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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Social Security Benefits: Appeals (30 Jul 2015)

Shailesh Vara: The First-tier Tribunal – Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) administered by HM Courts & Tribunals Service, hears appeals against Department for Work and Pensions’ decisions on a range of benefits. The table below shows the average length of time to administer appeals in respect of (a) personal independence payment (PIP), (b) employment and support allowance (ESA), (c)...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Open Prisons (30 Jul 2015)

Shailesh Vara: We have completely overhauled the processes for allowing prisoners out on temporary licence, leading to a 39% drop in the number of temporary release failures. This is the lowest failure rate since 2002, and the absconding rate has reached record lows under this and the Coalition government. The reduction in the numbers of absconds and ROTL failures demonstrate that the action that has been...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Overseas Aid (30 Jul 2015)

Baroness Verma: Information on all UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) is only available on a calendar year basis. The percentage of total DFID and FCO Bilateral ODA disbursed through UK based non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) for 2012 and 2013, the last years for which figures are available. Year % Total DFID ODA % Total FCO ODA 2012 8% 3% 2013 10% 3% The percentage of...

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: Mediterranean Sea (30 Jul 2015)

the Earl of Sandwich: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many traffickers across the Mediterranean have been (1) apprehended, and (2) prosecuted, in the United Kingdom, or any other European Union member state, during (1) the last year, and (2) since such trafficking began.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Government Departments: Telephone Services (30 Jul 2015)

Lord Quirk: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 9 July (HL898), what training in communication skills is provided for the officials in (1) HM Revenue and Customs, (2) the Home Office, (3) the Ministry of Justice, (4) the Department for Work and Pensions, and (5) the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, who are responsible for...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Action: Parliamentary Scrutiny (29 Jul 2015)

Lord Boswell of Aynho: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each government department, from January to June 2015, (1) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Lords was overridden, (2) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Commons was overridden, (3) in respect of how many documents an override occurred in (a) both Houses or (b) either House.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Buildings (29 Jul 2015)

Baroness Ludford: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many court buildings from the court estate were disposed of between May 2010 and June 2015 by (1) sale, or (2) rental; and how much money was raised in each case.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Welfare State: Children (28 Jul 2015)

Lord O'Neill of Gatley: (1, 2, 5, 6) The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has published expenditure forecasts for tax credits and Child Benefit as part of their recently published Economic and Fiscal Outlook document. The relevant information relating to personal tax credits and child benefit is reproduced below. Expenditure forecasts are not produced for individual elements of tax credits. ...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices: Qualifications (27 Jul 2015)

Nicholas Boles: As apprenticeships are a devolved matter, this answer refers to England only. Currently apprenticeships which meet the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) require qualifications that confirm competency in the occupational area and provide underpinning knowledge. Different qualifications may be used, for example NVQs, certificates or diplomas including BTEC HNCs...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Driving: Disqualification (27 Jul 2015)

Andrew Selous: Information on sentencing and convictions from 2005-2014 for driving whilst disqualified can be viewed on the Ministry of Justice website and it is available at the following link:- stem-statistics-quarterly-december-2014 Select and open ‘Motoring data tool: with criminal justice area’. The table below shows...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Judges: Ethnic Groups (27 Jul 2015)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many judges from a black or minority ethnic background have been appointed since (a) 1 January and (b) 7 May 2015.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary (27 Jul 2015)

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (1) are laid up, (2) are placed in extended readiness, or (3) are otherwise unable to proceed to sea as a consequence of shortage of officers or ratings.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU: Referendums (24 Jul 2015)

Stephen Gethins: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the offence provisions in schedules 1 and 2 of the European Referendum Bill provide for the same custodial penalty whether an accused person is convicted on indictment or on summary complaint.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (24 Jul 2015)

Priti Patel: The table below shows the total amount of liability accrued each year and, by comparison, how much was received or adjusted and the difference at the end of the year. Liability accrued is compared with collections excluding and including amounts in respect of arrears and technical adjustments. A new methodology was introduced in the December 2013 Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (24 Jul 2015)

Lord Prior of Brampton: Until, February 2015 the Department funded, free of charge to the receiving organisation, such reviews throughout the health system. This cost the Department in the region of 1 million in the last financial year. In light of the ongoing financial constraints and the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, in February this year the Department’s Senior Leadership Team...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Notifiable Diseases: Detainees (24 Jul 2015)

Lord Prior of Brampton: Public Health England (PHE) receives reports from prisons and immigration removal centre on cases or outbreaks of reportable diseases. The numbers of reportable single cases of infection per setting from 2012-2014 reported to PHE are presented in the table below. Custodial setting Year 2014 2013 2012 Prisons 1,208 1,630 600 Immigration Removal Centres 60 38 30...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Human Embryo Experiments (24 Jul 2015)

Lord Prior of Brampton: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, as amended (1990 Act), provides that human embryos created by in vitro fertilisation that are not transferred to a patient cannot be allowed to develop beyond a maximum of 14 days. The 1990 Act also provides that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) cannot licence research using human embryos unless the research is necessary...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Met Office: Pay (23 Jul 2015)

Anna Soubry: An element of Met Office overall pay award for staff is allocated to non-consolidated variable pay related to performance. These payments are used to reward excellence and drive high performance. Met Office staff are eligible to receive performance related pay based on achievements against specific targets agreed and monitored by the Met Office Board, which are linked to the success of the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Obesity (23 Jul 2015)

Jane Ellison: Table 1 shows the prevalence of children who are classified as overweight and obese in Copeland constituency, Cumbria and England. Public Health England (PHE) does not calculate severe obesity for children. The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data only consider children in Year 6 and Reception, rather than all children, and collects information on overweight and obese children....

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospitals: Waiting Lists (23 Jul 2015)

Jane Ellison: The information is shown in the following table. Median waiting time in weeks from referral to the start of consultant-led treatment for non-urgent conditions for admitted and non-admitted patients in (a) England, (b) London, and (c) Islington, June 2010 to May 2015 England London1 Islington2 Month Admitted patients3 Non- admitted patients4 Admitted patients Non-...

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