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Written answers

Monday, 8 July 2013

  • Northern Ireland

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has held with the Northern Ireland Executive on the Investment Conference to be held in Northern Ireland in October 2013.

    • Historical Enquiries Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the findings of the report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary on the Historical Enquiries Team; and if she will...

      Historical Enquiries Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland regarding the report by HM Inspectorate of...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make it her policy to introduce border controls between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Civic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress is being made on implementing the Civic Forum in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which provisions of the (a) Good Friday Agreement and (b) St Andrew's Agreement (i) have been fully implemented and (ii) are yet to be fully...

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she plans to take to ensure that determinations made by the Parades Commission are accepted by all parties and organisations in...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her Department's budget has been in each year since 1998.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff, of each grade, were employed by her Department in each year since 1998.

      World Police and Fire Games 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment on the tourism implications of the World Police and Fire...

  • Wales

    • Big Society Advisory Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what advice the Wales Office Big Society Advisory Forum has given to his Department to date.

    • Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) which organisations (a) he and (b) other Ministers of his Department met at conferences in Wales in (i) October, (ii) November and (iii) December...

      Electronic Government: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what analysis his Department has made of which services are available through the medium of Welsh on www.gov.uk/Cymraeg; and what discussions he has with...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people have taken up jobs as a result of the Jobs Summit held in Newport in February 2013.

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much funding his Department allocated for youth work in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ash Dieback Disease: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland...

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage loss in bee colonies in the UK during (a) the last five years and (b) the last 12...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of honey-bee hives in the UK which is the critical minimum below which UK...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) the British Beekeepers' Association and (b) the Bee Farmers' Association will be invited to participate in the...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ensure that new elements of the National Pollinator Strategy are implemented before the spring of 2014.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to set out a clear timetable for action to reverse bee decline in the UK.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measurable targets he plans to set for reversing the decline of bees and other pollinators as part of the National...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans to involve (a) the Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) other Government departments in the...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the UK will lead the way internationally in developing strategies to reverse the decline...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of household waste in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England was recycled in...

      Honey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason UK production of honey is significantly lower than the EU average as a proportion of national consumption;...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of fires at recycling plants since 2001.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has estimated the average time material is stored at recycling plants before being recycled.

  • Attorney-General

    • Devolution

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will place in the Library any concordats which the Law Officers' Departments or the public bodies for which he is responsible have with the devolved Administrations.

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions there have been for human trafficking in relation to (a) nail bars and (b) cannabis factories in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners On Remand

      To ask the Attorney-General in what proportion of prosecutions where the Crown Prosecution Service has sought for the defendant to be remanded in prison, has such an application has been refused...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney-General how many and what proportion of appeals against unduly lenient sentences have been successful in the last three years.

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney-General how many requests for appeals against unduly lenient sentences have been rejected as out of time in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney-General how many appeals against unduly lenient sentences he has received in respect of each category of offence in each of the last three years.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will list all Twitter accounts for which officials of the Law Officers' Departments (a) have had and (b) currently have responsibility for (i) monitoring and...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2013, Official Report, column 717W, on armed forces: private education, what amount can be claimed by individual...

    • Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were placed on the Suicide Vulnerability Risk Management register in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed at Rhyl recruiting clinic before its closure.

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent research has been carried out by his Department into alternative base sites in the UK for the nuclear deterrent or submarines from HM Naval...

      Firing Ranges: Shoeburyness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the maximum decibel noise measurements were from the Shoeburyness explosion site on the morning of 7 June 2013; (2) what munitions were being...

      Military Bases: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the letter from HM Industrial Pollution Directorate to Lord James Douglas Hamilton in 1990 detailing that debris from...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which PFI contracts held by his Department are planned to be restructured as a consequence of the Spending Review 2013.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which PFI contracts held by his Department have been restructured since May 2010.

      Radioactive waste: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the paper written in September 1992 from his Department to the Committee on Medical Aspects of radiation in the...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason he did not write in advance to hon. Members whose constituencies are affected by closure of Reserve sites, as is his Department's normal...

      Reserve Forces: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists there were in Halton constituency in 1 April 2013.

      Reserve Forces: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units of reservists and cadets currently use Duncombe Barracks in York; how many personnel and cadets are currently attached to each unit; what...

      Reserve Forces: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department will have a use for Duncombe Barracks in York after it ceases to be used by reservists and cadets; and, if not, whether he will...

      Reserve Forces: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future use of facilities at Strensall, York for training medical personnel for the Reserve forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the title Shropshire Yeomanry is to be maintained by the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry following completion of the Reserves in the...

      Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will outline the personnel profile for the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry based at Dawley Bank, Telford (a) before and (b) upon completion...

      Veterans: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans residing in Halton constituency are in receipt of (a) war pension scheme, (b) armed forces compensation scheme and (c) armed forces...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken for a decision on asylum was for (a) under 18 male, (b) under 18 female, (c) over 18 male and (d) over 18 female...

    • Billing

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

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of the Visitor Visa Bond on the number of business trips to the UK from (a) Pakistan and (b)...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding she has made available to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for the purpose of tackling human trafficking, by amount of...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have received detailed training on combating human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of (a) accommodation, (b) medical care, (c) psychological assistance, (d) material...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place a copy of her Data Collection Strategy for the purpose of combating human trafficking in the Library.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dedicated state units to deal with human trafficking have been established in the last 10 years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the relevance to the UK of 144 actions in the Irish Government's National Action Plan to prevent and tackle...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum sentence available for human trafficking is; and how many times maximum sentences have been used in each of the last 30 years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual care plans have been developed for people who are potential victims of human trafficking in each of the last 30 years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received concerning extending the period for recovery and reflection governing victims of people trafficking;...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of illegal workers in Medway.

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which sections of the A14 scheme are being proposed for tolling; (2) when he will announce which option has been chosen for the A14 scheme.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the total annual contribution of the container port market to domestic levels of carbon emissions.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total carbon emissions from (a) road freight and (b) rail freight were in each year since 1993-94.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the annual contribution to carbon emissions from the...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 970W, on conditions of employment, how many people in his Department were employed on...

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cycling (a) fatalities and (b) serious injuries occurred among (i) adults and (ii) children in each of the last three years; and what...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Finsbury Park Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail or the Mayor of London on the refurbishment and installation of step-free access in Finsbury Park...

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects works to commence on the electrification on the Barking to Gospel Oak Line; what the extent and cost of this work will be; and if he...

      M67

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the day-burning lighting columns located between the M60/M67/A57 Denton Roundabout and Junction 2 of the M67 in Denton to be repaired.

      Motorways: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he next expects the slip roads, carriageways, embankments, central reservations and hard shoulder of the M67 motorway through Denton to be...

      Oil: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with other Bonn convention signatories regarding safeguarding guillemots and other sea birds from oil spills; and if...

      Polyisobutene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he and Ministers of his Department have had with their international counterparts concerning the carriage of polyisobutene; and...

      Polyisobutene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the International Maritime Organisation about the reclassification of polyisobutene.

      Roads: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of an improved road network for small businesses in (a) the West Midlands, (b)...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to the recent conclusions of the European Commission’s Task Force on Maritime Employment and Competitiveness; and...

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that European Union directives on (a) collective redundancies and (b) transfer of undertakings are applied to seafarers.

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that European Union directives on (a) protection of employees in the event of employer insolvency, (b) the European...

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to the recent conclusions of the European Commission's Task Force on Maritime Employment and Competitiveness; and if he...

      Shipping: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with representatives of the shipping industry regarding the...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the first transport project funded by the single local growth fund to be delivered.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the £2 billion allocated to the single local growth fund will be used to administer the bidding process.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role (a) local authorities and (b) transport authorities will play in deciding which bids to the single local growth fund are successful.

  • Scotland

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • MITIE Group

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

      Press: Subscriptions

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

      Serco

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

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Staff

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

      Vacancies

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effect on local authority services of the decisions announced in the spending...

    • Families in Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of families with children living in temporary accommodation.

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that local plans reflect public consultation.

      Rent Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the level of rent arrears owed to local authorities and registered social landlords following the...

      Troubled Families Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received about the troubled families programme.

      Troubled Families Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families have been helped through the Troubled Families programme involving children with (a) truanting problems and...

      Community Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to promote the take-up of the new community rights in the Localism Act 2011.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library any concordats which his Department or the public bodies for which he is responsible have with...

      Empty Property: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has any plans to review the policy of not charging business rates on empty listed commercial buildings.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are enough suitable redeployment roles for fire and rescue service...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department plans to publish its response to the December 2012 report entitled Normal Pension Age For Firefighters: A...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the lessons of the fire at Smethwick on 1-2 July 2013 for the adequacy of current and planned levels of fire...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of business rates on high street retailers.

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the use of Chinese lanterns.

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to banning Chinese lanterns; and what assessment his Department has made of whether Chinese...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of people sleeping rough in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South...

      Social Rented Housing: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the social housing in Barnsley East constituency is currently unoccupied.

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department provides to communities impoverished by land confiscation in Burma.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government provides to ethnic Rohingya from Burma who have fled to Bangladesh.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid her Department contributes annually to (a) Palestinian Authority Television (PATV) and (b) the PATV programme, For You.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list all Twitter accounts for which officials of her Department (a) have had and (b) currently have responsibility for (i)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library any concordats which his Department or the public bodies for which he is responsible have with...

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he had with the Israeli Attorney-General in June 2013 on implementing measures to require audio-visual...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of nuclear warheads possessed by Israel; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) British citizens and (b) people categorised for purposes of evacuation as...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2013, Official Report, columns 488-9W, on Occupied Territories, what information his...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2013, Official Report, columns 488-9W, on Occupied Territories; what assessment he has made of...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Palestinian counterpart about Palestinian Authority Television broadcasting songs...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Palestinian Authority on its use of maps depicting a State of Palestine replacing Israel.

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will appoint an official of his Department of equivalent seniority to an ambassador to have lead responsibility for...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to assess the effect of his Department's policies on promoting freedom of religion and belief.

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses were declared bankrupt in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each year since 2008-09.

    • Beekeeping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will discuss with agricultural colleges steps to encourage the provision of courses for bee-keepers at those colleges.

      Business: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in York received Enterprise Finance Guarantee loans from the Government between (a) May 2011 and May 2012 and...

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average (a) time taken to open the post upon receipt of a letter and (b) time to process and action a letter for...

      Companies: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who the members are of groups established by the Financial Reporting Council to consult on assisting in developing revised...

      Companies: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish a list of meetings held by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in the last 12 months on the...

      Companies: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has held with the Financial Reporting Council on civil society representation in the...

      Companies: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has held with the Financial Reporting Council on promoting high standards of environmental...

      Companies: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of whether the Financial Reporting Review Panel's (a) resources and (b) expertise are...

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy: government and industry in partnership, published on 2 July 2013, what...

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy: government and industry in partnership, published on 2 July 2013, how...

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy: government and industry in partnership, published on 2 July 2013, what...

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy: government and industry in partnership, published on 2 July 2013, what...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library any concordats which his Department or the public bodies for which he is responsible have with...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps his Department has taken to encourage the institutional investment industry to adopt voluntary codes on public...

      Interest Rate Swap Transactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he has had any discussions with senior management of (a) Barclays Bank, (b) RBS Group, (c) HSBC Banking Group and (d) Lloyds...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made by the Advance Manufacturing Supply Chain initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of nail bar businesses in the UK.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which Government products and services have been (a) added to and (b) removed from the range available at post offices...

      Post Offices: Rhyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2013, Official Report, column 583W, on post offices: Rhyl, what plans he has to dispose of the...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) letters and (b) parcels were delivered by Royal Mail in each year for which data is available.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many (a) permanent workers, (b) temporary workers and (c) zero-hour contracts there were in the Royal Mail in each of...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of Royal Mail employees' views on his proposed employee share scheme.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government's proposed privatisation of Royal Mail on households in...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings he has had with private sector companies to discuss investment and the potential privatisation of Royal Mail.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings he has had with hedge funds and venture capitalist companies on the potential privatisation of Royal Mail.

      Shareholders: Voting Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will publish a list of meetings held by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department over the last 12 months on...

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with representatives of the shipping industry on...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • British Irish Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his assessment is of the last meeting of the British Irish Council.

    • Candidates: Disqualification

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent disqualified candidates appearing on a ballot paper.

      Devolution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Conditions of Employment: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency who are employed on zero hours...

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Employment Schemes: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support is available in Oxfordshire to help people with learning disabilities into work.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in ensuring that women's refuges qualify as supported exempt accommodation as part of his Department's changes to...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department plans to make of any over or underspend of discretionary housing payment allocations by councils in (a) Scotland,...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to Regulation 12D(5) and (7) of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, for what reasons the 13 weeks protection rule is not being...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to Regulations 12D(5) and (7) of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, what estimate he has made of the number of households...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the roll-out of the household benefit cap in Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payments his Department has made to each local authority since 2010-11 to ameliorate the effects of housing benefit caps on private sector...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that the current level of Independent Living Fund funding is protected when it is transferred to the Department for...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time is for which jobseeker’s allowance has been claimed by claimants previously in the employment and support allowance...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which individuals he plans to nominate for membership of the advisory group of the new health and work assessment and advisory service; and if...

      Remploy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many former employees of Remploy Wishaw are in part-time or full-time education; (2) how many former employees of Remploy Wishaw are...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research is being undertaken by his Department on the effect of the household benefit cap in the four boroughs piloting the restriction;...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances a claimant who has received an overpayment of benefits is required to make a civil payment in addition to reimbursing the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken was between an application being made and benefit paid for (a) attendance allowance, (b) bereavement benefits, (c)...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision there is for the support of young adults with profound disabilities and their families.

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) Bromley, (b) Croydon, (c) Enfield and (d) Haringey were subject to the benefit cap on (i) 15 April, (ii) 15 May and...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Jobcentre Plus employment support officers in each London borough will be co-located with local authority staff when the...

      Social Security Benefits: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those subject to the household benefit cap pilot in Haringey have had an interview with a Department for Work and Pensions...

      Unemployment: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people between 16 and 25-years-old in (a) Sheffield and (b) each Sheffield parliamentary constituency have been claiming...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when new statistics on vacancies by parliamentary constituency will be made available.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many vacancies have been posted on Universal Jobmatch to date.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many vacancies for each occupation have been posted on Universal Jobmatch.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received post-Work Programme support in June 2013.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to improve job outcomes for employment and support allowance claimants referred to the Work programme; and if he...

      Work Programme: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Warrington have participated in the Work programme since its inception; and how many such participants have found (a)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria National Grid would use to determine whether new electricity transmission projects would be constructed overground or...

    • Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average cost is of installing electricity transmission cables (a) overground via pylons and (b) underground; and if he will...

      Electric Cables: Carmarthenshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from the Welsh Government on the intention of Western Powers Distribution to construct electricity...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what volume of the Energy Company Obligation market has been secured through the brokerage auction to date.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average subsidy is that a household with installations completed has received under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish a revised impact assessment of the Energy Company Obligation.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what successor scheme the Government plans to introduce when the Energy Company Obligation ends in March 2015.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of the energy companies that are legally obligated to deliver the Energy Company Obligation are not providing (a) Green Deal...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) written, (b) email and (c) telephone representations he has received on (i) his plans to alleviate fuel poverty in the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many hon. Members wrote to his Department on behalf of constituents about (a) steps taken to alleviate fuel poverty in the private...

      Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of projects and (b) total capacity of gas-fired power stations which (i) are...

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many mothballed power stations there are in Great Britain; (2) what estimate his Department has made of the generating...

  • Education

    • Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the value of the education services grant will be in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, column 599, on free school meals, what assessment he has made of how many and what proportion...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) England received free school meals in each year since 1995-96.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) location, (b) value and (c) date of transfer of each site transferred from local authorities to free schools is; what the (i) location and...

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools in each parliamentary constituency in England will receive funding under the Priority Schools Building Programme in the next three years.

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many local authorities had a dedicated service to support young runaway children in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; (2) how many...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much money that was transferred to free and academy schools and subsequently classed as underspend in Budget 2013 has yet to be paid back to his...

      Young People: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the data in table 6.3.3 in the Youth Cohort Study and Longitudinal Study of Young People in England: The Activities and Experiences...

      Young People: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the data in tables 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.4 and A.1.1 in the Youth Cohort Study and Longitudinal Study of Young People in England:...

  • Treasury

    • Commodity Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the introduction of ex-ante position limits for agricultural futures and options markets.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alleged Ponzi schemes his Department is currently investigating.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Investing in Britain's Future, Cm 8669, published June 2013, how much will be spent on infrastructure development in each region of the UK.

      National Savings Certificates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will instruct National Savings and Investments to make National Savings index-linked savings certificates permanently available to savers with...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) South Yorkshire and (d) England have qualified for the increased levels of small...

      Payments: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to his Department's consultation on Opening up UK payments.

      Public Sector: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of those who were unemployed having been made redundant by public sector bodies were women in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were employed on 31 March 2013 in each area of HM Revenue and Customs activity; and how many staff he expects to be employed on 31 March in...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of savings has been made in each year from 2010-11 in each area of HM Revenue and Customs; and what level of savings he expects to be made in...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the Government taking over the assets of the non-core division of the Royal Bank of Scotland; (2)...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish any assessments undertaken by his Department of the potential effects on EU state aid of splitting Royal Bank of Scotland into a good...

      Royal Sussex County Hospital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long he expects it will take him to release funding for redeveloping the Royal Sussex hospital following full acceptance by the Trust Development...

      Social Networking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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)...

      Ulster Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has held with the Northern Ireland Finance Minister regarding the recently announced job losses at Ulster Bank; (2)...

      Vending Machines

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the right hon. Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency will receive a reply to the letter dated 17 April 2013 in...

    • Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 803W, on press: regulation, for what reasons the Government will not...

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will publish details of the technical amendments that she has been discussing with the Scottish Government to the Royal...

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list all Twitter accounts for which officials of her Department (a) have had and (b) currently have responsibility for (i)...

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding her Department allocated for youth work in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if she will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time in accident and emergency was in (a) Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust area and (b) England in each of the last four...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients (a) in total and (b) in each NHS trust in England waited for more than (i) four, (ii) eight, (iii) 12 and (iv) 16 hours in...

      Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances there were in the North West Ambulance service area in (a) 1 April 1998, (b) 1 April 2010 and (c) 1 April 2012.

      Ancillary Staff: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care assistants in Halton constituency are on zero hours contracts.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2013, Official Report, column 39W, on cancer, what the terms of reference and timetable of the review on the National...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients who will have to pay for cancer drugs previously considered but not recommended by the National...

      Dental Services: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists there were in Halton constituency in (a) April 1998, (b) April 2010 and (c) April 2012.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the new pricing arrangements for branded medicines; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of Health Education England in ensuring that GPs are trained and supported to ask patients about bowel function.

      General Practitioners: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs there were in Halton constituency in (a) April 1998, (b) April 2010 and (c) April 2012.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of GDP is spent on health care in each EU country; and what proportion of those figures was spent on (a) private health care providers and...

      Health Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the standard of care reviews conducted on in-patients with learning disabilities and autism; (2)...

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much non-capital funding he provided in England for hospices in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for an operation in (a) Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust area and (b) England was in each of the last four (i)...

      Jimmy Savile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Kirkup investigation into the involvement of Jimmy Savile at Broadmoor hospital will report; and who will receive this report.

      Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the income of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency was provided by the Government in each of the last three years.

      Neurofibromatosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on future levels of funding for research into neurofibromatosis.

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the progress made by Sir David Nicholson in encouraging a culture change towards innovation within the NHS.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects of medical litigation on medical innovation.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to doctors on the risks of prosecution for medical negligence if they deviate from standard procedures.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects of current laws on medical negligence on scientific discoveries in cancer.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) assessment he has made and (b) reports he has received on whether a change to a presumed consent system of organ donation will increase levels of...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Public Health England has spent to date on Project Chrysalis, now the Public Health England Science hub; what the breakdown of those costs is;...

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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)...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of people in the care sector employed on zero hours contracts in each English region in each of the last five years.

      Surgery: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) colorectal excision, (b) breast excision, (c) hip replacement, (d) knee replacement, (e) inguinal hernia repair, (f) cholecystectomy...

      University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms of reference are for the investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup into the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust; and when he...

      University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations (a) he and (b) his Department received regarding University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Trust prior to May 2010.

  • Cabinet Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many British citizens reside in other EU countries (a) by country and (b) by status of their residence (working, studying or retired).

    • Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many times Northcote House, Sunningdale Park was used by (a) ministers, (b) officials and (c) staff of non-departmental public bodies in (i)...

      Business: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the number of staff employed by small businesses in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Business: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses there were in (a) York Central constituency and (b) City of York local authority area in each year since 1995-96.

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to clarify and reinforce the objectives of the Charity Commission.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) male and (b) female live births there have been in (i) England as a whole and (ii) each region of England in each month since January 2001.

      Civil Servants: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many full-time equivalent civil servants were employed in the City of York (a) in total and (b) by each Government Department or agency in...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what happens to information held by private companies undertaking government contracts at the point of termination.

      Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths (a) in Southend, (b) in Essex and (c) nationally were attributed to an individual being (i) overweight and (ii) underweight in each year...

      Death: Drugs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths there were from (a) drug poisoning and (b) drug misuse in (i) York local authority area, (ii) North Yorkshire and York Primary Care...

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he published his Diversity Action Plan for his Department; and what progress has been made since then on its implementation.

      Personal Income: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the average net weekly equivalised household income in (a) City of York Council area and (b) York...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the equality impact of his Department's spending reductions since 2010; whether this assessment has been used to inform...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish the grounds on which the Major Projects Authority gave universal credit amber-red status.

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many vending machines in his Department's premises contain snack foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) for what reasons he has not yet published the Positive for Youth, One Year On progress report due in December 2012; (2) what responsibility his...

  • Justice

    • Financial Services: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office on the feasibility of...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will request the Salvation Army, as part of its contract for support services to adult victims of human trafficking (a) to collect, from 1...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish all data recorded by the Legal Aid Agency on all certificate outcomes for judicial review cases funded in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Offenders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on supporting more appropriate use of the Mental Health Treatment Requirement...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of victim personal statements at Parole Board hearings; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2013, Official Report, columns 22-3W, on prisons: employment, what proportion of prison budgets are allocated for (a)...

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the proposed timescale for identification of the specific site for the North Wales prison is; (2) what the total budget is for the North...

      Woodhill Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are in place for expert witnesses to conduct interviews with prisoners in private at Close Supervision Centre HM Prison Woodhill; and...

  • House of Lords

    • Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of (1) the number of people who might seek assistance with regard to obtaining information in relation to the adoption of a direct...

    • Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has ever blocked an appointment for (1) a current or former minister, (2) a current or former member...

      Agriculture: Agri-tech Strategy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when their agri-tech strategy will be launched; and what are the reasons for the delay.

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors they will take into account in their consideration of genetically modified crops; and whether that consideration will take into account the...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the paper Glyphosate resistance threatens Roundup hegemony by E Waltz in Nature biotechnology, 28:537–538...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have conducted into the potential cost of loss of United Kingdom markets should any genetically modified wheat trial contaminate United...

      Alexander Litvinenko

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 10 June (WA 211), what representations they have made to the government of Russia about the...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the UK Green Investment Bank on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2)...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the latest year for which figures are available, what proportion of apprenticeships aimed at those aged (1) 16–18, (2) 19–24, and (3) over...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the list of armed forces medals awarded to a past recipient is not made available other than to the next of kin.

      Armed Forces: Military Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish details of the types and quantities of United Kingdom military equipment which have been, or will be gifted, leased, lent or sold...

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the availability of capital to support the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises and residential...

      Children: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of overcrowding on the quality of a child’s education.

      Children: Sexually Explicit Material

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to include modules to discourage children from accessing internet pornography as part of sex and relationship education in schools. To...

      Children: Sexually Explicit Material

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness among young people about young boys pressurising girls for sex and the uploading of sexually explicit material...

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of the trade relationship between the European Union and China on the United Kingdom’s bilateral...

      Drugs: Ecstasy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have died in the last five years from ecstasy tablet use; how many of those deaths were due to poisoning by the pills themselves; and whether...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 6 April 2010 (WA 393) and by Earl Howe on 8 March 2011 (WA 389-90) and 18 June 2013 (WA 33), whether...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average (1) salary, and (2) contracted hours per week, of (a) public sector jobs lost in 2012 and the first six months of 2013, and (2) private...

      Environment: Chinese Lanterns

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fires they estimate to have been caused by Chinese lanterns in the past year; and whether they are considering their policy on the availability and...

      Food: Meat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have provided in each of the last three years for the production of pasture-fed meat.

      Government Departments: Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings they held during development of their agri-tech strategy with (1) the genetically modified food industry; (2) the organic industry, and (3)...

      Government Departments: Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the expenses of the United Kingdom ministers and civil servants who attended the Bilderberg Conference in June 2012 were met by public funds; and, if...

      Health: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many departments of emergency medicine have vacancies for doctors.

      Housing: Private Rented Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities are operating compulsory licensing schemes for private landlords in their areas, other than by means of a selective licensing scheme.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 3 June (WA 134), whether they will seek to amend provisions in the European Economic Area Free...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce a decision on the eligibility of shares quoted on the Alternative Investment Market for inclusion in ISAs, following their...

      Internet: Online Payroll

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken by HM Revenue and Customs to help any farmers who are unable to implement online payroll reporting from their own premises.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many victims of (1) domestic abuse, and (2) human trafficking, are expected to be affected by proposed changes to (a) residency criteria for access to...

      Migrants: Romanians and Bulgarians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources have been allocated to provide support for local voluntary organisations to meet any additional costs arising from the entry of migrants from...

      Museums and Galleries: Works of Art

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the governance of the Foundling Museum and the role of Coram in its operation; and whether they will investigate the status of...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what treatments currently approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence normally apply to no more than 10 patients per year.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the total spending by the Department for International Development was spent on (1) agriculture, (2) research and development, and (3)...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Pakistan about the recent murders of three members of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh; and...

      Probation Services: Outsourcing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards they will put in place as part of their plans for outsourcing probation core tasks in England and Wales to ensure that commercial...

      Probation Services: Outsourcing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage probation trusts to merge or be subject to takeover by larger trusts under their proposals for outsourcing probation services.

      Property: Letting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the anticipated timescale for the implementation of the sections of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 relating to redress schemes for...

      Public Records: Colonial Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 26 June (WA 151–2), whether they will discuss the digitisation of the archives of former colonial...

      Public Records: Colonial Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 26 June (WA 152), how many of the former senior diplomats engaged in the sensitivity reviewing of...

      Public Records: Colonial Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 26 June (WA 152), on how many occasions Professor Badger has been asked to review the decisions of the...

      Public Records: Colonial Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 26 June (WA 152), what opportunities exist for them to be acquainted with and to take into account the...

      Public Records: Colonial Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 26 June (WA 152), what meetings have occurred between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and National...

      Public Records: Colonial Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 26 June (WA 151), given the current rate of progress in the review and transfer in alphabetical order of...

      Rainforests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made a recent estimate of the loss of tree cover in the world’s principal rainforests; if so, what assessment they have made of how...

      Rainforests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which countries major rainforest clearance, whether from licensed or illegal logging operations, is currently taking place.

      Schools: First Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives and support are (1) currently available, and (2) being considered, to help children learn first aid in schools.

      Schools: Inspectors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 20 June (WA 78), how many independent schools were assessed by Ofsted further to an order from the Secretary of...

      Somalia and Somaliland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek ways of facilitating the transfer of funds to Somalia and Somaliland by individuals, businesses and aid agencies to replace the...

      Taxation: Capital Gains Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the effect on revenue to the Exchequer of the increase in capital gains tax in 2010; and what were the revenues for each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of revenues earned in the United Kingdom by each of the mobile phone companies operating in the United Kingdom...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 3 June (WA 154), how soon after a visa for leave to enter the United Kingdom for work or student...

      Young Offenders: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children detained in (1) young offender institutions, (2) secure training centres, and (3) secure children’s homes, have attended a family...

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