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Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

  • Home Department

    • Police: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign police officers are operating in the UK by country of origin.

    • Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many persons arrested following a stop-and-search in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 were aged (i) under 18 years, (ii) between 18...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to Question 129321, tabled by the hon. Member for Mid Sussex on 19 November 2012.

  • Attorney-General

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Attorney-General what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) each of its arm's length bodies in...

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black or from an...

      Staff

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff are based in each property used by the Law Officers' Departments.

  • Transport

    • A120

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many collisions there have been at the junctions of the A120 known as Hare's Green and Pellens Corner since junction improvements were completed in...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who will claim free bus passes in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what progress his Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee; (2) whether his Department has signed up to the Government's...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many companies are registered to have access to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency database of registered vehicles; and under what conditions...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential effect of the proposed drug driving offences in the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average monthly payment to the Government made by (a) National Express and (b) East Coast is in respect of services operated on the east coast...

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre Belfast was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in (a) December 2012 and (b) January 2013.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual basis.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce sickness absence in his Department.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by her Department.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by her Department.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on (a) food policy on provenance, (b) horsemeat and (c) food labelling;...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much surplus food was thrown away by her Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff are based in each property used by her Department.

  • Prime Minister

    • EU Budget

      To ask the Prime Minister what the direct impact was on the budget of the Connecting Europe facility (CEF) of the changes to the EU Commission budget agreed at the last European Council.

    • EU Budget

      To ask the Prime Minister what the percentage reduction was to agricultural funding agreed as part of the changes to the EU Commission budget agreed at the last European Council.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Department of Human Resources and Change

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the Department of Human Resources and Change cost in the last 12 months;...

    • Meat

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the House of Commons Catering and Retail Services have made of its...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Works: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to (a) display and (b) showcase new British artists and designers in UK embassies; and if she will make a...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps she has taken to simplify the roll-out of broadband in rural areas.

      Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has (a) committed and (b) spent in the Merseyside region in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013 to date.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the Office of Fair Trading's recent review of the level of account switching between banks.

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to ensure state-owned banks are supporting economic enterprise.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Exchequer paid in respect of the UK's contribution to the EU budget in 2013; and how much he expects the Exchequer to pay towards the EU budget...

      Fuels: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to target and arrest criminals involved in fuel smuggling.

      Ict

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) expected costs is for each information...

      Nuclear Power: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 11 February 2013, Official Report, columns 569-71, on the European Council, what the value is of the...

      Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2013, Official Report, column 938W, on overseas trade: China, what the results were of the London-Hong Kong...

      Small Charitable Donations Act 2012

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend section 1(1) of the Small Charitable Donations Act 2012 to include non-perishable gifts of food and...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the smuggling and passage of illegal tobacco products across the EU and into the UK.

      Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Self-Employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many investigations were undertaken into suspected erroneous tax credit claims by former Work programme participants who claim to have moved into...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what comparative assessment his Department has made of the effect of charging network operators on the basis of (a) fibre in the...

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to plans to make the installation of a carbon monoxide detector a requirement for (a) mortgage...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether his Department is signed up to the Government's Cycle to Work scheme; (2) what progress his Department has made...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's top three policy implementation (a) successes and (b) failures have been since May 2010.

      Elections: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who is responsible for addressing discrimination and discriminatory conduct during election campaigns.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has issued to local fire authorities on the outsourcing of (a) services, (b) equipment and (c) buildings.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) expected...

      Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on each of his Department’s marketing and advertising campaigns in each year since 2010; and how...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 855W, on the Right to Buy scheme, (1) if he will identify...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 855W, on the Right to Buy Scheme, if he will place in the...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 855W, on the Right to Buy scheme, what criteria were used to...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on how many occasions the cross-departmental ministerial working party on Gypsy, Roma and Travellers has met since May...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to ensure that local authorities have (a) assessed the need for site pitches and (b) prepared plans...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of questions tabled for ordinary written answer by his Department (a) were answered after 30 days...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in (a) Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency and (b) Scotland...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the successful implementation of European Council Regulation No. 1099/2009 on Protection of...

    • Animal Welfare: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of Mr Peter Boddy's response to his Department's consultation entitled Welfare of...

      Beef: Horse Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has had the full results of the tests carried out by the Irish food authorities on horsemeat in beef.

      Beef: Horse Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will name the public sector catering suppliers that have been asked to test products for horsemeat; how many products...

      Bees: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the conclusions of risk assessments carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the data on TB herds used by his Department (a) is stored centrally, (b) is available county-by-county, (c) includes...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to help farmers when their cattle are quarantined for bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB);...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of...

      Coastal Erosion: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funds are available for sea defences in Dorset; and if he will make a statement.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) who his Department's cycling champion is; (2) what progress his Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work...

      Fisheries Regional Advisory Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to increase representation on regional advisory councils; and if he will make a statement.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to support a programme of prioritising access to fishing quota to fishermen who operate in...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates exist of the number of properties in England and Wales which will be classified as being at significant risk...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many properties in England and Wales were classified as being at significant risk of flooding in each of the last 10 years.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many surveys of product authenticity his Department carried out since taking over responsibility for compositional...

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice is provided to public authorities regarding food purchasing to ensure sourcing is only from verified sources.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average cost is to the Forestry Commission to maintain (a) a forest and (b) other Commission monitored wildlife sites.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his Department's policy is on whether the Forestry Commission should impose charges on people who wish to access...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the budget of the Forestry Commission is allocated to payment of staff.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission claimed in expenses in 2012; (2) what the annual salary is of...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to (a) prevent and (b) deal with contamination of the water table and water supply by...

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of breed societies having the power to issue horse passports.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to tackle fly grazing; and whether he has considered bringing forward legislative proposals in this...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the trade restrictions associated with non-compliance with EU Council Directive 78/52/EEC apply to (a) the trade of...

      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 530, on live animal exports, which organisations...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU Council Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of procurement contracts offered by his Department has been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many civil service posts have been made redundant by his Department in each year since 1999; and what the cost of...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations his Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; and what the anticipated cost is of each.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual...

      Squirrels: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has considered including grey squirrel control as part of the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department; (2) how many staff are based in each property used by...

    • Employment: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of women in employment in an (a) part-time and (b) full-time capacity in (i) Glasgow North West constituency,...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many nationals of other EU member states who are classified as (a) worker, (b) self-employed person, (c) self-sufficient person, (d) student...

      Working Hours: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average number of hours worked by (a) married women with children and (b) single women with children was in each of the last 30 years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments: Perth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals in Perth and North Perthshire constituency have received cold weather payments in each of the last...

    • Disability Living Allowance: Behaviour Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for changes in levels of claims for disability living allowance due to hyperkinetic syndrome and...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of troubled families as defined by the Government that have been assisted through the Work programme in...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who did not claim pension credit to which they were entitled in (a) 2010-11 and (b)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse incurred to date of setting up the universal credit system.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2012, Official Report, column 925W, on working tax credit, on what date his Department will publish the...

  • International Development

    • EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bury South of 19 November 2012, Official Report, column 410W, on EU aid, whether any...

  • Wales

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by his Department.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Department, (b)...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

  • Scotland

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by his Department.

    • Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has held with (a) the Scottish Government, (b) the BBC and (c) Channel 4 on the development of high quality film and TV...

      Television: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with (a) the BBC and (b) Channel 4 on the utilisation of high-end television tax relief in Scotland.

      Television: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with his ministerial colleagues in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport regarding the utilisation of the high end...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the pension calculator will be made available to servicemen and women leaving the services.

    • Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the cost of UK support for military intervention in Mali has come from his Department.

      Meetings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times since May 2010 the Minister of State for the Armed Forces (a) met and (b) stayed with Sir John Kiszely; (2) how many times and for...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the total cost to the public purse to date of payments to the US administration for the storage and reprocessing of Trident...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the relationship between the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and political radicalisation in Afghanistan and...

      Veterans: Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of injured serving and ex-service personnel that stand to benefit from the decision to create an...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were...

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum...

      Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of whether the UK has discharged its outstanding legal obligations in terms of the agreement...

  • Health

    • NHS Trust Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on NHS trust mergers.

    • Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of care for people with epilepsy across England; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his priorities are for public health.

      Adult Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change was in the level of spending in real terms on adult mental health services in 2011-12.

      School and Hospital Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether food entering schools and hospitals is healthy and safe; and if he will make a statement.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to improve dementia diagnosis rates and to reduce regional variations in such diagnoses.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the placeholder indicator for enhancing the quality of life for people with dementia in the NHS Outcomes Framework will be fully established.

      GP Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase recruitment of GPs.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a) internal alcohol policy and (b)...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions ambulances have been placed on divert from (a) Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Woolwich, (b) Prince Royal University Hospital,...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has analysed the potential for antibiotic resistance in animals to be transferred to humans via consumption or direct...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department; (2) how many staff are based in each property used by his...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding was spent on research into (a) all types of cancer, (b) site-specific cancer and (c) brain cancer in each year between 2002 and...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births per full-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in each trust in England in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many refund claims for NHS Continuing Care have been received by primary care trusts in (a) England, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) Salford...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost is of meeting historic claims for refunds for NHS Continuing Care in (a) England, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) Salford.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of people in the UK with long-term conditions are of working age.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who his Department's cycling champion is; (2) what progress his Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee; (3) whether his...

      Dental Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-UK nationals are registered with NHS dental practices in (a) Crawley constituency, (b) England and (c) the UK.

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he intends to bring forward legislative proposals for the setting of maximum permitted levels for nutrients under the provisions of Article 5 of the...

      Drinking Water: Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to increase the use of fluoride in tap water; (2) what assessment he has made of the potential health risks associated with...

      Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets his Department has set for outcomes from surgery for pelvic hip fractures; and what the outcomes in the NHS were in the latest period for...

      Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to implement the recommendations of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency readmissions to hospital within 28 days of discharge of adults aged over 65 years there were in (a) each region of England and (b)...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition his Department uses for profound and multiple learning disabilities.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on NHS maternity services in England as a whole in each of the last two years for which figures are available; and what...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the NHS spent on medicines in primary care in 2011-12.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net change in real-term expenditure on adult mental health services in England was between 2010-11 and 2011-12.

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the Francis Report into care provided by Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, published in January 2013...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical, (b) managerial and (c) clerical NHS staff in Buckinghamshire were paid more than (i) £50,000, (ii) £65,738 and (iii)...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many funded places for student nurses there were at the (a) university of Southampton and (b) university of Portsmouth in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many funded places for student nurses there were in Hull in each of the last five years.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the wellness@work programme; and what assistance it has provided to the programme.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has assessed the capacity of community nursing in respect of the delivery of choice of end-of-life care at home.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that all clinical commissioning groups should have an outcome indicator which will aid the measurement of patient choice in...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made towards achieving the Government's commitment that every person should be able to choose where they die;

      Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has plans to (a) review and (b) enhance NHS postnatal care.

      Pharmacy: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2013, Official Report, column 91W, on pharmacy: crime, what factors he will consider when deciding whether to...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black or...

      Severe Combined Immunodeficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will authorise an evaluation study or a pilot study of screening for severe combined immunodeficiency.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual basis; (2) what steps he is...

      Tinnitus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of noise from wind-turbines on people with tinnitus.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many male offenders in the secure youth estate had a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) when screened on arrival; and how many such...

  • Justice

    • Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences were committed by offenders after release at (a) three, (b) six, (c) nine and (d) 12 months in each probation trust area in each of the...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Epping Forest of 5 February 2013, Official Report, columns 196-7W, on human trafficking, if he will hold...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish an impact assessment of the potential effects on proposals to reduce the recoverable fixed fee in personal injury cases.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) drug caches including heroin, (b) needles used for drug-taking and (c) prisoners testing positive for heroin use were found in each prison...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many recalls to prison of people originally convicted of (a) murder, (b) rape, (c) violence against a person, (d) burglary, (e) sexual offences...

      Sexual Offences: Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many witnesses have attempted suicide (a) during or (b) within one month of the completion of a trial in which they testified that they had been...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the Church of England is able to act as a sponsor of academies in the primary and secondary sector.

    • Academies: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2013, Official Report, column 325W, on academies: marketing, if the conferences and seminars were organised by his...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by his Department.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Department, (b)...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2013, Official Report, column 56W, on bullying, which Ministers in his Department were informed of each of the 12...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) child minders and (b) nursery staff are registered in England.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Sure Start children's centres closed in each of the last three years in (a) England and (b) Copeland constituency.

      Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when he plans to respond to the letter sent to his Permanent Secretary from the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham of 21 January 2013...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on the acquisition of land on which to provide free schools in (a) London, (b) the South East, (c) Huddersfield and...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many forms for school entry were created by the opening of free schools in (a) September 2011 and (b) September 2012.

      Lord Nash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons Lord Nash is not yet shown on his Department's ministerial team webpage.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) televisions and (b) digital radios provided at public expense there are in his private office.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of the households benefiting from 15 hours of free early education per week are in work; (2) what proportion of the households...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to ensure that companies which have advised his Department on organisational change as part of his Department's...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people he appointed to public bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (i) how many and (ii) what proportion of those appointees were (A) black...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual basis; (2) what steps he is...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) speechwriters, (b) press officers and (c) secretaries are assigned to work for him in his Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what grade or pay band such staff were appointed.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on the development of university technical colleges.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what level of security vetting is required for staff working in his private office.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent steps he has taken to promote vocational education.

      Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff of his Department are employed in (a) Hull and (b) East Yorkshire.

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 17 December 2012 (WA 267), what progress has since been made on implementing the...

    • Armed Forces: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the expenditure on consultants by the Ministry of Defence in each of the past two financial years; what is the estimated expenditure on such...

      Armed Forces: Naval Bases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to safeguard electricity power supplies to each of HM Naval Bases over the next 20 years, and what is their estimate of increased power...

      Armed Forces: Post-service Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms exist to ensure co-ordination among agencies in provision of healthcare, housing, and welfare to military veterans on their resettlement into...

      Armed Forces: Post-service Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a promotional campaign to inform military veterans of their entitlements upon resettlement into society, and specifically about priority...

      Armed Forces: Post-service Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the advertisement campaign promoting the Veterans Agency in the north-east of England in 2005-06.

      Armed Forces: Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the build cost difference of Type 45 destroyers of first and last of class.

      Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there was no reference to the Arms Trade Treaty in their Mid-Term Review.

      Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to updating air quality regulations in commercial passenger aircraft to make installation of carbon monoxide detectors...

      Banking: European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the proposal for the European Central Bank to hire 2,000 staff to fulfil its role as the eurozone’s single financial...

      Banking: LIBOR

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the majority of the penalties to be paid by the Royal Bank of Scotland for manipulation of LIBOR, and collusion...

      Banking: LIBOR

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the disparity in the declared level of fines imposed by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) on those banks engaged in LIBOR...

      Banking: LIBOR

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals are facing criminal prosecution in the United Kingdom for involvement in LIBOR manipulation.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons in (1) Wales, and (2) England, received (a) the disabled worker element, and (b) the severe disability element, of working tax credit in 2011-12.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they decide whether someone is self-employed for child benefit purposes; whether national insurance contributions must have been paid previously; and...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the European Union arms embargo on Burma is not violated.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the United Nations High Commission for Refugees review into Burma’s 1982 citizenship law and its conformity with international standards will be...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that their initiative on sexual violence in conflict includes rape and sexual violence by the Burmese army in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether President Thein Sein of Burma has fulfilled his commitment made in November 2012 to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to...

      Businesses: Invoice Payments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have made of the benefits to the United Kingdom’s gross domestic product of enforcing (1) early payment schemes, and (2) prompt...

      Children: Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the sexual abuse and exploitation of children by gangs and groups in England.

      Education: Schools Forums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether 14-19 Partnerships, as defined by the Schools Forums (England) Regulations 2012, are in existence in every area represented by a schools forum.

      Education: Schools Forums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Schools Forums include in their membership a representative from (1) a further education college, or (2) a sixth form college.

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent forecast of the total cost in cash terms of meeting the United Kingdom's 2050 carbon target.

      Energy: Fossil Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on United Kingdom financial stability of the levels of investment by financial institutions in the fossil fuel...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to include voltage optimisation in the Green Deal, and to recognise it as an energy device eligible for reduced VAT.

      Energy: Severn Barrage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have received about the effects of building a Severn barrage.

      EU: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken in the European Council to resolve the difficulties in accepting, and putting into operation, recommendations of the European...

      EU: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take in response to any attempt by the European Parliament to increase the multiannual financial framework agreed by the European...

      EU: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the qualifying threshold for eligibility for European Union structural funds for the post-2013 period will continue to be based on the Gross Value...

      EU: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they encourage the reduction of unnecessary European Union regulation in cases where such regulation is deemed by them to cause significant harm to...

      EU: UK Membership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 11 February (Official Report, col. 456) that “we do not see a two-tier Europe coming...

      European Parliament

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will advocate that any future discussions to revise the treaties establishing the European Union should include the option of the European...

      Falklands War Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 January (WA 29–30), whether they have reiterated the concern of service-related, noise-induced hearing...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of spending reductions on the number of fire fighter posts.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they have to deal with the false labelling of goods; whether they have considered imposing import restrictions on falsely-labelled goods; and...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1860 of 2009 regarding access to Gaza, in the light of post-ceasefire...

      Government Departments: Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government where documents that had resided in the Home Office library can now be accessed following the relocation of that department from Queen Anne’s Gate.

      Health: Asthma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to develop a strategy for the prevention of asthma.

      Health: Measles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent increases in the number of cases of measles; and what assessment they have made of any link to a reduction in the...

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many former (1) teaching assistants, (2) nursery nurses, (3) school secretaries, (4) school caretakers, (5) school cleaners, and (6) school kitchen...

      Health: Patient Confidentiality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any special confidentiality or gagging orders, beyond the normal requirements of patient confidentiality, in place among former staff at...

      Health: Sexual Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their sexual health strategy.

      Higher Education: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was or will be the total cost to public funds for the years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 of (1) full, and (2) partial, maintenance grants paid...

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of homeless migrants in each region of the United Kingdom are from (1) member states that acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004, and...

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they offer to local authorities and their partners to reconnect rough sleepers from (1) European Union member states, (2) European...

      House of Lords: Savings Strategy and Financial Plan

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the saving from the reduction in Overseas Office funding for parliamentary delegations arising out of the House of Lords savings strategy and...

      House of Lords: Savings Strategy and Financial Plan

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the saving from the budget for United Kingdom conference costs and travel arising out of the House of Lords savings strategy and financial plan...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are assisting people who are unable to purchase a home due to the current economic climate.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children identified as potential victims of human trafficking have gone missing from local authority care in each financial year from 2005-6 up to...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Bank of England’s success in achieving the inflation target set by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of each of the recommendations in the report Trading Away Peace: How Europe Helps Sustain Illegal Israeli Settlements,...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel so that Area C of the West Bank may be included in the Palestinian Authority’s...

      Money Laundering Regulations 2007

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 19 December 2012 (WA 319) in which he referred to politically exposed persons being defined in the Money...

      National Savings and Investments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why National Savings and Investments no longer supply customers with a single comprehensive list of their holdings; and why there is a delay between the...

      NHS: GP Accreditation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to introducing an interim arrangement for the accreditation and reaccreditation of general practitioners with a special...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the numbers detained in prison camps in North Korea.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of religious freedoms in North Korea.

      Ofcom: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many permanent staff are currently employed by Ofcom; and how those staff are distributed between the Ofcom offices in London, Birmingham, Haydock and...

      Olympic Truce

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Cabinet Office Olympics Legacy Unit has to build upon the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Truce.

      Parish Councils: Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of a parish council tax base being altered by the district council after the precept had been set, and the resulting percentage...

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total expenditure on London’s Crossrail project to date; and what Barnett formula consequential payments have been made to the Welsh...

      Railways: European Rail Traffic Management System

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned any studies to assess what line speed improvements on major railway lines in the United Kingdom could be achieved were the...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to extend the plan for HS2 to reach Liverpool as well as Leeds and Manchester.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 12 February (WA 150), whether the proposed extension of the InterCity Express Programme to the east coast...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they are owed by the Government of the Republic of Ireland; and what arrangements they have made for repayment.

      Roads: Road Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the number of road traffic accidents involving young people and their recently announced discontinuation of funding for television campaigns...

      Royal Navy: Fishery Protection Vessels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been rescued from the sea by Royal Navy fishery protection vessels in each of the past three years.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they give to schools that are approached by the Department for Education to convert to academy status in relation to sources of independent...

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they currently set a minimum number of hours per week for physical exercise in English primary and secondary schools, and if so, what it is, what is...

      Smoking: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes, in particular in relation to the age of person they are sold to and the potential...

      Social Care: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they consider regional variations in house prices in formulating their policy on social care funding.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received about allegations of arrest, detainment and torture of Nuba women in Kadugli in South Kordofan, Sudan; and whether they...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 11 February (WA 129–30) regarding contributions to humanitarian aid for refugees in and around...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Revenue and Customs allows United Kingdom companies to offset corporation tax in the United Kingdom as a result of losses incurred in other...

      Taxation: Employment Status

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment as to the employment classification of those selling the Big Issue for the purposes of assessing tax liabilities and benefit...

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the tax revenue collected under the inheritance tax lifetime gifts rule (seven-year rule) for each of the years 2005 to date.

      UK Biolndustry Association

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response Ministers have made to the UK BioIndustry Association report Citizens’ Innovation Funds.

      UN: Ruggie Principles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training sessions have been held for staff in United Kingdom embassies on the United Nations Ruggie principles; and whether such sessions are...

      Western Sahara

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 5 February (WA 55), whether ministers will also meet representatives of the Polisario Front to discuss...

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