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Written answers

Thursday, 16 January 2014

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made any commitments not to support a UN General Assembly resolution on human rights in Burma in 2014.

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to include Saudi Arabia in forthcoming P5+1 negotiations with Iran.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK will be represented at the conference on the humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons hosted by the Mexican...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in establishing the independent international inquiry into events at the end of the...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress on the removal of chemical weapons from Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to opposition forces in Syria to develop governmental structures.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish details of all funds allocated by his Department and associated agencies to (a) Reading borough council and...

    • Betting Shops: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) licence and (b) planning applications for betting shops were refused by local authorities in the last year.

      Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many software licences his Department has (a) purchased and (b) used since May 2010.

      Estate Agents: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of Newcastle city council's application for the removal of deemed consent of To Let boards; and when...

      Fire Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to impose a statutory duty on Fire and Rescue Services in England to respond to...

      Fire Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to impose a statutory duty on the fire and rescue service to respond to flooding...

      Fires: Domestic Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fires were caused by (a) dishwashers, (b) irons, (c) cookers, (d) washing machines, (e) tumble dryers, (f)...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the number of residential units with planning permission; and how many of those (a) have...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received from the owners of caravan parks on planned changes to regulations affecting the...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the median gross pay is of staff in his Department and its Executive agencies in each pay band who are identified as...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) in how many cases he has (a) modified and (b) cancelled a local authority Article 4 direction since May 2010; (2) in how...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what savings have been identified in his Department's latest set of accounts; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library the exchange of correspondence between his Department and the National Audit Office (NAO) with...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the title was of each set of regulations introduced by his Department in each month since May 2010; and which of...

      Secondment

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

      Social Rented Housing: North West

      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 the North West.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of a delay in making an initial decision on the mental health of an asylum seeker who stated that...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to apply key performance indicators to the COMPASS contract.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what clawback mechanisms are included in the COMPASS contracts; and whether she expects to exercise them.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 25W, on removals, what the largest amount spent on a single unsuccessful...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 25W, on removals, what guidance her Department issues on upper limits to...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many qualified personnel in each police force area in England are employed to undertake forensic audits of economic crimes.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many different prisons individuals who are detained solely under immigration powers are currently detained.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions recommended by police forces using intelligence developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre were...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many bonuses have been awarded to staff of her Department since 1 September 2013; (2) what value of bonuses has been paid to staff...

  • Attorney-General

    • Procurement

      To ask the Attorney-General what weighting the Law Officers' Departments 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 Attorney-General how many and of what value of contracts procured by the Law Officers' Departments in the last five years was carried out below EU thresholds.

      Procurement

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of the Law Officers' Departments' 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 Attorney-General what proportion and value of the Law Officers' Departments contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open procedure, (c) via framework...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what progress has been made on the introduction of further measures to tackle fuel laundering; (2) what recent discussions she has had...

    • Police Fund (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans she has to ensure that financial support for the Northern Ireland Police Fund is increased; and if she will make a statement.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of proposed levels of investment in electricity generation.

    • Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to reduce electrical waste since 2010.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to help consumers reduce their energy bills.

      Energy: Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2013, Official Report, column 607W, on energy: company accounts, if he will place in the Library...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to improve competition in the wholesale energy market.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that vulnerable customers do not pay disproportionately high unit costs for gas and electricity.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of reported radiation levels on the boundary of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in Japan; and if he will make a...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with power companies on their preparedness to deal with bad weather events.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much and what value of his Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools in each of the last three financial years.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many individuals employed by (a) major UK utility companies, (b) Energy UK and (c) any related energy utility organisation...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the review of the performance of Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Plant produced by KPMG Chartered...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that solar PV is appropriately sited.

  • Treasury

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of staff in HM Revenue and Customs were involved in enforcement of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and its associated delegated...

    • Minimum Wage: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency are paid below the national minimum wage rates for those 21 years old and under.

      National Insurance Contributions: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment his Department has made of how the employment allowance will benefit businesses in the West Midlands.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the extent of the use of engineered corporate insolvency to avoid paying tax liabilities in the UK.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department has collected on air quality in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) each region of the UK.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to receive the report by the Independent Expert Panel assessing the badger cull pilots.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what weighting his Department's procurement procedures give to (a) the location of a company and its workforce, (b) the...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the previous three financial years was (a) spent on...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what value of his Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools in each of the last three...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list each item valued at more than £500 of assets impaired as a result of his decision to discontinue the Enquiry Service...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure members of the public receive a better service from the Child Support Agency.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total spend on employment and support allowance has been in each month of the last five years in (a) Birmingham, Hall Green...

      Employment and Support Allowance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the answers of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 758W, on jobseeker's allowance: Yorkshire and the Humber and 19...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government on the effect of the High Court ruling...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the abolition of housing benefit on the Government's child poverty targets.

      Housing Benefit: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) the London borough of Brent and (b) Brent Central constituency are in receipt of local housing allowance for (i)...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what savings to the public purse have accrued as a result of the under-occupancy penalty in each month since its introduction from (a)...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Birmingham, Hall Green constituency have been incorrectly charged an under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have won appeals against loss of housing benefit under the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy on the grounds that their eligible...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households containing at least one carer have been affected by the implementation of the under-occupancy charge in social housing in...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, (b) Birkenhead constituency and (c) the UK which have held their tenancy...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: York

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

      Occupational Pensions: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each parliamentary constituency in Cornwall have taken up auto-enrolment into a workplace pension to date.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what weighting his 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 Work and Pensions how many and of 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 Work and Pensions 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...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for each of the last three financial years how much and what proportion of the Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement...

      Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his policy to conduct a review of local discretionary welfare provision in May 2014.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total amount of (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) any other benefits withheld in sanctions was in each month of the last five years in...

      Social Security Benefits: Polygamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in preventing payments of benefits to people in polygamous relationships.

      Social Security Benefits: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to disregard income provided to former service personnel in respect of injuries they received while serving in the armed...

      Social Security Benefits: York

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department intends to fill its current vacancies for software developers in its digital service and to build universal credit endstate...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in his Department are working on software for each of the universal credit IT systems currently planned.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many private sector developers are being paid a salary rate of more than (a) £50,000 per year and (b) £100,000 per year for their...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has paid to private sector companies to develop the universal credit system; and what his projection is for IT spending...

      Universal Credit: Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects benefit claimants in Redditch constituency to move on to universal credit.

      Work Capability Assessment: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of average waiting times for ATOS work capability assessments in Plymouth and Devon; and if he will make a...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of take-up rate of free pensioner bus passes in each local authority area.

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the guidance from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and the Drivers Medical Group on the process for the restoration of driving licences...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the accuracy and completeness of the guidance from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to drivers contemplating...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the service level agreement is between his Department and DVLA on processing times for applications to restore driving licences following...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department last reviewed the effectiveness of the relationship between the Drivers Medical Group and NHS professionals in processing...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received in the last 12 months supporting the privatisation of the East Coast rail franchise.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to consult the business community and other key stakeholders on tendering of the East Coast Mainline rail franchise; (2) what...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to take a decision on future franchise arrangements for the East Coast Mainline.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if maintenance of current staff levels on East Coast Mainline services will be part of any future franchising agreement.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of refranchising the East Coast Mainline service has been to date.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to establish current levels of satisfaction with East Coast Mainline services.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) officials, (b) staff of executive agencies and (c) consultants are working full or part-time in the Government's proposals to privatise...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guarantees on passenger fares will be required from companies tendering for East Coast Mainline services.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of performance levels on east coast main line services by each of the two previous operators.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to seek public and passenger views on the Government's plans to privatise east coast main line services.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of current performance levels on east coast main line services.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2013, Official Report, column 123W, on High Speed 2, which individuals engaged by HS2 Ltd are still engaged via...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public relations, media or communications organisations, companies or individuals not directly employed by HS2 Ltd or his Department have been...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to section 7.10 of the non-technical summary of the London-West Midlands Environmental Statement published in November 2013, how many...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport how much and what value of his Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools in each of the last three financial years.

      Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department made ahead of the rollout of European Rail Track Management System (ERTMS) signalling across the rail network; what...

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has allocated to programmes to make stations more accessible for people with disabilities; and if he will publish details...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations his Department plans with the public and passengers on the overall quality of rail provision in the UK.

      Railways: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to require in future franchise tendering processes that train companies provide services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of a single, standard class open rail ticket from Barrow-in-Furness to (a) London and (b) Manchester has been in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public consultations on rail franchising agreements have been held in the last 10 years.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential consequences arising from the proposed electrification of the Wigan to Bolton line for the use...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the effect on other connected lines would be of electrifying the Wigan to Bolton line.

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans for the electrification of the Wigan to Bolton line are currently planned by his Department.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant, to the answer of 18 December 2013, Official Report, column 633W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether material is collated by the...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) schools and (b) academies have established sixth forms since 2010; and what the cost to the public purse has been of establishing those...

    • Children in Care: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the outcomes are of the from Care2Work programme to date; how the outcomes are measured; how many people that programme has supported; and how...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish an impact assessment in respect of his Department's decision to cut funding for 18-year-olds.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress has been made by Kings Science Academy in the implementation of its improvement plan.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether Alan Lewis had any responsibility for finance and governance at the Kings Science Academy in Bradford; (2) what discussions his...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the valuation of the site of Kings Science Academy, Bradford included the value of the buildings on the site.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the provision has been to recover the capital investment made by his Department and the Education Funding Agency in the new premises at Kings...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether Alan Lewis was present at any discussions of the site of Kings Science Academy, Bradford at meetings of the school's trustees.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Education how many and of 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 Education 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 Education 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 Education for each of the last three financial years how much and what proportion of the Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools; and...

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the change in levels of racist bullying in schools was between 2012 and 2013.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when schools will receive the new funding for children adopted from care and those under a special guardianship order announced by his Department on 1...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: Ashfield

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what change there has been in median gross weekly pay for (a) men and (b) women in Ashfield constituency in each year since 2010.

    • Cancer: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many women have been diagnosed with (a) breast and (b) lung cancer in each of the last three years.

      Jobseekers Allowance: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many jobseeker's allowance claimants there were at each jobcentre in Birmingham and Solihull in each month between October 2012 and June 2013.

      Plymouth Brethren

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the decision to give the Plymouth Brethren charity status will be made.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have had their hearing classified as H3 or below as a result of their PULHEEMS assessment at the age of (a) 30, (b) 35, (c)...

    • Armed Forces: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals with measured hearing loss on discharge at 35-50dB averaged over 1, 2 and 3 kHz frequencies have made application for hearing loss...

      Armed Forces: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications have been received by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency for Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or War Pension awards for...

      Armed Forces: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been awarded a zero per cent War Pension for hearing loss since April 2002.

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Northern Ireland service personnel are currently serving outside the UK.

      Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the US Department of Defense's plan to enlist the co-operation of allies to support increased use of armed and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what outcomes are expected from training provided to the Burmese Army.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that Burmese Army soldiers receiving training by UK armed forces have not been involved in human rights abuses in the past.

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the privatisation of the Defence Support Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK will provide any support to the deployment of French Reapers in Mali.

      Procurement

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

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2013, Official Report, columns 707-08W, on RAF Waddington, whether UK Reapers and the systems which control and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • American Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the potential benefit to the UK economy of the NFL 2013 regular season games played at Wembley.

    • Cinemas: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on the (a) drinking and (b) advertising of alcohol in cinemas.

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will discuss with Ofcom the finding of its report Trends in Advertising Activity Gambling, published in November 2013; and if she...

  • Justice

    • Community Orders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision is made in the contract between his Department and Serco to provide Community PayBack in London for a health and safety policy; and what...

    • Community Orders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many local offices have been closed as a result of the sub-contracting of Community Payback in London to Serco.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals in respect of electronic monitoring of offenders in order to reflect the announcement on preferred...

      Lewes Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sex offenders are held at HM Prison Lewes; and how many places on sex offender treatment programmes are available at that prison.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on (a) the rehiring of former employees of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) who took advantage of the...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the disturbances at HM Prison Oakwood on 5 January 2014; and if he will make a statement.

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff at HM Prison Oakwood have less than one year's service in the Prison Service.

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking in response to the recent assessment of HM Prison Oakwood by HM Inspector of Prisons.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prison officers taking voluntary early departure since May 2010 have been subsequently re-employed by the National Offender Management...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were repatriated in 2013 to (a) China, (b) Vietnam, (c) Pakistan, (d) India, (e) Nigeria and (f) Jamaica.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of privately-run prisons in light of the recent disturbance in HMP Oakwood; and if she will...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to have completed the handover of all offender supervision cases to (a) the National Probation Service and (b) community rehabilitation...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many mutuals have been approved for the purpose of the competitive tendering of probation services in England and Wales; and in which regions...

      Probation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many companies or other organisations have expressed interest in becoming or forming Community Rehabilitation Companies in each of the designated 21...

      Probation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the judiciary and the Director of Public Prosecutions on the lack of...

      Sentencing: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national criminals received custodial sentences of two years or less between April 2013 and December 2013.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether Serco has incurred any financial penalties due to performance targets being missed under the contract for the delivery of Community Payback...

      Treason Felony Act 1848

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence under section 3 of the Treason Felony Act 1848 in the last 30 years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will answer the five written questions tabled by the hon. Member for Harborough on 17 December 2013 for answer on 19 December 2013.

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the £2.3 million of funding set aside for strategic clinical networks to improve awareness of symptoms has been allocated to assist early...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the recent publication of Eurocare 5 statistics on cancer survival rates, what steps his Department is taking to improve early diagnosis...

      Children: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the continuing publication by the Office of National Statistics of its annual statistical bulletin on (a) Childhood, Infant and...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the 2014-15 NHS England Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCG OIS) will be published; and when the consultation on the next...

      Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) adults and (b) children with tooth decay in each year since 2010.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2014, Official Report, column 410W, on depressive illnesses, what the 37 studies into depression, to which his...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of type 2 diabetes there have been (a) in total, (b) in each region and (c) in each parliamentary constituency in each year since 2010.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will investigate whether junior doctors are in compliance with working time regulations; (2) what recent representations he has received...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the total amount spent by food and drink companies on advertising high fat, salt and sugar products in each year...

      Hernias

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inguinal hernia repair procedures were carried out in England (a) in total and (b) on people aged 65 and over in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to (a) measure and (b) improve the health and well-being of the NHS workforce and its supply chain.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have to update the recommended guideline daily amounts of (a) sugar, (b) fat, (c) salt and (d) calorie intake.

      Parkinson's Disease: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of how clinical commissioning groups in Mid Derbyshire are planning for Parkinson's services in Mid Derbyshire.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Health 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 Health for each of the last three financial years how much and what proportion of the Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools; and what...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Cement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the potential cost to the UK cement industry of carbon floor price compensation measures under the EU's draft...

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the cross-Government working party on statistics for zero-hours contracts has met to date; and when any final report from...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of recent trends in non-compliance with the national minimum wage.

      Motor Vehicles: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he is taking to tackle mandatory fuel purchase charges in the UK vehicle rental sector; and if he will make a...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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 Business, Innovation and Skills 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...

      Procurement

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

      Public Transport: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to reform existing trades union legislation to prevent public transport unions...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he took to ensure involvement by independent non-institutional experts in the Engineering and Physical Sciences...

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many women who have been victims of rapes and sexual violence by Burmese armed forces have received financial assistance from her...

    • Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will place in the Library a copy of the Report by the Parliamentary Ombudsman to the hon. member for Brighton, Pavilion of an...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 11W, on Palestinians, for what reasons the reports she received...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 International Development 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 International Development 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)...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what value of her Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools in each of the last three financial years.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is planned for the Burmese army, with United Kingdom involvement, in 2014 and 2015.

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why training of the Burmese army is not taking place in the United Kingdom.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether training provided to the Burmese army will recommend that Burmese soldiers refuse orders which involve actions that would constitute human rights abuses.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term solution to the violence and political unrest in Bangladesh; and what representations they have made to the...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to obtain the release of La Ring and other political prisoners in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture regarding the Kachin prisoners allegedly tortured during interrogation...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the violence in the Central African Republic in December 2013, what assessment they have made of the humanitarian needs of the population....

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding was or is allocated for electoral registration, apart from the one-off costs of introducing individual electoral registration, in (1) 2009,...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the use of biofuel by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.

      EU: Exports and Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total exports and imports of the European Union to and from Egypt in the last three years, and any subsequent quarters for which figures are...

      Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of persons from European Union nations resident within the United Kingdom.

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 17 December 2013 relating to the Home Office (WA 181), what key performance indicators are used...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what key performance indicators they are using to measure progress against the overall performance targets and objectives for the Department of Health and...

      Health Services: Inequality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional money has been, or will be, allocated to reduce inequalities in health for women and ethnic minority groups.

      Health: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the publication of Care and compassion?, which highlighted problems with repeat and incorrect prescriptions, they intend to issue...

      HMS “Prince of Wales” and HMS “Repulse”

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to stop looting of the war graves of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse in the South China Sea.

      House of Lords: Website

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the number of page views of the House of Lords homepage on the Parliament website for each month in 2013.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the United Kingdom quota for resettlement under United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees rules in the current year; and whether any places have...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum-seekers are currently in detention in the United Kingdom, of what nationality, and in which removal centres.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent decision by the Israeli Defence Minister and security services to declare the Council for European Palestinian...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assess the implications for the safety of United Kingdom and other European Union parliamentarians wishing to visit Gaza or the West Bank...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they will have with other European Union governments about the implications for parliamentarians visiting Gaza or the West Bank through...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers will continue to meet United Kingdom parliamentarians to discuss their reports on the conditions of the Palestinian people living in Gaza...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have been held regarding extending the deadline for the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks due to end in April.

      NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what key performance indicators will be used by NHS England in evaluating whether Clinical Commissioning Groups are reducing variations and inequalities in...

      NHS: Hospital Admissions and Outpatient Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they hold information on what proportion of (1) outpatient attendances, (2) hospital admissions as an inpatient, and (3) hospital admissions as a day...

      NHS: Intensive Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients over the age of 70 were admitted to National Health Service intensive care beds in the last 12-month period for which figures are available.

      NHS: Intensive Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients died in National Health Service intensive care beds in the latest 12-month period for which figures are available.

      Overseas Missions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of heads of United Kingdom overseas missions have proficiency in the local language.

      Overseas Missions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what percentage of the countries in which the United Kingdom has overseas missions is English the local language.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many current and former Sudanese ministers and senior government advisers are holders of British passports; and whether British passports are currently...

      Prisoners: Visitors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions are given to prison governors regarding prisoners' access to visitors from the National Association of Prison Visitors.

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many London Boroughs have borough-wide 20 miles per hour zones on roads under their responsibility. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage...

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are differences in the powers available to London Boroughs and the City of London compared to other local authorities with responsibilities for...

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities outside London have set speed limits of 20 miles per hour for all the roads for which they are responsible.

      Security: G4S

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to terminate their contracts with G4S, if that company is found by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why Mr Lekae Samuel, headmaster of Meisori Primary School in Kenya, was refused an entry visa last year; and when they will respond to the letter on that...

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