members;...

      Nappies: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of nappies recycled by the Knowaste facility in West Bromwich to date; how many...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the Conflict Pool has been spent in (a) Mali, (b) Niger, (c) Nigeria, (d) Algeria, (e) Mauritania, (f)...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the involvement of Rwanda and Uganda in sponsoring militia attacks in Democratic Republic...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Scottish Government (a) Ministers and (b) officials have represented the UK Government at EU or European Commission...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings officials of his Department have had with Ugandan officials since 2010.

  • Health

    • Aspartame

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has undertaken on the safety of aspartame.

    • Chief Medical Officer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the chief medical officer for England speaks on behalf of the Government.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to avoid any conflict of interest arising from clinical commissioning groups taking on responsibility of accrediting and...

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there will be any changes to the terms and remit of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in light of changes to the NHS following...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to establish academic health science networks nationwide.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the time frame is for discussions between his Department, Public Health England and the NHS Commissioning Board on the introduction of a new...

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hendon of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 750W, on meningitis: vaccination, on what date in...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of children with a mental disorder in each decile of gross weekly household income.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the frequency with which confidentiality agreements are used as part of severance agreements for departing senior NHS trust...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to NHS trusts on the use of confidentiality agreements for departing senior managers.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2013, Official Report, column 493W, on NHS: staff, how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) community...

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the psychiatric diagnostic manual Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether maternity and children's strategic clinical networks will have a role in ensuring the effective implementation and delivery of childhood...

  • Home Department

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed on zero-hour contracts in her Department.

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what declarations of interest must be made by her Department's non-executive directors; with what frequency any such declarations are...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2012, Official Report, column 437W, on DNA: databases, what the Government's policy is on compliance...

      Travel and Subsistence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many senior officials in her Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2013, Official Report,...

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, whether arrangements are to be made for public consultation on...

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the provision of water, sanitation and health care services in remote parts of Rakhine state...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to address the severe shortage of food, blankets, medicine and other aid supplies in Kachin state,...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the Independent Evaluation Group's report on the World Bank's forest investment programme; and if she...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she plans to write to the International Development Select Committee to update the Government response to the Committee's...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she plans to next meet representatives of the World Bank to discuss her Department's contribution to the World Bank's forest...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the funding her Department has invested in the World Bank's forest investment programme has been used to support (a)...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid has been allocated to (a) the Palestine Liberation Organisation and (b) the Palestinian Authority in the last 20 years.

      Travel and Subsistence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many senior officials in her Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main...

  • Justice

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of staff in his Department currently work (a) part-time, (b) in a job-share or (c) in another flexible working arrangement.

    • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when each of the provisions in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 relating to sentencing and offences will come into force.

      Parking

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

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the circumstances were which led to the escape from HMP Leyhill, South Gloucester by Sean Cawthray; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what considerations are made when incarcerating a Category A prisoner in any category of prison other than a Category A prison; and if he will make a...

      Prisoners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were held in (a) HM Prison Brixton, (b) HM Prison Feltham, (c) HM Prison Holloway, (d) HM Prison Isis, (e) HM Prison...

      Prisoners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population of (a) HM Prison Brixton, (b) HM Prison Feltham, (c) HM Prison Holloway, (d) HM Prison Isis, (e) HM Prison Pentonville, (f) HM...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions keys to prisons or prison cells have been lost since May 2010.

  • Prime Minister

    • Electoral Registration and Administration Bill

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons he set aside collective ministerial responsibility in respect of the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill; and when that decision was taken.

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister who his advisers on trade matters are; by what method each such adviser was appointed; and whether any of his trade advisers have submitted a declaration of interest in...

  • Scotland

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in his Department are employed on zero-hour contracts.

  • Transport

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the amount of investment needed to maintain and improve track and signalling on the East Coast main line between (a)...

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the (a) high-speed diesel trains and (b) electric trains operating on the East Coast main line to be replaced; and what estimate he has...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of investment needed to maintain and improve track and signalling on the Great Western main line between London...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on improving and upgrading the West Coast main line between 2000 and 2012; and what estimate he has made of the amount...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the total cost for High Speed 2 including the newly announced route to Leeds and Manchester; and on what date that...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which consultancy companies are currently contracted to (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) his Department; what the contractual arrangements are in each case; and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to publicise the announced consultation on compensation for phase 2 of High Speed 2; and whether any advertising will be...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what surveys the contractors who gave advice to his Department on the proposals for phase 2 of High Speed 2 conducted in Stone constituency; (2)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria the contractors who gave advice to his Department on the proposals for phase 2 of High Speed 2 applied in making their assessments with...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public consultation and meetings were carried out by the contractors who gave advice to his Department on the proposals for phase 2 of High Speed...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what criteria he will apply to compensation for those whose properties will be affected by High Speed 2; (2) what steps he will take to ensure...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether public funds will be made available for opposing the relevant legal and planning rules and hybrid Bill procedures of phase 2 of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in relation to phase 2 of High Speed 2, what estimate his Department has made of the value per hectare per year of the affected land in (a) route...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of phase 2 of High Speed 2 on (a) the River Trent and (b) other bodies of water.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to phase 2 of the High Speed 2 railway line, how many properties the Government would own as a result of the proposals to proceed with...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many valuations of properties accepted on to the High Speed 2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme have been disputed.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of properties requiring access to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for those living on or near to the proposed route...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost to the taxpayer of the construction of phase 2 in (a) route section HSM03 Streethay to Swynnerton, (b) route...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much expenditure (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd expects to incur on phase 2 of the High Speed 2 programme, including on compensation payments.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of phase 2 of High Speed 2 on residential properties.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the contractors were who gave advice to the Department on the proposals for phase 2 in (a) route section HSM03 Streethay to Swynnerton, (b) route...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to his Statement on HS2, what consideration has been made for the provision of double decker passenger trains operating on HS2.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many longer semi-trailers of (a) 1 metre and (b) 2.05 metres have been introduced by each company on to UK roads since trials began in...

      Marine Navigation Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Marine Navigation Bill on the UK's international maritime treaty obligations...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions there are in the MOT vehicle test to ensure that particulate filters or other emission control equipment fitted to a vehicle at...

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the amount spent by Network Rail on maintaining and improving track and signalling in Scotland between 2000 and 2012; and...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that all Pacer rolling stock is taken out of operation in rail services in the north of England by 2019 to comply...

      Sir Howard Davies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) duration has been of (i) discussions and (ii) meetings between Ministers in his Department and Sir Howard...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials have been transferred from any area of the Civil Service to (a) his Department, (b) High Speed 2 Ltd and (c) any other organisation,...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at which premises personnel working on High Speed 2 are based; what the square footage is of office space so occupied; and what rental is due for the...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the economic effects of the upgraded West Coast main line on (a) Liverpool, (b) Manchester and (c) the borough of...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the real-terms financial effect of the increase of 1% to child benefit and working tax credit payments on households in (a)...

    • Pensions and Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of whether the pensions and savings industry is working well in terms of transparency, fee and charges disclosure and...

      Schools: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the general economy when a school has to close due to inclement weather.

      Tax Evasion and Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations and proposals his Department has made to the European Commission on efforts to combat tax evasion and fraud; and if he will place in...

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs collected in tax in each of the last five years; and what proportion was from Northern Ireland in each such year.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the economic benefits of UK membership of the European Union compared to the financial contributions made to the EU.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people who receive working tax credits are in employment under a zero-hours or casual contract.

      Working Tax Credit: Liverpool

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in Liverpool, Walton constituency are in receipt of working tax credit; and what the average weekly payment is to such people.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Transsexuality: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps the Government are taking to tackle discrimination against transsexual and transgender people in the (a) workplace and (b) wider society.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to Atos on the employment of personnel who carry out medical assessments.

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a handover report was prepared by the Board of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission before its abolition and the transfer...

      Child: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the new Client Charter for the Child Maintenance Service on his Department's and the Directgov website; and if he will send...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to integrate initiatives to tackle unemployment...

      Jobcentre Plus: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has for Rhyl job centre in the (a) short, (b) medium and (c) long-term.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter from a constituent of the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston, Mr Tolen, who wrote to him on 6...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of in-work households affected by the social rented sector under-occupancy penalty.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average weekly reduction in entitlement of a claimant in the (a) support group and (b) work-related activity...

      Travel and Subsistence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been made of the effect of (a) the Youth Contract and (b) the Work programme on long-term youth unemployment.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 963W, on work capability assessment, how many of the overturned decisions in...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether providers of the Work programme are able to share referral and job outcome data with local authorities at their own discretion.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the extent of parking of participants in the Work programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for (a) Business, Innovation and Skills and (b) Education on integrating...

  • House of Lords

    • Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to farmers and governments in sub-Saharan Africa to improve produce-handling in the harvest and immediate post-harvest stages of...

    • Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of blood clots in women who become pregnant through in vitro fertilisation; how that compares to the risk for women...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 8 January 2013 (WA 24-6) and 20 July 2011 (WA 305-6), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority was not...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff in (1) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, (2) the Human Tissue Authority, (3) the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency,...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff in (1) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, (2) the Human Tissue Authority, (3) the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency,...

      Energy: Biomass Fuel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure that the use of imported biomass fuel poses no risk of spreading funguses or other causes of tree disease to trees and...

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact the removal of equality impact assessments has upon legal duties and responsibilities under the Equality Act.

      EU: Medical Specialists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the European Commission about improving the arrangements for mutual recognition of the training of medical specialists...

      Food: Horse and Pig Meat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of adulteration of food products with horse and pig meat.

      Global Hunger

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made towards meeting commitments made at the Downing Street hunger summit hosted by the Prime Minister on 12 August 2012; and which...

      Government Departments: Catering Facilities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the subsidy for catering facilities in the Whitehall offices of the Home Office.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) full-time, (2) part-time, and (3) temporary, staff are employed by each government department in each region of England, not including staff employed...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will encourage the European Commission to monitor and enable implementation of the European Union framework for national Roma integration.

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Target Ovarian Cancer's recent finding that almost one third of women with ovarian cancer wait more than six months for a diagnosis.

      Health: Patient Internet Access

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made with their plans to give patients online access to their general practitioner records by March 2015; whether the professional...

      Healthcare: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to improve access to healthcare for immigrants.

      Hospitals: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what statutory authority the use of mobile phones by patients in hospitals can be restricted; and whether such restrictions are based solely on technical...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new homes were built in the United Kingdom between 2000 and 2010.

      Judicial Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were their reasons for halving the normal period of 12 weeks for public consultation on their proposals to abbreviate the procedures for the judicial review...

      Justice: Magistracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a breakdown of the socio-economic profile of the lay magistracy; and, if so, how many lay magistrates fall into each group.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 17 November 2010 (WA 213), what payments were made to public interest lawyers from civil legal aid in the past...

      Localism Act 2011

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which provisions in the Localism Act 2011 have not yet been commenced; what is their timetable for the commencement of those provisions; and which, if any, they...

      Marriage and Divorce

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) marriages, and (2) divorces, there were in (a) 1983, (b) 1993, (c) 2003, and (d) 2010.

      National Research Ethics Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff in the National Research Ethics Service were paid a salary of over £50,000 in the last year for which accounts are available; and what was the...

      Polar Bears

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will vote for a ban on the trade in polar bear body parts at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to be held later in 2013.

      Public Health England: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the job description of the director of Health Improvement and Population Healthcare for England; and what targets have been set for the role.

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