Written answers

Monday, 13 January 2014

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to increase legacy giving.

    • Charities: Taxation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with the Charity Commission about action to prevent tax fraud by charities.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what measures he is considering for raising public awareness of cyber security.

      Death: Children

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Chief Medical Officer's report Prevention pays—our children deserve better, what the (a) top 20 causes of paediatric deaths...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what consultations his Department conducted with other Government Departments and agencies when developing the template for the pan-government web...

      Government Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of calls made on (a) higher rate and (b) 0845 telephone numbers to each central government department in each...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2013, Official Report, column 587W, on electronic government, when he plans to update the digital landscape research.

      Migration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how his Department calculates the number of EU migrants that (a) enter and (b) leave the UK annually.

      Unemployment: Halton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of 16 to 24 year olds in Halton constituency had two or more periods of unemployment in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 to date.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect of data centres on electricity demand; and what discussions he has had with the...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many meetings he had with the big six energy companies in October 2013.

      Energy: Disconnections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many domestic disconnections for non-payment there were in (a) 2013, (b) 2012, (c) 2011 and (d) 2010.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) households and (b) individuals use off-grid energy in their homes in each constituency.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households that will see their gas and electricity bills increase as a result of the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households have had energy efficiency measures fitted through the Green Deal scheme since its launch.

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2013, Official Report, column 576W, on Hinkley Point Power Station, what the evidential basis was...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the licensing of nuclear facilities to utilise the UK's existing nuclear waste stockpile.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average length of time from the original application for large-scale solar projects to those projects coming online was in...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department plans to consult on changes to the Warm Home Discount for 2015-16 onwards.

      Wind and Solar Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how much (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind capacity (i) received planning approval and (ii) was rejected in each year since 2009;...

      Wind and Solar Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the average length of time between the original application for (a) onshore wind farms and (b) offshore wind farms to the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average time was from the original application for (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind farms to those wind farms coming online...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been paid out in constraint payments to generators of electricity from wind farms in each of the last three years.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of UK electricity has been generated from wind energy in each of the last five years.

  • Northern Ireland

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Personnel Management

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of human resources support per employee in the House of Commons...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the objectives of the inquiry into the sustainability of UK farming and food sectors are; and how they will apply to...

    • Agriculture: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assistance his Department makes available to farmers for dealing with the effects of bad winter weather; (2) what...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions his Department has advised people to stay indoors because of poor air quality in each year for which...

      Beaches: Dungeness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will give consideration to requesting an urgent review of the proposal for shingle recycling at Dungeness, Kent.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total capital sum spent by the Environment Agency on (a) coastal and (b) river flood defences was in each of the...

      Flood Control: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department spent on flood defences in Hartlepool constituency in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10,...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what places in the High Speed 2 safeguarded area or within half a mile of that safeguarded area (a) have been flooded in the...

      Internet

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

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to phase out the use of peat in garden compost.

      Poultry: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2013, Official Report, column 567W, on poultry: South Africa, when he expects the...

      Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the accessibility of registered footpaths and (b) their state of maintenance.

      Seeds: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations his Department has made to the European Commission on behalf of UK gardeners and allotment growers...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Government of Burma complies with international law and grants...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking in response to claims that ethnic cleansing is being committed against the Rohingya in Burma.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the People's Republic of China about the detention without formal documentation of Pastor...

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the international community tackles the persecution of Christians.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK parliamentarians visited the (a) embassy or high commission and (b) residence of head of mission in (i) Angola, (ii)...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken and plans to take to promote the protection of the Hazaras in Pakistan.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2013, Official Report, column 626W, on Palestinians, what views the Government...

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conversations he had with the (a) EU and (b) World Bank on measures to prevent international aid funding from being used by...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government have offered to the Russian Government following the recent terrorist attacks in that country.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the situation of Christians in Syria; and if he will make a statement.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to prevent illegal migration onto the Turks and Caicos Islands and to reduce the number of potentially...

  • Education

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish his Department's annual report and accounts for 2012-13.

    • Children: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to support children with cancer in the education system.

      Children’s Play: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's policy is on the promotion of play for disabled children in schools.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) mean and (b) maximum time taken to respond to letters from (i) members of the public, (ii) organisations and (iii) hon. Members was in...

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many primary school children in (a) maintained and (b) independent schools are classified as having a dyslexia type condition; (2) how many...

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what eligibility criteria are set for pupils to qualify for a free dyslexia test.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 11, on further education (funding), when he will publish the impact assessment.

      London Academy of Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, columns 70-2W, on free schools, when data on enrolments at the London Academy of Excellence...

      Music: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether music services teachers are (a) classified as having teacher pay and conditions and (b) under local council conditions and pay scales.

      Politics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to increase teaching about parliamentary democracy and government in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools are trialling nursery places for two year-olds; and what assistance those schools are receiving from his Department.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what initiatives his Department has put in place to tackle bullying within schools and online since 2010; and what assessment has been made of their...

      Schools: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what guidance he has given Birmingham local authority on dividing extra funding for school places between the constituencies that fall under its...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on funding allocation for schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues to teachers on the early detection of young people with dyslexia-type conditions.

      Teachers: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he intends to publish the findings of the most recent Teacher Workload Survey.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what budget the National College for Teaching and Leadership has allocated to school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) in (a) 2013-14 and (b)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what financial incentives the National College for Teaching and Leadership has offered to schools to become a school-centred initial teacher training...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have been encouraged by the National College for Teaching and Leadership to express an interest in becoming a school-centred initial...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons and when Ministers encouraged the National College for Teaching and Leadership to promote school-centred initial teacher training in...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will direct Ofsted to make a comparative assessment of the quality of training available through school-centred initial teacher training and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families were housed in bed-and-breakfast accommodation on the most recent date for which data are available in (a)...

    • Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimates his Department has made of the net number of jobs that have been produced by each enterprise zone since their...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many newly recruited firefighters have opted out of the firefighters' pension scheme in each of the last five years.

      Fire Services: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to prevent senior firefighter officers being able to retire, claim their lump sum pension sum and...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of land owned by county councils have been made available for housing development in each of the last three years.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many communications his Department sent to local authorities in 2013.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak, of 18 December 2013, Official Report, column 755, which...

      Recycling: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the costs to fire authorities of dealing with fires at recycling storage depots.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the time taken to receive...

  • International Development

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many consultants were employed by her Department in May (a) 2013, (b) 2012 and (c) 2011.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to her Department has been since May 2010 of paying consultants who were previously employed directly by her Department.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many former staff of her Department are now working as consultants for her Department.

      Developing Countries: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what schemes her Department currently supports for off-grid electricity supply.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the British Council about her Department's policy of improving the lives of girls and women...

      Developing Countries: Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the benefit to children in the developing world of golden rice.

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the progress her Department has made towards the target of reaching 60 million people with access to...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department budgeted for energy costs since June 2010.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total cost of her Department’s energy bills were in each month since June 2010.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of contracts awarded by her Department in 2012-13 were awarded without a competitive tender process.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what is the total cost of redundancy payments paid to former staff of her Department who now work as consultants for her Department.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the highest redundancy package paid since June 2010 to former staff at her Department was.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent conflict in South Sudan on the number of (a) internally displaced persons, (b)...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries to which her Department has provided funding towards she has visited since she took office; and how long she spent in...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting Shops: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many appeals against refusals of applications for betting shop licences were heard by local authority licensing committees in the...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on promoting competition in provision of superfast broadband infrastructure; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the progress BDUK has made towards its three business aims agreed with her Department in 2011.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for each of the areas eligible for support from BDUK, what proportion of the investment planned in superfast broadband will come from...

      Internet: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of households without access to the internet at home in Barrow and Furness constituency.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton dated 3 December 2013.

      Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of progress towards EU standard charges for mobile telephones.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 155W, on museums and galleries, which legislation governs the national...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what powers local library authorities have to charge, by annual subscription, reservation charge or loan charge, for loans of sets...

      Telephone Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the Telephone Preference Service in blocking unwanted cold calls.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy that Commonwealth citizens serving in the armed forces should be treated as home students for the...

    • Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department provided for delivery of basic skills training by (a) providers graded 1 or 2 by Ofsted and (b) other...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects funds to be allocated to companies from the British Business Bank.

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in his Department work for the British Business Bank on a (a) full-time and (b) part-time basis.

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials in his Department had with (i) business groups and (ii) individual...

      Engineering Skills Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his response to the Perkins Review of Skills in Engineering is.

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much his Department has spent on the provision of adult literacy services in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13;...

      Medicine: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many medical students are currently studying at universities in England; and how many such students are UK citizens.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential contribution of increased rail freight...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the science and research budget for the next financial year.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will establish a public inquiry into allegations by small business owners that the Royal Bank of Scotland forced viable...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the potential of synergetic air-breathing rocket engines for placing large-scale solar...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, Action Point 6, whether a...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, Action Point 4, how many share...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, Action Point 9, whether the...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish the Government's plans to create orders for British firms in the offshore wind energy industry.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Action Point 16 of the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, when he...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in Barrow and Furness constituency opted out of receiving child benefit prior to 6 January 2013; how many such households have...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the public's perception of the influence of Ernst & Young on the reform of corporation tax legislation; and if he will...

      Financial Stability Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government contribute to the Global Financial Stability Board in (a) staff and (b) money terms.

      Financial Stability Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is towards the Global Financial Stability Board; and which policy objectives he is pursuing through membership of the Board.

      Financial Stability Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recent work of the Global Financial Stability Board; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the UK of implementation of the Scottish rate of income tax.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the hon. Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 11 November 2013, sent to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to reply to the letter to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury dated 3 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton dated 1 November 2013.

      Payment Systems Regulator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what range of financial penalties for compliance failure the new Payment Systems Regulator will be able to impose when it becomes fully operational in 2015;...

      Revenue and Customs: Newry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date HM Revenue and Customs' offices in Newry will be closed.

      Shareholders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of shares by value owned by individuals.

      Tax Avoidance: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the amount of revenue lost to the Exchequer through the avoidance of VAT and excise duty on beer in the last year...

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of what the effects of the carbon price floor would be on consumer electricity bills in each of the first five years of its...

      Taxation: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are used to assess proposals to create new devolved taxes under the Scotland Act 2012; and whether any such proposals have been made.

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much palm oil was imported for bio-fuels in the most recent period for which figures are available.

    • Bus Services: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000 to oblige bus operators to provide...

      Buses: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of MOT test requirements for buses when those vehicles are used entirely for the purpose of...

      Buses: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department is conducting or has commissioned research on the issue of the age of tyres on buses and coaches.

      Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people in the UK who commute to work by (a) public and (b) private means of transport.

      Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average (a) distance and (b) length of time it takes people in the UK to commute to work.

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to which of CAF, Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd, Siemans plc or Bombardier Transportation (UK) Ltd he plans to award preferred bidder status for the...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has had with (a) Amazon, (b) the Royal Mail and (c) Amazon and the Royal Mail in the last two...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has ever exercised discretion in revoking the licence held by a new driver who has accumulated six...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of new drivers that did not have their licence revoked under the provisions of the Road Traffic (New Drivers)...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at what point a new driver who has accumulated six penalty points has his or her licence revoked.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will examine in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority the adequacy of the existing parameters of regulation for helicopter safety.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the full addresses of the 339 dwellings and 21 community facilities that will be demolished if High Speed 2 proceeds as the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department will re-commence the work on a direct Heathrow Airport link to High Speed 2, which was suspended in January 2013.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the addresses of the 67 dwellings that will be significantly affected by noise from High Speed 2 as stated in the Environmental...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the 300 existing businesses that will be required to relocate together with their full addresses and the number of employees of each...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional support will be available to those businesses that will be forced to relocate as set out in the Environmental Statement on High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the 1,510 jobs together with the organisations that provides them that HS2 Ltd states are at risk as set out in 7.10 of the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give the full addresses of (a) the six Grade II listed buildings that will be demolished, (b) the four Grade II listed buildings that will...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) individuals and (b) organisations have contacted HS2 Ltd or his Department to ask for an extension to the consultation period on the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish his plans for maintaining full access to the Broadwater Sailing Club during the construction phase of High Speed 2.

      Invalid Vehicles: Car Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to his plans to remove the requirement for vehicles to display a paper tax disc, how he plans that the payment of vehicle excise duty...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average number of daily vehicle movements on the M6 motorway between junctions 4 and 12 was in each year since 2004.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average number of daily vehicle movements on the M6 toll road was in each year since 2004.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the cost of taking the M6 Toll Road into public ownership.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many hours the M6 motorway was closed in either direction in Cumbria and Lancashire due to accidents in each of the last five years.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to record all non-UK registered vehicles in the UK.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has made to its European counterparts on preventing the use in this country of non-UK registered vehicles in the...

      Railways: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many investigations the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency has undertaken in each year since 2010 into passenger train journeys serving Bolton...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the decision to limit rail fares to RPI+0 in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015; and if he will provide...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the decision to limit the amount train operating companies are able to vary rail fares to...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total amount of (a) publicly funded and (b) private investment in the railways since 2010.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which existing rail franchise contracts (a) have been or (b) he plans will be renewed by direct award to the incumbent operator; and what stage...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits to rail passengers of management contracts with operators.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions both the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Belfast, and the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Stornoway, were...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of shifts at maritime rescue co-ordination centres were staffed at below risk-assessed levels in 2013.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Belfast was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in December 2013.

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Liverpool was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in December 2013.

      Rescue Services: Stornoway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Stornoway was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in December 2013.

      Rolling Stock: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2013, Official Report, column 631W, on rolling stock: North West, what volume of passengers on the Bolton...

      Virgin Trains

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

  • Justice

    • Courts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases referred by either the police or the Crown Prosecution Service to either Crown court or a magistrates court in London were adjourned (a)...

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much he plans to spend on services relating to the electronic monitoring of offenders in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with police and crime commissioners about the timing of the roll-out of GPS tagging technology; and if he will make a...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to exempt all children from the proposed residence test for civil legal aid.

      Legal Profession: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an assessment of the Caisse Des Règlements Pécuniaires de Avocates (CARPA) system in operation in France and its potential...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse (a) per hour, (b) per case and (c) per year of deploying (i) a district judge and (ii) a bench...

      Magistrates' Courts: Prestatyn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish all plans to upgrade Prestatyn magistrates' court made in the last six years; and what the current status of these plans is.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prison officers have taken up the voluntary early departure scheme in each month since May 2010; (2) how much in total has been paid in...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prison officers have been made redundant in each month since May 2010; (2) how much in redundancy pay has been paid to each prison...

      Prisoners' Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on the rollout of changes to the incentives and privileges scheme in prisons.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to empower magistrates to require offender supervisors employed by community rehabilitation companies to give evidence in breach...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Magistrates' Association and the Council of HM Circuit Judges about the practicability of dividing the...

      Probation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure the competency of companies who hold Government contracts to provide probation services.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require an evidence-based psychiatric or psychological assessment with an accepted diagnostic protocol...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he holds on (a) the number and proportion of medical practitioners who authorise abortion on ground C who are qualified mental health...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2013, Official Report, column 349W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, how many meetings at ministerial level to discuss...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2013, Official Report, column 349W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, on what date the Government and Partners Alcohol...

      Beef: Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the decision was (a) taken and (b) communicated to him that charges would not be brought against people implicated in selling horsemeat as beef.

      Behavioural Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of Asperger's syndrome were treated by the NHS in each region in each of the last five years; (2) how many cases of bipolar disorder...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will distribute the Brain Tumour Charity's HeadSmart symptoms awareness cards to every clinical commissioning group.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with professional bodies on the use of vitamin D as a preventative measure against breast cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the symptoms of all cancer types to enable GPs and other healthcare providers to make earlier...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of an overspend in the Cancer Drugs Fund on cancer patients' access to medicines.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the effect of negative technology appraisals from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the demand for...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2013, Official Report, columns 248-9W, on cancer: drugs, what steps NHS England plans to take to improve the...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to increase awareness of cervical cancer symptoms and the importance of screening, especially of women aged between 25 to 29...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve cervical cancer prevention following the recently published Public Health Outcomes Framework.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on Christmas cards and postage in each year since 2010.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of c. difficile infection were treated by the NHS in each region in each of the last 24 months.

      Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on cosmetic make-up in each year since 2010.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 413W, on depressive illnesses, if he will commission research into changes in the...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new psychoactive substances have been identified by the National Poisons Information Service in each month since May 2010; and how many such...

      Food: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many food adulteration surveys on foods other than meat the Food Standards Agency has carried out since January 2013.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the potential effect on patient care of raising NHS general practice funding from 8.5 per cent to 11 per cent by 2017.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs there were in each (a) parliamentary constituency, (b) local authority and (c) region; and how many patients each such GP was responsible for...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on doctors' surgeries using 0844 numbers.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are currently employed by NHS England specifically to work on public health issues.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are currently employed by his Department specifically to work on public health issues.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2013, Official Report, column 353W, on health education, what percentage of the Change4Life budget is being spent on...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of levels of fitness of school children (a) nationally and (b) by region.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's top five children's health priorities are following the publication of the Chief Medical Officer's report, Our children deserve...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will revise the methodology for health technology assessments of interventions in children to recognise differences between adult and child health...

      HIV Infection: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide funding for the Society for General Microbiology for its microbiologists to continue their ongoing research into new treatments for...

      Horsemeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Food Standards Agency spent on (a) the sampling regime for testing for horsemeat in 2013 and (b) sampling horse carcasses for phenylbutazone...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the target waiting time is for urgent spinal surgery; how many hospitals are in breach of waiting time targets for urgent spinal surgery; and what...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of his Department's progress on implementing the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's recommendation that...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to GPs in England and Wales regarding the use of the Bexsero meningitis B vaccine.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are currently employed by his Department specifically to work on mental health issues.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure the long-term security of the neuromuscular care advisor role in the East Midlands; and if he will make a statement.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Kingston Upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the demand for neuromuscular care adviser provision and specialist physiotherapy for people with neuromuscular conditions...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to create an additional neuromuscular care advisor post for the North East region; and if he will make a statement.

      National Healthy Schools Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect on child health of the Government's decision to abolish the Healthy Schools Programme.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of school nurses in each of the next two years.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified school nurses there were in (a) Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency, (b) Birmingham and (c) England in each of the last three years.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing training places were provided in each region in the last year for which figures are available.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Public Health England's work on obesity; and what recent discussions he has had with that body on...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time staff of Public Health England are working on obesity matters.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps Public Health England has taken to disseminate information about anti-obesity programmes; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Public Health England on encouraging directors of public health to compile registers of appropriate community weight...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department spent on hospitality for visitors to Richmond House in each year since 2010.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the recommendations of the APPG for pancreatic cancer’s report, Time to Change the Story: A plan of action for pancreatic cancer.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many continuing health care funding applications were received for patients with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in each year since 2009; and how...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives NHS trusts and bodies regarding the opening hours of pharmacies, with particular regard to (a) 24 hour and (b) Sunday...

      Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on pot plants in each year since 2010.

      Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of the PFI contract at the Princess Royal Hospital Bromley.

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the Office for National Statistics on retention of statistical health outputs relating to (a)...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2013, Official Report, column 252W, on stress, what assessment he has made of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgeons are qualified to undertake L5 S1 anterior fusion surgery in (a) Merseyside, (b) the north-west and (c) the UK.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what professional coaching he and other Ministers in his Department have received in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of that coaching.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provides to ensure that individuals with TB but without recourse to public funds are provided with shelter and support for the...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislation to amend public health law to permit the detention of individuals who have infectious TB and refuse to comply with...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet patients' families before taking a decision on a meningococcal B meningitis and septicaemia vaccination programme.

  • Attorney-General

    • Contempt of Court: Social Networking

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of misuse of social media in relation to contempt of court.

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many pre-charging decisions were taken by the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) rape-flagged cases, (b) domestic violence-flagged cases and (c) cases of child abuse...

      Domestic Violence and Rape

      To ask the Attorney-General when he last met the Secretary of State for the Home Department to discuss changes in the number of domestic violence and rape cases being referred by the police to...

      Fraud: Convictions

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2013, Official Report, column 398W, on fraud: prosecutions, what assessment he has made of the likely causes of the 12 per cent...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General what further steps he will take to recover payments made to former senior staff at the Serious Fraud Office that were not properly authorised.

      Treason Felony Act 1848

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many people have been prosecuted under section 3 of the Treason Felony Act 1848 in the last 30 years; (2) how many people have been charged with an offence...

      Witnesses: Protection

      To ask the Attorney-General how many complaints about standards of witness care the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) received in each of the last five years; and what proportion of all complaints...

  • Prime Minister

    • Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last had discussions with (a) Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and (b) Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

  • Home Department

    • Armed Forces: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy that Commonwealth citizens serving in HM armed forces and their families can include within their five-year...

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department’s policy on the removal of asylum seekers permits deportation to countries assessed by the Foreign and...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the resources allocated to the Metropolitan Police is spent on tackling terrorism.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of domestic abuse were reported in England and Wales for the latest year for which figures are available; (2) how...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2013, Official Report, column 596W, on drugs: misuse, what the outcome was of the discussions on control...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were extradited (a) to and (b) from the UK under a European arrest warrant in each of the last three years; and how many such...

      Extradition: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for extradition warrants from the Republic of Ireland have been made by her Department from 2005 to date.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with (a) the Countryside Alliance and (b) the British Association of Shooting and Conservation on proposed...

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total amount her Department has paid to date to G4S for services provided in relation to the Terrorism Prevention and...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identified victims of human trafficking who did not participate in criminal proceedings were granted discretionary leave to remain...

      Human Trafficking Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates since 2010 the Interdepartmental Ministerial Group on human trafficking has met.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the role of (a) existing and (b) new airport infrastructure in combating illegal immigration by reducing the...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff have been employed by her Department and its agencies for the purposes of immigration enforcement in each year since 2008.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of Romanians and Bulgarians who have entered the UK since 1 January 2014.

      Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 394-5W, on Interpol, what estimate she has made of the amount of police...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Secretary of State for Transport dated 19 November 2013 from the right hon. Member for...

      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 16 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ather...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letters to her dated 20 November and 10 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton,...

      Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to her ministerial correction of 6 November 2013, Official Report, column 2MC, on Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, whether the authorities...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements exist for the deportation of prisoners to Ukraine.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of full IT costs within the budget of Police and Crime Commissioners is being recovered from their budgets.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of IT services provided to Police and Crime Commissioners is; and what level of public subsidy is applied to such services.

      Work Permits: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK work permits have been (a) issued and (b) refused since May 2010 to (a) Bulgarian and (b) Romanian nationals.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces widows who receive a pension through the Armed Forces Scheme 1975 have voluntarily surrendered their pensions on remarriage or...

    • Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the uncommitted budget for land vehicles in the Defence Equipment Plan 2012 was spent on incorporating the 2,000 land vehicles...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made towards Army 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on re-basing; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the risk of Burmese army soldiers who receive training from the UK using the skills and experience gained to...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to deter threats overseas to UK interests.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on defence engagement; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the professional competence of CH2M Hill and Bechtel; and what experience those companies have in defence procurement.

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made on the formation of a combined joint expeditionary force with the French; and if he will make a statement.

      Gosport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology last visited Gosport; and when he next plans to visit; (2) when the Minister for...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of small and medium-sized enterprises recommended by the Network Technical Authority for the G-cloud route to market have been granted...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the flight time and combat range is for a fully armed F35B.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the F35B will be refuelled from the air when carrier-based and operating away from UK shore; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the fourth Joint Strike Fighter will be delivered.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the four F-35 Joint Strike Fighters purchased thus far will form a part of the 48 ordered to date.

      Military Bases: Aldershot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the value of the regimental site in Aldershot.

      Ministry of Defence Guard Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what methodology his Department uses to calculate savings to the public purse from removing the MOD Guard Service personnel from some military sites.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's agenda is for NATO reform; and if he will make a statement.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's plans are for continuing anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia and in the Indian Ocean.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises can bid for procurement contracts without being subcontractors for...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants and (b) agency staff in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii) 2012-13; and what estimate he has made...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at what level the Government plans to set the pensions price cap.

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the extent to which the benefit cap has helped people return to work.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of new applications for attendance allowance were made online in (a) England, (b) Cumbria and (c) Barrow and...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the refusal in the Court of Appeal on appeal from the upper tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) on 23 October 2013, of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mandatory reconsiderations of employment and support allowance (ESA) have been carried out since the introduction of such...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber

      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...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people declared fit for work in the last year died in the following three months.

      Employment: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provisions are in place to support the parents of disabled children in finding access to work.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment his Department has made of figures recently released by the Trussell Trust on the use of food banks in the UK; (2)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects his Department to announce its discretionary housing payment allocations for 2014-15.

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in private rented accommodation currently claim housing support (a) below the maximum they would be entitled to according...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the cost to his Department is of appeals against the under-occupancy penalty based on Schedule 3 to the Housing Benefit and Council...

      Jobcentre Plus: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the wage rates were of casual labour posts advertised by Jobcentre Plus for (a) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (b) Amazon and...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of new applications for jobseeker's allowance were made online in (a) England, (b) Cumbria and (c) Barrow and...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber

      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...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued to foreign nationals from each country of birth in 2013.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with local authority associations in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland with respect to...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of increased national insurance contributions as a result of the Single Tier Pension for local...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been loaned to benefits claimants as short-term benefit advances in each month since April 2013; and how much was loaned under the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the target timeframe is for processing applications for (a) disability living allowance and (b) employment and support allowance; and...

      Social Security Benefits: Yorkshire and the Humber

      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...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he expects to spend on external consultants and temporary staff to deliver the Universal Credit programme in 2013-14.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest date is by which his plans for the delivery of universal credit will get approval from (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Major...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has excluded existing IT suppliers involved in the universal credit process from tendering for the digital solution part of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to complete the tender process for the development and implementation of the digital solution part of the Universal Credit IT...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many IT specialists in his Department are working on the development of the digital solution for the universal credit IT system.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials from the Government Digital Service remain working on the digital solution for the universal credit IT system.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on the timetable for the development of the digital solution for the universal credit IT system of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has he made on the number of IT specialists his Department will need to recruit to (a) continue and (b) complete the digital...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13, HC20, whether the estimate of £32 million for the development of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of universal credit moved into work in 2013.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what basis the French départements d'outre mer of French Guyana, Martinique, Reunion and Guadaloupe are included as part of mainland...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the performance targets contained in his Department's contract with Atos Healthcare for delivering...

  • House of Lords

    • Civil Service: Code of Conduct

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ask the head of the Civil Service to report on whether the preparation and publication of Scotland's Future by Scottish civil servants...

    • Further Education: Ofsted Report

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the 2012–13 Ofsted Report on Further Education and Skills, what steps they are taking to ensure that further education institutions...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 17 December 2013 relating to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (WA 180–1), what key...

      Isles of Scilly

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the private sector operator of search and rescue helicopter services will (1) continue to provide cover for medical emergency evacuations from the...

      State Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what is the status of state aid applications, (2) when full authority to start construction will be given, and, (3) what is the amount and funding source...

      Transport: Buses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 17 December 2013 (WA 196), whether they intend to discuss with Traffic Commissioners their power to hold...

      Transport: Buses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 17 December 2013 (WA 196–7), on what basis they decided not to review the existing system of...

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