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Written answers

Monday, 1 July 2013

  • Northern Ireland

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average cost to her Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are available; and...

    • Cost-Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what areas of her departmental budget she has identified as suitable for efficiency savings.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the ease of access of her Department's on-line records.

      Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will take steps to encourage investment in Northern Ireland by firms located in other parts of the UK.

      Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the feasibility of introducing tax incentives for companies which wish to expand into...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many offenders were intercepted by officers at Northern Ireland sea ports last year.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance her Department offers to encourage intelligence sharing and co-operation between the Garda Siochána and the Police Service...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in the last 12 months.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days on average staff of her Department in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each of the last 12 months.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of the investigation into the incident at McGurk's bar has been to date; and when such investigations are expected to be finalised.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her Department's vacancy rate was in 2012-13; and what vacancy rate has been assumed for 2013-14.

  • Wales

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average cost to his Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are available; and what...

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the effect of cyber crime on the Welsh economy.

      MITIE Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spends on contracts with MITIE; and how much was spent on contracts with MITIE in each year since 2008.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      National Assembly for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received on renaming the National Assembly of Wales the Parliament of Wales.

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade publications in the last 12 months.

  • Scotland

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which projects administered by the Scottish Government are UK Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) attributable; what the total value of the Scottish...

  • Home Department

    • Airlines: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to airlines on the collection of flight passenger data.

    • Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the renewal of the Airwave emergency services telecommunications contract; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, Official Report, columns 595-6W on asylum, if she will provide the relevant figures for the Intake...

      Bedfordshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police community support officers Bedfordshire police is projected to have by the end of (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15; (2) how...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the constituents involved in Home Office case ref: A1487760 have had to wait over 12 months for their British citizenship...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome of the work of the joint investigation between Sweden and the UK dealing with human trafficking is.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for human trafficking there have been due to the co-operation between the UK and Sweden in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons of each nationality have been convicted of offences of human trafficking in each of the last three years; whether any assets...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Romanian children have been identified in London as a victim of child trafficking; and how many such children have been taken to a...

      Human Trafficking Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the last meeting of the inter-departmental ministerial group on human trafficking was; what matters were considered at this meeting; and...

      Human Trafficking: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the extent of human trafficking in Northern Ireland.

      Immigrants: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions her Department has had with the UK Border Agency on the collection of information regarding the detention of...

      Immigrants: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pregnant woman have been assessed under the fast-track procedure of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal since the inception of that...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to respond the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay's correspondence of 12 March, 24 April and 10 June 2013...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Police National Computer (PNC) records have been accessed by the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the certificate of knowledge was introduced; and which police forces have introduced it to date.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will collect data on police recruitment from black and ethnic minority communities and deprived neighbourhoods.

      Salvation Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department has provided to the Salvation Army to assist with persons subjected to human trafficking in (a) Northern Ireland,...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the criteria are for allowing a covert speed enforcement camera to be used.

      Suspicious Activity Reports: Tameside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many charges have been brought from suspicious activity reports since May 2010 in Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

  • Prime Minister

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the training provided by UK forces to recruits at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy will include training on (a) the law on the...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to prevent female recruits at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy from suffering sexual harassment.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department has provided for the development of reduction, refinement and replacement alternatives to the use of animals in scientific...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an estimate of the number of employees in each rank of the military from each National Readership Survey social grade.

      Armed Forces: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum number of hours a chef in the armed forces is allowed to work (a) per day and (b) per week.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on implementing the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in respect of members of the armed forces from Commonwealth countries who...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to provide additional funding for forces' accommodation in Staffordshire.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has conducted a recent survey of the level of service families' satisfaction with the energy efficiency of service family...

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people from Northern Ireland have enlisted in the (a) Army, (b) Infantry, (c) Royal Navy and (d) Royal Air Force in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people between the age of 16 and 18 were recruited to the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in each of the last 10 years.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many redundancy letters in each tranche have been delivered to personnel stationed at (a) RAF Lossiemouth, (b) RAF Leuchars, (c) HMNB Clyde, (d) RM...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the value of money held by the Government following uncompleted arms sales to Iran in the 1970s; and in which account such...

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which projects administered by his Department were UK overseas development assistance (ODA) attributable; what the total value of his Department’s...

      Military Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2013, Official Report, columns 720-1W, on military bands, if he will make it his policy that the responses of (a) the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Navy: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to tackle the current shortage of chefs in the Royal Navy.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which contracts his Department is (a) re-negotiating and (b) intending to re-negotiate; and how much each such re-negotiation is anticipated to...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which contracts his Department has re-negotiated since May 2010; and how much each such re-negotiation has saved his Department.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the 10 most frequently undertaken journeys on domestic public transport by his Department's employees and contractors were in the last year;...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many civilian support staff in his Department are to be made redundant following decisions announced in Spending Round 2013, Cm 8639; and what...

      Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent in each constituent part of the UK by the Army Veteran Agency in each of the last five years.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days on average staff of his Department in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each of the last 12 months.

      Territorial Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in the Territorial Army were serving in Northern Ireland in each year since 2003.

      Trafalgar Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current scheduled end of service date is of each Trafalgar class submarine.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's vacancy rate was in 2012-13; and what vacancy rate has been assumed for 2013-14.

      Veterans: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces veterans currently reside in Merseyside.

  • Treasury

    • Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission a review of best practice and lending policy from the experience of debt waiver products in the US.

    • Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect of the euro zone crisis on economic growth; and what estimate he has made of the likely level of UK economic growth...

      Empty Property: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many empty banks there are in each of the principal seaside towns.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 819W, on financial services, which parties connected to the Connaught Income Series 1 Fund...

      First-Time Buyers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what help he is giving to first-time buyers.

      Income Tax: Bury

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Bury North constituency no longer pay income tax as a result of increases in the personal income tax allowance since 2010.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the importance of maintaining support for medical...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what support he plans to give to those who have been paying interest-only mortgages and are coming to the end of that agreement with a large lump sum...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Feltham and Heston of 12 June 2013, Official Report, column 336, with which...

      New Enterprise Allowance: Bury

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in Bury North constituency who will receive the £2,000 enterprise allowance.

      Non-domestic Rates: Bury

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Bury North constituency have taken advantage of the doubling of small business rate relief since 2010.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Scottish Government on the forthcoming spending review.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held (a) with his ministerial colleagues and (b) between his Department and the Charity Commission and related bodies about (i) the...

      Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed welfare budget cap in Northern Ireland.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of pensions triple lock on pensioners.

      Tax Allowances: Community Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount of investment qualified for Community Investment Tax Relief in each of the last five years.

      Tax Allowances: Community Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many community development finance institutions received community investment tax relief in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to prevent EU citizens who are (a) residents and (b) non-residents in the UK purchasing a second home to reduce tax liabilities.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Cannock Chase

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) people, (b) people in work and (c) families in Cannock Chase constituency are in receipt of tax credits.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Empty Property: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to prevent landlords from leaving retail units vacant.

    • Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will estimate the level of non-compliance with the requirement to (a) commission an energy performance certificate...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many jobs have been (a) created and (b) safeguarded in each of the 24 enterprise zones since May 2010; (2) how many...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost of expanding the troubled families project.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how his Department will fund the proposed expansion of the troubled families project.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total budget of the troubled families programme will be in 2015-16; how many families he expects to be helped by the...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average expenditure on a troubled family under the current programme has been to date; and what he expects the average...

      Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Government made of the cost to the public purse of introducing fire sprinklers into new domestic properties in...

      Fracking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his Statement of 6 June 2013, Official Report, column 113WS, on Onshore Wind (Local Planning), whether the...

      Housing Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2013, Official Report, columns 286-7W, on housing improvement, (1) when he expects...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will introduce a national wheelchair-accessible housing register.

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many wheelchair-accessible properties have been built in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many wheelchair-accessible properties there are in the UK.

      Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to include the outcome of parish polls in lists of those matters that can be...

      Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what progress he has made following the Portas Review to make it easier for people to become market traders by removing...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will estimate the cost to (a) local authorities and (b) the Exchequer of exempting childcare providers from business...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the recommendations of the Portas Review, what consideration he has given to a review on the basis on which...

      Retail Trade: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made since the publication of the independent review into the future of the high street following the...

      Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many compromise agreements were agreed with staff leaving his Department in the last 12 months; how many such agreements...

      Urban Areas: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made following the Portas review to encourage local areas to implement free controlled parking schemes for...

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Prime Minister has to meet Mary Portas on the issue of regenerating high streets.

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Portas review on the future of high streets, published in December 2011, what progress has been made on...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 819W, on electricity generation, if he will set out his modelling of...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people who will switch energy supplier in (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his Department's quarterly domestic energy switching statistics, what assessment he has made of the factors that...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the reasons for changes in the overall numbers of people switching energy supplier since 2008.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many payments have been made by his Department to any energy supplier of (a) less than £250, (b) £251 to £500, (c)...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward legislative proposals to cap the total costs of the Energy Company Obligation should those costs increase...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with (a) British Gas, (b) SSE, (c) Scottish Power, (d) First Utility, (e) EDF and (f) E.On on the...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish a review of the operation of the first six months of the Energy Company Obligation to ensure that the costs of that...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, Official Report, columns 622-23W, on fuel poverty, what the monetary value of expenditure on...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, Official Report, columns 622-3W, on fuel poverty, what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, Official Report, columns 622-3W, on fuel poverty, what forecast his Department has made of the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason the Green Deal computer software will not make a recommendation for insulating a timber frame wall in the Energy...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the total tonnage of greenhouse gases emitted through business operations by (a) npower, (b) EDF, (c)...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 17 April 2013, Official Report, column 403W on Hinkley Point C Power Station, if he will publish the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget is of the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil; and how many staff that office has.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2013, Official Report, column 461W, on renewable energy, how much of the renewable electricity...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2013, Official Report, columns 461-62W, on renewable energy, what proportion of the £29 billion...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to cap subsidies to renewables at a level of the calculated social cost per tonne of carbon which would...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at what stage during the planning process the wind farm developer becomes eligible for the Government subsidies offered for the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what proportion of constraint payments were made to wind farms from 1 June 2012 to 31 May 2013; (2) what the average constraint...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department paid in constraint payments to power generators in the 12 months from May 2012.

      Wind Power: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds regarding the location of wind farms to ensure that such...

      Wind Power: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind farms have been granted permission to be located close to migrating birds (a) on land and (b) at sea since May 2010.

  • Transport

    • Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on steps taken in Scotland and Northern Ireland on the drink-drive blood alcohol limit; and if he will...

    • Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the green paper on young driver safety; and what the reasons are for the delay in publication of this report.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he proposes that it will be necessary for inheritance tax to be paid on agricultural land which is to be compulsorily purchased as a...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has conducted of the effectiveness of Network Rail's voluntary transparency code.

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what commitment the Government have secured on the new Air and Sea Rescue Helicopter contract to ensure that the same level of response will be provided.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities there have been as a result of road traffic accidents involving (a) motorcyclists, (b) cyclists and (c) pedestrians in Cannock...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what financial help his Department is making available to local authorities to help repair potholes; (2) how much additional money was made...

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments South West Trains made to the Exchequer in each financial year since April 2009; and what payments South West Trains received from public...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether guidance given to chief constables by his Department on the use of speed cameras has changed in the last three years.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines his Department gives to local authorities on ensuring that speed cameras are visible to motorists; and whether these guidelines have...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras are currently operational in the UK; and how many speed cameras were operational in each of the last four years.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what sanctions his Department takes against taxi firms whose vehicles repeatedly fail roadside checks.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average length of a licence suspension for taxi drivers whose vehicle failed a roadside check was in each of the last three years.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of taxis in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Pendle constituency have failed roadside checks in each of the last three years.

      Travel: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of cross-border journeys between Scotland and England by (a) train, (b) air and (c) road in each of the last 10 years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect of rising costs in the private rented housing sector on benefit expenditure.

    • Unpaid Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on unpaid work experience undertaken by jobseekers.

      Discretionary Housing Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether receipt of disability living allowance should be a disqualification for receipt of discretionary housing payment.

      Benefit Cap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the benefit cap in developing strong work incentives.

      Zero-hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the ability of his Department to deal with those on zero-hours contracts who are in receipt of benefits.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the most recent data on the performance of the Work programme.

      Bereavement Benefits: Civil Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what methodology his Department used in calculating the £18 million cost of equalising survivor pension benefits for civil partners.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that those on the 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes are referred to the new child maintenance...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to deliver a cross-Government disability strategy.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to increase the take-up of the wage incentive in the Youth Contract.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of barriers to employers taking up the wage incentive in the Youth Contract; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly award for housing benefit was for (a) local authority, (b) housing association and (c) private sector tenants in each...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly eligible rent for housing benefit was for (a) local authority, (b) housing association and (c) private sector tenants...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly award for housing benefit was for (a) local authority, (b) housing association and (c) private sector tenants in each...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claims were made by (a) local authority, (b) housing association and (c) private sector tenants in each Government...

      Housing Benefit: Night Shelters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the ruling in the case of OR v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Isle of Anglesey CC [2013] UKUT 06S (AAC), if he...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff are involved in manually checking the IT system for the benefit cap; (2) what the cost is of employing staff to manually...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty report on “Walking the Breadline: The Scandal of Food Poverty in...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit payments were delayed in (a) Bristol and (b) the UK in each of the last 12 months.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many fraud investigations undertaken by his Department in the last 12 months have been halted because of non-availability of...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes he intends to make to the national implementation of the household benefit cap as a result of the experience of the pilot project...

      Social Security Benefits: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals have had lump sum payments awarded from the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme clawed back by the Compensation Recovery Unit...

      Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of proposed introduction of a one-week waiting period for benefits payments in Northern Ireland.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracted-in pension schemes there are in the UK.

      Universal Credit: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of universal credit in Thameside on 31 May 2013.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that Atos interviews are conducted by a person of the same gender as the interviewee.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on how many people have committed or attempted suicide whilst awaiting a work capability assessment or...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has provided for the development of reduction, refinement and replacement alternatives to the use...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department plans to begin prosecution proceedings against anyone for possible breaches of the Animal Welfare Act...

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which products are being tested by the Food and Environment Research Agency as potential treatments for Chalara ash dieback.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to introduce farmers in England and Wales to bee-keeping.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of levels of honeybees in colonies; if he will take steps to support bee farmers whose...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the financial benefits that could be achieved by paying suppliers early in return...

      Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences for the destruction of buzzards and buzzard nests have been issued in the last 12 months; and in which...

      Birds: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many birds have been killed by wind farm turbines (a) on land and (b) at sea to date.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what written communication he has received from the European Commission on criteria under which field trials for bovine TB...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria the pilot badger culls will use to assess humaneness.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made to improve the protection and control of all cattle herds in the prevention of the spread of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice he has received from the European Commission on the timeframe for developing and implementing a bovine TB vaccination.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely reduction of incidents in private places of (a) dogs being dangerously out of control...

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding he has allocated to the programme for compulsory microchipping of dogs by 2016; and what steps he plans to take...

      Eels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there has been in the number of eels in the last five years; and what steps he has taken to address any such decline.

      Eels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people worked in eel fishing in (a) 1983, (b) 1993 and (c) 2013.

      Floods: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to question 159799, what estimate he has made of the number of new properties built in areas of risk...

      Floods: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to question 159799, how much funding he allocated for London’s flood defences in (a) 2010-11,...

      Food: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Assembly on the promotion of British food producers jointly between...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent meetings officials in his Department have had to discuss the approval of the planting of genetically modified crops.

      Horses: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2013, Official Report, columns 699-700W, on horses: France, from which country each horse...

      Horses: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horses were slaughtered in UK abattoirs, by horse passport issuing agency, in each of the last four years.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with his EU counterpart a strategy to replace the long distance transport of live farm animals with a...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which milk buyers have not signed up to the Dairy Code; (2) what reasons have been given by those milk buyers who have...

      Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on levels of compliance with pig welfare conditions in other...

      Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of the Schmallenberg virus in (a) sheep and (b) cattle; what assessment he has made...

      Sharks: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to ban the sale of shark fin soup in restaurants.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and (b) local enterprise partnerships...

    • Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make an estimate of the amount spent in betting shops, before winnings are accounted for, in (a) Glasgow North West...

      Broadband Delivery UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the report on Broadband Delivery UK submitted to her Department by Gerry Pennell.

      Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of (a) the cross-party agreement on the Royal Charter and related matters that was made on 18...

      MITIE Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spends on contracts with MITIE; and how much was spent on contracts with MITIE in each year since 2008.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to her Department.

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations were received from (a) groups and (b) individual members of the public in (i) support of and (ii) opposition to...

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has received advice from officials as to whether to put forward the Press BoF Royal Charter to the Privy Council for...

      Public Lending Right

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether her Department conducted an impact assessment of the proposals in the Digital Economy Act 2010 to extend public lending...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times she and Ministers of her Department have met officials of S4C to discuss future funding arrangements since 2010.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from the Welsh Government in 2013 to date on future funding and governance arrangements for S4C.

      Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions (a) a compromise agreement, (b) a confidentiality clause and (c) judicial mediation was used when an employee of...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's vacancy rate was in 2012-13; and what vacancy rate has been assumed for 2013-14.

      VisitBritain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been provided to VisitBritain to promote visits to Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland in each year since 2010.

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department plans to support an increase in the number of climate stations and training of hydrogeologists in Africa.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that non-governmental organisations and UN agencies have the capacity to deliver basic...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in (a) Rakhine State and (b) Kachin State in Burma.

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department plans to support the formation of farmer organisations.

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to ensure that the agricultural extension workers whose work her Department supports address the issue of...

      Ecuador

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will offer support to the government of Ecuador in preserving the Yasuni rainforest reserve.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to her Department.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will publish details of any plans her Department has to establish a UK Development Bank; (2) whether any steps have been...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the use of the international development budget to support...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what definition of official development assistance the UK uses; and whether this definition has been revised for spending between...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports she has received on the number of Syrian refugees currently in (a) Lebanon, (b) Jordan, (c) Turkey, (d) Iraq and...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to provide relief and assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the funding and capacity shortfall within UNHCR to register and assist Syrian refugees entering Lebanon.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she made of humanitarian needs in Syria and neighbouring countries; and if she will consider providing additional...

      World Population Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures or events her Department is planning to mark World Population Day in July 2013.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that counselling should be undertaken before an abortion takes place.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the NHS on alcohol-related hospital admissions in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2009-10.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amount was spent by NHS bodies and local authorities on (a) drug abuse and (b) alcohol abuse (i) prevention and (ii) treatment in each of the last...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce compensation payments for patients made to wait over an hour for an ambulance.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time a patient waited for an ambulance in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Liverpool city-region, (c) Merseyside and (d)...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has provided for the development of reduction, refinement and replacement alternatives to the use of animals in scientific...

      Anti-depressants: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for benzodiazepines, Z drugs, SSRIs or other antidepressants have been issued to inmates in UK prisons in each of the last five years.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps will be taken by his Department and NHS England to ensure that health providers and commissioners act on cancer patients' feedback; (2)...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of his Department's programme of improving the experience of cancer patients.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to avoid variations in patients' access to medicines just before or just after the end of the current Cancer Drugs Fund...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from NHS England about the future of the Cancer Drugs Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of home testing kits used by men to detect bowel cancer returned after use.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each age group were diagnosed with dementia in each of the last five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many training placements have been available for dental graduates over the last five years; and how many such placements were awarded to (a) UK...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage a greater production of drugs for rare illnesses; and what incentives his Department offers pharmaceutical companies...

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 149W, on fluoride: drinking water, whether any assessment to add fluoride to drinking...

      Glaucoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have been diagnosed with glaucoma in each of the last five years; (2) what the age group of those with glaucoma was in each of the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on its priorities for new indicators for the Quality and...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to limit access to health services for immigrants and seek back payment costs for services.

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to implement statutory regulation of herbal practitioners via the Health and Care Professions Council.

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the link between patient experience and staff satisfaction.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Departments has made of access to treatment for patients with lung cancer in the NHS; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence relating to its planned review of access to treatments for non...

      Mental Illness: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people who are mentally ill were imprisoned in (a) 2012 and (b) the first three months of 2013 because there was not a place available for them...

      NHS: Ancillary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care assistants in each region of the UK are on zero hour contracts.

      NHS: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what events he (a) has been invited to and (b) plans to attend to mark the 65th anniversary of the National Health Service; (2) how he plans to...

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long it will take for redundancies in the NHS since 2010 to break even and be cost neutral.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with Public Health England on its responsibility to share information and expertise with local authorities to help them...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that initiatives to tackle obesity focus on management of obesity and excess weight as well as prevention.

      Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England and Wales have opted for amputation of feet or legs due to continuing mobility problems in the last three years; and what the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which projects administered by his Department were UK Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) attributable; what the total value of his Department's...

      Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy; and if he will work with the devolved assemblies to begin a...

      Prosopagnosia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the level of prosopagnosia in the UK; what assistance he makes available to people with that condition; and if he will make a...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time for radiotherapy is in England; and what comparative assessment he has made of this figure with that in (a) Northern Ireland, (b)...

      Reflexology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the reflexology sector on the use of reflexology as a method of pain relief.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received on the proposed national contract for the administration of the Nursery Milk Scheme; (2) what pricing...

      Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that clinicians are able to prescribe novel oral anticoagulants.

  • Justice

    • Crimes against Property: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2013, Official Report, columns 6-7W, on crimes against property, how many of those arrested on property damage charges...

    • Housing Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted under section (a) 30, (b) 32 and (c) 35 of the Housing Act 2004 since that Act's enactment.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) charged and (b) prosecuted under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 for aggravated threatening...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings were held as part of his Department's consultation on legal aid reforms since 1 October 2012 with (a) the Chair of the Bar Council, (b) the...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposed legal aid reforms on the number of self-represented litigants.

      Magistrates: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates have served in the armed forces.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people working in (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he is responsible have a criminal conviction.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Office of the Chief Magistrate about the use of conditional cautions.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what sentences were received by each employee of the Prison Service found guilty of criminal activity in the workplace in each year since 2003; (2)...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison staff were dismissed for breaches of the code of conduct in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of prisoners given a life sentence were released before their originally allocated minimum period of imprisonment had...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on Prisons and Probation Ombudsman investigations following deaths in custody in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in the UK are in receipt of unemployment pay.

      Prisoners: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners responded to the consultation on the Victims' Code of Conduct; and if he will make such responses public.

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what feasibility studies his Department has commissioned on Titan prisons.

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents there have been of (a) abuse of prison staff, (b) breach of health and safety regulations and (c) misuse of tools, equipment and other...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to introducing mandatory prisoner work schemes for those who are able to do so, as a condition of their sentence.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people employed by HM Prison Service to (a) cook, (b) serve meals, (c) do prison maintenance and (d) clean are not serving prison sentences; and...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what space each prison establishment in England and Wales provides for the purpose of completing mental health assessments.

      Prisons: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the cost of all services under each costing of each prison in the UK.

      Prisons: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost is to the public purse of the provision of televisions for use in prisons; (2) on what date his Department plans to introduce the...

      Probation Trusts: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions each probation trust has been sued for negligence in each of the last five years.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the equality of access available for deaf people whose first language is British Sign Language in communicating with...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost was to the court system of the delays caused by criminal trials that were ineffective for reasons related to court administration in...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many requests for registered intermediaries have been made by (a) children and (b) adults in each month since January 2013.

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many registered intermediaries were appointed in each of the last three years for which data is available; and what the type of case was in each case.

      Work Capability Assessment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many of those living in each constituency in Wales who appealed against decisions on benefits entitlement made following work capability...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the use of restorative justice approaches within the secure children's estate.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses closed in (a) the north-east, (b) Sunderland Local Authority and (c) Sunderland Central constituency in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012.

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to section 3(6) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, what steps the Prime Minister (a) has taken and (b) plans to take...

      Civil Servants: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will ban the use of special severance payments involving large pay-offs designed to prevent civil servants speaking out about problems.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to work with IT industry leaders such as Microsoft and Google to assess the adequacy of the level of cyber security among...

      Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the rates of death by (a) suicide, (b) heart disease and (c) alcohol-related disease were for (i) men and (ii) women (A) nationally, (B) in each...

      Hospital Deaths

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people died at the Royal London Hospital from ventriculitis in 2012; (2) how many people died at the Royal London Hospital on (a) 3 June...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what grants his Department has made to local community organisations, voluntary groups and non-governmental organisations engaged in fighting human...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 27 January 2011, Official Report, columns 463-4W, on infant mortality, when the figures were last updated; what the...

      Misuse of Drugs Ministerial Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times Ministers of his Office have attended the inter-ministerial group on drugs since May 2010.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which companies supply (a) mobile telephones and (b) mobile data services to his Department.

      Public Sector: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public sector employees used payroll giving in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

      Retail Trade: Barnsley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in Barnsley East constituency are employed in the retail sector.

      Rspca

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what discussions his Department has had about the RSPCA's charitable status since May 2010; (2) what representations he made to the RSPCA after...

      Shipbuilding: Glasgow

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of (a) how many and (b) what proportion of people in Glasgow North West constituency are classified as working in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, (b) the British Council, (c) UK...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his Bahraini counterparts on ensuring that Mr Mahdi Abu Dheeb has access to appropriate medical...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have visited a British Overseas Territory in an official capacity...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Burmese counterpart to encourage a safe and voluntary return process for displaced...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the compliance of the reintroduction of the Burmese directive placing a two-child limit on...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Burmese counterpart to ensure that security forces in Burma provide adequate protection...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking in conjunction with the UN to tackle the kidnapping of Eritrean citizens in North Africa.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Eritrea about the kidnapping in North Africa of Eritrean citizens who...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken following the discharge of shots by a Guardia Civil vessel in Gibraltarian waters; and if he...

      Greece: Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of relations between Macedonia and Greece in respect of the naming issue.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to encourage the EU to add Hezbollah to its proscribed list of terrorist organisations.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the UK is advocating that India as a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty should be admitted...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, OfficialReport, column 745, on Israel: children in detention, if he will make a...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make immediate representations to the government of Israel over their decision to set in motion the Prawer Plan...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the consequences of the recent violence in Nigeria for stability in the region.

      North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to provide support to UK residents whose relatives are the victims of kidnapping in North Africa.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with EU member states on the labelling of produce from Israeli settlements.

      Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to announce the date of the current year's meeting of the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Prime Minister will discuss with his Pakistani counterpart the need for caution and the potential for instability and...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Israeli Government about salaries paid to Palestinian prisoners...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Palestinian Authority about salaries paid to Palestinian...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people from addresses in Scotland were registered with the LOCATE service prior to the service closing in May 2013.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of bilateral relations with Sierra Leone since November 2012.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in Kailahun province, Sierra Leone.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support the African Union Forces fighting al-Shabab and other terrorist groups in Somalia...

      South East Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his counterparts in (a) Malaysia and (b) Singapore on the environmental and health risks posed...

      Sudan and Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the amount paid out by UK residents to kidnappers in Sudan and Egypt.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 14 June 2013 at No. 10 Downing street, if he will publish in full the...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of discussions on Syria at the recent G8 Conference, in Northern Ireland.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan on the Turkish Government's response to the protests in Gezi...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with (a) the Moroccan ambassador and (b) MINURSO the beating of Mariam Burhimi and Lamat Zeghman while...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what help his Department is providing to small businesses to receive training in IT skills.

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what days and at which locations roadshows on the Business Bank programme for prospective applicants have been (a) held to...

      Comet Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received a report from the Insolvency Service report into Comet.

      Community Interest Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many community interest companies were created in (a) the West Midlands, (b) the East Midlands, (c) London, (d) Wales, (e)...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials are currently working on his Department’s investigation of zero-hours contracts.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he expects his Department’s investigation of zero-hours contracts to be complete; and if he will publish any...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he will issue a call for evidence and initiate a consultation process as part of his Department’s investigation...

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to assist small and medium-sized construction companies.

      Digital Technology: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage innovation in the field of 3D printing.

      Empty Property: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the retail vacancy rate was in each of the principal seaside towns in each of the last 30 years.

      Enterprise Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his answer of 7 March 2013, Official Report, column 1184W, on enterprise capital funds, what proportion of funds...

      Enterprise Zones: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with the (i) Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what joint projects his Department has participated in with businesses developing new flood protection technologies in each of...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to reduce the number of jobs being moved out of the UK.

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings officials in his Department have had with outside agencies to discuss the approval of the planting of...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) Monsanto, (b) Bayer and (c) BASF on the approval of planting of genetically modified...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) Rothamsted Research, (b) The John Innes Centre and (c) the Institute of Food Research...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) timetable and (b) deadlines have been set for the completion of due diligence processes for funds already committed...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the funds allocated to each project supported by the Green Investment Bank have been drawn down to date; and...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received in respect of the 11 Confucius Institutes at British universities.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the further round of red tape challenge announced in the 2013 Budget will include health and safety regulations.

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 207W, on industry, whether he plans to publish a collaborative...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to publish a progress report on implementation of industrial strategy in 2013.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the contribution made by local enterprise partnerships to growth in the creative industries.

      Manufacturing Industries: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many manufacturing jobs in (a) each constituency and (b) total have been created in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and (b) universities on future plans for departmental...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Newport East of 26 February and 24 May 2013...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new businesses were started in (a) Warwick, (b) Leamington, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England in each of the last...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which projects administered by his Department were UK overseas development assistance (ODA) attributable; what the total value of...

      Postcodes: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that privatisation of the Royal Mail does not restrict access to the postcode...

      Prisoners: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to improve literacy and numeracy rates among prison inmates and young offenders.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Blackpool South of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 301W, on the...

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage students to take up science and engineering degrees at university.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many days on average staff of his Department in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in each of the...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the average undergraduate loan was for students who lived (a) at home and (b) away from home in each of the last five...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of UK students in higher education did not apply for student finance in each of the last 10 years.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely distributional effect on different quintiles of students of the policy announced in...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what external advice the Government have commissioned since May 2010 on the future of the student loan book; when each such piece...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury in his oral statement of 27 June 2013, that the Government...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a full and unredacted copy of the document entitled, “Project Hero: updated views on...

      Telephone Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) UK companies and (b) consumer groups about chargeable customer advice telephone numbers.

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Government's decision to award train manufacturing in the Thameslink contract, what assistance his...

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Government's decision to award train manufacturing in the Thameslink contract, for what reason his...

      Training: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which initiatives undertaken by his Department for the purpose of economic recovery include skills learning for young people.

      USA: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the carbon footprint created by the expected greater trade between the US and the EU as a result of...

  • Education

    • Arts: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, (b) teachers and teachers' organisations and (c) arts...

    • Children: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) primary school and (b) secondary school children have visited (i) an art gallery, (ii) a museum, (iii) a theatre, (iv) a dance...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times a Minister from his Department has written to all (a) primary head teachers, (b) secondary head teachers and (c) local education...

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve the educational attainment of children in receipt of free school meals in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b)...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children were taught a modern foreign language in (a) year 2, (b) year 6, (c) year 9 and (d) year 11 in maintained schools in...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of his private ministerial office staff are (a) male and (b) female.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many schools appealed against the refusal to be entered for the Level 6 SAT papers and were subsequently granted entry through appeal with...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education under what curriculum (1) students ending key stage 2 in 2015 will be (a) taught and (b) assessed. (2) students ending key stage 2 in 2016 will be...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to log the number of journeys undertaken by each Minister in his Department using the ministerial car pool.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average per student funding was of primary schools of (a) fewer than 50, (b) from 50 to 99, (c) from 100 to 199, (d) from 200 to 299, (e) from...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much was spent by his Department on school based careers advice services in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2009-10 and (e) 2008-09.

  • House of Lords

    • Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential of the European Union, as Israel’s main trading partner, to press for serious peace negotiations in...

    • Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning West Bank and Israeli markets re-opening to Gazan produce.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the continuing role of the Quartet in the Middle East Peace Process.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what framework of accountability has been built into Tony Blair’s role as Quartet Representative.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank and Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on economic growth in the West Bank and Gaza of Palestinian independence and freedom to trade.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held recently with European ministers with regard to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Gazan fishermen.

      EU: Roma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Amnesty International UK’s briefing, Human rights on the margins: Roma in Europe, what action they are taking to guarantee the...

      EU: Roma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons for the United Kingdom they have learnt from the World Bank report Reducing Vulnerability and Promoting the Self-employment of Roma in Eastern...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they made to the government of Laos regarding the repatriation of nine North Korean orphans from Laotian custody to the government of...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the destruction of houses in al-Nuweima in Zone A near Jericho.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about civilian access and trade between the Abu Dis Township and Jerusalem.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of persons in Egypt held without trial or pending trial; whether any of them have been charged; and whether they are...

      Airports: Racial Profiling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom citizens of Pakistani origin were profiled at United Kingdom airports; and how that figure compares to that for other United Kingdom...

      Airports: Racial Profiling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many international flights are targeted for profiling purposes each year; and which destinations and airlines have been prioritised in this regard over...

      Airports: Racial Profiling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics they maintain regarding profiling of different racial and ethnic groups at United Kingdom airports; and whether they will publish figures for...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Council for Science and Technology on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21,...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Export Guarantees Advisory Council on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21,...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Industrial Development Advisory Board on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Land Registration Rule Committee on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2)...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Low Pay Commission on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2) apprentices...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Regulatory Policy Committee on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2)...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Central Arbitration Committee on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2)...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Competition Appeal Tribunal on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2)...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Copyright Tribunal on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2) apprentices...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Insolvency Practitioners’ Tribunal on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Certification Office on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2) apprentices...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed within the Office of Manpower Economics on 1 May 2013; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2)...

      Aviation: Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many communications they have received from overseas travellers concerning Air Passenger Duty in the last 12 months. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering requiring bank holding companies to issue a minimum amount of bail-in exposed debt capital.

      Banks: Co-operative Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the proposed recapitalisation of the Co-operative Bank, what assessment they have made of the impact in terms of loss burden of ranking private...

      Banks: Co-operative Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that retail investors in the Co-operative Bank subordinated securities receive advice independent from that provided to...

      Britannia Building Society

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which financial regulator approved the purchase by the Co-operative Bank of the Britannia Building Society.

      Children: Digital Exclusion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of children living in poverty who are experiencing digital exclusion.

      Children: Food and Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of school holidays upon the nutrition of children who receive free school meals during term time.

      Children: Food and Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost of funding meals during school holidays for all children who are eligible for free school meals.

      Children: Sexually Explicit Material

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they provide to schools to ensure that children cannot circumvent systems in place to prevent access to sexually explicit content on school...

      Dogs: Dangerous Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many dog owners have (1) been ordered to muzzle their dog, (2) received a custodial sentence for possession of a prohibited dog, (3) received a community...

      Education: Japanese

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they applied in selecting the list of languages which may be offered at Key Stage 2; and why Japanese is not included in that list.

      Employment: Work Capability Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value of the work capability assessment contracts awarded by the Department for Work and Pensions to (1) Atos, and (2) Capita, in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Employment: Youth Employment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Freud on 18 June (HL Deb, col 385), whether the Minister for Employment discussed (1) which United Kingdom regions will be...

      EU: Women on Boards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Northover on 17 June (HL Deb, col 8), what is the progress of European Union legislation on women on boards against which...

      Finance: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the systemic risk as a consequence of bank balance sheet sensitivity to rising interest rates.

      Finance: Payday Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they, or any of their agencies, track the total amount of outstanding loans resulting from payday lending; and, if so, in what detail.

      Health: Birth Defects

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 January (WA 43–4), whether Ministers have yet received the peer-reviewed advice regarding the use of...

      Health: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is the author of the material on chronic fatigue syndrome issued by Capita for training purposes under its responsibilities as a personal independence...

      Homelessness: Migrant Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to co-ordinate action with foreign embassies and others (1) to establish whether migrant rough sleepers from (a) non-European Union, and...

      Homelessness: Migrant Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve coordination with foreign embassies in order to collect citizenship information about migrant rough sleepers from (1)...

      Housing: Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the risk to (1) banks, and (2) consumer borrowers, of interest-only residential mortgages; and what action they have taken to...

      Israel: Weapons Technology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the dependence of (1) the United Kingdom, and (2) other European countries, on Israeli weapons technology.

      Limited Liability Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of limited liability partnerships registered at Companies House are also listed as directors of companies at Companies House.

      Limited Liability Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the top ten addresses where the greatest number of (a) companies, and (b) limited liability partnerships, are registered at Companies House.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the ad hoc query from the European Migration Network (EMN) on 9 January regarding legislative or practical changes on the issue...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 June (WA 140–1), whether they intend to direct investment and heighten student numbers in those areas...

      NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to uphold assurances given to Parliament that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) would be free to make independent decisions...

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to devolve any fiscal powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly; and, if so, which powers. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      Schools: Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the finding in Ofsted's 2013 report that a third of schools need to improve their sex and relationship education, what steps the Secretary...

      Wales and Scotland: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received requests from the Scottish Government or the Welsh Assembly Government for the devolution of any fiscal powers; and, if so, which...

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