Written answers

Thursday, 18 April 2013

  • Health

    • Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of aplastic anaemia there were in each NHS hospital trust in each year since 2002.

    • Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many continuing healthcare cases are outstanding which (a) require assessment involving current continuing healthcare patients and (b) involve...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the (a) cost effectiveness and (b) effectiveness in comparison with anti-psychotic medication of the use of...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many admissions to hospitals in England and Wales related to incidents of domestic violence and abuse in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11...

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2013, Official Report, columns 1155-6W, on fertility, who in the NHS Commissioning Board is responsible for overseeing...

      General Medical Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the High Court ruling on Cohen v General Medical Council in 2008, what progress his Department is making in reviewing the General...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost to the NHS was of adapting the homes of people who have difficulties with mobility in the last five years.

      Nanotoxicologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential use of analytical electron microscopy in studies of orphan diseases which may be a consequence of...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2013, Official Report, column 1092W, on NHS: disclosure of information, what progress the Department has made in...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) registered managers and (b) employees of Care Quality Commission-registered companies have been served official warning notices in each of...

      Typhoid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that national supplies of typhoid vaccine are adequate.

  • Home Department

    • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if any of the 60 individuals named on the list published by the Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe, individuals involved in...

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unenforced confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 relate to assets worth over (a) £100,000 and (b) £1...

      Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 remain unenforced.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the money confiscated by the police relating to brothels, prostitution, pornography and pimps related to trafficking; and...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 5 July 2010, Official Report, column 77W, on National Referral Mechanism, whether any record has been kept as...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will sit on the strategic oversight board overseeing all immigration commands alongside her Department's permanent secretary.

      Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of police actions against Mr Julian Assange has been to date.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letters of 3 January 2013 and 11 February 2013 from the hon. Member for Cardiff West relating to a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to her letter of 4 March 2013 to the chief executive of the UK...

      Passports: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if her Department will estimate the cost of allowing a non-gender option on passports.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people issued with a caution had (a) no previous cautions, (b) one to five previous cautions, (c) six to 10 previous cautions, (d)...

      Recall of Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the additional cost of police and security as a result of the recall of Parliament on 10 April 2013. [Official...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inspections of the accommodation provided for workers on the seasonal agricultural workers scheme took place in 2012.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the UK Border Agency and its operations.

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's budget was for overseas travel for officials and Ministers in 2012-13.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with his Burmese counterpart the issue of withdrawal by the Burmese Army from ethnic states of Burma.

    • Fossil Fuels: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to discuss fossil fuel subsidy reform at (a) G8 and (b) G20 meetings in 2013.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the BBC World Service's decision to suspend broadcasts in Sri Lanka; and what discussions he has...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) EU, (b) UN and (c) US counterparts about Tibet and promotion of dialogue with...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of China regarding self-immolations in Tibet; and what reports he has...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests have been made to China for (a) British officials and (b) non-governmental organisations to visit Tibet in the...

      Visits Abroad

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

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse attributable to delayed commercial passenger flights in each of the last five years.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by how many hours commercial passenger flights were delayed in each of the last five years.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has a dementia strategy.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the most recent research commissioned by his Department into the value of time used for transport appraisals and High Speed 2 (HS2)...

      Highways Agency: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff the Highways Agency employs at its sites in Cumbria; and what proportion of those are paid at or above the relevant level of the living wage.

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of roadworthiness problems to motorcycle accidents.

      Perry Barr Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any central Government funding has been allocated to the improvement or redevelopment of Perry Barr railway station; and whether his Department...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the devolution of responsibility for regional rail services; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of passenger rail journeys involved (a) planned and (b) unplanned bus replacement services for each of the last five years for which...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train operating companies have taken legal action against his Department following the cancellation of rail franchise competitions.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost to his Department of each cancelled rail franchise competition.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to his Department's press notice published on 25 March 2013, whether the statement that a full franchise timetable has not previously...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on devolution of the remaining former Network South East rail services to Transport for London.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of delayed passenger rail services in each of the last five years.

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on the workboat industry of the lack of an internationally recognised Standards of Training Certification...

  • Wales

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2013, Official Report, column 668W, on domestic visits, which constituencies in Wales he has not visited since taking up...

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what criteria are used in (a) his Department and (b) each public body for which he is responsible to determine which officials receive bonus payments.

      Recruitment

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

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many days of work were carried out by officials in his Department on average in each of the last five years; and what the total salary cost was of...

  • Scotland

    • Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) desktop computers, (b) laptop computers and (c) tablet devices his Department has purchased in the last two years.

    • Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has a dementia strategy.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Government will give consideration to negotiating a stronger devolution settlement with the Scottish Government; and which (a) fiscal and (b)...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland from which sources the Government are taking evidence to inform their view on the best (a) fiscal and (b) other economic options for Scotland; when he...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the Freedom of Information request responded to by his Department on 23 January 2013 and published on 3 April 2013, on Government...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of (a) the criteria by which the future financial settlement and constitutional arrangements for Scotland should be...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many days of work were carried out by officials in his Department on average in each of the last five years; andwhat the total salary cost was of...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to improve transport links between Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's budget was for overseas travel for officials and Ministers in 2012-13.

  • Prime Minister

    • Short Money

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will cease the provision of Short money to hon. Members and members of the House of Lords who refuse to take their seats.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance is given to senior officials in each of the arm's length bodies of his Department who have their home address...

    • Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his priorities for the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland are on tackling elephant poaching and the illegal sale of ivory.

      Phenylbutazone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the names and addresses of each of the owners of the 12 phenylbutazone contaminated horses believed to...

      Recruitment

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

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days of work were carried out by officials in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental...

      Timber: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to make UK companies aware of the implementation of the EU Illegal Timber (Due Diligence) Regulation.

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department provides to those affected by land confiscation in Burma.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the proportion of people made homeless by Cyclone Nargis in Burma who have now been rehoused.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what amount her Department spent on advertising job vacancies in each year from 2005 to 2009.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if her Department will take steps to address lack of access to medicines, vaccines and other aspects of health care in the...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports she has received on the provision of assistance to Lebanese families hosting Syrian refugees; and what steps her...

  • Treasury

    • Computers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) desktop computers, (b) laptop computers and (c) tablet devices his Department has purchased in the last two years.

    • Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2013, Official Report, column 100W, on excise duties: alcoholic drinks, (1) if he will provide a breakdown of the...

      Financial Services: Cyprus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of any UK financial assistance to Cyprus.

      Gift Aid: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many charities registered in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency applied for Gift Aid in each of the last five years; and how much Gift Aid was received...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from inheritance tax in (a) each Government office region, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions were brought against companies in each sector of the economy for breaches of minimum wage legislation in each of the last three years.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which company holds the largest contract to provide mobile telephony services to his Department; how much was paid under the contract in the last year for...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2013, Official Report, column 1177W, whether there will be a maximum number of concurrent mortgages that can be covered...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will review the date at which cars become exempt from vehicle excise duty to ensure that classic cars are not lost as a result of falling...

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are used in (a) his Department and (b) each public body for which he is responsible to determine which officials receive bonus payments.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in the HM Revenue and Customs national minimum wage team monitoring the north-west in each of the last five years.

      Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days of work were carried out by officials in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on average in each...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to provide support for families through the tax system.

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on taxation of bingo.

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate he has made of the rate of gross profit tax levied on (a) bingo clubs and (b) bookmakers; and for what reasons the two rates are...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2013, Official Report, column 602W, on telephone services, whether a UK landline number beginning with 01, 02 or 03 is...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) its predecessor Departments worked on administration of the tonnage tax scheme in each year since...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people employed on zero hours contracts received an incorrect payment of tax credits in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

  • Defence

    • 16 Air Assault Brigade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of those trained parachutists currently serving within 16 Air Assault Brigade are classified as in-date.

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      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: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to address the findings of assessments of experiences of equality and diversity conducted in 3 Division in 2012 with respect to...

      Army: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the Army maintains preparedness for conflict in Arctic conditions.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the role of the new defence attaché to Burma includes responsibility for meeting non-state military forces in that country.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets are taking part in (a) Bersama Shield and (b) Exercise Real Thaw 13; how many personnel were deployed on each such operation; and what...

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure that private contractors with whom it has partnership agreements adhere to the requirements of the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 878W, on unmanned air vehicles, if he will place in the Library the results of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) desktop computers, (b) laptop computers and (c) tablet devices his Department has purchased in the last two years.

    • Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average waiting time is for a consumer credit licence to be issued from the date of application to the date of issue.

      Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for a consumer credit licence are currently awaiting a decision.

      Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average waiting time was for applications for a consumer credit licence in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Electric Motors: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department is providing for the electric motor industry; and how much support is available to small and...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 877W, on employee ownership, by what date he plans to publish an...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Wheat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost of the additional autumn sown trial of GM wheat at Rothamsted Research will be; and how this cost will be funded.

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many graduates obtained a job within a year of leaving university in each year since 2000; and what proportion of the total...

      Graduates: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of people who have studied (a) science-based and (b) non-science-based subjects at university were unemployed...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have (a) enrolled at and (b) graduated from universities in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what adjustments have been made and savings assumed in departmental expenditure for new regime UK-domiciled part-time...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the departmental expenditure was for new regime UK-domiciled full-time undergraduate students entering higher education...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what adjustments have been made and what savings have been assumed in respect of Government expenditure for new regime...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students started part-time undergraduate degree courses at each university in England in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and...

      Lung Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding (a) his Department and (b) the Medical Research Council allocated to research into (i) lung cancer, (ii) adult...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's announcement of 26 March 2013 of £31 million of funding for new nuclear technology,...

      Postgraduate Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on concerns that postgraduate students are turning to high-interest rate loans and credit cards.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2013, Official Report, columns 515-7W, on telephone services, whether a UK landline number...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's budget was for overseas travel for officials and Ministers in 2012-13.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Freeview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that consumers do not lose Freeview TV reception as part of the roll-out of 4G.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the outcome of the 4G spectrum auction.

      Entertainments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 7 January 2013, Official Report, columns5-6WS, on entertainment licensing reform, when...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners claimed the over 75 free television licence (a) in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency, (b) in Lancashire and (c)...

  • Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he will publish any responses to the More Great Childcare consultation which reject the premise of the questions posed.

    • Education: Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to address low educational attainment for those in the secure youth estate.

      Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he or his special advisers currently use private email accounts for the purposes of conducting official Government business; and what steps he...

      Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which Minister in his Department applied exemptions 36(2)(b)(ii) and (2)(c) to the request submitted by the hon. Member for West Bromwich East under...

      Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether (a) he or (b) his special advisers (i) sent or (ii) received emails relating to the Building Schools for the Future programme in Sandwell...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools are designated as faith schools; and how many such schools are (i) Catholic, (ii) Protestant,...

      GCE AS-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2013, Official Report, column 142W, on GCE: AS level, how many universities have made representations to him (a) in...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils who did not have a statement of special educational needs (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority...

      Ministers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements are in place to ensure that Ministers in his Department comply with clauses 1.2(b) and 1.2(d) of the Ministerial Code.

      Pre-school Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he provides to local authorities on the employment of early years area special educational needs co-ordinators.

      Pupil Exclusions: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children between the ages of four and 11 years were (a) suspended and (b) suspended more than once from school in (i) Brigg and Goole...

      Pupils: Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school attendance orders were served on the parents of Traveller and Gypsy children in each local education authority area in each of the last...

      Residence Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (a) how many residence orders have been made to a non-parent in relation to a child and (b) how many such children were previously in the care system...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total estimate provided by local authorities is for the backlog of school repairs from Priority 1 to 4; and if he will place a list of local...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2013, Official Report, column 754W, on secondment, what the lengths are of the secondments of those civil...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Women’s Business Council

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the work of the Women’s Business Council; and when the Council intends to publish its recommendations.

    • Equality Impact Assessments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she had with ministerial colleagues prior to Budget 2013 on equality impact assessments; and if she will make a statement.

      Working Mothers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to support working mothers.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2013, Official Report, column 380W, on telephone services, whether a UK landline number beginning...

    • Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's budget was for overseas travel for officials and Ministers in 2012-13.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment she has made of progress on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if the Government will give consideration to negotiating a stronger devolution settlement with the Northern Ireland Executive; and which...

      Recruitment

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

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many booby-trap bombs were discovered under cars in Northern Ireland in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2011-12.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days of work were carried out by officials in (a) her Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies on average in each...

      Visits Abroad

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his plans are for the future of fire and rescue services in England; and if he will make a statement.

    • Fire Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the future involvement of for-profit private sector companies in service delivery of fire services.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 75W, on Government Procurement Card, which authorised...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether his definition of new build includes converted barns and offices; [R] (2) whether his definition of new build...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will give consideration to promoting a new localism settlement to give councils and local authorities greater financial...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on marketing and advertising right-to-buy discounts in each region of England in each year...

      Social Rented Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public-sector homes in (a) England and (b) each Government office region in England were empty in each month in 2012-13.

      Social Rented Housing: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons an EEA national exercising their right to freedom of movement as a self-sufficient person may (a) need and (b)...

      Social Rented Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are living in housing association or local authority housing classified as overcrowded in the most recent period...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made a recent assessment of the value for money of the apprenticeship clauses in his Department's standard contract introduced...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the Child Support Agency made use of its powers under Regulation 4(2)(i) of the Child Support Information Regulations...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many live Child Support Agency (CSA) cases no action can currently be taken to (a) process an application and put a payment schedule...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Child Support Agency has spent on tracing the whereabouts of non-resident parents in each of the last four years.

      Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989 on the number of (a) fatalities and (b)...

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the relationship between court-imposed fines and (a) reliance on payday loans, (b) homelessness and (c) child...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration his Department took of the household adaptation requirements of disabled people in developing its plans for the...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used in (a) his Department and (b) each public body for which he is responsible to determine which officials receive bonus...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he will take to monitor Capita and Atos in the approach they take with personal independence payments applicants.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2013, Official Report, columns 751-2W, on personal independence payment, if he will estimate the number of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Atos will perform health assessments for the personal independence payment; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to ensure audio recording is available for all personal independence payment assessments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of days there will be between a personal independence payment assessment and the claimant receiving a...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that personal independence payment applicants are reminded to provide additional evidence if they are...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Atos on personal independence payment applicants and (a) their choice of location for assessment and...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how a deaf person will be informed of any decision on their application for personal independence payments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that all potential applicants for the personal independence payment will be aware that they can request a paper...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that the claim process for personal independence payment will be accessible to deaf people.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements will be made for the accountability of assessors during the personal independence payment assessment process.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether ATOS is to be required to offer claimants a choice of a home visit or centre based assessment as part of the personal independence...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether ATOS will be required to match claimants with the most appropriate assessor wherever possible during the personal independence payment...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of freezing the minimum wage on the number of people claiming universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to keep universal credit disregards in line with tax allowance decisions.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the April 2013 tax allowance increase was taken into account when the disregards for universal credit were designed.

      Work Experience Programme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland were involved in work experience under the Work Programme benefit scheme in each of the last five years for which...

  • Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on legal aid.

    • Offenders: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve offender profile information; and what analysis is made of the reasons why some offenders fail to comply with their...

      Offenders: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an assessment of the relationship between (a) illness, (b) debt and (c) family breakdown and the late payment of court fines.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average number of previous convictions was of those issued with a caution in each year from 2002 to 2012 (a) in England and Wales and (b)...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate his Department has made of the investment needed in IT systems in order to implement the proposals in the consultation paper...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements his Department plans to put in place to deal with complaints against private companies and the voluntary sector as part of his plans...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the 12-month reoffending rates were for those under supervision by each probation trust in each year since 1997; (2) what the 12-month...

      Sexual Offences: Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each police force area have received (a) one and (b) more than one caution for sexual offences in the last year.

      Telephone Services

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

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishops: Females

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent progress the Church Commissioners have made on legislation relating to women bishops.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Commission on the Consequences of Devolution for the House of Commons

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to respond to the Report of the Commission on the Consequences of Devolution for the House of Commons.

    • Dementia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Office has a dementia strategy.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consideration he gave to assisting (a) narrow-boat tenants and (b) other people with no fixed postal address to register to vote under his plans for...

      Lobbying

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Government will respond to the Second Report of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, Introducing a statutory register of lobbyists, HC 153,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Lottery Fund: North Lanarkshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications for Big Lottery funding were received from (i) Airdrie and Shotts constituency and (ii) North...

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