Written answers

Friday, 25 October 2013

  • Justice

    • Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the payment of a defendant's (a) wasted costs and (b) costs of legal advice and representation by a private prosecutor following a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of badgers culled to date have been infected with tuberculosis.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of (a) weather variations and (b) health among the badger population in his...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2013, Official Report, column 51W, on bovine tuberculosis, on what evidential basis his...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Hillsborough Independent Panel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many briefings he has received on the ongoing investigations into the Hillsborough disaster to date.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what security guidance he issues on the use of personal devices and networks in Government buildings; (2) what his Department's policy is on...

    • Oil: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent meetings he has had with representatives from oil import and distribution companies with regards to increasing the amount of oil imported...

      Sixth Form Colleges: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons the financial borrowings of sixth form colleges are not counted towards total government debt.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Amira Osman Hamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the case of Amira Osman Hamed; and if he will make representations to his Sudanese...

    • Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 84W, on Iraq: Iran, what issues the British Government has...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2013, Official Report, column 84W, on Iraq, what the outcome was of his discussions with the...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent in (a) Kashmir and (b) joint projects between Pakistan-controlled and Indian-controlled...

  • Health

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what refurbishment to (a) Richmond House and (b) Wellington House has been carried out in 2013 to date; what the cost of such refurbishment was; what...

    • Clinical Trials: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the public awareness campaign in Scotland to encourage greater participation in randomised controlled...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the public health effects of junk food being displayed at supermarket checkouts; and if he will make a statement.

      Food: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has made to the European Food Safety Authority on permitted health claims for products containing (a) fructose and (b) any...

      Fructose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the public health effect of allowing food and drink manufacturers to make positive health claims for products containing...

      Health Services: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice he has received regarding what changes to existing legislation would be needed to extend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to cover...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2013, Official Report, column 895W, on health services: Greater London, which clinical commissioning groups will...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2013, Official Report, column 765W, on NHS Property Services, for how long each non-executive position on the...

      NHS: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs were incurred by the NHS estate in respect of (a) gas and (b) electricity supply in the 2012-13 financial year.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has made to NHS England on protecting funding based on geographical remoteness in the review of funding of NHS commissioning bodies.

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold discussions with the devolved regions regarding independent prescribing by physiotherapists across all parts of the UK.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings the Minister for Public Health has had with (a) ministeral colleagues and (b) officials at the Department for Education regarding school food.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Child Support Agency can report a non-paying parent of child maintenance to a credit reference agency.

    • Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Office for Nuclear Regulation was first informed of the failure of an electrical ring main at HM Naval Base Devonport on 29 July 2012;...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the actual and percentage change in the number of households in receipt of housing benefit was in (a) England and Wales, (b) each...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) in total and (b) aged between 16 and 24 years old claimed housing benefit in 2012.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) in total and (b) aged between 16 and 24 years old claimed housing benefit for private rented accommodation in 2012.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged 16 to 24 years old who claimed housing benefit in 2012 had been claiming for (a) less than six months and (b) between six...

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged between 16 and 24 years old and claiming housing benefit in 2012 were also in receipt of employment and support allowance.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) applications, (b) successful applications and (c) appeals against failed applications there have been for (i) work capability...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (a) what revenues have been received and (b) how many contributors there have been from the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme in each year...

    • Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what analysis his Department has undertaken of the potential effects of making the Energy Performance Certificate transferable between...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people will be lifted out of fuel poverty by the energy company obligation scheme.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has held with his Irish counterpart on the new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point C.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether hydrogen and fuel cells will be considered as eligible technologies at the next steps of the electricity market reform.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of UK energy he estimates wind turbines will contribute by 2016.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contribution wind turbines make to the total energy production of the UK.

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what resources he has made available for cycle safety facilities and schemes on rural sections of the trunk road network in each of the last three years.

    • Motor Vehicles: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on (a) the European Regulation on the Sound Level of Motor Vehicles, (b) Article 9 of the...

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that all UK railway stations are accessible for disabled passengers.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of railway stations which are inaccessible for disabled passengers.

      Railways: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvement has been made to journey times on the London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford rail service over the last (a) 10 and (b) 20 years; and if...

  • Treasury

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when his Department plans to respond to the 17th Report of the Public Accounts Committee, on Administering the Equitable Life Payment Scheme, HC 111;...

    • Free School Meals: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequentials will follow in funding for Northern Ireland following the extension of free school meals in England.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 21 October 2013, Official Report, column 36W, on income tax, how many of the 12 private finance initiative projects which did not...

      Personal Income: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the effect on London residents on average income of the purchase of residential property in London by Chinese nationals.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many submissions were made to the Stamp Duty Land Tax: consultation on the potential effects of devolving to the National Assembly for Wales and...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2013, Official Report, column 21W, on academies, for what reasons the borrowings of academies count towards total...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2013, Official Report, column 21W on academies, how many academies have sought his permission to borrow in the...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many academy sponsors have been removed by his Department to date.

      Donors: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to promote awareness of organ donation within schools in England.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that young people are provided with out of school services.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent representations he has received on incorrect predictions of A-level grades made by teachers; (2) what recent representations he has...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children under the age of three attended nursery school for (a) five days a week and (b) on a part-time basis in (i) Ribble Valley...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2013, Official Report, columns 602-3W, on free school meals, what plans his Department has to facilitate the...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2013, Official Report, column 600W, on schools: sports, what steps he is taking to encourage girls to take part in...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's policy is on the use of geographical telephone numbers to allow the public to contact his Department.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Billing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if the Government will bring forward amendments to the draft Consumer Rights Bill to prevent companies from charging vulnerable...

    • Billing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if the Government will make proposals to prevent vulnerable consumers from being charged by companies for choosing to receive...

      Billing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on companies charging consumers who choose to receive paper bills and statements by post; and what assessment...

      Further Education: Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of teachers working in further education colleges are currently neither qualified nor in training.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to institute an alternative university admissions process so that applications can be made after...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date a final agreed offer was reached for each award under round one of the Regional Growth Fund; and what the monetary...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Royal Mail spent on commissioning the survey published on 25 September 2013 by Ipsos-MORI.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2013, Official Report, column 49W, on Royal Mail, what funds were held on the Government's...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2013, Official Report, column 49W, on Royal Mail, what amount of interest has accrued to date.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he received from the Scottish Government on the student loans book.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Rugby: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential effect on grass roots rugby union in the UK of hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the amount spent in the British tourism industry by (a) UK nationals, (b) EU nationals and (c) all other...

  • International Development

    • Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent in (a) Kashmir and (b) joint projects between Pakistan-controlled and Indian-controlled Kashmir, in each...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department takes to ensure that aid to developing countries reaches the intended recipients; and if she will make a...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent information her Department has received on the Palestinian Authority's provision of welfare payments to Palestinian...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much humanitarian aid her Department has provided to Syria in the last six months; and whether her Department has monitored its use.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of pre-disposition data by Royal Air Force Recruitment and Selection; what assessment he has made of the case of Ms Lowri...

    • Armed Forces: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to encourage closer working relationships between Armed Forces Family Support units and domestic violence charities.

      Artillery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met BAe Systems to discuss production of the M777 howitzer.

      Defence: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in the defence industry in Scotland; and what estimate he has made of the number of such jobs in the...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what costs were incurred by his Department's estate in respect of (a) gas and (b) electricity supply in the 2012-13 financial year.

  • Attorney-General

    • Hillsborough Independent Panel

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the decision of the chief executive of the Crown Prosecution Service to partially recuse himself from decision making in the...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many project licences were granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 for experiments in Scotland in 2010; and how many...

    • EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted in another EU member state, pursuant to Council Framework Decision...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Government intends to retain without change existing provisions of UK law and practice required by Council Framework...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many times UK authorities have taken part in meetings pursuant to Article 5(2) of Council Decision 2003/335/JHA in each of the last...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how the requirements of Council Framework Decision 2001/500/JHA are implemented in the UK; and whether the Government intends to retain...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many exchanges of information involving the UK have taken place in each of the last five years owing to Council Decision...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost to UK public funds of UK participation in Council Decision 2002/996/JHA, including the secondment of national experts to...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost to the public purse has been in each of the last five years of UK participation in Council Decision 2004/919/EC; (2)...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Government plans to retain unchanged existing UK law and practice required by Council Framework Decision 2004/757/JHA, if...

      Stop and Search: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under 18 years of age were subject to stop and search procedures in (a) England and (b) each London borough in each of the...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence has established a Royal Naval study team to establish the best way of using satellites, drones, passive sonar, helicopters...

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much work has been undertaken to utilise further Merlin ASW helicopters in the north-west approaches and the Greenland, Iceland and United Kingdom gaps...

      Drones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans for the Royal Navy to own and use shore- or sea-based drones for wide area ocean surveillance.

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total expenditure of the Ministry of Defence in the current financial year (1) on current items, and (2) on capital items.

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been negotiations between the Ministry of Defence and HM Treasury with a view to securing an exemption for the Ministry of Defence from...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Treasury Solicitor's Office is paying its small suppliers within the time recommended by Government guidelines; and, if not, why not.

      Railways: Luggage Space

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 21 October (WA 136), whether either of the current franchises have been consulted about the design of...

      Railways: Signalling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs in terms of signalling will be required to permit classic compatible trains to run north of Lichfield to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

      Social Mobility

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their commitment to encourage social mobility.

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