Written answers

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

  • Attorney-General

    • Acquittals

      To ask the Attorney-General how many judge-ordered acquittals there were in (a) 2012-13 and (b) each of the preceding 10 years.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Attorney-General what the total running costs were for each building used, owned or rented in central London by the Law Officers' Departments, their agencies and non-departmental...

      Convictions

      To ask the Attorney-General what the conviction rate is for each regional division of the Crown Prosecution Service for (a) all offences, (b) offences against the person, (c) burglary, (d) drugs...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney General what proportion of advocacy conducted by barristers and solicitors in each regional division of the Crown Prosecution Service is provided (a) in-house and (b) externally.

      GPT

      To ask the Attorney-General what the current status is of the Serious Fraud Office's investigation into alleged bribery by GPT Special Project Management Limited in Saudi Arabia; and if he will...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were dropped in the Crown Court because the court held that the charge should lie on the file in (a) 2012-13 and (b) the preceding 10 years.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were dropped in the Crown Court because the indictment was stayed in (a) 2012-13 and (b) the preceding 10 years.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were discontinued in the magistrates' court because the summons was withdrawn in (a) 2012-13 and (b) each of the preceding 10 years.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases were dropped on (a) evidential and (b) public interest grounds in (i) 2012-13 and (ii) each of the preceding 10 years.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were dropped before the case was served because upon review in the Crown Court it was apparent that the trial could not proceed or there was a...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many trials were ineffective because of prosecution error in (a) 2012-13 and (b) each of the preceding 10 years.

      Public Service: Misconduct

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been prosecuted for the offence of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office since 2005.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General for which offences the Serious Fraud Office is named in legislation as the lead prosecutor; and how many (a) investigations and (b) prosecutions it has undertaken for...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions the Serious Fraud Office carried out in 2012-13, by category of offence; and what the conviction rate was in that period.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Serious Fraud Office’s evidence storage systems.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General in what way and for how long the Serious Fraud Office's (SFO) tender for representing the SFO in the Tchenguiz damages claim was advertised; and how many law firms...

  • Home Department

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will provide asylum for Afghan translators used by British military forces in Helmand province in Afghanistan when UK armed forces are...

    • Armed Conflict: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of UK citizens fighting against the Assad regime in Syria.

      Asylum: Kuwait

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Kuwaiti Bidoons have claimed asylum in the UK in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the current level of sales of legal highs and of recent trends in such sales.

      Entry Clearances: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Palestinians from (a) Gaza and (b) the West Bank have applied to travel to the UK for study or visits in each of the last three...

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current level of expenditure by her Department is on contracts with G4S; and how much was spent by her Department on contracts with...

      Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the purposes for which her Department uses (a) the retail price index measure of inflation, (b) the consumer price index...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 3 April 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Harrow West dated 4 March and 15 April 2013 to the UK Border Agency...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues on the actions that would result in the suspension or removal of a bonus payment to an official in her...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent changes have been introduced in relation to the recruitment of police officers; and what assessment she plans to make of...

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road traffic officers have been employed in each of the last five years.

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) her Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies procured from companies based in Scotland of a value in excess of...

      UK Border Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff in Scotland have been re-employed by that Agency having previously been made redundant in each of the last 3...

  • Wales

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment he has made of the potential contribution of Wales to the UK's national energy infrastructure.

  • Justice

    • Coroners: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the review by the Office for Judicial Complaints of the performance of the Teesside Coroner has been completed; and when the findings of that...

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the respective roles are of a victim's commissioner and a police and crime commissioner in relation to victims.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to provide assistance with emotional, legal and practical problems to victims' families who were bereaved before the...

      Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible has allocated to the London borough of...

      Magistrates Courts: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of (a) Worksop and (b) Mansfield Magistrates' Court.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the cost to his Department of appeals against the work capability assessment in 2012-13.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the proportion of people who successfully appealed against a work capability assessment decision in (a) the UK, (b)...

  • Scotland

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total running costs were for each building used, owned or rented in central London by his Department in each of the last three financial years.

    • G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the current level of expenditure by his Department is on contracts with G4S; and how much was spent by his Department on contracts with G4S in each...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many bilateral meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions or other Ministers in...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department is taking to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in its procurement procedures.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on subscriptions to academic journals published by (a) Reed-Elsevier, (b) Wiley-Blackwell, (c) Springer and (d) any other...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many bilateral meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions or other Ministers in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total running costs were for each building used, owned or rented in central London by her Department and its non-departmental public...

    • G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the current level of expenditure by her Department is on contracts with G4S; and how much was spent by her Department on contracts with G4S...

      Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the purposes for which her Department uses (a) the retail prices index measure of inflation, (b) the consumer prices index...

      Northern Ireland Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the contribution of the Minister of State for the Northern Ireland Office of 21 November 2012, Official Report, column 637,...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps her Department is taking to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in its procurement procedures; and what guidance...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department spent on subscriptions to academic journals published by (a) Reed-Elsevier, (b) Wiley-Blackwell, (c) Springer and (d)...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's procedures for investigating alleged civilian deaths following unmanned aerial vehicle strikes in Afghanistan are; and if he will...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future basing of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier when overseas.

      Falkland Islands: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the User Requirements Document being written by the current Falkland Islands support helicopter supplier service users and service personnel to...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the Kenyan Government in relation to the operation of UK unmanned aerial vehicles within its territory.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 24 April 2013, Official Report, columns 905-6W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, what the reason was for the time taken to...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has any plans to review his policy on what information relating to unmanned aerial vehicles is held centrally.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether unmanned aerial vehicles have ever been flown by a team made up of both British and US forces.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on accountability of US unmanned aerial vehicles flown by UK personnel.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the US about (a) armed unmanned aerial vehicle use in Pakistan and (b) the sharing of...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with his Pakistani counterparts on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in that country.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a map indicating those areas within the UK where his Department may operate unmanned aerial vehicles.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the testing of the Brimstone missile for use on the MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle will begin; (2) what estimate he has made of how much...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimates she has made of the effect of small festivals with fewer than 5,000 attendees on the (a) national and (b) local...

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to ensure that there is adequate research on the extent of problem gambling to inform policy-making.

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the size of the black market in online gambling (a) hosted in the UK and (b) used by UK consumers.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 20 March 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr...

      Public Libraries: Electronic Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the recommendations of the “Independent Review of E-lending in Public Libraries in England”, published in...

      Theatre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to prevent the closure of local theatres as a result of local authority spending reductions.

      WiFi: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 17 April 2013, Official Report, columns 416-7W, on non-domestic rates: wi-fi, what outcomes there were...

  • Transport

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total running costs were for each building used, owned or rented in central London by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) overall and (b) unit cost is of providing free bus travel to pensioners in (i) Worcester, (ii) Worcestershire and (iii) England.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether the recently negotiated Council of Ministers' position on the European Commission's proposals for a Regulation...

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the potential increase in the cost of car insurance if the motorway speed limit were raised to 80 mph; (2) what...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many contracts issued as part of the high-level output specification project have used clauses contained within the Public Services (Social Value)...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in its procurement procedures; and what guidance he has...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on subscriptions to academic journals published by (a) Reed-Elsevier, (b) Wiley-Blackwell, (c) Springer and (d) any other...

      Rail Franchise Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual rate of pay will be for each member of the Rail Franchise Advisory Panel.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff from (a) his Department and (b) other Government Departments are involved in negotiations with the incumbent franchisee for an extended...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contractual obligations will be placed on the holders of air sea rescue contracts to participate in military-led civil operations, exercises and...

      Transport: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment his Department has made of current transport infrastructure in former coalfield villages in Sherwood constituency; (2) what the...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a series of graphs showing percentage capacity usage for the West Coast Mainline on working days on the vertical axis and time of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding and support he plans to make available for the reserve projects in the Carbon Capture and Storage Commercialisation...

    • Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the status is of those civil nuclear police officers who are unable to carry firearms as a result of illness or injury.

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 14 March 2013, Official Report, column 454, on the deep-mine coal industry, what progress has been made...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with Ofgem regarding energy efficiency targets for energy companies.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the statutory or other parliamentary authority is on which he will rely to incur expenditure or other financial liability pursuant...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 14 March 2013, Official Report, column 465, on energy market competition, (1) when the actions of...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many properties were connected to the gas distribution network in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; (2) how many...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of network owners' commitment to connect an additional 80,000 homes in fuel poverty to the gas distribution...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department provides assistance to households within 500 metres of the gas grid to enable them to seek connection.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the cost of heating an average home with (a) propane and home fuel oil and (b) gas has changed in each year since 2009.

      Energy: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the number of jobs created in (a) renewable energy, (b) nuclear power and (c) network providers in (i)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 238W, on energy, what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 238W, on energy, what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 14 March 2013, Official Report, column 458, on energy bills, what assessment his Department has made of...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report , column 494W, on energy: billing, what methodology his Department...

      EU Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how he proposes to comply with the standstill obligation in EU state aid law if he enters into an investment contract or sets a strike...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) assessments have been undertaken, (b) households have signed up to an installation and (c) households have received an...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to publish results of the latest field trials of heat pumps commissioned by his Department.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make a statement on the current position of negotiations with EDF for a contract for electricity from Hinkley Point C.

      Natural Gas: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of homes in Bassetlaw do not have access to the gas network.

      Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will introduce measures to reduce the UK's dependence on imported gas.

      Natural Gas: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of off-gas grid households in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b) the...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the forecast out of service date is for each nuclear power station; and what the power output is for each such power station.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what evaluation and due diligence has been carried out by his Department of the ability of Electricité de France to capitalise the...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many enforcement cases currently being undertaken by Ofgem are at informal review stage; (2) how many staff of Ofgem...

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the forecast out of service date is for each gas power station; and what the power output is for each such power station;...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has made an assessment of whether independent generators, including co-operatives, will be at a market...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely price per megawatt-hour of electricity generated by offshore wind in each year between 2014...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely price per megawatt-hour of electricity generated by offshore wind in each year from 2014 to...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the speech by the Prime Minister of 25 October 2010, on what projects the funds to support the establishment of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timetable he has set for the development of his Department's policy framework for the Arctic.

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations (a) he and (b) the UK embassy in Bahrain has received in response to the publication of articles from...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Bahraini journalists and commentators were invited by the UK embassy in Bahrain to write an article for that embassy's...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings officials of his Department have had with officials of the US Administration on the subject of renewing the lease...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to conclude negotiations with the US Administration on extending the lease on Diego Garcia.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what fishing and marine protection patrols have been undertaken in (a) Tristan da Cunha, (b) Bermuda and (c) Pitcairn Island in...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to urge the Government of Burma to address rising religious intolerance in that country.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Burma regarding anti-Muslim violence.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to urge the Government of Burma to address the culture of impunity in that country.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Egyptian authorities regarding the alleged kidnapping of refugees from East Sudan...

      Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible has allocated...

      Entry Clearances: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on providing gratis visas to charities in each of the last five years.

      Geneva Conventions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to push for the updating of the definition of combatants and non-combatants in the Geneva Conventions.

      Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the purposes for which his Department uses (a) the retail prices index measure of inflation, (b) the consumer...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in its procurement procedures; and...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart regarding the rights of women in that country.

      Serbia: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish authorities regarding allegations that Syrian refugees were forcibly...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with international aid organisations in Syria and the surrounding countries on reports of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assess the rehabilitation and aftercare of dogs used in racing where owners no longer...

    • G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current level of expenditure by his Department is on contracts with G4S; and how much was spent by his Department on...

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure his Department incurred on the cancelled tendering process to replace the National Equine Database.

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 in order to give...

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he proposes that farmers will be able to access funding from the Fallen Stock scheme; (2) who will administer the...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on establishing a regional pilot scheme ban within the UK on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

      Recycling: St Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk of contamination of water sources in the vicinity of the Appspond Lane Recycling...

      Recycling: St Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of air quality near the Appspond Lane Recycling Centre after the recent fire on that site.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what deductions are applied to grant-in-aid to (a) free schools and (b) academies to take account of the number of fee-paying pupils entering the...

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total running costs were for each building used, owned or rented in central London by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to publish the next stage of the Children's Home Reform Programme.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children’s centres provided on-site full day care on (a) 6 May 2010 and (b) 6 May 2013.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children’s centres employed qualified teachers as of (a) 6 May 2010 and (b) 6 May 2013.

      Class Sizes: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average class size was in (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in Bassetlaw constituency in each of the last three years.

      Climate Change: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an assessment of the potential damage to (a) pupils' education and (b) efforts to combat climate change that might be caused by the...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish draft programmes of study for key stage 4.

      Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible has allocated to the London Borough...

      Free School Meals: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that children living in poverty in (a) the UK and (b) Bassetlaw constituency receive free school meals.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of Freedom of Information requests submitted to his Department since May 2010 remained unanswered after (a) 20, (b) 40 and (c) 60...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Information Commissioner on his Department's compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the current level of expenditure by his Department is on contracts with G4S; and how much was spent by his Department on contracts with G4S in...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will issue guidance on the assessment of GCSE practical work and fieldwork in subjects including science and geography; and if he will make a...

      Heart Diseases: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make the teaching of cardio- pulmonary resuscitation skills a mandatory part of the national curriculum.

      Overseas Students: Bahamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what programmes there are to encourage school students from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to study in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on subscriptions to academic journals published by (a) Reed-Elsevier, (b) Wiley-Blackwell, (c) Springer and (d) any other...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what budget his Department has allocated to the traineeships programme; and what information his Department holds on funding for that programme from...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to paragraph 11 of Traineeships: Supporting young people to develop the skills for apprenticeships and sustainable employment: Framework...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to part D of Traineeships: Framework for Delivery, published 9 May 2013, what the annual cost of the traineeships programme will be in...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to paragraph 87 of Traineeships: Framework for Delivery, published 9 May 2013, what steps he will take to prevent providers from abusing...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to Traineeships: Framework for Delivery, published 9 May 2013, what estimate he has made of the (a) likely level of uptake among...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to paragraph 18 of Traineeships Framework for Delivery, published 9 May 2013, how many providers will be eligible to provide...

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he currently provides to schools to support pupils who might be young carers.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to enable young people with an offer of a farriery apprenticeship in 2013-14 to take up those...

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total running costs were for each building used, owned or rented in central London by his Department, its agencies and...

      Employment Schemes: Corby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what jobs initiatives his Department is supporting in Corby constituency.

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the current level of expenditure by his Department is on contracts with G4S; and how much was spent by his Department on...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals relating to the Insolvency Service for the purposes of allowing (a) individuals or...

      Land Use: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment (a) he and (b) the Land Registry has made of the (i) Ysceifiog and Nannerch Inclosure Act 1800 and (ii)...

      Land Use: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many notification of interest letters relating to the Land Registry Act 2002 have been sent to (a) Flintshire residents, (b)...

      Overseas Students: Bahamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what programmes there are to encourage university students from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to study in the UK; and if he...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure fair treatment by supermarkets of farmers who supply them with goods.

      Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with representatives of the zoo industry on the investment of that industry's profits into...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: Clwyd

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average salary in Clwyd South constituency was for (a) women and (b) men in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people employed on zero-hours contracts in each government office region.

      Enfield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible has allocated to the London borough...

      Families

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many households with children in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) Scotland contain (i) two adults, who...

      Government Departments: Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate his Department has made of the costs of retrofitting cyber security to existing Government systems.

      Influenza

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions the Civil Contingencies Committee has met to discuss the effects of influenza pandemics in the last 12 months; and if he will make...

      Internet: Glasgow

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what recent discussions he has had with Carnegie UK regarding its report, Across the Divide: Tackling digital exclusion in Glasgow; (2) what...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK earn at least £1 million a year.

      Population

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of the residents of each parliamentary constituency in England and Wales were born in Scotland.

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much No. 10 Downing Street spent on newspapers and periodicals in 2011-12.

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps his Department is taking to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in its procurement procedures; and what guidance he...

      Senior Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 25 April 2013, Official Report, column 1097W, on senior civil servants: pensions, when he plans to disclose the details...

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Statistical Bulletin on Suicides in the UK, published in January 2013, if he will request the...

  • Treasury

    • Advance Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the contribution of the abolition of advanced corporation tax to the reduction in the value of pension funds;...

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the Funding for Lending Scheme on the lending market in Northern Ireland.

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effects of a tax on bonuses of bank employees in the UK.

      Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total running costs were for each building used, owned or rented in central London by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effects on measured child poverty rates of the additional childcare support announced in the 2013 Budget.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households eligible for the higher rate of childcare support under universal credit as announced in Budget 2013.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the distribution by income decile of additional gains to families arising from the additional childcare support announced as...

      Construction: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Federation of Master Builders in Scotland on (a) falling workloads and rising costs and (b) the effects of these...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had regarding corporation tax with (a) RWE Npower, (b) SSE, (c) EDF, (d) E.ON, (e) British Gas and (f) Scottish Power;...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on any relationship between socio-economic class and economic growth.

      Enfield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible has allocated to the London Borough of...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under which Vote costs and damages ordered by the European Court of Human Rights are paid.

      G4S

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current level of expenditure by his Department is on contracts with G4S; and how much was spent by his Department on contracts with G4S in each...

      Goldman Sachs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken by HM Revenue and Customs to recover the interest owed by Goldman Sachs on the tax bill which it delayed paying.

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of falling workloads and rising costs in the domestic repair, maintenance and improvement market on unemployment...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual cost or benefit to the public purse will be of reducing the additional rate of income tax to 45%.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK will benefit from the reduced additional rate of income...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households containing at least one child and only one adult earning (a) more and (b) less than the threshold for income there will be in (i) the...

      Income Tax: Warrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency will see a reduction in the additional rate of income tax from 50% to 45%.

      National Insurance Contributions: Peterborough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect of employment allowance on (a) businesses and (b) charities in Peterborough constituency; and if he will...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in its procurement procedures; and what guidance he has given...

      Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on subscriptions to academic journals published by (a) Reed-Elsevier, (b) Wiley-Blackwell, (c) Springer and (d) any other...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of call waiting time for those telephoning HM Revenue and Customs from Bassetlaw constituency was in 2012-13.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the number of requests for access to communications data it would make under the Communications Data Bill...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests were made by HM Revenue and Customs for access to communications data in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was to the public purse of all requests for access to communications data made by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years for...

      Tax Havens: British Virgin Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the findings of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on money held in the British Virgin Islands.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of concessions given by HM Revenue and Customs to shipping companies in respect of the tonnage tax scheme was in 2012-13.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vessels qualified for the tonnage tax scheme in 2012-13; and how many have qualified to date for the scheme in 2013-14.

      Tourism: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps he is taking to support (a) the tourism sector and (b) zoos and aquariums.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2013, Official Report, column 1015W, on income tax, what assessment he has made of the number of households containing...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households containing a child and one adult earning (a) more and (b) less than the threshold for income tax in (i) the UK, (ii) each nation and...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reason her Department committed additional resources to the CHARS Livelihoods programme in Bangladesh prior to completion and...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the effect of biofuels on hunger ahead...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department's contracts for the provision of aid programmes by private contractors include provisions relating to the...

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of her Department's funding was committed to nutrition-specific programmes in 2012.

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes her Department supports to assist poorer countries in North Africa and the Gulf in water management.

      East Kilbride

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff are located at her Department's headquarters in East Kilbride.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the UK will press for the disaggregation of data by a range of factors to feature prominently in the framework that will replace the...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of disparities in maternal mortality rates between indigenous women and national populations in Latin America.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding (a) has been and (b) will be given to the government of Nepal to address widespread gender-based violence in that country,...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many middle income countries receive overseas development assistance through (a) bilateral programmes and (b) multilateral...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials in (a) her Department and (b) the non-departmental public body for which she is responsible enrolled in...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the number of affordable homes built in 2012.

    • Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated to each of the principal seaside towns under the Working Neighbourhoods Fund to date.

      Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many firefighters over the age of 50 are currently employed within Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service; (2) how many...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list (a) the total amount of European Regional Development Fund funding by English region committed to projects to...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to ascertain the views of fire brigade staff about his proposals to permit the spinning out of fire...

      Fire Services: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average life expectancy is of currently-retired firefighters.

      Fire Stations: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire stations there were in (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands in each year since 2010.

      Hotels: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has supplied to hotels and other accommodation providers on fitting thermostatic valves in guest rooms.

      Housing Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the letter sent to hon. Members of 19 April 2013, on making it easier for families to improve their...

      Local Government: Allowances and Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was paid in (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) other expenses to each local authority chief executive in (i)...

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many procurement contracts have been issued by local authorities using clauses within the Public Services (Social Value) Act...

      Non-domestic Rates: Chemists' Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of designating pharmacies as buildings for the provision of...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will introduce measures to require landlords receiving empty property rate relief to make public details of that relief...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received from (a) trade organisations and (b) individuals on local authority car parking strategies.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the National Planning Policy Framework, what definition his Department uses for (a) deliverability and (b)...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on subscriptions to academic journals published by (a) Reed-Elsevier, (b) Wiley-Blackwell, (c)...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which external (a) organisations and (b) individuals his Department has engaged as part of the Scotland analysis...

      Shops: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many shops received empty property rate relief in each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency in each...

      Shops: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will give consideration to reforming the system of compulsory purchase orders to allow local authorities and business...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether all agency staff employed by his Department are paid at or above the relevant level of the living wage.

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the financial benefit to the Portas Pilot Round 1 and 2 winners as a result of local economic...

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the Portas Pilot (a) Round 1 and (b) Round 2 winners have been visited by (i) Government Ministers and (ii) Mary...

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he expects to publish the progress report on the first round of Portas pilot projects; (2) what recent assessment he...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times are at each individual accident and emergency unit in the East Midlands.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times are at each individual accident and emergency unit in East Anglia.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have waited more than four hours in accident and emergency at Kettering General Hospital in each month since May 2010.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have used accident and emergency at Kettering General Hospital in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of demand...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times Kettering General Hospital has issued public statements in which it urged people not to come to accident and emergency in each of the last...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions the accident and emergency waiting time target has been breached in each hospital in the North West in the last 26 weeks for which...

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Health in Scotland regarding the incidence of aplastic anaemia with idiopathic causes.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total running costs were for each building used, owned or rented in central London by his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS bodies are responsible for ensuring that the guidance on the management of low-risk basal cell carcinomas in the community published by NICE in...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has allocated funding to treat newly-diagnosed NHS cancer patients who cannot access previously reimbursed cancer treatments...

      Cancer: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to support clinical commissioning groups to improve the experience of cancer patients in their area; (2) what steps he...

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the diagnosis of coeliac disease.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to mark Coeliac Awareness Week.

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of ambulance vehicles were equipped with defibrillators in each of the last 30 years; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of supply of (a) loperamade and (b) trazodone; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what budget was available for public health education on the effects of legal highs in the last financial year; (2) when he last reviewed the...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward plans to restrict the marketing, sales and promotion of electronic cigarettes so that they (a) are only sold to adults at...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to extend existing smoking legislation in the UK to include vapour from electronic cigarettes.

      Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible has allocated to the London borough of...

      Flour: Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the mandatory fortification of bread and flour with key nutrients on individuals' health; (2) what...

      Flour: Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the report of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition on the potential nutritional effects of repealing the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of savings to his Department's budget in 2013-14 as a result of the abolition of strategic health authorities and primary care...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of savings accrued to his Department as a result of the reduction in size of strategic health authorities and primary care...

      Health Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the additional cost to the NHS as a result of use by Romanian and Bulgarian nationals over the next three years.

      Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will direct the Area Director of NHS England in Shropshire and Staffordshire to publish (a) his anticipated budget for the commissioning of...

      Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct the Area Director of NHS England in Shropshire and Staffordshire to publish (a) the administration budget for the Shropshire and...

      Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct the Area Director of NHS England in Shropshire and Staffordshire to (a) publish the current eligibility criteria for bariatric surgery...

      Health: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of unemployment on levels of wellbeing.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurred in each of the last 30 years; and what the survival rates were of such cardiac arrests in (a) England...

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made on implementing a statutory register of herbal medicine practitioners; and when he expects such a register to be in place.

      In Vitro Fertilisation: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will direct the Area Director of NHS England in Shropshire and Staffordshire to publish the number of patients whose applications for...

      Kidneys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mortality rates in hospital as a result of acute kidney injury were in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Kidneys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to support the implementation of the forthcoming clinical guideline on acute kidney injury to be published by the National...

      Mental Illness: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the next adult psychiatric morbidity survey will be completed.

      Mental Illness: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with his Scottish counterparts on strategies to (a) prevent and (b) alleviate mental health issues among veterans.

      North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he holds on the cost of treating foreign nationals at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust in each of the last four years.

      Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on organ allocation; (2) what assessment he has made of variations in organ allocation policies across NHS trusts in England and...

      Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of hospital trusts that receive donated organs which allocate donor organs to other trusts; (2) what...

      Organs: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Health in the Scottish Government regarding cross-border organ allocation.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the actions that would result in the suspension or removal of a bonus payment to an official in his Department;...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on subscriptions to academic journals published by (a) Reed-Elsevier, (b) Wiley-Blackwell, (c) Springer and (d) any other...

      Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of people on waiting lists who receive organ transplants in (i) North West England, (ii)...

      Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients on an organ transplant waiting list in each region of England waited more than (a) six months, (b) 12 months and (c) 18 months...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research is currently being commissioned by his Department into tuberculosis.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of addiction to computer games have been recorded in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has issued any guidance on the maximum amount of time that individuals should spend in front of computer or television screens each day.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects of computer game addiction on children and young people's mental health.

      Warrington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated in the accident and emergency department of Warrington Hospital in each of the last five years for which figures are...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of children expected to be living in (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty in each of the next...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability living allowance claimants are in work.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland were underpaid employment and support allowance as a result of error by his Department in each of the last three...

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the current level of expenditure by his Department is on contracts with G4S; and how much was spent by his Department on contracts with...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will meet homelessness organisations to assess the effectiveness of the toolkit for identification of homelessness by Jobcentre Plus advisers.

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of how the allocation of discretionary housing payments in respect of the benefit cap reflects the effect of higher...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether staff employed by Telereal Trillium in his Department's premises in Leeds are paid the living wage of £7.45 per hour.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will undertake unannounced and anonymous mystery shopper visits at new assessment centres for personal independence payments.

      Disabled Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of disabled children living in poverty in Bassetlaw constituency.

      Disabled Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of tax and benefit reforms implemented since 2010 on levels of child poverty.

      Social Security Benefits: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many former service personnel who have served in either Iraq or Afghanistan are in receipt of work-related benefits; (2) how many...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will be affected by the planned increase in the number of qualifying years needed to gain a full state pension due to take...

      Unemployed People: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of jobseekers who lack skills to use the internet in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow,...

      Unemployed People: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Jobcentre Plus staff about whether jobseekers do not accurately portray their internet and IT skills.

      Unemployed People: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has done into the accuracy of self-assessment of internet and IT skills by jobseekers.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the £2 billion universal credit spending envelope was spent in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; and how much he forecasts will be...

      Universal Credit: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for what reasons acceptance of claims for universal credit in pathfinder project areas of Wigan, Warrington and Oldham has been deferred;...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any changes have been made to the designated date for the introduction of universal credit in Scotland; and whether he anticipates any...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of employment and support allowance claimants in (a) the work related activity group and (b) support group find paid...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the spending budget in the Spending Review for the Work Programme was in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will strengthen the minimum service standards for the Work programme to provide a better service for homeless people; (2) what...

  • House of Lords

    • Diplomatic Relations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Article 24 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations provides immunity from publication and use in court of material held...

    • Drinks Industry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what declarations have been made by the Prime Minister’s adviser, Lynton Crosby, of any business links with the drinks industry either in the United...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with European partners regarding the right to security of Palestinian children living in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the legality of the weapons used by Israeli soldiers against civilians in Gaza.

      Israel: UEFA Tournaments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with European partners concerning the suitability of Israel to host the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship final.

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