Written answers

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

  • Leader of the House

    • Official Cars

      To ask the Leader of the House how often he has used the Government Car Service in (a) March to September 2012 and (b) September 2012 to March 2013; how many journeys he has made using the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of domestic premises which have carbon monoxide alarms fitted.

    • Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what reports he has received of whether Cannock Chase district council has made any payments under the carbon reduction commitment...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department plans to take to safeguard critical mass in the British coal industry.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many households have had heating, draught proofing or cavity wall measures installed through the affordable warmth element of...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to require energy suppliers to publish the unit costs of individual renewable types of generation on energy bills.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to requiring a decommissioning bond to be attached to all wind farm applications before any application...

  • Attorney-General

    • Beef: Horsemeat

      To ask the Attorney-General whether his Department has sought legal advice with regard to (a) police investigations into the horsemeat scandal and (b) the naming of companies implicated in the...

  • Transport

    • Birmingham City University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to limit the negative effects of the loss of Birmingham City University's City North campus to Birmingham Perry Barr...

    • Car Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 772W, on car tax, when the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency advice was revised; and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average value of land per acre along the preferred route of phase two of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's calculation is of the cost per mile of the building of phase two of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the processes being followed on High Speed 2 comply with section 85 of the Countryside and Rights of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with HS2 Ltd about the Chilterns Tunnel Alternative Report produced by Peter Bretts Associates; and if...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on the High Speed 2 Judicial Review process to date; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what additional budget has been allocated to HS2 Ltd to support changes to the High Speed 2 Phase One design specification since January 2012;...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the High Speed 2 Phase One environmental impact assessment consultation complies with the Aarhus...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had on additional rolling stock for the Northern Franchise.

      Roads: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2013, Official Report, column 247W, on roads: East Sussex, if he will (a) publish and (b) place in the Library a...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how his Department is co-operating with the Department for Education to promote road safety in schools.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the number of vessels which might flag out if the Maritime Labour Convention is not ratified by the UK.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the (a) Cabinet Office and (b) Department for Business, Innovation and Skills regarding the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Technology: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department has commissioned on the relationship between screen-based activity and the triggering of epileptic fits;...

    • Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will require internet service providers to introduce a default opt-in filter system for access to adult content on the internet.

      Public Libraries: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public libraries currently provide free internet access; and if she will publish a map showing all the public libraries that...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there is an ongoing criminal investigation in Northern Ireland into the illegal adulteration of horsemeat.

    • Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have met the Northern Ireland Justice Minister to discuss (i) the proposed...

  • Treasury

    • Bonuses: EU Limit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of Article 153 (5) of the treaty on the functioning of the EU on the proposed limit to be placed on bonuses by the EU.

    • Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the rate of employment growth in the UK.

      Tax Gap

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to close the tax gap.

      National Infrastructure Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made on implementing the national infrastructure plan.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the cost per switch to the current account provider that the customer is leaving and (b) the cost per switch to the current...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of personal current account customers who will currently be unable to switch in seven days in September due to their...

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to review banking sector infrastructure.

      Banks: Computer Software

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the increase in software update faults in the British banking sector that have caused account disruptions in their...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to tax changes to facilitate development on undeveloped residential housing sites with historic planning permission; and if...

      Taxation: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies were fined for wrongly recording the employment status of their workers under the Construction Industry Scheme in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to ensure UK-listed companies report more information on their tax affairs in developing countries and pass this...

      Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate HM Treasury has made of the contribution of the tourism industry to the Government's target to double exports by 2020.

      Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the UK's business competitiveness.

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net cost to the UK of membership of the EU over the lifetime of this Parliament.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 197W, on unemployment: young people, how many young people have been supported by the...

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the amount of additional revenue that would be received by the Exchequer if the rate of VAT on energy- saving...

      VAT: Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the value of lowering VAT for businesses involved in UK tourism.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many sponsor-led academy schools were judged (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate by Ofsted in each year since 2008,...

    • Academies: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department provides to academies about responding to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of three to five-year-olds were living in (a) workless households and (b) relative poverty in the latest period for which...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason there is a break between his Department's consultation on the curriculum for key stages 3 and 4 and consideration of the programmes of...

      Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to discourage the use of private email accounts by Ministers and special advisers in his Department further to the Information...

      GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which university bodies supported the proposed measures to establish AS levels as a stand-alone qualification.

      GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed establishment of AS levels as a stand-alone qualification on the take-up of each subject at...

      GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) which universities use AS levels as a means of assessing applicant potential for the purposes of admission decisions; (2) what assessment he has...

      Schools: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much money has been paid out from departmental funds to cover the cost of redundancies in academies and free schools in the last two years.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-social Behaviour Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions Ministers in her Department have had with local authorities on the draft Anti-social Behaviour Bill and the intention in...

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 788W, on British nationality, which of the litigations relating to Mahdi...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of her Department's budget was allocated to tackling child abuse and the viewing of images of child abuse online in each of...

      Civil Liberties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to ensure that respect for civil liberties is considered at each stage of her Department's policy-making process.

      Communications Data Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what organisations or individuals she has met to discuss revisions of the draft Communications Data Bill.

      Customs: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much illegal medication has been confiscated at UK borders in each of the last five years.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many offenders who are European economic area nationals were subject to removal from the UK in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; (2)...

      Detica

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many BAE Systems Detica staff (a) are currently working on and (b) have previously worked on the Communications Capability Development...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2013, Official Report, column 12W, on entry clearances: overseas students, (1) what the estimated...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which shelters for victims of human trafficking the Minister for Immigration has visited since his appointment; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases for applications for extensions for domestic servants are outstanding.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of other EU member states who are classified as qualified persons under the Immigration (European Economic Area)...

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many in-country applications for further leave to remain as a spouse are outstanding (a) six months and (b) one year after the...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to (a) reduce the number of managed investigations and (b) increase the number of independent investigations undertaken by...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply from the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency to his letter...

      Mental Health Services: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued to police forces on operating protocols when restraining patients in mental health wards or...

      Olaseni Lewis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Independent Police Complaints Commission to complete its review into the case of Olaseni Lewis, who died in September...

      Organised Crime: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with the Northern Ireland Justice Minister to discuss (i) the...

      Seahorses: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seahorses have been confiscated at UK borders in each of the last five years.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (a) what casework decisions are taken by and (b) what training is given to persons appointed as (i) administration officers and (ii)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent civil servants in his Department are working on matters related to the UK Overseas Territories.

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report, on tackling irresponsible dog ownership,...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report, on tackling irresponsible dog ownership,...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report , on tackling irresponsible dog ownership,...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review his policy on the docking of tails of working dogs.

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what bilateral trade agreements exist between the EU and other importing countries that allow for the enforcement of European...

      Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tests have taken place in each of the last three years in the UK on (a) horsemeat destined for the human food chain, (b)...

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that revenue generated by the packaging waste recovery note system is reinvested in the...

      Rabies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department will announce proposals on a UK rabies strategy.

      Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the seabed within the UK's Exclusive Economic Zone is protected by Special Areas of Conservation.

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government of Burma spent on aid to internally displaced people in Karen State in 2012.

    • Developing Countries: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether her Department has undertaken an analysis of any correlation or causal relationship between economic development and the...

      G8

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her priorities are in relation to aid for the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which (a) countries received bilateral aid and (b) organisations received multilateral aid from the (i) UK and (ii) EU in the last...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent in cash terms on overseas aid in the last Parliament; and how much she estimates will be spent in this Parliament.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and if she will make a statement.

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent on indoor and outdoor plants and trees in each year between 2005 and 2010.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's budget as a percentage of (a) gross national income (b) gross public expenditure and (c) gross domestic product...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's budget per annum was since 1997.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service training teams are currently in Afghanistan; where any such teams are based; and what their tasks are.

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he plans to review his policy on pension payments towards members of the armed forces who have an interrupted service career history; (2) what...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department has collected in the last 10 years on the fitness levels and educational attainment of young people wishing to join the...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made on the Warrior Capability Sustainment programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are to replace or upgrade the Army's mechanised and armoured personnel carriers; and if he will make a statement.

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to upgrade the anti-armour lethality of Challenger 2.

      Federation of Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions Ministers in his Department met with the Federation of Small Businesses in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable for delivery of the A400M aircraft is.

      Service Personnel: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many spouses of service personnel are based in Germany.

      GPT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which dates (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department have met representatives of (i) GPT Special Project Management Ltd and (ii) the Serious...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2013, Official Report, column 78W, on depleted uranium, whether his Department's environmental monitoring of...

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many members of the Ministry of Defence Police were stationed at each service manned quarters in the UK in each year since 2005; and how many...

      MOD Caledonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of Royal Navy personnel that will be based at MOD Caledonia in each year from 2013 to 2019.

      Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) process and (b) timescale are for the sale of the Government pipeline and storage system.

      Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards will be in place within the sale of the Government pipeline and storage system to protect the interests of the public.

      Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expectations he has for the potential level of income which will accrue from the sale of the Government pipeline and storage system.

      Reserve Forces: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what consideration he has given to extending the HM forces rail card to reserve forces; (2) what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the...

      Ultra Electronics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many items of correspondence have been sent between his Department and representatives of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc in the last two years;...

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of his letter of 25 February 2013 sent to the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces on access by...

      Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of homeless veterans in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Weapons Operational Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what overtime costs have been incurred by the Weapons Operational Centre in each month since April 2011.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he has made to his policy on objections to onshore wind turbine planning applications in the last year.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business: Kent

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small and medium-sized businesses were operating in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency, (b) Medway and (c) Kent in each of the last five years.

    • Employment: Gillingham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of people were employed in (a) the public sector, (b) the private sector and (c) third sector organisations in Gillingham and Rainham...

      Jimmy Savile

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of the Prime Minister of 23 October 2012, Official Report, column 756W, on Jimmy Savile, if the Government will set aside the...

      Social Incubator Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 821W, on the Social Incubator Fund, what the defined plans of (a) Wayra and UnLtd and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure the Afghan Government remain committed to equal rights for males and females.

    • British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 904W, on Chagos Islands, when the taking stock process is...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 904W, on Chagos Islands, what he has identified as the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which projects are being funded or otherwise supported by his Department in relation to capacity building for the government of...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the links between elected officials in the Burmese national and regional parliaments and the...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has he made of the number of countries that use the death penalty for offences committed by minors; and...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of India regarding the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in the Maldives and the arrest of former President Nasheed.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Saudi Arabia Government in support of the rule of law and the abolition of the death...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department about human rights in Sri Lanka and the...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which treaties and conventions the UK is a party solely by virtue of its membership of the EU.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Yemeni Government on juvenile offenders sentenced to the death penalty in that country.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage clinical commissioning groups and local authorities to sign up to the prompt payment code.

    • Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 725W, on business finance, if he will provide a breakdown of...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with representatives of small and medium-sized businesses in the creative sector on potential...

      Data Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who sits on the Department's Data Strategy Board; and what their level of remuneration is.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the European Council negotiations on the EU's Multi-Annual Financial Framework, how much the UK will receive in...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Bank of England's Inflation Report February 2013, pages 24 and 25, if he will take steps to address the...

      Fossil Fuels: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has the power to enforce an obligation for companies to disclose data on fossil fuel reserves under the...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department's proposed regulations on greenhouse gas reporting will contain powers to require disclosure under the...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Green Construction Board on the need for research into the extent to which investment in new...

      Open Data Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding the Technology Strategy Board has provided to the Open Data Institute.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what processes and safeguards he will put in place for benchmarking awards under the Exceptional Regional Growth Fund against...

      Regional Growth Fund: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 641W, on Regional Growth Fund: Merseyside, which projects and...

      Seeds: Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings, discussions and correspondence his Department has had with the World Trade Organisation regarding patented seeds...

  • Health

    • Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications were (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected through the Cancer Drugs Fund for bowel cancer treatments in (i) England and (ii)...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the new national clinical director for cancer will be appointed.

      Care Homes: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many permanent admissions to residential and nursing care homes there were of people over 65 years in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b)...

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NICE-approved rivaroxaban for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and prevention of recurrent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism has...

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policy instruments he has at his disposal to ensure compliance of healthcare providers with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...

      Dementia: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the early signs of dementia in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      General Practitioners: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were removed from each GP practice list in Lancashire in 2012.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department intends to publish its sexual health policy document.

      Health Services: Watford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department allocated to the Watford Health Campus between May 1997 and May 2010.

      Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which company supplied Sodexo with the meat which tested positive for horse DNA.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Strategy for UK Life Sciences, for what reason his Department has not brought forward consultation proposals for a new early access...

      Mental Illness: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with mental or psychological health problems who have moved off out of work benefits and into employment...

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to lay the amended regulations in respect of procurement, patient choice and competition under section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

      NHS: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Walsall South of 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 844, which Minister considered the original section...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances payments made from the NHS budget as a result of judicial mediation require (a) his approval and (b) the approval of the...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) registered nurses and (b) healthcare assistants were employed in the NHS in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Olaseni Lewis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department or the agencies for which he is responsible have held or intend to hold an investigation into the death of Olaseni Lewis in...

      Phenylbutazone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on horses: slaughterhouses, on what date (a) the positive phenylbutazone...

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons respiratory disease was omitted from the NHS Commissioning Board's list of strategic clinical networks.

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of people with venous thromboembolic diseases continuing anticoagulation therapy beyond an initial dose had their dose adjusted for...

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2012, Official Report, column 285W, if he will encourage the NHS Commissioning Board to promote the venous...

      Warm Homes Healthy People Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to publicise the Warm Homes Healthy People fund to local authorities.

  • Justice

    • Civil Disorder: Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has undertaken a review of the use of restorative justice used in the sentencing of cases related to the public disturbances of August 2011.

    • Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that the implementation in April 2013 of reforms to civil litigation funding and costs does not have serious negative...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the inquest to start into the death of Olaseni Lewis; what the reasons are for the delay in starting the inquest; and if he will make a...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which full-time members of the judiciary have acted as chairperson or member of any public body or inquiry since May 2010; and what role they held in...

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many disputes arising from enduring power of attorney arrangements reached the courts in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Sickness Absence

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

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he next expects appointments to be made to the Supreme Court; how many such appointments he expects to be women; what steps he is taking to increase...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the reclassification of arrears trial, being run by the Child Maintenance Group in his Department, which...

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases with the Child Support Agency and with a current liability are in arrears of child maintenance; and in what proportion of these...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases with the Child Support Agency and with a current liability in arrears and with no current liability are active collection and...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department expects to receive any fee income in 2013-14 from charging parents who use the new statutory child maintenance system.

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a term of imprisonment by a parent with shared parental responsibilities is disregarded by the Child Support Agency when calculating...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in receipt of local housing allowance were in receipt of the (a) shared accommodation rate, (b) one bedroom rate, (c) two...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average loss in benefit entitlement was for those households affected by the raising of the age threshold for the shared accommodation...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 883W, on housing benefit, what methodology he has used to calculate the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many households with individuals aged between 25 and 35 received an exemption from the shared accommodation rate due to being clients...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households affected by the raising of the age threshold for the shared accommodation rate to 35.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to local authorities in relation to discretionary housing payments allocated to those affected by the...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) disabled, (b) single parent and (c) foster carer households will be affected by the under-occupancy penalty or bedroom tax...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many council tenant households will be affected by the under-occupancy penalty or bedroom tax in Bermondsey and Old Southwark constituency.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing association tenant households will be affected by the under-occupancy penalty or bedroom tax in Bermondsey and Old Southwark...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether households with a severely disabled child will be exempt from the under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether severely disabled people will be exempt from the under-occupancy penalty.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of new jobseeker's allowance claims have been made online in each month since January 2012.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on reducing the qualifying distance used to assess a claimant's eligibility for the mobility...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the difficulties of assessing people with fluctuating conditions for personal independence...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the proportion of people able to use the internet who receive (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) employment support...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 560W, on Social Security Benefits: Greater London, how many children are...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 387W, on universal credit, which parts of the universal credit programme...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, column 536W, on universal credit, which parts of the universal credit IT system...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who will claim winter fuel allowance in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency in (a) 2014,...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the request from the hon. Member for Oldham West of 31 January 2013 for him to receive a delegation to examine the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support is in place for participants who complete the full two years of the Work programme without finding a job at the end of the process.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how his Department is working with local authorities and public services to develop community involvement strategies, including...

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of households in each local authority in England who will be affected by reductions in...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average increase in annual council tax payments for households (a) making some payment...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the statutory homelessness statistics in England for October to December 2012.

      Homelessness: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many families in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria were registered as homeless in each of the last...

      Housing Associations: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of universal credit on the finances of housing...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of the housing benefit under-occupancy charge on (a) the future provision of housing...

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average cost to local authorities is of preparing a local development framework; and how many such applications have...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines his Department gives the Valuation Office Agency on the time taken to make a decision on business rates revaluation.

      Social Rented Housing: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of social landlord houses in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria that...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 13 November 2012 (WA 261), whether they will publish a breakdown of casualties caused by United Kingdom...

    • Agriculture: Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord De Mauley on 22 January (WS 68), what assessment they have made of whether the computer system introduced by the...

      Armed Forces: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the targeted assistance scheme for Iraqi nationals who have worked as interpreters for the United Kingdom Armed Forces in Iraq has not been extended to Afghan...

      Armed Forces: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mr Robathan, on 1 November 2012 (Official Report, Commons, col. 370W), how many...

      Armed Forces: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mr Robathan, on 26 November (Official Report, Commons, col. 28-9W), how many claims...

      Armed Forces: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further discussions relating to moral and ethical issues have taken place on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, on the basis of Chapter 5 of the Joint...

      Armed Forces: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mr Robathan, on 17 December 2012 (Official Report, Commons, col. 601W), what steps...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 19 February (WA 188), what action they are taking to reduce the number of asylum applications...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their rationale for not ordinarily allowing asylum seekers the opportunity to seek paid employment while their case awaits determination.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK Border Agency determines whether or not an individual is being truthful with regard to their sexuality when they are seeking asylum on these grounds.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are (1) the principal service standards adhered to by the UK Border Agency when processing asylum applications, and (2) the means by which fulfilment of those...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will undertake to publish a report on their review of asylum support when it is completed.

      Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions have been secured in the United Kingdom for badger-baiting and lamping in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Children's Improvement Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times UK Border Agency senior officials have met the Children's Improvement Board.

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many instances there have been in each year since 2009 of local register office employees not registering a couple's intent to enter into a civil partnership...

      Courts: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to collect offender profile information showing the reasons why some offenders fail to comply with their payment plans for fines.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to examine the relationship between court-imposed fines and payday loans.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what proportion of sentences involving fines was a deduction from benefits order issued in (1) 2009-10, (2) 2010-11, and (3) 2011-12.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what proportion of sentences involving fines was the offender living in relative income poverty in (1) 2009-10, (2) 2010-11, and (3) 2011-12.

      Crime and Courts Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proposed timeframe for developing and testing the computer system that will be used to administer the collection of costs under Clause 23 of the Crime...

      Crime: Arrests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were arrested (1) in the United Kingdom, (2) in England and Wales, and (3) in the Metropolitan Police Area, in each of the past five years. To ask...

      Disclosure and Barring Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the changes they have implemented in the system of Disclosure and Barring Services have reduced the number of checks; and, if so, by how much.

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the effect on the processing industry, in cash terms, of the replacement of the 20 pence per litre reduction on the fuel duty rate for biofuels from...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, of the 24 enterprise zones announced in 2011, how many have been set up, and how many are fully occupied. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs have been...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure in asylum decisions that the risk or presence of female genital mutilation is recognised and given adequate weighting.

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are circumstances in which they would deport a homosexual individual to a nation that criminalised homosexuality.

      India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister raised with the Government of India the terms of Indian legislation contained in the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition) Act...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other European Union member states concerning the consequences of Israel continuing to build settlements.

      Justice: Reinvestment Pilot Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the local justice reinvestment pilot schemes in London and Greater Manchester; and whether they plan to extend that scheme.

      Retail: Portas Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding has been disbursed to date in implementing the recommendations of the Portas review of high street retailing.

      Retail: Shop Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult all relevant interested parties about high street shop closures.

      Saeed Amireh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the grounds on which the Palestinian peace activist Saeed Amireh was refused an entry visa to the United Kingdom in February.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they require Syrian nationals boarding flights to the United Kingdom to possess international transit visas.

      Transport: Concessionary Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of age-related concessionary travel facilities on public transport; and what would be the saving if the present schemes were limited to those over 65.

      Transport: Concessionary Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether those entitled to age-related concessionary travel facilities on public transport are required to have a United Kingdom National Insurance number; and how...

      Transport: Concessionary Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether non-European Union nationals are entitled to age-related concessionary travel facilities from the time they take up residence in the United Kingdom; and...

      Turks and Caicos

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the state of political affairs in the Turks and Caicos Islands, in the light of the "grave concerns" expressed by the Caribbean...

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