Written answers

Monday, 15 July 2013

  • Scotland

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much (a) he and (b) officials in his Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select committees and (ii)...

    • Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c) producers...

  • Wales

    • Business Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the remit is of the Wales Office Business Advisory Group; and what has been its output to date.

    • Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effects on small and medium-sized enterprises in...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much (a) he and (b) officials in his Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select committees and (ii) contact...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent meetings he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Government's response to the recommendations of the Commission on Devolution in...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions and meetings he has had with his ministerial colleagues from other departments regarding the publication of the Draft Wales Bill.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c) producers...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to ensure that Welsh interests are taken into consideration in the implementation of the Government's policies on employment and...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to promote the Big Society in Wales.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport about road and rail infrastructure renewal in Wales.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) she and (b) officials in her Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select committees and...

    • Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of all food procured for her Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c)...

      Northcote House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department used the facilities at Northcote House, Sunningdale Park, Berkshire in (i) 2010-11,...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Accountancy

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons Commission spent on contracts with (a) Deloitte, (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what improvements in human rights he will be prioritising when President Thein Sein of Burma visits the UK.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons human rights lead at the embassy in Burma has been downgraded to the third political officer position.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma urging it to repeal all repressive laws in that country.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Burma about recent reports of Burmese Government security forces raping...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the demands made at the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union on 26 April 2012,...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what ways the planned additional £4 million investment in his Department's operations in China will increase the UK's...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the potential effects of the 2017 and 2020 elections in Hong Kong with his Chinese counterpart.

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to set a date for the visit of the UN...

  • Justice

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those convicted of offences in relation to the disturbances in the summer of 2011 have not yet completed custodial sentences.

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effect the limiting legal aid funding for judicial reviews will have on those citizens who wish to challenge...

      Lincoln Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers employed at HMP Lincoln have been (a) made redundant and (b) given notice of redundancy between December 2012 and June 2013.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) women and (b) men were received into prison (i) for breaching a court order, (ii) for breaching bail and (iii) under sentence in (A) 2011...

      Reoffenders: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group on probation in the Essex Probation Trust area reoffended in each of the last 12 months for...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on contracts with (a) Deloitte, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young in...

    • Agriculture: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of fuel stations which sell red diesel for use in agricultural vehicles.

      Agriculture: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that farmers are aware of the penalties for using vehicles powered by red...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on flood protection measures in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on the construction of flood defences in each of the last five years.

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings and discussions he and his officials have attended in the last 12 months on the potential repeal of the Hunting...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2013, Official Report, columns 331-32W, on the Hunting Act 2004, what proportion of the...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the goals set out in his Department's document entitled Biodiversity 2020: A Strategy for England's...

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed duty to have regard to growth on the ability of Natural...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (b) the Secretary of State...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will publish details of expenditure under the A respected Department programme identified in his Department's...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recycling plants have failed health and safety requirements in each year since 2001.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the conclusion of his...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the outcome of the Triennial Review of the Environment Agency and Natural England in respect of targets for...

      Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of red squirrels in England in each of the last five years.

      Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much his Department has spent on raising public awareness of the need to protect the red squirrel population since...

  • Home Department

    • Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on the case of Shaker Aamer.

    • Cyber-crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to tackle cyber-crime.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce domestic violence.

      Immigration: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to ensure that landlords who have taken reasonable steps to verify a tenant's immigration status will not be...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to increase the use of CCTV where there is demand from communities.

      Foreign Criminals: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been since June 2012 in the number of foreign criminals deported.

      Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the names, job titles, area of work, term of appointment and Civil Service equivalent grade are of personnel currently seconded to her...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the use of legal highs.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to revise the annual immigration statistics to ensure that they are provided with the latest census estimates of past...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which classes of young people who are (a) UK citizens and (b) EU nationals resident temporarily in the UK those looking after them are...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer (a) questions 163403, 163404 and 163513, tabled by the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North on 2 July 2013, for...

  • Transport

    • Abellio Greater Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to Abellio from the Government and (b) from Abellio to the Government in respect of the...

    • Arriva Trains Cross Country

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to Arriva from the Government and (b) from Arriva to the Government in respect of the...

      Arriva Trains Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to Arriva from the Government and (b) from Arriva to the Government in respect of the...

      c2c

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to National Express from the Government and (b) from National Express to the Government...

      Caldervale Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the pacer units will be phased out of service on the Caldervale railway line through Halifax.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) he and (b) officials in his Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select committees and (ii)...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government and local authorities work together to ensure the Cycle to Work scheme helps to implement...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote the Cycle to Work scheme.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether his Department's transport strategy due by December 2013 will set out how cycling will be increased to 10 per cent of travel in...

      East Midlands Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to Stagecoach from the Government and (b) from Stagecoach to the Government in respect...

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to FirstGroup from the Government and (b) from FirstGroup to the Government in respect...

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to FirstGroup from the Government and (b) from FirstGroup to the Government in respect...

      First TransPennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to TransPennine Express from the Government and (b) from TransPennine Express to the...

      Govia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to Govia from the Government and (b) from Govia to the Government in respect of the...

      Govia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to Govia from the Government and (b) from Govia to the Government in respect of the...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments to (a) Abellio and (b) Serco from the Government and from (i) Abellio and (ii) Serco to the...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what payments First Great Western has made to the Exchequer in each financial year since April 2004; and what payments First Great Western has...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what passenger representation there has been in his Department's negotiations to award extensions to existing rail franchises.

      Roads: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to assess the feasibility of completing the North West relief ring road around Shrewsbury; (2) if he will visit...

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to Stagecoach from the Government and (b) from Stagecoach to the Government in respect...

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of annual payments (a) to Southeastern from the Government and (b) from Southeastern to the Government in...

      Virgin Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments Virgin Trains has made to the Exchequer in each financial year since April 2004; and what payments Virgin Trains has received from public...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many answers to Parliamentary Questions involving tables of statistics fewer than four pages in length were (a) printed in full and (b) provided...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department follows in determining whether, when answers to Parliamentary Questions which include statistics, those statistics are (a)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will provide a list of all catering outlets available in his Department's buildings.

    • Empty Property: Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes were redesignated as second homes in the last financial year. [R]

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has taken steps to ensure that retained fire stations are able to mobilise fire engines despite shortages of staff.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make an assessment of the effects on levels of rent arrears reported by registered social landlords in (a) Wales, (b)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of local authority budgets of (a) food testing and (b) flood management;...

      Local Government Finance: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has provided to local authorities for the purpose of enforcing occupational safety and health in each of...

      Local Government Finance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much general revenue funding has been allocated to City of York council for services other than education in 2009-10 and in...

      Mobile Phones

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

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications his Department has (a) received and (b) approved from local authorities to collect an additional business...

      Non-domestic Rates: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey have taken advantage of the doubling of small business rate relief...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to encourage wider collection of recyclable plastics from households.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development of plastics recycling infrastructure in the UK.

      Press: Subscriptions

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

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what ideas from his Tree of Ideas scheme were (a) implemented and (b) not implemented.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department currently spends on contracts with Serco; and how much was spent in each year since 2008.

      Sky Lanterns: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fires caused by Chinese lanterns have been recorded in (a) Warrington and (b) Cheshire in each of the last three years.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment his Department intends to donate to the Government of Afghanistan when British troops withdraw from that country.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department expects to pay in to the deployed military activity pool in each year to 2015-16; (2) how much his Department has paid in...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual pay settlement for the armed forces was between 1997 and 2010.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) he and (b) officials in his Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select committees and (ii) contact...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that the three services have sufficient trained capability managers.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c) producers...

      Reserve Forces: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 3 July 2013, Official Report, column 923, on Reserve forces, what the effect of such changes will be in Dorset.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met BAE Systems to discuss skills levels in the UK shipbuilding sector.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the contribution to the wider economy of shipbuilding for the Royal Navy in each of the (a) last five years and (b) next...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress he has made on plans to build two new offshore patrol vessels; and if he will make a statement.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) British citizens and (b) former British citizens have been killed in airstrikes initiated by US armed forces in the last 10 years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on contracts with (a) Deloitte, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young in each year...

    • Arts: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to maintain access to the arts in rural communities.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 801W, on broadband, whether the UK is on track to meet the EU 2020...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the target coverage is for broadband for each (a) local authority, (b) nation of the UK and (c) contractor employed by BD:UK

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2013, Official Report , column 114W, on broadband, what assistance her Department provides to urban...

      Broadband Delivery UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Broadband Delivery UK requires in annual funding for it to carry out its responsibilities.

      Broadband Delivery UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding her Department is providing through Broadband Delivery UK to help meet her Department's objectives for change in...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what budget her Department set for the rollout of broadband in rural areas; what target dates were set for the rollout; how much the...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking (a) to ensure that there is sufficient competition in the process of tendering contracts for the...

      Broadband: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate she has made of the number of people in Sunderland who live in areas with low-speed broadband.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) she and (b) officials in her Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last...

      Motor Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the value of the motorsport industry and community rallies to tourism in the UK.

      Public Libraries: Electronic Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps her Department is taking to encourage appropriate models for remote eBook lending in response to the recommendations of...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department receives any financial or non-financial benefit from its telephone providers for telephone lines that (a) her...

  • Attorney-General

    • Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Attorney-General how many Crown Prosecution Service decisions not to dispose of a case out of court were judicially reviewed in 2012 and in each of the five preceding years.

    • Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Attorney-General how many Crown Prosecution Service decisions not to prosecute were judicially reviewed in 2012 and in each of the five preceding years.

      Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2013, Official Report, column 349W, on alternatives to prosecution, how many of the cautions issued for child abuse offences were for...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions he has had with representatives of judges and magistrates on the performance of the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Food

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of all food procured for the Law Officers' Departments was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c) producers...

  • Education

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much (a) he and (b) officials in his Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select committees and (ii)...

    • Education: Chester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to sign the funding agreement for the University of Chester and Chester Cathedral's free school.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment his Department has made of the First Steps pilot scheme and its effectiveness in improving outcomes for families with multiple...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c)...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what measure of basic need his Department uses to calculate the number of free schools intending to open in areas of basic need; (2) how many of...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the capital costs of the free schools where building costs have been finalised and contracts signed and (a) which opened in...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's and its agencies' planned spending from departmental expenditure limit is in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 under the headings (i)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's programme costs will be in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 under the headings (i) basic need schools capital grant, (ii) Building...

      School Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools offer hours from 8 am to 6 pm; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many instances of pupils being taught in temporary accommodation in (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) sixth form colleges were recorded in...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many new schools have been built in each (a) local education authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency in England since May 2010; and if he...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the repair and maintenance backlog cost for schools in (a) England and (b) each local education authority; and if he will...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he is taking to increase uptake of sports in school hours; (2) what plans he has to increase participation in sports by children...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of school children aged 12 to 16 years take part in at least one planned sporting activity during school hours each week; (2)...

      Teachers: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teachers have retired at or before 60 years of age in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much was spent on education in (a) Feltham, (b) Ashfield, (c) Cookham Wood, (d) Downview, (e) Eastwood Park, (f) Hindley, (g) New Hall, (h) Parc,...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how frequently he meets with (a) the UK Youth Parliament and (b) young people and students to consult on his Department's policy objectives and plans.

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department has allocated in Burma to promote religious tolerance and multi-faith initiatives.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure that funding by her Department for education in Burma which is being channelled through monastic...

      Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding her Department allocated to the Conflict Pool in each year from 2010-11 to date; how much she estimates will be...

      Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment criteria her Department uses to assign projects to the Conflict Pool programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian effects of the occupation of the West Bank of Palestine.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much air passenger duty has been raised from passengers travelling by air from the UK to (a) Brazil, (b) Russia, (c) India, (d) China, (e)...

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of passengers at UK airports who were subject to air passenger duty and were from households with below average incomes...

      Bank Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the European Commission's Green Paper, Towards an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments and proposals to...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the agreement at the G8, how many action plans from the Overseas Territories have been completed; and when they will be published.

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual pay settlement for the civil service has been since 2010.

      Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c) producers...

      Government Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on the issue of Government bonds with expiry dates in excess of 30 years.

      House Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many properties with home insurance have (a) only buildings insurance, (b) only contents insurance and (c) have both buildings and contents...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount has been raised through the Pension Infrastructure Platform (PIP) since its launch; and how much capital has been invested in infrastructure...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the administrative costs to lenders for the implementation and running of the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme.

      Northcote House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department used the facilities at Northcote House, Sunningdale Park, Berkshire in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12...

      Personal Income: Ashfield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the change in median household real income before housing costs in Ashfield constituency since May 2010.

      Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many Public Private Partnership infrastructure projects have been assisted through the temporary lending programme announced in July 2012; and...

      Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which 30 public private partnership infrastructure projects are to be funded by the UK Guarantees temporary lending programme.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of HM Revenue and Customs enquiry centre customers were (a) from an ethnic minority, (b) female and (c) disabled in the latest period...

      VAT: Hospices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make it his policy to zero rate hospices for the purposes of VAT; and if he will make a statement; (2) what representations he has...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims from people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK for (i) child tax credits and (ii) working tax...

  • Health

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on contracts with (a) Deloitte, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young in each year since 2008.

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 25 April 2013, Official Report, column 1106W, on antibiotics, when the five-year antimicrobial strategy and action plan...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce clinical trials aimed at younger breast cancer patients.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) he and (b) officials in his Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before Select Committees and (ii) contact...

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with ambulance trusts on the site mapping and registration of automated external defibrillators (AED) in England...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c) producers...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on how many occasions companies have failed to meet a Responsibility Deal pledge by a stated deadline; (2) what steps he takes when a company fails...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many companies and organisations have signed up to the 34 pledges of his Department's Responsibility Deal.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) private companies and (b) charity providers were granted Any Qualified Provider Status in England in (i) 2012 and (ii) 2013.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many known hepatitis C victims have received financial assistance via charities set up by the Government since 2010.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many known hepatitis C victims have been given financial assistance throughout the UK; and what the average amount of such support is; (2) how...

      Hospitals: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2013, Official Report, column 659-60W, on hospitals: administration, to whom assurances following changes to the size...

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the performance of individual consultants in every specialism is measured consistently and published; and if he will...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department gives to hospitals in England on what types of food should be available to the general public on their premises.

      Mental Health Services: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many serious unexpected incidents (SUIs) occurred at the Dova Acute Mental Health Unit in Barrow-in-Furness in the last three years; on what dates...

      Mental Health: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of flooding upon a person's mental health.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are sufficient trained midwives to cope with the UK's increasing birth rate.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that midwives are retained by the NHS.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that newly qualified midwives are able to find suitable positions in maternity units.

      Muscular Dystrophy: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that people affected by muscle-wasting conditions will be able to continue to access neuromuscular co-ordinator support in...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations (a) his predecessors and (b) his Department received expressing concerns about Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS...

      NHS: Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the criteria for giving a Clinical Excellence Award (CEA); and if he will introduce more routine reviews of CEAs already made.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made since the report Extent and causes of international variations in drug usage in 2010 by Sir Mike Richards of...

      Northcote House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department used the facilities at Northcote House, Sunningdale Park, Berkshire in (i) 2010-11, (ii)...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people at what cost to the public purse have been fitted with gastric bands since May 2010.

      Orthopaedics: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has taken steps to implement recommendation 6 of the Murrison Report, A Better Deal for Military Amputees, calling for the National Institute...

      Orthopaedics: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of recommendation 3 of the Murrison Report, A Better Deal for Military Amputees, published 2011; and if he will adopt this...

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the top five most expensive NHS patients have cost since May 2010.

      Self-harm: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of 18 were admitted to hospital in each health care trust as a result of self-harm in each of the last three years.

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the consultation to decide on the capped care cost of social care for working age disabled people will be published.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many answers by his Department to parliamentary questions involving tables of statistics fewer than four pages in length were (a) printed in...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to bring forward amendments to the Energy Bill for the purpose of improving market access for independent generators...

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last...

      Northcote House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department used the facilities at Northcote House, Sunningdale Park, Berkshire in (i)...

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total installed capacity of power stations in Great Britain was in each year since 1989 for which figures are available.

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many power stations of each fuel type (a) were commissioned and (b) began generating in each year since 1989 for which figures are...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many senior civil servants left his Department and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in each of...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many signatories to the Prompt Payment Code are members of the FTSE 350 index; and how many private firms have signed the...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized enterprises in the South of England participated in the Growth Accelerator Scheme.

      Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the compatibility of proposed changes to section 32 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988...

      Cosmetics: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 728W, on cosmetics: EU law, if he will make it his policy to...

      Economic and Social Research Council: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who has been appointed as a Scotland Leadership Fellow by the Economic and Social Research Council; what funding has been made...

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses have received support through the Export Refinancing Facility.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many local enterprise partnerships have a female (a) chair and (b) chief executive.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria were used to determine the allocation of the European regional development fund and the European social fund monies...

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what educational advice and support is available to mature students who wish to pursue (a) Level 2 courses, (b) Level 3 courses...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on enforcement of the national minimum wage.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of businesses which have secured funding under the Start-Up Loans scheme to date.

      Northcote House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department used the facilities at Northcote House, Sunningdale Park, Berkshire in...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for how many years the provision of a six day universal service after any privatisation of Royal Mail will continue; and if he...

      Regional Growth Fund: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of (a) the performance of the Regional Growth Fund against its objectives and (b) the effect...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the chief executive of Royal Mail was paid in 2012-13; and what percentage change in his salary there was between (a)...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his statement of 10 July 2013, Official Report, columns 361-76, on Royal Mail, (1) what information Royal Mail has...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his statement of 10 July 2013, Official Report, columns 361-76, on Royal Mail, what the evidential basis is for his...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his statement of 10 July 2013, Official Report, columns 361-76, on Royal Mail, what alternatives to privatisation...

      Technology: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) access to finance for UK tech companies and (b) relative competitiveness of the UK as a...

      York College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding was allocated to York College by the Skills Funding Agency and the Young People's Learning Agency in (a) cash and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: Clwyd

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average weekly gross earnings of full-time employed (a) men and (b) women in Vale of Clwyd constituency was in each year since 2006-07 (i) in...

    • Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Charities Act 2006 for the purpose of derogating provisions currently used to limit the...

      Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much (a) he and (b) officials in his Department spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select committees and (ii)...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many applicants shortlisted for the role of Director of Public Prosecutions were (a) women and (b) from a minority ethnic background.

      Dual Mandate

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Northern Ireland on 9 July 2013, Official Report, column 311, on the Northern Ireland...

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of women were working in the (a) public sector and (b) private sector in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

      Food

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c) producers...

      Grant Thornton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on contracts with Grant Thornton in each year since 2008.

      Population

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 210W, on population, when he expects to publish the data requested.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when he last published statistics on the number of (a) women, (b) ethnic minorities and (c) disabled people on public boards; (2) how many (a)...

      Senior Civil Servants: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure that there will be at least one Black, Asian and minority ethnic permanent secretary by 2015.

      Third Sector: Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish an evaluation of the Business Connectors pilots; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many infants under the age of 3 years old in England receives the care component of disability living allowance; (2) how many...

    • Disability Living Allowance: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people who will be moved from (a) higher and (b) middle rates of disability living allowance to the lower rate of personal...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of all food procured for his Department was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized enterprises and (c)...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the recommendations of the Löftstedt Report into Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workplace inspections are planned by the Health and Safety Executive for Scotland; and how many such inspections will be carried out...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workplace inspections were carried out by the Health and Safety Executive for Scotland in each year since 2010; and how many such...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has undertaken of levels of job satisfaction among staff of Jobcentre Plus.

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that miners being made redundant as a result of UK Coal going into administration receive 100 per cent of their...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of (a) jobseeker's allowance recipients currently eligible for the new enterprise allowance (NEA), (b) people referred to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken for a benefit applicant to receive written notification of the outcome of an application was in each of the last...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken by his Department and its agencies to consider an application for benefit was (a) in 2008 and (b) in the most...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of covering (a) 75 per cent and (b) 80 percent of eligible childcare costs for all...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of decreasing the universal taper rate to (a) 60 per cent and (b) 55 per cent.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who are financially disadvantaged in (a) the UK and (b) Wales as a result of the introduction...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the scalability for national roll-out of the initial IT system being used to support the delivery of universal...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged over 50 and in receipt of employment and support allowance were referred to the Work programme in its first two years; and...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether have made any assessment of the paper Sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest by Jack A Heinemann et al, published...

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 50 European Union-funded projects on the safety of genetically modified products have involved long-term feeding studies designed to...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all plants genetically modified with Bacillus thuringiensis meet the World Health Organisation and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation...

      Agriculture: Herbicides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the use of Azulene; and what other herbicides they recommend to control bracken.

      Agriculture: Wheat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 2 December 2010 (WA 480–1), whether they will publish an updated table showing the average price of...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government by which date United Kingdom banks must reach the 3 per cent capital to assets leverage requirement set by the Prudential Regulatory Authority.

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 21 May (WA 42) on the use of Article 53(1) of the Lisbon Treaty as the legal basis for the Capital...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 3 July (WA 212–3), why the expected numbers and savings “are only available for Great...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to provide technical assistance and training to the Burmese military on specific measures to professionalise and reform its...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking action to encourage the Burmese military to introduce and adopt measures which prevent the recruitment of underage soldiers,...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking action to ensure that the United Nations Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict requires the government of...

      Businesses: Graduate Entrepreneurs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources are available for graduate entrepreneurs for start-up businesses.

      Children: Sexual Exploitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their timetable for signing and ratifying the Council of Europe Lanzarote Convention against Sexual Exploitation of Children.

      Children: Sexually Explicit Material

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent young children from watching highly sexualised music video content online.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking action to encourage those authorities that are charging former Council Tax Benefit recipients more than 8.5 per cent Council Tax in...

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research evidence has been published since 2008 into the effectiveness of the domestic violence, stalking and honour-based crime risk assessment.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the reasons for the conclusion by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s review panel in their report Scientific review of the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the independent review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority that was submitted...

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union transport legislation enacted during the last ten years has not been transposed into United Kingdom legislation by the due date.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the forthcoming proposed legislation on forced marriage, whether they will publish the list of women's organisations they have consulted and...

      Health: Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specifications are in place for the specialised commissioning of implanted cardioverter defibrillator and cardiac resynchronisation therapy until...

      Health: Drugs Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 June (WA 93), what arrangements will be in place for patients to access cancer drugs previously considered...

      Health: Drugs Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 June (WA 93), what involvement they envisage for clinicians in value-based pricing assessments of cancer...

      Health: Mitochondrial Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who composed the Press Release by the Department of Health and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority “Innovative genetic treatment to...

      Health: Monitor

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Monitor is challenging Torbay Health Trust for anti-competitive behaviour in seeking to integrate its services with those in the community; and, if...

      Health: Neuromotor Immaturity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the head of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in The Daily Telegraph on 1 July that, in...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many units of council and former council housing have been sold in each local housing authority since the introduction of the Right to Buy scheme; what...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of United Kingdom housing stock was owner-occupied for each of the past ten years; what is their estimate of that figure for each of the next...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to restore a minimum level of diplomatic relations with Iran; and whether there are any preconditions for such a step on either side.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to sign and implement the agreement with Iraq for the transfer of convicted persons.

      Nepal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the definition of citizenship currently being proposed by the Constituent Assembly in Nepal; and whether any children born to...

      NHS: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many accident and emergency units it has been decided will close since June 2010; and what are their names. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how...

      NHS: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS patients have waited longer than 4 hours for treatment in accident and emergency units in each quarter since January 2010.

      NHS: Migrant Access and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the estimate by Clare Gerada, Chair of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners, that the staff costs of...

      NHS: Migrant Access and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have about the impact of health tourism on the NHS budget.

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS patients were waiting for an elective procedure or operation at the end of (1) June 2010, (2) June 2011, (3) June 2012, and (4) June 2013. To...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ambassador Jo Adamson, United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, will be attending meetings of the United Nations...

      Overseas Conflict: Sexual Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to United Nations Resolution 2016 (2013); and whether funding will be available to take it forward through the Preventing Sexual...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the Department of Communities and Local Government received from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in response to its consultation on...

      Police: Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers have been prosecuted in the past five years in cases involving criminal conduct against black and minority ethnic individuals. To...

      Police: Whistle-blowers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to improve the protection provided to whistle-blowers within the police service.

      Ports: Dredging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken into the recent dredging of the Yauntlet Channel in the Thames Estuary to assess whether there could be any impact on the...

      Ports: Dredging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken relating to the opening of the London Gateway port to assess any possible imminent or future impact on the river...

      Ports: Dredging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken relating to the use of Ultra Large Container Ships in the River Thames to assess any possible impact those vessels could...

      Ports: Dredging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken into the likely increase in the number and size of vessel movements on the River Thames and River Medway as a result of...

      Prisoners: Disabled Facilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to accommodate disabled prisoners currently in HMP Maidstone where they have access to ground floor cells and other adjusted facilities...

      Railways: Arriva Trains Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Welsh Government may negotiate a rolling stock procurement contract with Arriva Trains Wales.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HS2 has established a station choice panel; and, if so, who are the members.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether United Nations observers would be ready to monitor a ceasefire in Syria as soon as it came into effect.

      Taxation: Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what work is being done to ensure that the United Kingdom overseas territories and Crown dependencies are committed to adopting any new standards of tax...

      Wales and Scotland: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 1 July (WA 194), whether they will now answer the question as to whether they have received any requests...

      Young Offender Institutions: Child Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff working in (1) young offender institutions, (2) secure training centres, and (3) secure children's homes, have been (a) suspended following a...

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