Written answers

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

  • Transport

    • Dual Carriageways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons fencing which obscures drivers' vision is being erected near traffic islands on the central reservation of dual carriageways.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish an updated version of the KPMG report on HS2 regional economic impacts, addressing the question of whether there will be slower...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the cost-benefit calculations for High Speed 2 will continue to assume a reduction in the cost of operating the classic rail network after the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish an updated version of the KPMG report on High Speed Rail 2 Regional Economic Impacts to include the disbenefits identified by KPMG...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether stopping services on the West Coast Main Line will be reduced following the completion of the HS2 route; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of line closures on the classic rail network as a result of the construction of HS2; and if he will make a...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further plans he has for public consultation on the use of the Washwood Heath site by High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of closures on the road network as a result of the construction of High Speed 2; and if he will...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from (a) the China Railway Group, (b) Birmingham City Council and (c) Birmingham Airport on investment in...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether passport control services will operate in Manchester and Leeds under current plans for High Speed 2; (2) whether passengers from...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress he has made on the acquisition of additional rolling stock for the Northern Rail franchise.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the previous three financial years was (a) spent on joint procurement...

      Railways: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that the Cumbrian Coast railway line is protected from severe storm damage; (2) what steps he is taking to...

      Railways: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Network Rail delay minutes have been caused by adverse weather in Cumbria in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) passenger and (b) freight or non-passenger trains have been cancelled on the Network Rail London North Western route owing to adverse...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of any impact the implementation of the under-occupancy penalty in social housing has had on...

    • Local Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local plans his Department had ordered to be withdrawn to be redrafted on 1 January 2014.

      Social Rented Housing: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of trends in rent arrears in social housing in (a) Essex and (b) Chelmsford constituency.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice she provides to police forces about action to be taken against individual or groups who threaten or take action against those...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many project licences have been approved for scientific procedures that include procedures on (a) cats and (b) dogs in each of the last...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional funding she is providing to (a) Avon and Somerset police and (b) Gloucestershire police to meet the costs of policing the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours of overtime were worked by police officers policing the pilot badger cull in (a) Somerset and (b) Gloucestershire.

      Catalytic Converters: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the number of thefts of catalytic converters in (a) 2013, (b) 2012 and (c) 2011.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many properties in each police force area possess panic rooms for use by people experiencing domestic violence.

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts her Department has awarded to G4S since 1 January 2013.

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Minister of State for Crime Prevention has met with (a) chief constables and (b) police and crime commissioners to discuss...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion and value of her Department's contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open procedure, (c) via...

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts her Department has awarded to Serco since 1 January 2013.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment she has made of the work of the Parades Commission.

    • Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland on the security situation in Northern Ireland.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Educational Visits

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how many school parties visited Parliament from each of the (a) English regions and...

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2013, Official Report, column 226W, on pay, if...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps he has taken to maintain the close working relationship between the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in light of the closures of CPS offices.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Attorney-General how many (a) investigations, (b) prosecutions and (c) civil settlements were undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office in 2013 and each of the five previous calendar...

      Fraud

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions the Director of the Serious Fraud Office has had with the Treasury about top-up funding for major investigations; and what the outcome of those...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of households in England use token prepayment meters.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral statement of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 631, on energy bills, what recent discussions he has had...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the European Commission's ongoing investigation into the proposed nuclear plant at Hinkley Point; and if...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what work has been undertaken as part of the National Strategic Planning review of emergency planning in the evacuation of populations...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the previous three financial years was (a) spent on joint...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how much tidal generation capacity was installed in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013; (2) how much offshore wind generation capacity was...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to Annex A of his Department's Main Estimate 2013-14 entitled Detailed breakdown of Part II table changes from 2012-13,...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to Annex A of his Department's Main Estimate 2013-14 entitled Detailed breakdown of Part II table changes from 2012-13,...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to encourage the EU to further integrate gender equality into its development programmes.

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of her Department's overall procurement spend for each of the previous three financial years was (a) spent on joint...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on procedures for scrutinising and enforcing Colombian compliance...

    • Ecuador

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received regarding damage caused by US oil company Chevron-Texaco in Ecuador.

      Ecuador

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has discussed the issue of environmental and social damage caused by Chevron-Texaco in Ecuador with his...

      European Citizen Action Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent correspondence his Department has had with the European Citizens Action Service.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Battle of Waterloo: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals she is considering for the formal commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that the police support the Football Association in its efforts to tackle conduct offences amongst...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of her Department's contracts have been let to companies with (a) one to five, (b) six to 49, (c) 50 to 250 and (d) more...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion and value of her Department's contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open procedure, (c)...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

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

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to rescind the ruling that widows in receipt of an armed forces pension are no longer entitled to receive it should they...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have been made compulsorily redundant within three months of qualifying for a full military pension in the last five...

      Army: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers were recruited from the North West in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Army: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average transport cost of soldiers returning for a home visit was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of the repair contract given to Marshall Aviation for the damage the five C130J Hercules suffered in the hail storm in...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the total cost of Operation Weatherman; and which aircraft were involved.

      Military Bases: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he plans to move any regimental bases to the North West; (2) if he will make an assessment of the savings of relocating regiments to the...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which countries British soldiers are engaged in peace-keeping missions; and what the total cost to the public purse has been of each deployment of UK...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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) more than 250 staff.

      Procurement

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

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have joined the Territorial Army in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in each of the last five years.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2013, Official Report, column 255W, on Afghanistan, what the number, squadron and rank is of each US Air Force...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2013, Official Report, column 256W, on armed forces: deployment, what the Urgent Operational Requirement is for the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what current joint activities of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Programme are carried out under the Technical Co-operation Programme.

  • Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the oral answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 14, on childcare costs, if he will give further details of how the figure of...

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint procurement exercises...

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2013, Official Report, column 635, what recent discussions he has had on the provision of defibrillators in schools.

      Secondary Education: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve transition from primary to secondary school by pupils in Hartlepool constituency; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason his note of 6 December 2013 on implementing the Military Covenant did not include reference to any activity related to the Ministry of...

    • Industry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the share of (a) manufacturing, (b) financial and (c) non-financial services as a proportion of the total UK economy was in each year since 2009.

      Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the rate of unemployment among young men of (a) Afro-Caribbean, (b) Bangladeshi and Pakistani, (c) other Asian and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what savings he expects to realise as a result of the implementation of the under-occupancy penalty in each year to 2015-16.

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much expenditure his Department has allocated to discretionary housing payments for tenants in the social housing sector in each year to...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total amount of housing benefit wrongly withheld from people under the removal of the spare room subsidy whose...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that people who have lost housing benefit under the removal of the spare room subsidy but should not...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have lost housing benefit under the removal of the spare room subsidy but should not have...

      Jobcentre Plus: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time vacancies were advertised in Jobcentre Plus in Torbay local authority area in each quarter in each of...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint procurement...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the effect on the projected employment rate of female workers (a) with children and (b) without children of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the impact of the freezing of the work allowance within universal credit in each of the next three financial...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many software developers his Department is currently seeking to recruit for its digital service in order to build the universal credit end...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to his Department of the Work Programme has been from June 2011 to date.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of the Work Programme payments for (a) attachment, (b) job outcomes and (c) job sustainment has been from June 2011 to date.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of savings in out-of-work benefits through the intervention of the Work Programme to date; (2) what estimate...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many referrals to the Work Programme there were from June 2011 to September 2013; and what the job outcomes are for people classed as (a)...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with the North West Ambulance Service about the effective prioritisation of emergency calls.

    • Clinical Commissioning Groups: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding per head of population has been allocated to the Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group for 2013-14.

      General Practitioners: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs have retired in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from NHS England on bed shortages over the winter period.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which legal firms his Department instructed in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and what the cost to the public purse was of those instructions.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason it was decided not to include an opt-out form in the ‘Better information means better care’ leaflet.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he will take to ensure that patient data made available by the care.data programme is not used for private profit; (2) whether...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on providing compensation to people whose medical confidentiality has been breached by (a) the care.data programme and (b)...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total estimated cost is of (a) the IT systems for the care.data programme and (b) the public awareness campaign for care.data.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of hours of GPs' time that will be spent talking to patients about care.data in 2014; what the total cost of such...

      NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 146W, on NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, what the (a) name was of each...

      NHS: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 148W, on NHS: management consultants, where records and details of consultancy contracts...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital appointments have been cancelled in the last five years.

      Peters & Peters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 149W, on Peters & Peters, in which specific cases Peters & Peters were...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint procurement exercises with...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he proposes to take in light of the recent vote on draft EU legislation on basic bank accounts; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

    • Bank Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people from EU countries outside of the UK who have opened basic bank accounts in the UK.

      Child Tax Credit: Essex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new applications for child tax credits were made in (a) Essex and (b) Chelmsford constituency in the last 12 months.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of current levels of household debt.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the practice of mortgage lenders declining mortgage applications from people who in the previous six years had taken out a...

      Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many secondees from (a) trades unions and (b) the voluntary sector have worked in his Department since 2010.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Stafford and (b) the UK were claiming each of the major in-work benefits in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost of such...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of tax relief on (a) pension contributions on the overall level of contributions and (b) income and capital...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the number of limited companies trading that were neither VAT-registered nor had a PAYE scheme in each year...

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if she will bring forward legislative proposals to decrease the tax on bingo to bring it in line with taxation rates applying to other gambling industries.

      Taxation: Electronic Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to ensure that online purchases are taxed at the appropriate rate.

      UK Power Networks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs is investigating the off-shoring to the Cayman Islands of profits by UK Power Networks.

  • Justice

    • Administration of Justice Act 1982

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring into effect sections 23-25 of the Administration of Justice Act 1982.

    • Churches: Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2013, Official Report, columns 949-50W, on chancel liability, what recent assessment he has made of the effects of...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend credit protection as found in section 54 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974...

    • Easter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will now bring into force the provisions contained in the Easter Act 1928.

      Lord Heseltine Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made in implementing the recommendations accepted in its response to the Heseltine Review,...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which Government Departments have not yet met their commitments to reduce overall regulation under the one-in, two-out principle.

      TNT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the agreement between PostNL and LDC to extend TNT's end-to-end...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, columns 478-9W, on flood control, and his oral answer to the hon....

    • Flood Control: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will fund a western conveyance channel aimed at cutting flooding risk in Oxford.

      Flood Control: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of a western conveyance channel on flood prevention in Oxford.

      Flood Control: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce flood risk in Oxford.

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what weight is given to flood risks by the Environment Agency when responding to consultations on planning applications for...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 157W, on Gangmasters Licensing Authority, what the number...

      Water: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the cost of implementing the Water Framework Directive in England; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Aviation: UK Operations Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the financial value of United Kingdom aeroplane companies’ operations abroad.

    • Bullying: Cyber and Racist Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported rise in cyber and racist bullying, particularly among young people; and what plans they have to address this issue.

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are giving to United Kingdom charities about their communications being monitored by GCHQ.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made on whether members of the Committee on Climate Change have or have had financial interests which may conflict with their...

      DVLA: Medical Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 11 December 2013 (WA 116), how many (1) full-time, and (2) part-time, doctors are employed by the Driver...

      Employment: Training and Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to secure the future of Finchale Training College in Durham following the expiry of its contract with the Department for Work and...

      Energy Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they undertook an assessment of the impact of introducing technology banding to the allocation of Final Investment Decision Enabling Investment...

      Energy: Biodiesel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop the use of biodiesel made from waste food products.

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government at what point the decision was taken to introduce technology banding into early Contracts for Difference in the electricity market; and whether stakeholders...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the decision to limit the number of early Contracts for Difference in the electricity market awarded to biomass conversion projects will have on...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often electric power cables to houses are inspected and renovated; and what advice they give to householders where cables are not functioning and there...

      Energy: Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in their review of fracking, they predicted and costed the requirements both of clean water and of cleaning the water discharged by the process, and...

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 16 December 2013 (WA 152), whether they will now answer the question which was asked.

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to evacuate populations from (1) within the three-mile designated emergency planning zone, and (2) the wider thirty-mile zone,...

      Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to ensure that the collective knowledge and experience of Regional Advisory Committee staff is being retained within the new...

      Government Departments: Administrative Costs and Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the administrative costs, including salaries, of the private offices of each Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for the...

      Housing: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider extending discretionary housing payments to the rural areas with the smallest numbers of one bedroom properties, in addition to...

      Housing: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will report on the use of discretionary housing payments in the 21 least densely populated rural districts of the United Kingdom, as announced by...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received relating to Israel’s investigation of the killing of Wajih al Ramahi in Jalazone refugee camp.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom security services have been consulted by Shin Bet about named parliamentarians associated with the Council for European...

      Public Documents: Retention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, in respect of public documents for which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is responsible, to meet their commitment to reduce...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many academy-sponsored schools there are in (1) England, and (2) Wales and what proportion of such schools have been established by (a) individual...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that the asbestos awareness guidance for schools, issued by the Department for Education, be adopted in Wales.

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that free schools are established in areas in need of school places; and whether any of the funding for additional school places has...

      Schools: Ofsted Report

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the 2012–13 Ofsted Report on schools, what steps they are taking to ensure that schools address the criticism that in one third of...

      Schools: Ofsted Report

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the 2012–13 Ofsted Report on schools, whether they accept as adequate the recommendations for “raising standards in...

      Schools: Ofsted Report

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the 2012–13 Ofsted Report on schools, what action they are taking to eradicate the “pockets of weak educational provision in...

      Schools: Sulivan Primary School

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they (1) have made, (2) plan to make, and (3) have received, from interested parties, regarding the proposed closure of Sulivan Primary...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the ability of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan to deal with the situation there; and whether it has...

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what enquiries have been made regarding the chemical signatures on the chemical weapons declared by the Assad regime in Syria since July.

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish any findings by the United Nations about the manufacture and origin of the chemical weapons declared by the Assad regime in Syria.

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any evidence has emerged of Iraqi origin in the chemical weapons so far declared by the Assad regime in Syria.

      UK Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria were used to determine which new year honours should appear in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List section of the New Year Honours List 2014.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the United Arab Emirates about the treatment of migrant workers in Abu Dhabi; and with what result.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why universal credit claimants who use the Simple Payment service will not be able to withdraw their universal credit payments in instalments if they wish.

      Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has the sole right to choose which sub-post offices may handle vehicle tax renewals.

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