Written answers

Thursday, 12 September 2013

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Hiring of House Facilities

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to raise increased revenue through the hire of House...

    • Curtis Green and Derby Gate

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether he plans to gather feedback on the operation of the Curtis Green and Derby...

      Procurement of Eggs

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent discussions he has had with the British Egg Council on the procurement...

  • Prime Minister

    • Cosmetics

      To ask the Prime Minister how much 10 Downing Street spent on (a) cosmetics and (b) make-up artists for media appearances (i) since May 2010 and (ii) in 2012-13.

    • Film

      To ask the Prime Minister how many films 10 Downing Street has produced in (a) video, (b) DVD and (c) other digital formats in the last 24 months; and what the title was of each film.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to his answers of 15 December 2011, Official Report, column 875W, on Ministerial Policy Advisers, and 6 September 2012, Official Report, column 454W, on...

      Political Office

      To ask the Prime Minister how much was contributed from the public purse towards the cost of those Downing Street Political Office staff which are part-funded by the Conservative Party in the...

      Press Conferences

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to hold monthly press conferences in 10 Downing Street.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies financed the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme in each of the last five years; and how much was contributed by each.

    • Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many parliamentarians have taken part in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new entry officer cadets there were at (a) Dartmouth, (b) Royal Military Support Sandhurst and (c) Cranwell in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether flying pay is paid (a) at the same rate and (b) to the same criteria across the armed forces.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many combat vehicles which were (a) purchased and (b) hired by his Department since 2010 were manufactured in (i) the UK, (ii) another EU member...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the companies which tendered for the GoCo will be the subject of scrutiny and consideration by the Government's cross-departmental review.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many successful prosecutions have been brought under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 in each of the last five years.

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has invested in RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus in each year since 2010.

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on medical services at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus in each year since 2010.

      Reserve Forces: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 43W, on reserve forces: Cardiff, what budget has been allocated for HMS Cambria for...

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 53W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, if he will publish the evaluations undertaken...

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 53W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, if he will place in the Library a current copy of...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what agreements and procedures the Government has put in place with that of the US to ensure the legality of any activity undertaken by the United States...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Trident

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Defence of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 5, on the Trident Alternatives Review and the...

  • Home Department

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence in her Department in each of the past five years were; and what the departmental...

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on accountants in each year since 2010.

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Afghan interpreters who have worked for UK armed forces have been declined asylum in the UK; and on what basis their applications...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her private ministerial office spent on sending Christmas cards in 2012.

      Harassment: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to introduce a code of conduct for social media providers on preventing online stalking and harassment.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to publish the Government's response to the Second Report of the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2013-14, on Child...

      Police: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU citizens, not born in the UK, are employed as police officers in the UK.

      Police: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the UK has taken to ensure that financial support provided to the Pakistani Anti Narcotics Police does not contribute in any way...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of her Department's expenditure on procurement in the first quarter of 2012-13 was spent with small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged, (c) convicted and (d) jailed for offences under (i) section 2A and (ii) section 4A...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in England and Wales have been trained on the application of sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment...

      Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent in each of the last three years on hard copy printing of documents for external audiences.

      Satellite Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what subscriptions her Department has for premium satellite television channels; and what the cost of each such subscription was in the most...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers of each rank have received training on investigating and gathering evidence in relation to complaints of stalking.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on routine risk assessment for people who have experienced stalking.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints of stalking have been recorded by the police in England and Wales since 25 November 2012.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many flat screen televisions have been purchased by her Department in the last 24 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of changes in the levels of financial giving and philanthropy over the last two years.

    • Communities First Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2013, Official Report, column 538W, on Communities First Fund, if he will place in the Library a breakdown by...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff (a) directly employed and (b) indirectly employed through other companies by his Department were employed on zero-hours contracts in each...

      Prescription Drugs: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths from prescription drug overdoses there were in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Private Sector: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the number of private sector jobs to be created in Yorkshire and the Humber in the next five years.

  • Wales

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what requests he has made for Barnett consequentials for Wales arising from the High Speed 2 project.

  • Scotland

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what requests he has made for Barnett consequentials for Scotland arising from the High Speed 2 project.

    • Manufacturing Industries: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many jobs created in Scotland since 2010 are in the manufacturing sector.

      Staff

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

  • Attorney-General

    • Abortion

      To ask the Attorney-General what discussions he has had with the Crown Prosecution Service on the pre-signing of abortion forms.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff (a) directly employed and (b) indirectly employed through other companies by the Law Officers' Departments were employed on zero-hours contracts in each...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Attorney-General what training Crown Prosecutors have received on sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff are currently employed at the Serious Fraud Office.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many workers were (a) directly employed by the Church Commissioners and (b) indirectly employed by the Church...

  • Education

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library his Department's statistics for absenteeism in the last three financial years.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish details of financial arrangements made by his Department with any former private schools that have converted to academy status since...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many unscheduled inspections of childcare providers following complaints were undertaken by Ofsted in each month since August 2008; (2) how...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many serious case reviews relating to the safeguarding of children and young people there have been in each of the last five years; and what...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department provides for cycling infrastructure development.

      First Aid: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he gave to including emergency life savings skills in the school curriculum.

      GCSE: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review Ofqual's decision to remove the Speaking and Listening Assessment from GCSE English and GCSE English Language.

      GCSE: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to the effect of Ofqual's decision to remove the speaking and listening assessment from GCSE English and GCSE English...

      GCSE: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions his Department has had with Ofqual about its decision to remove the Speaking and Listening Assessment from GCSE English and...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what changes his Department intends to make to how sex and relationship education is taught under the PSHE curriculum.

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's property assets.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the delegated spending threshold against which spending needs to be authorised by a Minister in his Department.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all the governments which attended the Nutrition for Growth event on 8 June 2013...

    • Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in what countries and to support which activities her Department will disburse the monetary commitments made by the Nutrition for...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department about those at risk of female genital...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2013, Official Report, column 279W, on Palestinians, when her Department will complete its...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what consideration determined the timing of her announcement in April 2013 that the UK's bilateral aid programme to South Africa...

      Staff

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

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how her Department plans to allocate the additional £52 million of UK aid to Syria.

  • Health

    • Mortuaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cadavers were held in public mortuaries for more than one month in each year since 1997; (2) what the estimated cost of holding cadavers...

    • NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what responsibilities were transferred from his Department to NHS England and its predecessor organisations in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 to...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the net value is of the property portfolio owned by NHS England; (2) what the net value is of the property portfolio managed by NHS England.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual salary is of the Chief Executive of NHS England; (2) what the salaries are of each board member of NHS England.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total number of staff employed by NHS England is.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2013, Official Report, column 721W, on Warfarin, what responsibility NHS England has for the enforcement of the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England are recorded as living in bed and...

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the effects of betting shops on local communities.

      Bookmakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times he has met representatives of the bookmakers industry in the last three years.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff (a) directly employed and (b) indirectly employed through other companies by his Department were employed on...

      Council Housing: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority properties have been purchased through the Government's right-to-buy scheme in Woking constituency in...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all new homes are carbon-zero by 2016.

      Local Government: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2013, Official Report, column 989W, on local government: ICT, what progress he has made on...

  • Treasury

    • Business: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many loans have been provided to small and medium-sized enterprises in North Yorkshire as a result of the funding for lending scheme.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the oral evidence of the Permanent Secretary of his Department to the Treasury Sub-Committee, 3 September 2013, uncorrected transcript,...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate has been made of the Barnett consequential for Northern Ireland for the money that (a) has already been spent, (b) is contracted to be...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on total managed expenditure of immigration from Romania and Bulgaria after 2014.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on shovel-ready projects financed by the additional £395 million provided...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Customs' total yield in each area of its activity (a) was in each year since 2010-11 and (b) is targeted to be in each year between...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many apprentices have been employed by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2010-11; and how many people will be so employed in each year until 2015-16.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in each area of its activity HM Revenue and Customs expects to retire in each year between 2013-14 and 2015-16.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff HM Revenue and Customs expects to make (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily redundant from each area of its activity in each year from...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff HM Revenue and Customs has made (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily redundant in each of its areas of activity in each year from 2010-11 to...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the tax gap estimates produced by (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) alternative sources; and if he...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target HM Revenue and Customs has set for reducing the tax gap in each year of the 2013 Spending Round period as (a) an overall figure and (b) a...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made by HM Revenue and Customs in initiating proceedings against those included in the 2012 and 2013 most wanted lists of tax...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 16 to 24 year olds in (a) Jarrow Constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been employed on zero-hours...

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many hours an employee on a zero-hours contract has to work to be counted as employed rather than unemployed in his Department's...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average weekly number of job applications submitted by each jobseeker in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b)...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on assisting recipients of Employment and Support Allowance into work through the Work Programme since June 2011.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the employment and support allowance work-related activity group have a prognosis of unlikely to return to work in the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people previously in receipt of incapacity benefit have been placed in the employment and support allowance work-related activity...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what level of transitional funding for housing allowance has been allocated to each London borough for the financial year (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the current average level of housing allowance paid to claimants in the private rented sector in each London borough is; and what the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish figures on incapacity benefit reassessments and decisions by condition group.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many foreign-born nationals claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the full breakdown of sanctions issued against jobseeker's allowance claimants since 2010-11 is.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether he has made an assessment of the extent to which the jobseeker's allowance domestic violence easement is applied in jobcentres in...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much his private ministerial office spent on sending Christmas cards in 2012; (2) which newspapers, periodicals and trade profession...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 31 August 2012, Official Report, column 87W, on New Enterprise Allowance, whether it remains the case that the...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made on the rollout of auto-enrolment pension schemes.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he intends to take to increase the number of people aged over 50 years old who want to return to work.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many departmental identity cards or passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in his Department since May 2010.

      Staff

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

      Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons are for the time taken to publish his Department's Quarterly Data Summary for the second quarter of 2012-13 and the third...

      Start Up Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of doubling the loan book of the Start up Loans Company.

      Start Up Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what amount his Department has spent on the Start-up Loans Company to date; and what that funding has been spent on.

      Trussell Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what agreements his Department has made with the Trussell Trust since May 2010; what the status of any such agreement is; and what discussions...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason war disablement pension is disregarded under universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the resource requirements of any introduction of Jobcentre Plus interviews for universal credit claimants...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals his Department has made for sanctions under universal credit for claimants who are deemed to be earning too little; and if he...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with a progressive condition are being placed on the Work programme; and what the success rate for placing these claimants back...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what range of diplomatic responses and sanctions are available to the Government in its relationships with another state when a...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring is undertaken of the activities of British-based mining companies operating in Democratic Republic of Congo...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), (b) his Rwandan...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the government of (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and (b) Rwanda towards the...

      Dominican Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK Ambassador to the Dominican Republic has requested a meeting with the (a) Attorney-General, (b) President of the...

      Dominican Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will personally raise the case of Nicole Reyes a constituent of the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth with...

      Dominican Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens are being detained illegally in the Dominican Republic.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the practice of female genital mutilation.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts there have been with representatives of the government of Iran during the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iranian Government about the murder of Mr Ataollah Rezvani on Saturday 24 August 2013;...

      Jerusalem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK has made representations to the Israeli authorities on the state of the Shu'fat refugee camp which is within the...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of attacks on the historic Christian town of Maaloula by elements of Syrian opposition forces;...

  • Justice

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the report of the audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers into the electronic monitoring contracts held by G4S and...

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department will publish the findings of its inquiry into payments to G4S and Serco as part of the contracts for provision of electronic tagging.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for exceptional funding under section 10 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 have been granted by the...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his estimate of potential savings in the legal aid budget assumes a potential increase in costs to the court system arising from additional...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made, and on what evidential basis, of the effect of the removal from scope of (a) resettlement work and (b) work connected with...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made, and on what evidential basis, of (a) the amount of time prisoners are likely to spend in custody and (b) the amount of...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made, and on what evidential basis, of the cost implications of an increase in litigants in person in the court system as a result...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made, and on what evidential basis, of the costs associated with any increase in appeals and onwards challenges against refusals...

      Magistrates' Courts: Corby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the future of Corby Magistrates' Court.

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many contract failures there have been at HM Prison Oakwood since it opened; what those failures were; and what financial penalties were attached to them.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals were repatriated to their home countries in 2012.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the likely income from the sale of HMP (a) Blundeston, (b) Dorchester, (c) Northallerton and (d) Reading; (2) who...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many post-charge bail applications were (a) refused, (b) granted with conditions and (c) granted unconditionally in cases where a defendant has...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (b) the Attorney-General, (c) the Lord Chief Justice and (d)...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to issue revised sentencing guidelines in respect of new offences under sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2013, Official Report, columns 653-5W, on rape: victim support schemes, how much was allocated from the Combined Fund...

      Trials: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were pursued in UK courts under the Human Rights Act 1998 in the last year; how many such cases were pursued by (a) prisoners and (b)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Products: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which UK companies are licensed to deal with category 1 waste; and how many tonnes of category 1 waste (a) in total and (b)...

    • Animal Products: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of category 1 waste was produced by abattoirs in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Animal Products: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the most common final end uses of category 1 waste after processing were in each of the last three years.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what proportion of badgers exterminated during the current pilot cull the humaneness of extermination will be measured...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the £500,000 allocated by his Department for badger vaccination has been distributed to farmers in the cull...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many monitors have been employed by Natural England to monitor the humaneness of the pilot badger culls.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date the findings of the trial badger cull will be published.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on developing a food pricing policy that tackles food...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to help make fresh fruit and vegetables more affordable.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason an Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency inspection at Dover port found a non-compliance issue...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials of his Department are working on plans to introduce a fine for late payment.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff (a) directly employed and (b) indirectly employed through other companies by his Department were employed on...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which stakeholders have met Ministers or officials of his Department to date as part of his Department's review of zero-hours...

      Cosmetics: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice his Department has issued to (a) retailers and (b) importers on the correct implementation for cosmetic products of...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to his speech of 11 September 2012 at Imperial College London, whether he still plans to publish specific sector...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will seek assurances from (a) employers and (b) licensed operators in the UK continental shelf that offshore workers who...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change brokering a formal agreement between employers'...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department last conducted a review of employment rights in the offshore oil and gas sector.

      Supermarkets: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the extent to which supermarkets offering discounts on bulk purchases benefits consumers on low...

      Trade Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) date and (b) location was of each overseas trade mission to promote British exports in which UK Trade and Industry...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what support he will provide for local bus services; and if he will make a statement.

    • Road Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the 2013 spending review on road funding; and if he will make a statement.

      Maritime Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government has to promote shipping, ports and the maritime business sector in the UK.

      Croydon Tramlink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Mayor of London on the extension of the South London Tramlink to Sutton town centre.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to increase funding to encourage the uptake of cycling at the level of the European average.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to support cycling.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on procuring new rolling stock for the Great Western Line; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to launch the re-run consultation on compensation for those affected by the High Speed 2 scheme; and when he expects a new discretionary...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses were received to (a) the draft Environmental Statement and (b) the Design Refinement Consultation for phase one of the High Speed 2...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the consultation on compensation for Phase 1 of High Speed 2 will be issued by his Department.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) economic and (b) transport benefits to the West and South West of High Speed 2.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to banning lorries from overtaking on motorways and dual carriageways.

      Motor Vehicles: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will visit Northern Ireland to meet the hon. Member for North Down and other local politicians to discuss the retention of vehicle licensing...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place copies of (a) the proposed revision to the passenger service requirement for the Transpennine franchise from May 2014 and (b) the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Castes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what meetings her Department has had regarding the caste legislation introduction programme and timeline.

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will discuss with (a) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and (b) the Ministry of Justice the proportion of those prosecuted for...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on accountants in each year since 2010.

    • Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of (a) her Department and (b) its...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress she has made on her rural broadband strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her private ministerial office spent on sending Christmas cards in 2012.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding her Department provides for cycling infrastructure development.

      Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent assessment she has made of the minimum amount of proceeds that society lotteries must return to good causes; (2) when...

      Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason the charity lottery sector was not included in the most recent triennial review of the Gambling Act 2005; and what plans...

      National Lottery: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery funding was given to organisations in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish a table showing the salaries of the chief executive of each organisation that receives more than 50% of its revenue...

      Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent in each of the last three years on hard copy printing of documents for external audiences.

      Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department plans to publish its Quarterly Data Summary for the first quarter of 2012 to 13.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many flat screen televisions have been purchased by her Department in the last 24 months; and what the cost to the public purse was...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on travel for departmental officials in each of the last five years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the rates of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence in his Department in each of the past five years were; and what the...

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what refurbishments to his Department's buildings have been carried out in the last 24 months; and at what cost.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff (a) directly employed and (b) indirectly employed through other companies by his Department were employed on zero-hours...

      Employment Agencies

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

      Green Deal Scheme: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people in Ashfield constituency have received the Green Deal to date.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent in each of the last three years on hard copy printing of documents for external audiences.

      Satellite Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what subscriptions his Department has for premium satellite television channels; and what the cost of each such subscription was in the...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many departmental identity cards or passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in his Department since May 2010.

      Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the reasons are for the time taken to publish his Department's Quarterly Data Summary for the second quarter of 2012-13 and the...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many flat screen televisions have been purchased by his Department in the last 24 months; and what the cost to the public purse was...

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