Written answers

Monday, 2 September 2013

  • Attorney-General

    • Billing

      To ask the Attorney-General how many creditors to the Law Officers' Departments owed more than £10,000 remained unpaid for more than (a) 30 days, (b) 45 days, (c) 60 days, (d) 75 days and...

    • Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Attorney-General what the reasons are for the decline in assets recovered from convicted criminals by the Serious Fraud Office between 2011-12 and 2012-13.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many severance packages the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) agreed to in 2012-13; how much each such package was; and for how long each recipient had worked at the SFO.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Serious Fraud Office subsidies the connecting costs of any of its employees.

      Serious Fraud Office: Redundancy and severance arrangements

      To ask the Attorney-General, pursuant to the Tenth Report of the Public Accounts Committee, Session 2013-14, HC 360 on Serious Fraud Office: redundancy and severance arrangements, whether the...

      Serious Fraud Office: Redundancy and severance arrangements

      To ask the Attorney-General, pursuant to the Tenth Report of the Public Accounts Committee, Session 2013-14, HC360 on Serious Fraud Office: redundancy and severance arrangements, what assessment...

      Serious Fraud Office: Redundancy and severance arrangements

      To ask the Attorney-General, pursuant to the Tenth Report of the Public Accounts Committee, Session 2013-14, HC 360 on Serious Fraud Office: redundancy and severance arrangements, what steps he...

      Wales

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Law Officers' Departments provide services to people resident in Wales or usually resident in Wales.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Law Officers' Departments have a current Welsh Language scheme; when that scheme was adopted; and whether it has been reviewed since May 2011.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many questions answered by the Law Officers' Departments included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2) if he...

  • Prime Minister

    • Burma

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2013, Official Report, column 444W, on Burma, what the outcomes were and what actions were agreed as a result of his discussions with...

    • Lynton Crosby

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 4 March 2013, Official Report, column 847W, on Michael Dugher, on how many occasions Mr Lynton Crosby has been registered on the access...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many questions answered by No. 10 Downing Street included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2) if he will make...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Commission on the Consequences of Devolution for the House of Commons

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what date the Government will respond formally to the McKay Commission; and whether the response will form a package of proposals related to financial powers...

    • Nobel Peace Prize

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which representatives of the Government attended the most recent Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo.

      Trident

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which people, service personnel and organisations were consulted during the Trident Alternatives Review.

      Trident

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of (a) the total monetary cost and (b) how many full-time equivalent staff worked on the preparation of the Trident Alternatives Review.

  • Wales

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what strategies he has to create apprenticeships in his Department; and what plans he has to promote such strategies.

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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)...

      Cwm Taf Health Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received on the cost of (a) upgrading Cwm Taf Health Board to the status of university and (b) creating additional Professor or...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2) if he will...

  • Scotland

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Scottish Youth Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what meetings he has had with members of the Scottish Youth Parliament; and what matters were discussed.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2) if he...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

    • Regulation

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

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many questions answered by her Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many apprenticeships her 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.

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many betting shops are located in each parliamentary constituency.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress she has made on the super connected cities programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the BDUK rural broadband framework contract covers marketing and communications for broadband services; and whether local...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish a table listing every charity which receives more than 25% of its funding from her Department.[Official Report, 6...

      Football League

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will meet representatives of the Football League to discuss whether the owners of Coventry City FC have fulfilled the...

      Gambling: Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of the costs of recruiting society lottery players on the amount that the society...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on external lawyers' fees in the last year for which figures are available.

      Library Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in funding for local authorities on the provision of library services in...

      Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with executives fom the Science Museum Group regarding the future of the Museum of Science and...

      Music: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with disability groups about young people's experiences regarding watching live music.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value was of sales of National Lottery scratch cards in Northern Ireland in each year between 2009 and 2012; and what the value...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on subscriptions to academic journals published by (a) Reed-Elsevier, (b) Wiley-Blackwell, (c) Springer...

      Sports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) under-16 year olds, (b) 16 to 25 year olds, (c) 25 to 40 year olds, (d) 40 to 60...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects Ofcom to publish detailed proposals on simplifying non-geographic numbers; and how she expects the proposals to be...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to answer Question 160538, tabled on 12 June 2013 for answer on 20 June 2013.

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many questions answered by his Office included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2) if he will make it his...

  • International Development

    • Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to encourage Commonwealth member states that criminalise consensual, private same-sex sexual...

    • Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she plans to meet representatives from the Crown dependencies to explore how to develop further the value those territories...

      Development Framework: Post 2015

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to engage parliamentarians in developing policy on the Post-2015 Development Framework; and if she will...

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the likely effects of the outcomes agreed at the G8 Summit in June 2013 on developing countries; and...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent (a) technical assistance her Department has provided and (b) representations her Department has made to the Montserrat...

      Nepal: Judicial Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) objectives, (b) project partners, (c) intended beneficiaries and (d) allocated funding from his Department is of the...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has attached conditions to UK bilateral aid to Pakistan that would protect the human rights of (a) the Hazaras...

      Pakistan: Victims of Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has allocated funding in its aid budget for supporting victims of terrorism in Quetta, Pakistan.

      Palestinian Healthcare System

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports her Department has received on the work being undertaken by the Hadassah Hospital in support of the Palestinian...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2013, Official Report, column 280W, on Syria, if she will make representations to the United Nations...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effect of Syrian refugees coming into refugee camps in (a) Lebanon, (b) Jordan, (c) Iraq and (d)...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of aid her Department provides to the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan regions in China; and what the main areas of...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many questions answered by her Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government regarding introducing minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Wales.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent work her Department has commissioned on armed forces servicemen becoming involved in far right groups while they are still...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is a Government working group on armed forces servicemen or former servicemen involved in far right groups.

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people wanted by UK police have been (a) arrested in other EU member states under an EU arrest warrant, (b) returned to the UK, (c)...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were extradited to the UK under a European arrest warrant in 2012-13; and from which EU member states they were extradited.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people granted asylum in the UK in each of the last five years were from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances an individual who holds a permanently unspent criminal conviction is allowed to become a British citizen.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was given to local community groups to promote the Prevent Strategy in each year since 2011.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local community projects received direct Government funding to implement the Prevent Strategy in each year since 2011.

      Counter-terrorism: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings she and her officials attended with colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government to review the Prevent...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2013, Official Report, columns 688-90W, on crime, if she will publish the equivalent data for 2012-13.

      David Anderson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times she has met David Anderson QC to discuss terrorism since 1 January 2013.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with employers on the minimum wage and illegal immigration.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on public safety of (a) banning the private storage of firearms in domestic dwellings, (b)...

      Homicide and Wounding: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the annual costs from homicide and wounding since 2005; and how this figure for 2013 is broken down.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of illegal immigrants in (a) Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency, (b) Renfrewshire, (c)...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on external lawyers' fees in the last year for which figures are available.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects that a reply will be sent to the letters dated 24 April 2013 and 4 June 2013 from the hon. Member for Harrow West to the UK...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister of State for Immigration dated 18 June 2013 from the right hon. Member for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister of State for Immigration dated 10 June 2013 from the right hon. Member for...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to (a) shut down and (b) raise awareness of websites which purport to offer passport renewal services on behalf of...

      Police and Crime Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if her Department will bring forward proposals to bring into line the rules restricting people convicted of an imprisonable offence standing...

      Police: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Oral Answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, column 766, on resourcing for South Wales police, when the last occasion was...

      Police: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last met the (a) Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and (b) Chief Constable of South Wales to discuss funding for...

      Police: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of additional pressures placed on policing in Cardiff as a result of (a) the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Oral Answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, column 766, on resourcing for South Wales police, what comparative assessment...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and search actions have led to arrests under the Terrorism Act 2000 in each month since January 2010.

      Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) mutual legal assistance treaty requests and (b) mutual legal assistance treaty requests for communications data were made to the...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid out by UK Border Agency in adverse legal fees in immigration cases related to incorrect or contested National Referral...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last spoke to the US Secretary of Homeland Security.

      Work Permits: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether UK work permit legislation applies to non-EEA seafarers offered work on a vessel registered under a flag of convenience working on...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many questions answered by her Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to question 161181 tabled on 18 June 2013 for answer on 20 June 2013; and what the reasons are for the time taken...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Food

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what proportion of all food procured for the Government Equalities Office was sourced from (a) British producers, (b) small and medium-sized...

    • Regulation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the title is of each regulation the Government Equalities Office (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013...

  • Defence

    • Transport to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of environmentally friendly and cost-effective forms of transport by service personnel...

    • Education and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to maintain the education and training of the armed forces.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to improve the effectiveness of the Territorial Army; and if he will make a statement.

      Training and Equipment: Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the £1.8 billion of announced funding for training and equipment of reservists will be spent.

      Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the future of the armed forces parliamentary scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Post-conflict Peace Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training his Department provides to enable service and ex-service personnel to assist in post-conflict peace building with (a) injured and (b) other...

      Armoured Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the future order of battle of the armoured regiments; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the UK's power projection capabilities in the middle east.

      Troop Numbers: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in drawing down the number of UK troops in Afghanistan to around 5,200 by the end of 2013.

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 26 June 2013, on Spending Review, what proportion of the money accrued through the...

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the armed forces who have seen active service have been diagnosed with (a) traumatic brain injury and (b) post concussion syndrome.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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)...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) current and (b) future armaments in the UK inventory will be able to be used in the Joint Strike Fighter's (i) internal weapons bays and (ii)...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the ability of the Joint Strike Fighter 35B to land vertically with a full armaments load.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first Rivet Joint aircraft will enter service.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate (a) the unit cost per Rivet Joint aircraft and (b) the cost of training the aircraft crew in Nebraska.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the pilots of the Rivet Joint aircraft will be qualified to refuel the aircraft via a flying boom while airborne.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2013, Official Report, column 719W on HMS Tireless, on how many occasions radioactive emissions were vented to the...

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to demolish the chapel of rest of the former RAF Lyneham; (2) what will happen to the fittings and accoutrements of the chapel...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits were attached to each of the (a) 35 Territorial Army centres and (b) three Naval Reserve centres identified for closure in each of the...

      Reserve Forces: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 12 July 2013, Official Report, column 420W, on reserve forces: Cardiff, whether the HMS Cambria facility will remain at its...

      Reserve Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the name is of each reserve force base of each service in Wales; how many reservists attend each such base regularly; and if he will make a statement.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many security passes issued on Ministry of Defence sites have been given to those directly employed by his Department.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many security passes issued for access to sites owned by the Ministry of Defence have been given to those not directly employed by his Department...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, column 505W, on shipbuilding, whether information regarding the future size and skills mix of...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of the decision to sell two of the roll-on-roll-off vessels procured under...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the Type 26 Frigates in Clyde shipyards over the next five years.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to ensure that all answers provided by his Department containing tables of statistical data which would not require more...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Afghan interpreters have applied for asylum in the UK under the current intimidation policy.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Afghan interpreters who have worked with the Army in the last 10 years would be eligible for asylum in the UK should his Department's...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria are used in the current intimidation policy for Afghan interpreters working with the Army to enable them to relocate within Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from 51 Squadron will be deployed to Afghanistan to support US operations using the Rivet Joint aircraft.

      Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when each Minister in his Department has met the Chairman of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme since May 2010; and what issues were discussed...

      Armed Forces: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the armed forces are being required to undertake any measures to reduce carbon emissions.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) rank and (b) job title is of the posts held by UK officers on exchange with the US at Combined Air Operations Centre. [R]

      Armed Forces: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many single parents in each branch of the armed forces have been promoted in each of the last three years; (2) how many members of the armed...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2013, Official Report, column 266W, on armed forces: sexual offences, what sanctions against a perpetrator are...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2013, Official Report, column 266W, on armed forces: sexual offences, what guidance is given to a commanding officer on...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the (a) number of payments and (b) cost to the public purse of key industrial capability notices issued to BAE systems under...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the invitation to negotiate for his proposed Government Owned Contractor Operated model. [R]

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on the number of UK service personnel based in Gibraltar who have accounts with Barclays Bank.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the main gate decision will be taken for the Crowsnest project; and what recent estimate he has made of its total cost.

      Military Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Project Crossbow operates from UK bases in the US. [R]

      Military Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flights over the UK have been conducted under the Open Skies treaty, by nation conducting each flight, since 2002.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy continues to offer a frigate or destroyer to NATO Immediate Reaction Force activation.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which NATO member states have sent maritime patrol aircraft to (a) RAF Lossiemouth and (b) RAF Leuchars since December 2012; which aircraft were sent;...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests the UK has made to other NATO member states to provide maritime patrol aircraft to patrol UK waters in order to detect submarines since...

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent consideration he has given to the building of two new offshore patrol vessels.

      Reserve Forces: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what budget is allocated for the (a) Royal Naval Reserve HMS Cambria and (b) proposed additional reserve unit in Cardiff; and if he will make a...

      Reserve Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what cap he will set on the level of reservist award in non-specialist roles.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evaluation his Department has made of the level of sound emitted by unmanned aerial vehicles and the effect such sounds have on communities living...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2013, Official Report, column 327W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, if he will place a copy of the Reaper Agreement in the...

      Veterans: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the number of armed forces veterans who have committed suicide in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues on the valuation of rural exception site land in the Green Belt.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many apprentices are currently employed by his Department; and how many such apprentices are aged (a) under 19, (b) 19 to...

      Building Regulations: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effects of third party certification under the revision of Part P of the Building...

      Building Regulations: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider restricting the use of the third-party certification option under the revision of Part P of the Building...

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) South Yorkshire and (d) England are in council tax arrears.

      Fires: Warehouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2013, Official Report, column 59W, on fires: warehouses, at which warehouse each such fire...

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2013, Official Report, columns 335-6W, on floods: finance, how much funding will have been...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for his Department has had meetings with Derek Webb of the Fairer...

      Islamophobia Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress the Islamophobia Working Group has made; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what legal responsibility he has if a local authority declares itself unable to meet its statutory obligations; (2) what...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people of each income group have used Help to Buy to date. [R]

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what time limits are set for decisions made by the Planning Inspectorate.

      Planning Permission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when the Government will announce the findings of its further work to understand the implications of decentralisation of...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking following the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on tackling far right extremism and groups such...

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost of renting a three-bedroom family property in each (a) region of the UK and (b) London...

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      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) Barnsley...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many decisions relating to potential Traveller and show people sites have been determined by the Planning Inspectorate in...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many academies have been co-sponsored by local authorities to date; and if he will make a statement.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what freedoms are available to academies that are not automatically available to local authority schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost has been of each new academy built since 2010; and what the estimated costs are of each academy so far approved but not completed.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) GCSE results and (b) truancy rates were for each academy in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Chethams School of Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has received the action plan from Chethams School of Music expected in May 2013; and whether he is confident that the necessary safeguarding...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children have been (a) in care and (b) taken into care in each year since 2010; if he will place in the Library a breakdown of the reasons why...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the availability of places for the 130,000 disadvantaged two-year-olds eligible for the free 15 hours childcare for...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether the Government has any plans to regulate nannies and other home child carers working outside the childcare regulatory system; (2) what...

      Children: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health services for children; and if he will make a statement.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the role of teaching assistants.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what change there has been in the number of teaching assistants in England since 2010; what assessment he has made of the effects of that change on...

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teaching assistants are employed in each (a) Government region and (b) local education authority.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will use any unused funds from the phonics matched funding scheme to give additional support for extra curriculum resources for schools for...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what support he will provide for continuing professional development to ensure teachers are equipped to teach the curriculum following the...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many breakfast clubs there are in schools by (a) region and (b) local authority.

      Families: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department has provided for Family Information Services in each of the last four years; and what such funding it plans to provide in...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what importance he proposes to give to (a) the principles of financial education and (b) financial mathematics in his revision of the National Curriculum.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to consult on the eligibility of free school meals for children whose parents will be in receipt of universal credit ahead of the...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he had with the (a) Roman Catholic Church and (b) Church of England when deciding on a 50 per cent cap on admissions for Free Schools.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of GCSE entries from (a) independent schools and (b) state schools scored an A* or A grade in each year since 2010.

      Headteachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of head teachers in England are within (a) one year, (b) two, (c) three, (d) five and (e) 10 years of standard pension age; and if he...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects that the Minister of State for Schools will reply to the letter to him of 3 July 2013 from the hon. Member for Harrow West; and if he...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what support his Department is providing to local safeguarding children's boards to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation among Year 6 and...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education further to his letter to the hon. Member for Monmouth, what progress his Department has made on locating the school attended by Adil Rashid.

      Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the annual cost of reducing class sizes at Key Stage 1 in English schools to (a) 20 or fewer and (b) 25 or fewer.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department gives to its officials on making references to the policies of the previous Government in the drafting of press releases,...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of appeals against permanent exclusion were decided in favour of parents in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were (a) temporarily and (b) permanently excluded from English (i) infant schools, (ii) primary schools, (iii) secondary schools and...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much schools in (a) Woking constituency, (b) Surrey and (c) England received in funding from the pupil premium in 2011-12; and how much such...

      Pupils: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent per pupil for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority area in the West Midlands for each year since...

      Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage children to read more books in the summer holidays.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority area have no on-site facilities for producing hot school lunches; what...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in English schools took school meals in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teachers, (b) pupils, (c) teaching assistants and (d) support staff there were in English (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in (a) Surrey and (b) England secured places at (i) their first choice and (ii) one of their top three choices of secondary...

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total capital spending on (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in each year since 2010 in real terms; what the planned real-term figures...

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy that all new schools or major extensions should have defibrillators provided; and if he will establish a programme to...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what increased resources are provided to schools due to higher staff costs in some parts of the country; what the basis is of that allocation policy;...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of schools funding is distributed without reference to pupil numbers; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress he has made on plans to move to a fairer schools funding formula before 2015.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to give school governing bodies the power to remove poorly performing governors.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Ofsted school inspections took place in each year since 2010.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria or formula his Department used to determine the funding allocations for additional money for physical education and sport in primary schools.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools were classed as requiring significant improvement in each reporting period since 2010.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the structural changes necessary in the schools system to drive up standards; and if he will make a statement.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to increase the number of schools with post-16 provision; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the new funding system for higher needs students on (a) a local authority's ability to...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average time taken was to carry out an assessment for a statement of special educational needs in each year since 2010, broken down by local...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people are training to become (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers by subject area; and how many were in such training in each of the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to attract more of the best graduates into teaching; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants were employed in maintained schools in (i) Brigg and Goole constituency and (ii) Yorkshire and the...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total spend by his Department was on anti-truancy programmes in each year since 2010; and what assessment of value for money has been made of...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his latest estimate is of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) 16, (ii) 17 and (iii) 18 year olds who are not in education or training; and if...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to announce what subjects will be included in the technical baccalaureate.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2) if he...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average weekly gross earnings of full-time employed (a) men and (b) women in (i) Barnsley Central constituency, (ii) South Yorkshire and (iii)...

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average gross weekly earnings of full-time employed (a) men and (b) women in the UK in each year since 1997 were in cash terms.

      Average Earnings: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, columns 556-8W, on average earnings: Clywd, what the average weekly gross earnings of a...

      Average Earnings: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, columns 556-8W, on average earnings: Clwyd, what the average weekly gross earnings of a...

      Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) with reference to the answer of 25 February 2013, Official Report, column 198W, on Big Society Capital, to which Government Minister or other...

      Cobra

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times the COBRA Committee has convened since January 2013.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department provides to officials on anonymising public data.

      Dove Trust

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what reports he has received from the Charity Commission on the advice it has given to charities whose funds were frozen when the Charity Giving website...

      Emigration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people migrated from the UK to (a) other EU states, (b) other Commonwealth countries and (c) the rest of the world in the last five years.

      Government Departments: Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the format of data published by Government; (2) what recent discussions he has...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the audit of procurement contracts held by G4S and Serco will (a) start and (b) finish.

      Migration: Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will request that the Office for National Statistics revises its long-term international migration estimates.

      National Security Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of National Security Council meetings have focused on (a) terrorism and (b) organised crime since May 2010.

      New Businesses: Woking

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many business start-ups there have been in Woking constituency in each of the last three years.

      Office for Civil Society: Leyton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much each project in Leyton and Wanstead constituency has received funding from the Office for Civil Society to date.

      Public Sector Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of public sector workers in Wales who work part-time; and what proportion of such workers are women.

      Public Sector: Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to publish a national data strategy, as recommended by the Shakespeare Review, published in May 2013.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what support he plans to introduce for social enterprises based outside London.

      Spice Innovations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding his Department has provided to the charity Spice in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.

      Sports: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many former Games Makers have volunteered to help organise local sport activities as a result of being involved in the London 2012 Paralympic...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the potential for hostile governments and non-state actors to employ drones in an offensive manner against the UK or its Overseas Territories is...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month; (2) if he...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on linking the use of funding from international finance institutions to agricultural and food producers...

    • Billing

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

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the document entitled, Monitoring the humaneness of badger population reduction by controlled shooting...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where the British Overseas Territories rank in his Department's international priorities.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2013, Official Report, column 826W, on buildings, whether he has received any approach by...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if his Department will estimate the income generated by walking and recreation in coastal communities; (2) if his...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the future implementation of the England Coast Path project.

      Drownings: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many children and young people in England died from drowning in lakes, rivers or the sea in each month since July 2008.

      Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which policy documents his Department uses to allocate (a) legal, (b) scientific, (c) policy and (d) financial resources to...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of...

      Fisheries: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance his Department has provided to the government of Gibraltar with regard to illegal fishing by Spanish vessels...

      Food: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental effects of the business model used by large food retailers in the UK.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the risks of (a) water contamination and (b) air pollution arising from fracking for shale gas.

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many greyhounds were put to sleep for (a) welfare and (b) economic reasons in 2012.

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve the welfare of racing greyhounds.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what environmental evaluations of High Speed 2 have been conducted by his Department; and if he will publish all reports that...

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on (a) the banning of chlorpyrifos and (b) the licensing of chlorpyrifos for...

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures (a) are in place and (b) have previously been in place to assist with the safe disposal of (i) chlorpyrifos and...

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action his Department is taking to assess the dangers posed by chlorpyrifos to the UK's water courses; and if he will...

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) carried out and (b) funded into non-chemical methods of pest control for oil seed rape;...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2013, Official Report, column 731W, on pollinators, whether his review of policy and...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the Committee on Climate Change's recommendation of banning food waste from landfill.

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure appropriate labelling of meat that has come from animals who have not been stunned due to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 31 May 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

      Nature Conservation: Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made as to whether the Ascension Island government's draft Marine Protection Ordinance...

      Nature Conservation: Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) technical assistance his Department has provided and (b) representations his Department has made to the Ascension...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) terrestrial protected areas and (b) marine protected areas in each of the four British Overseas Territories have...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made as to which protected areas designated for biodiversity conservation in the...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made as to which species are at most imminent risk of global extinction in the (a)...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made as to whether the scientific evidence needs of biodiversity conservation in the...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent in financial terms on biodiversity conservation in (a) England and (b) the British Overseas...

      Nature Conservation: British Virgin Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of whether the government of the British Virgin Islands' draft Environmental...

      Nature Conservation: British Virgin Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) technical assistance his Department has provided and (b) representations his Department has made to the government...

      Nature Conservation: Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of whether the government of the Cayman Islands' draft National Conservation Bill...

      Nature Conservation: Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) technical assistance his Department has provided and (b) representations his Department has made to the Cayman...

      Nature Conservation: Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of waste management practices on biodiversity conservation in...

      Nature Conservation: St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made as to whether the St Helena Government's draft Environmental Protection Ordinance...

      Noise: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made on noise policy since the publication of the 2010 Noise Policy Statement; and if he...

      Northcote House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department used the facilities at Northcote House, Sunningdale Park,...

      Ofwat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of consultancy fees commissioned by Ofwat was in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to examine the effectiveness of pet shop licensing legislation.

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of the issue of people running large puppy breeding operations form their own home...

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what consideration he has given to prohibiting the sale of puppies in pet shops; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Rabies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities (a) have a contingency plan in place in the event of a rabies outbreak and (b) are currently...

      Recycling: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2013, Official Report, column 10W, on recycling, how many fires were at regulated sites.

      Recycling: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2013, Official Report, column 10W, on recycling, how many sites have received notice or...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the title is of each regulation his Department (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and...

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what opportunities his Department provides for stakeholders to comment on proposals for new environmental land management schemes.

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation his Department has undertaken with stakeholders in respect of new environmental land management schemes.

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to providing funding for landowners for walking and access infrastructure under new...

      Rural Community Energy Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the Rural Community Energy Fund's capacity to fund low carbon waste removal projects.

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many senior civil servants left his Department and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in...

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the dangers posed by Chinese lanterns.

      Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written statement of 16 July 2013, Official Report, columns 78-9WS, on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity...

      Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Written Statement of 16 July 2013, Official Report, columns 78-9WS, on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity...

      Trees: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) larch, (b) oak, (c) plane, (d) horse chestnut, (e) elm and (f) pine trees were imported into the UK in the...

      Trees: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many ash trees were imported into the UK in the latest period before the ash import ban was implemented.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Advertising: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take in relation to the use of distorted body images in advertising; and if he will make a statement.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what strategies he has to create apprenticeships in his Department; and what plans he has to promote such strategies.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many apprenticeships funded by the Skills Funding Agency in the next year will be based in (a) Mansfield, (b) Bassetlaw...

      Apprentices: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who has been contracted to provide the apprenticeships funded by the Skills Funding Agency in (a) Newark, (b) Bassetlaw, (c)...

      Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the First Report of the Committees on Arms Exports Control, Scrutiny of Arms Exports and Arms Control, Annex 13:...

      Billing

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

      Business: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized businesses in Haltemprice and Howden constituency were offered Enterprise Finance Guarantee loans...

      Conditions of Employment: Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has discussed with Tate and Lyle the alleged use of child labour in that company's supply chain in Cambodia.

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people who have taken out a payday loan in (a) Paisley and Renfrewshire North...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of households with one or more adults in employment used (a) home collected credit, (b) payday loans and (c) all...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of households used credit for everyday living expenses in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2011-12.

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average amount owed by households in relation to (a) student loans, (b) personal loans, (c) credit cards, (d) overdrafts...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the NAO report Digital Britain published 28 March 2013, HC 1048.

      Enforcement Restriction Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will implement the enforcement restriction order, as provided for under Part 6A of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement...

      Exports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value of UK exports to Israel was in 2012.

      Fuel Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what mechanisms his Department is considering providing to support the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in transport.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on plans by creditors to introduce modifications to Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs)...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to encourage all creditors to agree to the Debt Management Plan Protocol.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of how many informal debt management plans might be replaced by Simple IVAs; (2) what...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the £539.6 million announced by his Department on 27 June 2013 for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership...

      Manufacturing Industries: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what government funding has been provided for research and development in the manufacturing sector in (a) each of the last three...

      Music: Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how composers and performers will be rewarded if fair compensation is recovered at the point of sale under proposals for a...

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve public awareness about how to access funding for new business ideas.

      Overseas Trade: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what regard his Department has for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Countries of Concern List as part of its work promoting...

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value of bilateral trade between the UK and Israel was in 2012.

      Restaurants: Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the restaurant industry that do not allow waiters to keep tips, but...

      Restaurants: Gratuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce the number of restaurants that do not allow waiters to keep tips, but instead use this...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether in the event of the privatisation of Royal Mail every member of staff will receive the same number of shares; who will...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria were used to select the banks included in the syndicate responsible for the floatation of Royal Mail.

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of gross domestic product the UK spends on scientific research.

      Shipping: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the national minimum wage applies to non-EEA seafarers employed on a commercial passenger vessel working on routes...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2013, Official Report, column 524W, on students, how many full-time undergraduate...

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much debt on average (a) in total, (b) excluding loans relating to tuition fees and (c) excluding all loans derived...

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the average interest rate on debt relating to loans (a) derived from public funding and (b) provided by the private...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to review the current level of (a) tuition fees and (b) student maintenance support; and if he will make a...

      Students: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his future plans are for support for (a) students aged 16 to 24 with cancer and (b) students aged 16 to 24 with...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses have been convicted of hiring unpaid interns in (a) 2013 to date, (b) 2012, (c) 2011 and (d) 2010.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many answers by his Department to the last 100 Parliamentary Questions asked involving tables of statistics fewer than four...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what ex-post levies will be raised on the financial sector in support of the EU single resolution mechanism; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families receiving the current childcare vouchers scheme which will not be eligible for the new tax free...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projections his Department has made of the cost of the overheads associated with the new tax free childcare scheme.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is towards the development of the social dimension of Economic and Monetary Union; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the European Commission's proposals to establish a joint Eurozone Society Security Fund with payments linked to adherence to policy...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on participating in projected solidarity mechanisms under future Eurozone arrangements; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what current projects in all Government departments have no financial limit imposed on them by his Department.

      Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any proposals to financially incentivise food and drink businesses which endorse Public Health Responsibility Deals.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to reply to the letter dated 30 May 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms P. Atkinson, transferred from...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many minimum wage compliance officers there are in HM Revenue and Customs.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many instances of non-compliance with minimum wage were identified in (a) Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK in...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to increase the number of minimum wage compliance officers.

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason agricultural reservoirs were not included within the Annual Investment Allowance scheme.

      Taxation: Betting Shops

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much betting shops have paid in (a) VAT and (b) corporation tax in each year since 2003.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of reducing VAT to five per cent on all hospitality, rooms, food and alcohol.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure that all answers provided by his Department containing tables of statistical data which would not require more than...

  • Transport

    • A31

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Highways Agency will take action to facilitate access by mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs to the pavements at the junctions of St...

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on concessionary bus travel for (a) pensioners and (b) disabled people in (i) Barnsley Central constituency, (ii)...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate of future levels of bicycle use his Department used when predicting the future spending on roads in its recently published Roads Strategy.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there was in the number of miles cycled in 2012 compared with 2011 in (a) Barnsley, (b) Barnsley Central constituency, (c) South Yorkshire,...

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the RAC Foundation's report entitled Young Driver Safety Solutions to an Age-old Problem published in July 2013 and...

      Ferries: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in Transport Scotland regarding his Department's policies on (a)...

      First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of staff at the Highways Agency and the Vehicle and Operators Services Agency are first aid-trained.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been paid from the public purse to WS Atkins from contracts related to High Speed 2 since May 2010; and how much remains to be paid under...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence Ministers of his Department have had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on the subject of High Speed...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many jobs have been created (a) directly and (b) indirectly by High Speed 2 to date; and how many such jobs will be created in (i) phase 1 and (ii)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) apprentices and (b) graduate trainees are working on High Speed 2 (HS2) in (i) his Department and (ii) HS2 Ltd.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) feasibility study and (b) any value management studies for HS2 Ltd's option 8 design for Euston station.

      London, Tilbury and Southend Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the current timetable is for the Essex Thameside franchise; and whether the tender process will include a commitment that all rolling stock will...

      Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the role of signalling in achieving efficiencies in the rail sector.

      Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the recent steps taken by Network Rail to reduce delays caused by signal failures.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assets he has designated for search and rescue under section 2.5 of Annex 12 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation; and where each is...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that the new motorists' champion will provide a strong voice for non-motorised road users.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the life expectancy is of the original Severn Bridge.

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many out-of-court disposals for young people have been issued by type of disposal in each year from 2010 to date.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (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)...

      Billing

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

      Bribery Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to review the Bribery Act 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the care proceedings pilot at York County Court whereby proceedings are to be completed within 26 weeks; whether...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions bodies of the deceased were not released by the coroner within 28 days of death in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints his Department received about each local coroner in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many courts have been closed in each year since 1997; and how much these closures realised in (a) capital receipts and (b) revenue savings.

      Courts: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of violence were recorded in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) Crown courts in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

      Courts: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many victims of crime and witnesses were supported by the Witness Service at (a) York Crown Court and (b) York Magistrates' Court in each year since...

      Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences have been committed by those on home detention curfews since 2008.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many dog owners have (a) been ordered to muzzle their dog, (b) received a custodial sentence for possession of a prohibited dog, (c) received a...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library any concordats which his Department or the public bodies for which he is responsible have with the devolved administrations.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of violence involving members of families of defendants were recorded in magistrates' courts in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012;...

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been convicted of driving under the influence of illegal substances in the UK in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to introduce tougher sentences for those caught driving under the influence of illegal substances.

      Exhumation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many exhumation licences were issued for archaeological excavations in each year since 1 January 2007; how many such applications were refused;...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines were (a) issued by the courts and (b) collected in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

      Food

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

      Green Planning Solutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding (a) his Department and (b) the Legal Services Commission has provided to Green Planning Solutions in the last five years.

      Housing: Forfeiture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for the forfeiture of leasehold residential property were made to the courts in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many human trafficking convictions were recorded on a principal offence basis only in 2012.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2013, Official Report, column 110W, on human trafficking, in what ways publishing the county in which a victim has been...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other pieces of IT equipment were lost or stolen from his Department in (i)...

      Independent Monitoring Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of members of independent monitoring boards fell within the age range (a) 20 to 30, (b) 31 to 40, (c) 41 to 50, (d) 51 to 60, (e)...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much has been spent on (a) civil and (b) criminal legal aid in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each of the last 20 years; (2) how many and...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his proposed new arrangements for criminal legal aid will apply to children.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the potential effects of reforms to legal aid on victims of trafficking and domestic violence.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) average and (b) range of time it has taken the Legal Aid Agency to make a decision following an application for exceptional case funding has...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates there were in (a) total and (b) each local court area in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

      Mobile Phones

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

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the certified normal accommodation for HM Prison Oakwood has been in each month since it first opened; and how many offenders have been held in the...

      Offender Rehabilitation Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he intends to release his Department's impact assessment of the Offender Rehabilitation Bill.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether people who are sentenced to less than 12 months imprisonment and who are subsequently released are subject to licence conditions in England and Wales.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who is responsible for the statutory supervision of people who are sentenced to periods of 12 months imprisonment and who are subsequently released in...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the proposals outlined on page 23 of Transforming Rehabilitation: A Strategy for Reform, what training private sector employees will...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people completed accredited offending behaviour and substance misuse programmes while in (a) custody and (b) the community in (i) 2011-12 and...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on research on each prisoner rehabilitation programme in each of the last five years; and which organisation undertook...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the backlog was of Parole Board cases involving prisoners serving (a) an indeterminate sentence for public protection and (b) a life sentence in...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies have an annual salary of (i) £100,000 to...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies have an annual salary before tax of over...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the occupancy rate as a proportion of population to in-use certified normal accommodation was in (a) the whole of the Prison Service and (b) each...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much increased capacity in the prison estate since May 2010 has come about as a result of (a) new prison places becoming available, (b) existing...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding his Department plans to provide for capital expenditure on new prison places in (a) the current spending review period and (b) the next...

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many current prison governors have criminal convictions.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) sex offenders and (b) violent offenders convicted of what offence were given imprisonment for public protection in each of the last 15 months.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2013, Official Report, column 641W, on prison sentences, if he will provide the information requested in the original...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on how many occasions employees of the Prison Service have been (a) charged and (b) found guilty of each category of criminal activity in the...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what changes in the level of National Offender Management Service staffing at each prison establishment have been achieved as a consequence of the...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were employed in the Prison Service, by rank, on 1 June (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average ratio of prison officers to inmates in prisons in England and Wales was in June (a) 2009. (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e) 2013.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what changes there have been in capital expenditure budgets of each prison in the UK since April 2010.

      Prison Service: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2013, Official Report, column 642W, on Prison Service: North East, (1) what the equivalent figures were for all other...

      Prisoner Corruption Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget of the Prisoner Corruption Unit was in each year since 2010-11.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many escaped prisoners remain at large.

      Prisoner Escorts: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Prison Service spent on taxis to transport prisoners in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many remand prisoners voted in the May 2010 General Election.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of each category of crime have been moved to a lower category of prison in the last 12 months; what the (a) original and (b)...

      Prisoners: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average age is of (a) the prison population and (b) those serving first-time prison sentences.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with which countries the Government is currently negotiating prison transfer agreements; (2) what meetings Ministers in his Department have held...

      Prisons: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will undertake an urgent review of the prison management competition for the Doncaster cluster of prisons.

      Prisons: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reasons were for the delay in announcing the new contract for managing the Doncaster cluster of prisons; and what affect the over-charging by...

      Prisons: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether prisoners are required to buy their own (a) televisions, (b) games consoles and (c) other entertainment devices.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the budget of each prison in the UK is spent on wages of those providing external auxiliary services (a) in total and (b) excluding...

      Prisons: Locks and Keys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents there were of prisons needing to have their locks replaced since May 2010; what the cost to the public purse was of such incidents;...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what financial reductions his Department has negotiated at each privately-operated prison; and if he will make a statement; (2) what contractual...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) full and (b) part Tornado teams were provided from each prison establishment in England and Wales in each of the last four years; and if he...

      Prisons: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many seizures of (a) Class A drugs, (b) mobile telephones and (c) knives there were from each prison in London in 2012.

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in (a) publicly run prisons and (b) privately run prisons on 1 April in each year since 2008; (2)...

      Prisons: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines his Department issues to prison governors on the engagement of volunteers in prisons.

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ethnicity of the (a) offender and (b) victim was in each racially aggravated offence recorded in each of the last five years.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many of those found guilty of rape in 2012 were (a) under 18 years, (b) between 18 and 21 years and (c) over 21 years old; (2) how many of...

      Referral Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of referral panel members fell within the age range (a) 20 to 30, (b) 31 to 40, (c) 41 to 50, (d) 51 to 60, (e) 61 to 70 and (f)...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders who breached their licence conditions or re-offended whilst on licence were (a) returned to prison to serve the full sentence, (b)...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders released on licence following a life sentence have committed (a) homicide and (b) other offences in each of the last two years.

      Rspca

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the RSPCA has achieved a criminal conviction in each of the last 15 years; how many of those convictions were for breaches of the...

      Rspca

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many private prosecutions were brought by the RSPCA (a) in the five years prior to November 2010 and (b) in each year since.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the sentencing outcomes in each offence group for those sentenced for either-way offences has been in (a) Crown courts following the defendant's...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow the Crown Prosecution Service to appeal to the Crown Court against convictions and sentences from...

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of raising the small claims limit on the (a) number of cases going through the small...

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will list all Twitter accounts for which officials of his Department (a) have had and (b) currently have responsibility for (i) monitoring and (ii)...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his Department's budget for ministerial travel for (a) the Government Car Service, (b) private hire vehicles, (c) taxis, (d) rail, (e)...

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many criminal trials at the (a) Crown Court and (b) magistrates' court were cracked because of (i) a late guilty plea being accepted, (ii) a guilty...

      Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total amount of uncollected fines issued by courts is.

      Unpaid Fines: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what level of unpaid fines are owed to the courts in (a) Nottingham and (b) Nottinghamshire.

      Victim Support: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much core grant was provided by his Department to Victims Support for services to support its (a) Crown Court Witness Service and (b) Magistrates'...

      Wales

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

      Welsh Language

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

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department of appeals made against the outcome of work capability assessments was in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many individuals held in secure children's homes have been convicted of crimes for their behaviour since entering the establishment in each of...

      Youth Custody: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of young offenders ordinarily resident in Barnsley East constituency have been given custodial sentences in the last three years.

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Local Government Finance: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding (a) his Department and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible has allocated to Barnsley...

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many ATOS Healthcare full-time equivalent health professionals work on the Work Capability Assessment contract.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times he and Ministers in his Department have met ATOS Healthcare senior management to discuss the contract for delivering the work...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the awareness of disability living allowance claimants of its replacement by personal independence payment.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average number of weekly job applications submitted by each jobseeker each week in (a) Glasgow North West...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what support his Department provides to (a) young people aged 16 to 24 with cancer and (b) young people aged 16 to 24 with serious and...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he next plans to visit a food bank; (2) what assessment he has made of the merits of recording on a regular basis the number of...

      Foster Care: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many current foster carers will be contacted during the research into the effect on the under-occupancy penalty on prospective foster carers.

      Foster Care: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who is conducting the research into the effects of the under-occupancy penalty on prospective foster carers.

      Foster Care: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish (a) the initial findings and (b) the final report of the research commissioned by his Department on the effects on its work...

      Foster Care: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department's research into the effect of the under-occupancy penalty on prospective foster carers, adopters and special guardians...

      Foster Care: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who is conducting the research into the effect of the under-occupancy penalty on prospective adopters and special guardians.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers the Health and Safety Executive has to object to an approved planning consent should an issue of concern in their remit develop...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what future sums he has earmarked for relief of hardship arising from the under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to local authorities in respect of the priority to be given to competing applicants for help from hardship funds...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in St Helens South and Whiston constituency have been affected by the under-occupancy penalty; and how many such people are...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the average change in benefit for those in St Helens and Whiston constituency affected by the under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of people in work that are adversely affected by the under-occupancy penalty.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent ratio of Jobcentre Plus advisors to claimants is.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been employed by Jobcentre Plus in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the number of such staff...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what monthly statistics his Department collates on the number of jobseeker's allowance claimants who have been temporarily barred from...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation work has been done to determine the capability of Jobcentre Plus to manage a change to weekly sign on for jobseeker's...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what statistics his Department holds on the length of time a temporary bar is in force for jobseeker's allowance claimants in each (a) local...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2013, Official Report, columns 58-9W, on occupational health, who the members of the advisory group on the new...

      Offshore Industry: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last discussed the safety of the Forties oil pipeline with the Health and Safety Executive.

      Pension Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those eligible for pension credit in (a) Newport East constituency and (b) Wales claim this benefit.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the influence in decision-making of the advocate in personal independence payment benefit assessments for people...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the mobility criteria for personal independence payment has been changed to 50 metres instead of 20 metres.

      Personal Independence Payment: Paisley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected by the move to personal independence payment in Paisley and Renfrewshire...

      Personal Independence Payment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date he expects personal independence payments to be implemented in Wales.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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;...

      Remploy: Abertillery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on how many of the former workers of Remploy Abertillery made redundant in August 2012 have subsequently...

      Senior Civil Servants

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

      Social Fund: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for a (a) budgeting loan and (b) crisis loan in (i) St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council area and (ii) Knowsley...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants affected by the benefits cap were assessed as capable of work on 1 April (a) 2012 and (b) 2013; (2) how many and what...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in receipt of benefits are exempt from the benefits cap.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people affected by the benefits cap who are in receipt of (a) disability related benefits and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the potential total savings to the public purse of setting a benefits cap at (a) £26,000, (b) £20,000, (c)...

      Social Security Benefits: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish his response to the European Commission's letter requesting clarification of the UK Government's position on the cumulative...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to Article 24(2) of Directive 2004/38/EC, for what reasons EU nationals residing in the UK as jobseekers are allowed to access...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households whose only income is out-of-work benefits with a higher household income than households...

      Unemployment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the support provided by Jobcentre Plus to jobseekers aged over 50 with prior senior managerial experience.

      Unemployment: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department provides to Jobcentre Plus staff on assisting jobseekers aged over 50 into employment.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the current ratio of staff to claimants is in the universal credit pilot areas; (2) how many people are currently in receipt of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the timetable is for the complete national rollout of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of additional new claims as a result of the universal credit rollout to six hub jobcentres.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the costs of (a) purchase and maintenance of the 6,000 new computers and associated software and (b) staff...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provisions will be made for those wanting to claim universal credit through the medium of Welsh.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2013, Official Report, column 660W, on universal credit, whether he expects any further jobcentres to take...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will carry out an impact assessment of the introduction of housing costs contributions under universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the universal credit IT systems will take into account the planned uprating of the national minimum wage from 1 October 2013; and if he...

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date he expects universal credit to be implemented in Wales (a) as a pilot scheme and (b) in full.

      Unum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Unum Ltd or any subsidiary companies of Unum Ltd had a role in designing the work capability assessment; what relationship there has...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the effect of the measures in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 on the economy of (a) St Helens South and Whiston constituency...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people experiencing a mental health condition undertook the work capability assessment in each year between 2008 and 2012.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department had a £248 million underspend on the Work programme in 2012-13; and in what alternative ways this was spent.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department paid in (a) attachment, (b) job outcome and (c) sustainment payments to Work programme providers in each month since...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to (a) provide independent inspection of Work Programme contractors and (b) collect feedback from Work...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged over 50 who have been referred to the Work Programme since June 2011 were identified as being from an ethnic minority...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged over 50 who have been referred to the Work Programme since June 2011 (a) received a sanction while on the Work Programme,...

      Work Programme: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid to Work Programme contractors working in Cumbria since the commencement of that programme.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to ensure that all answers provided by his Department containing tables of statistical data which would not...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time to be seen by a doctor in accident and emergency for (a) walk-in patients and (b) those arriving by ambulance are (i) for...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many apprentices are currently employed by his Department; and how many such apprentices are aged (a) under 19, (b) 19 to 25, (c) 26 to 30, (d) 31 to...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to begin an information campaign to explain the details of the care cap to the public.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of people who will have their personal care costs capped at £72,000 who will pay an additional...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs who have been elected to the boards of clinical commissioning groups hold directorships or have shares held in private health care companies.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the revision of the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

      Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of British pensioners who permanently live abroad but returned to the UK to access health treatment via the...

      Health Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health protocols have been entered into by English NHS trusts with neighbouring Welsh health boards.

      Health: Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many quick service restaurants have endorsed Public Health Responsibility Deals in the UK; and how many such restaurants have committed to deals that...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to draw upon patient experience when comparing unit with unit in the new congenital cardiac review; (2) if he...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy, published in March 2013, what progress NHS England has made on working with...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the Scottish congenital cardiac surgery unit will be included in the new review of congenital cardiac care; (2) when the new review of...

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that all children's cardiac surgery units are as vigorously assessed as the Leeds Children's Cardiac Surgery Unit has...

      Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what deficit has been accumulated by Circle Healthcare Ltd in each year since it was awarded the operational franchise of Hinchingbrooke Health Care...

      Hospitals: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what special measures are being applied to Buckinghamshire Health Trust following the Keogh review into hospital mortality rates.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual cost of the HPV vaccination programme under each cost heading is.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's policy is on local assisted conception policies which restrict access to IVF treatment on the grounds that one partner has...

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the 14 hospitals investigated as part of Sir Bruce Keogh's recent report were regulated by Monitor; and what steps the regulator took to...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts would currently fail the tests for financial viability to convert a NHS trust to a NHS foundation trust; what assessment he has made...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS Trusts are in debt relating to the accumulation of annual deficits; what the size of each relevant debt is; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts had an annual deficit in the last financial year for which reports are available; what the size of each such annual deficit was; and if...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS Trusts had an end-of-year deficit between their income and expenditure in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13 by (i) region and (ii) multiples of...

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Commissioning through Evaluation will be introduced by NHS England.

      NHS: Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications for judicial review have been brought against NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts in England and Wales in each of the last 10...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts or NHS foundation trusts have entered into which operational franchises with a private company; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of staff currently working in the NHS in England who had been engaged by NHS bodies (a) through personal...

      Patients: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered with NHS trusts in Greater Manchester in each of the last five years.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether, as part of its consideration of a contract-based model for the administration of the Nursery Milk Scheme, his Department has assessed the...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to improve awareness amongst the public and healthcare professionals of the symptoms of stroke; (2) what steps his...

      Tobacco: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has held with his Scottish counterpart on the use of a Section 104 to assist with the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many officials of his Department travelled economy class by aeroplane in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and what...

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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,...

      British Gas Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2013, Official Report, column 59W, on energy: finance, what process was followed in the award to...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimates his Department were given in 2008 of the expected average global temperature in 2013; (2) what estimates his...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of whether an increase of 0.8 degrees celsius in average global temperatures is statistically...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the UK of complying with the Climate Change Act 2008.

      E.on Uk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2013, Official Report, column 59W, on energy: finance; what projects the Research and Development...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills regarding BT Openreach's work to...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of fees being charged by BT Openreach for eyebolt installations on the cost of delivering the...

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which energy companies have received capital grants from his Department in each of the last five years.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his Department's publication entitled Final Project Report: An investigation of the effect of EPC ratings on house...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to allow Green Deal finance to cover the upfront cost of purchasing heat pumps.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what differences there are in the obligations placed on installers by the codes of practice for the Green Deal and the Energy Company...

      Insulation: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many homes in Woking constituency have received insulation under his Department's energy efficiency programmes in each of the last...

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will commission an investigation into the UK's oil price setting process.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received calling for a review of the oil price setting process.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the (a) US and (b) EU regulation of oil prices.

      Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many officials in his Department travelled business class by train in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and what the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what evidential basis he made the decision to set the duration of the proposed Contracts for Differences for renewable energy at 15...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of the UK's total solar energy likely to be provided by individual homes under the...

      Wales

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

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost of offshore windfarm construction to meet the UK's renewable targets for 2020.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many questions answered by his Department included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the effectiveness of the UK Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues; and if he will make a statement.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (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...

      Arms Trade: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made regarding the attendance of foreign delegations from (a) countries of concern and (b) other...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the government of Bahrain's implementation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry's...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what projects the UK is providing technical assistance to the government of Bahrain to assist that country's implementation...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the government of Bahrain's (a) recent human rights reforms and (b) establishment of the National...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent efforts made towards national conciliation and power-sharing by the government of Bahrain.

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of whether the education provider activities of the British Council constitute unfair competition...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will examine where it can work with British private-sector education providers to reduce the cost to the...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next UK-China human rights dialogue will take place; what its agenda will be; and if he will raise concerns about the...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Chinese counterpart on that country upholding its constitutional commitments to allow...

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the policy of his Department is on encouraging other Commonwealth member states that criminalise consensual, private...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government plans to make at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in relation to...

      Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the total Exclusive Economic Zone covered by marine protected areas designated for biodiversity conservation...

      Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department initiated to foster (a) terrestrial and (b) protected area networks in each of the British Overseas...

      Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made as to whether exemplary environmental management with regard to biodiversity...

      EU Institutions: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether British civil servants seconded to the EU or to EU bodies pay tax at the same level as other British citizens.

      European Parliament Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the income tax arrangements are for UK members of the European Parliament.

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the written statement of 8 July 2013, Official Report, columns 3-4WS, if he will ensure that the feasibility...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the scope of the Chagossian feasibility study is restricted to resettlement on the Outer Islands.

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ensure that the Chagossian feasibility study is conducted by independent and objective consultants with the necessary...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to seek funding from non-UK government sources so that the cost of Chagossian resettlement is not a heavy...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representations he has received on Iran's nuclear programme in the last year.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the European Union-wide regulation requiring any agreement or contract signed by an EU country...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the role of G4S in the Israeli prison system.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the UK's trade policy with respect to the EU's directive that member states should not...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the Answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield of 12 June 2013, Official Report, column...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the Answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield of 12 June 2013, Official Report, column...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representations he has received calling for a boycott of Israeli goods and services in the last year.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to his Libyan counterpart on co-operation with the International Criminal Court on the...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will encourage the Libyan government to implement the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will issue a statement of support for the new Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, in...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he plans to offer Libya technical assistance other than that of a single detention advisor for that country's prison reform...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions officials based at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur met Malaysian police between 1995 and 1997;...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what purpose officials based at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur monitored the 1993-96 Malaysian police...

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of the situation in the Maldives.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on reports of Israeli incitement against Palestinians.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the length of the current appointment of the Special Envoy to the Middle...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what accountability arrangements the EU agreed for the Special Envoy to the Middle East of the Quartet.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the remuneration of the Special Envoy to the Middle East of the Quartet.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the EU has been consulted on the extension of the terms of reference of the Special Envoy to the Middle East of the...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of funding allocated under the EU's Nepal Peace Trust Fund.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist with addressing the problem of impunity in Nepal.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to (a) support human rights defenders, (b) support those working to end impunity and...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representations he has received in opposition to Israeli settlement activity.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority about fulfilling its Road Map commitment to end incitement...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the title is of each regulation his Department (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv)...

      Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether holders of UK travel documents who are not UK citizens require a visa to visit the Republic of Ireland.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Chinese counterparts on the whereabouts and wellbeing of the 10 Tibetans who were shot...

      Welsh Language

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

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