Written answers

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings

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

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was given by his Department to each English local authority for council tax support budgets in 2011-12.

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the average change in income of working families as a result of changes to council tax benefit.

      Council Tax: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken and how much financial support he has given to the London borough of Havering to ensure council tax can...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many families of gang nominals have been identified in the troubled families programme to date (a) nationally and (b)...

      Fire Services: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the equality of access available for deaf people whose first language is British Sign...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of people who are made homeless are deemed intentionally homeless.

      Housing Benefit: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage landlords to accept benefit claimants as tenants.

      Housing: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much his Department paid to Rossendale Borough Council in respect of the New Homes Bonus in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c)...

      Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list the purposes for which his Department uses (a) the retail price index measure of inflation, (b) the consumer...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the viability of local enterprise...

      Local Government Finance: Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the possible effects on local authority budgets of the youth remand provisions in the Legal Aid,...

      Local Government Finance: Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the effects on local authority budgets of the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that Northumberland county council is utilising powers under the Localism Act 2011 to provide...

      Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many officials in his Department were employed in human resources functions in each of the last five years; at what grades...

      Spare Rooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has considered incentivising and allowing council and housing association tenants to rent spare rooms.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many objections were made to each of the proposed offshore wind farms included in the Crown Estates Phase 3 programme; and...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 25 April 2013, Official Report, column 1034W, on business: advisory services, by what date he...

    • Companies Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps (a) he and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible are taking to enforce the provisions of...

      Employment Schemes: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what job initiatives his Department is supporting in Wirral South constituency; and what assessment he has made of the efficiency...

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 24 April 2013, Official Report, column 995W, on exports: Government assistance, when he expects...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answers of 25 April 2013, Official Report, column 1040W, and 1 March 2013, Official Report, column 743W, on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad: Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to (a) enable and (b) encourage UK citizens resident overseas to register and vote in UK elections.

    • Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many honorary consuls there are; and where they are posted.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Ukranian counterpart and (b) the Home Office about the effect of Ukranian...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests for consular assistance relating to crime have been made by UK citizens at the UK Embassy in Kiev since 1993.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions the accident and emergency waiting time has been breached in hospitals in (a) Wirral and (b) Merseyside in the last three years for...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risk of (a) HIV, (b) bloodborn hepatitis and (c) vCJD infection as a result of using privately sourced plasma supplies...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effects of lifting the 12-month ban on gay men donating blood; and whether he has had discussions with...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require the Care Quality Commission to record and collate data on individual registered managers of care companies to which warning notices or...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change was in the number of live births between 2001 and 2010.

      Drugs: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the safety assessment of (a) Ritalin and (b) Modafinil in circumstances where they are being used without...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to reduce the ratio of patients to GPs in Essex; (2) what plans he has to publish guidelines on a maximum ratio of GPs...

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) 75 years old or over and (b) 65 years old or over were readmitted to hospital as an emergency case within 28 days of being...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had on the likely number of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals who might migrate to the UK over the next three years;...

      Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in his Department were employed in human resources functions in each of the last five years; at what grades such staff were employed;...

      Sunscreens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to reclassify sun care products as pharmaceutical products.

  • Home Department

    • Abu Qatada

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department possesses intercept evidence that, if admissible in court, could help bring criminal charges against Abu Qatada.

    • Alexander Litvinenko

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will make it her policy to initiate a public inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko; (2) whether the Government hold...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to table nine of her Department's publication, “Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse has been of Section 4 support in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a visa will be issued to Ms Sadie Lee Douglas, Ref D1080985/4, whose appeal to be allowed to remain in the United Kingdom was granted on...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the inter-ministerial team on human trafficking has met in each year since it was established; and which Ministers attended...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures her Department has in place to monitor the movements of children who were victims of human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she has made in establishing a rapporteur for human trafficking in the UK.

      Identity and Passport Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Identity and Passport Office has received any complaints regarding the certification of copy birth, marriage, civil partnership...

      Passports: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the criteria for issuing UK passports to Hong Kong servicemen has been since 1997; (2) whether the number of British passports to...

      Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department were employed in human resources functions in each of the last five years; at what grades such staff...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for communications data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 have resulted in (a) prosecutions and (b)...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many requests for communications data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 there have been for (a) subscriber...

  • Wales

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department's budget for ministerial travel for (a) the Government Car Service, (b) private hire vehicles, (c) taxis, (d) rail, (e) aviation and...

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) Government Car Service, (b) private hire vehicles, (c) taxis, (d) rail, (e) aviation and (f)...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the net savings to his Department in the case that the concessionary bus pass was to be withdrawn from those pensioners currently...

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) written and (b) telephone complaints were received by his Department from businesses concerning the performance of the Driver and Vehicle...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to compensate communities for the loss of assets such as sports clubs as a result of the construction of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing a property bond scheme to facilitate a functioning property market in areas facing blight as a...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the National Audit Office report, “High Speed 2: A review of early programme preparation”, published 16 May 2013, HC 124,...

      Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in his Department were employed in human resources functions in each of the last five years; at what grades such staff were...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what level of punctuality for passenger rail services was recorded on the (a) East Coast main line and (b) Essex Thameside route in each year since 1995-96.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average increase in (a) regulated and (b) unregulated passenger rail fares was on the (i) East Coast main line and (ii) Essex Thameside route...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the equality of access available for deaf people whose first language is British Sign Language in communicating with (a)...

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2013, Official Report, column 173W, on Network Rail, whether South West Trains has (a) sought and (b) received consent...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the increase in net lending to small and medium-sized enterprises by institutions participating in the Funding for Lending scheme.

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential additional revenue that would be raised by returning to a capital gains tax regime for individual taxpayers which restores...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential additional revenue that would be raised by reducing the capital gains tax annual exempt amount for 2015-16 from...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential additional revenue that would be raised by amending the definition of a personal company for entrepreneur relief purposes...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the recommendations of the National Audit Office report entitled “Administering the Equitable Life Payment Scheme”, published...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government have paid to Atos for administration of the Equitable Life Payment Scheme to date.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total fees charged to UK businesses by the Financial Ombudsman Service were for processing invalid and fraudulent PPI claims in 2012; and if...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had on the development of a policy to offer a stable fuel differential between petrol and diesel and road fuel gases; and if he will...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make changes to the Gift Aid scheme to enable charities to access Gift Aid from small donations made in the workplace.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential cost to the public purse of raising the income tax personal allowance for 2015-16 from £10,000 to £12,300 with...

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure that employers and the public are aware of the planned introduction of the Scottish rate of income tax in 2016.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the role of brass plate companies in circumventing anti-money laundering regulations; and what recent reports he has...

      PAYE: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many professional football clubs in England are in arrears to HM Revenue and Customs in respect of their pay as you earn contributions.

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how much revenue will be generated from Crown Estate lease agreements with offshore renewable developers by category of (a)...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the equality of access available for deaf people whose first language is British Sign Language in terms of communicating with...

      Tax Avoidance: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he plans to put forward at the G8 Leaders' Summit meeting in Northern Ireland on 17-18 June 2013 in respect of reforming the international...

      Tax Avoidance: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has to bring in mechanisms to minimise tax loss to the Exchequer from tax avoidance schemes operated by multinational companies trading in...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2013, Official Report, column 29W, on taxation: business, how many large businesses contributed to HM Revenue and Customs'...

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential additional revenue that would be raised by increasing the remittance basis charge from £30,000 to £50,000 per...

      Taxation: Plastic Bags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential additional revenue that would be raised by introducing a carrier bag levy of (a) 5p per bag similar to the measure in...

      Taxation: Rangers Football Club

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the internal governance division of HM Revenue and Customs has investigated breaches of unauthorised disclosures of private tax details of...

      Taxation: Rangers Football Club

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will carry out an internal investigation within HM Revenue and Customs into alleged leaks of confidential information relating to Glasgow Rangers FC's...

      VAT: Sunscreens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the legislative barriers to reducing the rate of VAT on sun care products.

      VAT: Sunscreens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been raised from VAT on sun care products in each of the last five years.

      VAT: Sunscreens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will remove VAT on sun care products.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what statutory functions local authorities in England have in respect of academy schools.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what statutory duties academy schools have in respect of local authorities in England.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to launch a consultation on changes to the school day and school calendar.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent research he has commissioned on the effect of changes to the school day and school term on educational outcomes.

      Schools: Academic Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has initiated with the teaching unions to discuss changes to the schools calendar.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education further to the answer of 15 May 2013, Official Report, column 256W, on traineeships, what figures his Department currently holds regarding the...

  • Attorney-General

    • Child Abuse

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps he plans to take to improve arrangements for children giving evidence in child sex abuse cases.

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the use of community resolution orders to reduce offending.

      Disability: Crime

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to ensure that disability hate crimes are more effectively prosecuted.

      Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Director of Public Prosecutions is taking to raise awareness amongst prosecutors of how to recognise cases of forced labour and human trafficking; and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Personnel Management

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in his Department were employed in human resources functions in each of the last five years; at what grades such staff were employed;...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Returning Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on charges for services by returning officers.

    • Postal and Proxy Vote Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the extent of postal and proxy vote fraud.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress he has made on the Government's social mobility strategy.

      Voter Registration and Turnout

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase voter registration and turnout in local and general elections.

      Heseltine Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on the implementation of the Heseltine Review.

      Heseltine Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on the implementation of the Heseltine Review.

      British Nationals Abroad: Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to (a) enable and (b) encourage UK citizens resident overseas to register and vote in UK elections; and what recent discussions he has had...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has given to Atos with regard to assessments of patients addicted to prescribed medication; how many claimants...

    • Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have made a claim for evening...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued to local authorities by his Department about the implementation of the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter of 13 March 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Sir Gerald Kaufman) with regard to Ms...

      New Enterprise Allowance: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of how the new enterprise allowance will affect employment in Northumberland.

      Pension Credit: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency who are eligible to receive pension credit but do not claim it.

      Personal Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to taking steps to ensure that self-invested personal pensions consist of investments in a single pot rather...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants in each parliamentary constituency have been paid benefits at a level above the benefit cap maximum in 2013 to date.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the public's assessment of (a) the proportion of the welfare budget that supports the unemployed and (b) the...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's budget for ministerial travel for (a) the Government Car Service, (b) private hire vehicles, (c) taxis, (d) rail, (e)...

      Unemployed People: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of jobseekers who lack skills to use the internet in (a) Corby constituency and (b) the UK.

      Unemployment: Clwyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) job vacancies and (b) jobseekers there were in Clwyd South constituency on (i) 1 February 2011, (ii) 1 February 2012 and (iii) 1...

      Vacancies: Thirsk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies there are in Thirsk and Malton constituency travel-to-work areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households were in receipt of winter fuel allowance in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency in the latest period for which figures are...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have submitted an appeal against a work...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 6 March 2012, Official Report, column 714W, what assessment he has made of the take-up of benefit claimants'...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will publish the Implementation Plan for his Department's Forestry and Woodland Policy statement.

    • Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in his Department were employed in human resources functions in each of the last five years; at what...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on agency staff in each year since 2010.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible claimed...

  • Justice

    • Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what measures he is taking to improve the efficiency of the appeals system.

    • British Nationals Abroad: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 25 April 2013, Official Report, column 1049W, on British nationals abroad: death, what statistics his Department holds on...

      Inflation

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

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the total running costs, including salaries, of his Department’s press office were in each of the last five financial years; (2) what...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training (a) judges, (b) magistrates and (c) prosecutors have to undergo in order to preside over or prosecute a case involving child sexual...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Pay Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he had with the Prime Minister about the latter's decision not to reappoint Professor Alasdair Smith as Chair of the Armed Forces Pay...

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of food procured by the UK armed forces came from UK food producers in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2013, Official Report, column 151W, on Defence Support Group, how many agency workers have been recruited at (a) DSG...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator has withheld the use of (a) Z-berth and (b) X-berth in each location in each of the last...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies procured from companies based in Scotland of a value in excess of £25,000 since...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the resettlement options scheme to be offered to Afghan interpreters who have worked with the United Kingdom Armed Forces will include those working...

    • Agriculture: Intensive Farming

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received assessments of the whole carbon cycle of (1) a litre of milk, and (2) a kilogram of pork, produced under (a) traditional extensive...

      Agriculture: Intensive Farming

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many intensive dairy farms exist in the United Kingdom; and how many house more than (1) 500, and (2) 1000, dairy cows.

      Architecture and the Built Environment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the independent review of architecture, the built environment and a possible Government architecture policy, to be led by Sir Terry Farrell, will...

      Architecture and the Built Environment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they anticipate new guidance being added to the National Planning Policy Framework as a result of the report of the review of architecture and the...

      Architecture and the Built Environment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for the terms of reference, membership and the experience of the membership of the advisory board of the review of architecture and...

      Argentina

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to impose sanctions on Argentina's exports to the United Kingdom if that country continues to claim the Falkland Islands.

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their detailed estimate of the cost of abolishing the Audit Commission.

      BBC: Charter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will initiate an inquiry as to whether the BBC is fulfilling its Charter responsibilities and television licence holders are getting value for money.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission an independent study to re-evaluate the science and practicality of resettlement of the Chagos Archipelago, in consultation with...

      Child Minders and Nursery Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to (1) the safety and well-being of (a) child minders, and (b) nursery staff, and (2) the estimated reduction in childcare...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their assessment of the outcomes and effectiveness of the United Kingdom Government-funded programme training the Democratic...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 11 February (WA 99–100), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom regulatory body or bodies are responsible for regulating price-reporting agencies in the energy sector.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 11 March (WA 14), stating that they had “not seen evidence of the manipulation of Brent crude prices...

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the threshold of domestic turnover for registration for VAT in each member state of the European Union; and whether the European Commission has made...

      Finance: Investment Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the remuneration of United Kingdom-based investment trust and unit trust fund managers is not restricted by...

      First World War: Commemoration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of current pressures on public spending, how they will ensure that plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War provide value for...

      Fuel Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the amount of fuel duty evaded as a result of illegal fuel laundering plants. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether...

      G8

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they are giving within the G8 to the furtherance of the principles of open, accountable, equitable and inclusive decision-making within...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the budget for international aid is devoted to the provision of scholarships for overseas students to undertake higher education courses...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many houses income tax payers claim a tax allowance on income received from renting out a room in their house; what is their estimate of the number of...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report, Build-It-Yourself: Understanding the changing landscape of the UK self-build market; and whether they will...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are initiating to facilitate the entry of younger and less affluent households into the self-build market; and what assessment they have...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the purpose of Iranian enrichment of uranium; and on what evidence that assessment is based.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have access to reports produced by the Temporary International Presence in Hebron since 1997; and what assessment they have made of whether the...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel following the decision of that country's Supreme Court to allow Israeli companies to exploit...

      Mayoral Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, over and above the cost of routine local elections, was the total cost of holding 10 mayoral referendums in May 2012; and what was the cost for each...

      Migrant Domestic Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report by Fiona McTaggart MP and Matthew Lawrence, Service not servitude: protecting the rights of domestic...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action to protect owners of mobile phones from the unlimited liability for charges that occur when handsets are stolen.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered using their powers under Section 26 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to direct that the necessary action is taken to give the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much United Kingdom overseas aid was spent per head of United Kingdom population in the past five years, including funds distributed by the European...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in achieving the aims and objectives set out in Section 4 of the Overseas Territories White Paper (Cm 8374), published in June...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in achieving the aims and objectives set out in Section 4 of the Overseas Territories White Paper (Cm 8374), published in June...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in achieving the aims and objectives set out in Section 4 of the Overseas Territories White Paper (Cm 8374), published in June...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to identify individual Overseas Territories which can be presented to other territories as examples of best practice in respect of any of...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will hold discussions with the incoming Government of Pakistan about the action being taken to investigate the murder of Pakistan’s...

      Pensioners: Assets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many old-age pensioners they estimate possess assets exceeding £2 million.

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any trends in acts of piracy in the Indian Ocean and of the number of people who have been held hostage as a result of acts...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities sought exemption from the proposed relaxation of planning rules for change of use from offices to residential, but had their...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the proposed relaxation of planning controls on farm buildings, they will also relax controls on previous barn conversions to dwellings...

      Railways: East Coast Main Line

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to seek competitive tenders for the new supply or upgrade of the East Coast Main Line electric passenger rolling stock.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the projected average fare for HS2 at the commencement of the service from London to Birmingham, for the whole journey and per kilometre travelled.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the procedure for appeal for those applicants turned down for compensation under the Government’s exceptional hardship scheme for HS2.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the names of the members of the independent panel for the exceptional hardship scheme for HS2.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of those to be consulted on the proposed property bond for HS2.

      Railways: Network Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their forecast of Government funding for Network Rail based on Network Rail’s business plan for 2014–19.

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to clear the litter from the A14 trunk road between the M6 and the M1.

      Roads: M4

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 7 February concerning the M4 bus lane (WA 881), whether they have now made a decision about its removal and...

      Roads: Motorways

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether motorists wrongly convicted as a result of the use of unlawful Advanced Message Indicators on the motorway network will be compensated, and any...

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what legal basis the statutory instruments applying variable speed limits on specified motorways were overridden by the special authorisation given by the...

      Royal Mail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of Royal Mail's return to profitability, they will reassess plans to privatise it.

      Schools: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review (1) the remit of, and (2) the name given to, the new draft national curriculum to reflect (a) its application to English schools...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are going to fulfil their commitment to provide at least £230 million per annum of ship building work to BAE Systems after completion of HMS...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Deputy Prime Minister on 15 May (Official Report, Commons, col. 634), what improvements they expect to see in Sri Lanka by the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by Baroness Northover on 15 May (Official Report, col. 404), what measures are in place to ensure that the £12.1 million of...

      Taxation: Avoidance and Evasion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by HM Revenue and Customs in securing increased tax payments from individual and corporate tax avoiders, including those based in...

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many businesses or self-employed persons in the United Kingdom are registered for VAT; and how many businesses or persons have been given permission not...

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the loss of revenue to HM Revenue and Customs from the sales of goods and services by businesses and self-employed persons...

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how many new jobs have been created in each of the last five years by the exemption from registration for VAT.

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution to gross domestic product of businesses and self-employed persons not registered for VAT.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received about those responsible for two explosions near the Syrian frontier in Turkey; and whether that has any implications for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of universal credit claimants they estimate to be in receipt of earnings not covered by real time information.

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