Written answers

Thursday, 19 December 2013

  • House of Commons Commission

    • War Memorial: New Palace Yard

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will undertake a feasibility study for a permanent war memorial in...

  • Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many registered child care places in the London borough of Southwark there were in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e) 2013.

    • Discovery New School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review the decision to withdraw funding from Discovery New School in Crawley constituency following the appointment of a new headteacher and...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether all local authorities provide funding to students aged 16 to 25 with high needs who are in the second year or later of their course.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the comparative funding rates for (a) pre-school provision, (b) primary schools, (c) secondary schools and (d) education...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many 18-year-olds were in (a) full-time and (b) part-time education funded by his Department in academic years (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii)...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the announcement by his Department of 10 December 2013, whether an equality impact assessment has been conducted on the changes to...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason some 18-year-olds are required to take a third year of post-16 education funded by his Department.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the announcement by his Department of 10 December 2013, whether the effects of changes to funding for academic year 2014-15 for...

      Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2013, Official Report, column 226W, on education: young people, what progress his Department has made on examining...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what provision has been made to claw back funding when free schools fail to recruit projected pupil numbers.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in the case of each free school which has been required to return funding owing to low pupil numbers, what the amount of that funding was.

      Ministers: Members' Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when Ministers in his Department each last updated their declaration of interests relating to (a) free schools, (b) academies, (c) initial teacher...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps the Government is taking to encourage graduates to go into teaching.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, columns 70-71W, on Afghanistan, how many Afghan nationals were trained in...

    • Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what specialist training or experience representatives of her Department working (a) on the ground in or near the Central African...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the role of forest governance and national legislation in the preparation and implementation of REDD+...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken to support capacity building in national parliaments and the development of national legislation as...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if her Department will review the effectiveness of its strategy on tackling abuse of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza; and if she will make a statement.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to ensure that assistance is given to the people of Gaza who have been evacuated from their homes owing to...

  • Attorney-General

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Attorney-General how many direct employees and contracted workers of the Law Officers' Departments and its arms lengths bodies are paid less than the rate defined by the Living Wage...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2013, Official Report, column 8W, on the Crown Prosecution Service, what type of offences were concerned in each of the 15...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2013, Official Report, column 8W, on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), what type of offences were concerned in each of the 57...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will amend his measurement of performance by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) from percentage of cases taken up by the CPS achieving a successful conviction...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the total cost of UK intervention in Afghanistan since 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available; and what...

    • Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the implications of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security for the armed forces; and...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilians have completed the condensed Initial Officer Training course to fly and work on the Voyager aircraft fleet.

      RAF Machrihanish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when it was agreed to allow the stationing of nuclear weapons from the US at RAF Machrihanish; who approved the deployment; and how many weapons...

      RAF Machrihanish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what US air force aircraft used RAF Machrihanish in the last five years before the base closed.

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to promote the interoperability of capabilities and systems at RAF Waddington with the UK's NATO allies in 2013. [R]

      Unmanned Air and Marine Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 849W, on unmanned aerial and marine vehicles, what assessment he has made of the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2013, Official Report, column 198W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether he will place in the Library copies of the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2013, Official Report, columns 197-8W, on unmanned air vehicles, if he will disclose details of the funding...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2013, Official Report, column 197W, on unmanned air vehicles, if his Department will implement the recommendations...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2013, Official Report, column 198W, on unmanned air vehicles, what local force protection is currently provided for...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Moray, of 15 October 2013, Official Report, column 640W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether his Department...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 9 December 2013, Official Report, column 70W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, what the (a) unit, (b) service and (c) rank is...

  • Justice

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of people given (a) prohibited activity and (b) exclusion requirements in each probation trust area were electronically...

    • National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the National Offender Management Service has been of monitoring the use of social media by its employees.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff within the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) monitor NOMS employees' use of social media.

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners Oakwood prison is contracted to hold; and whether its operator receives any payment for holding prisoners above its certified normal...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the targets for the evening lock-up time have been achieved in each month since HM Prison Oakwood opened.

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times prison officer equivalent staff have worked shifts of (a) more than 12 hours, (b) more than 15 hours, (c) more than 18 hours and (d) more...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much has been paid in severance pay to prison officers in each month since May 2010; (2) how many prison officers have received severance pay...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons in England and Wales were (a) publicly-managed and (b) privately-run or contracted out to be run by the private sector in (i) 2009-10,...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many assaults on (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff there were (i) in HM Prison Oakwood and (ii) on average in all adult prisons in each of the last...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the relationship between the size of youth offenders institutions and ability to ensure the security and safety of staff...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the actual and percentage change in the number of homeless households placed (a) out of borough and (b) out of London...

    • Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the top 10 destination towns were for families relocated by London local authorities in the last two years; (2) how...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants have been issued to (a) Enfield borough council and (b) all London councils under the New Homes Bonus scheme since...

      Housing: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants have been issued in (a) Portsmouth South constituency and (b) Hampshire under the New Homes Bonus scheme since that...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to make an announcement on the local government finance settlement.

      Railways: Radlett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any Minister in his Department has received verbal or written representations from the right hon. Member for Chipping...

      Railways: Radlett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any Minister in his Department has received verbal or written representations from any hon. Members who are or have been...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been repossessed in each of the last three years.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has issued under the Right to Buy scheme to tenants who are considering purchasing leasehold properties on...

      Social Enterprises: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage local communities to fund social enterprises through crowdfunding.

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent assessment he has made of Government Departments’ performance in answering written parliamentary questions.

  • Health

    • Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died of brain cancer in each of the last three years.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2013, Official Report, column 82W, on radiotherapy, who sat on the panel reviewing stereotactic radiosurgery;...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 September 2013, Official Report, columns 349-50W, on cancer, how many patients were treated with gamma knife stereotactic...

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of Chlamydia were treated by the NHS in each of the last five years, by region.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to support dementia research following the G8 Dementia Summit.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of dealing with domestic violence; what assessment he has made of the effect of domestic violence...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2013, Official Report, column 703W, on health services, what the procedure is for patients to exercise their legal...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many influenza inoculations were given by the NHS to people aged over (a) 65, (b) 75 and (c) 85 in each of the last 10 years.

      Kidneys: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to reduce the inequalities in the provision of renal disease prevention and management; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of provision of kidney transplant services to minority ethnic groups; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of alcohol-related liver disease were treated by the NHS in each of the last five years, by region.

      Medical Services: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent in what is now Harlow constituency in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2012-13.

      National Skills Academy for Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National Skills Academy for Social Care graduate scheme; and what plans he has to continue that scheme.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of Best and Safest Care by Liam Donaldson, published by his Department in 2007.

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the House of Lords debate of 4 December 2013, Official Report, column 279, on Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill -...

      Vaccination: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2013, Official Report, columns 107-08W, on vaccination: immigrants, which group is responsible for the commissioning...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people his Department employed directly from the Work Programme in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 to date.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will review the methodology used by the Government for full base-line badger population analysis to ensure that...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the full costs of the extended pilot badger culls (a) in total and (b) for each badger culled to (i) the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the membership of the Independent Expert Panel on the badger cull pilots to introduce additional scientific...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the remit of the Independent Expert Group on the badger cull pilot includes specific...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish immediately and in full (a) transcripts of all meetings of the Independent Expert Group on the badger cull...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will ensure that Parliament has an opportunity to debate the Independent Expert Panel's report on the pilot...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will support a badger vaccination trial in the South West of England in order to compare the effectiveness and...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the capital budget for flood defences was in each year since 2010-11; and what the projected budget for each of the next...

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to discourage food waste.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many lorries of live farm animals intended for further fattening or slaughter have been inspected by the Animal Health...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many lorries of live farm animals intended for further fattening or slaughter have left at the Port of Dover in each...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many statutory notices for breaches of welfare during transport legislation have been issued at the port of Dover against...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many statutory notices for breaches of welfare during transport legislation have been issued at the point of loading for...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to implement sustainability criteria for solid biomass.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to promote education about energy and climate change among adults and children in the UK.

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of the coal industry in the last 12 months.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what forecast his Department has made of the capacity of Eggborough Power Station in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17, (d) 2017-18...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to section 3 of his Department's response to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee's Report on Energy prices,...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the statement of 31 October 2013, OfficialReport, column 1095, on annual energy statement, when he will report to the House...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent estimate he has made of the total value of surplus funds held by energy providers in respect of bills overpaid by...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his statement of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 627, on energy bills, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 390, on energy efficiency, how many insulation measures were...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 390, on energy efficiency, how many insulation measures were...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health about the effects of cold homes on (a) individual health and...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education about the effect of living in cold homes on the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average annual expenditure on energy for off-grid gas households.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his statement of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 627, on energy bills, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his statement of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 627, on energy bills, what measures he has taken to force the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his statement of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 627, on energy bills, what assessment his Department has made of...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his statement of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 627, on energy bills, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the statement of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 629, on energy bills, what discussions he has had with (a)...

      Energy: Profits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to section 3 of his Department's response to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee's Report on Energy prices,...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 392, on energy efficiency, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the minimum number of solid wall installations to be delivered under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation element of the...

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many solid wall installations he expects to be completed in financial years (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2015-16 and (d) 2016-17.

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his answer of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 394, on energy costs, what the evidential basis for the statement...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to paragraph 38 of update 3: contract award process, final investment decision enabling for renewables, for what...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to update 3: contract award process, final investment decision enabling for renewables, published by his Department on 4...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to update 3: contract award process, final investment decision enabling for renewables, published by his Department on 4...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to Final investment decision enabling for renewables, update 3: contract award process, published by his Department on 4...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Fourth Carbon Budget Review by the Committee on Climate Change, published in December 2013, if he will reduce the...

      Wind Power: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with UNESCO on the effect of a new offshore windfarm near Bournemouth.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government about delays to planning permission...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average length of time from the original application for onshore and offshore wind farms to those wind farms coming online was...

  • Transport

    • Public Service Obligation Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of current public service obligation funding arrangements.

    • Cycle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve cycle safety.

      Cycle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve cycle safety.

      Pedestrian Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve safety for pedestrians.

      Railway Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of Network Rail’s performance in maintaining and upgrading railway infrastructure.

      A628

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13 the A628 between Flouch and Mottram was closed to traffic because of (i) road...

      Bus Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Arriva about bus services on Teesside and in East Cleveland.

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish the outcome of his Department's consultation on Regulations about the new offence of driving with a controlled drug in the...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the commitment on page 10 of the National Infrastructure Plan to invest £5 million during 2014-15 in a large-scale electric...

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of First Great Western's recent performance and their capacity to manage passenger demand to Plymouth and the South West...

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on mandatory fuel charging.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why policy option two, institutional reform without legislation, set out in the roads reform impact assessment was not considered in the consultation...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to tackle delays by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to process type approval testing for HGV trailers.

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the M62 between Leeds and Manchester was closed to traffic due to (a) road accidents and (b) inclement weather conditions in each...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of Network Rail’s performance in maintaining and upgrading railway infrastructure.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will estimate the number of pelican crossings, puffin crossings and countdown crossings in operation on national and on local authority...

      Railway Signals: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the recent announcement by the Office of Rail Regulation of investment in the North Wales coast mainline, what the timetable is for...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total track access charges paid to Network Rail by each train operating company in each year between 2001-02 and 2012-13 were.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) Network Grant and (b) revenue support payments received by each train operating company in each year between 2001-02 and 2012-13 were.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total premium payments from the current operators of the (a) West Coast, (b) Great Western, (c) Southern, (d) Thameslink, (e) South Eastern,...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total (a) Network Grant and (b) revenue support received by the current operator of the (i) West Coast, (ii) Great Western, (iii) Southern,...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to devolve further rail services to Transport for London; and if he will make a statement.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles were weighed by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle maintenance investigations the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency carried out in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date;...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many convictions were referred to the Traffic Commissioners by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people his Department employed directly from the Work programme in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 to date.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2013, Official Report, column 669W, on employment and support allowance, with what medical conditions...

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on employment and support allowance in (a) York Central constituency, (b) York local authority and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce the paperwork requirements for verifying job outcomes in Work Choice.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how it is possible to transfer between Work Choice and the Work programme.

      Employment: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have exited the benefits system and entered employment in Swindon in each of the last five years.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the guidance given to Jobcentre Plus staff on the provision of information on local food banks to claimants of benefits.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 517W, on Jobcentre Plus, what estimate he has made of the number of separate...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the latest available statistics and update the figures published to June 2013 on the proportion of jobseeker's allowance...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) York Central constituency, (b) York local authority and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber (i) had their jobseeker's allowance...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to the letter to him from the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland of 20 November 2013 relating to employment and support...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that companies who have fewer than 50 workers in the UK but a larger workforce abroad are not classed as a...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps (a) the Pensions Advisory Service and (b) his Department have taken to promote awareness of the alternatives to pension annuities.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) on what basis the contract for the Post Office card account will be tendered if a new contract is continued into 2015; and if he will...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition his Department uses for (a) poverty and (b) relative low income.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department takes to ensure that people who are entitled to claim advances of benefits are made aware that they may do so;...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission research on the number of benefits claimants sanctioned and the use of food banks; and what assessment he has made of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his written statement of 5 December 2013, Official Report, columns 65-6WS, on universal credit, what budget he has allocated to the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on the existing universal credit pathfinder sites.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the freezing of universal credit work allowances will save.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people his Department employed directly from the Work programme in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 to date.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the proportion of people on the Work Programme who possess the basic computer literacy skills necessary to use...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Ministers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how much was spent on ministerial salaries in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what capital grants were made by Arts Council England for culture-based projects in each region in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d)...

    • Film: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will end the statutory requirement for the British Board of Film Classification to clear cinema advertisements.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make an assessment of the value of bringing forward legislative proposals to allow the reintroduction of standing areas for...

      Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on ministerial salaries in the last year for which figures are available.

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the total level of national lottery grants awarded through the Big Lottery Fund and other disbursement streams in...

      Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment her Department has made of the time frame for full completion of the national coastal footpath around England; (2)...

      Tennis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote tennis participation to people between the ages of 16 and 25; and if she will make a statement.

      William Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish a list of all paper and electronic correspondence between (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in...

  • Treasury

    • Aviation: Passengers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the Commissioners' Directions on passenger information on the UK's general aviation sector.

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his private ministerial office spent on sending Christmas cards in 2012.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the Excise Payment Security to independent petrol stations; what assessment he has made of the effect on such petrol stations of failing...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households who were involved in buying mortgage-backed securities in the UK between 2001 and 2008; and how much...

      Interest Rate Swap Transactions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of progress of redress arrangements for businesses subject to interest rate swap mis-selling.

      Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the UK's loan to the Irish Republic will be repaid in full.

      Northern Rock Asset Management

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received about the Northern Rock Asset Management Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of alternatives to pension annuities.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the take-up of (a) flexible drawdown pensions and (b) capped drawdown pensions.

      Smuggling: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of loss of revenue as a result of fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether maternity and paternity pay will be included in the cap on welfare spending announced in the Autumn Statement 2013.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which benefits (a) will and (b) will not be included in the welfare cap.

      Taxation: Metals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in tax receipts in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16, due to the (i) ban on cash payment...

      Taxation: Metals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of cash transactions within the scrap metal industry that avoided direct and indirect taxes due to evasive record...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the (a) strategic and (b) commercial links to the UK that (i) owners and (ii) managers of vessels applying for inclusion in the tonnage...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the (a) strategic and (b) commercial links to the UK that (i) owners and (ii) managers of vessels that have qualified for the tonnage tax...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will create a country-specific plan for supporting human rights defenders in Afghanistan including a gender analysis and...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department made to the Bangladesh authorities about the death sentence passed on Abdul Quader Mollah...

      Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the stage of peace talks in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

      Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the Great Lakes region peace talks in the last six months.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what specialist training or experience representatives of his Department working (a) on the ground in or near the Central...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the extent to which UN representatives dealing with the conflict in the Central Africa...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government has made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on that country...

      Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Government of Guatemala and (b) his EU counterparts on the provisions on human rights...

      Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Guatemalan Government in support of a free, fair and transparent process for the...

      Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Guatemalan Government on the trial of General Rios Montt and international standards on...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of damage caused to Palestinian olive trees caused by Israeli settlers in the Occupied...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is towards Palestinian membership of the International Olive Council.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government regarding the blockade of Gaza; and if he will make a...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will review the effectiveness of its strategy on tackling abuse of the right to freedom of thought, conscience...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Prime Minister's statement at CHOGM in Colombo in November 2013 that, if the Government of Sri Lanka does...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Bisphenol A

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many manufacturers of the chemical Bisphenol A are based in the UK.

    • Bisphenol A

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what volume of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) the UK has produced over the last six years; what proportion of global production...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce the pressure of regulation on small businesses.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on the red tape challenge.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure small businesses can receive assured advice on regulation.

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information companies will have to submit to the new registry of beneficial company ownership.

      Copyright: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an estimate of the cost to the design sector of each month before the commencement of section 74 of the...

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether he expects compensation for UK energy-intensive industries affected by the carbon floor price to be considered by...

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Hendon constituency UKTI has...

      Exports: Medway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized enterprises in Medway local authority area started exporting to a new market for the first time...

      New Businesses: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many start-up loans have been granted to businesses in (a) Swindon and (b) Wiltshire in the last five years.

      Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of how his Department’s retail strategy will benefit retailers in Hendon constituency;...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings and discussions took place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department and (i) the Financial Conduct...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the science budget will continue to be ring-fenced after 2015.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many first year undergraduates have paid annual tuition fees of (a) less than £2,000, (b) between £2,000 and...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of the Office for Budget Responsibility's latest forecast of average earnings of...

      Timesharing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress is being made on persuading timeshare companies to remove the in perpetuity clause on management fees from current...

      Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the total number of trading standards officers in each year since 2010.

      William Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings he has had with Andrew Lyman, head of Public Affairs at William Hill plc, in the last three years; on what date any...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the age-standardised incidence rate for breast cancer is; how many diagnoses of breast cancer there were in (a) England, (b) each of the 15 Public...

    • Cybercrime: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when the extra £210 million announced by his Department on 12 December 2013 was assigned to the cyber security budget; and from where it has...

      Employment: Swindon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people are employed in (a) Swindon North constituency and (b) Swindon in (i) commerce, (ii) manufacturing, (iii) the service sector and (iv)...

      Pay: Swindon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what change there has been in median gross pay in Swindon since 2007.

      Public Sector: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Counter Fraud Checking Service will come into operation.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people his Department employed directly from the Work programme in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 to date.

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