Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 4 November 2013

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.


Questions for Oral or Written Answer

beginning on Monday 4 November 2013

(the ‘Questions Book’)

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on

Monday 4 November 2013


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on the date of issue of this paper of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper.

For other Written Questions for answer on the date of this paper of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer on future days, see Part 2 of this paper.

Monday 4 November  
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
1  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174048)
2 N
Ian Murray (Edinburgh South): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons no respresentative of his Department attended the Employment Appeal Tribunal hearing in relation to Usdaw v. Woolworths on 1 July 2013.
       (173716)
3  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether any pesticides banned for use in the UK are manufactured in the UK and exported.
       (173957)
4  
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many trade missions have been sponsored by his Department to China in the last 12 months; and what funding was allocated to each.
       (173990)
5  
Mr Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on the rural economy of reforming the leased pub company model.
       (173976)
6  
Mr Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on the rural economy of the closure of tied pubs.
       (173977)
Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
7 N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many empty Government-owned properties have been made available to entrepreneurs to date.
       (173696)
8  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in (a) his Department, (b) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and (c) the Office of the Prime Minister.
       (174039)
9 N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children under one year have died suddenly in each of the last 10 years; and what reasons have been attributed to these deaths.
       (173846)
10 N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many children have been stillborn in each of the last 10 years.
       (173847)
11 N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the term poverty is still being used by his Department for the purpose of statistics; and when a decision to disuse this phrase was taken.
       (173699)
12 N
Stephen Timms (East Ham): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current employment rate is among (a) all people, (b) young people, (c) women, (d) over 50s, (e) parents, (f) lone parents and (g) ethnic minorities; and what each such rate was in May 2010.
       (173726)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
13 N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit awards were made in relation to children who were aged (a) 17, (b) 18 and (c) 19 in the last year.
       (173692)
14  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174062)
15 N
Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the level of default or penalty fees charged when a customer goes into an unauthorised overdraft; and if he will make a statement.
       (173622)
16 N
Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the amount UK bank customers spend on bank fees and charges in a year.
       (173623)
17  
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on green levies; and if he will make a statement.
       (173889)
18  
Graham Jones (Hyndburn): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the geographical balance of the UK economy; and if he will make a statement.
       (173888)
19  
Graham Jones (Hyndburn): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the proportion of GDP which is generated through economic activity in Greater London.
       (173890)
20  
Graham Jones (Hyndburn): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Financial Conduct Authority is responsible for regulating the activities of an unregulated income fund.
       (173991)
21 N
Chris Leslie (Nottingham East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of employers with a liability to pay secondary Class 1 national insurance contributions; and if he will make a statement.
       (173626)
22  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what value of the VAT owing by companies was written-off as a bad debt by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
       (174018)
23  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate is included in his tax gap calculations for (a) corporation tax, (b) PAYE and (c) VAT in each year from 2007-08 to 2011-12 in respect of companies struck from the Register of Companies without filing corporation tax returns, PAYE returns, VAT returns or accounts due to HM Revenue and Customs in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
       (174019)
24  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HM Revenue and Customs made of the number of companies liable for corporation tax in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.
       (174020)
25  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies were sent a corporation tax return for an accounting period ending in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.
       (174021)
26  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to how many companies HM Revenue and Customs made the decision not to send a request for a corporation tax return in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.
       (174022)
27  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the companies sent a request to submit a corporation tax return in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13 submitted the return (i) within the required time limit and (ii) late.
       (174023)
28  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the value of the revenue foregone in relation to (a) corporation tax, (b) income tax, (c) national insurance contributions, (d) VAT and (e) other taxes as a result of companies being struck from the Register of Companies in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12 and (iv) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
       (174024)
29  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many notices of intention to strike a company from the Register of Companies HM Revenue and Customs received in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; to how many such notices they objected in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
       (174025)
30  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was subsequently raised from companies where objections to striking-off had been issued by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
       (174026)
31  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies were sent form CT41G by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; how many such forms were returned in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
       (174027)
32  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies were granted dormant company status by HM Revenue and Customs and were therefore advised that they did not need to submit corporation tax returns in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
       (174028)
33  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs takes to make sure that companies that were not sent a request for a corporation tax return and which were not recorded as dormant do not owe corporation tax; and if he will make a statement.
       (174029)
34  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations HM Revenue and Customs has undertaken of companies to whom requests for corporation tax returns were not made in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; what sums were raised as a result of those investigations in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
       (174030)
35  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies were issued with penalty notices as a result of failure to submit a corporation tax return on time in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
       (174031)
36  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of penalty notices issued in respect of the failure by companies to submit their corporation tax returns on time was in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.
       (174032)
37  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what value of penalties due by companies for failing to submit a corporation tax return was outstanding at the end of (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.
       (174033)
38  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of penalty notices issued for the non-submission of corporation tax returns written off as irrecoverable in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
       (174034)
39  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the penalty notices issued to companies as a result of their failure to submit a corporation tax return on time in each of the years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13 were withdrawn as a result of successful appeals by the companies to whom they were issued; what value of penalties was waived as a result of such appeals in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
       (174035)
40  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies made PAYE contributions in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; how many companies' total payment was less than (i) £10,000, (ii) £20,000, (iii) £30,000, (iv) £40,000 and (v) £50,000 in each such year; what the total monetary value was of payments in each such band in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
       (174036)
41  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies were VAT-registered in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; how much net VAT was paid by those companies in each such year by the most detailed HM Revenue and Customs reporting band available; and if he will make a statement.
       (174037)
42  
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what value of PAYE owing by companies was written off as bad debt by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
       (174038)
43 N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the use of red diesel by boats on inland waterways.
       (173691)
44  
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority about the exclusion of embedded interest rate swaps from its redress scheme.
       (173883)
45 N
John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received regarding the liability of sixth form colleges for VAT; and if he will make a statement.
       (173724)
46  
John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount of VAT paid by sixth form colleges in each of the last three years.
       (173975)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
47 N
Hilary Benn (Leeds Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have (a) applied for and (b) been granted an Article 4 Direction in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the stated purpose was of each such application.
       (173624)
48 N
Hilary Benn (Leeds Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities were granted an Article 4 Direction in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
       (173625)
49 N
Hilary Benn (Leeds Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average (a) cost incurred by and (b) time taken for a local authority to successfully secure an Article 4 Direction from when the decision was taken by the local authority to start the necessary process required in order to apply.
       (173828)
50 N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consultations his Department has held or plans to hold to ensure that best practice is followed on fracking for shale gas production.
       (173577)
51  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174049)
52  
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Totnes of 9 July 2013, Official Report, column 193W, on land use: agriculture, what assessment he has made of the potential risk of conflict between planning applications for onshore wind infrastructure and those parts of the National Planning Policy Framework which underline the recognition of the character and beauty of the countryside.
       (173911)
53  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions have taken place between officials of his Department and manufacturers and suppliers of moulded plastic fuse boards on returning to the use of metal or rigid plastics for the purpose of improving fire protection.
       (173877)
54 N
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the recommendation of Judge Kirkham following the conclusion of the Lakanal House fire inquest, whether his Department has reviewed Approved Document B to ensure that it provides clear guidance in relation to Regulation B4 of the Building Regulations and is expressed in words and adopts a format which is expressed in a language accessible to laypersons.
       (173720)
55 N
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the recommendation of Judge Kirkham following the conclusion of the Lakanal House fire inquest, what steps he has taken to encourage providers of housing in high-rise residential buildings containing multiple domestic premises to consider the retro-fitting of sprinkler systems.
       (173721)
56 N
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the recommendation of Judge Kirkham following the conclusion of the Lakanal House fire inquest, when he expects to provide clear guidance on the scope of inspections which should be undertaken in high-rise residential buildings for fire risk assessment purposes.
       (173722)
57 N
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the recommendation of Judge Kirkham following the conclusion of the Lakanal House fire inquest, whether he has published consolidated national guidance in relation to the 'stay put' principle and its interaction with the 'get out and stay out' policy, including how such guidance is disseminated to residents.
       (173723)
58 N
Sir Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what contingency plans his Department put in place to reduce the risk of loss of life or property during forthcoming fire service strikes; and if he will make a statement.
       (173493)
59  
John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse was of providing cover for the strike by firefighters on 25 September 2013.
       (174044)
60 N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the use of transfer or exit fees charged on retirement homes; and if he will make a statement.
       (173690)
61  
Andy Sawford (Corby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to answer parliamentary question 169282, tabled on 11 September 2013.
       (173992)
62  
Andy Sawford (Corby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what communication he has had with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets about adherence to the Code of Practice on Local Authority Publicity.
       (173993)
63  
Andy Sawford (Corby): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities he or Ministers in his Department have written to with regard to their observance of the Code of Practice on Local Authority Publicity.
       (173994)
64  
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated average (a) monthly and (b) annual fuel bills were for families in England and Wales (i) in total and (ii) in each region in each of the last three years.
       (173912)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
65  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to limit the stakes and rate of play for fixed odd betting terminals.
       (173947)
66  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in her Department.
       (174050)
67 N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to report from the review she initiated into extending civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.
       (173849)
68 N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Ministry of Defence about salvage operations on the wreck of HMS Victory; and if she will make a statement.
       (173850)
69  
Mr Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much projects in Wales have received in Olympic legacy funding.
       (173974)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
70  
Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many annual reservist deployments his Department anticipates following the implementation of Army 2020 and Future Reserves 2020.
       (174011)
71 N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the recent humanitarian crisis and loss of life in the Mediterranean sea, what part the Combined Maritime Forces are playing to prevent further loss of life.
       (173576)
72  
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what comparable assessment he has made of the average number of civilians killed in air strikes by drones and fixed wing strikes.
       (173891)
73  
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents of laser pen attacks on military aircraft were recorded in the last five years.
       (173952)
74  
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 22 October 2012, Official Report, column 369W, on Afghanistan, how many incidents of civilian casualties have been reported to UK forces to investigate in Afghanistan to date.
       (174046)
75  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174051)
76  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to decide on the infrastructure needed for the two new aircraft carriers to be based in Portsmouth; and when he expects the work for that infrastructure to commence.
       (173902)
77  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on plans to build new offshore patrol vessels; and if he will make a statement.
       (173903)
78 N
Ms Margaret Ritchie (South Down): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2013, Official Report, column 483W, how many files held at Swadlincote his Department has made available to (a) the Historical Enquiries Team and (d) the Da Silva Review.
       (173698)
79 N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the management of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency site at Ashchurch, Gloucestershire, to enable them to keep the workforce informed of their plans for the site; and if he will make a statement.
       (173579)
80  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving members of the armed forces are currently on the sex offenders register.
       (173908)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education
81  
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2013, Official Report, column 1114W, on free money, how much was returned to his Department after (a) opening of free schools, (b) opening of new sixth forms and (c) opening of all other new institutions within the schools sector following the failure to recruit predicted numbers in the year groups affected in (i) 2011-12 and (ii) 2012-13.
       (173886)
82 N
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he will publish his Department's findings from its investigation into the Barnfied Federation.
       (173717)
83 N
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the reasons are for the delay between the completion of the Education Funding Agency's report on Kings Science School, Bradford and its publication by his Department.
       (173718)
84 N
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when Ministers in his Department were made aware of the allegations concerning the Barnfield Federation which triggered his Department's investigation.
       (173829)
85 N
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the nature is of the allegations relating to the Barnfield Federation which are subject to an investigation by his Department.
       (173830)
86  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, where a school with School Direct trainees fails its Ofsted inspection, what rights School Direct trainees have to transfer to a new school and who will have responsibility for (a) amending any contractual arrangements into which the school may have entered with School Direct trainees and (b) making any other consequential arrangements.
       (173989)
87  
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what account is taken in Ofsted school inspections of the performance of schools in respect of School Direct trainees.
       (173995)
88  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174052)
89 N
Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have asked the (i) Confederation of British Industry, (ii) Institute of Directors, (iii) Federation of Small Businesses and (iv) British Chambers of Commerce to encourage their members to offer work experience placements as part of 16-19 study programmes.
       (173835)
90  
Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether any (a) expenses, (b) allowances or (c) other payment from the public purse, excluding the project development grant, was received by the Barnfield Federation for handling the free school application for the former Fernwood Pre-Prep School in Bedfordshire.
       (174006)
91  
Mr George Galloway (Bradford West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the findings of the Education Funding Agency investigation into Kings Science Academy, Bradford, whether he has any plans to alter the system of regulation of free schools.
       (173852)
92  
Mr George Galloway (Bradford West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether free schools are bound by any code of conduct relating to conflicts of interest caused by patrons, donors, governors or staff of a free school being involved in a company which benefits commercially from contracts placed by that free school.
       (173853)
93  
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department made of the potential effect on children of lower academic abilities, prior to the introduction of the Government's new policy on early entry.
       (174045)
94 N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on academies awarding contracts to businesses controlled by or belonging to their trustees.
       (173586)
95  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make mindfulness training available to Ofsted inspectors.
       (173882)
96 N
Stephen Timms (East Ham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children currently receive free school meals because their parent receives universal credit.
       (173714)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
97  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174053)
98  
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Totnes of 9 July 2013, Official Report, column 193W, on land use: agriculture, what assessment he has made of the potential risk of conflict between planning applications for onshore wind infrastructure and those parts of the National Planning Policy Framework which underline the recognition of the character and beauty of the countryside.
       (173910)
99  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will take steps to support people who rely mainly on home heating oil to heat their homes.
       (173963)
100  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of homes in England are mainly heated by (a) gas, (b) electricity and (c) home heating oil.
       (173965)
101  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average increase in prices of (a) gas, (b) electricity and (d) home heating oil was in each year since 2007.
       (173966)
102  
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions his Department has had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the cost of energy in Northern Ireland.
       (173969)
103  
Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many electricity transmission and distribution faults occurred as a result of weather in (a) each year since 2008 and (b) 2013 to date; what the length of each disruption was; what type of equipment was affected; how many customers were affected; and what the total customer minutes lost was.
       (173897)
104  
Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many electricity transmission and distribution faults occurred as a result of flooding in (a) each year since 2008 and (b) 2013 to date; what the length of each disruption was; what type of equipment was affected; how many customers were affected; and what the total customer minutes lost was.
       (173898)
105  
Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many gas distribution faults occurred as a result of weather in (a) each year since 2008 and (b) 2013 to date; what the length of each disruption was; what type of equipment was affected; how many customers were affected; and what the total customer days lost was.
       (173899)
106  
Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the substations in England and Wales identified as having significant likelihood of river and tidal flooding.
       (173900)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
107  
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on woodland creation of the hiatus created by current discussions on the reform of CAP.
       (173936)
108  
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on proposed incinerators following the findings of the DEFRA report, Forecasting 2020 Waste Arisings and Treatment Capacity, published in October 2013.
       (174040)
109  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174054)
110  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales were placed on the register of exempt dogs in 2012 under section 4A and section 4B procedures of the Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997.
       (174042)
111  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were subject to proceedings in a magistrate's court for offences under the Dogs Act 1871 in 2012; and if he will make a statement.
       (174043)
112  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the levels of acid rain were in each year for which data is available.
       (173935)
113  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of pollutants from motor vehicles over the past 30 years.
       (173954)
114  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licences for water wells the Environment Agency granted in each year for which data is available.
       (173956)
115  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of people being poisoned by pesticides his Department recorded in each year for which data is available.
       (173958)
116  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pounds of pesticides have been used in the UK in each year for which data is available.
       (173959)
117  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the levels of pesticides in (a) food grown and consumed in the UK and (b) imported food.
       (173960)
118  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents of ground water pollution his Department recorded in each year for which data is available.
       (173961)
119  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the purity of bottled water sold in the UK.
       (173962)
120  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential improvements to water quality from water filtering within households.
       (173967)
121  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents of drinking water supplies being contaminated occurred in each year for which data are available; and what the location of each such incident was.
       (173968)
122  
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the safety of date sugar as a substitute for sugar cane for use in the production of food and drinks products; and what quantity of date sugar has been imported in each year since 2003.
       (173998)
123  
Dr Eilidh Whiteford (Banff and Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the devolved administrations on the introduction of a single regulatory framework covering laboratory safety for genetically modified organisms.
       (174014)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
124  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174055)
125 N
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what analysis his Department has made of the effectiveness of the European Commission's use of its powers under Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union against member states; and if he will make a statement.
       (173685)
126  
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) business and (b) tourist visas were issued by the British Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen, in each year since 2005.
       (173943)
127  
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the resumption of direct flights between the UK and Yemen.
       (173944)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
128 N
Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on public health of the withdrawal of free school fruit schemes by certain local authorities.
       (173683)
129 N
Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of (a) psychological, (b) dietary and (c) social care that cystic fibrosis patients receive.
       (173842)
130 N
Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects full implementation of the Maternity and Children's Data Set to be completed.
       (173843)
131 N
Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth of 8 October 2013, Official Report, column 85W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, what steps he is taking to encourage the industry to deliver rapid action on (a) tackling the high strength or high volume products that can cause the most harm and (b) promoting and displaying alcohol responsibly in shops.
       (173844)
132 N
Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth of 8 October 2013, Official Report, column 85W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, what steps he is taking to encourage the industry to deliver rapid action on (a) improving education around drinking and (b) supporting targeted local action.
       (173845)
133  
Steve Brine (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the mandate for Health Education England includes reference to professional training needs relating to autism.
       (173887)
134  
Steve Brine (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce outcomes for adults with autism into the health and social care outcomes frameworks.
       (174005)
135 N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset and North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on how it reviews and reports on the implementation of its guidelines, and on how frequently it reviews its guidelines.
       (173573)
136 N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset and North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on its plans to monitor the implementation of the breast cancer familial guideline.
       (173574)
137 N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations the Government has made to the European Commission on negotiations on the final text for the revised Tobacco Products Directive.
       (173575)
138  
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the waiting times for accessing mental health services.
       (173953)
139  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the Francis Report's recommendations for minimum staffing requirements on hospital wards.
       (173997)
140  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will implement a national awareness campaign surrounding early diagnosis of sepsis.
       (173999)
141 N
Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each local authority have accessed funding for social care in the last three years; and how many such claimants were asked to provide a third party top up fee.
       (173688)
142 N
Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the implementation of the guidance on the control, issuing, monitoring and recording of third party top up fees for local authority funded social care placements; and if he will make a statement.
       (173689)
143  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174056)
144  
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to extend the street triage initiative.
       (173937)
145  
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when results of the street triage pilot will be published.
       (173938)
146  
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of the street triage pilot.
       (173939)
147  
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish details of an alternative, individual approach to end of life care.
       (173940)
148  
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of study NCT01081899 on www.clinicaltrials.gov as reported in The Lancet, which looked into the effectiveness of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) for hospitalised cancer patients with regards to (a) the effect of pursuing the LCP on patients' survival time and (b) a patient's experience of care in respect of dignity and kindness.
       (173941)
149  
Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial support his Department makes available to local authorities to develop and share learning from innovative autism services.
       (173860)
150  
Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients in England who are treated by way of colostomy irrigation rather than making use of ostomy bags and accessories.
       (173949)
151  
Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the cost to the NHS of issuing ostomy bags and accessories in England in each of the last five years.
       (173950)
152  
Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients in England has been trained in techniques of colostomy irrigation.
       (173951)
153  
Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the rate of use of colostomy irrigation among patients in England as against patients in the other nations of the UK and other member states of EU.
       (173982)
154  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received about the effect on businesses and practitioners in the natural health sector of the implementation of the EU Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims.
       (173970)
155  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on British business of the implementation of the EU Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims.
       (173971)
156  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nutrition and health claims have so far been received by the Food Standards Agency in relation to the EU Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims for passing to the European Commission; what information his Department holds about the number of such claims which have now been received by the Commission from all EU member states; what information his Department holds about the number of potential claims that have been submitted by the Commission to the European Food Safety Authority for assessment; and how many specific claims have now been (a) approved, (b) refused and (c) otherwise not determined following the receipt by the Commission of advice from that Authority.
       (173972)
157  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department hold on which claims have now been approved for glucosamine by the EU following assessment under the provisions of the EU Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims.
       (173973)
158 N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve future care provision for deafblind people; and if he will make a statement.
       (173520)
159 N
Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock and Loudoun): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether autism will be included as part of the curriculum for the proposed additional year of training for GPs.
       (173832)
160 N
Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock and Loudoun): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that Health and Wellbeing Boards are aware of the duties imposed on them by the statutory guidance issued under the provisions of the Autism Act 2009.
       (173833)
161  
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he had with (a) Public Health England and (b) NHS Choices about work they are undertaking to raise awareness of breast cancer risk factors.
       (174007)
162  
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS England to commission a breast cancer services audit.
       (174009)
163  
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of breast cancer that could be prevented by lifestyle changes.
       (174010)
164 N
Jeremy Lefroy (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish a response to the recommendations of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.
       (173476)
165 N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what inquiries are currently running in relation to the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse allegations; and when they expect to report.
       (173848)
166  
Mark Menzies (Fylde): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will institute a pilot scheme in Fylde constituency to investigate the best new practices in tackling dementia.
       (174017)
167 N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to allow people to obtain repeat orthopaedic shoes from consultants without the need for orthotic referral by GPs; and if he will make a statement.
       (173587)
168  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has allocated to research on the long-term effects of low carbohydrate, high protein diets on cardiovascular disease.
       (173878)
169  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of changes in calorie intake for (a) men, (b) women, (c) boys and (d) girls in the last 30 years.
       (173879)
170  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on changes in meal portion size in (a) households and (b) restaurants in the last 30 years.
       (173880)
171  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the role of functional medicines in developing individualised programmes for NHS patients; and if he will make a statement.
       (173881)
172  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of stress on (a) cancer and (b) heart disease.
       (173933)
173  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has funded on the effect of stress on (a) cancer and (b) heart disease.
       (173934)
174  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rate of (a) adult and (b) child obesity was in (i) 1993, (ii) 2003 and (iii) the latest year for which figures are available; and what assessment he has made of the likely level in 2023.
       (173955)
175  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in each year for which data is available.
       (173964)
176  
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of progress in the earlier diagnosis of cancer; and what estimate it has made of the number of lives saved as a result, in the period following the announcement of an allocation of £450 million funding for that purpose.
       (173906)
177  
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department issues to GPs on the maximum number of patients they can have on their register.
       (173907)
178  
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to bring legal proceedings against those who dispensed contaminated blood.
       (174004)
179  
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which sugar substitutes have been (a) approved and (b) rejected for use in the production of food and drinks products since 2005.
       (174001)
180  
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the safety of coconut sugar as a substitute for sugar cane for use in the production of food and drinks products; and what quantity of coconut sugar has been imported in each year since 2003.
       (174003)
181  
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the safety of stevia as a substitute for sugar cane in the production of food and drinks products; and what quantity of stevia has been imported to the UK in each year since 2003.
       (174041)
182 N
Valerie Vaz (Walsall South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which headhunters his Department use for NHS vacancies; and how much money was paid to such firms in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.
       (173834)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
183  
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what response the UK Government will make to the decision by the European Court of Human Rights to mount a legal challenge to Section 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
       (174008)
184  
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of laser pen attacks on police helicopters have been recorded in the last five years.
       (173895)
185  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in her Department.
       (174057)
186  
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces are currently involved in the street triage pilot; whether she has had any discussions with Ministers in the Welsh Assembly about beginning trials of the pilot in Wales; and when she expects to publish results of the pilots.
       (173942)
187 N
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish her Department's cost-benefit analysis of opting back into European Commission Decision 2009/724/JHA of 17 September 2009; and if she will make a statement.
       (173682)
188 N
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations she has received (a) in favour of and (b) not in favour of opting in to use of the European Arrest Warrant; and if she will make a statement.
       (173687)
189 N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to her letter to the Interim Director General, UK Visas and Immigration of 30 September 2013 on behalf of a constituent: CTS ref B26222/13.
       (173733)
Questions to the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission
190  
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2013, Official Report, column 143W, on Written Questions, how many written parliamentary questions were tabled on each sitting day from 25 June 2013 to date.
       (173859)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
191  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she will take to include an awareness of the risk of trafficking of women and girls in her Department's response to the crisis engendered by Cyclone Phailin.
       (173948)
192  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in her Department.
       (174058)
193 N
Mr Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department allocates to support the development of genetically modified organisms.
       (173595)
194 N
Mr Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had about increasing EU support for refugees from North Africa and Syria arriving in Italy and Malta.
       (173596)
195 N
Mr Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what public accountability mechanisms are in place with respect to third-party suppliers of UK development aid.
       (173597)
196 N
Mr Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what countries (a) she and (b) her Ministerial team have visited since taking post.
       (173598)
197  
Mr Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of staff in her Department are in the Senior Civil Service grades; and how that proportion compares with other Departments.
       (174104)
198  
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, following the reports of a polio outbreak in Syria, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that as many children as possible in that country are vaccinated.
       (173909)
199  
Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) doctors and (b) other humanitarian aid workers are not prevented from carrying out their work in Syria.
     R (173985)
200  
Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help prevent further spread of polio in Syria.
     R (173986)
201  
Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian implications of the recent outbreak of polio in Syria.
     R (173987)
202  
Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to encourage a humanitarian ceasefire in Syria.
     R (173988)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
203  
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted under the Air Navigation Order 2009 for using a laser pen in the last five years.
       (173893)
204  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174059)
205  
Simon Danczuk (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the annual cost to the public purse is of maintaining disused court buildings.
       (174012)
206 N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of female offenders have not reoffended within five years of the completion of their sentence since 2001.
       (173580)
207 N
Dr Julian Huppert (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that private providers of probation services will still be accountable to Parliament, local authorities and other elected representatives of communities.
       (173619)
208 N
Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which early intervention crime-prevention schemes have received reduced funding from his Department since May 2010.
       (173607)
209 N
Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on implementing the requirements of the European Directive on Victims Rights by December 2015.
       (173620)
210 N
Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with G4S on the changing structure of Victim Support.
       (173621)
211  
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of offenders re-offended after release from prison, by region, in each of the last three years.
       (174002)
212 N
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the European Court of Justice; what his policy is on reform of that body; and if he will make a statement.
       (173684)
213 N
John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many individuals resident in the Barrow and Furness constituency were convicted for (a) drink-driving and (b) driving under the influence of drugs in each of the last five years.
       (173725)
Questions to the Leader of the House
214  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Leader of the House, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Office.
       (174060)
215 N
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward reforms to the House's powers to scrutinise European legislation and the implementation of European Commission budget spending decisions; and if he will make a statement.
       (173686)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
216 N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many claims have been made to her Department for an ex-gratia payment for those affected by the troubles in Northern Ireland; how much each claimant has received in compensation; how many such claims were paid as a result of a direction from the Royal Ulster Constabulary; and how many such claims were paid in respect of cases involving false imprisonment.
       (173606)
217  
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings she has had with Dr Richard Haass to discuss (a) ongoing parade disputes, (b) legacy of the past and (c) flags and emblems to date.
       (174047)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
218 N
Margaret Curran (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of (a) gas and (b) electricity used by his Department was in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.
       (173700)
Questions to the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
219  
Steve Baker (Wycombe): To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what ultimate recourse is available to hon. Members who find themselves in an infrastructure dispute with IPSA.
       (173856)
220  
Steve Baker (Wycombe): To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if he will make an assessment of any potential for conflict of interest between IPSA's dual roles of regulator and provider of professional services to hon. Members.
       (173857)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
221  
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents of laser pen attacks on air traffic control towers were recorded in the last five years.
       (173894)
222  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174061)
223 N
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to include in franchise agreements with train operating companies a requirement to provide redress to passengers or impose conditions to ensure that in no circumstances passengers will be held on trains for excessive periods of time.
       (173729)
224  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what investment there has been in (a) infrastructure, (b) rolling stock and (c) stations on the South Western Line since 2009-10.
       (173904)
225  
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what investment there has been in (a) on-board catering facilities, (b) WiFi and (c) recycling facilities on the South Western Line since 2009-10.
       (173905)
226  
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to what extent his Department used its Rail Franchising Competition Guide when designing the Invitation to Tender for the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern passenger franchise.
       (173854)
227  
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which occasions officials in his Department have discussed rail franchising policy with founder members of the Rail Delivery Group since June 2012.
       (173855)
228 N
Sir Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department gives to officials who determine the temporary speed limits displayed on managed motorways (a) to ensure consistency and (b) to ensure that the temporary speed limits displayed are not lower than is reasonable or necessary; and if he will make a statement.
       (173492)
229 N
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are currently employed on the High Speed 2 project.
       (173578)
230 N
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people employed on the High Speed 2 project are based in (a) London and (b) Birmingham.
       (173599)
231 N
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average staff vacancy rates across all coastguard coordination centres were in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.
       (173727)
232 N
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff of Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre have transferred from the closed centre at Yarmouth to date; how many new staff have been recruited at that centre in the last 12 months; and what the current level of staffing is compared to its risk-assessed level.
       (173728)
233 N
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff have transferred to Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre from the closed centres at Clyde and Forth to date; how many new staff have been recruited at that centre in the last 12 months; and what the current level of staffing is compared to its risk-assessed level.
       (173730)
234 N
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he or officials in his Department have had with (a) national officers of RNLI and (b) local committees and volunteers of RNLI on the implications of the closure of Clyde, Forth and Yarmouth centres on the RNLI's work and effectiveness.
       (173731)
235 N
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what external or internal advice he has received on the risks posed by reliance on emergency towing vessels based outside UK waters in the event of a major pollution incident.
       (173732)
236 N
John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents where drink or drugs were a contributory factor and resulting in (a) minor injury, (b) serious injury and (c) death occurred in Barrow and Furness constituency in each of the last five years.
       (173715)
237  
John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of High Speed 2 (a) phase 1 and (b) phase 2 on jobs, employment and growth in Barrow and Furness constituency.
       (173932)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities
238  
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she last met the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
       (173945)
239  
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had on the use of quotas on FTSE 100 boards to increase the representation of black and minority ethnic women at the highest levels of business.
       (173946)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
240 N
Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the mobility distance criteria adopted for personal independence payments differs from the criteria for disability living allowance and blue badges.
       (173605)
241 N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claiming (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) employment and support allowance, (c) income support and (d) incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance are aged (i) 16, (ii) 17, (iii) 18, (iv) 19, (v) 20, (vi) 21, (vii) 22, (viii) 23 and (ix) 24 years old in the latest period for which figures are available.
       (173693)
242 N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which regions of the UK universal credit is currently available.
       (173694)
243 N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent publicising the move to universal credit in the regions where it is available.
       (173695)
244  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many officials at what grades are employed to provide direct support to special advisers in his Department.
       (174063)
245 N
Margaret Curran (Glasgow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what payments have been made from the discretionary housing payment budget to each local authority in Scotland to date; what proportion of the overall discretionary housing payment budgets such payments to each local authority represent; and what level of such payments have been allocated to each local authority in 2013-14.
       (173831)
246  
Margot James (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department is working with employer organisations to promote employment of people with autism.
       (173896)
247 N
Liz Kendall (Leicester West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of attendance allowance have total income or assets under £123,000 (a) nationally and (b) by region.
       (173581)
248 N
Ian Lavery (Wansbeck): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether individual claims to universal credit resulting from the rollout proposals announced on 10 July 2013 will be subject to the same restrictions as those made in the universal credit pathfinder.
       (173608)
249 N
Stephen Timms (East Ham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he collects information on (a) whether jobs taken up by people who enter under the work programme are part-time or full-time, (b) whether such jobs involve a zero hours contract and (c) other characteristics of those jobs.
       (173609)
250 N
Stephen Timms (East Ham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to publish updated Youth Contract performance data; and at what frequency he plans to publish such data in future.
       (173627)
251 N
Stephen Timms (East Ham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children live in households currently in receipt of universal credit.
       (173713)
252 N
Roger Williams (Brecon and Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what housing needs of tenants claiming housing benefit can be met by the discretionary housing payment scheme; and whether a local authority can change its allocation policy within a financial year.
       (173697)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
253  
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that British students have the skills to compete for jobs that are currently popular with migrants.
   [Transferred]   (174013)
254  
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment she has made of the availability of class 3a and 3b laser pens.
   [Transferred]   (173892)
255  
Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding National Climate Change Capability received in each year since 2008; and how much funding he estimates it will receive in each year up to 2015.
   [Transferred]   (173901)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
256  
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the safety of xylitol as a substitute for sugar cane for use in the production of food and drinks products; and what quantity of xylitol has been imported in each year since 2003.
   [Transferred]   (173996)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
257  
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for employment and support allowance were brought forward to (a) appeal stage and (b) commissioner since May 2010; and how many such claims were successful.
   [Transferred]   (174000)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
258  
Dr Eilidh Whiteford (Banff and Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consideration he has given to including commercial applications such as bioreactors, fish tanks and glasshouses within the single regulatory framework covering laboratory safety for genetically modified organisms.
   [Transferred]   (174015)
259  
Dr Eilidh Whiteford (Banff and Buchan): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether applications covered under the proposed single regulatory framework for laboratory safety for genetically modified organisms will include (a) GM insects, (b) GM fish, (c) GM farm animals, (d) GM plants, (e) GM micro-organisms and (f) products of synthetic biology, including micro-organisms and algae.
   [Transferred]   (174016)

Prepared 1st November 2013