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Written answers

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

  • Education

    • Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what access (a) he and (b) his ministerial private office has to tablet devices; and what the purchase cost was of those devices in the most recent...

    • Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the budget per pupil for each school in England before and after the introduction of the pupil premium.

      Schools Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to appoint a new Schools Commissioner.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the Ofsted thematic review of careers provision will be published.

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he takes to ensure that (a) non-academy schools, (b) academy schools and (c) free schools secure independent and impartial careers service...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all jobcentres issue vouchers for food banks; and if he will make a statement.

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls his Department has received since the introduction of personal independence payments asking for an extension of time to submit...

      Self-employed: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many self-employed persons previously paying Class 2 National Insurance Contributions have declared themselves unemployed since 2010.

      Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 26 June 2013, Official Report, column 314, on spending review, what discussions...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much expenditure by his Department on information technology for universal credit has been written off to date.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps he has taken to ensure the preservation of women's rights and young girls' access to education in Afghanistan once UK...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2013, Official Report, column 393W, on Bangladesh, whether her Department has considered using the...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what long-term plans her Department has to provide support for children affected by conflict and humanitarian crisis in the Central...

      Developing Countries: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what estimate she has made of the length of the average stay in a refugee camp; (2) what steps she is taking to reduce the...

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what specific work on child protection work her Department is undertaking in the 22 countries listed in the report of the UN Secretary...

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what amount of bilateral funding is provided by her Department each year to those countries identified as of concern by the UN...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has made to host a summit on violence against women and girls in humanitarian emergencies as outlined in her...

      Developing Countries: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent discussions she has had with (a) her EU counterparts and (b) the Intergovernmental Authority on Development on...

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to support developing nations in their efforts to prevent capital flight; how much official development...

      Namibia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps her Department is taking in respect of Namibia; (2) how her Department plans to respond to growing food insecurity...

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has undertaken any research into levels of corruption involving foreign businesses operating in Sub-Saharan Africa.

      UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs appeal requests have been met by her Department in the areas...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: Females

      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 assessment his Department has made of the...

    • Government Departments: South West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Government Departments and agencies have offices based in (a) Bristol, (b) Swindon and (c) Bournemouth; and how many people are employed in each...

      Low Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people in work who earn below £7.45 per hour in (a) the UK and (b) Wales; and how many such people are...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the teenage pregnancy rate was in each year since 2010; and what he expects it be in 2014-15.

      Telephone Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office What assessment he has made of the National Audit Office report, Charges for customer telephone lines, HC 541, and if he will make a statement.

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General, pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, column 512W, on Crown Prosecution Service, what recent discussions he has had on the work of the Crown...

  • Prime Minister

    • Russia

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will discuss Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights in Russia with President Putin at the G20 Leaders' Summit in St Petersburg in September 2013; (2)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls will be placed on administration costs for individual agreements under reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to English farmers of modulation under the next stage of Common Agricultural Policy...

      Food: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of food consumed in the UK was produced in the UK in (a) 1997 and (b) 2010; what estimate he has made of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to secure the closure of Guantanamo Bay.

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the treatment of Ms Rayhana Almosawi while in custody in Bahrain.

      Bahrain

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

      Billing

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

      Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of efforts by the EU to create a lasting political solution in Bosnia...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role of China in negotiations towards a new international agreement on climate change.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK Government provided any names for the invitation list for the business networking reception attended by the...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what items of business were discussed by the Minister for External Affairs of the Scottish Government and the British Ambassador...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on steps to assist British businesses to operate in China...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what resources his Department is spending on tackling corruption overseas.

      Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with other signatories to the Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the first reports of the Government's Balance of Competences Review will be published.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his written statement of 14 May 2013, Official Report, column 32WS on Balance of Competences Review, for what reason...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civil servants currently work full-time on the Government's Balance of Competences Review.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK Government provided any names for the invitation list for the Globalscots and key contacts dinner attended by the...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what items of business were discussed by the Minister for External Affairs of the Scottish Government and the British...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of the Government of Israel having a nuclear weapons programme; and if he...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will respond to the postcards submitted through the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur by Malaysians on 18 June 2013...

      Methanol: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to warn UK nationals of the dangers presented by methanol poisoning in (a) Indonesia, (b) Bali and (c)...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the May 2013 Resolution by the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on the categorisation of...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to his response of 10 June 2013, Official Report, columns 85-86W, when the five IPCC master plans were sent to the...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to his response of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 862W, whether any assessment of government indirect finance to...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to Baroness Tonge of 30 July 2013, Official Report, House of Lords, column 294WA, on Palestine, if his...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to his response of 21 May 2013, Official Report, columns 679-80W, what progress has been made through the Israeli...

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much can be claimed by officials of his Department in support of the payment of private school fees; and what the average...

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his American counterpart about the repatriation of Shaker Aamer to the UK from Guantanamo.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with members of the free Syrian Army about the welfare of Christians living in rebel-held areas of Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the welfare of Christian communities in rebel-held areas of Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Syrian opposition forces have requested any non-lethal chemical or biological defence equipment; and what such...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of Syrian opposition forces using military equipment and armaments previously belonging to the...

      United Nations Committee On Decolonisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) French, (b) US and (c) New Zealand counterparts on winding up the United Nations...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any representatives from (a) Syria and (b) Egypt (i) were invited to and (ii) will be attending the Defence and Security...

    • Business: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department took to increase the level of access to credit for businesses in (a) North West Norfolk constituency...

      Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the Government's policy is on requiring UK-based companies to produce publicly-available financial reports on a...

      Conditions of Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in Scotland on the use...

      Conditions of Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who are (a) aged 18-24 and (b) over the age of 24 and on zero-hours...

      Consumer Rights Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what submissions he has received either orally or in writing from the Scottish Government in relation to the draft Consumer...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of any potential economic harm to creators under a private copying exception for lawfully-owned content.

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what submissions he has received either orally or in writing from the Scottish Government in relation to regulation of the payday...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Medical Research Council spent on dementia research in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; and what activities were funded...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has made to the Financial Conduct Authority on the regulation of continuous payment authorities...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many names of employers found to have breached the provisions of legislation on the national minimum wage (a) nationally and...

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) telephone calls, (b) web chats, (c) texts and (d) e-mails from young people aged 13 to 18 years old have been...

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has recently discussed with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the (a) accuracy of workforce statistics and (b)...

      Overseas Investment: Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2013, Official Report, columns 919-20W on Overseas Investment: Mozambique, which companies UK...

      Overseas Investment: Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2013, Official Report, columns 919-20W on Overseas Investment: Mozambique, what assessment he...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of businesses paying salaries between the value of the minimum wage and £7.45 per...

      Royal Mail: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many thefts were recorded from the Royal Mail delivery service in each of the last three years.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to ensure that all answers provided by his Department containing tables of statistical data which...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what duty of care his Department owes to (a) soldiers and (b) medical auxiliaries who have left military service after one or more tour of duty in...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether recruits at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy receive training on UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 5W, on Afghanistan, if he will make it his policy to engage with the review of criteria...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department holds information on how many occasions US pilots have flown Reapers in the launch and recovery phase in Afghanistan. [R]

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on the recording of casualties from drone strikes in Afghanistan; and if he will place in the Library copies of any...

      Armed Forces: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to reduce carbon emissions by the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2013, Official Report, column 495W, on armed forces: sexual offences, (1) what options are available to a commanding...

      Armed Forces: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the potential cost savings of allowing service personnel to travel from Gosport to Portsmouth for work by ferry rather than...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the value of the (a) Challenger, (b) Warrior, (c) Bulldog, (d) Stormer, (e) Snatch 2 Land Rover, (f) RWMIK Land Rover, (g)...

      Cheshire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure the survival of Regimental Headquarters of the Cheshire Regiment, at Chester Castle, following the amalgamation of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF personnel were embedded with the US Air Force in Iraq in each year since 2003. [R]

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions UK forces flew drones as part of Operation Ellamy; and how many people were recorded as having been (a) killed and (b) injured as a...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel deployed to the European Union Training Mission in Mali are tasked with providing information or advice on the use of drones. [R]

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to provide training to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali on drones. [R]

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military equipment his Department has donated to other nations in each of the last three years; and what estimate he has made of the value of such...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the value of the (a) Reaper, (b) Chinook, (c) Merlin, (d) Puma, (e) Sea King, (f) Apache, (g) Lynx Mk7, (h) Lynx Mk9/9a, (i) Gazelle,...

      Navy: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has for the future of HMS Cambria; (2) which specific locations he has identified for a new Royal naval reserve centre in Cardiff;...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many nuclear emergency exercises have been held in each location in each of the last two years; (2) which Ministry of Defence nuclear...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the value of all the nuclear warheads and their D5 delivery system in the UK's current arsenal; (2) if he will estimate the...

      Pakistan and Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 86W, on Pakistan and Afghanistan, what plans his Department has to undertake surveys in...

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what air-to-air refuelling assets will assist Typhoon aircraft stationed at RAF Akrotiri.

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets capable of suppression of enemy air defences missions are stationed at RAF Akrotiri.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 25 April 2013, Official Report, column 1280W, on reserve services, what changes have been made to the contract procedures...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department plans to target cyber security experts for recruitment as reservists.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether drone use by the British Army Training Unit Kenya has included surveillance over Somalia. [R]

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place copies of the Submarine Enterprise Performance Programme tier one contracts that have been signed in the Library.

  • Justice

    • Billing

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

    • Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in bringing claims management companies under the jurisdiction of the Legal Ombudsman; and when this will take effect.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average level of fines paid by those who have been successful in having an uncompleted community order suspended has been in each of the last...

      Crown Courts: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many trials have been adjourned more than once because no judge was available at Leicester Crown court in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions those convicted of a serious specified violent or sexual offence for which the penalty is more than 10 year imprisonment have been...

      Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

      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.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to ensure the services it offers are accessible to British Sign Language users.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Billing

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

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to monitor the effectiveness of third party certification under the revised Part P of the building...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons third party certification under the revised Part P of the building regulations will take place after completion...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish the Government's response to the report of Dr Williams on aspects of the terms and conditions of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues in the Department of Transport about the loss of business...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future of Zero Carbon Homes building regulations.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for the introduction of a target on building fabric energy efficiency.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will introduce minimum space and light standards for all new homes.

      Local Government Finance: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he proposes to respond to the case set out by Councillor Pete Lowe on the impact of his Department's distribution of funds...

      Noise: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what additional planning guidance he is giving to address noise pollution; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of pubs that have closed in each of the last five years.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Investment

      To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what the category limits are of the Church Commissioners' ethical investment policy.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable he has set for the proposed electricity demand reduction pilot.

    • Fracking: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the volume of shale gas reserves present in black shale deposits under (a) North West Norfolk constituency...

      Fracking: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many fracking licence applications have been (a) received, (b) granted and (c) refused for exploratory hydraulic fracturing in (i)...

      Green Deal Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for the Green Deal Scheme in Scotland have been made by residents of flats in pre-1919, stone-built tenements.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for his plans for the UK's future nuclear programme of recent reports relating to the...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of progress towards deadlines for the decommissioning of the Sellafield nuclear plant; and which...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been paid in bonuses to employees of Nuclear Management Partners for their work in decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many fines have been levied due to unsafe practices in decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear plant in each of the last five years;...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the role of Nuclear Management Partners in the decommissioning of the Sellafield nuclear plant.

  • Health

    • Allergies: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the possibility that his Department should subsidise the cost of alternative foods for people with allergies.

    • Atrial Fibrillation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether Clinical Commissioning Groups are encouraged to treat atrial fibrillation as a priority; (2) what steps are being taken in the NHS to...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on dementia research through the National Institute for Health Research in 2012-13; and what activities were funded by such...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to reduce variancies in the quality of diabetes care across the NHS; (2) what steps he is taking to reduce the number of...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will investigate the variance in GP charges for work that is not covered under their contract with the NHS.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to block fraudulent websites of companies that offer fast-track services for a fee to renew the European Health Card.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support and advice his Department plans to provide to authorities that choose to provide care and support services above the proposed national minimum.

      Lead: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of all internal briefings prepared for Ministers on the effects on human health of exposure to lead in the UK in...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effects on medical research in the UK of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation before the European...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation regarding the future assessment of the Meningitis B vaccine Bexsero...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to expand the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy programme; (2) what steps he is taking to make cognitive...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proportion of those younger than 65 with mental health problems who receive adequate care.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adolescent in-patient mental health units have ceased to operate as a result of the change in Tier 4 specification introduced by NHS England.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve detection of mental illness in younger people.

      Mental Illness: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if his Department will work with relevant bodies to develop Commissioning for Quality and Innovation payments based on employment rates of people...

      NHS: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for apprenticeships in the NHS was in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the contributions by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health of 21 November 2012, Official Report, column 210WH, and column 214WH,...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2013, Official Report, column 673W, on Public Health England, what consideration was given to gender and equality in the...

      Slaughterhouses: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date licences were granted for horse slaughter to the five UK abattoirs which were in possession of such licences in January 2013.

      South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust has spent on public relations in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many staff...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of (a) the dangers posed by and (b) steps taken to avoid Group B streptococcus among...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many questions answered by the Government Equalities Office included fewer than four pages of statistics in the Official Report for the last month.

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will make it her policy to ensure that all answers provided by the Government Equalities Office containing tables of statistical data which...

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds have been set aside by HM Revenue and Customs to begin preliminary work on the operation of the new tax free childcare scheme.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much is being budgeted for the design of the IT system for the tax free childcare scheme.

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Prime Minister's policy is on the introduction of EU regulation to collect beneficial ownership information on companies and to make such...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on tackling under-performance in (a) the Work Programme and (b) the Youth...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out how his Department calculates the levels of settlements offered to each Equitable Life claimant.

      Imports: Ethiopia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue from import taxes has been received on goods imported into the UK from Ethiopia in each of the last five years.

      National Insurance Contributions: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to enable self-employed people to pay voluntary class 1 national insurance contributions to ensure that they are eligible for...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received following HM Revenue and Customs' decision to withdraw the P38(S) form following the introduction of PAYE Real...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many administrative errors by HM Revenue and Customs there have been in each of the last five years; (2) how many cases there have been of HM...

      Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his statement of 26 June 2013, Official Report, column 314, on spending review, whether he has informed the Secretary of State for Work and...

      Tax Allowances: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the minimum requirements are for public access to properties to qualify for estate duty exemption.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims accepted by HM Revenue and Customs after inquiry between January 2002 and 12 March 2008 related to tax planning schemes subsequently covered...

      Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of trusts and foundations registered in the UK; and what his policy is on establishing registries of beneficial...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the merits of setting a reduced rate of VAT for personal care alarms.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on assigning childcare businesses as zero-rated for value added tax.

      VAT: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the rate of VAT payable on advertising services is the same for all advertisements irrespective of the medium or platform used.

      VAT: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual cost to the Exchequer of exempting all charities from liability for VAT.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance her Department gives to the BBC on the exercise of its responsibility to broadcast impartial and accurate information; how...

    • BBC: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of children that (a) watch BBC television channels, (b) listen to BBC radio and (c) use BBC...

      Boxing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding her Department provides to support women amateur boxers.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions she has had with the Gambling Commission regarding the prevention of addiction to gambling; (2) what...

      Swimming: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to encourage children to learn to swim.

      Swimming: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of children in the UK who are able to swim.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many questions answered by her 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 Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to ensure that all answers provided by her Department containing tables of statistical data which would...

  • Home Department

    • Abu Qatada

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the statement of 8 July 2013, Official Report, columns 23-36, on Abu Qatada: deportation, what plans her Department has for...

    • Abu Qatada

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 8 July 2013, Official Report, columns 23-36, on Abu Qatada: deportation, what steps her Department has taken to...

      Derbyshire Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of formula damping on the amount of funding allocated to the Derbyshire Police Service in each of...

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what type of operational device is planned to be introduced for roadside tests for offences associated with drug driving; (2) whether...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the cost to UK police forces of processing Europol requests for the UK to (a) supply information and...

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the preparedness of local authorities for implementation of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013; and if he will...

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government plans to implement the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013; and if she will make a statement.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to amend the Disclosure and Barring Service Form so that question E55 is not asked without account having been taken...

  • Transport

    • Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effect the Single European Sky initiative and its accompanying targets will have on (a) job numbers in and...

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made on improving air quality standards on commercial aircraft.

      BRB (Residuary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is involved in any discussions with Network Rail over the transfer of specific assets from BRB (Residuary) Ltd to Network Rail or other bodies.

      BRB (Residuary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many sites have been sold or leased by BRB (Residuary) Ltd since 31 March 2013; and how much revenue has been raised by land sales and rental...

      BRB (Residuary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there will be any staffing reductions in his Department as a consequence of abolishing BRB (Residuary) Ltd; and whether transfers to other...

      BRB (Residuary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has he made of the capability of his Department, Network Rail, London and Continental Railways and the Rail Safety and Standards Board...

      Buses: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the benefits of ensuring that public service vehicle operators cannot use tyres over a certain age; and if he will...

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of commercial and domestic drivers whose eyesight would not pass the standard eyesight test.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of drivers in the UK who are yet to exchange their paper driving licence for a photocard licence.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the future of paper driving licences.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the formula is to determine the funding for the British Transport Police on the East Coast Main Line; and if he will place a copy of the formula...

      Ferries: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effect of measures to meet 2015 targets for sulphur emissions on (a) the (i) economic operation and (ii)...

      General Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with (a) Ministers in other Departments and (b) outside bodies about the future of the General...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) potential loss of business rates and jobs which would result from the construction of the Hoo Green to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason no examination of the costs and benefits of the Hoo Green to Bamfurlong spur proposed for High Speed 2 has been conducted by HS2 Ltd;...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason no examination of the costs and benefits of the High Speed 2 line connecting to the West Coast Main Line immediately north of Crewe has...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with Ministers from other Departments to promote the policy of active travel.

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of options for returning platforms 21 to 24 of London Waterloo station to operation.

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