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Written answers

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

  • Transport

    • Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new drivers in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England took the Pass Plus training course in each of the last...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methodology was used to estimate the cost of the High Speed 2 project; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the benefits to North West Wales as a result of High Speed 2.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with organisations involved in the recent completion of high speed rail projects in (a) France, (b) Germany and (c) Spain.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what payments First Transpennine Express made to the Exchequer in each financial year since April 2004; and what payments First Transpennine...

      Transport: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for future investment in the (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex transport network.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps (a) his Department and (b) UK Trade and Investment are taking to promote UK exports to, and attract inward investment...

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how additional funding allocated by his Department to work in China is being spent.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what programme of events will be taking place between China and the UK in the next 12 months.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what positive results have resulted from the UK-China strategic dialogue in recent months.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on steps taken by the new leadership in the Chinese government to tackle vested interests.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Chinese government and (b) others on tackling dangerous climate change through...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chinese government to encourage its involvement in the international energy governance process.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the UK's work with China in reducing global poverty.

      Diplomatic Service: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on the payment of private school fees for personnel (a) by country and (b) in total in each year...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the rights stated in the joint declaration between China and the UK regarding Hong Kong...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the right of Iran to enrich uranium under the terms of the non-proliferation treaty.

      Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the G8 policy paper on the threat posed by kidnapping for ransom by terrorists and the preventive steps the...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many London-based staff in his Department have (a) been offered and (b) taken up training in the Mandarin language.

      Sahel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution China has made to peace and security in the Sahel region in recent months.

      South China Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether territorial disputes in the South China Sea would have an adverse effect on British...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implementation of the Darfur Initiative in Sudan.

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's officials have been based in UK Trade and Investment in Sudan and South Sudan in each of the last...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Syrian Opposition forces about religious toleration, non-sectarianism and the protection of...

      UN Mission in Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on future UK involvement with UNAMID.

      UN Mission in Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his foreign counterparts on the future of UNAMID in Sudan.

      UN Mission in Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the work of UNAMID in Sudan.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his foreign counterparts on whether World Trade Organisation rules hinder prohibitions or other...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of any respects in which World Trade Organisation rules hinder (a) prohibitions against and (b)...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.

    • Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women have been victims of domestic homicide in each police force area in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions (a) she and (b) the Minister for Immigration has had with (i) the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and (ii) the Minister...

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people suspected of immigration breaches have been detained at (a) airports and (b) sea ports in Northern Ireland in each year since...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Warley can expect to receive a reply from her Department to his letter of 8 April 2013 to the UK Border Agency...

      Police: Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what conditions the police may legally tape record a meeting between a solicitor and their client without seeking prior consent from...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the UK were made redundant and...

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the UK has spent on construction and maintenance of Camp Bastion in each financial year since 2002.

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2013, Official Report, column 495W, on armed forces: sexual offences, what sanctions against a perpetrator are available...

      Armed Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving members of the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army have asked for voluntary early release, at each base located in Wales;...

      Armed Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilians and (b) serving military personnel are employed by the (i) Royal Air Force, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Army in Wales; where they...

      Defence Vetting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed by the Defence Vetting Agency in (a) York and (b) total at 1 April in each year since it was created.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which financial year will act as the baseline from which the annual real terms one per cent increase in defence equipment spending will be...

      Government Communications Headquarters: Morwenstow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what agency and individual those working at CSO Morwenstow are accountable.

      Government Communications Headquarters: Morwenstow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) US army, (b) US air force, (c) US navy and US marines, (d) NSA personnel, (e) US contractors, (f) British contractors, (g) British Army, (h)...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on negotiating a reduction in rent at RAF St. Athan for 71 (IR) Squadron; and if he will...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed relocation of 71 (IR) Squadron from RAF St. Athan to RAF Wittering on his Department's...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of his proposed reforms to the Army reservist system.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of new reservists recruited from regular service personnel previously made redundant.

      Staff

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the Chalara Control Plan has made on (a) reducing the rate of spread and (b) developing resistance to the...

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent specifically for the benefit of biodiversity on the public forest estate in each year since 2004-05.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what amount his Department spent and on what projects under the Addressing environmental risk and emergencies programme...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made in trends in breaches of flood defences over the last 15 years.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) maintenance of flood defences and (b) new capital expenditure on flood defences in each...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects his negotiations on flood insurance with the insurance industry to be concluded; and if he will make a statement.

      Noise: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in his Department are engaged in the promotion of measures to reduce noise; and if he will make a statement.

      Noise: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to promote the Noise Strategy since May 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Phytophthora Ramorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect on forests of the spread of phytophthora ramorum in the larch tree...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the first-year results of the plastic bag levy in Wales and come to a decision on introducing a levy on...

      Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the keeping of primates as pets.

      Recycling: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of waste collected in City of York was recycled in each year since 2008-09; and what funding his Department...

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the rollout of broadband in rural areas.

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to introduce a total ban on the sale of Chinese lanterns.

      Vending Machines

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

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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...

  • Justice

    • Defamation Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when each of the provisions of the Defamation Act 2013, not yet in force, will be enacted. [R]

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) nationality and (b) gender was of each suspected victims of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme operated by the...

      Legal Profession: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Bar Standards Board regarding the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates.

      Salvation Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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) 2011-12 and...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2013, Official Report, column 25W, on victim support schemes, what plans he has to integrate victims' services with...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average cost to her Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are...

    • Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of all food procured for her Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance her Department issues to BT Openreach on ensuring equal treatment of all parts of the UK in terms of offering adequate...

      National Lottery: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the value of sales of National Lottery scratch cards has been in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of five to 16 year olds take part in at least one planned sport activity per week.

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of five to 16 year olds taking part in at least one planned sport activity...

      Sports: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on sport in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York local authority area in each year since 2004-05.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to reply to Question 157610, tabled on 21 May 2013 for ordinary written answer on 3 June 2013.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business Premises: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress his Department has made since the publication of the Portas Review to encourage a contract of care between...

    • High Street Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department met Mary Portas to discuss the Portas review.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the introduction of the Single Local Growth Fund, how the New Homes Bonus will be allocated between (a) local...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider introducing a requirement that at least 10 per cent of properties in new housing developments across the UK...

      Landlords: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made following the Portas review on introducing a public register of high street landlords.

      Local Government Finance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department allocated to City of York council for (a) local authority supported capital expenditure in...

      Local Government: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have utilised the general power of competence created by section 1 of the Localism Act 2011 to date;...

      Out of Town Shopping Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made following the Portas Review to introduce exceptional sign off for all new out-of-town developments and...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the ruling in the case of OR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure Gypsy and Traveller sites are not placed in (a) rural villages and (b) other inappropriate...

      Urban Areas: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what progress has been made on the Portas Review recommendation to encourage banks with empty high street properties to...

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken following the Portas review to urge developers to make financial contributions to ensure that the local...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a list of all the onshore wind planning appeals in England that have been (a) recovered and (b)...

  • Education

    • Early Intervention Grant

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

    • Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) further education colleges, (b) sixth form colleges, (c) secondary schools, (d) primary schools, (e) nursery schools and (f) schools...

      Education: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which capital projects his Department has supported with what level of funding for academies, schools and colleges in (a) Worcester constituency and...

      Pupils: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding was provided per pupil in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (A) York Local Authority and (B)...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the changes in total public spending in England on school meals in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year from 2010; and...

      Schools: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what capital funding was allocated by his Department to schools in the City of York in each year since 1995-96.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the change was in the average salary of a (a) primary school teacher, (b) primary school head teacher, (c) secondary school teacher and (d)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that all curriculum subjects have provision for bursaries for teacher training.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that all subjects designated as part of the core curriculum have resources made available for the continuing...

      Teachers: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the gross average salary of a full-time teacher in local authority schools in the City of York was in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the financial effects of proposed European Commission regulations of interchange fees on (a) debit cardholders, (b) credit cardholders...

    • Barclays

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has discussed the proposed suspension of money transfer services by Barclays bank with the CEO or directors of Barclays.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse in 2015-16 of restoring spending on the Transport Police to the level it would have been without...

      Broadband

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse would be of extending the broadband network to cover 100 per cent of premises in the UK by 2015-16.

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual pay settlement in the Civil Service was between 1997 and 2010.

      Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) resource and (b) capital costs to the public purse of repealing the Health and Social Care Act in the fiscal year...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the region and financial year breakdown is of the infrastructure investment contained within his Department's Investing in Britain's Future document,...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer against how many pension liberation schemes HM Revenue and Customs has taken punitive action to date.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the (a) 2012 autumn statement, (b) 2013 Budget and (c) 2013 spending review on the number of children living in...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his proposals on the new national funding formula for schools will include early years education for those under five years old.

      Public Sector: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of potential public sector redundancies up to May 2015.

      Remittances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the total value of financial flows remitted by diaspora communities via UK-based money transfer services to (a) Somaliland,...

      Revenue and Customs: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by HM Revenue and Customs on advertising the pilot closure of 13 HM Revenue and Customs enquiry centres in the North East of England and...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many call attempts were made to HM Revenue and Customs contact centres on each working day between 3 June and 15 June 2013; how many such calls were...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse in 2015-16 of restoring spending on road safety and traffic cameras to the level it would have...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) company groups and (b) shipping companies were elected into the Tonnage Tax scheme (i) in each year since 2000-01 and (ii) 2013-14 to date.

  • Scotland

    • Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

  • Health

    • Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for cataract surgery on a second eye; and what information his Department holds for international benchmarking purposes...

    • Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on the use of new eye lens technologies in the treatment of cataract patients using NHS services of the...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the future viability of randomised controlled trials in the era of personalised medicine.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the use of interventional lung assist devices in transplants for cystic fibrosis patients.

      Deficiency Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of childhood (a) rickets and (b) scurvy have been recorded in each of the last 10 years.

      Doctors: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors were employed in Worcestershire and the West Midlands in (a) 2013 and (b) 2010.

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommendations for fertility treatment.

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that fertility treatment is consistent across the NHS.

      NHS Staff: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many midwives were employed by the NHS in Worcestershire in (a) 2013 and (b) 2010; (2) how many nurses were employed in Worcestershire and the...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been made to NHS bodies since May 2010; and how many such complaints have yet to receive a response.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual pay settlement in the NHS has been since 2010; (2) what the annual pay settlement for doctors and consultants paid from the public...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the indicators set out in the Quality and Outcomes Framework in providing incentives to GPs to tackle...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative assessment he has made of levels of obesity in the UK and other comparable countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between activity levels and obesity in the last five years; and if...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the likely cost to the economy of illness, economic inactivity and premature death associated with obesity since June...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance on reducing obesity his Department (a) has issued since May 2010 and (b) plans to issue in the next six months; and if he will make a...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with Public Health England (PHE) about reducing obesity; what PHE's response was; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of (a) childhood and (b) adult obesity was in each (i) local authority area, (ii) health authority area and (iii) constituency in each...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on measures to tackle childhood obesity in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date; and how that money was...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of children in each age group who were classified as (a) overweight and (b) obese (i) in Southend, (ii) in each borough...

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he has made available to the NHS for eye lens treatments in 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of how methods of dispensing medically-issued drugs vary between England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money that was transferred to primary care trusts and subsequently classed as underspend in Budget 2013 has yet to be paid back to his...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer centres were treating patients with intensity-modulated radiation therapy at the level of 24 per cent on 1 April 2013.

      York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients had been waiting (a) over six months and (b) over three months for inpatient admission at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust...

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

  • Wales

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has for a coordinated effort by the UK and Welsh Governments to improve prospects for small and medium businesses in Wales.

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what inward investment there has been in Wales as a result of the event he held at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote Wales as a...

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the proposal of the Farmers' Union of Wales that a total ban...

      Wylfa Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what supply chain opportunities have been identified for Welsh and UK companies during the construction of the new nuclear reactor at Wylfa in Anglesey.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2013, Official Report, column 332W, on Big Society Network, if he will place a copy in the Library of all monitoring...

    • Employment: York

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the UK Statistics Authority has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who were employed (i) full-time and (ii) part-time in York...

      Youth Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many miles of electricity transmission cabling were constructed by National Grid (a) overground and (b) underground in each of the...

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate his Department has made of the de-rated capacity margins for electricity in each year since 1989 for which figures...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many non-renewable energy projects that have started generation since 2010 had (a) planning determined and (b) construction...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on which date he and his Ministers and officials received the report from the British Geological Survey on the extent of shale gas...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Report by HM Treasury, Investing in Britain's Future, Cm 8669, published in June 2013, what criteria will be used...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on burning wood to create electricity.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Welfare Reforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the Government’s proposed welfare reforms.

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her policy is on tackling unemployment in Northern Ireland.

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her policy is on parading; and if she will make a statement.

      Party Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of donations and funding to political parties and political campaigns in Northern Ireland comes from (a) the UK and (b) the...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department has spent on hospitality at (a) Hillsborough Castle, (b) Stormont and (c) other venues in each year since 2010.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which people have received hospitality from her Department at (a) Hillsborough Castle, (b) Stormont and (c) other venues in each year since 2010.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the procurement timetable for the medical services contract is.

    • Eyesight: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many free NHS sight tests were given to people aged 60 years and over in the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust area in each year...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many loans have been made through the New Enterprise Allowance scheme in each of the last three years; and what proportion of...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) children, (b) pensioners and (c) households fell below 60 per cent of contemporary median equivalised...

      Poverty: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in Yorkshire and the Humber were living in (a) absolute and (b) relative poverty in each year since 1995-96.

      Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assistance the Government makes available to ensure that people with life-long mental health conditions are supported in making...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of women that will benefit from the introduction of the single tier state pension in 2016.

      Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on refunding the cost of travel by jobseekers to jobcentres since May 2010.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make it his policy to permit individuals who volunteer for the Work Programme to leave before the end of the mandatory two...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of work programme participants who have obtained job outcomes since June 2011 had been unemployed for more than (a) 12, (b) 24...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many referrals he estimates will be made to the Work programme in each claimant group in each of the next six months.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Work programme participants have been placed on apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for work programme participants who secured job outcomes in each three month period since the work programme started, what average number of...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to ensure appropriate health and safety provisions are made for all work undertaken as part of the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on the Work Programme are working to identify households eligible for the Energy Company Obligation.

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to amend the rights of succession to enable a female to accede to the title of Duchess of Cornwall.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's communications with small businesses; what discussions he...

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of zero hours contracts on (a) staff morale and (b) staff turnover.

      Construction: Vetting

      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, for...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for undergraduate study were made to (a) the University of York, (b) York St John University and (c) all...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals from (a) London and (b) England excluding London progress to (i) any...

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding per (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate student the Higher Education Funding Council for England allocated to...

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much capital funding the Government allocated to (a) York College, (b) the University of York and (c) York St John University...

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many young people from York Central constituency (a) applied for and (b) started a degree course in each year since...

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK domiciled (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate students enrolled at the (i) University of York and (ii) University...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that the UK is in future classed as an Innovation Leader, as opposed to an Innovation Follower...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the operation of approved repairer schemes and vertical agreements by motor insurance...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to raise public spending on research and development to 0.7 per cent of GDP, in line with the...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will outline the present timeline for the privatisation of the Royal Mail.

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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.

  • International Development

    • Children: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to review any respects in which World Trade Organisation rules hinder prohibitions or other measures preventing...

    • Developing Countries: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the Government plans to address the endemic nature of corruption through use of the development budget in countries lacking...

      Developing Countries: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has any plans to monitor wildlife or biodiversity outcomes from its bilateral or multilateral funding.

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many senior civil servants left her Department and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in each of...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the contribution of diaspora remittances to enconomic growth and stability in Somaliland and Somalia.

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on which training programmes in Sudan and South Sudan in each of the last six years.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically and Non-genetically Modified Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of spending by (1) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and (2) the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 13 June (WA 255), what is their rationale for allowing asylum seekers to apply only for jobs...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to transfer responsibility for decisions on leverage ratios for banks from ministers to regulators.

      BBC: Licence Fee

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much and what percentage of the television licence fee is not allocated to the BBC; and how much of the fee goes towards (1) S4/C, and (2) the BBC World...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) rent arrears, (2) child poverty, and (3) personal debt, of the proposed extension to seven days of the...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many households, broken down by local authority, are currently in receipt of benefits totalling more than £500 per week, but are exempt from the...

      Broadcasting: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Channel 4’s decision to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every day during the month of Ramadan, and of the effect...

      Child Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children are defined under the Child Poverty Act 2010 as living in poverty in (1) Derby, and (2) the East Midlands.

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 26 June (HL Deb, col 797), what are the “general principles of international law”...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of research by Friedrich Sneider and Colin Williams of the Institute of Economic Affairs on the value of the United...

      Electronic Communications Code (Conditions and Restrictions) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the environmental cost of implementing the Electronic Communications Code (Conditions and Restrictions) (Amendment)...

      Energy: Electricity Supplies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the costs currently incurred by registered electricians wishing to isolate the electricity supplies of individual dwellings;...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a non-genetically-modified-fed labelling scheme for meat and dairy products in the United Kingdom, as was supported by Food...

      Government Departments: Correspondence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what targets the Department of Health has set itself for the time taken to answer correspondence; whether there are different targets, formal or informal,...

      Health: Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence plans to develop a quality standard on sudden cardiac arrest.

      Health: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the supply of suitably qualified doctors for appointment to posts in emergency medicine across the country.

      Health: Drugs Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 June (WA 93), how they intend to select which cancer drugs previously considered but not recommended by the...

      Health: Drugs Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 June (WA 93), what assessment they have made of the length of time an evaluation under value-based pricing...

      Health: Drugs Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 June (WA 93), why they do not envisage that all cancer drugs previously considered but not recommended by...

      Health: Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many doses of Gardasil human papilloma virus vaccine have been administered since it was introduced to the United Kingdom.

      Health: Palliative Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Sutton and Merton Clinical Commissioning Groups as to the viability of the continuing provision of palliative care by...

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Evidence review of the costs of homelessness published in August 2012 by the Department for Communities and Local Government which...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue new guidance to local authorities on the use of housing benefit to support homeless people in emergency overnight shelter accommodation.

      Housing: Private Rented Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the public consultation on redress schemes for letting and management agency work will take place.

      Housing: Private Rented Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the practice of some landlords and tenants in letting or subletting part of a privately owned domestic property by means of...

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will fulfil the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) State Aid requirement to publish information for suppliers wishing to access the new subsidised...

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence further to that outlined in the impact assessment they can provide to show overall economic benefit from the provisions in the Electronic...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the economic impact on the United Kingdom of the implications of sanctions on Israel; and, if so, with what result.

      Kazakhstan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the expectations and outcomes of the recent visit by the Prime Minister to Kazakhstan.

      Mobile Phones: Licences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to varying the terms and conditions of third generation mobile phone licences.

      NHS PropCo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 March (WA 398-9), which NHS properties in Lancashire have been transferred to NHS PropCo.

      NHS: Migrant Access and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 3 July (WS 78), what is the evidence of “public concern that the current rules...

      Northern Ireland Executive

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 1 July (WA 192-3), whether they will now answer the question as to whether they have received any...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what information they have, and (2) what representations they will make to the government of Pakistan, about a reported attack on 3 June in a village...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assess the impact on the public finances of encouraging more citizens entitled to claim the basic state pension to emigrate (1) to...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many current and future pensioners respectively are involved in the transfer of the Polestar Pension Scheme to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF); what...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pension schemes have paid the Pension Protection Fund administration levy in each of the last five years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what requirement they have placed on Atos Healthcare to ensure that assessment centres for Personal Independence Payment have wheelchair access; and what...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many centres owned by the Department for Work and Pensions will be used to assess applicants for Personal Independence Payment; how many have wheelchair...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Freud on 24 June (HL Deb, col 598), how many providers of Personal Independence Payment assessments will operate under the...

      Romania

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 1 July (WA 172), whether the United Kingdom Embassy in Bucharest has undertaken any further involvement...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received about the death of Fr Fran?ois Mourad following a raid on a Franciscan monastery in Ghassanieh in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to secure a ceasefire in Syria, in advance of a second Geneva conference.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members or associates of the ruling Syrian al-Assad family and regime are currently in the United Kingdom.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the breakdown since 2001 of the sponsorship of terrorist incidents in the United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland, by (1)...

      Unemployment: English Lessons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (1) were offered free English lessons in 2012 and the first six months of 2013, and (2) refused free...

      Unemployment: English Lessons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions they intend to make for people with special educational needs under their proposed requirements for people claiming Jobseeker’s...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent announcement on the Spending Round 2013, which elements of Universal Credit will be subject to the seven-day wait before a claimant...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent announcement on the Spending Round 2013, whether the seven-day wait for benefit entitlement will be included in, or additional to, the...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of visa bonds on (1) relations between the United Kingdom and the affected “high risk” countries,...

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