Written answers

Monday, 28 October 2013

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister whether it is his policy that the terms of the Wilson doctrine in respect of the (a) telephone tapping, (b) other interception of communications and (c) electronic...

  • Scotland

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what costs were incurred by his Department's estate in respect of (a) gas and (b) electricity supply in the 2012-13 financial year.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work has been undertaken by her Department to assess the likely number of applicants for leaseholdings before committing...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings she has had to discuss the garment industry in Bangladesh in the last 12 months.

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's policy is on supporting deforestation in developing nations for the production of (a) palm oil and (b) biofuels...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which countries her Department provides financial or technical support to maternal health programmes where user fees are levied.

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the Stop TB Partnership's TB REACH programme; and when a decision on funding for TB REACH...

      Developing Countries: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with her Canadian counterparts in the Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development on support for...

      International Labour Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding her Department gave to the International Labour Organisation in each of the last 10 financial years.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings she has had with ministerial colleagues in the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) Department for Business,...

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which programmes her Department is supporting to address youth unemployment in each sub-Saharan nation in which her Department is...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she intends to answer Parliamentary Question numbers 169290 and 169243, tabled on 11 September for answer on 13 September 2013.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was given to Zimbabwe in the latest year for which figures are available; and what conditions were attached to such aid.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what will be the practical requirements of paragraph 5(a) of Schedule 3 to the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing in...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what practical changes will emerge for those engaging in religious slaughter as a result of the Welfare of Animals at the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2013, Official Report, column 53W, on bovine tuberculosis: south west, when Natural...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2013, Official Report, column 54W, on bovine tuberculosis: south west, what assessment...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the University of Exeter and the National Wildlife Management Centre on their...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish his assessment of the (a) effectiveness and (b) humaneness of the badger cull; and if he will make a...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to determine the safety and humaneness of the pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire; and...

      Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will review the adequacy of existing laws to protect and conserve populations of bottlenose dolphins inhabiting...

      Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent reports he has received of incidents of harassment, injury and death of bottlenose dolphins caused by boats off...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on the use of geographical telephone numbers to allow the public to contact his Department.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses against the Rohingya people in Burma; and...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2013, Official Report, column 877, on human rights: Burma, what recent representations he has...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2013, Official Report, column 427W, on Burma, what the outcome was of meetings in July 2013...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of forced organ harvesting in Chinese prisons; and what discussions he has had with his Chinese...

      Fisheries: Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the economic and environmental viability of offshore commercial fishing within the Pitcairn...

      Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support the government and people of the Republic of Guinea in that country's transition to democracy.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received that Iran is circumventing arms embargo sanctions.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the extent of human trafficking in Libya; (2) what discussions he has had with the...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Libyan government on the recent assassination of Ahmed al-Barghathi.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the current (a) security and (b) political situation in Libya; and if he will make a...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of internally displaced people in Libya; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what projects the Government is supporting to improve governance in Libya.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the political situation in the Maldives; and what urgent steps he is taking to help...

      Muhammed Sillah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the detention of Muhammed Sillah in Canada and his proposed deportation to Gambia.

      Press Freedom: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of levels of press freedom in Iran.

      Seas and Oceans: South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to strengthen the level of marine protection around South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands in line with...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress in stabilising Somalia.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance has been offered to refugees from Syria with family members and connections in the UK.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the European Commission will be required to inform the UN Secretary General of fish taken from the waters of Western...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the human rights record of the Zimbabwe government.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons Chamber

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent inspections have been undertaken of thermostat controls in the Chamber;...

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission what assessment the Commission has made of the security and privacy implications of...

  • Home Department

    • Criminal Records Data (Romania and Bulgaria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that criminal records data held by (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian authorities are shared with UK...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many animals were used for experimentation in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested but not charged with a qualifying offence in each of the last five years.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many texts sent by Capita on behalf of the Border Agency since May 2010 advising people of termination of their right to remain in the UK...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of the contract held by Capita with the UK Border Agency for managing text messaging to individuals who do not have leave...

      Deportation: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been removed to Sri Lanka under immigration law in each year since 2010-11; and what her policy is on immigration and...

      Entry Clearances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many ECM reviews in (a) Pakistan, (b) India, (c) China, (d) Australia and (e) the US have been refused on the basis of staff...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that students applying for visas for study in the UK are not unreasonably affected by fluctuations in...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to introduce alterations to student visa requirements and administration as they affect potential students from...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will publish the estimated fees for the new e-commerce system for firearms licensing.

      Firearms: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an estimate of the number of firearms illegally imported to the UK in each of the last five years.

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to extend Operation Endeavour, targeting illegal gangmasters, to the Peterborough City Council area; and if she will make a...

      Gilbert Deya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the extradition of Gilbert Deya to Kenya.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) telephone calls to 0207 9786399 and (b) texts of “home” to 78070 were (i) received and (ii) resulted in a removal...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Older Live Cases unit to make a decision on case J1102048; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department What steps she is taking to reduce immigration.

      Immigration Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will publish regulations associated with the draft immigration bill.

      Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) emails and (b) telephone calls have been received by the help desk operated by the UK Border Agency since May 2010 on employment...

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints submitted to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal were deemed to be vexatious or without standing in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013;...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 84W, on Iraq: Iran, what the current immigration status is of the 52...

      Jimmy Mubenga

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will adopt the three recommendations put forward by Citizens UK on enforced removals in the wake of Jimmy Mubenga's unlawful killing.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people aged 85 or over have applied (a) for a new passport and (b) to renew their passport in the last 12 months for which...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in the number of police officers in (a) Wales and (b) each other nation and region of the UK since May 2010.

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the role played by police stations in meeting the policing needs of large and growing towns.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent officers were employed in each rank of the Metropolitan Police's Sapphire Command in each year since 2008.

  • Health

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of air pollution on public health; and what steps the Government is taking to tackle this problem.

    • Death: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce excess winter deaths across the UK.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of waiting times for accessing sexual health services.

      Health Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total (a) expenditure on consultants to date and (b) budget is for the Greater Manchester Healthier Together project.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people treated for injuries related to (a) female genital mutilation and (b) domestic violence in 2012-13 were in the UK (i) illegally and (ii)...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the number of places for medical undergraduates at UK universities is sufficient to meet the annual...

      University College Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2013, Official Report, columns 702-3W, on health services, (1) for what reasons NHS England refuses to allow...

  • Education

    • Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many childminders have been registered in (a) Harlow, (b) the East of England and (c) England in the last 10 years.

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what costs were incurred by his Department's estate in respect of (a) gas and (b) electricity supply in the 2012-13 financial year.

      Free Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has concerns about the performance of any free schools in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of schools have had building works commence on site under his Department's Priority Schools Building Programme since that programme was...

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of schools have had work commence under his Department's Priority Schools Building Programme since that programme was announced.

      Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the availability of sign language courses for families with deaf children in (a) Devon and (b) England.

      Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will include information and guidelines on the importance of communication and sign language courses for families with deaf children in his...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness in treating post traumatic stress disorder.

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of expenditure on defence procurement contracts valued in excess of £5 million was placed with UK-based small and medium-sized...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises are able to access contracts in the defence procurement supply chain...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many submarines of (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the US Navy and (c) other navies have docked at the Z-berth at Gibraltar since 2001.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide details of the work of the Defence Advisory Team in Tripoli.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the amount (a) received from the Government and (b) reimbursed to bus operators by local...

    • Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much has been distributed in pay and pensions to councillors across the UK in each of the last three years; (2) what...

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are available to parish and town councils and their residents to prevent such councils not being reimbursed for...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's policy is on the use of geographical telephone numbers to allow the public to contact his Department.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Trident

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 6W, on Trident, what the costs were of publishing and distributing the Government's Trident...

    • Trident

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 6W, on Trident, if he will publish (a) timesheets for each of the officials listed as working...

  • Justice

    • Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment she has made of the potential effects of the judgment by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Allen v. UK 2013 on the...

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made on its review of the criminal law covering child neglect; and whether he will report its findings before 22...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of child abuse were brought before the courts in 2012-13; and how many such cases resulted in a custodial sentence.

      Courts: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to deaf people during court appearances.

      Criminal Proceedings: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people complained about any element of the performance of the criminal justice system in 2009-10 and 2011-12.

      Criminal Proceedings: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales and (b) the Chief Constable of North Wales on the delivery...

      Enduring Power of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, under the Mental Health Act 1983, if a sole property owner lost mental capacity and had not made an Enduring Power of Attorney, who could lawfully...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what costs were incurred by his Department's estate in respect of (a) gas and (b) electricity supply in the 2012-13 financial year.

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      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...

      Legal Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria he used to decide on the deadline for complaints to the Legal Ombudsman; and if he will make a statement.

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison staff are currently employed in prisons in England run by G4S.

      Prisons: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much in annual running costs his Department expects to save by closing (a) HMP Blundeston, (b) HMP Reading, (c) HMP Dorchester, (d) HMP The...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours of education per week young people are receiving in each prison and young offenders' institution.

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many judges in England and Wales have been given training on sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women aged (i) 16 to 18 years old and (ii) 19 years and above started an apprenticeship in (A) 2010-11,...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentice assessors there were in each year for which figures are available since April 2010.

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2013, Official Report, column 395W, on copyright, what information his Department holds on...

      Electronic Surveillance: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions Ministers or officials of his Department, including the UK Export Control Organisation, have had with their EU...

      Electronic Surveillance: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers, (c) officials in his Department and (d) the UK Export Control Organisation has had with...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what costs were incurred by his Department’s estate in respect of (a) gas and (b) electricity supply in the 2012-13...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the evidential basis is for the identification of certain A-level subjects as facilitating subjects that increase a...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that employers comply with minimum wage legislation.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women have benefited from the Start-Up Loans Scheme in each month since January 2012.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many winning bidders under round two of the Regional Growth Fund have not yet received a final agreed offer; and what the...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses owned by (a) men and (b) women have received grants from the Regional Growth Fund to date.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2013, Official Report, column 49W, on Royal Mail, whether the refund of application monies...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's policy is on the use of geographical telephone numbers to allow the public to contact his Department.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the estimated number of people affected by fuel poverty was in each month since June 2010 in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c)...

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England were in fuel poverty...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people in (a) Doncaster, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK have received a discount under a Green Deal plan on the most...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what security vetting will be applied to employees and executives of (a) EDF Energy, (b) AREVA, (c) China General Nuclear Corporation...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change under what conditions the agreed strike price for electricity generated at Hinkley Point C nuclear plant may be revised upwards in future.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his Department's press release of 21 October 2013 on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, what the evidential basis...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to prevent cost overruns in construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear project.

      Natural Gas: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of homes in Barrow and Furness constituency that do not have access to a mains gas supply.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research programmes have been supported by resources from his Department's budget on (a) nuclear waste management, (b) nuclear...

      Petrochemicals: Grangemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the importance to the UK's fuel supply chain of the INEOS refinery at Grangemouth.

      Petrochemicals: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the state of the UK's petrochemical sector; and what assessment he has made of the effects of the...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who will be responsible for paying costs above the cap established on the cost of managing nuclear waste under his Department's...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what provision he is making for the cancellation or re-allocation of contracts for difference allocated by investment instruments in...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many unplanned episodes of maintenance there have been on offshore wind turbines in each of the last three years.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment is made of the effect on (a) marine and (b) terrestrial wildlife during the approval process of offshore wind farms.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the criteria for funding from her Department to arts institutions include maximising access for children and young people.

    • Arts: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on young people's access to the arts, heritage and...

      National Media Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department in taking to secure the future of the National Media Museum in Bradford.

      Sports: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding she plans to provide to improve sporting facilities in Chelmsford.

      Sports: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on sport in Chelmsford.

      Television: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of television licence evasion in Northern Ireland; what steps she is taking...

      Television: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many television licences were purchased in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2013, Official Report, columns 489-90W, on food banks, what criteria Jobcentre Plus branches use in...

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency receive jobseeker's allowance (JSA); how many people in Birmingham, Hall Green...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people applied for jobseeker's allowance at Sparkhill Jobcentre Plus in each of the last five years for which figures are available;...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps the Government is taking to support mesothelioma sufferers who were exposed to asbestos; (2) what support the Government has...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women have benefited from the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme in each month since January 2011.

      Unemployed People: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on refunding the cost of travel by jobseekers in Barrow and Furness constituency in each of the last three years.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department gives on work capability assessments governing those who are terminally ill and have (a) 18, (b) 12 and (c) 6...

  • Transport

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding his Department made available for new buildings in the local authority areas of (a) East Cambridgeshire and (b) Fenland in each year...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct HS2 Ltd to commission KPMG to analyse the potential scale, range and distribution of regional economic impacts of alternatives to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will direct HS2 Ltd to commission research on the effects on small businesses in the Culcheth and Rixton area of Warrington of road closures and...

  • Attorney-General

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General how many domestic violence courts were operating in England and Wales in each year since 2005; and what plans the Crown Prosecution Service has to (a) open new...

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met the chief executives of (a) Danske Bank, (b) the Ulster Bank and (c) First Trust Bank; and what was on the agenda for those meetings.

    • Banks: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the levels of satisfaction amongst (a) commercial clients and (b) non-commercial clients with regard to the performance of...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Equitable Life policyholders who are eligible for a one-off payment of £5,000 have been contacted to date; and how many policyholders he...

      Patents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Patent Box is not altered as a result of representations from the German government to the European...

      Royal Sussex County Hospital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely timescale between submission of the full business case for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex Hospital put...

      Taxation: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many enveloped properties are expected to be subject to the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings; (2) how much the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings...

  • House of Lords

    • Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many same-sex couples adopted children in (1) Northern Ireland, (2) Wales, (3) Scotland and (4) England, in each of the last five years, and to date in 2013.

    • Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord De Mauley on 30 July (HL Deb, col 1637–8), which scientific studies demonstrate that “chemicals with different...

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned any research into the effects of glyphosate on the shikimate pathway of gut bacteria in insects, including bees, and mammals,...

      Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any link between homophobic bullying and HIV transmission.

      Children: Sexual Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of sexual abuse of children in England in each year since 2000.

      Christians in the Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Joint Resolution of the European Parliament (2013/2872(RSP)) of 10 October 2013 concerning religious persecution, particularly...

      Crime: Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many victims in the United Kingdom in 2012–13 of (1) violent crime, (2) sexual assault, and (3) female genital mutilation were (a) illegal...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many households have signed up for the Green Deal and had the measures installed to date.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the energy price freezes put in place by npower, EDF and Scottish Power.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of female genital mutilation operations carried out in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.

      Finance: Payday Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce and prevent the ill effects of payday and other, similar, loans; and whether they are consulting the Financial Conduct...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the finding by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York in its 2000 report A Systematic Review of Water...

      Government Departments: Opinion Polls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many opinion polls have been carried out in the past two years for the Department for Transport; on what issues the polls were conducted; when they were...

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 23 September (WA 461), on what basis they have judged the proposed residence test a “fair and...

      Health: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned a National Survey of Investment in Adult Mental Health Services for the year 2012–13. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place with the devolved administrations in relation to action and policy to protect child victims of human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that guidelines and legislation relating to human slavery and the trafficking of children work effectively across the whole United Kingdom.

      Interpol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the increasing use of Interpol red notices by individual countries.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning (1) the three Palestinian civilians who were shot and killed by live fire in...

      Local Audit and Accountability Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 8 October (WA 27), what was the expenditure, both direct and indirect, incurred in anticipation...

      Northern Ireland: Inquiries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost to date of the Saville Inquiry and each of the inquiries subsequent to the Inquiry by Judge Cory.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the selection process for the appointment of Commissioners to the Northern Ireland Parades Commission; who will carry out the selections; and what...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the HS2 expenditure has been committed to private sector contracts to date.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of mitigation measures agreed by HS2 Limited as a result of the views expressed by the Community Forum undertaken in the...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of consultants advising the Department of Transport and HS2 Limited on HS2 in the last year.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the advice of consultants advising both the Department of Transport and HS2 Limited on HS2 has cost in the last year for which figures are available.

      Royal Mail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which banks they employed to advise on the pricing of the Royal Mail privatisation; and how much each of those banks has or will be paid for that work.

      Schools: External Visitors and Contributors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish best practice guidance for schools that work with external visitors and contributors, and in particular, religion and belief groups.

      Schools: Reading

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to reduce the proportion of seven-year-olds who do not reach the required level of reading capability.

      Smithwick Tribunal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have contributed to the cost of the government of Ireland's Smithwick tribunal into the murder by the IRA of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen...

      Terrorism: Stop and Search

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent current consultations on the use of stop and search powers are involving community groups and the police. To ask Her Majesty’s...

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