Written answers

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to National Infrastructure Plan 2013, published on 4 December 2013, whether, following the decision to cancel the tolling proposals for...

    • A14: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on planning, consultation and other preparation for the planned upgrade of the 25 mile section of the A14 in East Anglia by (a)...

      Amphibious Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's report on the commercial operation of DUKW vehicles as tourist...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the effectiveness of the Esterman and Goldmann tests of a driver's visual ability.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the proposed Government-owned company replacing the Highways Agency will be able to borrow at (a) government or (b) private industry rates.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the proposed Government-owned company replacing the Highways Agency will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department will publish its review of sidebar exemptions for HGVs.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the review of the Rail Franchise Direct Awards Process Guide to be completed; and when the Guide will be published.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department plans to publish the Rail Franchising Overview.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with train operating companies about increasing services on the North Wales Coast Main Line.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the budget for local road maintenance in real terms with predicted inflation in each year to 2020-21.

      Shipping: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of vessels which failed International Transport Workers Federation inspections but held valid...

  • Home Department

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many statutory recovery contracts will be issued by police this year.

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial provisions are available to successful applicants for support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; what...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to broaden the range of (a) supermarkets and (b) local retail shops that accept Azure payment cards.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the guidance his Department has provided to local authorities on the spending of funds allocated under the Prevent agenda.

      Deportation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unsuccessful appeals by foreign nationals deported under section 32 of the UK Borders Act 2007 there were using (a) the European...

      Deportation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what articles of the European Convention on Human Rights were used as part of the appeal by foreign nationals deported under section 32 of...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Independent Police Complaints Commission has jurisdiction over port police forces, Mersey Tunnels Police and Cambridge...

      Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours of overtime have been paid to immigration caseworkers in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's executive agencies in the...

      Police: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the former West Yorkshire police authority sought (a) legal advice and (b) approval from her Department before making a payment to...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how many parliamentary questions were tabled in the five days prior to the House...

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 376W, on pay, if...

      Portcullis House: Mobile Phones

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps are being taken to ensure there is access to a constant mobile telephone...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with (a) Sir John Chilcott and (b) the US administration on evidence to be made publicly available to the Chilcott Inquiry; and when he...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Charities: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the costs and benefits of business rate relief for charities.

    • Community Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Community Right to Bid

      Council Tax: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the outstanding amounts of uncollected council tax are for each London borough for (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of employees in his Department have a physical or learning disability, by each Civil Service pay grade.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many outcomes under the Troubled Families programme the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has claimed payment since...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham have been attached to the Troubled Families programme since 1...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham his Department has identified as meeting the criteria for the...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families are expected to be turned around under the Troubled Families programme in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families have been turned around under the Troubled Families programme to date.

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress he has made in negotiations on firefighters' pensions.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department gives to local mineral planning authorities on how to balance Government policy on shale gas...

      Local Government: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues and the Minister of State for Employment on a City Region...

      Michael Lyons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what total amount in salary, fees and expenses was paid by his Department to Sir Michael Lyons for his work on the Lyons...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of changes in local authority car parking charges in (a) each local authority, (b) each English region...

      Pay Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether offices of (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies have access to Sky Sports or an equivalent premium sports...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) housing planning decisions and (b) other planning decisions his Department has overturned since May 2010.

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of time involved in the processing and determination of planning appeals by the Planning Inspectorate...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in his Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b)...

      Rented Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will make an assessment of ways to prevent properties rented to students from becoming run-down.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many of his Department's civil servants have been seconded to (a) the private sector and (b) trades unions in each...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of trends in the level of rent arrears among social housing tenants since 1 April 2013.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of employees in his Department is (a) white British and (b) black, Asian and from other minority ethnic groups,...

  • Attorney-General

    • Internet

      To ask the Attorney-General whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in the Law Officers' Departments; and if he will publish a list of all such websites and domains to...

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General what plans he has to review the threshold at which the Serious Fraud Office investigates reported fraud.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, columns 428-9W, on Serious Fraud Office, how many investigations are currently benefitting from additional...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Airbus SAS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what payments have been received on the repayable loans made by the Government to Airbus in each of the last five years.

    • Airbus SAS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much outstanding capital is owed by Airbus to the Government.

      Arms Trade: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contracts for exports to Egypt have been approved by the defence export licensing regime since 3 July 2013.

      Chemicals: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the state of the chemical industry on Teesside.

      Collective Bargaining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of ILO Convention 98 in promoting free collective bargaining across industrial...

      Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on implementation of the Cape Town Convention.

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on digital literacy.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department takes to monitor (a) educational and (b) employment standards at English as a Foreign Language colleges.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to ensure that Parliament is able to consider the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in which of the last 20 years foreign direct investment into the UK has been the highest in Europe.

      Higher Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the creation of a standardised system of credit transfer for those enrolled at UK universities.

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of students who graduate each year from different universities than those in which they...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in his Department; and if he will publish a list of all such...

      Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the quality of corporate governance of UK public companies operating in the extractive...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Department's letter to Denbighshire County Councillor Margaret McCarroll (ref: TOSL2013/05008), whether the...

      Post Offices: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the future of post offices in that country.

      Post Offices: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on Northern Ireland of his proposals for the future of the post office network.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in his Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Public Sector Information Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to respond to the recommendations of the Shakespeare review of public sector information.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support is available to local communities affected by changes to the location of shipbuilding jobs; and from which...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of students from (a) the UK and (b) other EU countries in (i) alternative...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what restrictions on future interest rates and debt collection policies were placed on the new owners of the Student Loan Book.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the total level of debt on the Student Loan Book was incurred in each year since its inception.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who will be responsible for allocation and collection of student loans for the academic year 2014-15.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Procurement: SMEs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps he has taken to reduce barriers to small and medium-sized enterprises participating in government procurement.

    • Youth Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the change in spending on youth services by local authorities since May 2010.

      Transparency Agenda

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps he has taken to develop his Department's transparency agenda; and if he will make a statement.

      Cyber-Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to improve cyber-security for consumers and small businesses.

      Public Service Mutuals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had on public service mutuals.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the ethnic breakdown was of all applicants who successfully completed the Civil Service Fast Stream application process between the 2011 and...

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what target he has set for the use of Project bank accounts.

      Emergencies: Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress he has made on National Contingency Planning.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the usefulness of e-procurement in Government Departments.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in his Department have duties relating to the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War; and what the nature of those duties is.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the commitment in the coalition agreement to put a limit on the number of special advisers, what limit has been imposed.

      Poverty

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in his Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Profumo Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons the evidence given to the Denning inquiry into the Profumo affair has not been published.

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in the retail trade as a proportion of the total number employed, by (a) region and (b) constituency in the last five years...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the Telephone Preference Service in preventing unwanted calls; and if...

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward legislative proposals to strengthen the laws relating to nuisance telephone calls and texts.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is the strongest action possible that can be taken against companies who break the law in relation to nuisance calls.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many nuisance calls have been reported to the Information Commissioner's Office in each of the last five years.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in her Department; and if she will publish a list of all such...

      Newspapers: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has instructed the Public Appointments Commissioner to draw up guidelines for the Recognition Panel for the purposes of...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in her Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the cost to (a) the budget of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and (b) the public purse of the...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2013, Official Report, column 552W, on unmanned air vehicles: Afghanistan, to what proportion of legitimate military...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2013, Official Report, column 402W, on Afghanistan, what the number, squadron and rank is of US Air Force personnel...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing a dedicated National Grid supply to support the first of the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether additional Reaper aircraft will be introduced to Afghanistan under an urgent operation requirement; [R] (2) pursuant to the Answer to the...

      Armed Forces: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) vaccinations and (b) inoculations are administered to armed forces personnel (i) on entry to the services and (ii) routinely throughout a...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on joint European equipment acquisition projects in each year since 2008.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in his Department; and if he will publish a list of all such websites and domains to...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in his Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Radioactive Waste: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects work to clean up radioactive material in Dalgety Bay to begin; (2) when he expects to sign an agreement with the Scottish...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) airprox incidents and (b) collisions there have been involving Tornado aircraft in each year since 1998.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether operational command of unmanned aerial vehicles allocated for use by NATO can revert to US command to enable it to engage in operations outside...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Moray, of 22 October 2013, Official Report, column 102W, on unmanned air vehicles, what steps are...

      Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to tackle homelessness among military veterans; what estimate he has made of the number of homeless former members of the armed...

      Veterans: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the processing backlog of medals for veterans.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Poverty

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in his Office's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools that have not been given a requires improvement grade from Ofsted have been visited by an academy broker since May 2010.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons only eight per cent of employers in England currently offer apprenticeships.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people are employed within centralised IT departments or teams in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will publish all notes held by his Department of the telephone call from his Department to Action Fraud on 25 April 2013 reporting the...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when his Department was first made aware of the Crowe Clark and Whitehill Report into Kings Science Academy in Bradford; (2) when his Department...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support his Department provided in September 2011 to the governing body of Kings Science Academy when concerns were raised about the body's...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in his Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials in his Department have observed lessons in (a) academies and (b) free schools since May 2010; and in which schools such observations...

      Schools: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary school places and (b) secondary school places have been created in (i) Corby constituency and (ii) East Northamptonshire since May...

      Science: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the proportion of students studying STEM subjects at (a) GCSE and (b) A-level in each of the last five years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the classification of emissions associated with energy generation from combined heat and...

    • Boilers: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consultation his Department undertook (a) before and (b) after the implementation of recent changes to renewable heat initiative...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written statement of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 21WS, on Warsaw Climate Change Conference, what...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 4 February 2013 on energy efficiency and his Statement of 12 July 2012, on binding...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what evidence will be considered as adequate to demonstrate how decisions about the exploration and production of shale gas energy meet...

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many times he has met with representatives of the insulation sector in the last three months.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the median gross pay of (a) men and (b) women is in each pay band in his Department.

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2013, Official Report, column 974, if he will publish all correspondence between Ministers and...

      Warm Front Scheme: Corby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in Corby constituency have received assistance under the Home Energy Efficiency scheme since its inception.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2013, Official Report, column 299W, on plastic bags, if he will make an assessment of...

    • Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in his Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of progress made in talks between President Anastasiades and Dr. Eroglu in reaching a...

    • Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to seek a resolution on Cyprus to create a bizonal, bicommunal federation with a single...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's role is in assisting international efforts to achieve an agreed settlement in Cyprus.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to alleviate the financial crisis in Cyprus.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the recent proposal by Cypriot President Anastasiades for the return of Famagusta to...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on recent statements made by Dr Eroglu about an agreement on Cyprus.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to increase co-operation with Cyprus on foreign policy.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote transparency and reduce corruption in the mining industry in Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people are employed by the Consular Crisis Centre.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which three Consular Services offices received the most enquiries for help in the last 12 months.

      Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to improve the UK-Georgia relationship.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in his Department; and if he will publish a list of all such...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in his Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b)...

  • Health

    • Bed Bugs: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the prevalence of bed bugs in Tower Hamlets.

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to local authority social services departments to ensure that details of care packages are conveyed to the receiving local...

      Cockermouth Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the tendering for a pharmacy at Cockermouth Hospital.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) males and (b) females in each (i) age group and (ii) location received structured education courses in the NHS for individuals with...

      Health Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical, (b) managerial and (c) clerical NHS staff in Cornwall were paid more than (i) £50,000, (ii) £65,738 and (iii)...

      Health Services: Medway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the additional £6,120,000 winter pressures funding allocated to Medway will be divided among NHS organisations in Medway.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to reduce heart disease in England since May 2010.

      Heart Diseases and Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the efficacy of the Ornish medicare lifestyle programme used in the US to tackle heart disease and cancer.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance (a) his Department and (b) Public Health England is providing on (i) hepatitis B and (ii) hepatitis C to directors of public health in local...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with the Hepatitis B Positive Trust and the Hepatitis B...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were vaccinated against hepatitis B in each primary care trust area in each of the last three years.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department provides to the Hepatitis B (a) Helpline and (b) Forum; and if he will make a statement.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of prisoners in England received a full course of the hepatitis B vaccine in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of prisoners in England received a hepatitis B test in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013 to date.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of treatments for hepatitis B and C in (a) Essex, (b) London and (c) England and Wales; and if he...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made by age group of the number of (a) males and (b) females who are infected with hepatitis B.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of prisoners in England received a full course of the hepatitis C vaccine in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to increase the number of people screened for (a) hepatitis B and (b) hepatitis C; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the sub-committee on adolescent vaccinations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to report on extending the HPV vaccine...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the sustainability of funding for research into the causes of and potential cures for mesothelioma.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Gateway reviews have been carried out on projects managed by NHS Property Services Ltd.

      NHS: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of non-EEA migrant workers currently employed within the NHS.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many agency nurses work in the NHS; and what the average cost of an (a) agency-employed nurse and (b) directly-employed nurse is in the NHS.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy to encourage the use by the NHS of pharmacies owned by GPs rather than those owned by professional pharmacists.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to NHS bodies on the need to conduct a proper market tender before entering into a commercial lease for a pharmacy.

      Pharmacy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds Health Education England has distributed to local education and training boards for education and training of pharmacists since April 2013.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abdominoplasty operations were undertaken in each primary care trust area in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to respond to its consultation entitled, Making the Nursery Milk Scheme more cost-effective.

  • International Development

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on initiatives to support agriculture in the State of Bihar in India.

    • Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in her Department; and if she will publish a list of all such...

      Military Stabilisation Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2013, Official Report, column 623W, on armed forces: deployment, whether (a) she or (b) other...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in her Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

  • Justice

    • Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose such expenditure was incurred; and what the outcome of...

    • Community Orders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost of his Department's contract with Serco for the delivery of community payback in London has been since it began; (2) what the cost...

      Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority plan to remain in their current location at Tay House, Glasgow.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether aftercare providers under his Department's contract supporting victims of trafficking require a data subject access request before releasing...

      Insurance Companies: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that insurance companies respect data protection rules and do not pass on the personal details of claimants to third...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what amount has been spent on equality and diversity posts in prison in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what system is used for assessing prisoner risk assessments; (2) what the outcomes were of all prisoner risk assessments in 2012; (3) who is...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department, when commissioning probation services from the private sector, will (a) evaluate and (b) monitor contractor performance; and what...

      Wrexham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many employees are planned for Wrexham Prison; and what their job description and salaries will be; (2) on what basis he will decide whether...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of her Department's (a) executive and (b) non-executive board members are identified as (i) white British and (ii) of black, Asian and...

    • Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in her Department; and if she will publish a list of all such websites and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Police Federation about the health and well-being of serving and former police officers in Northern Ireland.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in her Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings she has had with the Chancellor the Exchequer about (a) corporation tax and (b) air passenger duty in the last six months.

  • Treasury

    • Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the net cost or benefit to the public purse of taxation of and spending on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants in the last year...

    • Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria were set for the Wylfa B nuclear plant development to qualify for the Government's investment guarantee for that plant.

      Personal Savings: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will require banks to simplify savings account interest rate deals.

      Taxation: North Sea Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission a study to calculate the difference in tax income there would have been over the last five, 10 and 15 years to his Department if the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree, of 9 January 2013, Official Report, column 317W, on welfare tax credits, what...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will take steps to restore HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) powers to extend the 30-day time limit for making an appeal against a tax credit...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Poverty

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in the Government Equalities Office's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the criteria are to trigger cold weather payments; and if he will make a statement.

    • Construction: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve safety standards and reduce fatalities in medium and smaller scale construction projects; and if he will...

      Construction: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many serious accidents and fatalities occurred on construction sites in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013 to date; and what proportion of such...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's (a) executive and (b) non-executive board members are identified as (i) white British and (ii) of black, Asian and...

      Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has he made of the feasibility of introducing a jobseeker classification instrument in the UK similar to that used in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the proportion of the total discretionary housing budget that has been spent during the last six months of 2012-13.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in his Department; and if he will publish a list of all such websites and...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio of Jobcentre Plus advisers to jobseeker allowance customers was in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations on compensation for sufferers of asbestos-related...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who would benefit from bringing forward eligibility for the scheme for sufferers of...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median gross pay is of staff in his Department and its executive agencies in each pay band who are identified as (a) white British and...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the word 'poverty' has been mentioned in his Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2013, Official Report, columns 168-9W, on poverty, if he will publish the data on a regional basis.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions recipients of (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) employment and support allowance failed to keep a signing-on appointment...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what amount his Department has spent on appealing cases in the present Parliament.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) medical training and (b) diagnostic experience his Department requires of Atos Medical Ltd employees contracted to carry out work...

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apprentices employed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on 1 November 2013 were (1) under the age of 21, (2) aged between 21 and 25, and (3)...

    • Asil Nadir

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether allegations that Asil Nadir had sought to bribe Mr Justice Tucker in the 1993 Polly Peck trial were investigated; if so, by whom; what was the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 18 November (WA 129), on what grounds they remain satisfied that the Republic of Ireland is a...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take up the recommendation of the Science and Technology Committee in its report Air Travel and Health (HL Paper 121, Session...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to provide funding to Cranfield University to complete its Aircraft Cabin Air Sampling Study, published in 2011, and to investigate the...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Felderhof-KLM ruling in the Netherlands on 18 September, whether they have plans to insist that United Kingdom-based airlines monitor...

      BAE Systems

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they will provide in order to retain skilled engineers who currently work for BAE Systems in Portsmouth within the United Kingdom workforce.

      British Embassies: Military Attachés

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of maintaining the defence attaché network in each of the financial years (1) 2009–10, (2) 2010–11, (3) 2011–12, and...

      Competition Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has set out any guidance to the Competition Commission relating to the assessment of cultural...

      Courts: District Judges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recruitment of additional district judges for appointment to magistrates’ courts is continuing; and what proportion of courts they regard...

      Courts: District Judges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many district judges have completed the Judicial Appointments Commission selection process in the last year.

      Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Data Protection Act 1998, Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Official...

      Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to prosecute, under the Data Protection Act 2000 or other legislation, organisations which have transferred information to...

      Driving: Over 70s

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what confidential and personal medical records are required by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) from those over 70 applying for the renewal of...

      Drones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals have been made or trialled by NATO to use drones and other reconnaissance aircraft to improve safety at sea, particularly in the Mediterranean.

      Energy: Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are supporting the global pact on emissions, to be signed in 2015; and whether they will seek to promote (1) the fitting of filters on the...

      Energy: Plutonium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority is being given to the disposal of plutonium as part of the plan to clean up the nuclear complex at Sellafield; and whether they will now...

      EU: Trade Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether international trade and investment agreements entered into by the European Commission on behalf of member states have also been signed by the member...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the case for intervention on humanitarian grounds in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of essential health services in Gaza, such as operating theatres, to function through fuel shortages there.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the risks of cholera, typhus and polio for the population of Gaza; and what assessment they have made of the adequacy of plans for emergency...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of food availability in Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any ministerial visit to assess the humanitarian situation at first hand in Gaza is planned.

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the business representatives and their respective companies who accompanied the Prime Minister on his visit to China in December 2013.

      Graphene

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patents involving possible uses for graphene have been registered by companies based in the United Kingdom.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have allocated land for a Traveller site in their local development plans; and what action they will take in respect of any failure...

      Health: Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the National Autistic Society and others about including provisions on autism in the new mandate to Health Education England.

      Health: International Healthcare Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 November (WA 144), whether the Department of Health and the Department for International Development work...

      Health: Ophthalmology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Quality Standard for cataract treatment within the National...

      Homeless Families

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children they estimate to be living in Britain in bed and breakfast or temporary accommodation.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the policies in Detention Service Order 03/2013 and Chapter 55.10 of the Enforcement Instructions and Guidance are being applied to food- and...

      Immigration Removal Centres: Fire Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what fire prevention measures were in place at the Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre up to and including the week beginning 14 October, and in...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office received e-mails, or any other form of correspondence, from the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office regarding the deportation of...

      Istanbul Convention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not yet ratified the Istanbul Convention after signing it on 8 June 2012; and when they plan to do so.

      Justice: Lay Magistrates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lay magistrates have (1) retired, and (2) been appointed in the last year.

      Justice: Lay Magistrates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what budget is allocated centrally to promote the lay magistracy to potential recruits. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what budget is available to...

      Local Authorities: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to adopt a multi-year funding settlement for local authorities aligned to the fixed terms of Parliament in order to support local...

      Migration Impact Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Migration Impact Fund was cancelled; and whether a needs-based assessment has been conducted on the provision of support for local councils, housing...

      National Institute of Health and Care Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change the remit of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence to enable it to assess combination therapies either...

      National Institute of Health and Care Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence about its negative recommendations in respect of cancer drugs in 2013.

      NHS: Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 19 November (HL Deb, col 865), why they decided not to introduce a statutory individual duty of candour, as...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether details of those serving custodial sentences are supplied to the Identity and Passport Service to prevent the improper use of passports while such...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 26 November (WA 272), whether the use of RAF Menwith Hill is still subject to a renewable security...

      Religious Tolerance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote religious tolerance in the workplace.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last raised the issue of restrictions on religious freedom with the government of Sudan; when they last called upon that government to abide by...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to participate in the resettlement programme for Syrian refugees administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation they have had with Syrian faith groups in preparation for the Geneva 2 talks; which groups have been involved; and when they occurred.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that all Syrian faith groups are represented at the Geneva 2 talks in January 2014.

      Tanzania

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that African Barrick Gold has used Tanzanian police to provide security at the North Mara Gold Mine.

      Teachers: Misconduct

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long investigations into allegations of misconduct by teachers last on average; whether there are any milestones in the investigation process; and...

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to respond to Lord Berkeley’s letter of 1 November to Lord de Mauley in respect of the Thames tideway tunnel.

      Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 will come into force; whether it will come into force on the same day in England and Wales,...

      Treatment of Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions for United Kingdom policy and practice they draw from The Report of the Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment,...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research was undertaken to support the statement in the Home Office Research Report 71 Student Visitors that abuse of the student visitor visa system is...

      Waste Management

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect commitments 2, 4, 5 and 9 to 15 of their delivery plan following the review of waste policy in England in 2011 to be completed. To ask Her...

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