Written answers

Thursday, 29 August 2013

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the rise in the use of cats and dogs for experimental purposes; and if he will...

    • Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times Ministers of his Department have met their counterparts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2013, Official Report, columns 271-2W, on flood control, if he will list each recorded...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hectares of woodland have been brought into active management since 2002; and what proportion of such woodland was...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of new forest cover up to 2060 will be commercial coniferous stands.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many checks the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency have undertaken in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013 to date to...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the inspections undertaken by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency on each lorry that...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects administered by his Department were UK Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) attributable; what the total...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff...

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department provides services to people resident in Wales or usually resident in Wales.

  • Home Department

    • Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, column 389W, on airwave service, whether the Emergency Services Mobile Communications...

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the potential scope of the extradition of nationals of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France,...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Statement of 9 July 2013, Official Report, column 177, on the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, if she will take steps to...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers are still in the UK.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many creditors to her Department owed more than £10,000 remained unpaid for more than (a) 30 days, (b) 45 days, (c) 60 days, (d) 75...

      Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of her Department's total spending has been spent on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre in each year...

      Children: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will investigate the child protection issues raised by the detention of children in adult immigration removal centres.

      Crime: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which other EU countries those accused of criminal activities (a) need to and (b) do not need to be physically present before being...

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many employees of the Border Force are currently under criminal investigation; (2) how many employees of her Department are...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times she has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Wales since her appointment; and if she will make a statement.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme in preventing...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what revenue was raised from applications for visas to the UK from each individual country where the UK has visa application centres in...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have overstayed their visa in each of the last three years.

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress she has made on making it easier for tourists from China to visit the UK.

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will amend regulations to take into account contracts guaranteeing future income of returning UK citizens in spousal visa applications...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the likely effect of the new income threshold for spousal visas on UK citizens studying abroad who...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of how many people remain in the UK on expired student visas.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 three...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has visited Europol since May 2010.

      Europol and Eurojust

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the value of the UK's membership of (a) Europol and (b) Eurojust.

      Europol and Eurojust

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the UK's membership of the antecedents to (a) Europol and (b) Eurojust.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration enforcement raids were carried out in each year since 2008.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency cases are outstanding; and what proportion of cases since May 2012 have taken longer than six months to process.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department put in place to control immigration from other EU member states in (a) 2005, (b) 2010 and (c) 2012.

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many spousal visas were granted in each year since 2008.

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations about the ending of a relationship with someone who has permission to enter or remain in the UK as a partner of a...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on external legal advice (a) between 7 May 2010 and 4 September 2012 and (b) since 4 September 2012.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the longest period of time the Minister for Immigration has taken to respond to a letter from an hon. Member since May 2010; (2)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Slough of 18 March 2013 regarding the answer of 4 February 2013, Official...

      Northcote House

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

      Offences against Children: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support her Department has offered to the victims of organised grooming and sexual exploitation of children in Lancashire.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the division of responsibilities between the Metropolitan and City police forces on cyber crime and fraud;...

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much and what proportion of her Department's budget has been spent in payment to companies in the private sector in each of the last five...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has paid to (a) G4S, (b) Serco, (c) Sodexo, (d) GEOAmey and (e) Capita for services undertaken on behalf of her...

      Recovery Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the guidance her Department provides to police officers on the use of statutory recovery orders.

      Sex Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities have resolved to use powers to regulate lapdancing clubs under the Police and Crime Act 2009.

      South Yorkshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has held with the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Independent Police Complaints Commission regarding an...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff in each pay grade (a) joined and (b) left that organisation in each of the last 12 months.

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department provides services to people resident in Wales or usually resident in Wales.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has a current Welsh Language scheme; when that scheme was adopted; and whether it has been reviewed since May 2011.

  • Health

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to support families of people suffering from osteoarthritis; (2) what steps his Department has taken to ensure...

    • Arthritis: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in East Lancashire with osteoarthritis were able to access joint replacement surgery within 18 weeks in each of the last three years.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many creditors to his Department owed more than £10,000 remained unpaid for more than (a) 30 days, (b) 45 days, (c) 60 days, (d) 75 days and (e)...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in each strategic health authority area who have received treatment as a consequence of the introduction...

      Health Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in East Lancashire with a long-term condition were offered a personalised care plan in each of the last three years.

      Health: Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will put in place plans for a Franchisee Responsibility Deal to allow franchisee-owned quick service restaurants to commit to improving UK health.

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, (b) Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and (c) Princess Royal Hospital, Bromley had annual financial deficits...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with groups representing (a) new mothers, (b) midwives, (c) doctors and (d) other maternity ward staff on the...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2013, Official Report, column 437W, on mental health services, what information his Department collects on NHS (a)...

      Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2013, Official Report, column 343W on Jackie Holt, what involvement Ms Tina Long had in negotiating the proposed...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what powers he has to intervene to ensure that NHS commissioners comply with the requirement to fund treatments covered by the multiple sclerosis...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms he has available for dissolving an NHS Trust; which NHS Trusts have been so dissolved; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the Competition Commission's preliminary conclusions on the proposed merger between the Royal Bournemouth and...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on interpretation of the performance of different NHS foundation trusts in the take-up of medicines at a local level...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of NHS contracts have been won by commercial contractors; and if he will make a statement; (2) what proportion of NHS contracts...

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which NHS trusts he has appointed a trust special administrator to exercise the functions of the chairman and directors of an NHS trust under the...

      Rickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in incidences of rickets between 2010-11 and 2011-12.

      Royal Bolton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were born per bed, per day in the labour unit at Royal Bolton Hospital in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many...

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department provides services to people resident in Wales or usually resident in Wales.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has a current Welsh Language scheme; when that scheme was adopted; and whether it has been reviewed since May 2011.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of a reduction in air passenger duty on connectivity to and from UK airports; (2) what...

    • Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Economic Situation: Jersey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recent report by Capital Economics entitled Jersey's value to Britain.

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the British Director of the European Investment Bank will support the draft proposals on Future Energy Lending Policy at the Board meeting on 23...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2013, Official Report, column 551W, on financial services, (1) what representations his Department has made to the...

      Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the title is of each regulation his Department (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013 to date; and if he will...

      Taxation: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to provide export tax credits for small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his Department has a current Welsh Language scheme; when that scheme was adopted; and whether it has been reviewed since May 2011; (2)...

  • Attorney-General

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what strategies he has to create apprenticeships in the Law Officers’ Departments; and what plans he has to promote such strategies; (2) how many...

    • Consultants

      To ask the Attorney General how much (a) he and (b) officials in the Law Officers' Departments spent on external assistance to prepare for (i) appearances before select committees and (ii)...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what the value of the severance package to be paid to the Director of Public Prosecutions is expected to be when he steps down in October 2013.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many formal complaints from the judiciary the Crown Prosecution Service has received in each of the last seven years.

      Equality

      To ask the Attorney-General how much has been spent by the Law Officers' Departments (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2013, Official Report, column 352W, on prosecution, what triggered the review by the Crown Prosecution Service of its use of a single...

      Regulation

      To ask the Attorney General what the title is of each regulation the Law Officers' Departments (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013 to date; and if he...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2013, Official Report, columns 12-13W, on sentencing: appeals, how many of the cases in each category of offence were referred to him...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2013, Official Report, columns 12-13W, on sentencing: appeals, for what offence each out of time case was for; and what the sentence...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Serious Fraud Office spent on away days in 2012-13.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Accountancy

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

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes (a) were built in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2012-13 and (b) he expects will be built in each...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which of the 165,000 new affordable homes for 2015-16 to 2017-18 announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 27 June...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many apprenticeships his Department offered to people aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 21 and (c) 22 to 26 years old in...

      Consultants

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

      Food

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

      Forests: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department gives to local authorities on the protection of ancient woodlands in the planning system.

      Grant Thornton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on contracts with Grant Thornton in each year since 2008.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to protect green belt land from inappropriate and unsustainable development.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the name is of each housing initiative announced by the Government since May 2010.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential financial implications for his Department of not discounting demolitions on...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of (a) planning permissions given for new homes, (b) enactment on planning permissions...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of reserves is held by local authorities in England and Wales.

      Local Government: Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to ensure that appropriate signage will be placed correctly at historic county boundaries.

      Out of Town Shopping Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to assist local authorities in identifying and offsetting any negative effects of out of...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and...

      Travellers: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the statement of 1 July 2013, Official Report, columns 24-5W, on planning and Travellers, if he will extend...

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department provides services to people resident in Wales or usually resident in Wales.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has a current Welsh Language scheme; when that scheme was adopted; and whether it has been reviewed since...

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department allocated for youth work in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a...

  • Defence

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many apprenticeships his Department offered to people aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 21 and (c) 22 to 26 years old in each year since 2010; (2)...

    • Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many recruits aged below 18 years have gone absent without leave (a) in the last five years and (b) since the Armed Forces (Terms of Service)...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Attestation Papers for armed forces recruits were updated to include the extended rights of discharge for those enlisted below the age of...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken and guidance he has issued to ensure that recruiting officers, commanding officers, prospective recruits and their parents are...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the title is of each regulation his Department (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013 to date; and if he...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many individual contracts have been issued for manpower substitution by his Department in each financial year since 2007; (2) how many days...

      Veterans: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of former (a) servicemen and (b) medical auxiliaries who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder...

      Veterans: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former (a) military personnel and (b) medical auxiliaries have been identified as having committed suicide on discharge from the military after...

  • Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many apprenticeships his Department offered to people aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 21 and (c) 22 to 26 years old in each year since 2010.

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many creditors to his Department owed more than £10,000 remained unpaid for more than (a) 30 days, (b) 45 days, (c) 60 days, (d) 75 days and...

      Education: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the level of literacy and numeracy in (a) primary school leavers and (b) secondary school leavers in Woking...

      English Language: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people in Lancashire have been affected by (a) English Language and (b) English Literature grade boundary changes in the current academic year.

      Free School Meals: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in (a) Woking constituency and (b) Surrey were eligible for free school meals in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the title is of each regulation his Department (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013 to date; and if he...

      Teachers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teachers were graded as (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory/notice to improve and (d) unsatisfactory in Ofsted inspections...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to improve continuous professional education for (a) teachers and (b) older teachers.

      Teachers: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants were employed in maintained schools in (i) West Midlands and (ii) Birmingham in each of the last...

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department provides services to people resident in Wales or usually resident in Wales.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has a current Welsh Language scheme; when that scheme was adopted; and whether it has been reviewed since May 2011.

  • Justice

    • Accountancy

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

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 93W, on conditions of employment, how many people in his Department were employed on zero...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what complaints were received against local coroners in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of corruption in the last year for which figures are available; what distinction his Department makes between corruption...

      Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the operation of the Court of Protection in respect of individuals suffering from Alzheimer's; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of violence there were in magistrates courts that involved defendants in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; (2) how many...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many complaints were received about the obligations under the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime by each agency covered by the code in each...

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when all police forces will be able to access full records of charges and out-of-court disposals for every police area.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost per day of electronically monitoring an individual using (a) global positioning system technology and (b) radio...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have received the maximum custodial sentence for possession of a knife in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, column 480W, on knife crime, and with reference to table 8 of the Knife Possession...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the definition of housing costs for the purpose of qualification for legal aid will be on an (a) imputed or (b) actual basis.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to ensure that client choice in relation to legal aid is still available.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid in criminal legal aid costs to solicitors' firms in (a) Alyn and Deeside constituency and (b) North Wales in each of the last three years.

      Offenders: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to review the provision of the multi-agency public protection regime in the East of England; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what profit has been made by prisons from charging prisoners for access to televisions in their cells in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many contracts for private finance initiative schemes his Department signed prior to May 1997; and what the total capital value of those contracts was.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners released on temporary licence subsequently re-offended in the last four years; (2) how many (a) murders and (b) crimes of...

      Salvation Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding he is providing for identified victims of human trafficking after they have exited the Salvation Army Trafficking Support Scheme.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the degree to which the creation of business impact statements under the revised Victims Code will result in more informed...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many and in what proportion of occasions the maximum sentence for an offence was given in (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts in each year...

      Vacancies

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

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vending machines in his Department's premises contain snack foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they hold regarding the number of neural tube defect-affected pregnancies leading to terminations, at the latest convenient date.

    • Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how science-based field tests on the effect of neonicotinoids pesticides on bees will be carried out following the suspension of the use of neonicotinoids in...

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Pesticides Advisory Committee supports the suspension of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in the United Kingdom.

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan (1) to publish for every local authority area in England the number of deaths attributable to exposure to annual mean PM2.5 particulate matter...

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many micrograms per cubic metre of air of small particulates PM2.5 they expect to originate in 2020 from emissions from biomass combustion in the...

      Armed Forces: Defence Budget

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Astor of Hever on 11 June (WA 224) and 22 July (WA 160), whether there was any underspend in 2010–11 in the...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills’ comments describing Bank of England officials as “capital...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed whether capital shortfalls have limited the capacity of United Kingdom banks to support the credit needs of United Kingdom borrowers.

      Banking: Capital Leverage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been lobbied, at ministerial or official level, by or on behalf of Nationwide on the matter of capital leverage targets; and whether they...

      Banking: Capital Leverage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ministers or officials of HM Treasury have lobbied the Bank of England or the Prudential Regulatory Authority on behalf of the Nationwide Building...

      Banking: Capital Leverage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether bank capital leverage targets are set, in amount and time to comply, by HM Treasury or the Bank of England or the Prudential Regulatory Authority;...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people with rheumatoid arthritis (1) applied for Disability Living Allowance, and (2) were awarded Disability Living Allowance, in each of the last...

      Benefits: Motability Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will permit individuals with a Motability vehicle to retain that vehicle until the outcome of any appeal relating to their participation in the...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what export control licences have been granted for goods to Burma in the last five years.

      Children and Families Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessments they have made of the cost of investigating complaints about education, health and care assessments under (1) the proposals set out in the...

      Children: Childcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what calculations they have made of the impact of increased availability of high-quality affordable childcare on growth and employment.

      Coroners and Justice Act 2009

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to implement in full section 28 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009; and, if so, when. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 20 June (WA 66), how much of the £46.5 million underspend in the Transition Fund for local Council...

      Courts: Child Witnesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent trials dealing with sexual offences, guidance will be given to trial judges about protecting child witnesses from extensive...

      Courts: Magistrates' Courts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they issue to magistrates about communicating with Members of Parliament, police and crime commissioners and local councillors about issues...

      Education: Independent Reviewing Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to reform the system of Independent Reviewing Officers in the light of the Ofsted report Independent Reviewing Officers:...

      Elections: Voters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any consideration is being given to allowing all British citizens the right to vote in General Elections.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 8 January (WA 22–3) and 23 January (WA 216–17) and the Written Statement by Earl Howe on 17 July...

      Employment: Work Capability Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total sums of public funds paid to date to Atos Healthcare; and what will be paid to it in each of the coming years in which it is contracted to...

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many milligrams of carbon dioxide they estimate are produced per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated from (1) coal, (2) oil, (3) gas, and (4) biomass,...

      Energy: Shale Gas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received evidence of any case of contamination of an aquifer or other groundwater from the exploration for, or production of, gas or oil...

      EU: Justice and Home Affairs Measures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, prior to their decision on 9 July to opt out of 130 European Union Justice and Home Affairs measures as provided for by the Lisbon Treaty,...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to how many, and to which, countries the Statement Opposing Female Genital Mutilation has been sent; and whether there are any early indicators of its impact.

      Finance: Credit Cards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 17 July (WA 128–9), which regulator has the power to examine and review the interest...

      Food: Food Banks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cause of increased numbers of people using charitable food banks.

      Government: Deregulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers have specific deregulation policy responsibilities; and what is the mechanism by which those responsibilities are co-ordinated within government.

      HALO Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to renew the contract for the HALO Trust to continue its mine-clearance work in Sri Lanka when the present funding ends.

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that patients with breast cancer have access to technology that can accurately assess their need for chemotherapy.

      Health: Doctors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 8 July (WA 11), whether they have any plans to collect centrally the number of vacancies for doctors in...

      Health: Genomic Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the adoption of genomic technology in the National Health Service.

      Health: Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 25 June (WA 112), whether there is any evidence that some school nurses are not forwarding promptly details of...

      Health: Private Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what activities a private hospital must undertake in order to be eligible for charitable status; and whether all private hospitals that have been awarded...

      Health: Weekend Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion of, NHS hospitals provide the same services to their patients on Saturdays and Sundays as they provide from Mondays to...

      Higher Education: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees in further education establishments and colleges who are now classified as private sector employees were previously classified as public...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much discretionary housing payment funding was (1) allocated to, (2) unused by, and (3) returned to Her Majesty’s Government by, Liverpool City...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the Help to Buy scheme results in the construction of new homes.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the pricing of the guarantee to be provided to lenders supporting the Help to Buy scheme; and whether they intend to publish the risk...

      Immigration: Infectious Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the answers by Earl Howe on 24 April 2013 (HL Deb, col. 1402–3), what new measures are to be implemented, and when, in order to prevent...

      Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the Chilcot report on the United Kingdom involvement in the Iraq war.

      Migration and Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent Fiscal Sustainability Report from the Office for Budget Responsibility, what assessment have they made of the conclusions that...

      NHS: Private Sector Providers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of contracts for NHS services have been made with private sector providers since regulations under Section 75 of the Health and Social Care...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of zero pay rate employment in general and of its impact on the potential future pension contributions for future generations.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence was used by the Department for Work and Pensions to support the use of 20 metres as the distance to be used to assess whether people qualify...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the responses to their consultation on the Personal Independence Payment assessment for “moving around” activity, whether they...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 22 July (WA 171), whether the Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106 agreements only apply to new...

      Population: Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what revisions in the number of people coming to and leaving the United Kingdom for the 10 years up to 2011 have been made by the Office for National...

      Prisoners: Hepatitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners in England received a hepatitis C test in (1) 2008, (2) 2009, (3) 2010, (4) 2011, and (5) 2012. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Prisoners: Learning Disabilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that comprehensive screening is in place to identify prisoners with learning disabilities. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which public bodies the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed a chairperson since May 2010; and who was appointed in each case.

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which public bodies the Department for Education has appointed a chairperson since May 2010; and who was appointed in each case.

      Railways: IC125 and IC225

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the future of the IC125 and IC225 fleets currently working on the Great Western and East Coast main lines following their...

      Royal Navy: Ships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Royal Navy ships have been decommissioned since July 2010.

      Schools: Careers Advice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools offer careers advice to students.

      Schools: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any requests from East Sussex County Council for additional funding in order to carry out school improvement works; and, in...

      Schools: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether study of Florence Nightingale’s life and work will remain part of the national curriculum.

      Schools: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be used to determine which historical figures will be named in the national curriculum and associated guidance to schools.

      Schools: Temperature Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce maximum and minimum temperatures in all schools.

      Schools: Ventilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department of Education’s Building Bulletin 101: Ventilation of School Buildings, how many schools have been deemed inadequately...

      Succession to the Crown Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the undertaking by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 14 February (HL Deb, col 832), what was the outcome of their discussion with the Roman Catholic...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that conditions in the camps for displaced people in Darfur have recently deteriorated, partly because of the...

      Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to put in place controls on the sale of suicide kits online, including on the promotion and sale of gases such as helium.

      Teachers: Professional Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of continuing professional development provision for teachers in the United Kingdom is provided by higher education institutions.

      Teachers: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) compulsory redundancies, (2) voluntary redundancies, and (3) compromise agreements, have been issued to teachers during the last three years.

      Tobacco: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total taxation arising from packaged cigarettes in the last financial year; and what estimate they have made of the percentage revenue they...

      Academy for Healthcare Science

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding they have provided to the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) in each of the past two years; how much they will provide to the AHCS in...

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland Reserve Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how enrolment in the Territorial Army in recent months in Northern Ireland has compared with that in the other three nations in the United Kingdom; what...

      Armed Forces: Royal Marine Reserves

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present strength of the Royal Marines Reserve; and what is its role.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people with rheumatoid arthritis (1) appealed against a Department for Work and Pensions decision regarding the mobility component of Disability...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, David Heath, on 16 July (HC Deb, col 634–5W) stating...

      Broadcasting: Public Service Terrestrial Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the value to the United Kingdom economy of free at the point of use public service terrestrial broadcasting.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance and treatment for cervical infections has been provided to ethnic Kachin women in Burma in camps for the internally displaced.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the government of Burma how much money that government has spent on support for (1) internally displaced people in Kachin...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projects they have funded in the past year to end child soldier recruitment in Burma.

      Care: Deferred Payment Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities run deferred payment schemes for care; and how many do not.

      Caste Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to make the Equality Act 2010, as amended to include caste discrimination, available free online.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the political situation and law and order in the Central African Republic.

      Children and Families Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to provide for a single point of appeal and redress against education, health and care assessments under the Children and Families Bill.

      Children and Families Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of their preparation for the Children and Families Bill, they have assessed the average time taken to investigate complaints made to...

      Courts Service and Tribunals Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to consult the Magistrates' Association before any final decisions are made concerning the governance and funding of any new...

      Courts: Magistrates' Courts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they issue to magistrates about speaking publicly about the administration of the magistrates' court system; and whether any qualifications...

      Crime and Courts Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be a public consultation on the guidance in respect of section 57 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013; and when it is anticipated that...

      Death Statistics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , on a like for like basis, how many deaths in the United Kingdom in the last available year were attributable to (1) air pollution (long-term exposure), (2)...

      Disabled People: Mortality Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what data are being collected under NHS Outcomes Framework indicator 1.7 relating to excess mortality in people with learning disabilities; and when those...

      Drugs: Prescribed Drug Addiction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact that Public Health England, local health and well-being groups and clinical commissioning groups have on greater...

      Drugs: Prescribed Drug Addiction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the local impact of the new Public Health England guidance on the risks associated with prescribed and over-the-counter drugs;...

      Dyslexia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer from Lord Nash on 24 June (WA 89), what measures they will implement to ensure that children with dyslexia and other learning...

      Education: Special Educational Needs and Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people in the United Kingdom of school age have motor neurone disease or cerebral palsy; and what proportion of such people is being educated...

      Elections: Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the results of recent elections in Northern Cyprus.

      Elections: St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the results of recent elections in St Helena.

      Employers: Work Experience

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employers will be needed to offer work experience placements in each of the next five years for all 16–19 year olds undertaking (1) study...

      Employers: Work Experience and Internships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employers currently provide (1) work experience placements, and (2) internships, to people aged between 16 and 18; and what proportion of each are...

      English for Speakers of Other Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons enrolled for and completed English for Speakers of Other Languages courses at further education and other institutions in classes provided...

      Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 20 June (WA 69), what is their latest assessment of the safety and welfare of the journalists Reeyot...

      Finance: Exchange Traded Funds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they or the Financial Conduct Authority have reviewed the management of exchange traded funds, their impact on financial stability and their...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 10 January 2012 (WA 36–8), whether they will update the table showing how many members of Home Office...

      Health: Alpha-1 Antritrypsin Deficiency

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to make augmentation therapy available for NHS patients with Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.

      Health: Anti-Coagulation Therapy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of long-term warfarin users in England who have the opportunity to self-monitor their blood clotting levels;...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the lower and upper age limits for screening for cervical cancer.

      Health: Gluten-free Products

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many clinical commissioning groups are restricting access to prescribed gluten-free products.

      Health: Meningitis B Vaccine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will engage in a population-based evaluation of Meningitis B vaccinations in adolescents, as advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and...

      Health: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue guidance on the collation of statistics and the use of physical restraint in the light of the variation in the number of reported...

      Health: Mitochondrial Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many respondents answered (1) positively, and (2) negatively, to question 2 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s consultation,...

      Health: Mitochondrial Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the social and ethical implications of the proposal to change the germ line as suggested in the Human Fertilisation and...

      Healthcare: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 July (WA 110), why the payment by the United Kingdom to the Republic of Ireland for pensioner healthcare...

      Higher Education: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications there have been for Advanced Learning Loans for the 2013–14 academic year; and whether that number is below or above the target...

      Higher Education: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts are being made to inform potential learners about the existence of Advanced Learning Loans.

      Higher Education: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why a limit of £60 per week has been placed on childcare costs in respect of the deployment by older students of Advanced Learning Loans; and what...

      Hissène Habré

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost to the European Union of Hissène Habré's custody arrangements in Senegal since his indictment in 2000; and what...

      Homelessness: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Ministry of Defence are taking to tackle the issue of former members of the Armed Forces sleeping rough on the streets.

      Houses of Parliament: Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of freedom of information requests made by MPs and members of the House of Lords have been (1) responded to within the statutory deadline,...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many residential properties have been sold since May 2010; how many residential properties were sold between 2007 and 2010; and what amount of stamp duty...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many and which cases have been successfully brought to the European Court of Human Rights, and over which breaches of the Convention, from Northern...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the decision to deploy mobile billboards proclaiming that people who are in the United Kingdom illegally should go home or face arrest was made; when...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures will be put in operation when a person surrenders to the police as a result of reading a mobile billboard proclaiming that people who are in...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what approval procedures took place under the coalition agreement, and at what level, before the decision was made to deploy mobile billboards proclaiming...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government at the request of which Government Department was the “Go home or face arrest” billboard campaign prepared and displayed.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what London boroughs have been covered by mobile “Go home or face arrest” billboard campaign vans.

      Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Home Office ascertains and takes into account the wishes and feelings of children before making decisions to hold parents in immigration detention,...

      Internet: Pornography

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to publicise Crown Prosecution Service guidance relating to non-United Kingdom websites which provide explicit hardcore...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their statements on the responsibility of United Kingdom security companies operating in Israel and the obligations in the Fourth Geneva...

      Local Authorities: Weekend Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion of, appropriate local authorities provide the same social care facilities and services to their clients on Saturdays...

      Luxembourg Compromise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 24 July (WA 211), whether they will now answer the question asked about the number of times the...

      Luxembourg Compromise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 24 July (WA 211), what was the origin and purpose of the Luxembourg Compromise; how many times it has...

      Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether responses organised by campaign groups to their consultation on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill were classified as individual responses for the...

      NHS: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision to close Cheltenham’s Accident and Emergency Department at night; and what advice they will provide to...

      NHS: Clinical Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , in the light of the report in the British Medical Journal on 10 July (page 347), how many NHS clinical services have been advertised since 1 April; and...

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, prior to the determination on a proposed Orange Institution parade past Ardoyne on 12 July, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, or anyone...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the United Kingdom aid budget for (1) 2012–13, and (2) 2013–14.

      Police: Covert Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures are in place within police forces for the authorisation of the use of dead children's identities for the purposes of covert police...

      Police: Covert Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent public apology by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service for the use of dead children's identities for covert police...

      Police: Covert Operations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Passport Office has been involved at any time in the creation of false identities for police officers from the identities of dead children.

      Police: Undercover Policing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 17 July (WA 149–50), whether the allegations concerning Mohammed Amran in Bradford and...

      Prisoners: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of children in England and Wales who have one or two parents in prison.

      Prisoners: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of prisoners in England and Wales who had one or two parents in prison.

      Prisoners: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to support children in England and Wales who have one or two parents in prison.

      Prisoners: Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people serving indeterminate sentences for public protection were approved for release on temporary licence in each of the past three years.

      Prisoners: Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people serving indeterminate sentences for public protection, by sentence type, have completed offending behaviour programmes, (1) pre-tariff, and...

      Prisoners: Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people serving indeterminate sentences for public protection, by sentence type, have had their sentence plan reviewed following the issue of Prison...

      Prisoners: Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) young offenders, and (2) adult prisoners, have to eat their meals in their cells; and how many prisons currently have facilities to enable...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the answer by Lord McNally on 29 July, what were the ages of the six children who committed suicide in prison in 2011–12; and what is the...

      Royal Navy: Ships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what ships have been ordered by the Royal Navy since July 2010.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of academies are now deemed by Ofsted to be performing worse than before they were converted to that status. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Schools: Free Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children with parents in receipt of support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 are entitled to free school meals; and whether...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the percentage decline in cigarette sales since the introduction of the workplace smoking ban in 2007; whether there has been a proportionate...

      Television Licence Fee: Court Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in 2012 were summoned to appear at magistrates' courts in England for failure to pay a television licence fee; how many were proceeded...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 19 June (WA 59), whether they will now give their assessment of the number of journalists currently...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 19 June (WA 58), what is their assessment of the effectiveness since October 2012 of the joint United...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 19 June (WA 58-9), when the next senior ministerial visit to Turkey will take place, and whether they...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applicants to the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route for each of the four designated competent bodies have been (1) assessed, and (2) endorsed,...

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which department is responsible for the Royal Naval Division memorial on Horse Guards Parade; and when water will be reconnected to the memorial.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of preparations for presidential elections in Zimbabwe.

      Armed Forces: Royal Air Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, in the Royal Air Force are of the RAF Regiment specialisation.

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 18 March (WA 96-7), what recent developments there have been in relation to HM Treasury’s claims for...

      Broadcasting: Digital Terrestrial Television

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the value of digital terrestrial television to the United Kingdom economy.

      Broadcasting: Public Service Terrestrial Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of free at the point of use public service terrestrial broadcasting.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture regarding the treatment of Muslim prisoners in Buttidaung prison in...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guarantees they have received that funding for repayment of debts by the Government of Burma and written off by Her Majesty’s Government will not...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include Burma in the Foreign Secretary’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma regarding the reform of rape laws in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held discussions with any other government regarding a review as to whether Burma is upholding its obligations under the United Nations...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations they made in the past year with respect to rape and sexual violence in Burma during United Nations Security Council discussions on...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Central African Republic regarding the abduction of Monsignor Francis Saint Clair Siki, the...

      Creative Industries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact of current immigration policies on United Kingdom creative industries. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take in the light of the findings of the Which? Quarterly Consumer Report July 2013 on consumers’ responses to the cost of...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the most recent killings of protestors in Egypt on stability in the region.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the government of the United States on the removal from office of President Morsi in Egypt.

      Government Departments: Union Flag

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the designated days for government buildings to fly the Union flag in (1) Wales, (2) England, (3) Scotland, and (4) Northern Ireland.

      Health: Private Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of tax relief provided to private hospitals with charitable status in the financial years 2011-12, and 2012-13.

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the total number of rough sleepers in the United Kingdom and where they are most greatly concentrated; and how the total...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigrants were recorded as arriving in the United Kingdom in 2012; how many foreign nationals registered for national insurance numbers in 2012;...

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their forecast of the date by which high speed broadband will be available in the Somerset towns of Bruton, Castle Cary and Wincanton.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Office of the Children's Commissioner’s report Child Rights Impact Assessment of Budget Decisions: including the 2013...

      Press Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 25 July (WA 235), whether they will now arrange for the list of members to be published in the...

      Schools: iPads and Tablets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of schools they expect will require children to bring an iPad or other tablet device to school in the new school year; and what support they...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 10 July (WA 44-5), what evidence they have, and from which sources, that allowing asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the answer by Earl Attlee on 20 May (HL Deb, col 625), how they define those not in need of protection claiming asylum for economic reasons.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following recent pilots, they have any plans to allow higher-tier local authorities to share data with lower-tier authorities for the purposes of...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Confirmations of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) were assigned and issued by (1) universities, and (2) other educational institutions, for non-European...

      Homelessness: Rough Sleepers

      to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions are in place to allow access to services to (1) adults and (2) children, who are stateless rough-sleepers. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) applications, (2) successful entries, and (3) refusals, there have been for the permitted paid engagement scheme administered by the UK Border...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 24 July (WA 208), whether arriving Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) workers and their dependants...

      Immigration

      to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define (1) economic migrant, (2) refugee, (3) asylum seeker, (4) failed asylum seeker, (5) illegal immigrant, and (6) detainee; and how they define...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 25 July (WA 227), how they define “brightest and the best”.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the Annual Population Survey compared to the International Passenger Survey in recording the number of...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 3 July (WA 191-2), what estimate they have made of the costs associated with quality-assuring...

      Immigration: Deportation

      to ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in 2012 they were prevented from deporting criminals who were not United Kingdom citizens following the completion of their sentences...

      Immigration: Deportation

      to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to implement any of the recommendations of the National Independent Commission on Enforced Removal Additional Findings and...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid to families in cases where courts have found that parents were unlawfully held in immigration detention and separated from their children.

      National Readership Survey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made as to National Readership Survey social grading of those who since 1997 have (1) entered the United Kingdom for permanent...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many forged United Kingdom passports have been found by United Kingdom authorities in each of the last five years.

      Philip Machemedze

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answers by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 21 June 2011 (WA 290), Lord Howell of Guildford on 22 June 2011 (WA 316), Baroness Browning...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what principles they apply to the provision of financial compensation to local communities and residents where there is large-scale local development that is...

      Political Parties and Elections Act 2009

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to bring into force sections 10 and 11 of and Schedule 4 to the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will answer Question for Written Answer HL518, tabled on 3 June.

      Torture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations contained in the Freedom from Torture report The Poverty Barrier: The Right to Rehabilitation for...

      Torture

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have (1) suspended their plans to introduce the United Nations Convention Against Torture definition of torture into Chapter 55 of the...

      Children and Families Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an impact assessment was undertaken on the Children and Families Bill; and, if so, what were the conclusions of that assessment. To ask Her...

      Children: Looked-after Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the Department for Education has received from (1) organisations representing children in care, (2) the Association of Directors of...

      Social Work Practice Pilot

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the 15 local authorities which have participated in the social work practice pilot programme since 2008 operated as an employee-owned...

      Ombudsmen: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficiency of (1) the Local Government Ombudsman, and (2) the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, as a means...

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the suspension of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides by the European Union.

      Agriculture: Wheat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the figures given for the annual average price of feed wheat in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2009 in the Written Answer by Lord Henley...

      Alcohol: English Wine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on buying and promoting English wine.

      Charity Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Charity Commission about the future of The National Fund; what options for the future of the Fund, specifically...

      Employment: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 22 July (WA 165), what proportion of jobs in (1) the lowest pay decile, and (2) the highest...

      Environment: Chinese Lanterns

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ban Chinese lanterns; and whether they currently treat such lanterns as litter.

      Environment: Ragwort

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which department is responsible for enforcing the control of ragwort on land for which (1) the Department of Transport, (2) Railtrack, (3) local authorities,...

      Food: Horsemeat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in investigating the mis-labelling of horsemeat as beef.

      Marine Environment: Harbour Porpoise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will designate any special areas of conservation for the harbour porpoise in the United Kingdom.

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