Written answers

Thursday, 21 November 2013

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission whether the recruitment process for the non-executive members of the National Audit Office board is gender-based.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Access to Church Premises

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners what steps he is taking to improve the accessibility of church premises to the broader community.

    • Chancel Liability

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners what recent assessment he has made of the effects of chancel liability.

  • Home Department

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the total cost of policing related to the badger cull pilots to date.

    • Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential effect of changes to the law relating to international students which are proposed in the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what formula her Department uses to allocate funding to combat human trafficking across police forces.

      Immigration: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications are currently on hold pending the outcome of the High Court judgment regarding the minimum income threshold for...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police personnel there were in each police authority area in each of the last four years.

      Proceeds of Crime: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of assets recovered in Wales under the asset recovery incentivisation sheme was used to fund crime-fighting projects in Wales...

      Proceeds of Crime: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was recovered from Wales through her Department's asset recovery incentivisation scheme in each of the last three years.

  • Attorney-General

    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been prosecuted for committing benefit fraud after being trafficked into the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Visits Abroad

      To ask the Attorney-General how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, his Department made in each year since 2010; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b) internal travel, (c) hotel...

  • Wales

    • Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has spent on contracts with Atos in each year since 2008.

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales to which EU Directives within his Department's areas of responsibility the Government has formally opted into in each financial year since May 2010; on...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what EU Directives within his Department's areas of responsibility have come into force without the need for an opt-in decision in each financial year...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to discuss non-registered providers of the Green Deal in Wales.

      M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Welsh Ministers on the proposed M4 relief road.

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of Age Cymru's campaign regarding scams on older people.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to his Department; what the name was of the company from which they were...

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has held discussions with (a) Ministers in the Welsh Government and (b) the Secretary of State for Transport on tolling at the two Severn Bridges.

  • International Development

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to address the lack of educational facilities in British Overseas Territories.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many women who are victims of rape and sexual violence by armed forces in Burma have received financial assistance from her...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the effect of capital investment in Montserrat; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what provision she has made to ensure that the educational budgets afforded to students in Montserrat equal those of students in...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what UK, British and European assistance is being organised to assist the people of the Philippines; and if she will make a statement.

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) current and (b) planned renewable energy there is on the Pitcairn Islands; and what analysis she has made of the cost and...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to her Department; what the name was of the company from...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Additives: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on the regulation of azodicarbonimide.

    • Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times the Board of the Business Bank has met to date.

      Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many commitments have been made to date under the Investment Programme of the Business Bank.

      Comet Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress the Insolvency Service has made on its report on Comet.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals designed to prevent the ill treatment of workers in sectors where employers and...

      Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of progress in implementing the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment;...

      Copyright: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date copyright protection for artistic designs made before 1 June 1957 will be extended; and for what reason this...

      Copyright: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to bring into force section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates since May 2010 his departmental board has met and which (a) ministers and (b) non-executive directors were in...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what work his Department's non-executive directors have undertaken for his Department in addition to attendance at departmental...

      Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the preparation for the introduction of early conciliation as legislated for in the Enterprise and...

      Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to implement the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2013, Official Report, column 598W, on EU external trade: USA, if he will place in the...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to which EU directives within his Department's areas of responsibility the Government has formally opted into in each financial...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what EU directives within his Department's areas of responsibility have come into force without the need for an opt-in decision...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what targets UK Trade and Investment has for regional inward investment to the (a) UK and (b) North East.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that students are not deterred from higher education on financial grounds.

      Hotcourses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts his Department has awarded to Hotcourses Ltd since May 2010; and what the (a) purpose, (b) monetary value and...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the statement of 20 December 2012, Official Report, column 989WS, on business bank, what recent steps he has...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what action his Department has taken to stop unofficial websites defrauding customers seeking to make payments to the Land...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the integrity of the national minimum wage in the (a) retail, (b) care and (c) construction sectors.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new post office branches opened in each year from 2009-10 to 2012-13.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many post office branches closed in each year since 2009-10.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many post office branches were open in (a) 2011-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many post office branches closed in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.

      Public Houses: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the number of pubs which have closed in 2013-14 to date.

      TNT Post

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what publicly-funded financial assistance TNT Post UK received in connection with its postal operation in the M postcode in...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps UK Trade and Investment is taking to use diaspora links to promote trade development; and how best practice on such...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how UK Trade and Investment consults regional bodies on the composition of trade delegations.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what EU Directives within his Department's areas of responsibility have come into force without the need for an opt-in decision...

    • Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what communications he has had with his Argentinean counterpart on their opposition to oil drilling around the Falkland Islands;...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on border checks from Spain across the border into Gibraltar; and what estimate he has made...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries have been on his Department's Human rights Country of Concern list for longer than 10 years.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) EU member states, (b) Commonwealth countries and (c) members of...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to his Department; what the name was of the company...

  • Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to monitor local authority support for cycling; and if he will publish the results of such monitoring.

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to stop unofficial websites misleading people wishing to make payment through the official DVLA website.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the contribution by the hon. Member for North East Cambridgeshire of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 102, what steps he is taking to...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on preparing the new InterCity East Coast franchise for tendering to date; and what estimate he has made of the overall cost of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions HS2 Ltd has had with (a) relevant local authorities and (b) Lichfield District Council on the relocation of residents and those...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions HS2 Ltd has had with (a) local authorities and (b) Lichfield District Council concerning the purchase and demolition of properties in...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make funds available to compensate individuals whose communities are affected by High Speed 2 and whose homes are being purchased by HS2 Ltd...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many properties which have made applications to the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme have not yet received any offers while they have been...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2013, Official Report, column 255W, on large goods vehicles, for what reason the Government considers that the...

      Manchester-Burnley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of rolling stock on the Manchester to Burnley rail line as soon as it is completed.

      Motorcycles: Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorcycle tests were completed with the assessor operating from (a) an alongside motorcycle and (b) a car in each year since 2010.

      Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 11 November 2013, Official Report, columns 29-30WS, on night flying restrictions, what weight he gave to the views of...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to make an announcement on the devolution of Northern and Transpennine rail services.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government will be making additional payments to train operating companies following the lowering of flex to two per cent in 2014.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department had with the Office of Rail Regulation on the lowering of punctuality targets on the East Coast and West Coast main lines.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to his Department; what the name was of the company from which they were...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to abolish tolls on the two Severn bridges when the repayment of debt on them is complete.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether she has had discussions with the Northern Ireland Executive about the potential effects on Northern Ireland of an increase in the number...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations she has made to the Davies Commission on long-term airport capacity needs.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the air connectivity of Northern Ireland with London.

      Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the (a) Prime Minister, (b) Deputy Prime Minister, (c) First Minister of Northern Ireland and (d) Deputy First...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to her Department; what the name was of the company from which they...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated to (a) Portsmouth South constituency and (b) Hampshire local authority to...

    • Local Government: Magazine Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on how many local councils in England publish magazines more than six times a year.

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of local authorities posted low-value procurement contracts on Contracts Finder in the latest period for which...

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent discussions he has had on increasing housing supply in the south east of England by building an entirely new...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money has been raised in each of the last five years from the sale of military working dogs which have been withdrawn from service.

    • Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy that military dog handlers be given first refusal of taking ownership of a dog when the decision is taken to withdraw it...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2013, Official Report, column 309W, on Air Force: recruitment, whether his Department takes account of family...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the regular army have resigned or have been made redundant since 5 July 2012; and how many have subsequently enlisted into the...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) to which EU Directives within his Department's areas of responsibility the Government has formally opted into in each financial year since May...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to his Department; what the name was of the company from which they were...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what sanctions are available if generating stations using biomass to generate electricity exceed their forecasted domestic wood use;...

    • Energy Supply: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of Project TransmiT on consumer energy bills until 2020; and if he will make a...

      Environmental Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department are working on the review of green levies on consumer bills.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what fees his Department paid to (a) Willis, (b) Leigh Fisher Associates, (c) Slaughter & May, (d) KPMG and (e) Lazard Ltd for...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what amount of money was disbursed through renewable obligation certificates in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales in 2013.

  • Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps his Department is taking to extend the use and availability of free-to-use money dispensers; (2) how many ATMs operated on an (a)...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2013, Official Report, column 183W, on children: day care, if he will assess how much is spent on tax relief for...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received from the Welsh Government on the exclusion of rural areas in Wales from bids for a fuel duty reduction; (2) what...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what criteria were applied when selecting which locations would be the subject to the Government's application to the European Commission for an...

      Intestacy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many estates passed to the Crown under the rules of intestacy in each of the last five years; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) successful convictions and (b) investigations launched there have been in respect of alleged or proven breaches of the national minimum wage...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people work for companies employing over 250 staff and are paid the minimum wage; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed in HM Revenue and Custom's Personal Tax Directorate on (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term contracts.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether HM Revenue and Customs monitors whether customer calls to its contact centres on a Saturday are from customers who were not able to get...

      Stamp Duty Reserve Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on pension investment returns of the abolition of schedule 19 stamp duty reserve tax.

      Stamp Duty Reserve Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect the abolition of Schedule 19 stamp duty reserve tax on UK funds will have on jobs in the UK in (a) total and (b) each region.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working tax credit and child tax credit claims were not paid into a bank account or building society account or a post office card account in...

      Welsh Government: Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will hold discussions with Ministers in the Welsh Government to discuss borrowing powers for the Welsh Government.

  • Education

    • Hotcourses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many contracts his Department has awarded to Hotcourses Ltd since May 2010; and what the (a) purpose, (b) monetary value and (c) net worth was of...

    • Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will publish the articles of association for the Kings Science Academy in Bradford; (2) if he will publish the report by Crowe Clark and...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on interpreters and translation services in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • vCJD: Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the presence of vCJD prions in sheep.

    • Meat Exports: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what increase there has been in meat exports to Russia in the last year.

      Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of anaerobic digestion.

      Animal Welfare: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to prevent an increase in fly-grazing of horses in England following legislative changes to be...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to page 17 of his Department's review of effectiveness, environmental impact, humaneness and feasibility of...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of food eaten in the UK was produced in the UK in (a) 1993 and (b) 2013; and what estimate he has made of...

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the problems caused to landowners by illegally-tethered ponies, abandoned ponies and fly...

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of recent trends in the practice of fly-grazing horses.

      Inland Waterways: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the use of rotenone to eradicate topmouth gudgeon in rivers, brooks and streams.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to his Department; what the name was of the...

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what international action the Government is taking to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife.

  • Justice

    • Health Services: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring forward an extension of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to cover private healthcare providers.

    • Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any compensation will be paid to prisoners for lost, damaged or destroyed goods as a result of the disturbances and rioting at Maidstone, Rye...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on medical locums in accident and emergency departments in each year since 2009-10.

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be living in residential care homes in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much clinical commissioning groups have spent on consultancy services in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 to date.

      Commissioning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the potential sale of NHS commissioning support units; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Torbay of 18 March 2013, Official Report, column 521W, on continuing care, what recent progress...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to the NHS was of consequential care for diabetes in each year since 2006.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the document Action for Diabetes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the tariff payments issued to secondary care providers for carrying out diabetes treatments; (2) if he will list the value of...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of former Directors of Public Health who now work for Public Health England.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities currently employing acting or interim Directors of Public Health.

      Health Education England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current (a) budget, (b) number of staff employed and (c) budget for staff salaries is for Health Education England.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made against his target of increasing the number of health visitors by 50 per cent by 2015.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the retention rate of health visitors has been (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority area in each year since 2010; (2) how many...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of legal highs on levels of demand for mental health services.

      Mental Illness: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of any link between smoking and mental health; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of smokers who have also...

      Mental Illness: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support is provided to young offenders with mental health problems.

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women have been members of NHS boards in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions each prison has had no nurse on duty since 1 January 2013.

      Obesity and Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the roles and responsibilities of Dr Jonathan Valabhji within the NHS are.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 November 2013, Official Report, column 16WS, on Pharmaceutical Pricing Regulation Scheme, (1) if he...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of mother and baby mental health units in the UK; and if he will publish a regional list of such units.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average annual cost of prescription charges is for organ transplant recipients in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual cost to the NHS is of providing treatment to patients suffering from prostate cancer; (2) how many prostate-specific antigen tests...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Public Health England spent on consultancy services in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 to date.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2013, Official Report, column 504W, on Radiotherapy, for what reason a tariff for multi-fraction stereotactic...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to his Department; what the name was of the company from which they were...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many personnel from private companies are currently seconded to (a) his Department and (b) NHS England; from which companies each such personnel are...

      Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress NHS England has made in identifying historic spending levels for augmentative and alternative communication services; (2) what...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Consumers: Complaints

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow regulators to introduce fairness to customer criteria when assessing complaints.

    • Employment: Chelmsford

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what comparative assessment he has made of the number of people in full-time and part-time employment in Chelmsford constituency; (2) how many...

      EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) to which EU directives within his Department's areas of responsibility the Government has formally opted into in each financial year since May...

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate he has made of the final overall cost to the public purse of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War; and if he will make a statement;...

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to question 173699, what the distinction is between the terms relative low income and poverty as used in respect of national statistics; when...

      Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to publish an updated list of ministerial responsibilities.

      New Towns: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had on the potential construction of a new town within the boundaries of the Mid Bedfordshire constituency.

      Secondment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many private sector employees have been seconded by the private sector to (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office; what the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what are the cost implications of delaying the introduction of boundary changes and more equal Parliamentary constituencies until 2018.

    • Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of travel within the UK was for his Office in each year since 2010; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, his Department made in each year since 2010; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b) internal travel, (c) hotel...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many properties which previously had access to broadband speeds of under 1MBps now receive broadband of speeds greater than 10MBps...

    • Broadband: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in rolling out broadband to (a) towns and (b) villages in Dorset.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the next round of applications will be opened for the rural community broadband fund.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with BT on the rollout of broadband in rural areas.

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department is making on rolling out superfast broadband in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) provision is being made and (b) assistance is being provided by her Department to enable firms providing services to the...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made on improving the energy efficiency of her Department.

      Football: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to support the financial security of non-league football clubs.

      Google

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with (a) Which?, (b) Consumer Futures and (c) other consumer organisations on the European...

      Google

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the Office of Fair Trading on the European Commission's anti-trust investigation into Google.

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase tourism spend in (a) Poole and (b) other seaside resorts.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Energy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what progress she has made in improving the energy efficiency of the Government Equalities Office.

    • Sexuality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what her policy is on advertisements of gay-to-straight conversion therapies; and if she will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent assessment is of the effect on carers of the recent reforms of the welfare system.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's publication, strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility, Cm 7990, when his Department plans...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions in each of the last five years decisionmakers in his Department have used their powers of supersession to review initial...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Chelmsford constituency claim employment and support allowance; how many such claimants had their claims turned down in the...

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department paid in social fund funeral payments in the last year for which figures are available; and how much was accounted for...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households received (a) housing benefit and (b) local housing allowance in (i) April 2010 and (ii) the most recent date for which data...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many tenants subject to the under-occupancy penalty (a) paid more rent for their existing property, (b) have since moved to a smaller...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) number and (b) proportion of people affected by the under-occupancy penalty were disabled in each region of the UK.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households affected by the under-occupancy penalty include someone in receipt of carer's allowance.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households affected by the under-occupancy penalty include a carer.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to his Department was of compiling and publishing its research report, Public perceptions of the removal of the spare room...

      Job Creation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to create more employment opportunities for young people in (a) Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff were employed on temporary contracts by Jobcentre Plus in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) January...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobcentre offices there were in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) January to October 2013.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants there were in (a) April 2010 and (b) the most recent date for which data is available.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has set a minimum time requirement for online job searching per week as a condition of receiving jobseeker's allowance.

      Jobseekers Allowance: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker’s allowance claimants in Hull have been sanctioned since 22 October 2012; how many such sanctions have been...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the maximum distance applicants are required to travel to attend an evidence of identity interview when applying...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase the number of Jobcentre Plus sites that offer evidence of identity interviews for national insurance number...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications were made for a national insurance number in each of the last five years.

      National Insurance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fraudulent applications for national insurance numbers were detected in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many social housing households in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham are subject to the under-occupancy penalty.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Chelmsford constituency and (b) England were receiving the major working age benefits in April (i) 2010 and (ii) 2013.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance and employment and support allowance claims were not paid into a bank account or building society account or a...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2013, Official Report, column 1208W, on state retirement pensions, (1) what proportion of the fewer than...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether existing pensioners in receipt of pensions credit will continue to receive passported benefits towards housing costs under the...

      State Retirement Pensions: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Poole constituency are expected to benefit from the new single tier pension.

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the UK Statistics Authority has criticised his Department over its use of statistics since May 2010.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on interpreters and translation services in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were receiving out-of-work benefits in (a) April 2010 and (b) the most recent date for which data is available.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseekers are claiming universal credit in (a) Worsley and Eccles South constituency, (b) the North West and (c) the UK.

      Work Programme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2013, Official Report, column 521W, on Work Programme: Wales, what assessment he has made of the...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Livestock

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect rare breeds of farming livestock in the United Kingdom that are marked as “critical in the annual Rare Breeds...

    • Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Anne Milton, on 19 June 2012 (HC Deb, 941–2W) regarding...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received the report of the August visit to Guantanamo Bay detention camp by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's...

      Health: Dermatology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure nationwide implementation of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Psoriasis quality standard published...

      Health: Pharmaceutical Pricing Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the agreement on a new Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme, they intend to withdraw proposals for a Value Based Pricing Scheme.

      Health: Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for enhancing co-ordination between their responses to tuberculosis internationally and within the United Kingdom.

      Health: Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that patients who contract tuberculosis in the United Kingdom receive the best possible care, regardless of where they...

      Housing: Social Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assumptions were made about the response by tenants in social housing to the introduction of the under-occupancy charge in their estimate of the savings...

      Housing: Social Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current estimate of the number of tenants in social housing affected by the under-occupancy charge who have taken in lodgers.

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to regulate websites which encourage self-harming.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Statement by the Foreign Secretary on 8 October (HC Deb, col 27), what representations they will make to the government of Iran concerning...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel regarding that country's adherence to United Nations resolutions.

      National Archives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 8 November (WA 83), whether the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives...

      NHS: Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with the College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal Medical Colleges to promote support for the work of emergency medicine...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to protect Palestinian-owned businesses in the West Bank from attack.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 7 November (WA 76), whether it will be a condition of bidding that franchisees receive a positive...

      Samaritans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they provide to the Samaritans.

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to monitor the effects of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 on small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Scrap Metal: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many instances of metal theft there have been in (1) England, and (2) Cornwall, in each of the last three years.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the numbers of women and children now held in prisons in Syria; and whether they foresee any ways of securing their release.

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