Written answers

Monday, 15 April 2013

  • Wales

    • Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many civil servants in his Department have been subject to non-disclosure agreements in each year since 2010.

  • Scotland

    • Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many civil servants in his Department have been subject to non-disclosure agreements in each year since 2010.

    • Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Office of Fair Trading on the use of land maintenance companies by property developers to reserve land for future...

  • Transport

    • A1: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects construction work on the Elkesley bridge over the A1 to begin.

    • Aviation: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to section 3.54 of the Aviation Policy Framework, whether the Airports Commission will assess the potential effect on (a) air quality...

      Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce details of an aviation strategy for Northern Ireland.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Cumbria; and what proportion of such people are paid at or above the living wage.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what means funding for the planned upgrade for the east coast main line will be delivered.

      East Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to improvements in train services from London to Retford in planning the franchising of the East Coast Mainline.

      East Coast Railway Line: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that the (a) bidding process for the east coast main line franchise will not encounter similar problems to those...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what position the Government will adopt at the Council of the European Union on the mandatory installation of acoustic vehicle alerting systems on...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost of re-running the consultation compensation is for High Speed 2 following the loss by the Department of the Judicial Review.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when the new consultation on High Speed 2 (HS2) compensation on the Birmingham to London route will commence; and whether it will be co-ordinated...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of his Department's total budget will be taken up by expenditure on High Speed 2 (HS2) and HS2 rolling stock in each year from 2013-14...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated costs are for the rolling stock for High Speed 2 for (a) Phase 1 and (b) Phase 2.

      Intercity Express Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what means funding for the intercity express programme trains for service on the east coast main line will be delivered.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with transport authorities for the Northern, Transpennine and services in the Midlands on devolving responsibility for the...

      Railways: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2013, Official Report, column 457W, on railways: industrial disputes, how much was paid by his Department as...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made on establishing a timetable for ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on the Government's one-in, one-out regulation rule on the ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what tonnage of domestic biomass was used for energy generation in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and what estimate his...

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce electricity demand.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by how much his Department's current policies are expected to reduce electricity demand (a) by 2018 and (b) by 2030.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made on the potential for reducing electricity demand (a) by 2018 and (b) by 2030.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to postponing (a) the Capacity Auction and (b) making capacity payments until the potential room for...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce an electricity demand reduction incentive.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of household income was spent on fuel in (a) England and (b) Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when a Minister in his Department last met with the Northern Ireland Assembly to discuss fuel poverty.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research has been conducted or commissioned by his Department into the recovery of natural gas from seabed frozen methane hydrates.

      Natural Gas: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of homes in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber do not have access to the...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many state aids notifications in respect of the nuclear new build programme the Government has (a) submitted to date and (b) plans...

      Radiation: Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will list for each civil licensed (a) nuclear power plant and (b) nuclear fuel cycle installation in the UK which of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa and Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent report by Open Doors UK which concluded that persecution of Christians is increasing...

    • British India Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what fishing and marine protection patrols have been undertaken in the British India Ocean Territories in the last year; how...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the conditions and treatment of Rohingya refugees in Thailand.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on allegations that the Thai navy sold Rohingya refugees travelling by boat to human traffickers.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the treatment of Rohingya prisoners in Buthidaung Prison in Burma following recent allegations...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent communal violence in the Burmese city of Meikhtila; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Burma to address the recent communal violence in that country; and if he will...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in the Central African Republic.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the security situation in the Central African Republic.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the peace process in Colombia.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what human rights’ issues have been raised by the UK with (a) the Government of Eritrea and (b) human rights and civil...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Ethiopia on human rights, poverty and living conditions in the Ogaden...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to the government of Somalia in respect of security issues in the Ogaden region.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department work full-time on human rights policy.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Iran on the imprisonment of Pastor Fashid Malayeri.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Iran on the imprisonment of individuals based on religion.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the imprisonment rate of individuals based on their religion in Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has his Department made of the effect of recent decisions by the European Court of Justice on the sanctions...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq following the attacks on Camp...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of claims made by the Iranian Quds Force that they intend to attack Camp Liberty.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the security situation in Baghdad.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli Government about night-time arrests of children.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Israeli authorities about recording of police interviews with children.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that Palestinian children are not blindfolded or hooded on arrest.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress in establishing the rule of law in northern Kosovo.

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with the Moroccan authorities the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture that the Moroccan...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on possible security threats...

      North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking with the governments of (a) Egypt, (b) Libya and (c) Tunisia to assist with the return of...

      Overseas Trade: Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to ensure that UK companies only trade in conflict-free minerals.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is planning to take against UK directors of G4S over the alleged illegal transfer of Palestinian prisoners to...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the suspension of family visits to Gazan prisoners held in Israeli jails; and if he will make a...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was paid to officials in (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies in bonuses and other payments in...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what allowances and subsidies in addition to salary were available to officials in (a) his Department and (b) its...

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to impose visa bans and asset freezes on Russian government officials referred to in the Resolution of...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many days (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies has lost to staff sickness in each of the...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies have had (i) fewer than five days,...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to help ensure that there is no use of chemical weapons in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to protect followers of the Christian faith subject to persecution in the conflict in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2013, Official Report, columns 912-13W, on Syria, what assessment he has made of the dangers...

      Tourism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote Northern Ireland as part of the GREAT campaign.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make representations to Virgin Airlines requesting that they commence flights from Belfast International airport to London Heathrow.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent steps she has taken to further the case for the devolution of corporation tax to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she last met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the devolution of corporation tax to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she last met the First Minister of Northern Ireland; and what issues were discussed.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on measures to stimulate growth in the private sector in Northern Ireland; and...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate she has made of the total cost of overtime payments in each pay grade in her Department.

      Presbyterian Mutual Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the findings of the Northern Ireland Ombudsman's report on the management and administration of the Presbyterian...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the level of resources available to the security forces in 2013.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment she has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she will next discuss the latest unemployment figures for Northern Ireland with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive; and if she...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas visits have been made by Ministers of her Department to support trade and investment in each year since 2010.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations on a minimum unit price on alcohol.

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the e-Borders programme to date; and how much she estimates will be spent on the project in the next five years.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost is of each attempt to remove from the UK an individual who no longer has permission to remain.

      Domestic Violence: Martial Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the effect on incidences of violence against women of the practice of mixed martial arts.

      Edinburgh Airport: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the UK Border Force target for queuing times for (a) EEA and (b) non-EEA passengers at Edinburgh Airport were breached in (i)...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time for tier 2 (intra-company transfer) applications was in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and how many such...

      Entry Clearances: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the clarity and intelligibility of the questions asked on the UK Border Agency business visitor visa application form...

      Entry Clearances: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list visit visa requirements for nationals of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how her Department monitors and evaluates the functioning of the National Referral Mechanism for child victims of trafficking; and what plans...

      Illegal Immigrants: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many raids on (a) home addresses and (b) workplaces the UK Border Agency has conducted in (i) Brigg and Goole constituency and (ii)...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are made to determine that the UK is a country of residence for non-EU nationals.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are in place to determine whether an EU national has met the criteria for permanent residence in the UK and that such people...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU nationals have acquired the right to permanent residence in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU nationals have lost the right to permanent residence in the UK after living outside the UK for over two consecutive years in each...

      Immigration: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the cost of a modernised IT system for the immigration system.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which company holds the largest contract to provide mobile telephony services to the Criminal Records Bureau; how much is paid each year...

      National Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she plans to have on the National Crime Agency with (a) the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, (b) the Justice...

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on indoor and outdoor plants and trees since her appointment.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the names, job titles and salaries of all deputies, assistants and advisers appointed by police and crime commissioners...

      Police Patrolling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2013, Official Report, column 709W, on Police Patrolling: Birmingham, if she will take steps to collect...

      Sexual Offences: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to open a sexual assault and rape centre in North Yorkshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps need to be taken before individuals currently subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures can be prosecuted in a...

      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what categories of criminal evidence the Government holds on individuals currently subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures.

      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the prosecution of individuals currently subject to terrorism...

      Theft: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of dog theft have been recorded in (a) Dartford constituency, (b) Kent and (c) the UK in each of the last three years.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 156W, on premium service appointments: Liverpool, how many premium...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 156W, on UK Border Agency, how many people failed to attend the UK Border...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the UK Border Agency has transferred staff from other areas of the agency for the purposes of tackling the backlog of migration...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her statement of 26 March 2013, Official Report, columns 1500-10, on UK Border Agency, what the procedure will be for responding...

      UK Border Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how the UK Border Agency performed against its published service standards in Northern Ireland in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; (2)...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the full regulations accompanying changes to Criminal Records Bureau requirements.

      Violence Against Women and Girls Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the last meeting of the Violence Against Women and Girls Inter-Ministerial Group was held; who attended that meeting; and what items...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer named day written parliamentary questions 146405, 146411, 146412, 146413 and 146414 tabled on 28 February for...

  • Defence

    • Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the UK’s Trident-based nuclear deterrent.

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the defence situation in the middle east.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on calculating the costs of withdrawal from Afghanistan.

      Defence Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on defence expenditure.

      Defence Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on defence expenditure.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 March 2013, on defence estate rationalisation, which three Typhoon squadrons will be based at...

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people from Northern Ireland have joined HM armed forces in each of the last three years.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visits the armed forces made to (a) state secondary schools, (b) independent schools and (c) colleges in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales, (iii) England...

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visits the armed forces made to (a) state secondary schools, (b) independent schools and (c) colleges in each (i) local authority area and (ii)...

      Armed Forces: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the report published in The Lancet, Violent offending by UK military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan: a data linkage cohort...

      Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent estimate is of the net book value of each major item of (a) single use military equipment, (b) transport equipment, (c) plant and...

      Defence Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the proportion in cash terms of the budget for defence estates and bases that is annually written off, which is not...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2013, Official Report, column 161W, on depleted uranium, how many locations with depleted uranium (DU) contaminations...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the public will be informed in advance of CHARM3 test fires at the Dundrennan Range.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to respond to Freedom of Information request MM/JH/20/12/2012 submitted by the hon. Member for Bridgend; and if he will make a statement.

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkhas in the UK have had some of their pre-1997 service years deducted from their pension through the transfer of their pension benefits from...

      HMS Tireless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 846W, on HMS Tireless, on what date Ministers in his Department were informed of problems...

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers there were in his Department in March (a) 2010 and (b) 2013.

      Military Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons Queen's Regulations are not available online; and if he will publish these online.

      MOD Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with private companies operating at Ashchurch following his issuing a closure notice; and if he will make a statement.

      MOD Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) permanent and (b) agency staff employed at MOD Ashchurch, employed (i) directly by his Department...

      QinetiQ: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 30W, on QinetiQ: pensions, whether he expects to be able to sign off the pension...

      Radiation: Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list for each of (a) AWE Aldermaston, (b) AWE Burghfield, (c) RN Base Coulport, (d) RN bases at Faslane, Rosyth and Plymouth Devonport...

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Ministry of Defence police investigation into the SAR helicopter contract bidding process begun in 2011 to be completed; and if he...

      Select Committee Oral Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is the practice of (a) the Minister concerned and (b) officials of his Department to check uncorrected transcripts for accuracy following...

      Ultra Electronics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2013, Official Report, column 789W, on Ultra Electronics, what the purpose is of each contract held between Ultra...

  • Prime Minister

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost to the public purse of the PM Direct events has been in each of the last two years.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities for what reasons section 36 of the Equalities Act 2010 has not yet been enforced.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • British Constitution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what new constitutional reforms he will bring forward in this Parliament.

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect on social mobility of changes in the (a) number of funded places available in universities in Scotland and (b)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 13 February 2013 from the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North, on reductions to local government funding...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of non-compliance with the Agricultural Wages Board have been (a) detected, (b) investigated, (c) prosecuted...

    • Agriculture: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from farmers regarding the recent weather; what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Agriculture: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payments were processed by the Rural Payments Agency in (a) Devon and (b) Cornwall in the last 12 months...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which company holds the largest contract to provide mobile telephony services to the Animal Health and Veterinary...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the over-prescription of veterinary antibiotics.

      Beef: Horse Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) steps he is taking to reassure consumers across the UK and (b) discussions he has had with Ministers in the devolved...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to protect and encourage the UK's bee population.

      Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made on his Department's review of Predation by Fish-Eating Birds on Inland Fisheries; and if he will...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what criteria he will use to assess the effectiveness of the badger cull pilots; (2) what threshold of effectiveness...

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses has cost to implement to date.

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons no licences have been issued under the licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses to date.

      Circuses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Circus Mondao was granted a licence under the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on UK farmers of the proposed reforms of the common agricultural policy; and if he...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he expects common agricultural policy reforms to be implemented in England in particular as regards the balance between...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the common agricultural policy reforms will apply to grazers on common land and to landlords.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the concept of active farms will be applied in England under common agricultural policy reforms; and if he will make a...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the likely effect in the East of England agricultural sector of his proposals for the...

      Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations the Government made at the March 2013 meeting of the Convention on International Trade: Endangered...

      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,...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce decarbonisation targets.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his discussions with representatives of the insurance industry on flood insurance have included the issue of the work...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the EU Commissioner for Agriculture on food labelling and food provenance policy issues; and...

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to tackle the problem of urban foxes in inner cities.

      Gamekeepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have started courses to become gamekeepers in England and Wales in the last five years; how many have...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department plans to publish the report of the independent systematic review of published material on the...

      Horse Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when Ministers were informed that Vestey Foods supplied Sodexo with horsemeat.

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) police forces and (b) local authorities applied to his Department to access data held in horse passport issuing...

      Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to prevent the spread of invasive Japanese knotweed.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the results of his inquiry into the death of livestock at the port of Ramsgate in September 2012.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the precautionary principle has played in the decisions on the first round of marine conservation zone designations.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will request the Natural Capital Committee to make an assessment of the socio-economic benefits of current and future...

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons he has excluded evidence more than 12 years old from the process of designating marine conservation zones.

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the potential benefit to the UK economy of an ecologically coherent network of marine protected...

      Meat Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of current rules on import and export of mechanically-separated meat in the EU.

      Meat: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussion he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on contaminated meat.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to reply to the letter of 1 March 2012 from the hon. Member for Glasgow...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter dated 18 February 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

      National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations the publication of a full list of its member vessels.

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what public funding from the public purse has been made available to Natural England in each year since 2006.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his review of the invasive non-native species framework strategy will take place.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will take steps to promote the harmonisation of legislation across the UK relating to invasive non-native...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice he received that informed his decision to oppose the European Commission's proposed suspension of neonicotinoid...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental effect of pest control alternatives to neonicotinoids.

      Phytophthora Ramorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of Phytophthora ramorum on UK forests; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value was of contracts awarded by his Department to (a) management consultancies and (b) IT companies in...

      River Wharfe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timescale has been set by Natural England for the River Wharfe Restoration Project.

      River Wharfe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimated cost has been made by Natural England of the (a) feasibility study and (b) delivery cost to the River Wharfe...

      Sharks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect the native basking shark population.

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many areas Natural England has determined to be sites of special scientific interest in each year since 2006.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much sugar of each type was produced in each year since 1990.

      Travel and Subsistence Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many chairs in his Department's arm's-length bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally...

      Trees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which tree diseases have been found in UK forests in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      UN Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the UK has made towards the commitments it made at the Convention on Biodiversity Conference of the Parties in...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made on the viability of a national water supply grid; (2) what assessment his...

      Water: Peat Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the cost of treating particulate and dissolved organic carbon in water supply systems arising...

      Water: Peat Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential for wind farm construction on areas of peatland to cause an increase in...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what engagement her Department has with the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in determining which countries...

    • Developing Countries: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what method her Department uses to designate countries as (a) fragile and (b) conflict affected.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Médicins Sans Frontières and UNICEF regarding...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken to reduce the number of instances of mother-to-child transmissions of HIV.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of her Department's budget for nutrition was spent on nutritional direct interventions in the latest period for which...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the number of children who will have been reached by its nutritional programmes by 2015.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has for further expenditure on child nutrition programmes.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the announcement that was made at the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in Washington in April 2012...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the announcement that was made at the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in Washington in April 2012...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what was agreed at the meeting of the EU Water Experts Group in January 2013 to improve water and sanitation programmes.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make water and sanitation a UK priority for EU development programming for the next funding period up to 2020; and if she...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to her European counterparts on encouraging the EU to join the Sanitation and Water for All...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many civil servants in her Department have been subject to non-disclosure agreements in each year since 2010.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department in taking to increase access to food and drinking water for refugees in the northeast of Mali.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to support refugee host communities in Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Mauritania following the influx of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department plans to take regarding aid to countries which restrict religious beliefs and practice.

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total level of aid from her Department to South Africa is.

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how UK aid to South Africa is spent, by category of programme and expenditure.

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of any link between mining in southern Africa and infection rates for tuberculosis and HIV; and...

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions officials in her Department have had with mining industry representatives on steps to address tuberculosis and HIV in...

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the effects of tuberculosis in the gold-mining industry in southern Africa on achievement of...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which telephone lines are operated by her Department for public enquiries or other services; what the (a) principal access number and...

  • Justice

    • Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to reduce drug use in prisons.

    • Fireworks: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many fixed penalties were issued relating to the misuse of fireworks in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber in...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider re-labelling offences as aggravated where human trafficking is involved.

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions were made against individuals or companies based in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria for breaches of minimum...

      Non-molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many non-molestation orders have been (a) requested and (b) granted under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996, to deter someone from causing or...

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the average annual cost of keeping an offender in (a) an adult prison, (b) a young offender institution and (c) a...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the (a) capacity, (b) population and (c) category status was of HM Prison (i) Cardiff, (ii) Forest Bank, (iii) Northallerton, (iv) Nottingham,...

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in each prison have been allowed to visit family members in other prisons in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many inter-prison visit requests were made from the secure youth estate in each year since May 2005; and how many such requests were granted;...

      Trials: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants under the age of 18 years appeared in courts in (a) Lancashire and (b) the rest of England in 2012 by age; and how many of these were...

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 18 years sentenced to immediate custody went on to serve a custodial sentence in each year since 2001.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to reduce the binary re-offending rate of young offenders.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of young offenders from (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England have been given custodial sentences.

  • Education

    • 16-19 Bursary Fund: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in Barrow and Furness constituency received funding through the Bursary Fund in the most recent year for which data is available; and...

    • Adoption: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were adopted in Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he first received the reports of the Task and Finish Working Groups on (a) the quality of residential children's homes and (b) placing children in...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he first received the findings of the working group on the quality of residential children's homes established in July 2012; and for what reasons...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has received the findings of the working party on the placement of children in care out of area established in July 2012; and when he plans...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the level of provision of formal childcare during school holidays in Birmingham in each of the last three years.

      Children: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many child deaths recorded in each of the years 2008 to 2011 were classified as (a) preventable and (b) non-preventable; (2) in how many...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children are on the at-risk register in each local authority in England.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish the final version of the revised Working Together Guidance.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children are the subject of a child protection plan in each local authority in the London region.

      Children: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Better Communication Research Programme: Improving provision for children and young people with speech, language and...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria he is using to determine what to include in the basic curriculum in respect of his Department's consultation on the National Curriculum...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students in Barrow and Furness constituency received educational maintenance allowance payments in 2010-11; and how many students were in each...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that children living in poverty are able to receive free school meals.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to reduce any social stigma attached to those children claiming free school meals.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which recipients of universal credit will qualify for free school meals.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish a consultation document on delivering free school meals through universal credit.

      Free School Meals: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils in Barnsley Central constituency are in receipt of free school meals.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on (a) the proportion of young people entering for A Levels and (b) attainment at A Level by young people from...

      GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the oral statement of 23 January 2013, Official Report, column 317, what the source was of the statistic on the proportion of universities...

      Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the status will be of the new national panel of independent experts set up to provide advice to local safeguarding children boards; and to...

      Mobile Phones: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with mobile device application developers on applications available to buy in the UK which are aimed at children and...

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to paragraph 10.17 of the Ministerial Code, whether he has been accompanied by his spouse or partner on official duties on any occasion...

      Official Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has (a) received and (b) retained any gifts given to him in his ministerial capacity since May 2010 that were (i) under the value of...

      Orphans: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what financial assistance his Department provides to orphans from the age of 16 to allow them to continue in full-time education.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much was paid to officials in (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies in bonuses and other payments in addition to...

      Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many posters and displays there are in the offices of his Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs of Ministers; and how...

      Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department gives on the maximum acceptable class size at Key Stage 1.

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he is ensuring that independent schools have the ability to provide scholarships and bursaries to talented students who cannot afford the fees in...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many private companies have been awarded contracts since May 2010; what the monetary value was of such contracts; and in which areas of his...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average level of funding per school child place for children between the ages of four and 16 is in the (a) Dudley metropolitan council area,...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials were recruited to (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last five years.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many extra students he predicts will be in the education system in 2015 as a result of the raising of the school leaving age in 2015.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what preparations his Department has made for the increase in the number of students in 2015 due to the raising of the school leaving age.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies have had (i) fewer than five days, (ii) five to 10 days,...

      Special Educational Needs: Bury St Edmunds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in Bury St Edmunds constituency received statements of special educational needs in each of the last three years.

      Special Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many special guardianship orders were made (a) in total, (b) to a relative or friend connected to the child and (c) to an unrelated foster carer in...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what increase in staff there has been in the Academy Failures Unit of his Department in the last 18 months.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2013, Official Report, columns 855-56W, on staff, for what reasons he cannot provide a breakdown of the...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what responsibilities were covered by staff in the safeguarding department in (a) the latest period for which figures are available and (b) May 2010.

      Teachers: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the current (a) state of negotiations is and (b) areas of disagreement are between his Department and the National Union of Teachers and NASUWT.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of expected final recruitment to initial teacher training in each subject and phase in the 2012-13 academic year.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department's customer service telephone lines are restricted to those beginning 0870.

      Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies have left that body due to (i) resignation, (ii)...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list all those organisations which have been successful in his Department’s recent grant awarding round for community and voluntary...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many away days his Department has held since 2010; and what the cost was of each such event.

      Young People: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people aged 17 are in full-time education or training as of 2013; and how many young people aged 18 are expected to be in full-time...

      Young People: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will set out the arrangements in his Department for developing policy and providing advice to Ministers on children and young people's mental...

      Youth Organisations: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department will provide to the United Futures Consortium after March 2013.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what youth projects will be funded by his Department after April 2013.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the BBC Trust on the parity of the BBC’s expenditure across regions.

    • Local Broadcasting: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will discuss with the BBC Trust the petition of the Campaign for Regional Broadcasting Midlands on increasing network television...

      Local Broadcasting: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government is taking to encourage local media and regional broadcasting in the Midlands.

      Mobile Applications: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the number of apps available to buy in the UK that are aimed at children and feature in-app purchases.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will draw attention of public galleries to the value of salon style hangs to ensure that the general public may enjoy the works...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the exclusion to the Supplier Recognition Scheme for industrial lighting includes those who supplied entertainment lighting to...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy that all companies and suppliers involved with the London 2012 Olympics shall be permitted to publicise...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid to officials in (a) her Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies in bonuses and other payments in...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education concerning funding for teacher release from September 2013 and...

      Tour De France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Government funding is available to support the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France; and if she will make a statement.

      Victoria and Albert Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will attach a condition to the next grant-in-aid settlement for the Victoria and Albert Museum to require it to give...

      Victoria and Albert Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will consult with the Federation of British Artists before appointing future trustees to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times between 1 March 2008 and 1 March 2013 the UNESCO World Heritage Centre has had an opportunity to provide advice on a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the average salary was in (a) Scotland and (b) Airdrie and Shotts constituency for (i) women and (ii) men in each of the last three years for...

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed by licensed betting offices.

      Childbirth: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what (a) number and (b) proportion of births (i) one parent and (ii) both parents were foreign born in (A) London and (B) each London borough in the...

      Childbirth: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what (a) number and (b) proportion of births (i) one parent and (ii) both parents were foreign born in (A) England and Wales, (B) each region of...

      Civil Servants: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of negotiations with the PCS trade union on jobs, pay, pensions and terms and conditions of staff within the Civil Service;...

      Consumers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information his Department holds on the long-term trends in consumer spending by the richest and poorest income deciles in the UK.

      Death: Patients

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths occurred in 2012 in hospitals in England as a result of MRSA bacteraemia; and how many deaths in total are estimated to have occurred in...

      Drinks: Sugar

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of deaths associated with the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in each year in England and Wales.

      Efficiency and Reform Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many full-time equivalent staff are employed in the Efficiency and Reform Group; (2) how many staff employed by the Efficiency and Reform...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether he has received any complaints regarding the new gov.uk website; (2) what assessment he has made of the use of the gov.uk website to date.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office by how many and by what proportion the number of people in employment changed between 2008 and 2012.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office by what (a) proportion and (b) number the working-age population of the UK grew between 2008 and 2012.

      Employment: Airdrie

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

      Employment: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of mothers aged 16 to 19 were in (a) education, (b) employment and (c) training in (i) Brigg and Goole constituency and (ii) Yorkshire...

      Government Departments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the current configuration of Government departments.

      Manufacturing Industries: Drugs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England are employed in the pharmaceuticals sector.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 18 February 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S Devlin.

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department has taken to improve its analysis of international passenger survey data over the last five years.

      Part-time Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people who work 17 hours per week.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of staff at senior management level who have received a (a) 1 per cent, (b) 2 per cent, (c) 3 per cent, (d) 4...

      Political Parties: Conferences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the reasons are for the policy that researchers at a medical research council institute may not speak in a private capacity at a party political...

      Population: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the size of the female population in each of the next five years.

      Prostate Cancer: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many men in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber died from advanced prostate cancer in each of the last five years.

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of total retail spending was spent in high streets in each of the last 30 years.

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total retail market turnover was in each of the last 30 years.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) for each of the principal access numbers operated by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he is responsible, what revenue has been...

      Unemployment: North Lanarkshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people aged between 18 and 65 years are not in employment and do not claim benefits in (a) Airdrie and Shotts...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many complaints have been received from (a) magistrates, (b) judges and (c) court staff on the operation of the Crown Prosecution Service in the last year for...

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Attorney-General what his policy is regarding amending criminal charges to (a) a lesser charge and (b) a more serious charge when a plea has been taken in court but where the defendant...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of an increased rate of air passenger duty on tourist revenues to the UK.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect that a minimum unit price for alcohol would have on the amount of duty paid on alcohol.

      Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the Funding For Lending scheme in Northern Ireland.

      Betting Shops: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) general betting duty, (b) gaming machine duty, (c) VAT, (d) corporation tax, (e) other taxes and (f) horseracing and greyhound levies were paid...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the potential mis-selling of fixed rate loans through the provision of mis-leading information on their breakage costs.

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of expenditure on official development assistance he expects to be attributable to debt cancellation in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Debts: East Africa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects debt cancellation for Sudan and Zimbabwe to contribute to official development assistance expenditure by 2013-14.

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 130 of the Office for Budget Responsibility publication, Economic and fiscal outlook, March 2013, for what reasons the UK's...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to reviewing the length of the process for charities to register for Gift Aid to reflect modern technologies and fundraising...

      Gift Aid: Brigg

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many charities registered in Brigg and Goole constituency have applied for Gift Aid in each of the last five years; and how much such charities have...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of producing the document, The Exchequer effect of the 50 per cent additional rate in income tax, published by HM...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out each category of data HM Revenue and Customs routinely collects regarding compliance with national minimum wage rules.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines have been imposed for non-compliance with national minimum wage rules in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of people likely to benefit from the proposed Help to Buy scheme in each (a) nation and (b) region; and how many such...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total Barnett consequentials will be awarded to Scotland as a result of his Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his proposed Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme will apply to England only.

      National Insurance Contributions: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue accrued to the Exchequer as a result of national insurance contributions paid by (a) employers and (b) employees in respect of the employment...

      National Insurance Contributions: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of (a) employer and (b) employee national insurance contributions from Scotland in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to paragraphs 1.96-1.97 of the Red Book, if he will take steps to ensure private power generation companies planning to develop nuclear power...

      Part-time Employment: Overseas Students

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the contribution of international students to the UK economy in each of the last five years.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many school-aged children were living in households in relative income poverty, measured after housing costs, that had household earnings after...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net annual difference in the block grant to the Northern Ireland Executive as a result of (a) the Budget 2013 and (b) a...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what amount his Department spent on advertising job vacancies in each year from 2005 to 2009; (2) how much his Department spent on advertising job...

      Royal Liverpool Hospital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reach a decision on the rebuilding of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Allowances: Video Games

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the video games tax credit, as announced in Budget 2012, will be implemented.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has for changes to the maintenance and support arrangements for the online self-assessment tax system from 1 July 2013; and if he will...

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the amount of funding invested in small and medium-sized enterprises through venture capital trusts since their...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients waited more than four hours for treatment at the Central Manchester Foundation Trust accident and emergency departments at (a)...

    • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the debt to equity ratio is in the funding for the new private finance initiative project signed-off by his Department to rebuild Alder Hey...

      Azathioprine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of supply of azathioprine; and if he will make a statement.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has met representatives from the charity HeadSmart to discuss how GPs might be better trained to diagnose the early symptoms of brain tumour in...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent comparative assessment he has made of the UK's international performance on the diagnosis of childhood brain tumours; and if he will make a...

      Cancer: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the East Midlands Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Care and Support Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the provision of rights and support for young carers in the draft Care and Support Bill; and if he will make a statement.

      Deloitte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place in the Library all correspondence between officials in his Department and Deloitte MSC Limited between 1 January 2010 and 1 May...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the successful bidders for funding under the recent dementia-friendly environment grants scheme.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish the document entitled Best Practice for Commissioning Diabetes Services—An Integrated Care Framework.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the diabetes action plan.

      Endocrinology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the World Health Organisation and UN Environment Programme report entitled State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to ensure that the Quality Standards for epilepsy will be included in the Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set; (2) what...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the recently published report by Epilepsy Action entitled Critical Time.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health following the incorporation of the new Quality Standards for Epilepsy into the Clinical Commissioning Groups Outcomes Indicator Set, by what mechanisms...

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who in the NHS Commissioning Board is responsible for overseeing infertility service provision in England.

      Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria his Department used to assess affordability when rejecting the advice of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services on the...

      Health and Wellbeing Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure that health and wellbeing boards have an active role in addressing rising fuel poverty; and if he will make a...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the draft commissioning guidance for consistency of provision of urgent and emergency care produced by his Department; what...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that patient groups will be involved in (a) commissioning decisions made by the clinical commissioning groups and (b)...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) evaluated on cobalt and chromium toxicity arising from metal-on-metal hip replacements.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department provides for people with cobalt and chromium toxicity arising from metal-on-metal hip replacements.

      Horses: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has assessed any evidence that horse meat contamination in UK meat products has come from horses killed in UK abattoirs.

      Hospital Beds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the bed occupancy rate of (a) University College Hospital, (b) the Royal Free Hospital, (c) Whittington Hospital and (d) North Middlesex University...

      Isosorbide Mononitrate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to increase the supply of isosorbide mononitrate tablets; and if he will make a statement; (2) what discussions he has had...

      Medicine: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) actual and (b) maximum allowed proportion is of non-UK European Economic Area students at UK medical schools in each cohort.

      Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library minutes of all departmental meetings where Sir David Nicholson and Mr Richard Douglas were both present between 1 January...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of spending on children and adolescent mental health services has been made through the Children and Young People's Increased Access to...

      Mental Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the data collections made by his Department concerning children and young people's mental health; and what assessment he has made...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library all correspondence between the Shareholder Executive and his Department that names NHS Property Services Company Ltd.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the name is of each senior employee of NHS Property Services Company Ltd.

      NHS: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospital trusts in Greater London have disposed of land since May 2010; what the location is of each parcel of land disposed of; what information...

      NHS: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2013, Official Report, column 361W, on NHS: redundancies, if he will publish an anonymised list detailing the value of...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost of the NHS Next Stage Review was for (a) commissioning reports and other evidence, (b) staff salaries, (c) administration, (d)...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which civil servants of pay grade (a) SCS1, (b) SCS1A, (c) SCS2, (d) SCS3 and (e) Permanent Secretary level received advanced sight of (i) Quality...

      Nurses: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) community psychiatric nurses, (d) community matrons and (e) community learning disability nurses...

      Nurses: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have been employed by South East London hospitals in each year from 2009-10 to date.

      Nurses: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurse assistants have been employed in South East London hospitals in each year from 2009-10 to date.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the information and advice supplied to nurses providing care and support to pancreatic cancer patients.

      Prostatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many men were diagnosed with (a) prostatitis and (b) benign prostatic hyperplasia in each primary care trust area in each of the last five...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the estimated Resource DEL underspend in financial year 2012-13 of £1.4 billion as set out in Table 2.5 of the Budget 2013 Red Book...

      Self-harm: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of levels of self-harm in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the east Midlands; and what steps he is...

      Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) surgeons were employed at (i) King's Mill Hospital and (ii) Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the names of all staff members, about whom information is releaseable, employed in Sir David Nicholson's private...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the names are of all staff members, about whom information is releaseable, who worked in each of his Department's Ministerial offices since 2003;...

      Tattooing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to better regulate the tattoo industry; (2) if he will take steps to reduce the number of unlicensed...

      Tattooing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been admitted to hospital with infections due to tattoos in the last three years.

      Tourette's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to including indicators on the diagnosis and treatment of Tourette's syndrome in the remit of the NHS Commissioning Board;...

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of social care costs were incurred by (a) vision impairment and sight loss and (b) vision impairment and sight loss caused by age-related...

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will make an assessment of the economic burden of (a) vision impairment and sight loss and (b) vision impairment and sight loss caused...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities intend to charge council tax to disabled people following the introduction of council tax support in...

    • Electrical Safety: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many notifications his Department expects to be made through its third party inspection regime; and how many such certifiers...

      Electrical Safety: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department will take to promote the use of the third party inspection and testing register to those who undertake...

      Electrical Safety: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of his proposed third party inspection and testing regime for notifiable electrical...

      Empty Property: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vacant and unused homes there are in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber; what plans he...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his policy is on contracting out core fire and rescue services; (2) when he plans to publish details of his...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he made of fire service capacity to respond to terrorist attacks, public disorder and other national incidents...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual percentage change in total revenue spending power for fire authorities in England was (a) in each year since...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual percentage change in central formula funding grant for fire authorities in England was in (a) each year since...

      Fracking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider ways to increase the weight to be attached to local referendums by the decison-maker in a planning...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what costs his Department incurred in respect of hotels for (a) staff and (b) Ministers since May 2010.

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of the major housing decisions made in 2012, how many were contrary to the (a) draft and (b) adopted local development plan; and...

      Local Government Finance: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received from (a) council leaders and (b) directly-elected mayors in the Tees Valley on the effect...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if the extension to the Government's FirstBuy scheme announced in Budget 2013 will apply to part-rent/part-buy properties.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what costs his Department has incurred in respect of refreshments and hospitality for meetings since May 2010.

      Overview and Scrutiny Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance is given to local authorities about the appointment of scrutiny committee chairs where local authorities have a...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to ensure that contractors providing services to his Department are paying the living wage to all...

      Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to introduce any restrictions on the right to light.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Budget 2013 Red Book, Table 2.5, which capital projects are no longer proceeding as a consequence of the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the estimated Resource DEL underspend in financial year 2012-13 of £500 million as set out in Table 2.5...

      Sick Leave

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

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many days (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies has lost to staff sickness in each of the...

      Social Rented Housing: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require local authorities to carry out asbestos surveys on all of their social...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for each of the principal access numbers operated by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he is responsible, what...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which telephone lines are operated by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he is responsible for public inquiries...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many away days his Department has organised for its own staff since May 2010; and what the (a) purpose and (b) cost has been...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what costs his Department has incurred in respect of (a) staff training and (b) leadership courses since May 2010.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many away days his Department has held since 2010; and what the cost was of each such event.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2013, Official Report, column 383W, on Travellers, (1) if he will list the members of...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to facilitate community involvement in the preparation of its Roma Strategy.

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data his Department holds on trends in footfall in town centres over the last 20 years

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which locations have been successful applicants to the Town Team; and how much funding has been granted to such towns since the...

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he is making on the interim findings of the Town Team pilot.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Airdrie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people normally resident in Airdrie and Shotts constituency who are employed by his Department.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Child Support Agency cases with a current positive liability have received payment (a) in full, (b) in part and (c) not at...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents are currently paying maintenance who have been assessed by the Child Support Agency between 1993 and 2003.

      Citizens Advice Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with Citizens Advice Scotland on a dedicated line for inquiries from citizens advice bureaux.

      Cold Weather Payments: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how long the weather station at Waddington has been used for assessing cold weather payments for people living in the Bassetlaw area.

      Cold Weather Payments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on cold weather payments in (a) Scotland and (b) Airdrie and Shotts constituency in each of the last three years...

      Contingencies Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his statement of 22 March 2013, Official Report, column 64WS, on Contingencies Fund (Advance), for what reasons he is seeking a...

      Disability Living Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of young people who are currently in receipt of disability living allowance who will be reassessed for...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many civil servants in his Department have been subject to non-disclosure agreements in each year since 2010.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Airdrie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Airdrie and Shotts constituency were underpaid employment and support allowance as a result of departmental error in each of...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he has made an assessment of the reasons for the increase in referrals to Trussell Trust foodbanks between 2009-10 and 2012-13; and if he...

      Future Jobs Fund: Airdrie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received assistance through the future jobs fund in Airdrie and Shotts constituency in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) the...

      Housing Benefit: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Barrow and Furness constituency are in receipt of (a) housing benefit and (b) local housing allowance; and what the average...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

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

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on couples with a spare room who legally separate in regard to the under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the ability of the private rental market in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Airdrie and Shotts constituency to...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Kingston Upon Hull North of 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 979W, on housing benefit:...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has held with the Minister at the Department for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive at Stormont about the...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families will be affected by the under-occupancy penalty in each region of the UK.

      Housing Benefit: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of local housing allowance in Wigan are under occupying by (a) one and (b) more than one bedroom.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2013, Official Report, column 691W, on Agricultural Wages Board, what the names were of all businesses (a)...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2013, Official Report, column 1002W, on universal credit, what assessment he has made of the work of...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to prevent Jobcentre Plus from accepting job advertisements which require the applicant to telephone a premium rate...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the Jobcentre Plus Stricter Benefit Regime.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre employees have been put on performance plan improvement in the last 18 months.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job centres have public conveniences available for use by benefit claimants and jobseekers; and what his Department’s policy is...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what performance standards Jobcentre staff are measured against; (2) what performance targets (a) Jobcentre advisers and (b) Jobcentre...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who is responsible for ensuring that benefit claimants' personal details remain confidential in cases where staff other than Jobcentre Plus...

      Jobcentre Plus: Airdrie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time vacancies were advertised in Jobcentre Plus offices in Airdrie and Shotts constituency on the most...

      Jobcentre Plus: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2013, Official Report, column 753W, on universal credit, if he will (a) estimate the furthest distance a...

      Jobcentre Plus: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training has been made available to Jobcentre Plus staff in Wigan to promote understanding of upcoming benefit reforms.

      Jobcentre Plus: Wigan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what extra (a) resources for staff and computers and (b) access points are being made available to Jobcentre Plus in Wigan.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the 50 jobcentres with the highest number of applications of sanctions over jobseeker's allowance in the last 18 months, by...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sanctions were issued to recipients of jobseeker's allowance in each (a) Jobcentre Plus district and (b) Jobcentre Plus office in each...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 555W, on jobseeker's allowance, from what date all sanctions for failing to...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance he issues on reasonable circumstances for failing to meet a work-related requirement in relation to a claim of jobseeker's...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps a jobcentre adviser must take before stopping the payment of jobseeker's allowance following failure to attend an appointment.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants received benefit sanctions (a) in the UK, (b) in each parliamentary...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of sanctions imposed on jobseeker's allowance claimants in Scotland resulted from the recommendations of Work programme...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of sanctions imposed on jobseeker's allowance claimants in Scotland resulted from a failure to meet a work-related requirement...

      Labour Market: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the labour market in the North East; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 1 February 2013, Official Report, column 1020W, on Members: correspondence, when he intends to provide Mr Tolen with...

      National Insurance Contributions: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people working 17 hours per week who are paying voluntary Class 3 National...

      Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of (a) fatalities and (b) injuries averted by the Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes...

      Pension Credit

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

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on advertising job vacancies in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008 and (e) 2009.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has met the authors of the School Food Plan to discuss its recommendations on school meals.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to bring forward proposals to give statutory protection to British Sign Language (BSL) and to take steps to remove...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consult with Ministers in the devolved Administrations to ensure that benefit uptake rates under the welfare reform changes are...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to receive the report of the reviews of the ways in which claimants make inquiries about their benefits.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of reports about the Jobcentre Plus stricter benefit regime; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-UK nationals are in receipt of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) employment and support allowance, (c) child tax credit, (d) carer's...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance is given to Jobcentre Plus staff on the application of sanctions; and whether that guidance is publicly available.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training Jobcentre Plus staff receive on the application of sanctions.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the process and timescales are for notifying a benefit claimant following the application of a sanction.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the appeal process is when a benefit payment is stopped after a claimant fails to attend an appointment.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will undertake a cumulative impact assessment of the Welfare Reform Act on the lives of disabled people.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals relating to the entitlement to benefits for people from Romania and Bulgaria arriving...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many EU nationals resident in the UK were receiving benefits after three months of residence in each of the last three years, by country of...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Airdrie and Shotts constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) each local authority area have been (i) investigated and (ii)...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2013, Official Report, column 205W, on social security benefits: Greater London, how many children he...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people (a) who are not in employment and do not receive jobseeker's allowance or...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people (a) receiving disability living allowance and (b) expected to receive the personal independence...

      Social Security Benefits: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Ynys Mon, (b) Gwynedd, (c) Conwy, (d) Denbighshire, (e) Flintshire and (f) Wrexham local authority areas are claiming...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 667, if under his pension proposals the 430,000 women in the UK born between...

      Unemployment Benefits: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-EU nationals are paid unemployment benefits on the basis that the UK is their country of residence.

      Unemployment Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Lewisham, Deptford constituency have received out-of-work benefits in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12 to date; and what...

      Unemployment Benefits: North Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Airdrie and Shotts constituency and (b) North Lanarkshire local authority area have been in receipt of out-of-work...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2013, Official Report, column 1001W, on universal credit, what assessment he has made of the performance of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with individuals and organisations on providing funding to increase public internet access provision prior to the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to increase investment in publicly accessible computers to ensure that universal credit claimants are able to manage...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on IT development and implementation for universal credit in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from charitable organisations on the status of exempt accommodation under universal credit; and if he will...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the telephony and face-to-face services available for claimants of universal credit will assist those unable to access services online...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the steps somebody who is blind or partially sighted would need to take to claim universal credit if they are...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the local support services framework issued by his Department, how his Department plans to define the claimants who really...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place to allow the reasons behind work capability assessment appeal decisions to be passed to Atos health care...

      Work Programme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many residents of Lewisham, Deptford constituency have been referred to the Work Programme since its inception; (2) how many...

      Workfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to the public purse was of historic Court of Appeal cases in respect of Workfare in terms of (a) legal bills and (b)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aerospace Technology Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills where the recently announced Aerospace Technology Institute will be located.

    • Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) trades unions and (b) major employers on age discrimination in the (i) workplace and...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of companies which offer apprenticeships are from the (a) public and (b) private sector.

      Arms Trade: Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Air-Vice Marshal Nigel Maddox discussed the sale of military equipment to Bahrain during his recent visit to that country.

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to promote the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales business advice service; and if he...

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive (a) orally and (b) in writing on the advice services to be...

      Business: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of companies with their registered office address in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b)...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether information gathered from the proposed data collection and management function of the new Government Business Bank will...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the claim that (a) every year since 1998 has been significantly warmer than the temperatures you would expect if there...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the judgements in the cases of SGAE v Padawan and Stichting de Thuiskopie v Opus and their...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish any legal advice he has received on the possibility of introducing a follow-on designs exception into UK law.

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many civil servants in his Department have been subject to non-disclosure agreements in each year since 2010.

      Economic Growth: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the joint statement made by the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach on 12 March 2012, what progress has been made...

      Energy: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value of the energy sector is to the economy in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Executives: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to question 148120, what assessment has been made of the High Pay Centre's recent findings on the trends of top...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much business was generated for (a) Northern Ireland and (b) UK companies as a result of the Global Investment Conference...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which 20 universities admitted the most students (a) aged 25 years or more at the point of admission and (b) from black,...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many university applications made through UCAS came from students at grammar schools in each of the last five years.

      Higher Education: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which Scottish higher education institutions (a) he and (b) the Minister of State for Universities have visited since May 2010.

      Higher Education: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what amount of grants funding were awarded by each UK research council to each university in Scotland in each of the...

      Higher Education: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which Scottish universities admitted the highest (a) number and (b) proportion of students from socio-economic classes four...

      Insolvency Service: Stockton On Tees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether consideration was given to the top floor of Dunedin House, Stockton-on-Tees as a location for the Stockton Insolvency...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the future of HM Land Registry; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many local enterprise partnerships have a chair from a (a) local authority and (b) business.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many local enterprise partnerships have a representative from a further education college on their main board.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance is provided by HM Revenue and Customs to employers concerning compliance with the requirements of the national...

      Overseas Trade: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance has been given to any UK companies trading with Eritrea in each of the last three years; and if he will make a...

      Overseas Trade: South Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote bilateral trade between the UK and South Korea.

      Postal Services: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to safeguard universal Royal Mail service in Northern Ireland.

      Postal Services: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent on the Royal Mail's articles for the blind service in each of the last five years.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students are currently in receipt of (a) grants towards their university fees and (b) non-repayable bursaries towards...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for each of the principal access numbers operated by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he is responsible, what...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which telephone lines are operated by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he is responsible for public enquiries or...

      Unemployment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people over the age of 50 who are unemployed in (a) Glasgow North West constituency,...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what details of (a) itineraries, (b) costs and (c) other aspects of overseas visits in support of trade and investment by...

      Vocational Training: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what specific proposals he has to ensure that young people between the ages of 19 to 24, classified as not in education,...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employers provide (a) work experience placements and (b) internships to people aged between 19 and 24; and what...

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