Written answers

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Hays

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons Service has paid Hays in the last 12 months; and how...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage businesses to relocate to the west coast of Scotland.

    • EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made on the EU/US trade agreement; how that agreement would benefit Scotland; and if he will make a...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives are to be transposed into UK law.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 November 2013, Official Report, column 43WS, on student support in England,...

  • Home Department

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of human trafficking were identified by health care providers in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimates she has made of the number of potential cases of trafficking for labour exploitation in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c)...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training and support is provided to first responders, including civil society and local authorities, in identifying trafficking for...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what programmes for rehabilitation and assistance of trafficking victims are offered to victims beyond the 45 day recovery and reflection...

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of a prohibition on khat on (a) the street price of that drug and (b) crime levels in Yemen and...

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents the Metropolitan Police Service attended in each year since 2005.

      Police: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2013, Official Report, column 546W, on police: information, (1) if she will personally review the...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and its agencies spent on interpreters and translation services in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

  • Wales

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he has taken to ensure that isolated properties in Wales not included in Welsh Government community schemes or the BT roll-out receive quality...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made on the roll-out of broadband in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Shale Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had on the potential benefits of shale gas extraction to Wales.

      Autumn Statement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the effects on Wales of the measures announced in the autumn statement.

  • Treasury

    • Business: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to paragraph 1.50, page 23 of the autumn statement 2013, for what reasons business investment is expected to fall by 5.5% in 2013; and what...

    • Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much corporation tax was paid by (a) all payday lending companies and (b) each such company in the last three tax years.

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to support the work of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on formulating proposals for a sovereign debt work-out...

      Double Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for HM Revenue and Customs of the recent High Court decision, R (on the application of Huitson) v Her...

      Inflation: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made on the coalition agreement commitment to work with the Bank of England to investigate how the process of including housing costs...

      National Insurance Contributions: Immigrants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which categories of migrants are exempt from paying national insurance contributions; (2) how many people entering the UK on intra-company transfers...

      Nato

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the loss of revenue to the Exchequer as a consequence of NATO's tax-exempt status.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) following the reclassification of Network Rail, whether official borrowing and debt figures will continue to exclude Network Rail debt; (2) what...

      Olympic Games 2012: Touting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to implement the recommendations of the Operation Podium report.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answers of 10 December 2013, Official Report, column 202W, on infrastructure, and of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 147W, on...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants in the UK were entitled to short-term benefit advances between April and December 2013; and how many...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to respond to the letter of 20 November 2013 from the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland on employment and support allowance.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 760W, on social security benefits, at what rate claimants are asked to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether a claimant who makes his Department or a jobcentre aware that they are in financial need will always then be informed that they...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what circumstances a benefit claimant in financial need is eligible for a short-term benefit advance.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits to claimants of disability benefits of allocating such claimants a named point of...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information she has on how the Climate Investment Funds' Forest Investment Programme supports (a) capacity building in national...

    • Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information she has on how the forest carbon partnership facility supports (a) capacity building in national parliaments and (b)...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information she has on how the International Climate Fund supports (a) capacity building in national parliaments and (b) the...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations the Executive Director for the UK of the World Bank has made on the need for the World Bank to allocate funds...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations the Executive Director for the UK of the World Bank has made of the need for the World Bank to allocate funds...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to the President of the World Bank on World Bank support for capacity building in national...

      Developing Countries: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK is doing to promote good governance and anti-corruption initiatives through the G20.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress her Department has made on improving access to clean water and sanitation globally; and what steps she is taking to...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was pledged overall and by each of the top five donor countries to the World Bank's IDA 17 replenishment at the meeting in...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of whether levels of food, fuel and medical supplies entering Gaza each day are adequate for the...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in South Sudan; what estimate she has made of the number of British...

      Sudan and South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to enhance economic participation rights of women in Sudan and South Sudan.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent consideration he has given to closing the British Embassy in Juba; and what discussions he has had with the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the average cost was to the National Grid per MWHr of electricity generated by the Short Term Operating Reserve in each of...

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of the average carbon dioxide emissions per MWHr of electricity generated by the Short Term Operating...

      Renewable Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of renewable subsidies in Scotland (a) in 2013-14, (b) in the period till...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Minister without Portfolio

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what international visits the Minister Without Portfolio the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings, has undertaken in his official...

    • Open Government Partnership

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps the Government are taking to encourage other members of the Open Government Partnership to implement their National Action Plans.

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate based on the annual survey of hours and earnings published on 12 December 2013 the number and proportion of (a) people, (b) men and...

      Pay: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people who are employed and contracted workers are paid less than the rate defined by the Living Wage Foundation as a living wage in (a) Corby...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much of the proposed modification work on vehicles used in Afghanistan to make them fit for use on UK roads will be undertaken by (a) the...

    • Chief of Defence Materiel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there is a break clause within the contract of employment between the Chief of Defence Materiel and his Department; and what the value of such a...

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the salary, pension entitlement and benefits-in-kind are of the newly appointed Chief Executive of DE&S+.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the £60 billion planned spend on new equipment in the Defence Equipment Plan 2012 is (a) committed and (b) uncommitted.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) other European Governments with a view to creating a VAT exemption for pan-European...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency and risk mitigation plan is in place in respect of the £7 billion for the completion of the aircraft carrier, the OPVs and the Type...

      EU: UK Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the papers recently presented to the European Council on Battlegroups and Dual-Use Technologies and small and...

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) other European Governments on the updating of the European Security Strategy; and if...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the strategic value of Gibraltar in terms of (a) defence and (b) defence diplomacy.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for courtesy visits to Gibraltar by Royal Navy warships in the next 12 months; if he will list the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a Royal Navy warship of the size of a frigate was last based at Gibraltar; whether there are any plans to base a frigate at Gibraltar; what the...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training teams his Department has deployed to Libya since the death of Colonel Gaddafi.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to providing additional protection to staff who remain at the British Embassy in Juba.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his European counterparts about creating a European Reaper Users Association; and if he will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance he has provided to fire authorities on levels of financial reserves; (2) what the total amount of financial...

    • Local Government Finance: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total net change in central Government funding to (a) Middlesbrough Council and (b) Redcar and Cleveland Council has...

      Private Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what funds his Department has allocated to the Build to Rent scheme; and how much has been lent under that scheme to date;...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the ability of tenants to manage service charges and leaseholder responsibilities after...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beef: Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new safeguards his Department has put in place to ensure processed horsemeat is no longer being labelled as beef.

  • Transport

    • Airports: Thames Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of further study of the Isle of Grain option outlined in the interim report of the Airports Commission; and which...

    • Caldervale Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the time scale is for electrification of the Calderdale line between Manchester Victoria and Leeds.

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people aged under 22 (a) applied for a driving licence and (b) passed their driving test in (i) Great Britain, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects a decision to be taken on the devolution of Northern Rail services; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total premium payments have been made by Northern Rail since 2010.

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has prepared contingency plans for Directly Operated Rail Services, or a subsidiary of Directly Operated Rail Services, to...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an assessment of the case for lowering the assumed 1.2 metres per second walking speed used for calculating crossing times in his...

      Roads: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, columns 427-8W, on roads repairs and maintenance, for what reasons concrete safety...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it a requirement that all new railway rolling stock to be introduced in the next 10 years will be configured to retain (a) the existing...

      Virgin Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what subsidy has been paid by the Government to Virgin West Coast since its franchise was extended in December 2012.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is currently responsible for the maintenance of trains on the west coast main line; and at what depots this maintenance takes place.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure that women do not experience undue delay in accessing abortion services in the first 10 weeks of a pregnancy; (2)...

    • Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of air travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK by officials in his Department was for each of the last 10 years.

      Brain Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to prevent brain cancer amongst children.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds per head of population are allocated to the Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group for 2013-14.

      General Practitioners: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent per capita in each general practice area in Suffolk Coastal constituency in the last year for which data are available.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2013, Official Report, column 322W, on in vitro fertilisation, (1) what the survival rate was of human embryos...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of bed occupancy rates in NHS mental health trusts in England; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment his...

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls were received by NHS 111 on (a) 24, (b) 25 and (c) 26 December 2013; and how many clinicians were on duty at NHS 111 on those dates.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to NHS England's document Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer Third Annual Report, paragraph 5.17 on stereotactic ablative...

      Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of rail travel in both directions between London and Leeds by officials in his Department was in each of the last 10 years.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what broadcast media training he or ministers in his Department have undergone in the last 12 months; and what the total cost of such training was.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to ban adverts for payday loan companies from television programmes aimed at children.

  • House of Lords

    • Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received in respect of (1) the possibility of restrictions on leisure activities such as skateboarding, and (2) the...

    • Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what involvement, if any, the United Kingdom has in training police and security forces in Burma.

      Gambling: Lotteries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what protections exist for consumers who take part in lotteries that market themselves in the United Kingdom but are based elsewhere.

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 December relating to the Cabinet Office (WA 179), whether any performance data are collated...

      Higher Education: Student Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an investigation has been carried out into allegations that students have been recruited as informers on fellow students involved in demonstrations.

      Migrant Workers: Romanians and Bulgarians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many workers from each of Bulgaria and Romania have been legally admitted to the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what responsibility Police and Crime Commissioners have for re-offending rates in their areas.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation they have made of the way in which Police and Crime Commissioners have overseen the implementation of sustainability plans by police forces;...

      Police: Protestors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether plans have been developed by police forces in the south of England to recruit special investigations managers to prepare court cases against...

      Violence Against Women and Girls Overseas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose any action by the United Nations Security Council or otherwise in response to the “organised sexual and gender-based...

      World Anti-Doping Agency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to increase their contribution to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) target over the years 2014 to 2017; and whether it is their...

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