Written answers

Friday, 6 September 2013

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his Department's Notice to Exporters 2013-18: Important Changes to the Strategic Export Control Transparency...

    • Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that weapons or equipment which are banned by the UK will not be promoted at the...

      Comet Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he expects to receive the Insolvency Service report into Comet.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of non-zero-hour contracts on the flexibility of the workforce.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the number of people employed on zero hours contracts, by region.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he expects to receive the findings of his Department's review of zero hours contracts; and if he will place in the...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings took place between Ministers and officials of his Department and external stakeholders and others as part of his...

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government has made an application for approval under EU state aid rules in relation to the Exports Refinancing Facility.

      Exports: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many export licences were issued for the period 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2012 to companies seeking to export materials to...

      Exports: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether consultation took place with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence before export licences to...

      Exports: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment the Government made of the risk of exporting potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride to Syria in the granting of...

      Exports: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions export licences for (a) sodium fluoride and (b) potassium fluoride have been granted for export to Syria in...

      Exports: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have received from (i) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (ii) the...

      Exports: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information (a) he and (b) officials in his Department requested from other Departments and agencies when deliberating on...

      Exports: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department had with officials of EU institutions on the substances (i) sodium...

      Exports: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date (a) he and (b) officials in his Department were informed that no chemicals were exported under the export licences...

      Overseas Companies: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the risks to British businesses operating in China; and what support his Department...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to make a statement to the Stock Exchange on the sale of Royal Mail; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Communities First Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding was allocated to the Community First programme in years (a) one and (b) two; what proportion of that funding has been spent by local...

    • Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to include in the terms of reference of the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund the effects of climate change, energy security and...

      Death: Drugs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths occurred in each region in 2012 where novel psychoactive substances were mentioned on the death certificate.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department offers on the inclusion of contract bonds in the commissioning and procurement of public services.

      Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with (a) ConservativeHome, (b) the Taxpayer's Alliance, (c) the Countryside Alliance and (d) charities about the draft...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total cost was of delivery per participant of the National Citizenship Service in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013 to date.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many new homes have been built as a result of the New Homes Bonus to date; (2) by what date 400,000 additional homes...

    • Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what impact assessment his Department has produced on measures in the draft Deregulation Bill reducing the waiting period for...

      Temporary Accommodation: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families in (a) Birmingham, Hall Green constituency and (b) the West Midlands are recorded as living in bed and...

  • Defence

    • Chemicals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 19, on what date it was considered that the sodium fluoride and potassium...

    • HMS Dragon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether HMS Dragon is accompanying the USS Nimitz to the Eastern Mediterranean.

      Military Bases: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel will be stationed in British Army bases in Germany in each year until 2019.

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on improving armed forces accommodation in RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, in each year since 2010.

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which military units have been deployed at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, in the last 12 months.

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the education of the children of armed forces personnel based at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, in each year since 2010.

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which NATO member states have sent (a) maritime patrol aircraft and (b) high altitude surveillance aircraft to RAF Akrotiri since June 2013; which...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training of Syrian Army personnel has taken place in British Overseas Territories since 2001.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) current and (b) former units within the Territorial Army have had expertise in signals and cyber/electronic warfare; and from which locations...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the role is of his Department's Academies Presumption Team.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to reduce the cost of childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment has been made by his Department on the extent of provision of holiday child care for (a) all age groups, (b) disabled children and (c)...

      Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which external conferences he attended in an official capacity in 2012.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to announce the calculation of the return funds to local authorities following the 2012-13 top-slicing for academies; and when local...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to Table 3 in his Department's publication, GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics in England: 2011 to 2012, if he will...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) England and (b) Kettering constituency failed to achieve a grade C in (i) mathematics and (ii) English at GCSE level in the...

      Primary Education: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the number of primary school places available in (a) South Yorkshire and (b) Barnsley in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review the appeals process for Ofsted inspections; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what processes his Department has put in place to monitor the quality of Ofsted inspections carried out by sub-contracted companies.

      Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools and local authorities have (a) sought and (b) been granted permission to change the use of playing fields by putting school buildings...

      Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools and local authorities have (a) sought and (b) been granted permission to change the use of playing fields by putting classrooms on...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the date and location was of each visit Ministers of his Department have made to maintained schools that have secured external provision of...

      Teachers: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teachers and (b) special educational needs support staff have been awarded scholarships by the National Scholarship Fund to develop...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will consider allowing Early Years PGCE students who have failed the Numeracy QTS skills test to resit that test within one year.

      Working Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he is a member of any of his Department's ministerial working groups.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, (1) on how many occasions in each year since the formation of...

    • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if he will make it his policy that the Independent Parliamentary...

      Meetings

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on how many occasions (a) Government Ministers and (b) Treasury...

      Members' Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many hon. Members were given contingency payments to allow...

      Members' Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in financial year ending 2012-13, how many hon. Members had more...

      Selsdon Park Hotel

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority if he will publish a breakdown of the costs associated with the...

      Selsdon Park Hotel

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on what dates (a) board members and (b) staff of the Independent...

      Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority what steps IPSA is taking to improve its efficiency and effectiveness.

      Treasury

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, on which dates the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions relating to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Monetary Fund or World Bank...

  • Justice

    • Electronic Government: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he plans to make it possible to pay fines on the Government website www.gov.uk/Cymraeg through the medium of Welsh.

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for awarding the new tagging contracts.

      Juries: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review policy on the disqualification for life from jury service of people who have had mental health problems.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposed changes to legal aid on victims of human trafficking.

      Offenders: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many non-UK EU nationals in (a) Bassetlaw constituency and (b) England received prison sentences of two or more years in each of the last five years;...

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make the possession of pornography depicting rape a criminal offence.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the title is of each regulation his Department (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013 to date; and if he...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of changes in the prevalence of squatting in commercial premises following the introduction of the criminal provisions...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer question 161697, tabled by the hon. Member for Bristol North West on 20 June 2013 for answer on 25 June 2013.

  • Leader of the House

  • Prime Minister

    • Russia

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will raise the matter of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights with President Putin at the forthcoming G20 meeting in Russia.

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the automatic renewal of blue badges for eligible persons whose disability will not improve.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what comparison his Department has made between investment in High Speed 2 and investing the same amount in upgrading track gauges and associated works...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with their Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to British Standard BS EN15663:2009, Railway applications, what the (a) usable standing area vehicle reference and (b) definition of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to which enterprise zones superfast broadband has been made available to date.

    • Broadband: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in rural areas of North Yorkshire who have access to superfast broadband have been provided with such access through...

      Creative Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how often the Creative Industries Council has met in the last 12 months; and how often that body will meet in the next 12 months.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many gambling operators (a) were investigated and (b) received warnings or punitive action as a result of breaching self-exclusion...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps is she taking to tackle problem gambling; and if she will make a statement.

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment analysis her Department has made of the effect of sexist abuse online on the numbers of women entering (a) journalism,...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made on introducing a national library card.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance her Department gives to social networking sites with headquarters in the UK on the legality of content produced by their users.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to (a) reduce the number of threatening messages and harassment of women on social media platforms and (b)...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of her Department's jobs have been relocated from London to each region of the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Young People: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to remove the option of anonymity for uses of websites associated with teenage suicides.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, column 425W, on greenhouse gas emissions, what steps he is taking to encourage...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the total cost to (a) consumers, (b) industry and (c) government of energy and climate change policies in...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has of changes in the UK's gross domestic product (a) to date and (b) by 2020 as a result of climate change and...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many smart meters have been installed in (a) residential and (b) business properties to date.

      Hinkley Point Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations his Department has received on the radiological effect on local populations of the opening up of intermediate...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what stage his investigations into Ofgem's decision to class Big Lottery funding as state aid for the purposes of the Feed-in Tariff...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of his Department's jobs have been relocated from London to each region of the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to support tidal stream and wave technologies in the context of his proposals for electricity market reform.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance with regards to (a) cost and (b) carbon emissions his Department uses to decide what mode of transport is used by his...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the government of Burundi on (a) the recent enactment of a press law in that...

    • Chemicals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 19, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Colombian counterpart on the detention of Mr Huber Ballesteros; and if he will make...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of Palestinian children currently held in Israeli prisons; (2) what estimate he...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Kashmir.

      Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the United Nations Human Rights Council on human rights and terrorist hostage taking.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of positive steps towards peace taken by the (a) Israeli Government and (b) Palestinian Authority...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Rwanda and (b) Democratic Republic of Congo about the alleged...

  • Health

    • Dental Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether veterans of the armed services receive priority dental care.

    • Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date he expects NHS England to ratify the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group recommendation for the use of eculizumab made on 12 July 2013.

      Mental Capacity Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what body or individual is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in hospitals.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average lifespan was of (a) male and (b) female smokers, and of (i) male and (ii) female non-smokers in each year since 1983 for which data...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died of smoking-related illness in each year since 1983 for which data is available; and what estimate he has made of the number of people...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of how many 11 to 15-year-olds started smoking in each year since 1983.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of smoking on the developing foetus.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of pregnant teenagers who smoked Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on the introduction of standardised packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products; and if he will make statement.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit Office and Child Support Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to implement an automatic link for the Child Benefit Office to notify the Child Support Agency of...

    • Coastal Communities Fund: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding has been allocated to the Coastal Communities Fund in Northern Ireland in each of the next three years.

      Council Tax: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a council tax rebate for homes participating in the Green Deal in addition to the Green Deal Launch cash-back scheme.

      Crown Lands and Estates: Minerals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of royalty income from Crown-owned mineral rights attached to land in the UK in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; (2) how much...

      Entertainments: Tickets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual revenue forgone to HM Revenue and Customs as a result of the operation of the secondary ticketing market.

      Excise Duties: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to implement Article 4 of Council Decision 2010/12/EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Fracking: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what oral and written representations he has received from the Scottish Government regarding the proposed fiscal regime for shale gas to date.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will introduce (a) a central database of Gift Aid donors and (b) a campaign to make more people aware of Gift Aid; (2) what steps he is taking...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many charities have made successful gift aid declarations in three out of the previous seven tax years; and how many charities have made...

      Historic Buildings: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the refurbishment of Frogmore House; (2) what recent representations his...

      Housing Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated level of housing benefit fraud in England was in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Housing Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions for housing benefit fraud were recorded in each local authority area in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the proposal in the 2013 Spending Round to make jobseeker's allowance claimants wait seven days before becoming eligible for financial support will...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications for annual PAYE status have been received since the introduction of real time information; and how many such applications have been...

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of tax revenue required to service interest payments on the national debt in each of the next 10 years.

      Tax Allowances: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the (a) number and (b) monetary value of heritage assets exempt from estate duty which are (i) land, buildings and their contents, (ii)...

      Tax Allowances: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the public purse of offering an exemption from estate duty for heritage assets.

      Tax Allowances: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the terms of the regime for exemption from estate duty of heritage assets were last reviewed.

      Tax Allowances: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requirements are placed on owners of heritage assets which are exempt from estate duty.

      Tax Allowances: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the exemption from estate duty of heritage assets as a contribution to public enjoyment of...

      Tax Allowances: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what records his Department maintains of the number of visits by members of the public to each heritage asset in respect of which exemption from estate duty...

      Taxation: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on supporting tax administrations in developing countries in each of the last five years.

      VAT: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications for certification have been made for simplified import VAT accounting in each of the last five years; and how many such applications...

      VAT: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who has made applications for simplified import VAT accounting certificates in each of the last five years; and which applications were approved.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appointments for ATOS face-to-face assessments in England were cancelled in the last 12 months because a healthcare professional was...

    • Digital Technology

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals placed in the Work-Related Activity Group received a prognosis statement that they are unlikely to return to work in the...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department gives to employers regarding automatic enrolment options for pensions.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount of resources devoted to publicising (a) NEST as an automatic enrolment option and (b) other...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of personal independence payments that will be successfully appealed in the next 12 months.

      Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department is undertaking research on the effects of population growth in the UK on the Department's services.

      Social Security Benefits: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount that has been (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid in benefits in each of the last five years in (i) Glasgow...

      Social Security Benefits: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that all those entitled to and in need of benefits in Glasgow North West constituency claim all relevant benefits.

      Social Security Benefits: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of applications for employment and support allowance made by residents of Brighton and Hove unitary authority area were...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what change there has been in the level of youth unemployment in the last three years; and what steps he plans to take to reduce youth...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2013, Official Report, column 707W on free school meals, for what reasons free school meals were not included...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of universal credit in incentivising work.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the most recent statistics on vacancies by constituency will be published.

      Vacancies: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to tackle sham job advertisements.

      Vacancies: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are taken to ensure the authenticity of businesses placing job advertising in Jobcentre Plus premises.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's announcement of 22 July 2013 on improving the Work Capability Assessment, if he will publish his...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to publish the Evidence Based Review of the Work Capability Assessment.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people returned to Job Centre Plus after completing two years on the Work Programme in (a) June, (b) July and (c) August 2013.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that organisations participating in the Work programme deliver in accordance with their contracts.

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