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Written answers

Thursday, 12 December 2013

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requirement for independent observers is placed on boats licensed to fish Ascension Island's fisheries to ensure that the...

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2013, Official Report, column 593W, on Gaza, how many times (a) he and (b) his officials...

      Overseas Students: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Republic of Ireland on arrangements for overseas students with a valid...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's most recent travel advice was to vessels operating off the coast of Somalia.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of current political developments in Ukraine.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress she has made on establishing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.

  • Scotland

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives of food bank operators in Scotland.

    • Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to record the number of people using food banks in Scotland.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the implications for Scotland of the study he has...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in his Department; and if he will publish a list of all such websites and domains to...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the recorded average temperatures at Capel Curig, Gwynedd weather station, used for the calculation of cold weather payments...

    • Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many requests have been made to his Department for benefits application forms and related correspondence to be made available in an...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus employees work directly with external employers in order to source work for jobseekers.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices contain staff who work directly with external employers in order to source work for jobseekers.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department gives to jobcentre staff to ensure jobseeker's allowance claimants are treated equally and fairly when it comes to...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that profiling of jobseeker's allowance claimants for sanctions does not take place in Birmingham, Hall Green...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the expected annual revenue that will accrue to the Exchequer in each of the next five years from the proposal set...

      Pensions Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the efficiency of the Pensions Ombudsman.

      Pensions Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process an application to the Pensions Ombudsman has been in each of the last five years.

      Pensions Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many caseworkers have been employed by the Pensions Ombudsman in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of the working age population has a continuous contribution record that would entitle them to (a) contributory...

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Department of Health on the role of social care provision for working age disabled adults.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much a single person aged over 25, not paying rent, working for 30 hours a week for the minimum wage would receive in universal credit if...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much a couple both aged over 25, not paying rent, with one partner working for 30 hours a week for the minimum wage would receive in...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much a couple aged over 25, not paying rent, with two children and with both parents working for 30 hours a week for the minimum wage would...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 5 December 2013, on universal credit, for how long he envisages developing two separate universal credit...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 5 December 2013 on universal credit, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the universal credit caseload and (b) the year-on-year increase in that caseload in (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16,...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance his Department is providing to deaf or hard of hearing people who wish to have their work capability assessment videoed.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum applicants have successfully asserted Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights as mitigation in asylum...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has given to companies managing contracts for the dispersal of asylum seekers as to the minimum notice period which should...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to allow British citizens to be permitted to work while checks are being undertaken under the Asylum and Nationality...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2013, Official Report, column 906W, on asylum, what steps she is taking to ensure that all failed...

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many asylum cases where the applicant has appealed to HM Courts and Tribunal Service has the Secretary of State's decision been...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation or audit his Department has conducted of local authorities' spending under the Prevent agenda.

      Crime: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests, (b) deportations and (c) investigations have been made as a result of the allegations made to the Allegations...

      Crime: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations the Allegations Management System has received since 1 June 2013.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who had previously received clearance to enter the UK through a (a) student visa, (b) tourist visa, (c) working visa and (d)...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of wage earners who fall below the £18,600 threshold for spousal visas in (a)...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if her Department will give consideration to amending the spousal visa applicaiton system to take into account potential job offers of the...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if her Department will give consideration to introducing a regionalised minimum income level for spousal visa applications.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls have been made to the confidential UK Border Agency hotline for airlines to report human trafficking concerns before an...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of illegal migrants currently in the UK.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people currently held in a prison solely on immigration grounds have never been found guilty of a criminal offence in the UK.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants who will come to the UK after accession; and what estimate...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had at the EU on delaying the relaxation of the UK's border restrictions due to take place on 1 January 2014.

      Immigration Controls: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average clearance time is for passport control at Heathrow for (a) non-European passport holders, (b) EU passport holders, (c) UK...

      Immigration: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, column 32W, on immigration, what criteria her Department uses to determine...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding she intends to transfer from Cleveland Police Force to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 14 October 2013 to the Minister of State for Immigration, ref...

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many documents presumed missing by the (a) UK Border Agency and (b) the Identity and Passport Service were later found in each year since...

      Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, An Inspection of Border Force Freight Operations,...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the performance of the UK Border Agency in responding to tribunal decisions in a timely fashion; and what...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2013, Official Report, column 373W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether trials have been undertaken of...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether witnesses to the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of detainees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre have been deported; and...

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what (a) meetings and (b) submissions his Department have had on the A14 bypass in the last six months; (2) what his policy is on toll roads;...

    • Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he plans to have with the aviation industry on the resilience of existing contingency requirements at NATS Swanwick following...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with its EU counterparts on support for a five per cent cap on biofuels.

      Helicopters: Vehicle Data Recording Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many and what proportion of helicopter crashes in the UK in the last 10 years no flight data recorder was fitted in the helicopter.

      Helicopters: Vehicle Data Recording Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to discuss with the Civil Aviation Authority the adequacy of current requirements to have flight data recorder equipment fitted in...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in his Department; and if he will publish a list of all such websites and domains...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the word ‘poverty' has been mentioned in his Department's parliamentary answers in Session (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with representatives of disability organisations on the inclusion of specific provision for disabled people in...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the feasibility of introducing double decker trains on (a) heavily-used parts of the railway network in the UK and (b)...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any imports of float glass used in the construction of trains in the UK will be subject to independent testing in the UK.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2013, Official Report, columns 922-23W, on homelessness, what assessment he has made of...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have identified a five-year supply of land for development. [R]

      Planning Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning inspectors there were in the Planning Inspectorate in each year since 2008.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to discharge their legal obligations to promote Right to Buy; and if he...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons he decided to issue extended licences for badger culling before completion of the evaluation by the...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish details of the Government-approved training programme for marksmen licensed to conduct controlled shooting...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether Natural England has taken enforcement action against any marksmen who have breached their licence to shoot...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether badger populations in areas outside the pilot badger cull zones have been accurately measured; and whether these...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the most recent estimates for badger numbers in the pilot cull zones were supplied to Natural England.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the methods used to calculate the most recent estimates of badger populations in the pilot cull zones allow...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what monitoring of the process of cage trapping to ensure compliance with licence requirements and published guidance...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the badgers culled and tested during the pilot cull programme were found to have been (a) carrying and (b)...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many of his Department's (a) executive and (b) non-executive board members are (i) men and (ii) women. (2) how...

  • Justice

    • Asylum: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what impact assessment his Department has carried out to determine the effect of changes to legal aid on people in the process of (a) applying for...

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the national completion rates for each of the community sentence requirements were in the most recent year for which figures are available;...

      Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of offenders who breached their Community Order received a custodial sentence in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of offenders who breached their Suspended Sentence Order received a custodial sentence in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of his Department's (a) executive and (b) non-executive board members are (i) men and (ii) women.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether access to any websites or domains is blocked from computers in his Department; and if he will publish a list of all such websites and domains to...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for exception funding have been (a) received and (b) awarded since changes made under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints and on what subjects the Independent Monitoring Board of HM Prison Oakwood has received from prisoners in each year since that prison...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days of sick leave were taken by staff at (a) HM Prison Oakwood and (b) all adult prisons in each of the last three years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the staff turnover was at each adult prison in England and Wales in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners have been transferred from the UK to (a) Nigeria, (b) Somalia, (c) India, (d) Pakistan, (e) Vietnam and (f) Jamaica...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent assessment he has made of teaching standards and conditions at each private prison in the UK; (2) what steps he is taking to improve...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners in (a) total and (b) each prison in England and Wales were in overcrowded conditions in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget was allocated to the National Tactical Response Group in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14; and what that...

      Stephen Ward

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will grant Stephen Ward a posthumous pardon for his conviction for living off immoral earnings.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of questions tabled for ordinary written answer by his Department (a) were answered after 30 days and (b) have not...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the support provided to young offenders on release from young offenders institutions.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to prevent young offenders under the age of 18 being placed in adult prisons.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the availability of family visiting programmes in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure training centres;...

  • Defence

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers cap badged to regiments of the Household Division are currently serving.

    • Defence: Procurement

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

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many students his Department sponsored to undertake (a) engineering degrees and (b) other degree courses in British universities in each of the last...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on extending statutory adoption leave and pay to special guardians and kinship and friends carers.

    • Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 November 2013, Official Report, column 43WS, on student support in England,...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage British businesses to ensure that supply chain businesses are free from slavery and the...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the differences in progress being achieved by LEPs across the UK.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to paragraph 3.24 of the National Audit Office report, Funding and structures for local economic growth, published...

      Regional Growth Fund: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that the Regional Growth Fund has created or will create in (a) Corby...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the National Audit Office report, Funding and structures for local economic growth, published on 6 December...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when a judgement was made on the correct valuation of Royal Mail shares ahead of privatisation.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the banks and advisers involved in the Royal Mail privatisation have been paid.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the effects on small independent retailers of the introduction of the standardised packaging of tobacco products.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will rank each English acute hospital trust by the percentage change and number of accident and emergency attendances since 2009-10.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will rank each English acute hospital trust by the percentage change and number of accident and emergency admissions since 2009-10.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses worked in NHS accident and emergency departments in (i) Coventry, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England in each of...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he (a) has made and (b) is aware of as to when the downgrading of emergency services at (i) West Middlesex, (ii) Hammersmith, (iii) Ealing,...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Department has to create a cross-departmental working group on alcohol.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is of a breast cancer operation in England and Wales.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of a mammogram is in England and Wales.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications for funding have been accepted for exceptional cases from the Cancer Drugs Fund for treatments not on the approved list since 1...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the actual budget allocation and percentage change for each London clinical commissioning group was in 2012-13; and what he estimates each will be in...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of cystic fibrosis have been diagnosed since 2010 in (a) total and (b) each parliamentary constituency.

      Dementia: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has allocated to Cornwall from the fund to help create care environments for people with dementia.

      Depressive Illnesses: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the relationship between depression and musculoskeletal conditions; and how NHS England is working with primary care...

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the current marketing budget for Public Health England is being spent on (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco, (c) obesity and physical health, (d)...

      Health Services: Harrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he (a) has and (b) is aware of for further investment (i) in primary care services in Harrow, (ii) for extending opening hours GP surgeries and...

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment Public Health England has made of (a) the effect of an aging population on prevalence of disease and (b) the consequent public health...

      Health: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will rank each London local authority by the per capita allocation for public health in 2013-14.

      Health: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will rank each London local authority by the actual and percentage distance from the public health formula funding target.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the national liver strategy will be published.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role Public Health England is playing in providing the national liver strategy.

      Northwick Park Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital investment took place at Northwick Park Hospital, part of North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, between 1997 and 2010; and if he will make a...

      Northwick Park Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects refurbishment work at Northwick Park Accident and Emergency Department to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults were diagnosed with tuberculosis in (i) Corby constituency, (ii) Northamptonshire and (iii) England in each of the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what period his Department has committed funding to the (a) carbon reduction commitment, (b) climate change levy and (c) feed in...

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress Ofgem has made on considering the generation industry's CMP213 modification proposal; and when he expects the decision on...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the National Grid to issue formally the draft transmission network use of system figures for the 2014-15 charging year.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the decision by Ofgem to stop energy companies from offering a prompt payment discount; and if he will...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the reduction in consumer energy bills announced on 2 December 2013 will apply to off-grid gas consumers.

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many power stations of what capacity are currently mothballed; (2) what the readiness to produce power is of each power...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what evaluation he has made of the geological capacity to co-dispose of legacy and radioactive waste from new build nuclear reactors in...

      Trawsfynydd Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had on the future of the Trawsfynydd nuclear site.

      Warm Front Scheme: Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason park home residents are excluded from receiving the Warm Home benefit; and if he will review the current policy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Life Expectancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the life expectancy for (a) men and (b) women is in (i) Glasgow North West constituency, (ii) Glasgow, (iii) Scotland and (iv) the UK.

    • Part-time Employment: East Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the proportion of women who work part-time in each parliamentary constituency in the...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the potential effect of Scottish independence on (a) the public sector and (b) departmental offices based in Scotland which...

      Travellers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of Roma currently residing in the UK.

      Unemployment: Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of jobseekers over the age of (a) 50 and (b) 60 in (i) Glasgow North West constituency, (ii) Glasgow, (iii)...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of young people who have been unemployed for more than 12 months in Portsmouth South constituency.

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies received tax relief for workplace nurseries in the last period for which figures are available; and what the average amount of such...

    • Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the consequences for due diligence and the requirements for sponsorship of the delisting of Eurasian Natural...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions Ministers in the Scottish Government have initiated with his Department on whether the Bank of England will continue to have responsibility...

      Lloyds Banking Group and Co-operative Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and representatives of (a) the Co-operative Bank and (b) Lloyds Bank on Project Verde; what...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed by HM Revenue and Customs to locate and capture the 30 most wanted tax fugitives.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • China: Prime Minister's Visit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the benefits to cultural sectors following the Prime Minister's recent visit to China.

    • Tourism: Sporting Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to maximise the benefits to tourism of major sporting events.

      Tourism: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to support tourism in Lincolnshire.

      Broadband: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made in rolling out broadband across Northumberland; and what progress her Department has made in...

      Channel 4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for future ownership of Channel 4.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how her Department intends to meet the costs of a proposed digital switchover; and what economic impact assessment has been carried out...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which UK local radio stations are guaranteed a platform on DAB after the digital radio switchover.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that local commercial radio stations can use DAB after the digital radio switchover.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy that digital radio switchover only proceeds if DAB coverage is equal to current AM and FM coverage for...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many companies the Information Commissioner's Office has fined for breaking the law in relation to nuisance calls in each of the...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many companies have been fined by Ofcom for breaking rules on nuisance telephone calls in the last five years.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the performance of Ofcom in tackling the issue of nuisance telephone calls.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of nuisance telephone calls made in each of the last 10 years.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on nuisance telephone calls.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps her Department has taken to curtail nuisance telephone calls.

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with social media sites on protecting children online.

      Newspaper Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) legislative and (b) administrative changes are required for the Public Appointments Commissioner to undertake the task of...

      UK City of Culture: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the benefits to Hull of its designation as the 2017 UK City of Culture.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Women Bishops

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she has taken to support the Church of England's General Synod in their discussions on women bishops.

    • Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent steps she has taken to reduce homophobic bullying in schools.

  • International Development

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on aid donations to Belarus.

    • Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what non-governmental organisations have been allocated official funds for the relief effort in the Philippines; and how much has been...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) France, (b) Italy, (c) Russia and (d) Brazil about those countries' donations...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on aid donations to the Philippines disaster relief effort.

  • Education

    • Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of literacy and numeracy in (a) primary school leavers and (b) secondary school leavers in (i) Corby...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people applied to the early years apprenticeship bursary scheme between 5 September and 22 November 2013; how many people have applied to that...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidelines have been issued to schools for tackling childhood obesity.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the number of multi-agency safeguarding hubs operating in England; (2) which local authorities have adopted...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of public sector spending cuts on child protection services.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) with reference to his Department's consultation on keeping children safe in education guidance, what role he envisages local authorities having...

      Foster Care: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what support his Department offers to children in foster care seeking to take a university degree; (2) how many and what proportion of children...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department has issued to school teachers to assist them when dealing with cyber bullying.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many children took part in the early education pilot for disadvantaged two-year-old children before September 2013; and how many of the...

      Priority School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been allocated to each English local authority for under three provisions for buildings funded by the Priority School Building Programme.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how the national funding formula will reflect local authorities' decisions on funding of pupils for whom English is an additional language; and if he...

      Shannon Matthews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2013, Official Report, columns 449-50W, on Shannon Matthews, if he will publish the consent order of the High...

      Teachers: Corby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the provisional allocation of initial teacher training places for Corby constituency is.

      Young People: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what support he is giving to the Home Department's This is Abuse campaign; (2) if he will write to all secondary school headteachers directly to...

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apprentices employed by the School Teachers’ Review Body on 1 November 2013 were (1) under the age of 21, (2) aged between 21 and 25, and (3)...

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apprentices employed by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on 1 November 2013 were (1) under the age of 21, (2) aged between 21 and...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people under state pension age with one or more children have received the Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) in each of the last five years for...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made since 2009 in organising the Green Climate Fund; what are its present assets; and what pledges of future support it has received.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have provided for partnerships between United Kingdom institutions and African institutions to facilitate research into climate science by...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of support they provided to research into climate science and its implications for Africa in each of the last three years; and what will be the...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, what action they will take to help prevent...

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the costs of those who accompanied the Prime Minister on his visit to China were covered by United Kingdom public funds.

      Health and Work Assessment and Advisory Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to implement the new Health and Work Assessment and Advisory Service; whether they intend to do so in stages; and when they propose to complete...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact on the Exchequer if payments of income-contingent loans for full-time undergraduate students in England were...

      Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why publication of the Chilcot Report has been delayed.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many valid British passports are currently in circulation; how many of these are equipped with an electronic screening facility; and how many British...

      Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications there have been to date for the Secretary of State to disregard a conviction under the terms of section 92 of the Protection of...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the number of people killed or displaced during 2013 in Darfur.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the rationale behind their refusal to issue a visit visa to the United Kingdom for the victims of drone attacks in the Federally Administered Tribal...

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