Written answers

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

  • Home Department

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many invoices were processed by her Department in the last financial year for which figures are available.

    • Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on centrally-recording details of disciplinary cases affecting (a) her Department and (b) its agencies.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases of domestic violence have been carried out by people who held or hold a shotgun or firearms certificate from 2010 to...

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in Scotland on (a) the rate of drink driving in (i) Scotland and...

      Public Bodies: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the surveillance camera code of practice which came into force in August 2013 applies to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many posts in her Department have been relocated from London to each other region in each of the last 10 years.

  • Transport

    • Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many disqualification decisions taken in another EU member state have been given effect in the UK under the terms of the 1998 EU Convention on...

    • Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on which EU member states which have not yet done so intend to adopt the 1998 EU Convention on Driving...

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether the UK would be obliged to accept the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU to give preliminary rulings...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the extra cost of compensation to the owners of the further properties along the route of Phase 1 of High Speed 2 to whom...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the revised maps showing the extra properties along the route of Phase 1 of High Speed 2 where owners are this week being informed...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the use of the Pantone Reactor in vehicles and its potential effect on reducing carbon emissions; and if he will...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal helicopter accidents there have been in the offshore oil and gas sector in each year since 1983; and what...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) employers and (b) trade unions on safety in the offshore helicopter sector.

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure the safety of Super Puma model helicopters used to transport workers to and from offshore...

      Railways: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential cost to the UK of EU directives establishing a Single European Railway Area; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to repair potholes in (a) Rossendale and Darwen constituency and (b) the North West.

  • Scotland

    • Death: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many excess winter deaths occurred in Scotland in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many invoices were processed by his Department in the last financial year for which figures are available.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what alternative support is available to families when young people undertaking apprenticeships no longer qualify for child benefit.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of additional children who would be living in households receiving below the 60 per cent median equivalised...

      Disposable Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average disposable income of (a) people with disabilities and (b) people without disabilities in each of the...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff working in his Department are employed through agencies using the Swedish Derogation; how many staff receive less than the...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) sick leave and (b) health of staff who have returned to work as a consequence of changes to...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in what ways the weekly signing requirement for jobseeker's allowance announced in the 2013 Budget differs from the system in place prior...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Hitchen and Harpenden of 5 August 2013 on Mrs Pauline Egerton.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of reports of difficulties with the new simpler payment system for pensions and disability benefits, in particular...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of additional households that would be affected by the benefit cap if that cap were reduced to £20,000 per...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department made of the cost of introducing universal credit by 2010; and what his most recent estimate is of (a) its cost to...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the offices from which universal credit is paid, as of 2 September 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of exempting households with a 21 to 24 year old in receipt of the standard allowance of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his contribution of 11 September 2012, Official Report, column 154, when he started holding weekly meetings on the IT...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date the new rollout plan for universal credit will be published.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many invoices were processed by his Department in the last financial year for which figures are available.

    • Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will facilitate negotiations between employers and trades unions on pensions in the fire service.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what total central Government support to local authorities will be in cash terms in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the 2013 Spending Round figures describing a 2.3 per cent overall reduction in local authority funding includes funding...

      Waste Disposal: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints he has received about bin blight in the last six months.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff working in his Department are employed through agencies using the Swedish Derogation; how many staff receive less...

    • Staff

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

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding his Department provides for cycling infrastructure development.

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 11 July 2013, Official Report, columns 625-26, on energy demand, what estimate his Department has made...

      Energy: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what analysis or research his Department has conducted or commissioned on the relationship between outside temperature and (a) energy...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance his Department has given to energy companies regarding the provision of information to customers about home visits to...

      EU Globalisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the UK share of EU financial support under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund is.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what safety assessment has been conducted on the effect on drinking water supplies of a tanker carrying fracking chemicals to a pad...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans are being put in place to manage over the long term or to dispose of the radioactive waste created by hydraulic fracturing.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of nuclear generation on the average unit price of electricity over the next 10 years.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what comparative analysis his Department has made of the competitiveness and cost-efficiency of the (a) UK and (b) EU wind turbine...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps is she taking to improve the quality of broadband provision in rural areas; and if she will make a statement.

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on the slow speed of broadband in rural communities; and if she will make a statement.

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the level of entrepreneurism in the cultural sector; and what steps she is taking to ensure that funding...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda on proposals to eliminate roaming charges...

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will discuss with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Trailblazers that group's report on access to live music published in...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will discuss with the BBC Trust what steps the BBC is taking to ensure that hotel and bed and breakfast owners know the rules...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many posts in the Government Equalities Office have been relocated from London to each other region in each of the last 10 years.

  • Defence

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to meet carbon emission reduction targets.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions UK Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles have launched weapons in Afghanistan since 11 May 2013.

      Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what consultation has taken place with the Service Chiefs on the future of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme; (2) what recent discussions he...

      Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) hon. Members, (b) Members of the House of Lords, (c) Members of the European Parliament and (d) other have been attached to the Armed...

      Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department spent on the Houghton report into the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme; (2) what consideration has been given to the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding was allocated for the improvement and maintenance of living accommodation in each category for the (a) RAF, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding was allocated to the (a) RAF, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army for recruitment purposes in each category of expenditure in each financial...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministers in his Department have taken charter flights to which destinations and at what cost per flight in each of the last 12 months.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which countries in the Middle East the UK has a defence co-operation agreement.

      Military Bases: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what compensation agreements his Department has agreed with the German government over the withdrawal of UK bases from Germany.

      Military Bases: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has given written formal notice to the German Government regarding the UK's withdrawal of its armed forces from Germany.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what land in the UK is available to his Department for use in training; and on what occasions each such location has been used for those purposes in the...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what benefits in kind were received by the (a) Permanent Secretary of his Department, (b) the Chief of the Defence Staff, (c) the Vice Chief of the...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what caseload has been held by the Directorate of Manning for (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force regarding the commemoration of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 17 April 2013, Official Report, column 391W, on bovine tuberculosis, when his Department...

    • Carbon Emissions: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2012, Official Report, column 313W on carbon emissions: agriculture, what progress has...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial counterparts in Northern Ireland on the outcome of the most recent...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many employment agency staff currently working within (a) his Department and (b) each executive agency and...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy objectives are with respect to the transport of animals over long distances.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many lorries of live farm animals for further fattening or slaughter have left English ports since 1 May 2013; and of...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements the Prime Minister has put in place for the mainstreaming of sustainable development in all Government...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Crown Prosecution Service will review the selection and training of its specialist rape and child abuse advocates following the use of the term predatory...

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Attorney-General how many convictions for committing female genital mutilation there were in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

  • Health

    • Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many appeals for continuing care were outstanding for (a) three, (b) six, (c) nine and (d) 12 or more months in England and Wales in the most recent...

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2013, Official Report, columns 667-668W, on equality, where the details of those salary costs are held.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations or individuals have withdrawn from each of the networks established under the public health responsibility deal to date.

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to improve the standards of continence care in social care settings; (2) if he will include measures to address continence care...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to address the deficits in training, diagnosis, treatment and patient communications in continence care identified in the...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS for each patient who does not attend a booked appointment without cancelling in (a) GP surgeries...

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration he has given to introducing a licensing system to regulate providers of higher-risk cosmetic interventions; (2) whether he has...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on research and development of new drugs, diagnostics and vaccines for global health through each of...

    • Developing Countries: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Departmernt has to replace the current research strategy for new drugs, diagnostics and vaccines when it expires at the...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the contribution that (a) the Stop TB Partnership and (b) TB Reach programme has made in (i)...

  • Treasury

    • Family Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect of fiscal policy on family incomes.

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on full bank account number portability of new anti-money laundering requirements.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, column 525W on British Overseas Territories, how many action plans from the Overseas Territories...

      Business: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many new loans have been made to small businesses in the North East of England through the Funding for Lending Scheme; and which participating...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential additional revenue to the Exchequer arising from a 60 per cent. tax rate on earnings above £500,000 per annum; and if...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has undertaken into the potential economic effect of raising the minimum wage to a living wage.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent comparative assessment he has made of trends in real wages in the UK and in similar economies.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Customs' compliance yield has been in the financial year to date.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful criminal prosecutions have been brought as a result of investigations by HM Revenue and Customs in each year...

  • Justice

    • Altcourse Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to extend HM Prison Altcourse; and what consideration he has given to HM Prison Altcourse as a potential site for the proposed North...

    • Coroners: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the status is of the Office for Judicial Complaints' investigation into HM Coroner for Teesside.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions Ministers and officials of his Department have met (a) Frances Crook, (b) Juliet Lyon and (c) Jenny Earle since May 2010; who took...

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will list the cases brought against the UK under the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights since 1998 where damages, costs or...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2013, Official Report, columns 387-9W, on knives: crime, what the court proceedings data are for those who received the...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made, in calculating the likely costs or savings arising from his Transforming Legal Aid proposals, of the possibility of (a)...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) laptops, (b) memory sticks, (c) mobile telephones and (d) iPads have been lost by his Department in 2012-13.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) remanded in custody and (b) granted bail in each month since May 2010.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign national prisoners who had served their sentence but were awaiting deportation were in the prison system on 31 July (a) 2010, (b)...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many escaped prisoners since 1997 escaped from (a) public prisons, (b) private prisons, (c) courts, (d) secure hospitals, (e) prisoner transit...

      Prisons: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to introduce a charge for prisoners to use gyms and swimming pools in prisons.

      Public Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will publish a list of records of papers that have been retained for an extended period on the grounds of risk of prejudice to national...

  • Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of children entitled to free childcare on 1 October (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 in (i) East Hampshire constituency...

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a copy of each of his Department's non-executive board member's entry in the Register of Interests.

      GCSE: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure that teachers are held accountable for the teaching of speaking and listening skills at Key Stage 4 English and...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, columns 530-32W, on National Curriculum tests, what specific disruptions and risks to the...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, columns 530-32W, on National Curriculum tests, how many individual schools were involved in the...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, columns 530-32W, on National Curriculum tests, what specific criteria for late applications to...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) on how many occasions an incorrect number of test papers has been delivered to schools by the Standards and Testing Agency; (2) on how many...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many appointments and reappointments he has made to public bodies since May 2010; and which candidates for those posts have declared political...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on staff (a) training and away days, (b) foreign travel and (c) refreshments in the last three years.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what timetable he has set for the testing and introduction of revised standards for school food.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of (a) maintained schools, (b) non-academy schools, (c) converter academy schools, (d) sponsor-led academy schools and (e)...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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.

      Standards and Testing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how often Ministers of his Department meet officials of the Standards and Testing Agency; and when the last such meeting was.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many special advisers in his private ministerial office have developed vetting security clearance.

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average government grant is per person for (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18-year-olds in England and Wales.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many invoices were processed by his Department in the last financial year for which figures are available.

    • Investment and Contract Readiness Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what organisations received Investment and Contract Readiness funding in the last year for which records are available.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he intends to reply to the letter of 1 March 2013 from the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North, addressed to the Minister of State at the...

      Social Incubator Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 821W, on Social Incubator Fund, what are the defined plans to reach outside London...

      Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to encourage the Chinese Government to take stronger action to prevent organ harvesting from Chinese...

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide an estimate of the number of Pakistanis killed by American drones, with a separate estimate of the number of...

      Seven Years' War: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Prime Minister has to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris 1763.

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