Written answers

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

  • Wales

    • NATO Summit 2014: Newport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the benefits to Wales arising from the Government’s hosting of the 2014 NATO summit at Newport.

  • Scotland

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on reform of the common agricultural policy.

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland to which EU Directives within his Department's areas of responsibility the Government has formally opted into in each financial year since May 2010; on...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what EU Directives within his Department's areas of responsibility have come into force without the need for an opt-in decision in each financial year...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to his Department; what the name was of the company from which they were...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people employed by her Department hold a (a) bachelor's, (b) master's and (c) PhD-level degree in computer science; and if she will...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum applicants have remained in the UK in each of the last three years.

    • Badgers: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports have been received by police of alleged illegal gassing of badgers in each of the last five years; and what (a) investigations...

      Bicycles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bicycles have been reported stolen in each year between 2003 and 2013; and if she will introduce a national microchipping scheme to...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for citizenship were concluded (a) within six months, (b) between six and nine months, (c) between nine and 12 months...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she had made of the implementation of the community resolution scheme in combating crime in local communities; and if she...

      Council of Europe Convention On Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the reorganisation of services for victims of domestic abuse and violence on the quality of...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when (a) she and (b) Ministers discussed the control of new psychoactive substances with (i) Ministers from other EU member states and (b)...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on psychoactive substances; (2) what discussions she has had with the devolved...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she has made on improving the energy efficiency of her Department.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many landlords have contacted the UK Border Agency regarding tenants with visa irregularities in each of the last five years.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland of 11 September 2013, Official Report, column 744W, on female genital...

      Foreign Travel Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign travel orders have been issued in each of the last six years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been collected under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 from those convicted of human trafficking in each of the last three years;...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been received under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 from those convicted of human trafficking in the last three years; and how...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been gathered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 from those convicted of human trafficking in each of the last three years;...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she intends to take following the decision of 7 November 2013 of Mr Justice Mostyn in the case of AB v. the Home Secretary.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the case of the hon. Member for Monmouth's constituent Mrs Natalia Korchagina, reference number K16886001.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau decided in April 2013 not to take any further action in investigating financial...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 1 October 2013, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 30 September 2013, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister of State for Immigration dated 30 September 2013, from the right hon. Member for...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the cost to the police of gun licences.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to provide a substantive answer to questions 174377, 174379 and 174381, tabled on 4 November for named day answer on 8...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports she has received on the sexual abuse of women at Yarl's Wood detention centre; and if she will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to oppose the creation of non-contra flow 24-hour bus lanes where there is no 24-hour bus service.

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make the subsidy for electric and hybrid electric vehicles conditional upon vehicle manufacturers installing noise generating devices known...

      Motor Vehicles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies his Department has commissioned or reviewed into the impact of potholes and poor road surfaces on vehicle maintenance costs.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will consider increasing the frequency of resurfacing trunk roads in order to reduce the need for reactive maintenance such as...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Staff

      To ask the right hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how many people the House of Commons (a) directly employs and (b) employs via...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote freedom of religion and religious plurality in the Middle East.

  • Defence

    • Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many meetings he has had with representatives of employees working at Defence Equipment and Support to discuss the proposals in the Defence Reform Bill.

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessments have been made of the effect of defence procurement privatisation on the support and services currently provided to (a) the armed forces...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether companies within consortia bidding for defence procurement contracts considered high risk, due to previous failings with public sector contracts,...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the possible risks to UK intellectual property rights of the privatisation of defence procurement.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list each of the contracts currently placed by his Department to develop a replacement for the Trident nuclear submarine which is covered by...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what evidence her Department holds on the effect of recent changes in the levels of voluntary sector grants made by local authorities on women's...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities to which EU directives within the Government Equalities Office's areas of responsibility the Government has formally opted into in each financial year...

      EU Law

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what EU Directives within the Government Equalities Office's areas of responsibility have come into force without the need for an opt-in decision in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur for housing on under-occupancy penalty.

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the under-occupancy penalty on social cohesion.

      Unemployment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rate of worklessness for disabled people was in (a) April 2010 and (b) the most recent date for which data is available.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she plans to introduce restrictions on advertising by payday loan companies similar to those on the advertising of tobacco.

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to which EU Directives within her Department's areas of responsibility the Government has formally opted into in each financial year...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what EU Directives within her Department's areas of responsibility have come into force without the need for an opt-in decision in each...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to her Department; what the name was of the company from...

      Sports: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will discuss with officials of association football, rugby union and rugby league making it a requirement that players receiving...

  • Leader of the House

    • Energy

      To ask the Leader of the House what progress he has made on improving the energy efficiency of his Department.

  • Education

    • Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department has allocated to traineeships in 2013-14; and from which departmental funding streams such funding will be delivered.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy that the approval by a mineral planning authority of an application for a fracking rig...

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were homeless in (a) May 2010 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of people who have used the Government's Help to Buy scheme in (a) Dorset and (b)...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish his advice to local authorities on the need for adequate parking and the desirability of free parking or low...

  • Justice

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice to which EU Directives within his Department's areas of responsibility the Government has formally opted into in each financial year since May 2010; on...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 7 October 2013, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr R Hamilton.

      Prisoners: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners of each age group and gender who cannot use (a) a computer and (b) the internet; and how such...

      Prisoners: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of sexual offences have been released from prison without having received treatment for their offending behaviour in each of...

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much capital investment there has been in (a) HMP Askham Grange and (b) HMP East Sutton Park since 2010.

      Probation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many times the Chief Executive of Essex Probation has met hon. Members since 2012; when and for what purpose such meetings took place; where...

      Probation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) men and (b) women in each age group on probation in the Essex Probation Trust area subsequently reoffended in 2010; (2) what the 10...

      Sentencing: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether a breach of an order made under the post sentence assessment trial being run by West Yorkshire Probation in partnership with West Yorkshire...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many telephone lines with the prefix (a) 0845, (b) 0844 and (c) 0843 his Department (i) operates and (ii) sponsors; how many calls each number has...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought against individuals under the provisions of subsection 8 of section 366 of the Communications Act 2003 in each...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many warrants have been (a) applied for and (b) granted under the provisions of section 366 of the Communications Act 2003 to enforce TV licensing in...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost per day is of accommodation for a young person in a (a) young offender institution, (b) secure training centre and (c) secure children's home.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Community Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people are able to get more involved in helping their local communities; and if he will make a statement.

    • Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many households were classed as having never worked in (a) April 2010 and (b) the most recent date for which data is available.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children were living in workless households in (a) April 2010 and (b) the most recent date for which data is available.

      Employment: Poole

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what change there has been in the number of people in employment in Poole constituency from 2010 to November 2013.

      Government Departments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress the Efficiency and Reform Group is making in delivering the Government's savings target in 2013-14.

      Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to promote openness and transparency in Government; and if he will make a statement.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many men in each recorded age group die from prostate cancer each year.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were classed as being in re-occurring unemployment in (a) April 2010 and (b) the most recent date for which data is available.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were (a) unemployed and (b) in underemployment in (i) April 2010 and (ii) the most recent date for which data is available.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many unemployed young adults there were in (a) April 2010 and (b) the most recent date for which data is available.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress energy suppliers have made to date, in terms of the proportion of measures approved, towards meeting their phase 1 and...

    • Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress energy suppliers have made to date, in terms of the proportion of measures approved, towards meeting their phase 1 and...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of energy suppliers' phase 1 and phase 2 obligations under the home heating cost reduction obligation of the Energy...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2013, Official Report, column 285, what the evidential basis is for his statement that 8 per cent...

      Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what departmental policy reviews his Department has undertaken since 12 December 2011; and when each such review (a) was announced and...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of new jobs created since 2010 were (a) advertised through employment agencies, (b) generated...

  • International Development

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what EU Directives within her Department's areas of responsibility have come into force without the need for an opt-in decision in each...

    • Forests: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2013, Official Report, column 7W, on Forests: Climate Change, whether the business case for the...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) ODA and (b) non-ODA aid has been allocated to be spent in Mali in 2013 and in subsequent years.

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance she gives to tackling elephant poaching and illegal trafficking of ivory in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Treasury

    • Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what refurbishments to his Department's buildings have been carried out in the last 24 months; and at what cost.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies were granted dormant company status by HM Revenue and Customs and were therefore advised that they did not need to submit corporation tax...

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) retail prices index and (b) consumer price index of inflation over the next three financial years.

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of administering the national insurance contributions holiday has been in each year since 2010.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate by how much the weekly income of a couple-headed household with one person in work and two children would increase if the personal...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the change in the value of public service pension schemes following the change in the indexation measure from the retail...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful criminal prosecutions were brought as a result of investigations by HM Revenue and Customs in 2009-10.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were recruited to HM Revenue and Customs' graduate programme in each year since 2010-11; and how many he expects to be recruited in each...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings have taken place between Ministers in his Department and the Public and Commercial Services Union regarding the decision to close HM Revenue...

      Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to his Department; what the name was of the company from which they were...

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of married couples will benefit from the married couples tax allowance announced on 30 September 2013.

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families with children will benefit from the married couples tax allowance announced on 30 September 2013; and what proportion this is of (a) the...

  • Attorney-General

    • Qualifications

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people employed by the Law Officers' Departments hold a (a) bachelor's, (b) master's and (c) PhD-level degree in computer science; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Death: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the five principal causes of death in young people aged 18 to 30 years old.

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which EU Directives within his Department's areas of responsibility the Government has formally opted into in each financial year since May 2010; on...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what EU Directives within his Department's areas of responsibility have come into force without the need for an opt-in decision in each financial year...

      Horse Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosecutions have taken place in the UK as a result of horsemeat being sold as beef.

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current (a) budget, (b) number of staff employed and (c) budget for staff salaries is for Public Health England.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people employed by his Department hold a (a) bachelor's, (b) master's and (c) PhD-level degree in computer science; and if he will make a statement.

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2013, Official Report, column 252W, on stress, what assessment he has made of the research carried out by the NIHR...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with NHS England regarding the formulation of a national strategy for tuberculosis; (2) what assessment he...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 6 November (WA 41–2), what exactly comprise national markings.

    • Armed Forces: Living Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what improvements in the accommodation and facilities for servicemen and women at RAF Coningsby have taken place in the financial years 2012–13 and...

      Armed Forces: Living Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what improvements in the accommodation and facilities for servicemen and women at RAF Henlow have taken place in the financial years 2012–13 and...

      Audit Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 28 October (WA 217–8), how much was spent, either directly or indirectly, by the Audit...

      Defence: Assistance Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 6 November (WA 44), how much of the Defence Assistance Fund allocation was used to promote military...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the new Governor of the Bank of England regarding differences in economic performance between south-east England and...

      Education: Missing Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 17 July (WA 123), when they plan to publish the revised statutory guidance on children missing from education.

      EU: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to create a Cabinet committee to monitor proposals for new European Union directives and regulations by COREPER and departmental...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in the UK, and in particular its assertion that 66,000 women in England and...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been turned down by the Northern Ireland Office since May 2010; and how many of those...

      Health: Birth Defects

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce mandatory fortification of white flour with folic acid in order to address the number of pregnancies affected by neural tube...

      Health: Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent report by the All- Party Parliamentary Group on Atrial Fibrillation Commissioning for Change: AF within the new NHS.

      Intelligence Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the effectiveness of current intelligence laws; and whether they will need to be updated to reflect the Tempora program.

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to regulate future online content based on its length.

      Magna Carta

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in schools.

      NHS Property Services Limited

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Department of Health has provided a further £100 million of working capital to NHS Property Services Ltd in addition to the £190 million of...

      NHS Property Services Limited

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the auditors of the accounts of NHS Property Services Ltd; and who appointed those auditors.

      Offenders: Dependants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people (1) refused bail, and (2) given a custodial sentence, in 2012–13 had caring responsibilities for (a) a child, or (b) a vulnerable adult.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 3 December 2012 (WA 109), what is the total amount that the Department for International...

      Prisoners: Medical Treatment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to review the practice of restraining ill or disabled prisoners while they receive medical or hospital treatment.

      Royal Charter: Press Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press does not apply to Northern Ireland.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what evidence they based the information on the NHS website that the toxicity of e-cigarettes is one thousandth of that of tobacco cigarettes.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of improvements in Sudanese policing and prisons as a result of United Kingdom funding for those services.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the “huge” development programmes in Sudan referred to by the United Kingdom ambassador to that country in his statement on 12 March...

      Swaziland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what bilateral and multilateral assistance they have given to Swaziland in each of the last three years; and on what that assistance has been spent.

      Swaziland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they measure the effectiveness of bilateral and multilateral assistance given to Swaziland.

      Taxation: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers to tax Scottish residents have been devolved to the Scottish Government; what are the taxes in question; and when they came or will come into force.

      Telephone Calls: Unsolicited Calls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to make it an offence for unsolicited telephone callers to withhold their numbers.

      Young Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children are currently held in secure units in England and Wales.

      Young Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the range and type of offences for which children are currently held in secure units in England and Wales.

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