Written answers

Friday, 13 September 2013

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) businesses and (b) small and medium-sized enterprises have benefited from the Apprenticeship Grants for Employers of...

    • Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the compliance of the items being promoted at the Defence Security Equipment International...

      Buildings

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

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the £250 million Growth Accelerator Fund has been spent so far.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individual firms have received support from the Growth Accelerator Fund in each month since its inception.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what input his Department provided to the Department for Transport's response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department provides for cycling infrastructure development.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department work on enforcement of regulations that apply to employment agencies and employment businesses.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many companies participating in the Think, Act, Report initiative are publicly reporting under its transparency...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much inward foreign direct investment UK Trade and Investment has secured in the year to date.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the return on investment to the public purse from the London UK Trade and Investment office through...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the return on investment from the public purse from the UK Trade and Investment's private sector...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much inward foreign direct investment UK Trade and Investment and its private sector partners attracted into London during...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized enterprise exporters in London contributed to the Trade Growth Value metric by reporting receipt...

      Holidays: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to prevent travel companies significantly raising prices during school holidays.

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, column 517W, on Industry, for which sectors he intends to publish (a)...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to launch a public consultation on the future status of the Land Registry.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what negotiations are planned to take place between Land Registry employee representatives and the shareholder executive on the...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish the timetable for the change of status of the Land Registry before a public consultation on that matter takes...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the performance of local enterprise partnerships in rural areas.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, column 551W, on the minimum wage, what the outcome was of the meeting...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Royal Mail post offices there were in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d)...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which newspapers, periodicals and trade profession publications his private ministerial office subscribes to on a (a) daily, (b)...

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on retaining British Summer Time throughout the year.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2013, Official Report, column 768W, on cybercrime, what requests the Government made to (a) Google, (b) Facebook and...

    • Death: Weather

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many pensioners in Scotland who died in 2012-13 were classified as excess winter deaths; (2) how many excess winter deaths there were in...

      Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many jobs created in Scotland since 2010 are part-time; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many jobs created in Scotland since 2010 are...

      Low Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2013, Official Report, column 379W, on low pay, what estimate he has made of the number of people in work who earn...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England were paid the minimum wage in each of the last...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of single parents with dependent children are claiming council tax support in each (a) lower tier and (b)...

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities in England take child maintenance into account as income in their council tax support schemes; and in...

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been issued by his Department to local authorities regarding the treatment of child maintenance income for...

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Liverpool, (c) Merseyside and (d) England are in council tax arrears.

      Trade Unions: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate his Department has made of the aggregate cost over the last five years of (a) facility time staffing, (b)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department issues guidance on the (a) benefits and (b) risks of boxing.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the expenditure on office refurbishment by (a) her Department and (b) her Department's non-departmental...

      Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information her Department holds on the good causes which receive funding from society lotteries.

      Public Libraries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of children in schools in England who are outside the pilots of automatic library membership, have library cards.

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department and its associated public bodies spent on (a) external public relations consultants and (b) public affairs...

      Telecommunications: Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with telecommunications companies on their telephone sales policies.

      Telecommunications: Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the practice of telephone selling by telecommunications companies.

      Trillium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on contracts with Trillium Group in each year since 2008.

  • Defence

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to prevent internet hackers from accessing sensitive information held by his Department.

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent with each company which has indicated an interest in the Government-owned, Contractor-operated entity, in each year...

      Defence: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions he has put in place to limit the transfer of UK military research and development to other countries.

      Defence: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to improve defence technology co-operation between the UK and US.

      Reserve Forces: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reserve force facilities there are for each service in West Sussex; how many reservists attend each such base regularly; and if he will make a...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has reviewed its contracts currently held with companies based in Scotland that could, in the event of Scottish...

  • Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when each Minister of his Department last visited a childcare setting; (2) what childcare settings he has visited since May 2010.

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what input his Department provided to the Department for Transport's response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling report, Get Britain Cycling.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his estimate is of the real terms changes (a) in total and (b) per pupil in his Department's budgets for (i) all spending, (ii) spending on...

      Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on how many occasions he copied emails from his private email account to his departmental email account where information was generated in the course...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to educate girls on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many nurseries he estimates will open in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the non-executive board members of his Department, the dates on which they were appointed and the dates on which their terms of office...

      Pupils: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effect of children having a spare room in which to study on educational attainment.

      Schools: Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what advice his Department issues on the provision of boxing in schools.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his involvement is in authorising releases of responses to written parliamentary questions that have been submitted by the hon. Member for West...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many badger carcasses resulting from the pilot badger culls have been disposed of at category 1 waste facilities;...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his overseas counterparts about the recent shelling of the line of control in Kashmir; and what...

    • Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates each of the 14 attacks in Syria using chemical weapons took place; and on what dates the UK Government was...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries he has visited in an official capacity since taking office in May 2010.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 578W, on Western Sahara, whether money paid by the EU...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have waited longer than four hours for treatment in accident and emergency units in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands in the latest...

    • Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department issues on the health benefits of boxing.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what input his Department provided to the Department for Transport's response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling report, Get Britain Cycling.

      Cycling

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

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department gives to clinical commissioning groups on the psychological effects of skin disease to assist them when drawing up a...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to produce a strategy to address foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the population was registered with a GP in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.

      Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the saving to the public purse in 2015-16 as a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

      Hospitals: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written statement of 10 September 2013, Official Report, columns 45-8WS, on NHS winter planning, for what reasons he did not allocate any...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the Sativex form of nabiximols is available at NHS facilities in (a) Liverpool, (b) Merseyside and (c) England.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on holding public consultations on reconfiguration proposals prior to any merger of NHS foundation hospital trusts that would...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of childcare settings participating in the Nursery Milk Scheme in the 2013-14 academic year.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the benefits of the Nursery Milk Scheme; (2) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State...

  • Home Department

    • Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice her Department provides on the provision of boxing as an intervention in tackling anti-social behaviour and youth crime.

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the criteria are for a reported crime being recorded as a crime.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on reducing the income thresholds for family visas applications.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many family visa applications have been paused since 5 July 2013.

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how her Department plans to amend spouse visa rules following the High Court judgement on 5 July 2013.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many education institutions are able to offer below-degree level courses to adults entering the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to introduce full cost recovery for firearms licence applications.

      Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had any recent communication with the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on guidelines surrounding the...

      Neighbourhood Watch Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to encourage neighbourhood watch schemes in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) the UK.

      Pathology: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she intends to increase resources available for the training of pathologists in the South West; (2) what steps she is taking...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

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

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many speed cameras there have been in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England in each...

      St Pancras Station: Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when, and under whose authority, the practice of requiring Eurostar passengers travelling between Brussels and London to keep their boarding...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the policy of PICT is on (a) the use of open source software and (b) the...

  • International Development

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what private sector projects her Department will support in India after 2015.

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department will provide to the Poorest Areas Civil Society Programme in India after 2015.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK assistance to India after 2015 will benefit the poorest and most marginalised.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's (a) definition is and (b) plans are for technical assistance as it relates to her Department's support for India...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has undertaken a human resources review in light of her Department's 30 per cent budgetary increase in 2013 and...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment her Department has made of the ability of humanitarian organisations to deliver aid in Syria.

  • Justice

    • Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budgets for each youth offending team were in each financial year between 2009-10 and 2013-14.

  • Northern Ireland

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

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

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the additional capacity will be of the planned A14 toll road between Ellington and Girton.

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of the costs of development of the proposed new A14 toll road that will be met by tolling.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of insurance companies being able to store information collected from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for...

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the Green Paper on young driver safety; and what the reasons are for the delay in publication of this report.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulations on safety of HGV wheels; and if he will make a statement; (2) what recent research...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts about changes to the rules for roadworthiness inspections.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the provisions within the EU Roadworthiness Package.

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what legislative proposals his Department has considered bringing forward for the registration of off road motor bikes in order to facilitate police...

      Offshore Industry: Norway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will conduct a full review of all helicopter operations in the UK Continental Shelf which includes in the terms of reference comparisons with the...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road deaths were recorded in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England in each of the last five years.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the provision of alternative, toll-free routes when a toll is introduced on an existing road.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional free-of-tolling routes between Ellington and Girton have been planned for development.

  • Treasury

    • Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he plans to bring forward proposals for the continuation of money transfer services in relation to Somaliland and Somalia; and if he will make a...

    • G20

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 9 September 2013, Official Report, column 706, on G20, if the Prime Minister will raise the issue of...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals no longer pay income tax in (a) Kettering constituency, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) England as a result of the increase in the...

      Insurance Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he plans to introduce a dedicated switching service in the insurance industry.

      Insurance: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the introduction of a centrally held No Claims Database for use by insurers.

      Insurance: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to allow the insurance industry greater access to data that would allow insurance companies to validate an individual's (a)...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to which Government department the UK's official development assistance budget has been allocated in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014; and how much each such...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total costs to date have been of his Department's consultation entitled Stamp Duty Land Tax: Consultation on the potential impacts of devolving to...

  • Wales

    • Commission on Devolution in Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what estimate he has made of any additional costs incurred by the Commission on Devolution in Wales due to the Government not responding to the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 departmental...

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on accountants in each year since 2010.

      Buildings

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

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many square metres of office space his Department (a) owns and (b) rents in London; and what the value is of that property.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals placed in the work-related activity group since 2008 have received a prognosis statement that specifically advises work is...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons applicants for employment and support allowance with a debilitating progressive condition found unlikely to return to work by...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) jobs, (b) apprenticeships and (c) work experience placements have been created in Birmingham since the launch of the Youth...

      Food Banks: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations his Department consulted prior to the redesign of the food bank vouchers issued by Jobcentre Plus staff to clients; and...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 250W on social security benefits: EU nationals, what the evidential basis...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to monitor the way in which the discretionary housing payment budgets are being used at local level.

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in private rented accommodation in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of armed forces veterans who have been affected by the spare room subsidy in Kilmarnock and Loudoun...

      Publishing

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

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made on reaching an agreement with the European Commission in relation to developing a form suited to the...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on travel for departmental officials in each of the last five years.

      Unemployment: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of people in each ward who have been unemployed for (a) six, (b) 12 and (c) 24 months in the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Housing and Council Tax Benefit Administration grants will cease to be paid as a result of the introduction of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether arrears will be deducted directly from a recipient of Universal Credit with rent arrears which triggers a transfer to managed payments.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department will be notified of a universal credit recipient's rent arrears.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when a recipient of universal credit accrues eight weeks' rent arrears and is moved to managed payments, how long will it be before they are...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he proposes that recipients of universal credit, who already have rent arrears when they claim, will be moved onto direct payment.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England were in receipt of the winter fuel...

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