Written answers

Thursday, 9 January 2014

  • Northern Ireland

    • National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what extra resources and funding her Department has allocated to the Northern Ireland Executive to take account of those aspects of the National...

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much additional funding has been allocated for policing in Northern Ireland over and above the block grant in each year since 2007.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the block grant allocated to Northern Ireland is related to (a) national security and (b) border security and immigration...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations she has received from the Chief Constable or the Northern Ireland Policing Board about resources for the Police Service of...

  • Scotland

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Government plan to produce a report on asylum and immigration as part of their Scotland Analysis Programme.

  • Prime Minister

    • European Council

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his written statement of 6 January 2013, Official Report, column 7WS, on European Council, for what reason he did not make an oral statement to the House on...

  • Justice

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many victims of trafficking for labour exploitation received civil or criminal compensation in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

    • Human Trafficking

      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...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Voting: Child Care

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will undertake a consultation on measures to enable hon. Members carrying...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the trends in the number of baby banks; what estimate he has made of the number of baby banks in the most recent...

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on cold weather payments in each year since 2008.

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether Ministers in his Department have discussed or received recommendations from other governmental agencies improving his...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 758W, on jobseeker's allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber and 19 December...

      Housing Benefit: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Barrow and Furness constituency are in receipt of housing benefit; and how many such people are (a) under 25 and (b)...

      Housing Benefit: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Liverpool West Derby constituency are in receipt of housing benefit; and how many such people are (a) under 25 years...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a claimant of jobseeker's allowance who is accepted onto a course of higher education beginning in January is eligible to claim benefit...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate (a) the proportion of people who have received jobseeker's allowance sanctions who are disabled and (b) the proportion of...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what measures are in place to record whether people terminating their jobseeker's allowance claims enter employment; (2) what estimate...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 758W, on jobseeker's allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber and 19 December...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people who have been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for over a year have a degree.

      Pension Credit: Hyndburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been in receipt of pension credits in Hyndburn constituency in each of the last five years.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will require Capita to provide a freephone or 03 number for its personal independence payment claimant helpline.

      Personal Independence Payment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claims for personal independence payments have been (a) begun and (b) concluded in (i) Wales and (ii) Wrexham since June 2013;...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to ask the Child Poverty Action Group for its views when policies are being changed on (a) expenditure and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 758W, on jobseeker's allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber and 19 December...

      Standard of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2013, Official Report, columns 48-49W, on standard of living, which reports and policy evaluations on the...

      Trussell Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for what reasons he has declined recent requests to meet representatives of the Trussell Trust; (2) what plans he has to meet...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2013, Official Report, columns 50-2W, on work capability assessment: Wales, what the (a) number and (b)...

  • Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of (a) childminders, (b) school nurseries and (c) private and voluntary nursery providers offering free nursery...

    • Free Schools: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many free schools for autistic children have been set up in the UK; and how many such applications are currently being considered by his Department.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish an impact assessment on recent changes to further education support for 18-year-olds.

      High Tunstall College of Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if his Department will provide funding to High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool constituency to replace the roof and building damaged in...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the report Validation of Kings Science Academy Financial Management and Governance Self-Assessment covering the period 12 September...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the potential effect of more schools providing school-centred initial teacher training on the role of universities in...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what communications his Department has issued to (a) universities and (b) other providers in respect of the expansion of school-centred initial teacher...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, columns 474-5W, on armed forces covenant, what funding has been allocated to military...

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will amend the 1975 Armed Forces Pension Scheme so that no surviving spouse loses their entitlement if they re-marry or cohabit with a new partner.

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the privatisation of the Defence Support Group on (a) the provision of military vehicle...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the breakdown in negotiations between BAE Systems and the United Arab Emirates regarding the purchase of Typhoon fighter jets.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of people who have had Green Deal assessments but chosen not to install Green Deal measures have made that choice for...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 2 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Dr...

      Water-cooled Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the generic design assessment for the Hitachi-GE advanced boiling water reactor to be completed by the Office for...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to update the ETSU-R-97 assessment methodology for the noise impact of wind turbine generators.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many local authorities have made applications for assistance under the Bellwin Scheme to meet the costs of flooding in...

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what additional resources he has made available to each local authority for clear up and repairs following the floods of...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funds his Department has provided to local councils to support foodbanks since June 2010; and what estimate he has made of...

      Rented Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) social and (b) private rented households were deemed overcrowded in (i) April 2010 and (ii) the most recent date...

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2013, Official Report, column 366W on children: day care, what information his Department collects on claims made for...

    • Government Securities: Greece

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that all holders of Greek Sovereign Bonds comply with the agreed 2012 debt restructuring, including bonds governed under...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what responsibilities GPs have to inform patients of the implications for insurance of ignoring medical advice to surrender a driving licence for medical...

      Public Finance: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to the report, Fiscal sustainability of an independent Scotland, published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in November 2013, if he...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost incurred by the UK Exchequer is for national security; and what the difference is between a pro rata allocation of those costs to Scotland and...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of renewable subsidies for projects in Scotland in each year to 2016-17.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and which tax avoidance partnership schemes are undergoing legal proceedings.

  • Health

    • Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that GPs diagnose brain tumours as quickly as possible; (2) if he will take steps to ensure clinical...

    • Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has allocated to fund the breastfeeding pilot scheme in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds the Government have spent on research for myalgic encephalomyelitis since 2010; and what funds the Government plan to spend on the study of...

      Headaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total number of emergency hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of migraine or other headache syndrome for each year recorded by the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per visit was to (a) a GP, (b) accident and emergency and (c) a walk-in centre in (i) England and (ii) East Lancashire in the most...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of the Government's proposed immigration health surcharge on the NHS as an employer.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when in 2014 the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation sub-committee will report its findings on the extension of HPV vaccinations to men who...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the attrition rate was for midwives in the last year for which data are available; what proportion of midwifery students (a) failed to complete their...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure cyber security and clinical safety for electronic medical applications.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the continuation of a national free bus pass for pensioners.

    • Car Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether payment of vehicle excise duty will be monitored through (a) a chip on a vehicle windscreen or registration plate or (b) the registration plate...

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to announce its preferred bidder for the Crossrail rolling stock contract before the second quarter of 2014.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual cost of running the driving theory test under his Department's contract with Pearson Driving Assessments Ltd is; and what estimate he...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on the weight of flight recorder equipment and the effect it would have on helicopter...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on the likely cost of equipping flight recorder equipment in all public sector helicopter...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2013, Official Report, column 324W, how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries were caused in the 169 helicopter...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) or other European Ministers on implications of EASA's forthcoming rule...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with helicopter manufacturers and commercial operators in the UK on the potential for voluntary initiatives to ensure the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will direct HS2 Ltd to undertake a primary study of the comparative effects of the proposed High Speed 2 route and the Alternative Tunnel...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the potential difference in cost of High Speed 2 (a) land and property compensation and (b) all other types of compensation from...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if HS2 Ltd will provide detailed information relating to the calculation of the additional costs required to develop the full High Speed 2 rail tunnel...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Alternative Tunnel Proposal report that was...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the current High Speed 2 budget has been allocated to (a) land acquisition, (b) land and property compensation and (c) all other...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effects of the second phase of High Speed 2 on (a) East Lancashire and (b) Hyndburn constituency.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pages of the environmental statement on High Speed 2 were omitted from USB sticks; and how many such sticks were distributed with information...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what feasibility studies he has (a) recently commissioned and (b) is considering commissioning for extensions to the planned HS2 network.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department plans to announce the procurement of new high speed electric rolling stock for the upgraded Midland Mainline.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road users have been killed or seriously injured between (a) junction 10 and junction 13 of the M1 motorway, (b) junctions 19 and 20 on the M4...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits to the public purse of Directly Operated Railways operating Northern Rail services if it is not...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the future government funding requirements in the event that responsibility for Northern Rail services is devolved;...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of potential benefits to the public purse of Directly Operated Railways operating Northern Rail services in the event...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints have been made about the issuing of private parking tickets in the last year; how many have been upheld; and how many companies...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many companies were suspended from receiving vehicle keeper data in 2013.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to review the current guidance on pedestrian crossings and the amount of time given to pedestrians to cross the road.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the overall benefits to local councils of upgrading pedestrian crossings to a puffin standard that detects pedestrians...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of the Government's proposal to regulate longer distance rail tickets on a single...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Government's pilot to sell longer distance rail tickets on a single leg basis cost.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received an analysis from Bristow on the cost and viability of maintaining search and rescue services at RMB Chivenor to date.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultants have been used to provide advice on train leasing arrangements in the last five years; and what conflicts of interest they declared.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who will own the rolling stock provided for (a) the Intercity Express programme, (b) the Thameslink Rolling Stock project and (c) Crossrail.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultancy costs his Department has incurred in the last five years in respect of advice on train leasing arrangements.

      Virgin Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the profits made by Virgin West Coast since the introduction of the management contract in December 2012.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what fees have been paid to Virgin West Coast by the Government since the introduction of the management contract in December 2012.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers were returned successfully to (a) China and (b) Iran in the last three years for which data are available.

    • Asylum: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers from Sri Lanka who claimed in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012 have not yet received an initial...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2013, Official Report, column 316W, on counter-terrorism, which local authorities submitted evaluations...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 385W, on counter-terrorism, how much funding each local authority...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what work her Department is undertaking to improve the policing of minority communities and the confidence that these communities have in...

      Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forms have been standardised; and what the take up of standardised forms by police forces in England and Wales has been.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic violence related homicides there were in each police force area in England and Wales in each of the last three years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of trafficking for (a) labour exploitation and (b) domestic servitude were referred to the National Referral Mechanism by...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2013, Official Report, column 541W, on human trafficking: children, how many referrals to the National...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to tighten UK Border Force procedures to prevent criminal activity in regards to gangmasters and smuggling.

      Immigration Controls: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2013, Official Report, column 545W, how many passengers arriving by general aviation who were assessed...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2013, Official Report, column 531W, on Kings Science Academy, when she expects to write to the hon....

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letters of 30 October and 17 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on the implications of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 25 November 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms E....

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 26 November 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 26 November 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 25 November 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 25 November 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 25 November 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A....

      Police: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were transferred to hospital in (a) Hyndburn constituency and (b) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her Department's policy to return identity documents to applicants once they have been received and verified, instead of...

      Shoplifting: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of shoplifting occurred in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria in each of the last five years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the criteria were for the distribution of youth contract funding; and for what reasons no such funding was allocated to rural districts.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising Standards Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make an assessment of the desirability of the present practice of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in consulting...

    • Athletics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met the Chairman of UK Athletics to discuss the forthcoming UK Athletics Championships.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the criteria are to receive core funding from the Department as a national museum.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications were made to become a Renaissance Major Partner Museum in 2011-12; and how many such applications were successful.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Empty Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what premises are available under the Space for Growth scheme; when each such premises became available to businesses; and how many applications...

    • Ministers: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps are taken to ensure that ministerial visits to constituencies are conducted separately from party political activity.

      New Businesses: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2013, Official Report, column 79W, on business, (1) how many entrepreneurs have made use of the 1,600 workstation...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed EU directive on public procurement 2011/0438 (COD).

      Shops

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of (a) betting shops and (b) payday loan shops that have opened in each of the last three years in England.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will publish the guidance his Department gave to the Department for Work and Pensions relating to the development of the universal credit IT...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on prisoners remaining imprisoned after completing their sentences in...

    • North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the US, China and South Korea about human rights abuses in North Korea.

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the government of South Africa on the crash of Cessna ZS-KOX on 9...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Community Broadband Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the role of the Rural Community Broadband Fund in enabling the hardest-to-reach areas to gain...

    • Flood Protection Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flood protection schemes have been implemented following receipt of partnership funding.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of properties protected from flooding during the recent tidal surge.

      EU Discards Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in securing an EU discards ban. [R]

      Agriculture: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the scope for cutting red tape in the farming industry.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's latest evaluation is of the badger cull pilots.

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the research commissioned by his Department into food aid provision and access.

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress his Department has made in implementing the findings of its 2010 study on the extent of the use of...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to support the delivery of basic skills provision in response to the findings of the...

    • Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations his Department has received from colleges and other providers on (a) funding data not being reconciled by...

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the right of consumers to receive bills by post.

      Conditions of Employment: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which the rights of Christians to religious freedom are safeguarded by...

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made to date on the Government's commitment for 50 per cent of the National Careers Service workforce to...

  • Attorney-General

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General what advice has been given to the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales when considering whether to charge an alleged perpetrator following domestic abuse...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to tackle female genital mutilation overseas.

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total cost of redundancy has been for staff of her Department since June 2010.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff from her Department have received a redundancy payment since June 2010.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the Kuwait II Syria Donor Conference.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she last discussed the Kuwait II Syria Donor Conference with the Prime Minister.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings she has had with (a) non-governmental organisations and (b) UK civil society relating to the Kuwait II Syria Donor Conference.

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 28 November (WA 288–9), how many former unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who were in...

    • Caste Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in drafting the questions for the public consultation on the prospective legislation on caste.

      Government Departments: Concordats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often they review concordats between Whitehall government departments and the Welsh Government.

      Prisons: SP Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report from the first stage of the SP Inquiry will be made public; and when the second stage of the investigation will commence.

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