Written answers

Thursday, 28 February 2013

  • Transport

    • Rail Franchising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to resume the rail franchising programme.

    • Midland Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that the specification for the next franchise for the Midland main line will allow bidders to bring forward proposals for electric...

      Cancelled Rail Franchise Competitions (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse arising from the cancelled and delayed rail franchise competitions; and if he will...

      Parking Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to prevent abuse of DVLA data by parking companies.

      Railway Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on creating additional capacity on the railways.

      A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his oral statement of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 685, on High Speed Rail, for what reason he stated that we have just...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who his Department's cycling champion is.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the proposed width is of the (a) track and (b) land either side of the track that will be purchased by the Government for the construction of the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish all (a) requests for additional funding, (b) requests and clearances on employing consultants and (c) other correspondence on...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the advice which he received on whether to introduce a paving bill for expenditure on the High Speed 2 project; with which external...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons he plans to introduce a paving bill for expenditure on the High Speed 2 project; if he will make it his policy to publish that bill in...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under which of his Department's budget headings spending related to the High Speed 2 project has been made to date; what the total amount spent to date...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the maximum distance is which a property must be from the route of High Speed 2 to qualify for the exceptional hardship scheme.

      Ports: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Home Department on difficulties being experienced by the cruise industry arising from immigration...

      Road Traffic: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has (a) commissioned and (b) had access to on levels of congestion for (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12 on roads in London; and if he will...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made in establishing a cross-stakeholder group to have input into the Department Justice's proposed review of how the criminal...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Repairs and Modernisation

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent progress has been made on plans to carry out repairs and modernisation...

  • Defence

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

    • Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the criteria are for serving armed forces personnel being discharged from the armed forces on the grounds that their services are no longer...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on the proximity of pensionable age to the immediate pensions point.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has considered using length of service as a criterion for determining redundancies.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum amount available is for personnel in the Army who leave (a) after their immediate pension point and receive the combined value of the...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what differences there are in the criteria used for determining redundancies in the Army and the Royal Air Force.

      Cemeteries: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which headstones and plots of British servicemen in cemeteries in Bassetlaw are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; and how often these...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate he has of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation.

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much fuel has been used by his Department in each of the last 10 years; how much this fuel has cost; how much of this cost can be attributed to...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its arm's length...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many investigations his Department has undertaken on the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles in operations in Afghanistan since their deployment in...

      Veterans: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will seek to provide support for service personnel who remain in Plymouth after leaving the armed services.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many pregnant women in receipt of Section 95 support from the UK Border Agency were dispersed or relocated in (a) 2009, (b) 2010,...

    • Communications Data Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to publish the Communications Data Bill; and whether at the same time she will publish revised cost and impact assessments.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when (a) she or (b) Ministers in her Department last visited a detention centre.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa decisions were withdrawn by the UK Border Agency before they went to tribunal in 2012; and what the cost of those decisions was.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tier 4 immigration applications were not completed within three weeks in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) staff and (b) special advisers in her Department have use of a Government procurement card.

      Ict

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

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department uses a risk-based assessment to determine whether to detain individuals at immigration removal centres; and if she...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to set a maximum period of detention at immigration removal centres.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) blue and (b) yellow immigration cards were issued to Romanian and Bulgarian citizens in each year since 2006; (2) how...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases at the UK Border Agency for (a) first time applications for family cases, (b) applications for extensions for visit visas and...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place within her Department to deal with breaches of the code of conduct for special advisers.

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the operation of the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers were employed in the London Borough of Croydon in (i) July 2010, (ii)...

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many black and minority ethnic police officers there were of each rank in each force in each year since 2006.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to her recent changes in police pay arrangements, whether it is possible for a serving front line police officer to receive...

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations were the subject of undercover operations by the (a) Special Demonstration Squad and (b) National Public Order...

      Police: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the introduction and use of the Orcutt Police Nunchaku by police services in England and Wales.

      Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) with reference to the letter from the Minister for Immigration to the hon. Member for Witham of 15 November 2012 concerning a...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on taxis in 2011-12.

      Violence Against Women and Girls Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Ministers are members of the Inter-Ministerial Group on Violence Against Women and Girls; on how many occasions this group has met...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions are in place so that serious sex offenders are placed on the Violent and Sex Offenders Register if they have a conviction for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of (a) the Atos Healthcare average clearance target and (b) the performance of Atos against that target in (i) 2011...

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect on overall housing benefit spending of households moving from the social rented sector to the private...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who are likely to apply to local authorities for the discretionary housing payment in (a)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what allocations he has given to local authorities to cover discretionary housing payment applications in (a) Glasgow North West constituency,...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data was requested by his Department from local authorities to help inform the decision on the allocation of discretionary housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister to the right hon. Member for Doncaster North of 6 February 2013, Official Report, columns...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected by the under-occupancy penalty by (a) local authority and (b)...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has given to local authorities on the protection of budgets for the Independent Living Fund once this fund is transferred to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will reconsider the decision to remove those with dementia to be subject to reassessments for personal independence payments after an...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the value of codifying the phrase reliably, repeatedly, safely and in a timely fashion into the assessment...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration his Department is giving to (a) the strategy A New Approach to Child Poverty published in April 2011, (b) the report of the...

      Poverty: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 on the number of disabled people living in (a) relative and (b)...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he proposes that (a) council and (b) housing association-owned accommodation, used to provide temporary accommodation, will be subject...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) complaints made by the public regarding fraudulent benefit claims are thoroughly investigated by his...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2013, Official Report, column 403W, on social security benefits: Greater London, what budget has been...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 510W, on state retirement pensions, what proportion of people would receive...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to appoint a successor to Professor Malcolm Harrington as independent reviewer of the work capability assessment.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information is collected about whether people on the Work programme classified as being in self-employment are engaged in work which falls...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Work programme in supporting homeless people into employment.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Work programme in supporting problematic drug users into employment.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many sustainment payments were paid to Work programme providers in each month since September 2011; and how many of the individuals...

  • Education

    • Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria were used to assess which schools would be part of the pilot scheme for the new school building procurement programme.

    • Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to his answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 488W, on schools: playing fields, if he will publish the detailed recommendations...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of sources of emissions to air in the UK which are on a rising trend which are (a)...

    • Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with his ministerial counterpart in the Republic of Ireland on food labelling and...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department will give to UK members of the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health in respect of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average council tax per adult and per dwelling in 2012-13 is for residents in predominantly rural counties and...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of whether the introduction of new higher council tax bands would require a revaluation.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who his Department's cycling champion is.

      Empty Property: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of empty homes and to support housing regeneration in Pendle constituency.

      Greater London Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of former (a) London Development Agency and (b) Homes and Communities Agency assets were transferred to the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of funding available under the Housing Guarantee Scheme he expects to be allocated to affordable housing.

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he intends to provide a higher new homes bonus rate to encourage the building of specialist accommodation for older people by...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to support the delivery of specialist housing for older people in their...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the success of the New Deal for Older People announced in his Housing Strategy of November...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent in relation to bids under the private finance initiative for (a) the planned Allerton Waste...

      Xfor Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the behaviour of Xfor in giving on-the-spot fines.

  • Justice

    • Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to improve transparency in the family courts.

    • Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what plans his Department has to publish an evaluation of the justice reinvestment pilots in Greater Manchester and London boroughs; (2) what...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many homes were repossessed in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in each of the last five years.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mortgage repossessions there have been in (a) each local authority in the UK and (b) City of Chester constituency in each quarter since 2007.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) victims and (b) witnesses in sexual assault cases who gave evidence in court in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012 received...

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the annual budget of the small claims court has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been employed by the small claims court in each of the last 10 years.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much judges in the Small Claims Court have been paid in each of the last 10 years.

      Telephone Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions his Department has held with the Information Commissioner's Office on encouraging the greater use of enforcement action against...

      Victims: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much raised from fines and orders issued by courts was used for compensation of victims of crimes in (a) Dudley North constituency, (b) Dudley...

      Yorkshire and the Humber

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

      Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provisions are in force to support young offenders upon their leaving the secure youth estate and returning to mainstream society.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will instigate a review of Government call centres to examine (a) the number of (i) repeat calls and (ii) transferred calls and (b) the cost to...

    • Productivity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of productivity of British workers was in (a) 1983, (b) 1993, (c) 2003 and (d) 2012.

      Public Sector: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2012, Official Report, column 120W, on public sector: civil proceedings, what the outcome was of the...

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many suicides in 2009 had their death registered in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and how many such people were (i) male and (ii)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate she has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in her Department; whether her Department has an (a) internal alcohol...

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who her Department's cycling champion is.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress her Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether her Department has signed up to the Government's Cycle to Work scheme.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential level of immigration to Northern Ireland from...

      Public Appointments

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

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the CIBSE Annual Lecture 2012, “Will GB's lights stay on and will the gas keep flowing: a look at...

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the sums retained by energy companies as a result of unclaimed overpayments by customers in each of the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK have entered fuel poverty in each...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many occasions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have (i) met with representatives of and (ii) visited local...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) carbon floor price support, (b) contracts for difference support, (c) underwriting of accident liability over a defined...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many residents of St Helens South and Whiston constituency have participated in the feed-in tariff scheme for home electricity...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff his Department employed in each of the past five years; how many such staff were employed in London; how many such staff...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK aerospace industry's development of microwave propulsion technology such as EmDrive...

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a)...

      British Grolux Investments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received any reports on the holding of Vatican property by British Grolux Investments Ltd.

      Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will meet representatives of the Expired Copyright Homewares Organisation to discuss the potential effect on furniture...

      Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he made observations to the European Court of Justice in the case of Flos v. Serneraro in respect of the provisions of...

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Swedish Derogation in the Agency Workers Directive is utilised.

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 544W, on energy: industry, what the timetable is for...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what role local enterprise partnerships will play in the determination of spending priorities for EU transition zone funding.

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) direct and (b) indirect costs to the UK economy of working days lost to industrial action...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the continuation of the Biomedical Catalyst fund.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications have been made in total under the start-up loans scheme to date; how many applications have been...

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2013, Official Report, columns 254-6W, on postgraduate education, how many first year...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individual awards from Round One of the Regional Growth Fund have not yet received a final agreed offer; and what the...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether funds recycled from both (a) the 45 Regional Growth Fund (RGF) bids which have been withdrawn to date under rounds one,...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what independent advice he plans to seek before approving Exceptional Regional Growth Fund support.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 February 2013, Official Report, columns 33-4WS, in which region each of the...

      Regional Growth Fund: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been (a) committed to and (b) spent in the Merseyside region through the Regional Growth Fund in (i) 2010, (ii)...

      Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what comparative assessment he has made of the level of trade between the (a) UK, (b) EU and (c) US, and Commonwealth countries...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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...

      Urban Areas: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how the £24 million allocated under the Technology Strategy Board's Future Cities Demonstrator will be spent.

  • Health

    • Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has given on the prescription of aspirin to treat and manage atrial fibrillation; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that...

    • Beef: Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the first tests for horse DNA were conducted by supermarkets on a UK company's frozen burgers; and how many and which withdrawn product lines from...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that the NHS Commissioning Board is held to account for the commissioning of specialised cancer services.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the Friends and Family Test results will be used to improve the experience of cancer patients; (2) pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2012,...

      Carers: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of registered carers in (a) Hull and (b) Kingston upon Hull North constituency.

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a comparative assessment has been made of the quality of life of patients suffering from chronic pain who are not taking prescription medications...

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the take-up of direct payment has been in each local authority in London in each of the last three years; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Fast Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2013, Official Report, column 943W, on fast food, if he will discuss that study's conclusions with the fast food industry.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether companies and brands featured during Change4Life television advertisements on 7 January 2013 paid for their own airtime; and whether the...

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with a learning disability are aware that they are entitled to an annual health check; (2)...

      Heart Diseases: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to rolling out pulse oximetry screening for all new-born babies.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how and when he intends to assess the outcome of his Department's HPV vaccination programme in terms of lives saved; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the costs of treating all recorded serious adverse reactions will be taken into account when calculating the cost of the HPV vaccination...

      London Health Improvement Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London and London councils on the establishment of the London Health Improvement Board; and if he will make...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) cancer, (b) stroke, (c) coronary heart disease and (d) dementia research in each financial year since 2008-09.

      Older People: Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has undertaken of the effect of loneliness on the mental health of elderly people.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether clinicians will be performing personal independence payment (PIP) assessments subcontracted to NHS trusts by Atos; and what assessment he has made...

      Phenylbutazone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tests the Food Standards Agency is using to detect phenylbutazone; how many of each type of test have been conducted to date; and what the costs are...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the adult population under 60 years old is exempt from paying prescription charges.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the additional cost to local authorities of delivering the deferred payment scheme for social care.

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the ability of service users with learning difficulties to manage their direct payments for social care.

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the increased number of ambulance journeys required as a result of the proposed changes to the South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

  • Wales

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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)...

    • Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his consent would be needed if the Welsh Government implemented their plans for an opt-out system of organ donation in Wales; and what discussions...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in discussion with UK banks on achieving a commitment to collate and publish lending data that are disaggregated by institution...

    • EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value to Scotland of the UK rebate on the basis of the proposed Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what authority his Department has given to the Department for Transport for spending related to the High Speed 2 project; if he will publish all...

      Infrastructure UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2013, Official Report, column 268W, on Infrastructure UK, what the total value of loans from Infrastructure UK to...

      Libor

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) who has been appointed to the tendering panel for the process to establish the new LIBOR administrator; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the...

      Mayor of London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the devolution of additional powers to the Mayor of London; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-domestic Rates: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2013, Official Report, column 430W, on Valuation Office Agency, (1) if he will provide a full breakdown of the data...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be covered by the proposed guarantee of pensioners' rights to public servants transferred to the...

  • Scotland

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland who his Department's cycling champion is.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (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...

      Dover House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions and to whom Dover House has been hired for commercial purposes since May 2010; and what income was derived from each such hire.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on catering and hospitality in each year since May 2010.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his department has had any discussions with the Scottish Government on the potential consequences for voters in Scotland of a UK general...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department has provided for the development of local and regional stock exchanges in Africa.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information her Department holds on how much the Burmese Government budgets for (a) health, (b) education and (c) the military...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which capacity-building projects with the government of Burma her Department is funding.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2013, Official Report, column 686W, on Burma, whether the Government of Burma is allowing...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she made of humanitarian needs in the Central African Republic; and what steps she is taking with international actors...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that UK financial aid to the Palestinian Authority is not used...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what processes are in place to ensure that UK-funded, EU-funded and UN-funded non-governmental organisations in the Palestinian...

      Swaziland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of rates of AIDS and HIV infection in Swaziland.

      Swaziland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is giving to Swaziland; and what representations she has received on the development needs of Swaziland.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with editors and proprietors of national newspapers on the role they can play in reducing the...

    • Auctions: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether bidding fee auction websites must apply for a licence from the Gambling Commission in order to operate in the UK.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent representations she has made to the BBC Trust on ensuring that the BBC is transparent in reporting the costs of making...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects state aid for the Super Connected Cities project to be approved.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to enable competition in the supply of superfast broadband services.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contribution her Department made to the recent trade delegation to India led by the Prime Minister.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2013, Official Report, column 213W, on internet, what recent assessment she has made of the...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have held with representatives of the media since the publication by Lord...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regulations her Department introduced between 1 June 2012 and 31 January 2013; if she will list those regulations; and what...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners who will claim free television licences in (a) Glasgow North West constituency,...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings officials in her Department have had with video games businesses in the last 12 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Alcoholic Drinks

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

    • Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with member states of the Arctic Council on setting the limits of financial...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made on whether the Government of Burma has fully met the conditions required for the continued...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which repressive laws have been completely repealed in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma regarding increased land confiscation in that country.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government are working with its EU counterparts on pushing for a regional Association of Southeast Asian Nations-led...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government have had with the government of Thailand regarding reports that Thai officials have been selling...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to encourage the government of Thailand to grant the UN High Commissioner for Refugees full...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on breaches of the ceasefire agreed as part of the Libreville peace agreement in the...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth 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...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Marriage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what consultation or discussions she held with the Northern Ireland Justice Minister on the Government's proposals for equal civil marriage.

    • Marriage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many people who responded to the Government's consultation on equal civil marriage were resident in Northern Ireland; and what proportion of those...

      Marriage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what measures she plans to introduce to ensure protection for religious groups whose opposition to same sex marriage ceremonies in their premises is...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Supplies and Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of supplies and equipment lost by the Ministry of Defence in each of the past two financial years; what is the estimated value of lost supplies...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the rate of financial support for children and their families needing asylum support while they are in the United...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to uprate the level of financial support for children and their families needing asylum support while they are in the United Kingdom.

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff are currently employed by the Audit Commission; and what functions the Commission continues to perform.

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the main distinctions between a civil partnership and the planned civil marriage.

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 19 December 2012 (WA 307) which referred to "opposite sex couples" although the Question specified...

      Civil Service: Secondments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants and government staff have been seconded to work in companies or organisations in each month since June 2011; from which departments; to...

      Commerce and Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the Office of National Statistics has made of the work of the Boston Consulting Group on how to measure the "per capita commerce market and the...

      Committee on Standards in Public Life

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 5 February (WS 5) on the Committee on Standards in Public Life, which public services are covered...

      Courts: Disabled People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in each month in the last year have people with disabilities had their tribunal hearings with HM Courts and Tribunal Service postponed or...

      Courts: Disabled People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they issue about continuing to withdraw benefits from disabled people whose appeal hearings against benefits decisions are postponed because they are...

      Criminal Justice: Reoffenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of persons convicted of violence against the person are deemed to be at medium or low risk of reoffending.

      Disabled Children: Children's Holidays

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the proposed per capita charge payable to Ofsted of £72.48 for voluntary organisations arranging holidays for disabled children, in...

      Education: Schools Forums

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional powers or responsibilities will be given to Schools Forums as a result of (1) local authorities funding provision for people aged 16-24 with...

      Elderly People: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure dignity for older lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

      Energy: Biomass Fuel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that those responsible for the phytosanitary checks that are made on imports of controlled wood used as biofuel carry out that task;...

      Energy: Solar Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the solar power industry and jobs in the United Kingdom of the imposition of tariffs by the European Union on the...

      First World War: Commemoration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 12 February (Official Report, col. 559), what plans they have to commemorate the centenary of the First World...

      Government: Consultations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how their new approach to consultations, announced in July 2012, upholds and strengthens the principles set out in the compact between them and civil society...

      House of Lords: Travel Expenses

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what budget headings in the House of Lords Estimate cover the cost of travel within the United Kingdom and abroad by members of staff of the House of Lords.

      House of Lords: Travel Expenses

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what foreign visits have been made by members of staff of the House of Lords, including per diem, accommodation and travel costs, since May 2010.

      House of Lords: Travel Expenses

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether there are circumstances in which members of staff of the House of Lords are allowed to travel First Class open tickets to destinations within the United...

      Media: Media Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report of the European Union High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism A free and pluralistic media to sustain European...

      Media: Newspaper Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Trinity Mirror group to explore options for averting newspaper closures and redundancies, taking account of the case for...

      Media: Press Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Union's competency over the issue of press regulation in the United Kingdom.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions Northern Ireland Office Ministers have (1) met, or (2) spoken, with (a) the Northern Ireland Justice Minister, and (b) other ministers in the...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Northern Ireland Office has paid to former or current members of staff each year since 2000 as a result of incorrect employment practices.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees the Northern Ireland Office had on 1 January in each year since 2008.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to reduce the number of staff in the Northern Ireland Office during 2013.

      Offenders: Outsourcing Probation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the event of probation tasks being outsourced, private and third sector providers will be required to pay for data stored on Delius.

      Offenders: Outsourcing Probation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , in the event of probation tasks being outsourced, what data management and information assurance measures will need to be put in place to support the change...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local planning authorities have adopted (1) core strategies, and (2) policies for site allocations, separately or combined; and which have submitted them for...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-United Kingdom citizens are serving custodial sentences in HM prisons.

      Prisoners: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what statistics they have published on the religion of prisoners in England and Wales since the end of 2010.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consider the recommendations made by the Academies Commission in their report Unleashing Greatness; Getting the best from an academised system.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff are employed in connection with academy schools (1) in the Department for Education, and (2) in other agencies and organisations contracted to the...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue a warning to all schools about the potential for asbestos fibre release from warm air cabinet heaters in schools.

      Schools: Building Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their school re-building programme on children.

      Telecommunications: Electronic Communications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring forward legislation to extend Ofcom's powers to impose infrastructure sharing on all providers of electronic communications networks...

      Telecommunications: Overhead Lines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish in full the responses to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport consultation on relaxing the restrictions on the deployment of...

      Tourism: Chinese Visitors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on their target to attract 500,000 visitors from China by 2015.

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