Written answers

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • UK-Israeli Co-operation: International Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK-Israeli co-operation on international development.

    • Palestinian Child Detainees: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Israeli treatment of Palestinian child detainees.

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the blockade of Gaza by the Israeli Defence Force on (a) the Gazan economy and (b)...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which states, or parts thereof, have (a) applied for and (b) achieved member state status of the European Union under (i)...

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will commission a comparative study on the relationship between (a) Ceuta and Melilla with Spain and (b) Gibraltar and the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2013, Official Report, column 6W, on Iraq, what reports his Department received on links...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Israel on the prevention of terrorism in that country.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the Prawer plan in the Negev region of Israel.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli Government regarding the implementation of the recommendations in the report...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the construction of a wall along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir; and whether he has...

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what efforts he is making to find efficiencies in and reduce the costs of answering written parliamentary questions.

  • Home Department

    • Domestic Violence: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of domestic violence there have been in Barrow and Furness constituency in each of the last five years; and how many of...

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she or Ministers in her Department next expect to discuss the control of new psychoactive substances with (a) ministerial colleagues...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department of the 143 suspected victims of trafficking referred to the National Referral Mechanism by her Department and Border Force staff between...

      Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial contribution the UK has made to Interpol in each of the last 10 years.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to reduce knife crime.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she (a) has appointed or (b) intends to appoint an enlarged ministerial office.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of her Department's civil servants have been seconded to (a) the private sector and (b) trades unions in each year since 2010;...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average wait is for a DBS check (a) in each region, (b) in each police force area and (c) nationally; and how many and what...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Written Questions

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the House of Commons Commission is taking to reduce the costs incurred in...

  • Wales

    • Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which wards in each county borough in Wales received winter fuel payments in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013; and if he will make a statement.

  • Attorney-General

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Attorney-General how many officials in the Law Officers' Departments have worked, or are currently working, on the legal challenge lodged with the European Court of Justice on 25...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of levels of air pollution in Bristol against threshold limits.

    • Canal and River Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review clause 12 of the Water Bill to ensure that powers granted to Ofwat to vary or terminate future water sales...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's publication, A Vision for the Common Agricultural Policy, published in December 2005, if...

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints of age discrimination or harassment have been lodged against employees of his Department or its executive...

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints of racial discrimination or harassment have been lodged against employees of his Department or its...

      Fly-grazing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of fly-grazing in (a) England, (b) Hampshire and (c) Portsmouth South constituency.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with its European counterparts on the European year against food waste in 2014.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what welfare regulations his Department has put in place for people keeping chickens in domestic environments.

  • Transport

    • Goring and Streatley Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date he expects to announce a decision on the installation of lifts for disabled passengers at Goring and Streatley stations.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work on the diversion of overhead electric lines in connection with High Speed 2 to commence.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what works on High Speed 2 are planned to commence before the passage of the Hybrid Bill through Parliament is complete.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2013, Official Report, column 306W, on High Speed 2 railway line (1) what organisation paid for the service...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many properties are wholly or partially within the proposed HS2 Voluntary Purchase Zone in the constituencies of (a) Chesham and Amersham, (b)...

      M18

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons several lanes were closed on the M18 Motorway between junctions 6 and 7 and junctions 4 and 5 on 17 November 2013 when no work was...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2013, Official Report, column 978W, on railways: standards, on which dates (a) he and (b) officials from his...

      Roads: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the economic effect on (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency, (b) East Riding of Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire and the...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2013, Official Report, column 360W, on business: loans, what new requirements he plans to place on UK Financial...

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department have worked, or are currently working, on the legal challenge lodged with the European Court of Justice on 25 September...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in (a) the UK and (b) each region have been fined for failing to comply with the high-income child benefit tax charge since it was introduced.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to simplify interaction between tax free childcare and universal credit.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he takes to ensure claimants do not erroneously claim help with childcare costs through both tax free childcare and universal credit.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the potential reduction in the cost to his Department's tax-free childcare scheme from restricting eligibility for that...

      Community Amateur Sports Clubs Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many sports clubs in (a) Hyndburn constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England will be affected by the recent changes to the Community Amateur Sports...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of job growth was in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in 2013; and what estimate he has...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate total public spending per head of population in each English region in the last 12 months.

      Revenue and Customs: Newry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many assessment visits (a) he and (b) senior officials in his Department have made to the HM Revenue and Customs office in Newry.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the effects on the state guarantee of deposits held by (a) individuals and (b) businesses in the UK if Scotland were to...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the economic benefits to the North West of England of Scotland remaining part of the UK.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding her Department has allocated to Belfast's Super Connected City strategy; and what assessment she has made of that strategy.

    • Coventry City Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will meet representatives of the Football League to discuss its recent decision to allow Coventry City FC to play at Northampton...

      Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent meetings she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the Cultural Plan.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance her Department plans to provide to help local radio stations to switch to DAB.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will meet representatives of small commercial FM radio stations to discuss the impact of the digital radio switchover and...

      Telecommunications: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on voluntary funding of video relay services.

      Telecommunications: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps she has taken to encourage business and industry to buy video relay services.

      UK City of Culture: Londonderry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to attend events in Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 in that city.

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department provides services to people resident in Wales or usually resident in Wales.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Registration Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2013, Official Report, columns 131-3W, on...

  • Justice

    • Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to extend the provisions of the act to all groups in receipt of public...

    • 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...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice of all applications in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date for vacancies for (i) the Supreme Court, (ii) judge advocates, (iii) deputy...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he (a) has appointed or (b) intends to appoint an enlarged ministerial office.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times people have opted-in to the probation victim contact scheme in each year since its establishment.

      Prisons: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff from (a) the Prison Service or (b) his Department were involved in work related to the Doncaster cluster prison competition; (2)...

      Prisons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the National Tactical Response Group was called out to each prison in London in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the National Tactical Response Group (NTRG) in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d)...

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effects on each region of changing the funding formula of Victim Support; (2) how much funding will...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding for victims' services was given to each police force area in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13; and what the funding...

  • International Development

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she plans to visit the Military Stabilisation and Support Group.

    • Developing Countries: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of changes in maternal and newborn survival rates in those countries where her Department works; and if...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian needs of displaced Bedouin from the Neqab; what assessment she has made of the...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how funding by the Ministry of Defence as part of the UK response to Typhoon Haiyan is (a) accredited towards the UK international aid...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aluminium: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the effects of EU policy relating to aluminium of the global...

    • Aluminium: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support the aluminium industry.

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how Milton Keynes College has performed against its contracted performance targets in the delivery of education services in...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2013, Official Report, columns 663-4W, when the names of companies receiving compensation...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the value of exports from each English region in the most recent year in (a) total, (b) total by sector and...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of each local enterprise partnership; what steps...

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings his Department has had with the Department of Health on introducing an uptake rule for National Institute for...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of how much will be repaid on fee loans by graduates starting their degree course in 2013 by each...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library an updated version of the ready reckoner on students loans and debt repayment published in 2010...

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2013, Official Report, column 263W, on UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulation governing the protection of caravan owners on holiday parks.

    • Council Housing: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many council houses were built in (a) Test Valley Borough Council area and (b) New Forest District Council area in the...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) value and (b) proportion of European Regional Development Fund monies allocated to the UK with match funding in...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to publish the (a) first interim report by the Ecorys UK consortium on the Troubled Families programme and (b)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken is for a large housing scheme to go through the planning appeals procedures.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of current new build homes are specifically designed for those aged 60 and over.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many public sector land sites have been (a) identified and (b) released for the purpose of new housing developments...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing unit buildings starts there have been in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the future growth in London's housing stock will be.

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support his Department gives to a large family in overcrowded housing who cannot access the recommended size of property...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are employed within centralised IT departments or teams in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it easier for leaseholders to manage their properties.

      Vacant Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the use of greenfield sites.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with bioliquids producers on the inclusion of support for used cooking oil-derived bioliquids...

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to encourage its employees to make tax-free donations direct from their salaries.

      Energy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on energy pricing and investment in green technology.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with groups representing older people on providing support to older people who are having difficulty paying...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people are employed within centralised IT departments or teams in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of his Department's civil servants have been seconded to (a) the private sector and (b) trades unions in each year since 2010.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many secondees from (a) trades unions and (b) the voluntary sector have worked in his Department since 2010.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision by RWE not to proceed with the Atlantic Array offshore wind project on (a) UK...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to determine whether the Atlantic Array offshore wind project could go ahead with another company; and if he...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with RWE on its decision not to proceed with the Atlantic Array offshore wind project; and whether he has...

  • Defence

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which export promotion teams including Ministry of Defence or military personnel have been established for (a) the Eurofighter Typhoon, (b) combat ships,...

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2013, Official Report, column 1937W, on RAF Lyneham, when a decision was made about the aircraft's future; what public...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which military aircraft the traffic collision avoidance system have installed.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the standard operating procedure is for activating the traffic collision avoidance system for RAF aircraft in (a) combat and (b) training missions.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many annual reservist deployments his Department anticipates following the implementation of Army 2020 and Future Reserves 2020.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2013, Official Report, column 704W, on shipbuilding, what uses his Department will make of buildings no longer used...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the installation of the traffic collision avoidance system was first recommended for the Tornado fast jet fleet; by whom it was recommended;...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Board of Inquiry's findings into the collision of two Tornado jets on 3 July 2012 over the Moray Firth.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list each of the contracts currently placed by his Department to develop a replacement for the Trident nuclear submarine which is covered by...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what interest the UK has in the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency medicine consultants have (a) opted not to practise, (b) retired and (c) left to work overseas in each of the last five years.

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the report by the Care Quality Commission, The State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England, on the number...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the rise in the number of council-funded residents who live in residential care and now rely on a top-up to...

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment (1) he has made of the efficacy of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in reducing the recurrence rate of depression over a 12-month...

      General Practitioners: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of full-time equivalent GPs per 1,000 patients in (a) Nottingham and (b) the East Midlands in each year since 2009.

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will have discussions with medical professionals in Northern Ireland and the other constituent parts of the UK on forming a strategy to promote best...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2013, Official Report, columns 1003-4W, on health visitors, how many health visiting students are training and...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the satisfaction of NHS inpatients with hospital meals.

      Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of attention deficit disorders on (a) mental and (b) physical health.

      Hyperactivity: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the long-term trends in incidence of attention deficit disorders among children and young people.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed within centralised IT departments or teams in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department's influenza vaccination targets are met.

      Malnutrition: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients aged under 18 were admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of malnutrition in (a) England and (b) each London borough in 2011-12.

      Mental Illness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of trends in incidence of anxiety among children and young people over the last 30 years.

      NHS: Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure on the National Clinical Excellence Awards was; and how many awards were made in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e)...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on NHS England's proposals on the weighting given to deprivation factors in its Health Funding Review of Allocations.

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS posts were recruited by Odgers Berndston in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and how much was paid to Odgers Berndston in each such year.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will collate data on the number of (a) secondees from his Department to the private and voluntary sectors and trades unions and (b) secondees to his...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants were employed by his Department and at what cost on 1 October (a) 2010 and (b) 2013.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that the terms of reference for the review of plain packaging of tobacco products allow an examination of the incidence of the use of...

  • Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many secure children's homes are run by (a) the private sector, (b) the voluntary sector and (c) local authorities.

    • Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2013, Official Report, column 406W, on children in care: missing persons, how many children went missing from care in...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what involvement his Department has in the troubled families programme.

      Higher Education: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications have been (a) received and (b) granted for bursaries under the National Scholarship Programme in the last three years.

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department plans to allocate to under three provision in school buildings being built as part of the Priority School Building...

      School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of compliance with the School Information Regulations 2012 by (a) maintained schools and (b) free schools and academies.

      Schools: Bradford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in the Bradford Education Authority area currently teach some of their pupils in portakabins and other temporary accommodation.

      Science: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on industrial placements to encourage teachers to become more aware of engineering and manufacturing possibilities; and what steps...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much local authorities have paid as a result of legal fees incurred by parents appealing decisions made regarding special educational needs...

      Teachers: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many meetings his Department's officials have had with teachers' representative organisations on pay, pensions and conditions of service in the...

      Teachers: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many meetings he or his officials have had with the NASUWT and NUT on their trade dispute since 14 October 2013.

      Teachers: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many meetings he has had with teachers' representatives on pensions, pay and conditions of service in the last two years.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many places available for the training of teachers on the School Direct system are unfilled.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many places are available for training teachers on the School Direct system.

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many education, health and care plans for young people have been implemented to date.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to encourage its employees to make tax-free donations direct from their salaries.

    • Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people employed by (a) small and (b) medium-sized businesses operating in (i) Haltemprice and Howden...

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cases of (a) assisted suicide and (b) euthanasia have been reported in each of the last five years.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged 24 and under have been unemployed for over a year (a) at the most recent date for which data is available and (b) in each of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was the rate of (a) repayment and (b) default for crisis loans provided in the financial years (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits the Government makes available for workers who have paid national insurance contributions but have then been incapacitated and...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have ceased receiving any benefits once their employment and support allowance has ended to date.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with Parkinson's disease in receipt of employment and support allowance (ESA) and placed in the work related activity group...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the work-related activity group in employment and support allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of introducing a jobseeker classification instrument as in the case in Australia.

      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) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children and (d) four or more...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children live in households affected by the under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many houses whose occupants are affected by the under-occupancy penalty have previously had disability-related adaptations made to them.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young carers live in households affected by the under-occupancy penalty.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what performance measures his Department has put in place for Jobcentre Plus offices.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of how often Jobcentre Plus advisers refer Work Programme participants to non-contracted local voluntary sector...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the (a) average duration of sanctions issued against jobseeker's allowance claimants and (b) number of...

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the viability of financing infrastructure through defined ambition pension funds; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the booking of personal independence payment appointments on-line.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of UK children were living in (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty in each year since May 1983.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance was provided by his Department to local authorities to assist them in setting up local welfare provision schemes to replace...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of implementing the new single-tier state pension.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been in receipt of out-of-work benefits for (a) one year, (b) two years and (c) three years or more in (i) Haltemprice and...

      Unemployment: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of young adult carers not in education, employment or training; and what steps he is taking to...

  • House of Lords

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan any actions to improve confidence in the financial regulators' approved persons regime.

    • Banks: Co-operative Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Financial Services Authority (FSA) first approved Paul Flowers to be a member of the Board of the Co-operative Bank; when he became an approved...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Verma on 21 May (WA 44–5) and 4 November (WA 5–6), whether they have discussed with the...

      Crime: Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 19 November (WA 185–6), what were the figures respectively for attacks on and damage to religious...

      Data

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that data belonging to United Kingdom citizens are retained within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom and not...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes Region...

      Dunfermline Building Society

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 25 February (WA 208), what is the current outstanding amount of HM Treasury's claim in the Dunfermline...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 12 November (WA 114), how they define “fertilisation” in the context of in vitro...

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of radiation on the United Kingdom in the worst-case scenario that might arise from the demolition and clean-up...

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the President of the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s recent suggestion in an interview with the Guardian that...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in response to warnings by the Environment Agency of the increased likelihood of flooding this winter because of a wet Autumn.

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 30 October (WA 259), by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 12 November (WA 114) and by Lord Freud on 5 November...

      Health: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children with mental health problems requiring in-patient care are currently being treated on adult psychiatric wards.

      Health: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people requiring an in-patient psychiatric bed are being treated at a hospital other than their local mental health hospital.

      Health: Pharmaceutical Pricing Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reducing smaller company exemptions in the new Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme on inward investment...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cash cost of income-contingent maintenance loans for full-time undergraduate students in England in each of the years 2014–15 to...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from foreign governments and from multinational organisations concerning human rights issues in the United Kingdom.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the human rights of persons residing within the jurisdiction of Her Majesty's Government.

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons in the United Kingdom started paying National Insurance contributions at fourteen years of age. To ask Her Majesty’s Government why...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission left office after his recent resignation; until what date he was paid;...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners residing in Northern Ireland who started working and paying full pension contributions aged 14 only receive pensions credits for work...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, within the terms of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement 1951, they monitor the compliance of United States personnel at RAF Menwith Hill with the...

      Shipping: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they proposed to the Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships that some passenger vessels should not have to carry life rafts or...

      Shipping: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when EU Directive 2009/45/EC came into force; what action they have taken to ensure compliance with it; and which operating United Kingdom-registered vessels...

      Shipping: MV Scillonian III

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce an exemption from safety rules and standards under paragraph 8 of the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ships on Domestic...

      Shipping: MV Scillonian III

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they withdrew their request to the Committee set up under Regulation (EC) 2099/2002 (COSS30) for a national legislative measure for exemptions or...

      Welsh Government: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether each Welsh Office Minister will campaign for a “yes” vote in the proposed Welsh referendum on taxation.

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