Written answers

Thursday, 20 June 2013

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the GM industry about his policy on granting approval for the planting...

    • Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with scientists sceptical about the planting of genetically modified crops.

      Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK patents have been granted to UK-registered companies in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the name is of each member of (a) the Office for Fair Access, (b) each regional development agency, (c) the Regulatory...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on regional growth of the Government's welfare reforms.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many of the meetings listed in the most recent Quarterly Ministerial Transparency return for his Department took place (a) at the premises of the...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many of the visits to media outlets undertaken by Ministers in his Department and declared on the most recent Quarterly Ministerial Transparency return...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff were suspended from his Department on full pay in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and what costs were incurred as a result of such...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Jobs Growth Wales in tackling youth unemployment in Wales.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the role of the UK's membership of the European Union on the level of inward investment into Wales.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all official visits that (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have undertaken in the last six months, including the dates of the...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the increase in unemployment in Wales since May 2010.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of trends in long-term youth unemployment in Wales since May 2010.

  • Scotland

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in Scotland are employed on zero hours contracts.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff were suspended from the House of Commons Service on full pay in (a)...

  • Attorney-General

    • Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff were suspended from the Law Officers' Departments and their associated public bodies on full pay in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and what...

    • Fraud: Convictions

      To ask the Attorney-General for what offences people were convicted in 2012-13 as a result of Serious Fraud Office investigations; and what sentence was applied in each such case.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Attorney-General how many victims recognised as being trafficked under the National Referral Mechanism were served with a summons and prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service for...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Attorney-General what prosecutions there have been for human trafficking offences in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Attorney-General what the 20 highest amounts paid for external legal advice by the Law Officers' Departments were in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; to whom those amounts were paid;...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent representations he has received concerning the hot branding of horses; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Graduates: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of unemployed graduates in (a) Lancashire and (b) Rossendale and Darwen constituency.

    • Conditions of Employment: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate he has made of the number of workers on zero hours contracts in Wales; (2) how many 16 to 24 year olds in Wales have been on zero...

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the employment rate was in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the UK in each year since 2007.

      Employment: Peterborough

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the net change in the number of private sector jobs in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) Peterborough city council area since 2010 has been in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason parents in receipt of carer's allowance who take out a loan and enrol in higher education are no longer eligible for the allowance.

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were in receipt of the (i) higher and (ii)...

      Employers’ Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the oversight of employer liability insurance undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive.

      Employment: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of working age Halifax residents are employed in the public sector.

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in discretionary housing payments in each London borough in each of the last 12 months.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much each local authority returned to his Department in unused discretionary housing payment funding in 2012-13.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there is any provision in the arrangements for the under-occupancy penalty for parents whose children are in care but where it is hoped...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has provided to local authorities for the purposes of enforcing occupational health and safety requirements in each of...

      Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2013, Official Report, column 350W, on the Innovation Fund: Scotland, whether he has made a decision on...

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families in work with children were earning less than the average national weekly income in each year since 2010; and if he will make...

      Redundancy: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) public sector and (b) private sector jobs have been lost in Halifax since May 2010.

      Social Rented Housing: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the amount of available single roomed accommodation owned by (a) housing associations and (b) the City of...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued to Jobcentre Plus offices in relation to the time taken to implement decisions of tribunals where they relate to...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the effect of school careers advice on levels of youth unemployment;...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Architecture: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the National Planning Policy Framework on the quality of design in the built...

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty properties have been brought back into use, by local authority, since May 2010.

      Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in each constituent part of the UK have been evicted in the last five years; and what proportion of such...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) housing starts and (b) housing completions there have been for (i) all properties, (ii) properties for social rent,...

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) location and (b) value is of any property his Department owns in Scotland.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many settlement applications were made by asylum seekers between 1 October and 31 December 2012; and how many such applications were...

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial provision her Department has made to cover the (a) ongoing legal costs of and (b) costs of a potential settlement resulting...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were suspended from her Department and its associated public bodies on full pay in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13;...

      Immigrants: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what screening for (a) tuberculosis and (b) drug-resistant tuberculosis is undertaken on people seeking to become resident in the UK (i) in...

      Legal Opinion: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2013, Official Report, column 1230W, on legal opinion: treaties, what the cost to the public purse has been...

      Legal Opinion: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2013, Official Report, column 1230W, on legal opinion: treaties, how many requests have been made under...

      Rangers Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made by the Police Service of Scotland and the Procurator Fiscal West of Scotland in their investigation into alleged...

      Sean Lopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of how the US fugitive, Sean Lopes was able to (a) enter the UK and (b) live and work here while being pursued...

      Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 29 October 2012, Official Report, column 73W, on Freedom of Information, for what reason Taser statistics...

  • Transport

    • A338

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which body is responsible for maintenance of the A338; and what plans are in place to complete the road widening project on that road; (2) what...

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were retained on zero-hour contracts by (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were suspended from his Department and its associated public bodies on full pay in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and what...

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure young drivers are given adequate training for driving on rural roads.

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many new drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 years took the Pass Plus training course in each of the last five years; (2) what assessment...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of television campaigns in preventing (a) drink driving and (b) drug driving.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met the Postal Affairs Minister to discuss the installation of Cogent digital camera equipment in post offices to process driving licence...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the report from the Office of the Rail Regulator showing a decline in usage across all rail sectors over the last 12...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of car insurance companies offering lower premiums to drivers who use telematics technology.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on campaigns promoting road safety in each of the last three years.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 119W, on shipping: training, whether maritime policy issues related to training of UK...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 119W, on shipping: training, whether maritime policy issues related to employment of...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 119W, on shipping: training, what the name was of each attendee at the maritime round...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 119W, on shipping: training, if he will invite representatives of the maritime trade...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 119W, on shipping: training, if he will publish the (a) minutes and (b) outcomes of the...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) integrated transport authorities' and (b) passenger transport executives' (i) spending and (ii) budgets is funded from (A) local...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on encouraging the use of alternative methods of...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many invitations to visit hospital accident and emergency and emergency departments he and his Ministers have received since their appointments; and...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to develop a new national cancer strategy; (2) what plans his Department and NHS England have for the development of new...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of people in the care sector employed on zero hours contracts in each English region.

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged up to 18 years in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England were diagnosed with diabetes in (i) 2010,...

      Diabetes: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children began treatment for type-1 diabetes in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in each of the last five years.

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were suspended from his Department and its associated public bodies on full pay in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and what costs...

      Health Services: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many compromise agreements have been made with NHS employers in Barnsley since 2000; and what the total cost to the public purse was of those agreements.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of meals served by each NHS provider were recorded as untouched in each year since 2007-08.

      NHS 111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the 111 number; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many apprentices are employed in the NHS in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) England; and what the average wage was of a...

      Tuberculosis: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) officials of his Department have had with officials of the...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the statement on page 6 of his Department's publication, Scotland Analysis: Financial Services and Banking, whether the calculation that...

    • Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that UK-linked tax havens do not enable tax avoidance in developing countries.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports relating to (a) the viability of a common EU currency and (b) the benefits and disbenefits of UK participation in such an exercise were...

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether ministers or officials of the Scottish Government have (a) been involved in the drafting of and (b) had access to the HM Revenue and Customs risk...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made any assessment of the extent to which the introduction of the affordability assessment for mortgages has affected Government...

      Payments: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the progress on his Department's consultation on Opening Up UK Payments.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of his Department's progress on eliminating child poverty by 2020.

      Revenue and Customs: Portsmouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people used the Portsmouth HM Revenue and Customs enquiry centre in each of the last five years; how many people in each year were repeat users;...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the location of the headquarters of the re-privatised Royal Bank of Scotland.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the reasons the tobacco smuggling strategy of HM Revenue and Customs did not meet its operational targets in 2012-13.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to improve the support given to claimants of tax credits by HM Revenue and Customs (a) in writing and (b) through its helpline.

  • Members Estimate Committee

    • Former Members

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the Members Estimate Committee, how many former hon. and right hon. Members who lost their seats or did not stand at...

  • International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of her Department's bilateral aid programmes was spent through (a) the EU, (b) the World Bank, (c) the UN, (d) regional...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of her Department's multilateral aid programme was disbursed as central or core funding to (a) the EU, (b) the World Bank, (c)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are currently seconded to any of the four largest accountancy firms; and what the (a) job...

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the official policy of the Iranian government to deny employment to citizens if they identify...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that the Iranian government be allowed to reopen its embassy in London.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on protests and violence in that country.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests for assistance UK embassies and consulates in Turkey have received from British nationals in that country.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many individual education and resettlement officers there have been in each of the last three years; (2) how much his Department spent on...

    • Armed Forces: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of service before attaining level 2 qualifications was in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in the most recent...

      Commonwealth War Graves Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he and his ministerial colleagues have held regarding the possible privatisation of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the last year.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff were retained on zero-hour contracts by (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which he...

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff were suspended from his Department and its associated public bodies on full pay in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and what...

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the name is of each diplomatic post to which the UK assigned a defence attaché in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of recent reports of problems encountered during Exercise Senator 2011; (2) from where nuclear experts are dispatched...

      Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when each review currently undertaken by his Department will (a) conclude and (b) publish.

  • Justice

    • Courts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children in Essex were required to testify against a defendant in court in the last 12 months.

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what criteria he uses to calculate fines for non-delivery by private sector providers on each electronic monitoring contract; (2) what fines have...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice will reply to the letter from the hon. Members for Houghton and Sunderland South and for...

      Prisoners: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons prisoners of retirement age receive a weekly payment of £3.25.

  • Education

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff were retained on zero-hour contracts by (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which...

    • National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education under what curricular students ending Key Stage 2 in 2014 will be (a) taught and (b) assessed.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much is spent on daily school lunches for each student in the UK; and how much is brought in through purchasing each day.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what guidance his Department provides to schools on school meals and the collection of payments from parents for such meals; (2) what statutory...

      Schools: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much funding was given to schools in Rossendale to spend on improving PE and sport in the latest period for which figures are available; (2)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total number of children is in each local authority area; how many such children are classified under (a) School Action and (b) School Action...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to achieve gender balance in teaching in primary and lower schools. [Official Report, 26 June 2013, Vol. 565, c. 5-6MC.]

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the savings it could achieve by paying its suppliers early in return for rebates.

    • Electricity: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions or correspondence he has had with (a) Ministers or officials in the Scottish Government, (b) Ofgem, (c)...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how the introduction of smart meters in domestic properties will be funded.

      Fuel Poverty: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of households in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) Bolton classified as fuel poor.

      Geothermal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Deep Geothermal Review Study, which he has commissioned from Atkins Global, will be published.

      Mining: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average annual payment has been to households in receipt of entitlements under the national concessionary fuel scheme in the...

      Mining: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in receipt of entitlements under the national concessionary fuel scheme received (a) solid fuel and (b) a cash...

      Mining: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) the UK and (b) each parliamentary constituency have received entitlements under the national concessionary...

      Mining: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in receipt of entitlements under the national concessionary fuel...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many individuals who have worked on the Government's nuclear policy have been made redundant since 2010.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what government subsidies were for (a) onshore wind and (b) solar panels in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost per unit of energy for the total of solar panels and wind turbines in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he will next review the Government's policy on subsidising wind turbines and solar panels.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the clustering of betting shops.

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made on delivering broadband to rural areas.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent meetings she has had with local enterprise partnerships to discuss the arts and the creative industries.

      Conditions of Employment: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what rules exist concerning the speaking of English in the workplace.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to protect the public from unsolicited telephone calls.

      Internet: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to meet Facebook to discuss internet trolling.

      Internet: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues about reducing the prevalence of child abuse images on the internet.

      Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from the Science Museum Group regarding the future of the Museum of Science and Industry...

      Opening of Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure that Union flags are flown in Parliament Square on future state openings of Parliament.

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether any changes have been (a) proposed and (b) agreed to the cross-party Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press...

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 803W, on press: regulation, for what reasons she did not submit the Royal...

      Science Museum Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in the budget of the (a) Science Museum Group and (b) Museum of Science and...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure the services it offers are accessible to British Sign Language users.

      US White House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government plans to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House, Washington DC, US by the British...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Women and Protected Groups: Funding

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues ahead of the spending review to ensure that funding for women and protected groups...

    • Single-tier Pension: Women

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the planned single tier pension on women.

      Senior Public Sector Positions: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to increase the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in senior positions in the public sector.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to create and facilitate supportive and safe environments for non-gendered people and their families.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to ensure the services it offers are accessible to British Sign Language users.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Single Farm Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they manage commons in regard to single farm payment entitlements.

    • Armed Forces: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Andrew Robatham, on 24 April (HC Deb, col 906W) on unmanned air vehicles,...

      Assets: Publicly Owned Assets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to sell any publicly owned assets before May 2015.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 21 May (WA 40), what is their rationale for conducting an internal review of the asylum support...

      Aviation: Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken on the subject of Air Passenger Duty following the United Kingdom–Caribbean Forum held in January 2012 at which the Foreign...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are allowances within the Work-Related Activity scheme to take account of the unpredictability of the effects of benzodiazepine addiction in...

      Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist Caribbean nations in addressing crime and insecurity in the region.

      Caribbean

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote prosperity in the Caribbean.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £100 million transition fund made available to local authorities in 2013–14 to meet the costs of establishing a local council tax...

      Debt: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether private sector debt has increased since May 2010; and if so, by how much, and whether that is consistent with their economic strategy.

      Economy: Sport and Recreation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the value of recreational climbing and mountaineering to the United Kingdom economy.

      Economy: Sport and Recreation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the value of recreational horse-riding to the United Kingdom economy.

      Energy: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that sufficient resources are being put into the development of carbon capture and storage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, in the...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government from what date electricity companies started to charge customers in respect of renewable options, feed-in tariffs and climate change; and what proportion of...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether electricity companies are required to disclose to consumers the amount being charged in each bill in respect of renewable options, feed-in tariffs...

      Energy: Solar Parks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the use of agricultural land for solar parks; and how much grade 1 or grade 2 agricultural land in each county in England is (1)...

      Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made, or intend to make, concerning the journalists Reeyot Alemu, Yusuf Getachew, Solomon Kebede, Eskinder Neya and Wubshet...

      EU: Cars

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received advice from the European Commission regarding the compliance of new car models with the requirements of the EU Mobile Air...

      Food: Food Banks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they provide funding or other assistance to the Trussell Trust for the provision of food banks.

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the additional cost of backdating the date of eligibility for a mesothelioma scheme payment from 25 July 2012 to 10 February...

      Housing: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much discretionary housing payment funding was allocated to local authorities in 2012–13 (1) in total across the United Kingdom, (2) in England,...

      Housing: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total amounts of unused discretionary housing payment funding returned to the Government by each local authority in 2012–13; and what was...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convicted criminals who were not United Kingdom citizens, (1) were deported, and (2) voluntarily removed themselves from the United Kingdom,...

      Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make published copies of the Iraq Inquiry report available to each member of both Houses of Parliament; and what factors informed that...

      Mesothelioma Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Freud on 5 June (HL Deb, GC 235), what assumptions they used on the percentage figure of claims that claimants would receive...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals aged 16 and above and eligible to be issued with a National Insurance number were resident in the United Kingdom in the last year for...

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 22 May (WA 87), whether the extensions of the terms of the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament to...

      Overseas Conflict: Sexual Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their commitment in the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict to review the doctrine and training provided to the United...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the average savings to public funds as a result of the emigration of a United Kingdom citizen who qualifies for the basic State Pension.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any steps to encourage more United Kingdom citizens who qualify for the basic State Pension to emigrate; and, if so, what steps.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the report of the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel on 17 May, what consequences follow a failure by a Police and Crime Commissioner to fulfil...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the resignation of the Chief Constable of Gwent on 11 June, in the light of the expected role and remit of Police and Crime...

      Police: Traffic Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the code of practice on the management of police pursuits issued in May 2011 has led to a reduction in the number of accidents involving police...

      Project Crossbow

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances they have received from the government of the United States that intelligence shared via Project Crossbow will not be used to conduct...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent advice has been given to Ministers regarding the importance of ensuring that answers to Questions for Written Answer go as far as possible to...

      Roads: M4

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 7 February (WA 88) concerning the bus lane on the M4, what is the nature of the environmental assessments...

      Schools: Academies and Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the locations of existing and proposed academies and free schools in (1) Somerset, and (2) Bath and North-East Somerset; and how many schools, by...

      Schools: Inspectors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether independent schools are permitted to select their own inspectors; and, if so, (1) which schools are permitted to do so, and (2) whether the...

      Schools: New Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information is available to interested parties wishing to establish (1) community, (2) foundation, (3) academy, (4) grammar, (5) special, or (6) free...

      Sport: Boxing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Minister for Sport last met the School Amateur Boxing Association; what was the purpose of that meeting; and what was the outcome.

      St Helena and Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations are in place to protect the historic built environment on (1) St Helena, and (2) other Overseas Territories.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 11 June (WA 234–5), at which point the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is given to teachers in giving pupils a smooth transition from an old to a new curriculum.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the quality and availability for teachers of continuing professional development on dyslexia. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Trees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) ash, (2) oak, and (3) plane trees were imported into the United Kingdom during the 2012–13 planting season; and what were their countries...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 25 March (WA 209), whether they will publish details of the funding that will be made available to each...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations they have received in the past year from members of both Houses of Parliament concerning the operation of the UK Border Agency in...

      Waterways: River Thames

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis the Thames is not designated bathing water; and what advice is given to organisations which organise swimming events in the Thames.

      Waterways: Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about how much has been spent on investigating alternatives to the Thames Tideway Tunnel by (1) the Department for Environment,...

      Young Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children have arrived at a secure establishment in each of the last four years (1) between 9.00pm and 11.59pm, (2) between midnight and 12.59am, (3)...

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