Written answers

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote research into carbon-neutral aviation technology.

    • Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will publish details of all funds allocated by his Department and its associated agencies to (a) Reading Borough Council and (b) West...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will amend the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000 to include audio visual announcements.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will create a fund specifically for audio visual technology on buses.

      Bus Services: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the accessibility of buses for blind and partially sighted people.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure the design of the proposed HS2 route within the designated landscape of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the Christmas period on the ability of those affected to respond to the High Speed 2 Environmental...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what method those wishing to petition the High Speed 2 hybrid Bill must raise points in response to the environmental statement consultation.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that those affected by High Speed 2 have enough information to respond to the environmental statement consultation.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the information contained in the High Speed 2 Environmental Statement; and what assessment he has made...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a trial of the new managed motorway all lanes running design standard will be conducted before implementation of these schemes.

      Rapid Transit Systems: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what his Department's policy is on a Tees Valley light rail system; and if he will make a statement; (2) what feasibility studies have been...

      Transport: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to discuss a contingency on awarding building contracts to Chinese companies in discussions on Chinese financing of a transport link...

  • Home Department

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by (a) Avon and Somerset Police and (b) Gloucestershire Police on policing the trial badger cull in 2013.

    • Domestic Violence: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many homicide reviews have been carried out in England and Wales in each of the last three years; and in how many such cases was...

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the performance of G4S in delivering monitoring services of people subject to a Terrorism Prevention and...

      Immigration Controls: Channel Tunnel Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she anticipates that agreement will be reached between her Department, Eurostar and the authorities in Belgium and France to resolve...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Government is taking to promote public confidence in the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and if she will make a...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations conducted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission have resulted in criminal prosecutions in each of the last...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on permitting foreign intelligence agencies to unminimise UK citizens' communications data.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on police (a) workloads and (b) morale and wellbeing of recent reductions in police numbers; and...

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department collects on response times to 999 emergency calls in each police force area in England; and what the response...

      Police: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of exhaustion and stress-related illnesses experienced by police officers in England and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what weighting her Department's procurement procedures give to (a) the location of a company and its workforce, (b) the extent to which a...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what value of contracts procured by her Department in the last five years was carried out below EU thresholds.

      Stop and Search: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures she is taking to address concerns in the African/Caribbean community about the use of stop and search; and if she will make a...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meeting of 26 September 2013 between the former Director of Public Prosecutions and representatives of the Home...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how much of the (a) £14 million underspend identified in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) annual report 2012-13 and (b) £12 million underspend identified...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will seek assurances from the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) that the time that has elapsed since Ministers requested that the SFO investigate G4S...

      Freezing Orders

      To ask the Attorney-General how many asset restraining orders the Crown Prosecution Service has applied for in each of the last five years.

      Legal Profession: Industrial Action

      To ask the Attorney-General how many Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions were delayed due to the 6 January 2014 walk out by solicitors and barristers.

      Taxation: Fraud

      To ask the Attorney-General for each of the past three calendar years, how many confiscation orders imposed in relation to CPS tax fraud prosecutions were for (a) £0-£1,000, (b)...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission has commissioned on the reasons for public...

    • Electorate

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will place in the Library a copy of all (a)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been raised in each local authority area and in total through the Community Infrastructure Levy (d106) in (a)...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken is for a large housing scheme to go through a local council's planning system.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to support communities who wish to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish details of all funds allocated by his Department and its associated agencies to (a) Reading Borough...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department will ensure the independent assessment of the (a) humaneness, (b) safety and (c) effectiveness of the two...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion of 9 January 2014, on badger culls, if he will make it...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff are currently employed in the Environment Agency's offices in (a) York, (b) Leeds, (c)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value was of habitat created by the Environment Agency's Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management work in each year...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much partnership funding will be spent between 2011 and 2015; and what proportion of such funding is not from the public...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the cost of restoring coastal defences to their integrity before December 2013.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff from the biodiversity and waste management teams of the Environment Agency were funded...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many non-flood and coastal erosion risk management staff at the Environment Agency have been redeployed for emergency...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management projects were worked on by non-Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management...

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial counterparts on increasing the purchase of British food by public bodies.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to assist the UK farming sector to introduce GM crops.

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish an individual response to each submission to his Department’s final consultation on the National...

      Internal Drainage Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial assistance he plans to make available to drainage boards whose assets were damaged following the recent tidal...

      Scottish Wildcat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Countryside Alliance, (b) the British Association of Shooting and Conservation and...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individuals employed by (a) major UK utility companies, (b) Energy UK and (c) any related energy utility...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to improve morale among his Department’s staff.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department will make an estimate of the proportion of households still paying for water by rateable value.

      Water Voles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to maintain water vole numbers and protect their habitat.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what scientific research his Department (a) holds or (b) has commissioned on the potential effects on marine life of (i)...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Occupational Health

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what funding was allocated to the well-being budget for staff of the House in each...

  • Justice

    • Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to provide safeguards against a person appointed as a deputy by the Court of Protection failing to use compensation...

    • Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints have been received about the court interpreter contract in each month of its operation.

      Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission a review of the effects of the provisions in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on referrals to...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many non-molestation orders were issued in respect of domestic abuse in England and Wales in the latest year for which figures are available;...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will support the implementation of Eve's Law in respect of the protection of victims of domestic violence.

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ethnic background was of those (a) alleged to have committed, (b) charged with and (c) convicted of electoral fraud offences relating to (i)...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female victims of trafficking for labour exploitation accessed Government-supported services provided through the Salvation...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the nationality and gender was of each suspected victim of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme operated by the Salvation...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 are (a) men and (b) women.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding for victims support would be received by each police and crime commissioner if funding were to be allocated on a basis of population;...

      Witnesses: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the adequacy of legal protections afforded to witnesses in criminal cases; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to enable holders of basic bank accounts to switch providers.

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress he has made on banking reform; and if he will make a statement.

      Business: Capital Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) level and (b) value of business capital investment in the UK in each of the last three years; (2) what the value...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated total contribution the UK will make to the EU in each of the next five years.

      National Insurance Contributions: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exempt employers from national insurance contributions in respect of reservists they employ.

      Payment Systems Regulator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the relationship will be between the payment systems regulator and the Bank of England; and if he will make a statement.

      Payment Systems Regulator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the relationship will be between the payment systems regulator and the Competition and Markets Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Payment Systems Regulator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the payment systems regulator will examine the creation of a common-low-cost platform for challenger banks to access the payment system following...

      Payment Systems Regulator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consideration he has given to rolling the scheme companies into a single payment scheme following the establishment of the payment systems...

      Payment Systems Regulator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to ensure that work on (a) account number portability, (b) developing a low-cost platform to support access by challenger banks to...

      Payment Systems Regulator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what enforcement powers the payment systems regulator will be able to use when it becomes operational in 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Payment Systems Regulator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider establishing a shadow payment systems regulator during the period before the payment systems regulator becomes fully operational in...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the effect of fining Royal Bank of Scotland for breaching sanctions against Iran on the Government's assessment of the efficacy of (a) UK...

      Taxation: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the recent change in forecasted revenue accruing to the Treasury from the UK-Swiss tax evasion agreement.

      Taxation: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility on the recovery of UK tax liabilities from assets held in...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) duration of calls made on (i) higher rate and (ii) 0845 telephone numbers to HM Revenue and Customs for...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the current appointments of all British forces personnel to foreign armed forces and Governments by rank and task.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 50W, on armed forces: deployment, whether any UK officers are on exchange with the US...

      Army: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (a) when he expects the Capability Directorate to report to him and (b) on what subjects.

      D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings; and what funding his Department is making available to support such an event;...

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the A400M aircraft's (a) radar signature, (b) ability to penetrate hostile airspace at low level and (c) ability to land...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on legal advice, representation and support in third party claims brought against the Department under the Human Rights...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects the Military Airworthiness Authority to give the first RC-135 Airseeker its release to service; (2) what additional cost to the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional information was requested from (a) the USAF and (b) Boeing by QinetiQ in order to meet the Military Airworthiness Authority standards to...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the RC-135 Airseeker is equipped with single skin fuel lines.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of military aviation collaboration projects (a) in the EU, (b) with non-EU countries, excluding the US and (c) with...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 455, on international supply chains, which maritime security combined task forces are...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what the £1.8 billion underspend from his Department's 2012-13 budget has been spent on; and if he will make a statement.

      Puma Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of the Life Extension programme for the Puma helicopter; and how much of that work takes place in Brasov.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what overseas training is planned for reserve forces in 2014; and where that training will take place.

  • Education

    • Al-Madinah School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 80W, on Al-Madinah school, for what reasons he deems it inappropriate to publish the...

    • Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on extending the provision of foster care up to the age of 21 for looked-after children in local authority care.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, columns 19-20, if he will publish a list of the free schools approved by Ministers which...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his decision of 10 December 2013 to reduce funding for 18-year-olds in full-time education...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons his Department did not carry out an impact assessment before announcing a reduction in funding for 18-year-olds in full-time education...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the contribution by the Minister for Skills and Enterprise on 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 19, when the impact assessment...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if his Department will publish any correspondence from Kings Science Academy Bradford on the identity of its chair of governors since 1 October 2011.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 98W, on Kings Science Academy, what his Department's policy is on the keeping of...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 98W, on Kings Science Academy, if he will publish all emails sent by his Department...

      Schools: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish details of all funds allocated by his Department and associated agencies directly to schools located within (a) west Berkshire and...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions has he had with local authority leaders on the effects of rising costs of school transportation.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many sixth form college corporations have been dissolved in the last 10 years; and in each case for what reason the corporation was dissolved.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many special educational needs students attained five or more A* to C grades at GCSE or equivalent, including English and Mathematics in each of...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to support schools which wish to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

  • International Development

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what the reasons are for the Church Commissioners' decision to purchase alternative accommodation for the Bishop...

    • Churches: Rural Areas

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate the Church Commissioners have made of the proportion of the Church Estate which is in rural areas;...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the cyber threats posed to the UK.

    • Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total expenditure was by Government Departments in 2013 on refurbishments of each Department's premises; and what sustainability criteria are...

      Government Departments: Personnel Management

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the benchmark is for human resources costs per employee in central Government Departments.

      Government Digital Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment he has made of the implications of the withdrawal of the Government Digital Service team for the timing of the development of the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of application downloads to mobile telephones which are insecure; and what steps he is taking to reduce that...

      National Income

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the estimates of GDP calculated on the separate bases of production, income and expenditure were for each quarter in the years 2007-08 to 2012-13...

      Public Sector: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 786W, on public sector: fraud, when the pilots referred to will finish; how their...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged 24 and under in (a) total and (b) each Government office region have been unemployed for over a year in each of the last 20 years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding was allocated by his Department and its associated agencies to (a) Reading borough council and (b) West Berkshire...

    • Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many objections were received by the Registrar of Companies to companies being struck from the Register in each of the years...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of the companies struck from the Register of Companies in each of the years ending 31 March from 2007 to 2013 were...

      Company Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the Kagalovsky and Wilcox v Balmore Invest and others [2013] EWHC 3876 (QB) case of...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the publication, Driving success—a strategy for growth and sustainability in the UK automotive sector,...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individuals employed by (a) major UK utility companies, (b) Energy UK and (c) any related energy utility organisation...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of his Department's Britain is Great advertising campaign; and what assessment he has made...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Prime Minister's contribution on 20 November 2013, Official Report, column 1224, if he will place the terms...

      Urenco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on external consultants to advise on the proposed sale of the Government's stake in Urenco.

      Urenco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the economic consequences of selling the Government's stake in Urenco.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Action Point 12 of the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, how many...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Action Point 13 of the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, how much...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Action Point 19 of the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, what progress...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Action Point 21 of the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, what progress...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to Action Point 11 of the Government's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published in August 2013, whether the (a)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Cuadrilla Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish all correspondence between his Department and Cuadrilla over the last 12 months.

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to increase the safety margin of electricity supply above peak demand.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average cost of generating 1 MWH of electricity by (a) offshore wind, (b) onshore wind, (c) gas, (d)...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of fuel poor households in England are pre-payment customers.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (a) how many and (b) what proportion of fuel poor households in England were pre-payment customers in each year since 2007.

      Green Deal Scheme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Green Deal assessments have been carried out in (a) the North East and (b) Northumberland in the last 12 months.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the adequacy and effectiveness of emergency evacuation plans following the release of significant levels...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to assess the credibility and value for money of technologies available for re-use of plutonium in...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with energy companies on ensuring that electricity supplies are not disrupted to the extent that they were...

      Power Failures: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will require companies generating electricity to provide details of their customers to power distribution companies to assist in...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what weighting his Department's procurement procedures give to (a) the location of a company and its workforce, (b) the extent to which...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what value of contracts procured by his Department in the last five years was carried out below EU thresholds.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of his Department's contracts have been let to companies with (a) one to five, (b) six to 49, (c) 50 to 250 and (d)...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion and value of his Department's contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open procedure,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Annuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training on annuities and alternatives to annuities is provided to staff at the Pensions Advisory Service.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, column 120W, on employment and support allowance (ESA), from what date reinstated...

      Employment: Young People

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

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of low-cost funeral payments in the transfer of the social fund budgeting and crisis loans...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the publication of Housing Benefit bulletin U1/2014: removal of the spare room subsidy on 9 January 2014, what assessment he...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the publication of Housing Benefit bulletin U1/2014: removal of the spare room subsidy on 9 January 2014, what steps he will...

      Jobcentre Plus: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) adults and (b) young people have been helped to find employment by Chelmsford Jobcentre Plus in each of the last three years.

      Personal Independence Payment: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex have received personal independence payment since April 2013.

      Personal Independence Payment: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal independence payment applications from terminally ill people in north Staffordshire (a) are currently being processed, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued by his Department to decision makers on the awarding of short-term benefit advances.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2014, Official Report, column 240W, on jobseeker's allowance, how many short-term benefit advances were...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from where the Enquiry Service had planned to operate; and which properties are no longer to be used for the development of this project.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the effect on projected levels of disposable income of households with at least one adult in work who are (a)...

      Universal Credit: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people claiming universal credit in (a) Essex and (b) Chelmsford constituency in April 2014.

      Work Programme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Work programme in supporting those in long-term unemployment in (a) Essex and (b)...

      Work Programme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Work programme in supporting long-term unemployed people in (a) the north-east and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the economic and industrial effect of the current instability in Bangladesh.

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the legitimacy of the recent elections in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings his Department has held with the Indian Government on their assessment of the elections in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure freedom of movement of opposition leaders in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to facilitate dialogue between opposing political parties in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the decision not to send UK election observers to monitor the Bangladeshi elections; and what his...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings the British high commissioner in Bangladesh has had with the Bangladeshi Government to encourage the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the effect that Gibraltar border delays have had on tourism and visitor numbers to...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on plans by the Government of Gibraltar to establish a state-owned bank in that territory.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the local economy of the proposed 15 per cent duty on bookmakers' online...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the Government have made on incorporating Gibraltar into EU aviation legislation.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect that gathering of information on the Gibraltar border situation by the Government, in...

      Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met his Greek counterpart.

      Gulf States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what British policy in the Gulf is; and if he will make a statement.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the acquisition of Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles from the Government of Syria...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the supply by Syria of Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship cruise...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart on the proposed agreement with Iran on nuclear energy.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures taken by the international community to improve confidence...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities over the arrest and detention of Sireen Khudiri.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he raised the issues of (a) the Israeli Government’s approval of new housing units at the illegal settlements of...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to support an application for Palestinian membership of the International Olive Council.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Israel to end the blockade on Gaza; if he will work with other EU countries...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role played by Russia in attempts to find a non-violent solution to the conflict in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote the protection and enhancement of civil society organisations in Syria.

      Syria

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

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals for UK and allied military intervention in Syria in 2013 on relations...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the causes of radicalisation and sectarianisation in Syria.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the British agenda is for reform of the UN; and if he will make a statement.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European and other international counterparts on the commemoration of the centenary of the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what budget has been provided for a national advertising campaign to alert the public to the new system of individual electoral registration.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for introducing online electoral registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what provision has been made for local authorities to register people through local databases.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what training electoral registration officers have received in preparation for the implementation of individual electoral registration.

  • Health

    • Health/Social Care Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the integration of health services with social care services.

    • Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle dementia.

      Demographic Changes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of demographic changes on the NHS.

      Out-of-Hospital Care: Elderly People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in improving out-of-hospital care for frail elderly people.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the incidence of tuberculosis in the UK.

      Care Costs: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase public awareness of measures to protect older people from the cost of care.

      Arthritis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of prescribing (a) tocilizumab and (b) other drugs for treatment of juvenile arthritis in each of the...

      Cancer: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the NHS on drugs for cancer treatment in Bolton North East constituency in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Deloitte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 138W, on Deloitte, (1) whether the correspondence from Peter Coates to Mike Turley of...

      Dental Services: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of people in Bolton who have access to an NHS dentist; and what steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient...

      Eyes: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had on the potential use of proton beam therapy for treatment of eye cancer in the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the per capita expenditure and size of each general practice in Hampshire was in each of the last four years.

      Hospitals: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings his Department has had with representatives from the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust on financing for new hospital...

      Hospitals: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2013, Official Report, column 245W, on hospitals: staff, what his policy is on cases where hospitals operate below...

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the draft Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation minutes of 2 October 2013, which organisation or individual advised the Joint...

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, following the publication of the draft Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation minutes of 2 October 2013, what the scope is of (a) the Joint...

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases there were of (a) meningitis C in 1998 and (b) meningitis B in 2012.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans the NHS has to record the ethnicity of patients who die while detained in mental health units; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

      Nervous System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of disinvestment in spinal surgery by NHS trusts on neighbouring hospitals; (2) what assessment he has...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it a criminal offence to suspend NHS staff for raising clinical concerns.

      NHS: Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) women and (b) men employed by the NHS in Bolton North East constituency receive wages at the national minimum rate.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure compassionate care in the NHS.

      Portman Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the dates, agendas and minutes of any meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have had with representatives of the...

      Respiratory System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons respiratory health is not represented as a responsibility of any Minister in his Department in the List of Ministerial Responsibilities...

      Slaughterhouses: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which UK establishments are (a) licensed to slaughter horses and (b) currently slaughter horses.

      Slaughterhouses: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many horses were slaughtered in each licensed establishment in the UK in 2013.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on limiting the amount of sugar in food and drink.

      Surgical Dressings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that wound dressings should be provided free of charge for patients in post-operative care who have been discharged from...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role his Department's analytical team plays in vaccine evaluations relating to cost-effectiveness which are undertaken by the Joint Committee on...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of lives saved following the introduction of the (a) maternal pertussis programme and (b) recent measles vaccination programme.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to prevent an outbreak of meningococcal B meningitis and septicaemia in universities in the UK in the light of the...

  • House of Lords

    • Arts: Festivals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they provide to book festivals.

    • Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Freud on 16 December 2013 (HL Deb, col 1022), whether the review of the operation of the sanctions system for...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Freud on 25 January 2012 (HL Deb, col 1061) that decision-making processes relating to civil penalties and the recovery of...

      Coram Foundation and Foundling Museum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 17 December 2013 (WA 177), whether they have specified guidelines in respect of the final...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to ensure that those who get their electricity through key meters do not have to pay more than those who pay by direct debit.

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 December relating to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (WA 179-80), whether any...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 December relating to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (WA 179–80), what key...

      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), whether any...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 December 2013 relating to the Government Equalities Office (WA 181), whether any performance...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 December 2013 relating to the Government Equalities Office (WA 181), what key performance...

      Houses of Parliament: Correspondence

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in 2013; and, of those, what proportion was received in the House of Lords.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help those aged under 25 who have lost housing benefits.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify who has the overall responsibility for asbestos policy for schools in Wales. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whose...

      Unemployment: Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help public sector employees who have lost their jobs in recent budget cuts.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their current working assumptions about the number and proportion of universal credit claimants who are likely to require personal budgeting support.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the case of joint claimants of universal credit, both members of a couple will need to demonstrate any of the listed factors in order to qualify...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce an agreement with the providers of budgeting or “jam jar” accounts in relation to universal credit claimants.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in cases where a split payment of universal credit has been made because of domestic violence on what grounds a decision on whether or not to continue that...

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