Hansard Written Answers

Some recent written answers

Justice: Open Prisons answered 21 July 2014

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many indeterminate sentence prisoners have spent time in open prisons in the year ending 31 March (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014;

(2) what the (a) average, (b) maximum and (c) minimum time spent in an open prison was for indeterminate sentence prisoners before their release in each of the last five years.

Treasury: Local Government: Wales answered 22 July 2014

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in applying aspects of the City Deal in Wales, in accordance with the undertaking given in paragraph 1.236 of the autumn statement 2013.

Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Food Banks answered 22 July 2014

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the oral answer from the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners to the hon. Member for York Central of 17 July 2014, what information her Department holds on how many (a) food banks existed and (b) people made use of food banks in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

Home Department: Marriage Certificates answered 21 July 2014

Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to allow the mothers of brides and grooms to be named on marriage certificates.

Northern Ireland: Business answered 22 July 2014

Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she next plans to meet the (a) CEO and (b) chair of the British Business Bank to discuss how that organisation can more effectively support Northern Ireland businesses.

Some recent written ministerial statements

House of Lords: Taxation: Oil and Gas 21 July 2014
Lord Deighton: My hon Friend the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury (Priti Patel) has today made the following written ministerial statement: At Budget 2013, the government announced it would begin signing...
Communities and Local Government: Birmingham City Council 22 July 2014
Eric Pickles: In her oral statement today on the report into allegations concerning Birmingham schools, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education told the House that to address the wider...
Home Department: Terrorism Legislation (Annual Report) 22 July 2014
Theresa May: Mr David Anderson QC has completed his fourth annual report as the statutory independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, on the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 and Part 1 of the Terrorism...
Health: NHS England and thesq NHS Outcomes Framework 22 July 2014
Jeremy Hunt: Today, I laid before Parliament my first “Annual Assessment of the NHS Commissioning Board (known as NHS England) 2013-14”. The “National Health Service Commissioning Board...
Treasury: Stakeholder Child Trust Funds (Lifestyling) 22 July 2014
David Gauke: The Government will formally consult in 2015 on the application of the “lifestyling” requirement to over 4 million stakeholder child trust funds (CTF). This requirement is designed to...
Justice: Deaths of Service Personnel (Inquests) 17 July 2014
Simon Hughes: Together with the Minister for the Armed Forces, with responsibility for defence personnel, welfare and veterans, I now make our latest joint statement on progress with inquests into the deaths...
House of Lords: Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Triennial Reviews 21 July 2014
Lord Taylor of Holbeach: My rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement: I am today announcing the start of the Triennial Review...
Home Department: Forced Labour Convention 17 July 2014
Karen Bradley: The forced labour convention (the convention) is one of eight fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The ILO proposed supplementing the convention by agreeing a...
Work and Pensions: Review of JSA Sanctions 22 July 2014
Esther McVey: In September 2013 Matthew Oakley was commissioned to undertake the independent review of the operation of jobseeker’s allowance sanctions validated by the Jobseekers Act 2013, as required...
Transport: Transport Resilience Review 22 July 2014
Patrick McLoughlin: At the beginning of March, following the extreme weather of winter 2013-14, I asked Richard Brown CBE, former chairman of Eurostar and now a non-executive director in my Department, to lead a...
House of Lords: Heavy Good Vehicles: Speed Limit 24 July 2014
Baroness Kramer: My Honourable Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, (Claire Perry), has today announced that the Government is proposing, following a public consultation, to increase...
House of Lords: Waste Management: Radioactive Waste 24 July 2014
Baroness Verma: I am today publishing a White Paper on implementing geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. The White Paper—Implementing Geological Disposal...
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Government Diamond Office 22 July 2014
Mark Simmonds: Further to my statement to Parliament on 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 27WS, I wish to inform the House that today the Government Diamond Office has amended its charging structure,...
House of Lords: Energy: Oil and Gas 23 July 2014
Lord Deighton: Following the announcement at Budget 2014 that the government would introduce a new allowance to support investment in ultra high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) oil and gas projects, HM...
Cabinet Office: Candidates' Election Expenses 22 July 2014
Sam Gyimah: The Government have made the following instrument: The Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates’ Election Expenses) Order 2014. The order amends the maximum amounts...
Treasury: Decommissioning Relief Deeds 21 July 2014
Priti Patel: At Budget 2013, the Government announced they would begin signing decommissioning relief deeds. These deeds represent a new contractual approach to provide oil and gas companies with certainty on...
Prime Minister: Special European Council 21 July 2014
David Cameron: I attended the special European Council held in Brussels on 16 July. This special Council had been called principally to discuss the appointment of a new President of the European Council to...
Health: NHS Modernisation (Costs and Benefits) 22 July 2014
Jeremy Hunt: I announced in July 2013 that the costs of implementing policies in the Health and Social Care Act were likely to be closer to the estimate in the business case for the programme—£1.5...
Work and Pensions: Remploy Employment Services 22 July 2014
Esther McVey: The Department will be launching a commercial process for Remploy Employment Services, a leading national provider of disability employment services. This will give the company the opportunity...
Home Department: Forensic Science Regulator (Appointment) 17 July 2014
Norman Baker: I am today announcing arrangements for the appointment of the Forensic Science Regulator. Following an open competition adhering to the principles of the Office of the Commissioner for Public...