Oral Answers
Monday 30 April 2012

Communities and Local Government 1220
      Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority 1228
      Council Tax Benefit Localisation 1224
      Devolving Power to Cities 1225
      Empty Homes (Northumberland) 1220
      Fire and Rescue Services 1221
      High Speed 2 (Property Bonds) 1228
      High Streets 1229
      House Building 1231
      Localism 1232
      Planning Applications 1234
      Planning Reform 1233
      Private Landlords 1227
      Topical Questions 1234

Written Ministerial Statements
Monday 30 April 2012

Energy and Climate Change 53WS
      Informal Environment and Energy Councils 53WS
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 54WS
      Promoting and Protecting Human Rights (Command Paper) 54WS
Justice 55WS
      Prison Service Pay Review Body 55WS
Prime Minister 55WS
      Military Medals Review 55WS
Treasury 49WS
      Counter-Terrorist Asset Freezing Regime 49WS
      ECOFIN 49WS
      UK 2012 National Reform Programme 52WS
Work and Pensions 56WS
      Workplace Pension Reform 56WS

Petitions
Monday 30 April 2012

Education 7P
      Free school transport from Perton (South Staffordshire) 7P
Health 7P
      Health and Social Care Bill 7P

Written Answers
Monday 30 April 2012

Business, Innovation and Skills 1248W
      Apprentices 1248W
      Apprentices: Minimum Wage 1252W
      Computers 1253W
      Foreign Students: Israel 1254W
      Forward Thinking Training Solutions 1254W
      Green Investment Bank 1254W
      Higher Education 1254W
      Higher Education: Assets 1255W
      Higher Education: Disadvantaged 1255W
      Lyons Painters and Decorators: Apprentices 1256W
      Non-domestic Rates 1256W
      Overseas Students: Higher Education 1256W
      Overseas Trade: Surveys 1258W
      Post Office 1258W
      Regional Growth Fund 1259W
      Student Loans 1261W
      Students: Finance 1259W
      Subway: Apprentices 1261W
      Supermarkets: Competition 1262W
      Technology: Greater London 1262W
      Tobacco: Packaging 1263W
      Trade Fairs: Jordan 1264W
      Traffic Commissioners: Wales 1264W
      Written Questions: Government Responses 1264W
Cabinet Office 1174W
      Addison Lee 1174W
      Alcoholic Drinks 1174W
      Government Departments: Databases 1175W
      Job Vacancies 1177W
      Local Government: Procurement 1176W
      Population 1176W
      Public Appointments 1176W
      Public Sector: Procurement 1177W
      Retirement 1178W
Communities and Local Government 1102W
      Architecture: Registration 1104W
      Betting Shops 1104W
      Council Tax 1103W
      Council Tax: Pensioners 1105W
      Council Tax: Valuation 1105W
      Empty Property 1106W
      Fires 1106W
      First-time Buyers: Worcestershire 1106W
      Gambling 1107W
      Greater London Authority 1102W
      Land: Planning Permission 1107W
      Legionnaires’ Disease 1107W
      Local Government Finance 1108W
      Local Government: Pay 1109W
      Low-cost Housing 1103W
      Mayoral Referendums 1103W
      Ministerial Meetings 1109W
      Official Secrets Act 1110W
      Planning 1110W
      Planning Permission 1111W
      Planning Permission: Fees and Charges 1111W
      Planning Permission: Green Belt 1111W
      Procurement 1112W
      Procurement: Questionnaires 1112W
      Railways: Radlett 1113W
      Rescue Services 1113W
      Right to Buy 1103W
      Social Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance 1113W
      Sustainable Communities 1114W
      Travellers Sites 1114W
      Unauthorised Development 1103W
      Written Questions: Government Responses 1114W
Culture, Media and Sport 1241W
      Advertising 1241W
      Arts: Attendance 1241W
      Arts: Grants 1242W
      Gambling 1244W
      Media Ownership 1242W
      Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies 1244W
      National Lottery 1245W
      Olympic Games 2012 1246W
      Television 1247W
Defence 1115W
      Afghanistan 1115W
      AgustaWestland 1122W
      Air Force: Redundancy 1122W
      Aircraft Carriers 1122W
      Armed Forces 1124W
      Armed Forces: Council Tax 1124W
      Armed Forces: Families 1125W
      Armed Forces: Females 1125W
      Armed Forces: Housing 1126W
      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services 1127W
      Armed Forces: Olympic Games 2012 1128W
      Armed Forces: Psychology 1128W
      Armed Forces: Training 1129W
      Armoured Fighting Vehicles 1129W
      Army: Scotland 1130W
      Artworks 1131W
      BAE Systems 1131W
      Centre for Defence Enterprise 1131W
      Chemical Weapons 1132W
      Child Minding 1133W
      Cyprus 1133W
      Defence Business Services 1134W
      Defence Equipment and Support 1134W
      Defence Exports Support Group 1134W
      Defence: Procurement 1135W
      Departmental Manpower 1137W
      Departmental Travel Costs 1151W
      Diamond Jubilee 2012: Medals 1137W
      Falkland Islands 1137W
      Flag Officer Sea Training 1138W
      Gulf War Syndrome 1138W
      Gurkhas 1139W
      HMS Caroline 1139W
      Job Vacancies 1152W
      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft 1139W
      Libya: Armed Conflict 1140W
      Medal Review 1141W
      Military Aircraft 1141W
      Military Aircraft: Helicopters 1142W
      Military Bases: Criminal Investigation 1142W
      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency 1142W
      MOD Bicester 1143W
      NATO 1144W
      Navy: Pensions 1144W
      Netherlands: Armed Forces 1144W
      Procurement 1145W
      Public Expenditure 1146W
      Renewable Energy 1146W
      Rescue Services 1147W
      Rescue Services: Helicopters 1147W
      Research 1148W
      Reserve Forces 1147W
      Royal Air Force Medical Services 1148W
      Royal Flying Corps 1149W
      Royal Military Academy 1149W
      Sentry Aircraft 1149W
      Serco 1149W
      Tanks 1150W
      Theft 1150W
      Veterans 1152W
      War Widows 1153W
Deputy Prime Minister 1076W
      Free Trade: South Korea 1076W
Education 1231W
      Academies 1231W
      Addison Lee 1231W
      Bedfordshire 1232W
      Child Activity 1232W
      Children in Care: Vitamin D 1233W
      Class Sizes 1233W
      Curriculum: Design 1234W
      Elliott School: Playing Fields 1234W
      GCSE 1234W
      GCSE: Science 1236W
      Head Teachers: Secondary Education 1236W
      Immigration Controls: X-rays 1236W
      Literacy 1237W
      National Childminding Association: Finance 1237W
      Playing Fields: Sales 1237W
      Primary Education: Sports 1238W
      Pupil Premium: Free School Meals 1238W
      Schools: Capital Investment 1239W
      Schools: Standards 1239W
      Schools: Travel 1240W
      Special Educational Needs: Birmingham 1240W
      Teachers: Pay 1241W
Energy and Climate Change 1216W
      Carbon Emissions 1216W
      Combined Heat and Power 1217W
      Electricity Generation 1218W
      Energy 1218W
      Energy: Co-operatives 1219W
      Environmental Protection 1219W
      Feed-in Tariffs 1220W
      Gas and Electricity Markets Authority 1220W
      Green Deal Scheme 1220W
      Heating: Radioactive Materials 1222W
      Hydroelectric Power 1222W
      Nuclear Power 1223W
      Oil: Refineries 1223W
      Power Stations 1223W
      Renewable Energy: Heating 1224W
      Secondment 1224W
      Travel 1225W
      Warm Front Scheme 1225W
Home Department 1077W
      Abu Qatada 1077W
      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties 1077W
      Alcoholic Drinks: Prices 1078W
      Animal Experiments 1078W
      Antisocial Behaviour 1078W
      Asylum 1078W
      Asylum: Appeals 1079W
      Asylum: Northern Ireland 1079W
      Asylum: Poverty 1080W
      Asylum: Young People 1080W
      Boston College 1081W
      Cambridgeshire Constabulary 1081W
      Child Protection: EU Action 1081W
      Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis 1082W
      Crime: Armed Forces 1082W
      Crime: Nature Conservation 1082W
      Databases: Telecommunications 1083W
      Dental Services 1083W
      Deportation 1084W
      Deportation: EU Action 1084W
      Deportation: Sri Lanka 1085W
      Detention Centres: Children 1085W
      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students 1086W
      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Finance 1087W
      European Court of Human Rights 1087W
      European Union 1088W
      Extradition 1088W
      Extradition: USA 1089W
      Firearms: Crime 1090W
      Freedom of Information 1090W
      Government’s Procurement Service Training Academy 1090W
      Homicide 1090W
      Homicide: Young People 1092W
      Human Rights: Russia 1093W
      Human Trafficking: Asylum 1093W
      Immigration 1093W
      Immigration: Leicestershire 1094W
      Internet 1095W
      Ivan Cherkasov 1095W
      Legal Costs 1095W
      Members: Correspondence 1095W
      Metal Theft 1100W
      Metropolitan Police: Expenditure 1096W
      Official Secrets Act 1096W
      Passports 1096W
      Police: Autism 1097W
      Police Custody 1097W
      Police: First Aid 1097W
      Police Officers 1098W
      Proof of Identity 1082W
      Retirement 1099W
      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Moscow 1100W
      Travel Restrictions: Russia 1101W
      UK Border Agency 1101W
      UK Border Agency: Complaints 1101W
      UK Border Agency: Morale 1102W
      UK Border Agency: Terrorism 1102W
      Young Offenders 1102W
International Development 1225W
      Argentina 1225W
      Central Africa: West Africa 1226W
      Developing Countries 1227W
      Diamond Jubilee 2012 1227W
      Global Schools Partnership Scheme 1227W
      Mining 1228W
      Official Visits 1228W
      Overseas Aid 1228W
      Procurement: Small Business 1228W
      St Helena: Airports 1229W
      Syria 1229W
      Turks and Caicos Islands 1231W
      Zimbabwe 1231W
Justice 1154W
      Alternatives to Prison 1154W
      Civil Disorder 1154W
      Crime: Victims 1155W
      Early Guilty Plea Scheme 1156W
      Employment Tribunals Service 1156W
      European Convention on Human Rights 1157W
      European Union 1157W
      Family Courts: Expert Evidence 1158W
      Fraud: Fuels 1158W
      Judges: Working Class 1159W
      Juries: Doctors 1159W
      Justice for All Programme 1159W
      Members: Correspondence 1160W
      Ministerial Meetings 1160W
      Offenders 1160W
      Police and Crime Commissioners 1162W
      Prisoners: E-mail 1164W
      Prisoners: Pay 1167W
      Prisoners’ Release 1162W
      Prisons 1167W
      Prisons: Passive Smoking 1167W
      Probation 1168W
      Procurement: Small Business 1168W
      Repatriation: Democratic Republic of Congo 1168W
      Retirement 1169W
      Sexual Offences 1170W
      Translation Services 1171W
      Victim Support Schemes 1171W
Northern Ireland 1075W
      BMI 1075W
      HMS Caroline 1076W
      Parades Commission 1076W
      Procurement 1076W
Prime Minister 1075W
      British Sky Broadcasting 1075W
Treasury 1178W
      Alcoholic Drinks: Prices 1178W
      Annuities 1179W
      Average Earnings 1179W
      Banks: EU Law 1180W
      Business: Government Assistance 1180W
      Business: Regulation 1181W
      Caravans 1181W
      Child Benefit 1181W
      Child Tax Credit 1183W
      Community Security Trust 1184W
      Corporation Tax 1184W
      Departmental Costs Travel 1207W
      Devolution: Wales 1185W
      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks 1185W
      Excise Duties: Fuels 1186W
      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles 1186W
      Female Staff 1186W
      Financial Institutions: EU Law 1186W
      Financial Services: EU Internal Trade 1187W
      GDP: Wales 1187W
      Green Deal Scheme 1187W
      Health and Social Care Act 2012 1187W
      HMRC: Telephone Services 1207W
      Income Tax 1188W
      Income Tax: Allowances 1189W
      Income Tax: Rates and Bands 1190W
      Marginal Tax Rates 1196W
      Media Ownership 1180W
      Mortgages 1196W
      National Infrastructure Plan 1197W
      PAYE 1197W
      Public Consultation 1198W
      Research and Development Tax Credit 1198W
      Revenue and Customs 1198W
      Smuggling 1199W
      Social Security Benefits 1200W
      Tax Allowances 1200W
      Tax Allowances: Artworks 1202W
      Tax Allowances: Charitable Donations 1202W
      Tax Allowances: Charities 1203W
      Tax Allowances: Pensioners 1204W
      Taxation: Gambling 1206W
      Taxation: India 1206W
      UK Financial Investments 1208W
      Unsecured Pensions 1209W
      VAT 1209W
      Vodafone 1213W
      Welfare Tax Credits 1214W
      Welfare Tax Credits: Rutherglen 1214W
      Working Tax Credit 1215W
      Written Questions: Government Responses 1216W
Women and Equalities 1248W
      Christianity 1248W

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Written Answers
Monday 30 April 2012

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 1334W
      Addison Lee 1334W
      Agriculture 1334W
      Air Pollution 1334W
      Apprentices 1335W
      Bees 1335W
      Birds of Prey: Conservation 1335W
      Climate Change 1336W
      Compost: Mushrooms 1336W
      Consultants 1336W
      Derelict Land: Contamination 1337W
      Droughts 1337W
      Floods 1338W
      Floods: Victims 1338W
      Light Pollution 1339W
      Noise 1339W
      Pesticides 1340W
      Peter Cruddas 1342W
      Public Consultation 1342W
      Retirement 1342W
      Sarah Southern 1343W
      Seafish 1343W
      Tyres: Exports 1343W
      Water 1344W
      Water Charges 1344W
      Water: Shortages 1345W
      Water Supply 1344W
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1345W
      Afghanistan 1345W
      Boston College Project 1349W
      Business: Ethics 1346W
      Commonwealth 1346W
      Diamond Jubilee 2012 1347W
      Female Genital Mutilation 1348W
      Female Staff 1348W
      Guided Weapons 1348W
      Immigration 1348W
      Israel 1349W
      Mali 1351W
      Middle East 1351W
      Middle East and North Africa 1352W
      Official Visits 1352W
      OPEC 1354W
      Palestinians 1354W
      Retirement 1357W
      Russia 1357W
      Saudi Arabia 1358W
      Sick Leave 1358W
      South Sudan 1359W
      Sri Lanka 1359W
      St Helena 1359W
      Sudan and South Sudan 1360W
      Syria 1361W
      Thailand 1362W
      Turkey 1362W
Health 1285W
      Accident and Emergency Departments 1285W
      Alcoholic Drinks 1286W
      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse 1286W
      Anti-depressants 1286W
      Autism 1287W
      Aviation 1287W
      Breasts: Plastic Surgery 1287W
      Cancer 1288W
      Cardiovascular System 1288W
      Care Homes 1289W
      Cholesterol 1290W
      Commission on the Funding of Care and Support 1290W
      Community Hospitals 1290W
      Computers 1291W
      Congenital Abnormalities 1292W
      Consultants 1293W
      Dental Services: X-rays 1294W
      Diabetes 1294W
      Epilepsy: Health Services 1295W
      General Practitioners 1295W
      Health and Social Care Act 2012 1296W
      Health Services 1296W
      Hospitals: Accidents 1297W
      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination 1297W
      Information and Communications Technology 1298W
      Information Officers 1298W
      Manpower 1299W
      Medical Records 1300W
      Mental Health: Males 1301W
      Ministerial Policy Advisers 1301W
      National Childbirth Trust 1301W
      NHS: Bureaucracy 1301W
      NHS: Drugs 1302W
      NHS: Manpower 1302W
      NHS: Pensions 1302W
      Obesity 1303W
      Obesity: Children 1303W
      Prescription Drugs: Shortages 1303W
      Prescriptions 1304W
      Public Expenditure 1304W
      Schizophrenia: Prisoners 1305W
      Sick Leave 1305W
      Social Services 1305W
      Speech Therapy 1306W
      Spinal Muscular Atrophy 1306W
      Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Pregnancy 1306W
      Surgery 1307W
      Surgery: Males 1308W
      Surgery: Waiting Lists 1307W
Transport 1265W
      A31 1267W
      A120 1265W
      Addison Lee 1268W
      Air Travel Organisers’ Licence 1268W
      Airbus: China 1269W
      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions 1269W
      Aviation: Hertfordshire 1269W
      Biofuels 1272W
      BMI 1272W
      Bus Services: Fares 1273W
      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency 1273W
      Driving under Influence 1273W
      Edinburgh Airport 1274W
      Exeter-Plymouth Railway Line 1274W
      Heathrow Airport 1275W
      High Speed 2 Railway Line 1275W
      Legal Costs 1276W
      Lewes-Uckfield Railway Line 1277W
      London Airports 1277W
      Metal Theft 1277W
      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties 1277W
      Motorcycles 1278W
      Motorways: Speed Limits 1278W
      Olympic Games 2012 1278W
      Peter Cruddas 1278W
      Public Consultation 1279W
      Radioactive Waste 1279W
      Railways: East of England 1279W
      Railways: Electrification 1280W
      Railways: Tickets 1280W
      Retirement 1282W
      Roads: Accidents 1282W
      Roads: EU Grants and Loans 1283W
      Shipping 1283W
      Taxis 1285W
      Transport 1285W
      Transport: Standards 1285W
Work and Pensions 1308W
      Child Maintenance 1309W
      Child Tax Credit 1308W
      Disability Living Allowance 1316W
      Employers’ Liability 1319W
      Employment and Support Allowance 1319W
      Employment Schemes 1320W
      Employment Schemes: Young People 1320W
      Funeral Payments 1320W
      Housing Benefit 1321W
      Maternity Pay 1322W
      Occupational Pensions 1322W
      PAYE 1323W
      Pensions 1324W
      Personal Independence Payment 1324W
      Public Consultation 1325W
      Remploy 1325W
      Social Security Benefits 1326W
      Social Security Benefits: Foreign Nationals 1327W
      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations 1328W
      Social Security Benefits: Turkey 1328W
      State Retirement Pensions 1329W
      Universal Credit 1329W
      Welfare to Work 1330W
      Work Capability Assessment 1333W
      Working Tax Credit: North East 1333W