Written answers

Thursday, 14 March 2013

  • Transport

    • Euston Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the proposed cost of the remodelling of Euston station was at the time of publication of plans for High Speed 2 between London and Birmingham; and...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has of the number of jobs created (a) directly and (b) indirectly in the North West by the construction of High Speed 2.

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on indoor and outdoor plants and trees in each year from 2005 to 2010.

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the road freight industry on the use of dual-fuel trucks to reduce carbon emissions.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the report by the UK Chamber of Shipping entitled Impact on Jobs and the Economy of Meeting the Requirements of...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of MARPOL Annex VI on the viability of vital shipping routes; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of MARPOL Annex VI on diesel prices for consumers; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met with officials in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and whether the Maritime Labour Convention was discussed.

      Shipping: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which regulations applying to the maritime industry his Department has proposed to ministerial colleagues in the Cabinet Office for consideration as...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet representatives of the National Workboat Association to discuss the establishment of an internationally-recognised Certificate of...

      Shrewsbury-Crewe Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what safety assessment has been conducted of implementation of the Crewe to Shrewsbury modular signalling scheme.

      Shrewsbury-Crewe Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had about implementation of the Crewe to Shrewsbury modular signalling scheme.

      Shrewsbury-Crewe Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any safety concerns have been expressed to him about implementation of the Crewe to Shrewsbury modular signalling scheme.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) 0800, (b) 0808, (c) 0844, (d) 0845 and (e) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are in use by (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many Crown prosecutors have been disciplined for misconduct since January 2000.

    • Pay

      To ask the Attorney-General, pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2013, Official Report, columns 775-76, on overtime, what the average cost of overtime per member of staff in (a) the Law...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number and severity of fires in industrial and commercial premises.

    • Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fires in industrial and commercial buildings there were in the UK in 2011.

      Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on housing for British forces and their families returning...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Cannock Chase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Cannock Chase district council has taken up the offer from his Department to help promote the Right to Buy scheme.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan and Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to reduce the regional differences in female access to (a) education and (b) healthcare in (i) Pakistan and...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's policy of matching contributions to a scheme to assist residents...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the potential contribution of deforestation in India, Nepal and Bhutan to annual flooding in Sunamganj,...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will discuss with her counterparts in (a) India, (b) Nepal and (c) Bhutan the effect of deforestation on (i) Sunamganj,...

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effect of programmes funded by her Department on average family size.

      Developing Countries: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects her Department is funding to tackle human trafficking; in which countries any such projects are based; and what amount of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of her Department's budget is provided to other countries in the form of (a) budget support, (b) aid given with...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how her Department is supporting civil society groups in Uganda campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Census, how many (a) UK and (b) foreign-born citizens over the age of 18 are qualified to vote in UK parliamentary elections in...

    • Employment: Kent

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency, (b) Medway and (c) Kent were employed by small and medium-sized...

      Energy: Cumbria

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency, (b) Barrow-in-Furness local authority area and (c) South Lakeland local authority area are...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many young people in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria participated in the National Citizen Service in the last 12 months.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • EU Countries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times he has visited member states of the European Union in an official capacity since 2010.

    • Population

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in which parliamentary constituencies was the number of persons on the electoral register in 2011 greater than the number of adults recorded in the 2011 Census;...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what types of content he intends researchers to be able to mine under a non-commercial exception for data analytics; what...

    • Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 635W, on energy: industry, when he plans to set out the...

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what strategies his Department has put in place to monitor top executive pay and bonuses.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure children from less privileged backgrounds are not deterred from applying to university.

      Planning Permission: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) he or (b) Ministers in his Department have had any discussions with Councillor Graham Brown of East Devon District...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the Government response to the Third Report of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of Session 2012-13, on library...

    • Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) 0800, (b) 0808, (c) 0844, (d) 0845 and (e) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are in use by (i) her Department and (ii)...

  • Home Department

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent civil servants in her Department are working on matters related to the UK Overseas Territories.

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has made to other Ministers in her Department on constituency issues; on what date such representations were made;...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on engagement with the European Cybercrime Centre operated by Europol.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations the Government have made to Europol on the European Cybercrime Centre.

      Detica

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support BAE Systems Detica has provided to her Department in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e) 2013.

      Detica

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department holds a contract with BAE Systems Detica to provide support to the Communications Capability Development Programme.

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the visa system enables Chinese tourists and business people to come to the UK while...

      Human Trafficking Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking met in each of the last three years; which Ministers attended these...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from other EU member states have been (a) deported and (b) refused entry in each of the last four years.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) chief constables and (b) other police officers of the Association of Chief Police Officers rank are paid more than the Prime...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that graduates entering the police force as direct entrants are of the highest calibre.

      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the first High Court judgment granting (a) a control order and (b) a terrorism prevention and investigative measures order for each...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters from hon. Members to the UK Border Agency's MPs' Liaison Unit were responded to (a) within 20 working days and (b) after 20...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2013, Official Report, column 371W, on Agricultural Wages Board, how many of those who...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 612W, on air pollution, what the sources are of the...

      Chromium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will institute an inventory of all emissions of hexavalent chromium in the UK.

      Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is expected (a) in Africa and (b) generally following the recent CITES Conference of the Parties in Bangkok.

      Crayfish: Pembrokeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences the Environment Agency has issued for crayfish trapping in Pembrokeshire in the last three years.

      Environment Protection: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the economic benefits of (a) individual marine conservation zones, (b) an...

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for Fisheries Protection vessels; and whether his Department has discussed the future of such vessels with...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on partnership funding expenditure on flood defence in each of the last three years; and how much is...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the insurance industry on flood risk insurance in the last two weeks.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether, in complying with the Montreal protocol, he plans to introduce further controls on fluorinated gases used in heat pumps.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to address the concerns of businesses in the UK's chemical sector with regards to the effects of the...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent in relation to bids under the private finance initiative for (a) the planned Allerton Waste...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department plans to complete development of an ecologically coherent network of managed marine protected areas.

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the report of the Marine Protected Areas and Mobile Species desk study MB0114 at the earliest opportunity;...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department plans to continue to use the Ecological Network Guidance as the framework for establishing an...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter dated 22 January 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Sir Gerald...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to respond to the recommendations of the Environmental Audit Committee regarding long-term funding for the...

      Pets: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information the Pets Statistics Database is collating.

      Polar Bears: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has made in support of a vote by the EU to introduce a ban on polar bear products at the CITES...

      Scallops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the reporting of cumulative Western Waters' (WW) scalloping activity to the EC for December 2012 of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department is reviewing travel advice for British citizens travelling to Bangladesh in light of recent violent...

    • Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he has visited Romania and Bulgaria in an official capacity since 2010.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on (a) the number of people in prison in India who have been sentenced to death and (b) the...

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on indoor and outdoor plants and trees in each year from 2005 to 2010.

      Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made on the progress of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia in the Northern Kosovo dispute...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement of 6 March 2013, Official Report, columns 961-4, on Syria, who will conduct the training of armed...

  • Justice

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many awards of compensation were made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints were made about delays in awarding compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many awards for compensation made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority were made, having initially been refused and that refusal being...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applicants for eligibility under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in being awarded payments...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals were made by those seeking payment for loss of earnings under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme having been initially refused in...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals made by those seeking compensation for loss of earnings under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme were overturned following the...

      Drugs: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury (Emily Thornbray) of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 717W, on drugs:...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employers were prosecuted for employing illegal immigrants in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Immigration: Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 845W, on judicial review, how many of the applications for permission to apply for...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are serving life sentences; what state benefits they are entitled to receive; and what the estimated monetary value is of such benefits.

      Official Secrets Act 1989

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will hold discussions with the (a) intelligence agencies, (b) Crown Prosecution Service and (c) Sentencing Board on increasing the tariff for...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders who have absconded from prisons remain at large; and if he will make a statement.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average number of meetings was between probation staff and offenders on licence who were originally sentenced for (a) murder, (b) rape,...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his reasons are for recommending a reduction in the number of probation areas to 16 prior to outsourcing of probation work.

      Reoffenders: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of reoffending rates of prisoners resident in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) South Lakeland in each of the last...

      Sexual Offences: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for sexual offences were secured in the London borough of Southwark in each year from 2007 to 2012.

      Wellingborough Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the press notice issued by the Cabinet Office on 13 March 2013, whether HM Prison Wellingborough has been sold; and if he will make a...

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the timescale for the completion of the European Commission's investigation into the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme in...

    • Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been successfully prosecuted for fraudulent child care tax credit claims when no longer using the child care hours or provider stated...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent banks from imposing charges on Child Trust Fund accounts.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of household debt was in each region in each year for which figures are available.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2013, Official Report, column 921W, on fuels: Wales, which other remote parts of the UK are being considered for the...

      Annual Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies qualify for privilege days; and what the total cost...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken to ensure that PAYE in real time has been tested on (a) businesses with fewer than 10 employees and (b) businesses with one employee.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will ensure that where HM Revenue and Customs' inquiry centres currently provide face-to-face services they will remain in their location; (2)...

      VAT: Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the merits of introducing a reduced rate of VAT on visitor accommodation and attractions in line with the practice in some other EU...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people participating in (a) the Work programme and (b) Work Choice have received Access to Work support after finding employment in...

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether information supplied by his Department to recipients of the (a) winter fuel payment and (b) cold weather payment states the importance...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much remains outstanding in child maintenance arrears in (a) Airdrie and Shotts and (b) Scotland in 2012.

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what child support arrears are owed by non-resident parents to parents with care, by parliamentary constituency, in the most recent period for...

      Community Care Grants: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was awarded in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency under each category of the community care grant in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Community Care Grants: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many items were awarded in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency under each category in the community care grant in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Crisis Loans: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each Birmingham borough received a crisis loan in each of the last three years.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether existing claimants of disability living allowance will risk losing benefits if they fail to reapply for the personal independence...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what safeguards are in place for existing claimants of disability living allowance who have to apply for the personal independence payment for...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on whether a claimant of employment and support allowance in the support group who is referred to the Work Choice scheme...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a claimant of employment and support allowance in the support group who asks to be referred to Work Choice will have to claim...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether disability employment advisers are prohibited from referring a claimant of employment and support allowance in the support group to the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support is available to those in the support group of employment and support allowance who wish to voluntarily undertake employment support.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance is given by his Department to disability employment advisers on situations in which people in the support group of employment and...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether claimants of employment and support allowance in the support group are able to be referred to a work psychologist.

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department intends to introduce the new habitual residence test.

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes he plans to make to the habitual residence test for (a) citizens of the European Area entering the UK and (b) non-EU citizens...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has any plans to widen the definition of exempt accommodation in relation to support lodgings for housing benefit purposes.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the exemption of families with severely disabled people from the social rented sector under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria will be used to determine eligibility for the hardship fund for the social rented sector under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria will be used to determine exemptions from the social rented sector under-occupancy penalty for (a) people with children with...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people who require full-time care and (b) households with severely disabled children that will...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Rotherham constituency (a) have been and (b) will be affected by the (i) housing benefit cap, (ii) social sector size...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people live in supported lodgings and are exempt for housing benefit purposes in (a) Garston and Halewood constituency, (b)...

      Incapacity Benefit: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the reassessment of individuals in Stalybridge and Hyde constituency in receipt of incapacity benefit to be complete.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people who have had their jobseeker's allowance stopped as a result of missing a single adviser appointment and who are on hardship...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter dated 24 January 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Sir Gerald Kaufman) with regard...

      Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the support available to disabled people who require a large wheelchair accessible vehicle and as such face...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what appeals process exists for claimants who, when checking their pension entitlement, find that not all contributions that they have paid...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average redundancy settlement paid to former Remploy workers has been.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former Remploy workers who wish to establish a social enterprise have received working capital from his Department as part of the...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements have been made for the disposal of any specialised equipment in Remploy factories.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the guidance made available by (a) local authorities in England, (b) the Welsh Government and (c) the Scottish...

      Social Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Ministers on the devolution of the discretionary social fund.

      Social Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding has been allocated to the Welsh Government to administer the discretionary element of the social fund in each of the next five...

      Social Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that Jobcentre Plus staff in Wales are aware of the changes to the discretionary social fund to be administered...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 561W, on Social Security Benefits: Greater London, what the minimum (a)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) carer's allowance, (b) the middle rate of the care component of disability living allowance (DLA) and (c) the higher...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column 609W, on social security benefits: Greater London, how many of his...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when the most recent gate review for the universal credit project was; at what stage of the gateway review process it applied; and what...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contingency plans his Department has put in place in case of handling errors in universal credit assessments that result in underpayments...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact assessments have been completed by his Department on the effects of the non-categorisation of supported lodging schemes as exempt...

      Vacancies: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent job vacancy figures for Thirsk, Malton and Filey are.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of work capability assessments on the well-being of people who have a lifelong serious medical condition.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review existing Work Programme contracts to provide added incentives to providers who achieve successful job outcomes with clients...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when support for participants who complete the full two years of the Work programme without finding a job will be put into place.

  • Education

    • Chequers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2013, Official Report, column 57W, on Chequers, whether he was accompanied by his special advisers or other...

    • Children: Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward amendments to the Children and Families Bill to provide for a non-resident parent to have more than every other weekend as the...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will introduce a quality assurance mark for national curriculum learning resources.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of the time taken to publish final programmes of study and full assessment criteria on the timely publication...

      First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment Ofsted has made of the prevalence of teaching of life-saving skills in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2013, Official Report, column 396W, on Freedom of Information Act 2000, whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of students taking (a) biology, (b) chemistry and (c) physics at A-level.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of schools which offer split sciences at GCSE level.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will develop sex and relationship education in primary schools to teach that violence towards women is unacceptable including how to manage...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason information regarding Ministers' meetings with external organisations on the data.gov.uk website is not available for the last two...

      Schools: Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to limit the number of junk food vending machines in schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children with special educational needs have adequate choice in further education; (2) what...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether the status of an education, health and care plan will change when a child reaches the age of 16; (2) whether under the provisions of the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how his Department plans to monitor quality assurance for outcomes of vulnerable children as more power is devolved to schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether under the provisions of the Children and Families Bill a young person aged 16 to 25 with special educational needs on an apprenticeship...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent progress he has made on the carbon capture and storage pilot projects.

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure that energy service companies delivering permanent and verifiable savings of electricity use can...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of increases in (a) domestic and (b) business energy bills arising from the use of renewable energy sources...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to help families with the cost of living and the price of energy; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce consumers' energy bills.

      Peat Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind power installations (a) installed, (b) approved and (c) awaiting planning permission are sited on peatlands.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the total (a) number and (b) installed capacity of small solar schemes below the permitted...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the amount of time (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind turbines were not operational in each of...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind farms have been built (a) onshore and (b) offshore in the last three months for which figures are available; and if he...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the average annual cost, excluding deployment in operations of (a) Reaction Force Brigade and (b) Adaptable Force Brigade.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to sell his Department's headquarters in Whitehall and move to cheaper premises in outer London.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent valuation is of his Department's headquarters in Whitehall.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maintenance costs were for his Department's headquarters in Whitehall in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of heating his Department's headquarters in Whitehall in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of lighting his Department's headquarters in Whitehall in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to increase cyber-defence capabilities.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has varied the original specifications required by his Department for purchase of the A400M aircraft.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies have been conducted by his Department into the need for air-to-air refuelling capability by the A400M aircraft.

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what land has been procured for (a) UK military forces and (b) UK civilian components in Germany at a cost to the German Government; and at what cost.

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what determination of damage or loss has been made by (a) UK and (b) German authorities in respect of the condition of property in UK military...

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 5 March 2013, Official Report, columns 845-48, on Army Basing Plan, whether the £1.8 billion announced in the...

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work in his Department's press office.

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a decision on whether to build new offshore patrol vessels; and if he will make a statement.

      Porton Down: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of the Under-Secretary of State for Defence the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne) of 12 February 2013, Official Report, column...

      Porton Down: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of the Under-Secretary of State for Defence the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne) of 12 February 2013, Official Report, column...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what interventions on alcohol misuse linked to sexual health risks were piloted by his Department following the public health White Paper, “Healthy...

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the over-prescription of antibiotics; (2) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Medicines...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the Government play a leading role in encouraging pharmaceutical companies to develop new (a) antibiotics and (b)...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to PQ 146775, how many doctors other than those graduating from United Kingdom medical schools were taken on by the NHS in 2012;...

      Donors: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage schools and colleges with students over the age of 16 to promote blood, organ and bone marrow donation.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs per head of population there were in (a) 1983 and (b) the latest date for which information is available.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the public health White Paper, “Healthy Lives Healthy People”, when he plans to publish the results of an evidence review...

      Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to NHS Commissioners on (a) assessing and (b) defining patients interests for the purpose of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to restrict access to routine health care and access to diagnosis from (a) citizens of the EU, (b) legitimate migrants on short-term...

      Healthwatch England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what transitional arrangements are in place between the end of local involvement networks and the establishment of Healthwatch; and if he will make...

      Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will name the Polish meat plant identified by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland as the source of the horsemeat found in UK burgers; and which...

      Hospitals: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis via accident and emergency departments there were in (a) Tameside, (b) Stockport and (c)...

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the threat of infectious diseases.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle disability due to musculoskeletal conditions.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) Government Ministers, (b) NHS staff, (c) civil servants and (d) others were part of the NHS Next Stages Review team.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff have been made redundant and subsequently re-employed by NHS organisations on a (a) permanent basis and (b) fixed-term contract basis...

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the success of the introduction of the Harmoni NHS 111 telephone service; and if he will make a statement.

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 887W, on older people, whether he has assessed the size of the market for equity release...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff previously employed by the National Treatment Agency now work for Public Health England.

      Respiratory System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was invested in each of the last three years by (a) his Department, (b) the Medical Research Council and (c) the National Institute for Health...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 9 January (WA 95), what advice has been (1) sought, and (2) provided, from United Kingdom Armed Forces...

    • Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Bahrain about the accountability of senior military and police officers, who were in charge when...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will request pardons from the King of Bahrain for non-violent persons involved in the 2011 protests, subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment and...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Bahrain the proposed draft law on non-governmental organisations, with a view to its conformity with international...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Bahrain the alleged use of excessive force on 14 February in al-Dia village, leading to two deaths.

      Banking: Professional and Career Development Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the actual, and (2) the forecast, cost to HM Treasury of Career Development Loans and Professional Career Development Loans in England from 2010-11 to...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claims were made for industrial injuries disablement benefit in respect of the C3 class of prescribed diseases relating to phosphorous exposure or any...

      Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all UK Border Force officials working at St Pancras International station and the related controls in France and Belgium are subject to Section 55 of the...

      British Paediatric Surveillance Unit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to continue funding for the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit.

      Child Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all the responses to the consultation document Measuring Child Poverty will be published online.

      Drugs: Prescribed Drug Addiction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance will be available to clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards and local authorities from April 2013 on the appropriate specialist...

      Employment: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the relevance of oral evidence to appeals against work capability assessment decisions, they have given consideration to decision makers...

      EU: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the reported remarks by Mr Van Rompuy on 28 February that there was no impending need to re-open the European Union treaties and not "much...

      Finance: Early and Prompt Payment Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the financial benefits in government procurement costs available from rebates from suppliers in return for early payment of invoices.

      Finance: Payday Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to strengthen the regulation of payday lenders.

      Food: Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord De Mauley on 5 February (Official Report, col. 136), how many food banks were operating in (1) England, and (2) the United Kingdom,...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to regulate the meat industry, in particular in respect of false labelling.

      Food: Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the United Nations process to adopt a post-2015 development agenda, what plans they have to support the creation of a goal covering the issue of...

      Health: Doctors' Language Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make an announcement when they have reached agreement with the General Medical Council on the level of English language skills to be required of...

      Health: HIV

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on testing for HIV in patients lacking capacity to give consent following a needlestick injury to a healthcare worker.

      Higher Education: Foreign Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 4 March (WA 367), for how long non-European Union students sponsored by a licensed employer under tier...

      Higher Education: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many academic staff working in post-16 education have been reclassified from public sector employees to private sector employees in each of the past three years.

      House of Lords: Remuneration

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether any person directly or indirectly employed by, or offering services to, the House of Lords is remunerated by the House of Lords Finance Department under...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the allocations to each local authority for discretionary housing payments (DHP) (1) in total, and (2) for each category of DHP.

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied minors, excluding those from other European countries, departed the United Kingdom in 2012.

      Internet: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to tackle the availability of lethal drugs on the internet.

      Maldives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of the Maldives about the sentence of flogging of a 15 year-old rape victim in that country; and what...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 4 March (WA 370), whether the primary purpose of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) remains the...

      NHS: Contractors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in response to the National Audit Office's report that Serco falsified data in relation to the out-of-hours general practitioner...

      NHS: Non-UK Citizen Patients

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-United Kingdom citizens are currently (1) in-patients in NHS hospitals, and (2) registered as patients with NHS general practitioners.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 26 February (WA 304), what are the small number of state-controlled churches and other places of worship in...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what qualifications are needed by UK Border Agency caseworkers; and what (1) standard, and (2) continued professional development, training is provided for UK...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the number, and (2) the proportion, of (a) single, and (b) joint, universal credit recipients which they expect to be paid by a simple payment card.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether universal credit recipients who are paid with a simple payment card will be allowed to withdraw only part of their monthly or twice-monthly universal...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 4 March (WA 367), how many employers are licensed by the UK Border Agency to sponsor migrants under...

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