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Written answers

Thursday, 4 July 2013

  • International Development

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the Palestinian Authority's payment of salaries to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

    • Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

  • Treasury

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent comparative estimate he has made of the rate of increase of average earnings and the consumer price index.

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that the Overseas Territories comply with the standards of beneficial ownership agreed at the June 2013 G8 Summit; and...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to support small businesses.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the 12-month lending growth to all small and medium-sized enterprises, as defined by the series which appears in Chart B from the April 2012 edition of...

      Connaught Asset Management

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what investigations HM Revenue and Customs plans to make into the Connaught Asset Management Limited over alleged fraudulent activity; and what...

      Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library any concordats which his Department or the public bodies for which he is responsible have with the devolved Administrations.

      Interest Rate Swap Transactions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of jobs lost within businesses adversely affected by the sale of interest rate swap products; and if he will...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a statement of funding policy for the devolved administrations including comparability factors following his spending review statement of...

      Public Sector: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to the public purse is of (a) voluntary redundancies in the public sector, (b) compulsory redundancies in that sector and (c)...

      Tiuta

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what investigations HM Revenue and Customs plans to make into Tiuta plc and its subsidiaries over alleged fraudulent activity; and what investigations his...

      VAT: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the potential use of VAT avoidance schemes in the public sector; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

  • Transport

    • A27

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which stretches of the A27 running through West Sussex are categorised as (a) severe congestion, (b) regular congestion, (c) moderate congestion and...

    • A27

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Report by HM Treasury, Investing in Britain's Future, published June 2013, Cm 8669, what the level and estimated completion date...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost to his Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are available; and what...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the (a) frequency, (b) regularity and (c) speed of passenger rail services on the North East...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on external lawyers' fees in the last year for which figures are available.

      M54: M6 Toll

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what resources his Department has committed to the development of the M54 to M6 toll link road; (2) when he will be able to publish draft route...

      M54: M6 Toll

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with the M6 toll road operator on the development of a link road to the M54.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) the Office of Rail Regulation and (b) Network Rail regarding the alliance formed between employees of Network...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of how partners in the alliance formed between Network Rail, Laing O'Rourke, VolkerRail and Atkins intend to achieve...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in the last 12 months.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on railway extensions on woodlands and the environment.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2013, Official Report, column 161W, on rescue services: Belfast, whether watch managers at MRCC Belfast were...

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2013, Official Report, column 161W, on rescue services: Belfast, what the current risk-assessed staffing level at...

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2013, Official Report, column 161W, on rescue services: Belfast, what criteria were used to determine the alteration...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) length of scheme, (b) total estimated cost, (c) contribution set aside from the Government, (d) expected contribution from local...

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) shipping companies and (b) maritime crewing agencies have been issued with Maritime Labour Convention compliance certification by the...

      Shipping: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, Official Report, column 593W, on shipping: crew, if he will take steps to ensure that indicative projections of...

      Shipping: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, Official Report, column 593W, on shipping: crew, for what reasons data on indicative projections of seafarer...

      Shipping: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average annual course fees are for deck and engine officer qualifications.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many days on average staff of his Department in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each of the last 12 months.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff training in...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what his policy is on the tolling of existing roads; (2) what criteria have been used to assess whether existing roads being enhanced should be...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he will take to ensure that money allocated by his Department to the single local growth fund will be spent on transport.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what input his Department will have into the allocation of monies from the single local growth fund; (2) by which criteria bids for the single...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to his Department's announcement of 27 June 2013, whether the indicative allocations from the local authority transport major projects...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has allocated to spend on cycling and active travel in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's vacancy rate was in 2012-13; and what vacancy rate has been assumed for 2013-14.

  • Wales

    • Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

    • Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all Twitter accounts for which officials of his Department (a) have had and (b) currently have responsibility for (i) monitoring and (ii)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the digital communication requirements of smart...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with mobile network operators and broadband companies on the coverage of mobile signal and broadband and...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with energy companies on the digital communication requirements of smart meters.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce emissions from the upstream oil and gas industry.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department invested in (a) solar, (b) wind, (c) hydro, (d) marine, (e) biomass and (f) geothermal energy in each of the...

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will list all Twitter accounts for which officials of his Department (a) have had and (b) currently have responsibility for (i)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to help people who live and work in the countryside to grow their businesses and create rural jobs.

    • Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to improve engagement between landowners and the Environment Agency in relation to flood defences.

      Pollinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made on developing an holistic strategy on pollinators.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to introduce a regulatory body to monitor the treatment of animals in addition to the provisions in the...

      Dairy Products: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Republic of Ireland on the effects of the National Dairy Council of...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's report on Securing the future availability and affordability of home insurance in areas of...

      Polyisobutene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on fish and other wildlife of the discharge of polyisobutene from ships in early 2013.

  • Prime Minister

    • Bilderberg Group

      To ask the Prime Minister whether (a) he, (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (c) the Minister without Portfolio attended the recent Bilderberg conference at Watford in an official capacity;...

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to his oral answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 306, when he will (a) respond to the petition of the hon. Member for Ochil and South...

      Ian Livingston

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what Ian Livingston's intended ministerial responsibilities are; (2) if he will publish a full declaration of Ian Livingston's interests and assets.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list all Twitter accounts for which officials of No. 10 Downing Street (a) have had and (b) currently have responsibility for (i) monitoring and (ii) updating.

      Trident

      To ask the Prime Minister when the Government intends to make the public version of the Cabinet Office review of alternatives to Trident available to Parliament.

  • Attorney-General

    • Duwayne Brooks

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Crown Prosecution Service has ever been made aware that there was a possibility that undercover police officers were involved in gathering evidence used in...

    • Vending Machines

      To ask the Attorney-General how many vending machines in his Department's premises contain snack foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people with (a) cystic fibrosis, (b) rheumatoid arthritis and (c) multiple sclerosis placed in the work-related activity group...

    • Housing Benefits: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect on housing benefit expenditure of the 165,000 additional affordable rent homes announced by...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 25 March 2013, Official Report, column 986W, on social security benefits, what the total amount of benefit withheld...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on each passported benefit for jobseeker's allowance claimants, in each of the last three years; and how much he...

      National Insurance Contributions: Self-Employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy that self-employed people should be able to pay voluntary class 1 national insurance contributions to ensure that...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff...

      State Retirement Pensions: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of self-employed people in Wales that will benefit from the introduction of the single tier state...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether unemployed people aged between 18 and 24 enrolled on the Government's traineeship programme will be eligible to claim jobseeker's...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 26 June 2013, Official Report, column 314, on the spending review, what...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what circumstances a person who had been on the Work programme for two years without achieving a sustained job outcome and had been...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets he has set for Jobcentre Plus in supporting people who leave the Work programme without having achieved a sustained job outcome;...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to return to jobcentres having completed two years on the Work programme without...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people who were referred on to the Work programme in June 2011 have had (a) no job start and (b) no job outcome to date; (2)...

  • Education

    • Adoption: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement on the pilot scheme for early adoption in North Yorkshire; if he will set out the criteria which have to be met before...

    • Free School Meals: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire were eligible for free school meals in (i)...

      Health Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the time schools dedicate to teaching students about the risks associated with (a) illegal drugs, (b) prescription drugs...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teachers in each local authority area were classified as unqualified in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he...

  • Justice

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many apprentices are currently employed by his Department; and how many are aged (a) under 19, (b) 19 to 25, (c) 26 to 30, (d) 31 to 59 and (e) 60...

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the savings it could achieve by paying its suppliers early in return for rebates.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Contempt of Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the provisions in the Crime and Courts Act 2013 abolishing scandalising the judiciary as a form of contempt of court will come into force.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2013, Official Report, column 25W, on victims' support schemes, how many persistently targeted victims have been...

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 24 April 2013, Official Report, columns 928-9W, on criminal proceedings, what the average mean number of days from...

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Government plan to (a) sign and (b) ratify Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimates he has made of the additional costs to his Department as a result of the construction of High Speed 2.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the expected budget for HM Courts and Tribunals Service is for the next three years.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that people bereaved by a homicide are not at risk of losing their job during the course of a trial.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of alleged unlawful immigration detention have been heard in courts in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and of those...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many cases of alleged unlawful immigration detention that were heard in courts in England and Wales in each of the last five years the plaintiff...

      Judges: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many judges have served in the armed forces.

      Landlord and Tenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications to prevent a landlord from recovering costs of litigation through future service charges were made to the courts under the...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal firms in the Dyfed-Powys area are permitted to take on legal aid cases.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid in criminal legal aid costs to solicitors' firms in (a) Ynys Môn and (b) North Wales in each of the last three years for which...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many firms received criminal legal aid payments in (a) Ynys Môn and (b) North Wales in each of the last three years for which records are available.

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in the last 12 months.

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of legal representation of the Government at inquests into all cases where the state is represented in deaths in...

      Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions (a) a compromise agreement, (b) a confidentiality clause and (c) judicial mediation was used when an employee of (i) his Department...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Closures

      To ask the honourable Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church Commissioners are taking to keep churches that are faced with closure open for worship and...

    • Religious Buildings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent assessment the Church Commissioners have made of the cost to visitors of accessing religious buildings.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Graduates: Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of unemployed university graduates in (a) Barnsley, (b) Barnsley Central constituency, (c) South Yorkshire and...

    • Higher Education: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Barnsley metropolitan borough council area and (c) South Yorkshire went to university in...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in the last 12 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the extent of (a) Crown land and (b) private land in each of the 14 British Overseas Territories is by (i) area and (ii)...

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many marine protected areas have been designated in each of the 14 British Overseas Territories for biodiversity...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of land area is legally designated as a protected area for biodiversity conservation purposes in each of the 14...

      Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work the British High Commission in Ottawa is doing to support UK industry in the Canadian oil sands.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the persecution of Christians in Eritrea with (a) the government of Eritrea, (b) the High Representative...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

      South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many terrestrial protected areas have been legally designated in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands for nature...

      South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the biodiversity conservation impact of the biosecurity policy breaches which occurred in 2013 in...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the area of Crown land in the Turks and Caicos Islands was in each of the last 10 years.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Serco

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much the Government Equalities Office currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the factors which affect the deliverability and viability...

    • Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff were suspended from his Department and its associated public bodies on full pay in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the number of unoccupied residential properties in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency, (b)...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to have completed working with the 120,000 troubled families he has identified.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many positions are available for the redeployment of fire and rescue service workers who no longer meet the physical...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prevent a mutual organisation running fire and rescue services...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice he has given to the Planning Inspectorate on judging whether local authority assessments of future housing...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice he has given to local authorities on providing evidence that housing development sites can be considered viable or...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish guidance on when local planning authorities can refuse applications for major housing development that...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the equality impact of his Department's spending reductions since 2010; whether this assessment...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Pudsey of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 1221, on right-to-buy scheme, which...

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made following the Portas Review into high streets towards introducing an explicit presumption in favour of...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's vacancy rate was in 2012-13; and what vacancy rate has been assumed for 2013-14.

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vending machines in his Department's premises contain snack foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many members of staff currently working in his Department on the interim business bank have been recruited externally from...

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications his Department has received for funds under his Department's Investment Programme as part of the business...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he plans to announce successful bidders under the Investment Programme.

      Business: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who the members of his Department's Security Standards Working Group are; and what support is offered to small businesses to...

      Derby Economic Response Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent on the Derby Economic Response Taskforce between July 2011 and August 2012; what assessment he has made of the...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 26 June 2013, Official Report, column 315, on the Spending...

      EU Grants and Loans: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria he applied in determining the allocation of EU funding for Liverpool city region in the period 2014 to 2020; and if...

      Further Education: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take in response to the findings of his Department's research report, Evaluation of the value of Tier 4...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons the borrowing powers of the Green Investment Bank in 2015-16 have been limited to borrowing from Government...

      Industrial Disputes: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what reports he has received on (a) the state of industrial relations between ISS contractors and trades unions at certain RAF...

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses created as a result of funding from the start-up loan scheme are in each parliamentary constituency.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many recipients of funding from the start-up loan scheme have been (a) female and (b) male.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what comparative assessment he has made of sectoral growth as a result of funding from the start-up loan scheme.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what comparative assessment he has made of regional allocation of funding from the start-up loan scheme.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average age of recipients of funding from the start-up loan scheme is.

      Oil: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential value to UK businesses working to support the development of the Canadian oil sands.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

      Sky Lanterns: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to reviewing the availability for sale of Chinese lanterns.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the announcement in spending round 2013, Cm 8639, that the resource...

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many vending machines in his Department's premises contain snack foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate his Department has made of how many young people aged between 18 and 24 will enrol on a traineeship in the...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many members of the armed forces re-entered civilian life after less than four years of service in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; (2) how...

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on armed forces personnel working as contractors to steward RAF graduation events; and if he will make a statement.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost to his Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are available; and what...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of producing the study of deaths among Falklands veterans published by Defence Statistics on 14 May 2012; and of...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British (a) civilian and (b) service personnel are involved in the F-35 pilot and maintainer training at Eglin US Air Force Base.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the value of the (a) Typhoon, (b) Hawk, (c) Tornado, (d) Hercules, (e) Globemaster, (f) Tucano, (g) Sentry, (h) Shadow and (i) King...

      Military Bases: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units are currently stationed at the army base on Thorney Island, West Sussex.

      Military Bases: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current and anticipated future uses of the runways at the army base at Thorney Island, West Sussex are.

      Military Decorations: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average time taken to process an application for the Arctic Star is; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Accident Response Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which locations Ministry of Defence Nuclear Accident Response Organisation teams are based.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2013, Official Report, column 790W, on nuclear weapons, (a) what nuclear emergency response capability is available at...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) at which defence nuclear sites local liaison committees have been established to allow engagement with local stakeholders; which of these...

      Radioactive Waste: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will instruct action to begin the clean-up work at Dalgety Bay beach immediately; (2) if he will provide funding for the remedial action...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008. [Official Report, 8 October 2013, Vol....

  • Home Department

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications to have a child's birth registered under section 3(1), section 3(2) or section 3(5) of the British Nationality Act...

    • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the procedure is for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre paying for costs of recovery of evidence from internet service...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of policing reforms on community policing.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if it is her policy that hon. Members have presumed consent when meeting representatives on behalf of their constituents and their...

      Crime: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests, (b) deportations and (c) investigations have been made as a result of the allegations database since it came into operation.

      Crime: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations the allegations database has received since it came into operation.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library any concordats which her Department or the public bodies for which she is responsible have with the devolved...

      Domestic Violence: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the terms of reference are for the reducing bureaucracy pilots in respect of domestic violence complaints in the county of...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of trends of those who take legal highs moving on to take illegal drugs; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the annual cost to her Department of policing illegal highs; and if she will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of students with a Tier 4 visa approving study in a (a) university, (b) further education college and (c)...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of Tier 4 visa applications to study in a (a) university, (b) further education college and (c) private college...

      Hizb-ut-Tahrir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Hizb-ut-Tahrir is active on UK university campuses; and what assessment she has made of the level of any such activity.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, columns 908-9W, on immigration controls, for what reason the number of visits...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what proportion of immigration appeal cases her Department withdrew its decision on the day of the hearing in each of the last three years.

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have had their spousal visa cancelled in each year since 2008.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which newspapers the post of (a) Director of Immigration and Visas and (b) Director of Enforcement has been advertised; and what the cost...

      Salvation Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost of the Salvation Army's Trafficking Support Scheme will be in 2013-14; and what the cost of this scheme was in (a)...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the UK Border Agency was in each year of its establishment.

      Connaught Asset Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigations HM Revenue and Customs plans to make into the Connaught Income Series 1 Fund over alleged fraudulent activity; and what...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of local authorities' capacity to match-fund the further £250 million in funding for superfast...

    • Digital Broadcasting: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to improve the digital television signal for residents of (a) North Yorkshire and (b) Harrogate and...

      Glastonbury Festival

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the financial effects of the Glastonbury music festival on the (a) local and (b) national economy.

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the minutes of and list the attendees at the recent internet and child safety summit held by her Department.

      Music: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make an assessment of the benefits to the economy of the music festival industry.

      Public Lending Right

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to prevent infringement of intellectual property rights resulting from the lending of e-books and audio...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) other government departments and (b) non-governmental bodies on strengthening the role of...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the percentage change is in her Department's funding for S4C over the next two years.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c)...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she plans to publish a White Paper on a draft Communications Bill.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials in (a) her Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible enrolled in...

      Travel

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

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many vending machines in her Department's premises contain snack foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

  • Health

    • ABP Food Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what inquiries his Department has made into (a) the beneficial ownership of the network of companies associated with the ABP Food Group and their...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) consultants, (b) registrars and (c) nurse practitioners working in accident and emergency departments in...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of doctors choosing to specialise in emergency medicine following their (a) Foundation Year 1 and (b) Foundation...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of national training posts for emergency medicine were unfilled in each of the last five years.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of unfilled posts in accident and emergency departments in each hospital trust in England in each of the last five...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to prevent low staffing levels in accident and emergency departments in England.

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department has spent on drug rehabilitation in Harlow in each year since 2005; (2) how much his Department has spent on alcohol...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women have been admitted to hospital with symptoms of drink spiking in each of the last six years.

      Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been admitted to hospital as a result of cocaine use in each of the last six years.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to facilitate the increase in lung donation for transplantation in respect of patients with cystic fibrosis; and if he will make a...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the treatment and prevention of diabetes will remain a priority for his Department.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many accident and emergency (a) attendances and (b) admissions relating to (i) illegal drug use and (ii) legal high use there were (A) in total...

      Health Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff in Hull and East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust were paid over (a) £50,000, (b) £65,738 and (c) £100,000 in each of the...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 840W, on heart diseases, what steps have been taken by NHS England, working with the...

      Hernias

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to recognise 28 June as Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day.

      Hospitals: Fast Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many fast-food franchises are operating on NHS hospital sites in England; (2) what guidance his Department and NHS England issue to hospitals...

      Methadone: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered methadone users there have been in Harlow in each year since 2005; and what the average spend on each such methadone user has been in...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what factors contribute to surgeons' performance data; (2) what steps he plans to take to ensure that surgeons are not discouraged from taking on...

  • House of Lords

    • Aviation: A320 Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much launch aid was provided for the A320 aircraft; what are the sales royalties that have been received to date; and what further royalties are...

    • Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost of repairing damage done to roads, railway property and to waterways by badgers in the last five years.

      Caste Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have commissioned from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on caste discrimination; what relevance any such research has to the...

      Caste Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date they have asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission to complete and report on the research they have asked it to undertake on caste...

      Children: Self-harming

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children under the age of 18 were admitted to hospital as a result of self-harm in (1) 2012, and (2) 2013 to date. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Communications Data

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what extra powers they intend to provide to GCHQ under a Communications Data Bill to collect and store internet communications over and above those powers...

      Equality Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to launch the consultation on the implementation of changes to the Equality Act 2010 agreed by Parliament during the last Session before...

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints are currently awaiting appeal to the Financial Ombudsman; and what was the average length of time taken for an appeal to be heard in...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for International Development’s programme on environmental protection includes investigating metal contamination of land from...

      Health: Osteoporosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that future plans for the National Health Service provide for year-on-year increases in osteoporosis services to match...

      House of Lords: All-party Groups

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what steps have been taken in the House of Lords following the report of the Speakers' Working Group on All-Party groups, published on 11 June 2012.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of UNESCO's recent paper concluding that progress towards Millennium Development Goal 2 is too slow.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the illustrative goal 3 "to provide quality education and lifelong learning" proposed by the United Nations High Level...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the European Union’s grant of 75 million euros for assistance to refugees in Lebanon; and how much of that sum is...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of sustained long-term investment in agriculture necessary to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty in Africa.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reductions in donor development aid for basic education; and what plans they have to use their position as the largest...

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether insurance companies that make ransom payments in respect of incidents of piracy are required to make a Suspicious Activity Report before doing so.

      Railways: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the cost incurred in the use of consultants in the procurement for the InterCity Express programme.

      Rolls Royce: Trent Engines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much launch aid has been given to Rolls Royce and other United Kingdom companies for the development of the Trent engine; and what sales royalties are...

      Schools: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the amounts per pupil being paid to schools under the national funding formulae in each local authority in the current year.

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