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Written answers

Friday, 12 July 2013

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions local authorities refused requests for third party disclosure made by the Crown Prosecution Service in 2012-13.

    • Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Attorney-General how many senior civil servants left the Law Officers' Departments and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in each of the last three...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the quality of work delivered by the Big Society Network or its subsidiary charity following receipt of funding for which...

    • Big Society Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether the Big Society Network received assistance from his officials in completing applications for (a) Cabinet Office and (b) Big Lottery Fund...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidelines are given to Departments on the size of pension pots for civil servants; what the average pension pot for civil servants is; what the...

      Corruption

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the remit of the right hon. Member for Rushcliffe as anti-corruption champion has been extended to cover domestic as well as international...

      Fertility

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the fertility rate was in (a) England, (b) each region of England and (c) each local authority area in each year since 2001.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what guidance he has issued to the Royal Parks Agency on the degree to which human rights-related matters can be taken into account when...

      Northcote House

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department used the facilities at Northcote House, Sunningdale Park, Berkshire in (i) 2010-11, (ii)...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Food

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what proportion of all food procured for the Church Commissioners was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in his Department were employed on zero hours contracts in each of the last three years.

    • Legal Costs

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

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual pay settlement for local government workers has been since 2010.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the recommendations of the Portas Review, what progress he has made on encouraging local authorities to use...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of any change in the level of rent arrears owed to housing associations and local authorities since...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many local authorities in England and Wales have informed his Department that their housing rent arrears have...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on (a) which hotel at which rate, (b) flights of which class of travel, (c) entertainment at which venue, (d)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Coventry City Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what representations she has received on the future of the Ricoh Arena in Coventry; (2) what representations she has received on...

    • Coventry City Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will convene a meeting with representatives from Coventry City Football Club, the owners of the Ricoh Arena (Arena Coventry Ltd...

  • Defence

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

    • Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel have been involved in training programmes in Libya over the last year.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the amount that will be received from the Libyan government for training of Libyan armed forces personnel in the UK.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits were attached to each of the (a) 35 Territorial Army centres and (b) three Naval Reserve centres identified for closure in each of the...

      Reserve Forces: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many reservists from Cardiff South and Penarth constituency currently attend HMS Cambria; and how many of these will be expected to relocate to...

      Reserve Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the geographic extent is of the recruitment area of each reserve force base in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • General Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he intends to bring into force the provisions on lengthened timetables for general elections enacted in the Electoral Registration and Administration...

    • Urban Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had on Wave 2 City Deals.

  • Education

    • Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department plans to take to improve awareness of the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

    • Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage lawn tennis in schools. [R]

      Young People: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of young people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 years living in (i) York and (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber were in (A)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on contracts with (a) Deloitte, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young in each year...

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what incentives the Government is providing for employers to take on Green Deal apprentices.

      Green Deal Scheme: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Cannock Chase constituency and (b) Staffordshire have applied for assessments under the Green Deal in the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department issues to farmers relating to the prophylactic use of antibiotics in (a) poultry farming and (b)...

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Common Agricultural Policy funding support has been received by British farmers and agricultural companies as (a)...

      Food: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research the Government is undertaking into food poverty.

      Food: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will publish the most recent figures available on people in food poverty; (2) how much his Department is...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Benny Gantz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what consideration he gave to the special mission by Lieutenant General Benny Gantz of the Israeli Defence Forces in June...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assurances Ministers of his Department will seek during meetings with President Thein Sein regarding the treatment of the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers of his Department will be present in meetings with President Thein Sein during his upcoming visit to the UK; and...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) he and (b) officials in his Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) security and sovereignty of UK sovereign base areas and (b) relations between...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to (a) the government of the Republic of Cyprus and (b) the European Commission on the killing...

      Doron Almog

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) on what date he gave his consent of special mission to Mr Doron Almog in June 2013; when he gave such consent; and if he...

      Immunity from Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make it his policy to refuse to consent to a special mission by a person who has been the subject of an arrest...

      Immunity from Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the allegations of war crimes committed by the Israeli Defence forces during Operation Pillar of...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the case of Mohammed Roghangir, Surush Saraie, Eskandar Rezaie, Shahin Lahoodi and Massoud Rezaie...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the sentence of eight years imprisonment imposed on Pastor Saeed Abedini by an Iranian court; and...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs where the planned training of the 2,000 Libyan armed forces personnel will take place.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the security situation in Libya.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many claims to Israeli preference have been refused by HM Revenue and Customs on grounds that proof of origin accompanying...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many senior civil servants left his Department and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how his Department plans to assess the performance of the British Council's project in Sudan to train journalists working for...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason his Department has reduced its Sudan unit by one member of staff; and what reports he has received about the...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the murders of albino minorities in Tanzania.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the criteria are for the review of extant export licences to Turkey; when that review will be complete; if he will place a...

  • Health

    • Accidents: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to collect (a) data on fatal accidents caused by looped blind cords and (b) other accident and injury data; (2)...

    • Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the primary care resource per capita for each clinical commissioning group in England is.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department provides to GPs to improve the access of patients to see a specified doctor.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Wiltshire and (b) England were reported as having Lyme disease in each of the last three years; and what the incidence rate was of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on treatment given by unregulated counsellors and psychotherapists in the (a) private and (b) public sector following referrals...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place in the Library all the material prepared for officials in his Department by external consultants ahead of the Public Accounts...

      Patients: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average charge to hospitals by the supplier for the provision of televisions to patients is.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the public purse has been of undertaking the consultation into the administration of the Nursery Milk Scheme; (2) with reference...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior civil servants left his Department and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in each of the last three...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recent study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on the subject of surgeon's performance data, Public...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on away days and residential training since May 2010.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2013, Official Report, columns 595-6W, on asylum; if she will provide the statistics relating to the...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, Official Report, columns 595-6W, on asylum, if she will provide the statistics relating to the key...

      Asylum: Newport (Gwent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of asylum seekers dispersed to Wales in each of the last five years were dispersed to Newport.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 (General) visas have been issued in each of the past five years for study at a post-16 educational institution in Scotland.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by Operation Nexus to date.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many restaurants were raided by enforcement officers in 2012.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Tier 5 sponsors and (b) Tier 4 sponsors had their licences (i) revoked and (ii) suspended in Q1 2013.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 2 sponsors had their licences (a) revoked and (b) suspended in Q1 2013.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Minister of State for Immigration to reply to the letter of 18 February 2013 from the hon. Member for Angus regarding...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for West Lancashire will receive a response to her letter, CTS reference: M4151/13; and what the reasons are for the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to received a reply to his letter of 3 June 2013 to the interim Director General,...

      Passports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people resident in Scotland hold a UK passport.

  • International Development

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) she and (b) officials in her Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select...

    • Food

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Burma

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the Government's aim is for the upcoming visit of President Thein Sein to the UK; and what the scope of any discussions that will be held between...

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many answers to parliamentary questions involving tables of statistics fewer than four pages in length were (a) printed in full and (b) provided via a weblink...

  • Transport

    • A338

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any pinch point funding is available to assist Bournemouth Borough Council to fund a slip road from the A338.

    • Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will meet representatives from National Air Traffic Services to discuss the technical fault that occurred at the Swanwick air traffic...

      Boating: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it mandatory for drivers of powerboats to wear killcords.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria are employed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in dealing with requests for information from private car parking companies.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on which occasions the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has had to correct information given in response to freedom of information requests...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to protect blind and partially sighted pedestrians from quiet and hybrid vehicles; (2) if he will bring forward...

      Food

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

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on how many pelican crossings and puffin crossings there are on roads in England and Wales.

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many senior civil servants left his Department and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in each of the last three...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made on developing a national transport strategy.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to encourage work between local enterprise partnerships, local transport boards and transport authorities on cross-border...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to (a) locate services from the merged Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and Driving Standards Agency in shared premises and (b)...

  • Treasury

    • Barclays

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for International Development, (b) the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs...

    • Business: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on small businesses of the decision by Barclays bank to stop providing money transfer companies with banking...

      Double Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many applications have been made for an HM Revenue and Customs Residency Certificate in each of the last five tax years for which figures are...

      Infrastructure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Finance Minister about money allocated to infrastructure projects in Scotland on which work is ready to...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 17 January 2013, Official Report, column 924W, on Revenue and Customs, how many full-time equivalent posts there were in...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many senior civil servants left his Department and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in each of the last three years;...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Agriculture: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to (a) improve health and safety in agriculture and (b) ensure the safest possible conditions for...

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of work-related support group decisions for employment and support allowance were successfully appealed against in the...

      Employment Schemes: Barnsley

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

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to replace the Independent Living Fund in 2015.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will take steps to prevent Motability from repossessing cars and other equipment from disabled claimants whose benefits assessments...

      Social Fund: Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Social Fund budgeting loan applications to pay for funeral expenses have been (a) received and (b) awarded; and what the total cost of...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the revenue raised as a result of the cessation of contracted out pensions and increase in national insurance...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women born between 1951 and 1953 who will be at a financial disadvantage as a result...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the single tier pension scheme on women born between 1951 and 1953.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the caseload figures for the universal credit pathfinder.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to improve the effectiveness of the Work Programme in helping those aged over 50 years into employment.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) South Yorkshire and (d) England received Enterprise...

    • Economic and Social Research Council: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what grants have been awarded and to whom as part of the Economic and Social Research Council research programme into pre and...

      Economic and Social Research Council: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) to whom grants have been awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of their research programme into the...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the EU-US trade deal excludes arrangements for health care.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized...

      Retail Trade: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage owners of derelict or mothballed retail sites to (a) redevelop them and (b)...

      Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on (a) development and (b) implementation of the UK's space security policy.

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