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Written answers

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

  • Treasury

    • Bank Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to put in place to gauge the effect on consumers and small businesses of European proposals to regulate interchange on card payments.

    • Banks: Equal Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of gender pay parity in those banks in which the Government has a stake; and if he will undertake equal pay audits in those banks.

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been given to payday and short-term loan companies in (a) grants and (b) loans in each year since 2010.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to distributing the remainder of unallocated monies under the Equitable Life Payment Scheme to Equitable Life victims.

      Finance Act 2008

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many claims accepted by HM Revenue and Customs after inquiry in the last five years related to tax planning schemes subsequently covered by...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what per capita spending on infrastructure in each of the main regions of (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland has been in each of...

  • Wales

    • Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what the total income to each health service trust and board in Wales from UK Government Departments was in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; (2) if he...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to encourage reintegration of former child soldiers into education.

  • Defence

    • European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Typhoon aircraft is capable of deploying CBU-105 munitions.

    • Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the stealth characteristics of the Joint Strike Fighter 35B when external pylons and armaments are on the aircraft.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flights the UK has made under the NATO Strategic Airlift Interim Solution since January 2012; what the (a) total cost and (b) cost per flight...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Egypt; and if he will make a statement.

    • Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Egypt; and if he will make a statement.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the expatriate Chagossian community about his policy on the future of the Chagos Islands.

      UK Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish his objectives for his discussions with the premiers and chief ministers of the UK Overseas Territories at...

      EU Balance of Competences Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made with his Department’s EU balance of competences review.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the recent elections in Mali and on that country’s roadmap for political reform.

      Zimambwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent elections in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) name and (b) address is of each building owned by his Department; and what the estimated monetary value is of each...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Pakistan Government regarding the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received concerning the murder of four Hazara traders on the Masjid Road in Quetta, Pakistan on...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received on the recent suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Hazara Town, Quetta, Pakistan on 30...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when representatives of the Government last met leaders of the Hazara community in Quetta, Pakistan.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to the UN Rapporteur on Human Rights regarding the recent attacks on the Hazara...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when representatives of the Government last met representatives from the Pakistan government to discuss the recent attacks on...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the adoption in that country of policies to discourage...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the involvement of foreign-owned companies in funding recent elections in Zimbabwe; and if he...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many House of Commons staff were on zero hours contracts in each of the last 10...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized businesses in (a) Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency and (b) Birmingham employ apprentices.

    • Apprentices: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many apprenticeships funded by the Skills Funding Agency in 2013 will be based in (a) Sheffield, (b) Rotherham, (c)...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to collect information on the number of payday loans taken out in each (a) local authority area,...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department is making available for digital inclusion (a) directly and (b) through partner bodies.

      ICT: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with the government of Israel about Israel's high-tech sector.

      Royal Mail: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what procedures are in place to deal with complaints against the theft of post in the Post Office.

      Technology and Innovation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) location and (b) cost is of each technology strategy board's catapult centre.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of likely changes in the number of A350s and Dreamliners flying into London airports in the next 10 years.

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money the British Transport Police has spent on legal proceedings in each of the last 10 years.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to tackle discrimination within the British Transport Police; and if he will make a statement.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the British Transport Police has recovered from the courts in order to cover its costs in each of the last 10 years.

      Bus Partnership Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the minutes of the most recent Bus Partnership Forum.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with bus operating companies on audio-visual next stop and final destination announcement systems.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which bus operating companies he has met representatives of (a) between May 2010 and July 2012 and (b) since July 2012.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Welsh Government in the last six months on the cross-border use of concessionary bus passes; and if he...

      Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will estimate the number of people who (a) qualify for and (b) have claimed a disabled persons bus pass in (i) Houghton and Sunderland...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the funding agreed between the British Transport Police (BTP) and the companies operating the East Coast Main Line was for BTP staff on the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments have been made by (a) High Speed 2 Ltd and (b) his Department in respect of High Speed 2 since March 2010 to (i) Atkins, (ii) Bechtel,...

      Kemble-Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct Network Rail to include enlarging the Victorian culvert under the railway at Minety as part of the work associated with the...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of trends in the level of passenger rail fares on living standards in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK; and what...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that all answers provided by his Department containing tables of statistical data which would not require more...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishermen in the UK will benefit from the proposed reforms to the commons fisheries policy.

    • Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain in monitoring and recording...

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of stocking levels on the uplands following reform of the common agricultural policy; and if he...

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to (a) restrict the sale of chlorpyrifos and (b) record to whom sales are made; and if he will...

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what damage was caused to the River Kennet by the recent chlorpyrifos poisoning; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Sheep Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the operation of the UK specification on lamb sales.

      Slaughterhouses: Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered in England for reasons of (a) lameness, (b) infertility and (c) mastitis in each year since 2003.

      Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010 in improving...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has a current Welsh Language scheme; when that scheme was adopted; and whether it has been reviewed...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Accidents: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he had made of the reasons for the recent fall in the number of people receiving rewards for work-related injuries and diseases.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much is owed to parents with care in (a) North West Norfolk constituency and (b) Norfolk in Child Support Agency claims by...

      Citizens' Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Citizens Advice Bureau on the number of people using their services in (a) Paisley and Renfrewshire...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received a cold weather payment in (a) February 2013 and (b) March 2013 in (i) the Bishopton weather station area, (ii)...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency have been affected by the under-occupancy penalty; and how many such people are disabled.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jewish people have been denied jobseeker's allowance on the basis of their observance of Saturday as the Sabbath and therefore not...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency were temporarily barred from claiming the allowance on a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter to him, dated 28 May 2013, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Ms M. Gallagher.

      Social Networking

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

  • Home Department

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints about online harassment, threats of violence and intimidation were made to the police (a) in the 12 months to June 2013...

    • Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to tackle rural crime in (a) Redditch constituency and (b) across the UK.

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the economy of Worcestershire of rural crime in the last year.

      Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department gives to police forces on the definition of a static demonstration; and whether there is any limit to the number...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for (a) carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK and (b) transporting women or girls abroad for the...

      Lasers: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects her Department's project to consider risks to public safety caused by hand held lasers to aircraft and being led by the...

      Police: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been (a) made and (b) granted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for the civil use of drones...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to ensure that all answers provided by her Department containing tables of statistical data which would not...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many creditors to his Department owed more than £10,000 remained unpaid for more than (a) 30 days, (b) 45 days, (c) 60 days, (d) 75 days and...

    • Charities: Shops

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and (b) the Cabinet Secretary for Finance,...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding his Department is making available for digital inclusion (a) directly and (b) through partner bodies.

      Government Departments: Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which assets the Government intends to sell by the end of financial year 2014-15; and if he will make a statement

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what work his Department's Behavioural Insight Team (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake on reducing public plastic bag usage.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps he has taken to promote the social investment market in the (a) North East and (b) UK; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Trident

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister to what use he will put the Trident Alternatives Report; for what reason the report excluded consideration of the (a) costs and (b) utility of a two-submarine...

    • Trident

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reason the Trident Alternatives Report took 30 months to prepare; for what reason it was published so near to the Summer Recess of the House; and if he...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many questions answered by his Office included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2) if he will make it...

  • Justice

    • Bail: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, columns 471-2W, on prisoners, how many female offenders were given immediate custodial sentences...

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much has been spent on legal aid claims for (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful cases brought against the UK under the provisions of the...

      Lincoln Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much notice staff at HM Prison Lincoln have received regarding expected redundancies in 2013.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the likely prison population in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016 and (d) 2017.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign nationals of each nationality there are in prisons in England and Wales; (2) how many foreign nationals of each nationality there...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences were committed by offenders serving a prison sentence in an open prison in the latest period for which figures are available; what the...

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to monitor outputs of the G4S contract relating to sexual assault referral centres in West Mercia.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many answers to parliamentary questions involving tables of statistics fewer than four pages in length were (a) printed in full and (b)...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer question 158124, tabled on 3 June 2013, for ordinary written answer on 5 June 2013.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer question 163024, tabled on 27 June 2013 for answer on 2 July 2013.

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with which suppliers NHS England has contracts to treat cancer patients with gamma knife radiosurgery; when such contracts were negotiated; and...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time from referral for (a) imaging treatment, (b) endoscopy treatment and (c) radiotherapy treatment for NHS cancer patients is in (i)...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons NHS England has stopped the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery treating brain cancer patients with gamma knife...

      Cancer: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to local commissioners in England on funding cancer treatments for patients normally resident in Scotland.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births took place in each obstetric-led NHS maternity unit in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number of school age pupils who have been prescribed drugs for (a) depression, (b) behaviour control and (c) mental...

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will collect data centrally on the diagnosis of fetal valproate syndrome; (2) if he will collect data centrally on the diagnosis of fetal...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in (a) Dudley North constituency, (b) Dudley Borough, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England were diagnosed with diabetes in each...

      E. Coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of recent research by Professor Peter Collignon of the Australian National University into the relationship between human...

      Food: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities did not report any food standards sampling in 2011-12 via the Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System, excluding those that...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's December 2012 interim report and its findings regarding Public...

      Health Services: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS spending per head of population in Surrey was in each of the last five years.

      Health Visitors: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2013, Official Report, column 360W, on health visitors: Bury, when NHS England last sought assurance from its area team...

      Health: Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to bring forward a franchise responsibility deal to allow quick service restaurants owned by franchisees to participate in...

      Health: Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many quick service restaurant chains have endorsed public health responsibility deals; which such chains have committed to deals that deliver a...

      Hepatitis: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to improve prisoners' awareness of hepatitis C and the testing and treatments available to prisoners; (2) what assessment...

      Hospitals: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs to UK hospitals of complying with climate change legislation; and if he will make a statement.

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications for judicial review have been brought against his Department and the arms-length bodies for which he is responsible in each of the...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he takes to enforce an agreed period of time for the compilation of external enquiries undertaken for his Department by legally qualified persons.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many serious incidents occurred in each NHS maternity unit in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what definition his Department...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's decision on the meningitis B vaccine will have...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the date and meeting agendas of any discussions between (a) the Department of Health Immunisation Branch and the Treasury and (b) his...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he asked the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to review the potential introduction of a meningococcal B vaccination programme; and...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding mental health services have received in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust and (d)...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) in what proportion of cases during labour a 1:1 ratio of midwives to expectant mothers was achieved in each NHS maternity unit in the most recent...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS trusts and (b) NHS foundation trusts there are; how many NHS trusts are expected to satisfy the requirements for conversion to foundation...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to decide on the procurement of universal sample containers for urine sample collection and transport.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Statement of 26 March 2013, Official Report, column 1473, what minimum period of time work nurse trainees will be required to...

      Nurses: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the three-month vacancy rate was for nurses in each specialist group in each year since 2010.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the Welsh Government's decision to introduce presumed consent will result in administrative changes to the way the organ donation system...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of presumed consent organ donation in Wales on (a) English prisoners in Welsh prisons, (b) individuals who...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effects on organ donation in England of the introduction of presumed consent for organ donation in Wales.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Welsh Assembly decision to introduce presumed consent will require any changes to legislation by the UK Government.

      Patients: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place for patients to appeal against decisions made about their treatment by NHS England.

      Prosthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who could benefit from microprocessor knees and do not currently have them; (2) if he will take...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether charging for tests in Public Health England microbiology laboratories is on a per test basis.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the health implications of smoking a shisha pipe compared to a cigarette; (2) what steps she is taking to ensure the...

      South London Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many job losses (a) have resulted to date and (b) are predicted to result from the restructuring of South London Healthcare NHS Trust as required by...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration his Department has given to strengthening guidance issued to commissioners on procuring training providers in the physical...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2) if he...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will consider reviewing company law with respect to football clubs in order to achieve greater oversight of the financial...

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