Written answers

Monday, 14 October 2013

  • Prime Minister

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the terms of reference and scope of Sir Jeremy Heywood's inquiry into youth unemployment; and when he expects this inquiry to report.

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Prime Minister which Minister has lead responsibility for the regulation and operation of drones in civil airspace. [R]

  • Wales

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on the Government Carbon Offsetting Framework in the latest year for which figures are available.

    • Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with officials and Ministers in the Welsh Government in the last 12 months on the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff employed by his Department received each level of performance rating in their end of year...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received payments in lieu of notice.

  • Scotland

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on the Government Carbon Offsetting Framework in the latest year for which figures are available.

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives of the largest six energy providers in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff in his Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received payments in lieu of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the Government's review of the fourth Carbon Budget to be completed.

    • Carbon Emissions: Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the carbon footprint produced by shale gas.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the average cost to domestic electricity customers in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) Oxfordshire and (c) Surrey who...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the generating capacity in mega watt hours of (a) nuclear, (b) gas, (c) coal and (d) oil fuelled plant has been in each year since...

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his latest estimate of the cost to consumers of the Energy Company Obligation is; and how that figure compares to his Department's...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the Cross Sectoral Correction Factor on the competitiveness of UK manufacturing sectors...

      Insulation: Wrexham

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

      Natural Gas: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been invested in extra pipeline capacity to bring gas from non-UK resources in each year since 2010-11.

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his plans are on increasing national gas-storage facilities.

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been invested in extra gas storage capacity in the UK in each year since 2010-11.

      Oil: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the Exchequer received in income from petroleum exploration and development licenses on land in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c)...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of when offshore wind will reach grid parity; (2) what estimate he has made of when solar PV will...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cross-lifetime consumer end cost is for each mode of renewable energy to produce an average unit of electricity.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policy of the draft decision of the Aarhus Convention Compliance...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to introduce the Renewable Heat Incentive for residential properties; and when he expects that grant to be...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of heat generated by heat pumps that can be considered as renewable according to existing...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind farm developers did not have the relevant licences to erect wind turbines over 10mw in the last year for which figures...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average annual failure rate of wind turbines is.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average installation cost of a wind turbine is.

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the planning process takes account of potential effects on health of noise from wind...

      Wind Power: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department will provide to the developer of the Spring Farm Ridge wind farm application in South Northamptonshire,...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether contracts let in the Round 3 tranche of offshore wind energy contracts will be subject to the provisions of the EU (a)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will establish an independent panel to investigate the events in Ballymurphy in August 1971.

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the First and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland regarding the killings in Ballymurphy in August...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how she plans to assess the implementation of independent panels to investigate specific cases from the past.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department spent on the Government Carbon Offsetting Framework in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the effects of public disorder in summer 2013 on the economy in Northern Ireland.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff employed by her Department received each level of performance rating in their end of...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to her Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c)...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in her Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received payments in...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether she has had any discussions about the acquisition and deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles by the Police Service of Northern Ireland...

  • Attorney-General

    • Abortion: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what factors were taken into account by the Crown Prosecution Service in declining to prosecute those suspected of being complicit in unlawful gender abortions in...

    • Abortion: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases of suspected sex-selection abortions in the United Kingdom have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for investigation and possible...

      Drugs: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General with reference to the answer of 14 March 2013, Official Report, columns 317-18W, on drugs: prosecutions, if he will provide the latest available data on the number of...

      Offences Against Children: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many finalised defendant prosecutions were prosecuted under charges relating to sexual offences involving a victim under 18 years of age (a) for the last three...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General under what circumstances he intervenes in decisions made by the Crown Prosecution Service; if he will list the occasions when this has happened in each year since May...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to the Law Officers’ Departments in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13;...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many Serious Fraud Office (SFO) decisions to investigate were signed off by (a) Richard Alderman, (b) Phillippa Williamson and (c) other senior members of SFO...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will issue guidance to local authorities on the use of powers to act against the proliferation of betting shops in a local...

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to ensure that his Department does not give grants to charities whose principal officers or...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on council tax rates for empty properties and empowering local authorities to pursue compulsory purchase on...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Fire Brigades Union regarding firefighters' retirement age; (2) when he will...

      Funerals: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many grants have been issued for paupers' funerals in each of the last five years.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers he has to ensure that local planning authorities' estimates of the need for additional pitches for Gypsies and...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the sharing of transit site facilities for Travellers by local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) homes and (b) businesses in (i) Ribble Valley constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the UK have access to high speed...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to increase the rate at which broadband is being rolled out to rural areas.

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will consider flying the flags of the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on a more regular basis; (2) if she will...

      Historic Buildings: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the maintenance of historical properties in the UK is currently funded by revenue from Heritage Maintenance Funds.

      Musicians’ Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason she has recently declined an invitation to meet representatives of the Musicians’ Union and Equity.

      Newspaper Press: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the progress of retailers in implementing guidelines on the display of newspapers and magazines...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the employment contract for the chief executive of Ofcom is due to be renewed.

      Piers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds her Department makes available to refurbish privately-owned seafront piers.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to her Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c)...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in her Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received...

      World Heritage Sites: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made on plans for Tavistock to become the key eastern visitor centre for the Cornwall and West Devon...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from the Welsh Government regarding a constitutional convention.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for how long a Commonwealth citizen must be present in the UK before they can be included in the electoral register.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what checks of immigration status are carried out before a person is included in the electoral register; and who undertakes such checks.

      Wales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether his Department provides services to people resident in Wales or usually resident in Wales; (2) whether his Office has a current Welsh Language...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the administrative burden placed on UK farmers applying for the single farm payment compared...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason he proposes to remove the legal duty on local authorities to monitor local air quality and designate air...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his answer of 18 July 2013, Official Report, column 859W, on biofuels, how many microgrammes of small...

      Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with farming bodies to protect the yellowhammer in the UK; and what incentives exist for habitat...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to calculate the loss to farmers as a consequence of outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence is used by his Department to calculate compensation for animals destroyed as a result of a positive test for...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which badger cull licences have been issued in the last year; and for what geographical area each such licence covered.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any badger cull licences have been issued covering areas outside Somerset and Gloucestershire.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many badgers have been culled in the (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Somerset pilot zones since the commencement of...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the number of office relocations made by staff of (a) his Department and (b) his Department's...

      Butterflies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to improve butterfly habitats in the UK.

      Fisheries: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he will ensure that a part of the money paid by the EU under the new protocol to the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership...

      Fisheries: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what mechanism he will ensure that Saharawi will be employed on the EU vessels fishing under the new protocol to the...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research his Department has funded on the effectiveness of different approaches to tackling vitamin A deficiency...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has conducted on the effect of the development of glyphosate-resistant weeds in (a) the UK, (b)...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has commissioned into the cost effectiveness of GM crops compared to conventionally bred...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on limiting loss of ancient woodland from High...

      Landfill: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the UK will meet the landfill reduction requirement set by the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many transporters have been involved with the export of livestock from the UK for further fattening or slaughter in the...

      Pets: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the responsibilities of trading standards and a local authority's licensing department are with regards to the...

      Phytophthora Ramorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department is making in removing rhododendron bushes infected with Ramorum blight.

      Plants: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the biosecurity risks to the UK from tree and plant imports from outside the EU which are...

      Plastic Bags: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Environment Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive on the effectiveness of the...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the Eurostat resource productivity scale.

      Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what length of the English coastal path is currently available for public access; what proportion this represents of the...

      Rural Areas: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that rural communities have adequate access to public transport.

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to prevent crimes against wildlife arising from the use of Chinese lanterns and fireworks.

      Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to provide a full response to the final report from the Tree and Plant Health Biosecurity Expert Taskforce.

      Trees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition of tree his Department uses in relation to biosecurity.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what purpose, at what location and on how many occasions his Department has used drones in each of the last five years. [R]

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many waste facilities regulated by the Environment Agency are in breach of their environmental permit conditions; and how...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list by value the 10 largest recipients of grant to landowners for allowing the siting of wind turbines.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list by value the 10 largest recipients of grant to wind turbine manufacturers.

      Wines: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) funding and (b) marketing support the Government provides to the sparkling wine growing industry in the south east.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what value of (a) unsecured and (b) secured loans Big Society Capital has (i) committed to make and (ii) paid out in 2012-13; and what value it...

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people died as a result of legal highs obtained from (a) tramadol and (b) mephedrone in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Employment: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in each (a) county and (b) constituency in North Wales in the (i) 2001 and (ii) 2011 Census figures.

      Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been invested in new (a) nuclear, (b) gas, (c) coal and (d) oil fuelled generating plant in each year since 2010-11.

      Private Rented Housing: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Wrexham constituency and (b) Wales live in private rented accommodation.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13;...

      Third Sector: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Big Society community organisers have been trained to date; and at what cost.

      Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether his Department provides services to people resident in Wales or usually resident in Wales; (2) whether his Department has a current Welsh...

  • Home Department

    • Agricultural Machinery: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of theft of farming equipment from farm premises was in each of the last five years; (2) what her Department is doing to...

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were arrested and charged by Merseyside police for anti-social behaviour offences from 2003 to the latest year for which...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants receiving support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 have been receiving that support for more...

      Burglary: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries have been committed in the West Midlands in each of the last three years.

      Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking in conjunction with the devolved administrations and police forces to tackle crime in habitats affecting...

      Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department is providing to police forces and specialist units for tackling crime in habitats affecting wildlife in the UK in...

      Entry Clearances: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what efforts are made by High Commission staff in Tanzania and Kenya to determine the urgency of individual applications for visitor...

      Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what charges are levied for visitor visas on (a) UK passport holders entering each Commonwealth country imposing such a charge and (b)...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which education institutions sponsoring non-EEA students under Tier 4 of the points-based system have yet to obtain Highly Trusted status.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on measures to enable international students to obtain visas that allow them to stay longer than the duration of their studies.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on measures which enable international students to obtain visas which allow them to remain in Scotland beyond the duration...

      Foreign Nationals: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if her Department will take steps to ensure that overseas visitors who are liable to pay for NHS treatment are made aware of this before they...

      Human Trafficking: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of human trafficking were recorded in the (a) Metropolitan Police District and (b) City of London in each of the last four...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks and safeguards are in place to ensure that all UK Border Agency staff give consistent advice to those applying for leave to...

      Joint Investigation Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many joint investigation teams the UK has been involved in for each of the last five years.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the adequacy of sentencing options for those convicted of knife crime.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 8 August 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Odi...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 6 August 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Ms J. A. Neale.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 8 August 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 8 August 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 15 July 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to amend current legislation covering passports to allow for the names of parents and legal...

      Radioactive Materials: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Cyclamen nuclear monitoring system is in operation at any UK ports; (2) whether a contract has been signed with a company...

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to her letter of 23 July 2013 to the interim Director General of...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Gillingham and Rainham, of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 982W, on Afghanistan, what the process is...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2013, Official Report, column 480W, on Afghanistan, whether (a) the North Atlantic Council review of the practical...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of additional security measures which were given consideration but not adopted at Camp Bastion before...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department commissioned the report on the implications for the current attitudes to risk of the Joint Operational Concept; what the cost of this...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army recruits who left before the end of their Phase 2 training enlisted at (a) age 16 and (b) age 17, in the five most recent full financial...

      Armed Forces: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department intends to make GCSE English and mathematics at grades A*-C a compulsory component of Phase 1 training for recruits at AFC...

      Armed Forces: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of army recruits who dropped out of training before the end of Phase 2 had GCSEs at grades D-G in (a) English and (b) mathematics in the...

      Armed Forces: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of army recruits who dropped out of training before the end of Phase 2 had GCSEs at Grades A*-C in (a) English and (b) mathematics in the...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2013, Official Report, column 27W, on armed forces: sexual offences, for what reasons UK defence contractors...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who has owned the Drill Hall in Newport, Isle of Wight since it was constructed; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions the in-house option has been exercised for contract renewal options for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in the last...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish details of the costs associated with the planning, discussion and scrutiny of the proposed GoCo to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Devonport Dockyard and Clyde Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what improvement notices have been issued by the Office for Nuclear Regulation at (a) Devonport Royal Dockyards and (b) HM Naval Base Clyde; and for what...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what returns on investment his Department has achieved through energy saving policies to date.

      Historical Enquiries Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the relevance of unreleased historical documents relating to Northern Ireland held at Swadlincote to the work of the...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for training of F35 Joint Strike fighter pilots; and if he will make a statement.

      Jordan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Moray, of 17 July 2013, Official Report, column 771W, on Jordan, in what capacity his Department's...

      RAF Akrotiri

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets and how many personnel from Royal Airforce (RAF) Regiment 20 have been deployed to RAF Akrotiri.

      Registered Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions Mr Oliver Waghorn has been registered as a visitor to his Department's main building since November 2011; (2) on how many...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has discussed the acquisition, development and deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles with his counterpart in Turkey. [R]

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to introduce the Type 26 frigate as the replacement for the Type 23 frigate; (2) what weapons systems are planned to be included...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2013, Official Report, column 960W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, whether his Department has carried out training in...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to hold discussions with his international counterparts on updating the legal framework for attacks by unmanned aerial...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Innovation Fund for Separated Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made on the innovation fund for helping separated parents.

    • Post Office Current Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future of the Post Office current account; and what assessment he has made of its compatibility with universal credit...

      Defined Pension Contribution Schemes: Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the Office of Fair Trading's recent recommendations on the creation of independent governance committees in...

      Employment of Former Remploy Workers: Hyndburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former Remploy workers from Hyndburn constituency are now in employment.

      Widow's or Widower's Pension: Civil Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of surviving civil partners qualifying for a widow's or widower's pension.

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what improvements he plans to make to the work capability assessment process.

      Employment of Former Remploy Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former Remploy workers are now in employment.

      Specialist Disability Employment Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many specialist disability employment advisers are employed by his Department.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on the Government Carbon Offsetting Framework in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what consideration he has given to the earnings limit of the carer's allowance; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK have been in arrears with their Child Support Agency payments...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK have been registered with the Child Support Agency in each of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the proportion of employment and support allowance claimants who (a) are in receipt of contributory employment...

      Employment: Wales

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

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus branches are currently signposting people to food banks; and if he will publish a list of such branches.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Prime Minister's answer of 11 September 2013, Official Report, column 975, on Engagements, whether Jobcentre Plus branches are...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to support families who struggle to pay funeral costs; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many persons under the age of 25 were in receipt of housing benefit in each of the last four financial years; and how many such...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many health and safety inspections of cooling towers have been completed since May 2010.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the safety implications of employing workers on zero hours contracts in (a) hazardous industries and (b)...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants who (a) are in receipt of contributory jobseeker's allowance...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate his Department has made of the rate of non-take up of means-tested benefits.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the total cost to pension holders of charges levied by pension management companies.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the risks of pricing to the cap should a cap on charges by pension management companies be introduced.

      Pensions: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment she has made of the number of individuals likely to be affected by a move to provide pension equality for same sex couples; and...

      Private Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce a scheme whereby rents can be paid on behalf of tenants directly to landlords; and if he will make a statement.

      Recruitment: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of UK job vacancies filled by non-UK EU applicants through the First Eures Job job mobility scheme in...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c)...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received payments in...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) income support, (b) housing benefit, (c) employment and support allowance and (d) jobseeker's allowance was paid late due to...

      Social Security Benefits: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in the London borough of Brent have had their benefits reduced as a result of the household benefit cap.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department made of (a) the medical purpose and (b) the potential effect on people's willingness to be honest with their...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department, other than those employed at pathfinder jobcentres, are currently involved in processing universal credit...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who will be in receipt of universal credit by April 2014.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date he expects the universal credit portal to be able to accept all new applications for working age benefits.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the National Audit Office Report, Universal Credit: early progress, HC 621, paragraph 2.5, how many of the 99 recommendations...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of universal credit claimants in the pathfinders to date have made their claims online.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to deal with fraud and error in universal credit claims prior to full functionality of the IT system.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect of the introduction of Universal Credit on the timely payments of rents by tenants to...

      Welfare State: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive on the effects of the...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Wrexham and (b) Wales received the winter fuel allowance in each of the last five years.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that blind and partially sighted people are adequately assessed in work capability assessments.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to publish updates of the data contained in his Department's publication, Employment and Support Allowance—Incapacity...

  • Justice

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the rates of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence in his Department in each of the past five years were; and what the departmental targets...

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2013, Official Report, columns 512-3W, on community orders, how many convictions which led to a community order saw...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many coroners are above the judicial retirement age; and what estimate he has made of the average age of such coroners.

      Council Tax: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many summonses were issued for non-payment of council tax in each of the last five years; and how many such summonses resulted in a hearing in which...

      Courts: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was (a) per case heard and (b) per day in a (i) magistrates' court and (b) Crown court in each year since 2005-06.

      Courts: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget was allocated for (a) Crown court security and (b) magistrates' court security across England in each year since 2008; and if he will make a...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Director of Public Prosecutions is obliged to publish details of meetings in the same manner as Ministers publish ministerial diaries; and if...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for employment and support allowance appeals.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the highest number of previous convictions for possession of a bladed article for an individual convicted of such an offence without being sent to...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which 50 organisations or persons have received the largest sums of money from the public purse for the provision of legal services in respect of...

      Magistrates' Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hearings before magistrates' courts in (a) London and (b) England have been postponed because of a failure to notify witnesses of their...

      Magistrates Courts: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people living in Dudley that volunteer at Dudley magistrates court; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) in which month his Department plans to publish the response to its consultation on reducing the number and costs of whiplash claims; (2) when his...

      Prisons: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will consider the use of stab proof vests by all prison guards; (2) if he will consider the use of slash and needle-proof gloves by all...

      Probation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much is spent each year on probation trust building; which companies provide such premises; and when the contract governing the occupancy of such...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation staff in England and Wales have been trained in sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

      Salvation Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) nationality and (b) gender was of each suspected victim of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme operated by the...

      Satellite Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what subscriptions his Department has for premium satellite television channels; and what the cost of each such subscription was in the most recent...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the highest number was of previous convictions or cautions of an offender who did not receive an immediate custodial sentence in each year...

      Stalking: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether a course of conduct is taken into account by a court when sentencing for a stalking-related offence; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received on the incidence of aerotoxic syndrome; (2) how many UK-based (a) pilots, (b) cabin crew have reported to...

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department is conducting into aerotoxic syndrome.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made with the International Civil Aviation Organisation on an agreement on a global emissions trading scheme.

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on changes in the allowed flying times for commercial pilots; and what discussions he has with members of other EU Governments on...

      Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of bicycle ownership in each (a) county and (b) constituency.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to which European Council member states the UK has made representations in support of the Government’s stated preference for a five per cent cap...

      Bus Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural bus services in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK have been (i) reduced and (ii) removed in each of the last...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on the Government Carbon Offsetting Framework in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received from (a) Thurrock Council and (b) Thurrock Labour Party requesting free tolls for Thurrock residents using the...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to reduce delays in the time taken for the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency to carry out and record vehicle disposal notifications.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the time taken for the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency to carry out and record vehicle disposal notifications.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to improve the efficiency of the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency efficiency targets.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the contribution of open-access operators on the East Coast Main Line in support of the franchised operator.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the role of open access competition on the annual premium paid by the East Coast Main Line franchise.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department will consult the National Audit Office in advance on the value for money implications on the public finances of Government...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department had with (a) the Council of Mortgage Lenders and (b) the National Federation of Estate Agents whilst devising the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total length in kilometres of the HS2/HS1 link is (a) tunnelled and (b) above ground.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) fastest and (b) average journey time (i) is and (ii) will be after completion of High Speed 2 between London and (A) Sandwell and Dudley...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has commissioned KPMG to make an assessment of the regional economic effects of alternatives to High Speed 2.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the (a) advertisement, (b) schedule of the placement of the advertisement, (c) detail of the interview process, (d) members of the...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place (a) a copy of the contract for Sir David Higgins, the newly-appointed Chairman of HS2 Ltd, and (b) details of his remuneration and...

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish financial details of the severance agreement with the outgoing Chairman of HS2 Ltd.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2013, Official Report, column 718W, on legal costs (1) if he will provide a breakdown of the sum of £3,049,096...

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake a review of the safety of rear fog lights and their effect on the visibility of brake lights.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff employed by his Department received each level of performance rating in their end of year...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the future role of open access rail operators.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish (a) the Code of Practice on ticketing information and (b) the Rail Franchising Overview.

      Railways: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to increase competition across rail markets and lower barriers to open access rail competition on (a) the West Coast Main Line...

      Railways: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to boost capacity utilisation on the (a) East Coast Main Line and (b) West Coast Main Line to allow more services...

      Railways: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to identify the benefits of a potential market of open access and other diverse rail providers; and what assessment he has made...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the operator selected for the planned flexible ticket trial will receive any additional financial support from the Government; and, if so, what...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether future bidders for rail franchises will be required to invest in new ticketing machines.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which computer systems will be retired as a result of the plans set out in the Fares and Ticketing Review; and whether the Government will be making...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received payments in lieu of...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment (a) his Department and (b) senior Maritime and Coastguard Agency staff made of the effect of the closure of Maritime Rescue and...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy that no further Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination centres will be downgraded to become operational throughout daylight...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what operational testing of the Future Coastguard programme his Department and senior Maritime and Coastguard Agency staff have undertaken.

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment his Department has made of whether LED street lighting systems are cheaper to run and maintain than the current system of...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to prevent a significant increase in the number of potholes that are created each winter on Britain’s road network.

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that the road networks are prepared for heavy snowfall this winter.

      Roads: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that the planned feasibility study of improvements for the A303/A30/A358 corridor will consider these routes as one...

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend section 80 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 to prohibit non-professional mariners...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy that his Department collates information on the number of available training roles for UK ratings in the previous year...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the increase in annual funding announced for the Support for Maritime Training scheme will be spent on (a) officer cadet and (b)...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has commissioned since 2010 on the effect of reducing speed limits from 30 mph to 20 mph.

      Walking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage more children to walk to school.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the case of the five schoolboys from the village of Hares in Palestine who were arrested by the...

    • Abortion: Gender Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking in response to the Fourth United Nations Conference on Women: Platform for Action which...

      Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support he plans to give to the World Economic Forum Arctic Council.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the future of Ascension Island.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of press freedom in Bahrain.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the detention of Ahmed Humaidan in Bahrain.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the detention of Mohamed Sudayf and Hussain Hubail in Bahrain.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 4 September 2013, Official Report, column 383W, on Bahrain, if he will raise the treatment of Ms...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the trial of Dr Saeed Al Samahuji; and if he will raise the case with his Bahraini counterparts.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Burmese counterparts to end the ongoing clashes between the Burmese military and the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider sending an observer to the next round of Kachin peace talks.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on the Government Carbon Offsetting Framework in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent conversations he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Energy and Climate Change and (b) Business, Innovation...

      Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has independently evaluated reports of rebel use of chemical weapons which have come from sources...

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist Christians in foreign countries where they are in danger of persecution.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department’s policy is on the proposed exploration for oil by SOCO International plc in the Virunga National Park...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list all bilateral project and programme agreements between the UK and Israel.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Israel concerning the treatment of Issa Amro.

      Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart about developments at the Fukushima nuclear power station.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the recent tensions on the borders of Jammu and Kashmir; and what recent discussions he...

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what proportion of his Department's former library currently resides within other Government institutions; what measures...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the increase in illegal immigration transiting through Libya since the fall of the Gadaffi regime.

      Mauritius

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last held discussions with his Mauritian counterpart.

      Mauritius

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a representative of the Government last visited Mauritius.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps his Department has taken to support recent peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders; (2) what...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2013, Official Report, column 355W, on Occupied Territories, when he will publish specific...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what safeguards have been included in bilateral project and programme agreements with Israel to exclude participation from...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in Peshawar, Pakistan following recent violence; and if he will make a...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Mauritian government on joint efforts to reduce piracy in the Indian Ocean.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to adopt the international humanitarian law methods of war procedures in respect of acts of rape...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to work with (a) the UN and (b) international partners to improve access to abortion...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess what implications there may be for his policy of the recent report published by the International Humanist and...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made in instituting, with the UNHCR, an immediate programme of emergency humanitarian evacuations from Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether chemical weapons originally imported by the Libyan Government under President Gadaffi...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what controls there are on arms sold by UK firms to the UAE to prevent them being passed on to Egypt.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent consular support his Department has provided to Peter Margetts in Dubai Central Jail.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of the United Arab Emirates on the hunger strike of Peter Margetts in...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work the Department undertook in the period leading to the presidential election in Zimbabwe in August 2013 in relation to...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions Ministers or officials of her Department had with their counterparts in Zimbabwe on the voting rights of dual...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent by his Department on offsetting costs for energy-related carbon dioxide in the last year for which...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on the Government Carbon Offsetting Framework in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if Companies House will publish a fully open register which is accessible to the general public without charge; (2)...

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans Companies House has to move towards digital data collection and publishing.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what statistics his Department is collecting on the number of people employed on zero-hour contracts as part of its review of the...

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the revised codes of practice of the trade associations representing the...

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which food supplements have been introduced into the UK under mutual recognition since 2005.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Government has any further plans to introduce measures to reduce the number of vexatious employment tribunal claims.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out full details of the methodology and indicators used by his Department to allocate EU structural funds to UK...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that UK Trade and Investment continues its work on maximising inward investment in enterprise zones.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications for the policy of the Natural Environment Research Council on funding for fossil...

      Hibu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received in respect of Hibu following suspension of its shares in July 2013.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of the abolition of the national scholarship programme on widening access to higher...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate expenditure on (a) widening participation grant, (b) National Scholarship Programme and (c) widening access...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate expenditure on (a) Higher Education Funding Council for England teaching grants, (b) maintenance grants, (c)...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) UK-domiciled and (b) England-domiciled students at higher education institutions studied (i) full-time and (ii)...

      Migration Observatory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons his Department provided indirect funding to the Migration Observatory in each year since 2010; and if he will...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of workers in the offshore oil and gas industry who are currently employed...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many workers in the (a) rail, (b) maritime and (c) offshore oil and gas industry are currently classified as self-employed.

      Overseas Trade: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent support the (a) Export Credits Guarantee Department and (b) UK Trade & Investment have given to UK companies that...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff employed by his Department received each level of performance rating in...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much will be paid in fees by the Government for all aspects relating to the stock market flotation of Royal Mail; and what...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effects of including the Postcode Address File in the privatisation of Royal Mail...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with Welsh Government Ministers on the privatisation of the Royal Mail.

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of English domiciled students at English higher education institutions were aged (a) under 22, (b)...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) UK domiciled and (b) English domiciled students received (i) maintenance grants and (ii) loans and were (A) living...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time students at English higher education institutions were (a) living away from home and (b) living at home in...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average fee charged by English higher education institutions in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 (i)...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) UK-domiciled and (b) England-domiciled students received (i) maintenance grants only, (ii) maintenance loans only...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the RAB change to be applied to student loans for students commencing studies in 2013-14.

      Tobacco: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many traders were found to be selling tobacco to children in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in...

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken to prevent (a) sexual violence, (b) human trafficking and (c) further victimisation and abuse of...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to her Burmese counterparts to make education and healthcare a priority in Kachin State.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent on the Government Carbon Offsetting Framework in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Catalytic Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when her Department will release new details of (a) how the Catalytic Fund will function, including how funds can be accessed, (b) what...

      Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how her Department will ensure that nutrition indicators in the post-2015 framework reflect both chronic and acute malnutrition and are...

      Developing Countries: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure that UK Government funds are used to support agencies that provide non-discriminatory care for...

      Developing Countries: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make representations to her US counterpart on that country lifting its prohibition on the supply of humanitarian aid to...

      Developing Countries: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of her Department's Private Sector Development Strategy which emphasised private sector-led intervention...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of aid has been given to Ethiopia in the last five years.

      Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to tackle gender inequality and promote women's participation in political and public life.

      G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement about plans for the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the UK's annual aid to Kenya has been used to help people who were internally displaced by violence connected to elections...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how her Department's budget is spent in Nepal on improving tourism in that country; and if she will make a statement.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to ensure that her Department's funding goes to humanitarian agencies that can commit to separating their funds...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is providing to victims of violence in Peshawar, Pakistan.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff were made redundant from the non-departmental public body accountable to her Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in her Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what additional steps her Department is taking to prevent and relieve the humanitarian crisis in Syria and its neighbouring countries.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she has any plans to use drones as part of its humanitarian and development work. [R]

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of testing aborted foetuses to ascertain their gender and the nature of any disability from which they...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to raise awareness of foetal alcohol syndrome through public health campaigns targeting schools and local communities.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents his Department published since May 2010 consequent on the provisions of...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the medical profession regarding cases of sex-selection abortions; and if he will make a statement.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions conducted on the grounds of disabilities which are rectifiable were performed after 24 weeks’ gestation in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed with respect to pregnancies with gestations of 24 weeks or more in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial resources have been dedicated to deal with avian influenza.

      Chief Medical Officer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the chief medical officer is obliged to publish details of meetings in the same manner as Ministers publish ministerial diaries; and if he will...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the gender breakdown of births in each government office region was in each of the last 10 years.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the month-of-birth breakdown of births in each government office region was in the last 10 years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when each Minister in his Department last visited a child care setting.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dementia patients under the age of 65 there are in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) East Lancashire; (2) how many people under the...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes suitable for dementia patients under the age of 65 there are in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) East Lancashire.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure adequate provision of care services for dementia patients under the age of 65.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on establishing a ring-fenced fund for rare disease drugs.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence take steps to assess treatments for rare conditions differently to less rare...

      Doctors: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many foreign doctors were employed by the NHS on 30 September 2012.

      Eculizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when NHS England will ratify the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group decision on Eculizumab taken in July 2013; (2) what discussions have taken...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to promote regular sight tests.

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration his Department has give to strengthening current advice to pregnant women by clearly labelling alcohol as a teratogen.

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will develop a foetal alcohol syndrome strategy.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the scientific paper by Sándor Spisák et al entitled Complete Genes Pass from food to human blood published on 30...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to issue an update to the document Living Well for Longer: Call to Action to Reduce Premature Mortality.

      Health and Wellbeing Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which local authorities have not delegated funding to Health and Wellbeing boards; (2) which local authorities have delegated funding to Health and...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he plans to introduce the new formula proposed by the Fundamental Review of Allocations Policy; (2) whether the previous weighting for...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's policy is on the optimum number of cases handled per health visitor; (2) what the average number of cases handled per health...

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of support currently available for people with hearing loss; and what steps he will take to support additional...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who the Patient Experience members appointed to the Congenital Heart Services Clinical Reference Group are; (2) by what process and subject to what...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives hospitals on the provision of parking for (a) district nurses, (b) midwives and (c) other visiting health professionals.

      Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to the NHS on referring/reporting suspected non-accidental injuries.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with Lyme Disease in each region of the UK in each of the last three years; and what steps his Department has taken to...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protocol is in place for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research into Lyme Disease his Department plans to commission in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are followed when a patient disputes a medical diagnosis on their NHS record; what rights of appeal a patient has in such circumstances;...

      Medical Records: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how medical records for children are kept and shared between (a) health visitors, (b) GPs, (c) accident and emergency services and (d) other medical...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has commissioned or conducted a population-based evaluation of the meningitis B vaccine.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to local clinical commissioning groups on the importance of commissioning good mental health services in areas of high deprivation.

      Mental Health Services: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the provision of mental health services in Haringey.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to support sufferers of muscular dystrophy; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that specialist centres are...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net value is of the property portfolio (a) managed and (b) owned by NHS Property Services Ltd.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his letter of 12 September 2013, if his Department will start to routinely collect data on the number of NHS walk-in centres in England.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of patients with atrial fibrillation are receiving any kind of anticoagulation therapy; (2) if he will introduce a national patient...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate what real terms changes in financial allocations would be faced by Rotherham CCG if the recommendations of Fundamental Review of...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the primary aim of the Fundamental Review of Allocations Policy is.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department provided guidance to the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation whilst it was revising the funding...

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many fitness to practise cases being dealt with by the Nursing and Midwifery Council have been outstanding for (a) over 12 months and (b) over...

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Nursing and Midwifery Council about improvements to its practice and procedures; and if he will make a statement.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff employed by his Department received each level of performance rating in their end of year...

      Poultry Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2013, Official Report, column 472W, on poultry meat: food poisoning, what proportion of the campylobacter and...

      Primary Care Trusts: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date his Department was informed of a likely underspend in budgets of Merseyside primary care trusts in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received payments in lieu of notice.

      Self-harm: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported incidents of self-harm there have been in young people under the age of 18 across (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Harlow in each of the...

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will extend the provision of shingles vaccinations to patients aged 71 to 78.

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the benefit to public health of extending the provision of shingles vaccinations to those aged 71 to 78.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on the smoke-free homes and cars campaign in spring 2013.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department plans to measure the effectiveness of the recent smoke-free homes and cars campaign.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of plain packaging for tobacco products on reducing smoking levels among young...

  • Education

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will extend eligibility for free bus travel for school students aged over 16, following the implementation of the increased compulsory...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on the Government Carbon Offsetting Framework in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what responsibilities a school has if it believes a pupil is suffering from mental health issues.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how poverty among five, six and seven year olds will be measured and recorded following the announcement that every child in this age group will now...

      Children: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what provision there is for supporting school age children who are found to be self-harming.

      Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to share back office services with other Government Departments; and if he will make a statement.

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department’s (a) policy is on and (b) process is for informing teachers and head teachers of policy announcements before such...

      Education: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the current education curriculum at AFC Harrogate (namely functional skills at Level 1 in English and mathematics and a level 2 IT certificate)...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions his Department has had on legally obliging sixth forms to provide free school meals to eligible students.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what arrangements are being made to facilitate the registration of those entitled to free school meals in order to ensure that schools are entitled to...

      Free Schools: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) health checks and (b) nursing care must be provided at free schools.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effects of mid-course changes to GCSE qualifications on (a) schools and (b) students taking such examinations in the...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that any gains in modern language learning at primary level result in increased uptake at secondary level;...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were assessed as having profound and multiple learning difficulties in (a) the UK, (b) North West England, (c) Cheshire, (d)...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the median cost of providing education for a child with profound and multiple learning difficulties in England was in the most recent year for...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what progress he has made on ensuring that all young people have the chance to learn an instrument and receive top quality music education; (2)...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has provided for music education for each pupil in each financial year since 2010.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2013, Official Report, column 697W, on National Curriculum tests (1) how many papers were sent to schools in...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2013, Official Report, column 697W, on National Curriculum tests, how many of the schools which made a formal...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2013, Official Report, column 697W, on National Curriculum tests, what happens when schools report exceptional...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) all other staff employed by his Department received each level of performance rating in their end of year...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the shortfall in (a) supply of and (b) demand for two-year old nursery places available in (i) Huddersfield,...

      Pre-school Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that Prospects is a suitable provider of early years education inspections and can deliver value for money; (2)...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff in his Department were made redundant in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and how many such staff received payments in lieu of...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage children to take part in school sports.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve the standards of the poorest performing schools.

      Schools: Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much his Department spent on promoting safe swimming in schools in each of the last three years; (2) what his policy is on schools providing...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to provide free travel for students up to the end of their school careers.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to ensure that students in sixth form colleges receive the same benefits and entitlements as students pursuing A level...

      Standards and Testing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2013, Official Report, column 699W, on Standards and Testing Agency, on how many occasions he has met officials...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the number of hours of annual safeguarding training received each year on average by (a) primary, (b)...

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what annual total tonnage of aggregates exempt from the aggregates levy was registered or claimed in each year from 2002 to 2012.

    • Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual total tonnage of aggregates on which the aggregates levy was paid was in Northern Ireland in each year from 2002 to 2012.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written answer of 29 August 2013, Official Report, column 988W, on Air Passenger Duty, if he will introduce an official definition of...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has developed plans that will allow the transfer or conversion of funds in child trust funds into junior ISAs; (2) when he will publish...

      Companies: Ownership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered extending the public register for company owners to the British Overseas Territories.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) median and (b) inter-quartile range of hourly pay for employees on zero-hours contracts is.

      Cooperative Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will assess the potential effects of the Co-operative Bank's capital action plan on 13 per cent perpetual subordinated bondholders; (2) if he...

      Currencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to lay before Parliament an amendment to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001, as amended, to...

      Debts Written Off: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conditions the Government attaches to countries receiving debt relief.

      Debts Written Off: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what countries are currently receiving debt-relief from the UK as part of the (a) Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative and (b) Multilateral Debt...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that when individuals working in the financial sector are found guilty of malpractice, they are...

      Financial Services: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether consideration has been given to introducing a protected minimum balance in the use of continuous payment authorities as is in force for bank...

      Fracking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many responses to his Department's consultation on harnessing the potential of the UK's natural resources: a fiscal regime of shale gas, were submitted...

      Gift Aid: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Gift Aid system will be affected by the introduction of a variable rate of income tax in Scotland as mandated in the Scotland Act 2012.

      Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue has accrued to the Exchequer from import taxes levied on goods imported into the UK from (a) Sudan, (b) Bangladesh, (c) Nigeria, (d) Pakistan,...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were taken out of the tax income system in each year between 2010-11 and 2013-14 as a result of the cumulative effect of the Government's...

      Lloyds Banking Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fees were paid to banks advising on the sale of Government shares in Lloyds Banking Group.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of increasing the minimum wage by £1,000 each year on (a) pay as you earn contributions, (b) employer's...

      Mortgages: First Time Buyers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new mortgages for first-time buyers were issued in England and Wales in each of the last 12 months.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure equal regional allocations of funds available through the Help to Buy Scheme.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to limit the number of Help to Buy guarantees which are used to purchase property mortgages between £500,000 and £600,000 in value.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Help to Buy scheme will be available for mortgages on empty or boarded up properties.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to ring-fence mortgage guarantee scheme money for properties with local occupancy restrictions.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the likely level of revenue not accrued from National Insurance contributions from (a) employers and (b) employees from employers...

      Oil: Exploration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of royalty income from petroleum exploration and development licences in the UK in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current total amount of tax taken through PAYE is on salaries up to (a) £10,000, (b) £15,000 and (c) £20,000 respectively.

      Personal Savings: Competition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of competitiveness of savings products.

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made, aside from labour productivity, of the UK's (a) profitability and (b) productivity; (2) what metrics, aside...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff were made redundant from non-departmental public bodies accountable to his Department in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and...

      Revenue and Customs: Livingston

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the timescale for the closure of the HM Revenue and Customs office at Pentland House in Livingston and the consequent redeployment of staff is.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will consider reducing the level of stamp duty land tax; (2) if he will consider increasing the threshold property value for applying stamp...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the Eurostat resource productivity scale.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment HM Revenue and Customs made of its chances of success in litigation under the law as it stood prior to bringing forward the legislative...

      Tax Avoidance: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to tackle tax avoidance in British Overseas Territories.

      Taxation: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in an anonymised table the range of charitable gifts donated by the top 1,000 donors and subsequently claimed against tax.

      Taxation: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the expected overall yield from the UK-Swiss Confederation Taxation Co-operation Agreement.

      Taxation: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the UK-Swiss Confederation Taxation Co-operation Agreement, how many UK citizens have been identified as moving funds outside that...

      Taxation: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK citizens have been exempted from the UK-Swiss Confederation Taxation Co-operation Agreement owing to their non-domiciled status.

      Taxation: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to the UK-Swiss Confederation Taxation Co-operation Agreement, how many UK citizens have elected to make voluntary disclosures to HM...

      Taxation: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the UK-Swiss Confederation Taxation Co-operation Agreement, how many requests the Government has made since 1 January 2013 pertaining to...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was collected by HM Revenue and Customs (a) in total, (b) from the retail sector and (c) from the industrial sector in the latest period for...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of tax credits is on salaries up to (a) £10,000, (b) £15,000, (c) £20,000 and (d) above £20,000, respectively.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the expected increase in hours of employment resulting from its decision to lift the eligibility bar from 16 to 24...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what public interest grounds the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to take action against individuals willing to abort unborn babies on the...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to take action against individuals willing to abort unborn babies on the grounds of...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to disenfranchise investors in bond debt issued by banks if the bond holders frustrate the resolution of a failing or under-capitalised bank.

      Banking: Chief Executives and Directors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Financial Services Authority approved the appointment of Neville Richardson, former Chief Executive Officer of Co-operative bank, as a director of...

      Banking: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they or any of the United Kingdom regulatory authorities are investigating possible manipulation of the Isdafix dollar interest rate swap, and if so...

      Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, financial support they have given to United Kingdom credit unions since May 2010; and if such support has been given (1) which companies have...

      Defence: Sharing Defence Spectrum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Ministry of Defence has for the release of 1427–1452 MHz spectrum.

      Developing Countries: Water Management

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made during the United Nations Year of Water in expanding and conserving water resources and in providing cleaner water in developing...

      Education: Special Educational Needs and Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on how young people with cognitive development illnesses who are unable to be educated at school should be educated.

      Education: Special Educational Needs and Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of changes they are seeking to introduce through the Children and Families Bill, what discussions they have had with the Local Government...

      Education: Special Educational Needs and Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of changes they are seeking to introduce through the Children and Families Bill, what discussions they have had with the Parliamentary and...

      EU: Justice and Home Affairs Measures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 29 August (WA 318), what guarantees they sought from other member states, prior to their decision of 9 July...

      EU: Justice and Home Affairs Measures

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 29 August (WA 318), what assessment they have made of the likely impact on the United Kingdom’s...

      Food: Food Banks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Work and Pensions has instructed staff not to refer claimants to food banks or collect relevant data in relation to the numbers...

      Health: Mitochondrial Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 29 August (WA 359), what assessment they have made of the view ascribed to scientists by the Minister that...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current levels of house prices are consistent with their housing and financial stability strategies.

      Internet: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions were mounted in 2012 of United Kingdom-based perpetrators of online fraud against United Kingdom consumers.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the take up of civil legal aid, in the light of the current decline in the number of applications.

      NHS: Clinical Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why liability for clinical negligence in the National Health Service has increased in the last two years by 25 per cent; and what steps they are taking to...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which companies invested in by CDC, the Development Finance Initiative owned by the Department for International Development, were connected to James Ibori,...

      Prisoners: Faith Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners there are in each faith group recognised by the Prison Service in England and Wales; what percentage of the total prison population those...

      Railways: Bank Holidays

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their announcement that trains will run on Boxing Day between Ashford, Ebbsfleet and St Pancras to facilitate access to shops by train, which...

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of commercial losses suffered by retail businesses located in close proximity to long-standing Crossrail construction sites;...

      Roads: Road Works

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to ensure that different and discrete road works in a single area are phased and co-ordinated in such a way that the overall...

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage and fund more sports activities by maintained schools on common land, public parks and university sports grounds.

      Sport: 2022 Football World Cup

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made, or plan to make, to (1) the government of Qatar, (2) FIFA, and (3) any other forum, about the reported maltreatment of...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take following the G20 Summit in St Petersburg to ensure unimpeded access for humanitarian workers inside Syria, including safe...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of their humanitarian aid response to the conflict in Syria is allocated for the education and protection of children affected by the conflict.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contact they have had with the government of Jordan about refugees from Syria; whether such contact is made on a regular basis as refugee inflows...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated revenue from corporation tax paid by larger companies; and what is the revenue collected from businesses which are subject to the lower...

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