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Written answers

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

  • Treasury

    • Energy

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

    • Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer if all alcohol duty were frozen in 2014; (2) what assessment he has made of the effect of a...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has accrued to the Exchequer through vehicle excise duty in each of the last five years.

      Financial Conduct Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what specific targets his Department has put in place for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); how these targets are measured; what other steps his...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to which department's capital departmental expenditure limit expenditure on High Speed 2 will be attributed.

      Married Tax Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Wales and (b) each other region of the UK will receive married tax allowance.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff employed by his Department received each level of performance rating in their end of year...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequentials for which projects have been paid to (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland in each year since 2010; what such...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on levying stamp duty on the sale of properties under £2 million.

      VAT: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total value of VAT for sales of the Justice Collective's Christmas 2012 charity single.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to repeal section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in order to open animal experiments...

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European arrest warrants the UK (a) issued and (b) received in (i) 2012 and (ii) 2013 to date.

      Crime: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of thefts from motor vehicles committed in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria were cleared up by...

      Crime: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of burglaries in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria were cleared up by police in each of the last three years.

      Entry Clearances: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 5 visas have been issued to people previously in receipt of Tier 5 visas in each of the last three years; and which...

      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 of compliance with Council Decision 2003/170/JHA in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many searches authorities of other EU member states have carried out on the UK's fingerprint database in each of the last five...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in how many cases UK authorities have co-operated with the authorities of another EU member state owing to the provisions of Article...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in how many cases in each of the last five years the UK has co-operated with other EU member states owing to Article 7(2) of Council...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which requirements of Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA are implemented by the UK; (2) whether the Government intends to retain...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms license applications have been rejected on the grounds of a history of (a) domestic violence, (b) violent conduct and (c)...

      Hilal Abdul-Razzaq Ali al-Jedda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Hilal Abdul-Razzaq Ali al-Jedda; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking: Victims

      To ask the secretary of State for the Home Department how many residence permits have been granted to persons conclusively recognised as victims of trafficking by the National Referral Mechanism...

      Immigration: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many responses her Department's recent consultation on immigration and private rented housing received; and how many such responses were...

      Modern Day Slavery Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for pre-legislative scrutiny of her Department's proposed Modern Day Slavery Bill.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets, key performance indicators and command objectives the Metropolitan Police has with regards to (a) rape and (b) sexual offences;...

  • Attorney-General

    • Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Attorney-General what reports the Law Officers' Departments have laid before each House of Parliament pursuant to section 70(9) of the Charities Act 2006 in 2012-13.

    • Corruption: Public Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been prosecuted for (a) bribery of foreign public officials and (b) failure to prevent such bribery since July 2011.

      Fraud: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many fraud cases have been (a) referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a charging decision, (b) subject to a decision by the CPS to take no further...

      Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many human trafficking-flagged cases have been (a) referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a charging decision, (b) subject to a decision by the CPS to...

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Attorney-General what the policy of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is on seeking prosecution of police officers accused of crimes whilst working undercover; whether the CPS is...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what the findings were of the Director of Public Prosecutions' inquiry into falling referrals for charge in case of rape, domestic violence and child abuse; if he will...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2013, Official Report, column 440W, on Serious Fraud Office, which closed investigations of the Serious Fraud Office were...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for Bellwin Scheme funding have been rejected by his Department since May 2010; and who made each...

    • Empty Property: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to bring empty retail premises back into use; and what funding his Department has provided for this...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average cost to individual members of implementation of his proposed changes to the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on house building of his plans to transfer £400 million of New Homes Bonus...

      Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households have used the provisions of the Mortgage Repossessions (Protections of Tenants) Act 2010 since its...

      Second Homes: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of second homes in the (a) Barrow-in-Furness and (b) South Lakeland council areas.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2013, Official Report, column 667W, on Egypt, if he will publish (a) summary descriptions of...

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of Cut the Red Tape: Report from the Business Taskforce.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received a timescale from the Head of the Office for National Statistics as to when a new regular estimate of...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has made to the head of the Office for National Statistics on the production of statistics so that the...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will request that the head of the Office for National Statistics produces (a) regional, (b) local and (c) parliamentary...

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his answers of 10 October 2013, Official Report, columns 364-6W and 18 October 2013, Official Report, column 876W, if...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with officials from the Green Investment Bank on that bank's ability to borrow.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with officials from the Green Investment Bank on EU state aid restrictions.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with EU officials on state aid restrictions on the Green Investment Bank.

      Overseas Trade: Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the level of (a) exports and (b) imports between the UK and its top 20 trading partners in Asia was in each of the last five...

      Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the level of (a) exports and (b) imports between the UK and China was in each of the last five years by sector.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what value of Government contracts has been won by Post Office Ltd in the last two years.

      Post Office: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many government contracts won by Post Office Ltd in the last 10 years have been awarded in Northern Ireland.

      Post Office: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on the income of post offices in Northern Ireland of recent measures to modernise the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recorded incidents of TB in bison there have been in the UK in each of the last five years for which figures are...

    • Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's food supply is produced (a) in the UK and (b) abroad.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the current level of the UK's food security.

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's imported food supply enters the UK by (a) land, (b) shipping and (c) air freight.

      Food: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect of that Department's...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage sustainable forest management in (a) the UK, (b) Europe and (c) developing...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iran: Nuclear Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on nuclear proliferation in Iran.

    • Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the UK’s relations with Eritrea.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of developments in Egypt and stability in the middle east.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to support human rights in Burma, in accordance with recent resolutions of the UN Human Rights...

      Zimbabwe: Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Government of Zimbabwe since the most recent elections in that country on...

      Sri Lanka

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

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department has made in increasing exports to (a) established and (b) emerging markets since May 2010.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation he has made to his Spanish counterpart about the imposition of fees and charges for people and goods moving...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he discussed religious freedom in Iran with Special Rapporteur Dr Ahmed Shaheed at the Interactive Dialogue at the UN...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Iran and the persecution of people from religious...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the situation of members of the Bahá'i faith.

  • International Development

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UK-funded aid programmes in Belarus.

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spends annually in Belarus (a) directly and (b) with multilateral organisations; and on what programmes such...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many times (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have visited Belarus since May 2010;...

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries her Department's contribution to EuropeAid is directed.

  • Justice

    • Children and Young Persons Act 1933

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 so that it explicitly applies to social media.

    • Corruption: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the usefulness of co-operation involving Gibraltar undertaken as a result of Article 9(2) of the Convention on the...

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which court buildings closed since May 2010 have been disposed of (a) on the open market and (b) through an alternative route; (2) which court...

      The Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on advertising with (a) The Guardian newspaper, (b) The Guardian website and (c) The Guardian Media Group in (i) 2009-10,...

      Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of serving judge advocates were (a) male, (b) female, (c) black, Asian and minority ethnic, (d) educated at the University of...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many conditional cautions have been issued by police forces and prosecutors in England and Wales for foreign offenders to facilitate their removal...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released on parole after serving the minimum period of their indeterminate sentence in prison.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 had spent more than two years in open conditions.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who his Department consulted about the supervision of female offenders and males convicted of domestic abuse in respect of Transforming Rehabilitation;...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve the conviction rates in cases of alleged rape and sexual violence.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department provides to the (a) Better Bus Area Fund, (b) Green Bus Fund and (c) Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

    • First TransPennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that new (a) Class 68 diesels and (b) Class 88 bi-mode locomotives are able to couple and operate with...

      First TransPennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to consult on the terms of the contract to operate Trans Pennine rail services between April 2015 and February 2016; and what form that...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will direct HS2 Ltd to commission a study on the potential economic effects on Warrington of (a) that town not having a station on the High Speed...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2013, Official Report, column 120W, on High Speed 2, if he will publish (a) the case for strategic rail...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the parliamentary constituencies which the KPMG report on the economic impact of High Speed 2 indicated would be negatively affected.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people retained by HS2 Ltd on personal service contracts have been found not to have been compliant with their tax and National Insurance...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which people engaged by (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) his Department with responsibility for the High Speed 2 project have (a) received bonuses or (b) been...

      Liverpool Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the effect of Liverpool John Lennon Airport on the (a) North West and (b) British economy.

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the punctuality targets are for trains between (a) Edinburgh Waverley and London King's Cross and (b) Glasgow Central and London Euston; and...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the current punctuality targets are for franchises on the (a) West Coast mainline and (b) East Coast mainline; and what he plans such targets to...

      Roads: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he had made of the effects of improving the A303/A30/A358 corridor to improve the severe weather resilience of the transport...

      Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 24 October 2013 on Haulage, Road Tank Vehicle Compliance, which model of fuel tanker the statement refers to; for what...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which company supplied (a) gas and (b) electricity to his Department in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

      Energy

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

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people who have switched energy supplier in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b)...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the smart meters currently installed in UK homes were manufactured in the UK.

      Fuel Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2013, Official Report, column 149W, on snow and ice, what assessment he has made of the success of...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish in full the security package provided by the investors in Hinkley C in order to permit them access to the £10...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the level of subscription for places in academies in the most recent admissions round.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Academy chains have had restrictions placed on them by his Department to date.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of academy trusts that are in a position to take on new academies.

      Academies: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in (a) Huddersfield and (b) Yorkshire attend an academy school.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 69W, on the curriculum, whether any new sources of funding will be provided to...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 69W, on the curriculum, what discussions he has had with subject experts,...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 69W, on the curriculum, when his Department will have formulated a communications...

      Education Endowment Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2013, Official Report, column 696W, on Education Endowment Foundation, what information his Department holds on...

      Free Schools: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what public funds were received by the Barnfield Federation to handle the free school application for the former Fernwood Pre-Prep School in Bedfordshire.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent steps he has taken to ensure that students previously in state education are encouraged to apply to top universities.

      History: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in how many mainstream secondary schools no pupil obtained grade C or above at history GCSE in 2013; and how many mainstream secondary schools did not...

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what training Independent Schools Inspectorate inspectors received on safeguarding and the protection of children in relation to practice in...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what research his Department has undertaken or assessed of the value to children and young people of attending an all-through school.

      Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in Yorkshire are all-through schools serving both primary and secondary school-age children.

  • Health

    • Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to ban the use of colouring additives, such as sunset yellow, caroisine and quinoline yellow, in children's medicine;...

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spends through Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on the detection and treatment of Chronic Fatigue...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients in (a) each English region, (b) Wales and (c) each mental health trust area in London were subject to a section under the Mental...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department's dementia toolkit will be published.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK have been registered with NHS dentists in each of the last five years.

      Donors: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the issue of organ donation and transplantation.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of drug treatment clients with parental responsibility who are prescribed opioid substitution therapy receive their treatment by (a)...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug treatment clients who are prescribed opioid substitution therapy also have parental responsibility.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress to date towards the Coalition Agreement Commitment in the provision of 4,200 more health visitors.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage NHS trusts to employ more health visitors.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England waited longer than 18 weeks for treatment in (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and...

      Kernicterus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of kernicterus have been reported to NHS England in each NHS acute hospital trust in England in each of the last five years.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of regional variations in standards of post-natal care; and what steps he is taking to ensure consistently high levels of care.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have had to wait more than (a) 28 days, (b) six months and (c) one year for treatment under the Improving Access to Psychological...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what real-terms expenditure on adult mental health services has been in each year since 1997-98.

      Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of staffing levels at places of safety in England as defined by the Mental Health Act 1983; (2) what assessment...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many full-time equivalent specialist nurses for a neurological condition, as defined under Diseases of the nervous system in the International...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he intends to take to ensure that the Government's strategy for recovering NHS costs from those not entitled to free NHS treatment is...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2013, Official Report, column 548W, on obesity, what age bracket contains the least active children; and what assessment...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions officials of his Department have had with officials of the Department for Education and education departments in devolved administrations...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NHS Blood and Transplant and his Department plan to conduct a public survey on support for organ donation.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NHS Blood and Transplant plans to sponsor a systematic review of the current evidence base on consent for organ donation.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NHS Blood and Transplant and his Department plan to publish a national strategy to promote a shift in behaviour to increase consent for deceased...

      Warm Homes Healthy People Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 September 2013, Official Report, column 716W, on Warm Homes Healthy People Fund, if he will make a comparative assessment of...

  • Defence

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who is responsible for the inspection and enforcement of list X sites and security safeguards within UK-based aerospace companies.

    • Armed Forces: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2013, Official Report, column 634W, on Armed Forces: employment, how many armed forces personnel have taken part in...

      Armed Forces; Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide details of the numbers of criminal convictions that have resulted from rape and sexual crimes against military personnel by other...

      Army: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2013, Official Report, column 740W, on army: Germany, what additional expenditure his Department incurred in...

      Defence: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress he has made on improving and increasing defence interoperability with the UK's (a) NATO allies and (b) non-NATO partners.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on implementation of the White Paper, National Security Through Technology, published in February 2012, Cm 8278.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on external lawyers' fees in the last year for which figures are available.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2013 on nuclear submarines, Official Report, column 743W, on what dates the power failure incidents occurred; what...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a member of staff of his Department at grade PTO.1 had the authority to change the place of work of a member of staff at grade PTO.111 in 1983.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to answer parliamentary question number 162512 tabled by the hon. Member for Hammersmith on 26 June 2013 for answer on 1 July 2013.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Minister currently has responsibility for cybersecurity.

    • Low Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate how many (a) men and (b) women in (i) full-time employment, (ii) part-time employment and (iii) self-employment in each...

      Part-time Employment: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in part-time work who are seeking full-time employment in each parliamentary constituency in Wales.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the median wage in real terms of those people in (a) work or self-employment, (b) employed for 35 hours or more per week, (c)...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many young people from Northamptonshire have taken part in the National Citizen Service to date.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Exercise: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2013, Official Report, column 613, on exercise: young offender institutions, what changes in (a)...

    • Mobile Phones: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of households in Barrow and Furness constituency which have (a) 3G network coverage and (b)...

      Public Libraries: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of volunteer libraries in the country.

      Sports: Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to create an Olympic and Sporting Museum to (a) preserve the artefacts of the nation's Olympic and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of insurance companies in resolving cases of asbestos liability claims.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the classifications of primary health conditions recorded for claimants of employment and support allowance are; (2) what...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2013, Official Report, column 405W, on food banks, if he will publish the updated guidance issued to...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which 21 councils will receive a share of £5 million of extra discretionary housing payment for sparsely populated areas; and how much...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payments were made from the discretionary housing payment budget to each local authority in Wales; what proportion of the overall...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what comparative assessment he has made of the effect on the relative health of claimants and their dependants of changes to the jobseeker's...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what performance targets he has established for speed of processing and payment of (a) income support, (b) housing benefit, (c) employment and...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to tackle unemployment among those people who are without work but not currently claiming jobseeker's allowance.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he intends to issue a report on the deliberations of the Work Programme best practice group; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) which company provides energy to the parliamentary estate. (2) what the...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish an evaluation of the impact of the Public Health Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network.

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount spent on alcohol during 2012–13 by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

      Arms Export

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 3 June (WA 100), whether that answer covered any action taken by the Royal Engineers export...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any action has been taken to protect the United Kingdom banking system from a possible default by the United States Treasury; and whether UK...

      Banks: Foreign Banks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by which criteria they and regulators determine whether an international bank can operate in the United Kingdom through a branch or is required to establish...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the Barnett Formula.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the last three years, what percentage and numbers of adult overseas nationals entering the United Kingdom claimed a Department for Work and Pensions key...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-United Kingdom European Union nationals are claiming (1) jobseeker's allowance, (2) income support, (3) employment support allowance, (4)...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any restrictions being placed on British-funded international aid agencies and United Nations aid agencies and their workers...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Burma’s current rulers, and military leaders, will agree to removing the military’s quota of Members in the Burmese...

      Care Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of Clause 67(4) of the Care Bill (as at Report stage in the House of Lords) with the European Convention...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions of Professor Richard Tol that climate change global warming in the past century improved human welfare and...

      Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial contribution, over and above money provided by the Barnett formula, they will be making towards the costs of hosting the Commonwealth Games in...

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether persons suffering hardship because of debts have the right to approach a court to secure appropriate repayment conditions; and, if not, whether they...

      Employment: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the present annual gross salary level required to produce a net take-home pay of £26,000; and what the figure would be...

      Employment: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the contractual arrangement between the Department for Work and Pensions and recruitment agencies whose job advertisements are included on the...

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Treasury will underwrite the decommissioning costs of any new nuclear power installations which private companies (including overseas companies)...

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Office for Nuclear Regulation has approved the application by Magnox Ltd to extend generation at Wylfa unit 2 until the end of 2015; and what are...

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the difference in the estimated cost to the Exchequer between the recent arrangement with China and France for a new nuclear power station and...

      Energy: Pre-paid Meters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the charges paid for energy by consumers who use pre-paid meters.

      Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 12 October (WA 99), whether their interpretation of “other grounds” in the Commonwealth...

      House of Lords: Publications and Print Costs

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how much the House of Lords Annual Report 2012–13 cost to produce and print; and how much it would have cost to print on the quality of paper used for...

      House of Lords: Staff

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many people are currently employed on zero-hours contracts in the House of Lords; and whether there are plans to introduce zero-hours contracts to...

      House of Lords: Toilets

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many toilets are available within the House of Lords precincts of the Palace of Westminster for (1) female, and (2) male, Peers; whether that number conforms...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the ratios of median house prices to median earnings in (1) 1997, (2) 2007, and (3) 2012, for (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d)...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in combating human trafficking during the last three years.

      Internet: Cyber-bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat cyber-bullying; and whether they intend to introduce specific legislation to address the issue.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial aid or support the United Kingdom has given, directly or indirectly, to the government of Iraq since 2010.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the use of attack-dogs and the firing of rubber-coated bullets at non-violent civilian...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent report published by Kerem Navot Israeli Settler Agriculture as a Means of Land Takeover in the West Bank.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of structures demolished in Area C of the West Bank in the first half of 2013 that are scheduled for rebuilding.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been conducted into the effects of Israeli industrial pollutants from the Barqan settlement on the health of Palestinians living in Bruqeen...

      Justice: Community Justice Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the Community Justice Centre in Liverpool; and what assessment they have made of the impact any such plans will have...

      Marine Conservation Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the proposals for Marine Conservation Areas in the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea to be tabled at the meeting of the Commission...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many national insurance numbers were registered to adult overseas nationals entering the United Kingdom from (1) the European Union, (2) and the rest of...

      Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid by HM Treasury to (1) the Welsh Government, (2) the Scottish Government, and (3) the Northern Ireland Executive, as Barnett...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Department for International Development's support for "the right to legal representation for the Palestinians" as stated in its...

      Palestine and Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens have been killed in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, including Gaza, since January 1993; and whether the government of Israel...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which public bodies the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has appointed board members since May 2005; who was appointed in each case; and...

      Questions for Written Answer

      to ask the Leader of the House how many Questions for Written Answer tabled in the House of Lords they have answered in the most recent four weeks for which information is available which related...

      Rape

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 21 October (WA 119), what consideration is specifically given to corrective rape against homosexual women...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Republic of Ireland to repay funding supplied to it at the start of the financial crisis.

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations about the imprisonment in Russia of the journalist Kieron Bryan since his arrest on board the Greenpeace ship...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make available any relevant material that they hold in respect of the Periodic Review of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations Human Rights...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is a rigorous assessment of the leadership, aims and ethos of free schools.

      Schools: Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 21 October (WA 124), what they consider to constitute “direct promotion of any sexual...

      Scotland: Block Grants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of the block grant transferred by HM Treasury to Scotland for each of the past three years for which figures are available.

      Television Licence Fee: Court Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 29 August (WA 383–4), how many of the people found guilty of installing or using a television...

      Young People: Self-harm and Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of self-harm and attempted suicide among lesbian and gay youth.

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