Written answers

Monday, 20 January 2014

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress on the implementation of each recommendation in the report of the Bahrain Independent...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he intends to meet the delegation from Al Wefaq and other National Democratic Opposition parties of Bahrain during its...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has (a) written or (b) spoken to the leaders of any of the Overseas Territories to encourage them to create public...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to ensure that Burmese army soldiers committing acts of sexual violence in conflict are...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the firing on civilians by the Burmese army at Nam Lin Pa internally displaced person camp in...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent mass emigration from the Central African Republic on stability in that...

      EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions (a) his special advisers or (b) officials in his private office have met senior staff of the High...

      EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he has met the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and what...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to open discussions with Iran on releasing prisoners of conscience and those jailed for promoting...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his P5+1 counterparts the involvement of Saudi Arabia in future discussions of Iran’s nuclear...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make urgent representations to the Israeli authorities concerning the conditions under which Palestinian...

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent reports of human rights abuses in Mauritania.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff of each grade in his Department have the authority to make a purchase; what proportion of those staff have...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will work with UN Security Council members and the UK's allies in the Southern African Development Community to ensure a...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the conflict in South Sudan.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on (a) the intervention of US Special Envoy Donald Booth in South Sudan and (b) current...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK has made to the Government of Sudan on ending its policies that remove Christian missionaries and...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal assistance his Department is providing to Andy Hall who has been accused of criminal defamation in Thailand.

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what EU mechanisms for supporting human rights defenders are being applied in the case of Andy Hall.

  • Attorney-General

    • Criminal Investigation: International Co-operation

      To ask the Attorney-General whether decisions by the Serious Fraud Office to comply with requests from overseas jurisdictions for mutual legal assistance are subject to a binding assessment of...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Attorney-General how many EU directives the Law Officers' Departments have transposed into UK law since 2010; and how many directly acting EU regulations have come into effect in his...

      Libor

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions the Serious Fraud Office has had with its US counterparts about co-ordinating their investigations into Libor manipulation.

      Missing Persons: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent representations (a) he and (b) the Director of the Serious Fraud Office have received on the safety and whereabouts of Abbas Yazdi.

      Missing Persons: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (b) the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and (c) the Secretary of State...

  • Treasury

    • Building Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase the provision of current accounts and credit cards through building societies.

    • Building Societies and Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to encourage the development of building societies and credit unions as a method of increasing competition within the retail banking...

      Chiefs of Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates he met the Chief of the Defence Staff between 11 May 2010 and 31 May 2011.

      Companies: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice his Department has given to the Overseas Territories on public registers of beneficial ownership.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost to his Department is of (a) internal counsel and legal cost and (b) external counsel and legal costs in the matter of the legal...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employers have been (a) recorded by HM Revenue and Customs, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for failure to pay eligible employees the national...

      Tax Allowances: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) value of tax exempt heritage assets in Scotland.

      Tax Allowances: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the distributional effects of tax relief on pension contributions; (2) what proportion of total tax relief on pension...

      Taxation: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects the International Tax Compliance Regulations 2013 to raise from each of the individual Crown Dependencies in (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey,...

      Thames Garden Bridge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) capital and (b) revenue costs of the proposed Garden Bridge in London; and if he will provide a breakdown of those costs.

      Thames Garden Bridge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public funding has been allocated to the proposed Garden Bridge project in London; and how much private funding has been secured for that purpose.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much corporation tax was paid each year for the last five years under the tonnage system by UK-based shipping companies.

      VAT: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the role the VAT Retail Export scheme plays in attracting tourists to the UK.

  • Transport

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with what bank his Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft in the last...

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for the use...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to introduce legislative proposals to implement EU Directive 2012/36/EU.

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the cost of car insurance for young drivers.

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2013, Official Report, column 629W, on driving: young people, what his timetable is for consideration of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions have been undertaken by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency against owners of foreign-registered vehicles that have remained...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to implement recommendation 10 of the preliminary report of the Review of Investigation and Closure Procedures for Motorway...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of three-dimensional laser scanning technology in reducing motorway closure times; and if he will...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 506W, on offshore industry, for what reasons the (a) Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma Mk...

      Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements to the UK rail network are required by the Trans-European Conventional Rail Network.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what comparative assessment he has made of outage times and percentages for large efficient electricity-generating plant in the UK and...

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that the most efficient plants are operating for a best-in-class proportion of time by international...

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created in the UK supply chain for the energy industry as a result of the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the research conducted by the University of Missouri School of Medicine into the release of...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the evidential basis is of the Prime Minister's statement on 13 January 2014 that the UK has the strongest environmental controls...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry North East constituency have received assistance from the warm home discount scheme.

  • Leader of the House

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Leader of the House with what bank his Office's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft in the last financial year.

    • Training

      To ask the Leader of the House which Ministers in his Office have undertaken training courses; and in the case of each such course what the (a) name of the course provider was, (b) purpose of the...

  • Wales

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales with what bank his Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft in the last...

    • Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which Ministers in his Department have undertaken training courses; and in the case of each such course what the (a) name of the course provider was, (b)...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in his Department in each of the last three years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the Common Agricultural Payment compulsory standard for the single farm payment...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish the Independent Expert Panel report on the recent pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

      Floods: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy and its ability to better protect local communities...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to medical establishments who use horses on the regulation and disposal of carcasses.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many medical research establishments in the UK are licensed to use horses in procedures.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse has been of policing the badger cull for the (a) original six-week period and (b) extension period in (i)...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to make over-the-counter retail sales of cannabis seed illegal; and if she will make a statement.

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to complete and publish the national anti-corruption action plan.

      Crime: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of recent trends in the level of crime in the London borough of Havering.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-UK registered vehicles were found to be on UK roads illegally because (a) the driver was not insured, (b) the vehicle lacked a...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking in response to the UN Secretary General's call for member states to conduct a wide-ranging and open debate that...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals are currently held in prisons solely on immigration grounds.

      Primates: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-human primates by (a) species and (b) country of origin were imported into the UK for the purposes of scientific research in...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of each grade in her Department have the authority to make a purchase; what proportion of those staff have professional...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 42W, on sexual offences, how many sexual offences were reported to the...

      Sexual Offences: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to support (a) Peterborough city council and (b) other statutory bodies in their efforts to combat grooming and...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Ministers in her Department have undertaken training courses; and in the case of each such course what the (a) name of the course...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers and organisations are registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS); how many such employers and organisations...

  • Justice

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with what bank his Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft in the last...

    • Employment Tribunals Service: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which body has statutory responsibility for the independent reviewing of complaint handling in relation to employment judges sitting in Scotland;...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to widening the application of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to cover examination boards.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department last published details of expenditure of over £500 using Government procurement cards.

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice where each of the referrals to the Government-funded support service for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales administered by the...

      NHS: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to broaden Freedom of Information legislation so that the same transparency requirements apply to private...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on which occasions HMP Oakwood has called on Tornado-trained staff from other prisons to deal with disturbances since first opening.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what qualifications, experience and expertise are required of those providing treatment for alcohol and drugs misuse to offenders upon release.

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department gives to companies who manage people on release from prison on steps to be taken to monitor the deaths of those under...

      Prisoners: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that female prisoners have sufficient clothing; (2) what steps he is taking to make sure that the restrictions...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve performance at new prisons and implement lessons learnt from HM Prison Oakwood since that establishment's opening.

      Prisons: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what effect the recent disturbance in HMP Oakwood will have on his Department's decision on whether the planned prison in Wrexham will be...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what staff turnover was in each probation trust in England and Wales in each month since 2010.

      Thameside Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what account he took of recent fines for fraud when awarding Serco its contract to run Thameside Prison.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Tooting with a full response to question (a) 178975, (b) 179774, (c) 180654, (d) 180660, (e) 180670 and (f)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Codes of Practice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) with reference to his Department's freedom of information case FOI318708, on what date he plans to publish the latest review of the Precedent...

    • Employment: Upper Bann

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of people in Upper Bann constituency were employed in the (a) private and (b) public sector in each of the last three years.

      Honours: Durham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which officials honours were bestowed upon people from County Durham in each of the last five years.

      Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the Chilcot Inquiry can publicise all the evidence gathered; (2) if he will remove Sir Jeremy...

      Lords Lieutenant: Durham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will publish a detailed breakdown of the costs incurred by the lord lieutenant of County Durham in the fulfilment of her duties since her...

      Lords Lieutenant: Durham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what criteria and procedures were used for the appointment of each of the incumbent deputy lieutenants in County Durham; (2) what criteria and...

      National Income: South West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) calculated on the basis of (a) production, (b) income and (c) expenditure were for (i) Swindon, (ii)...

      Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which organisations and individuals received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in County Durham in each of the last five years.

      Youth Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what responsibility his Department has for the youth worker workforce; and when such responsibilities were taken on.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the most specific up-to-date timetable for the completion of the aircraft carrier programme will be released.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the overall budget for the costs of the aircraft carrier programme will be finalised.

      Armed Forces: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources were made available in each of the last five years for rehabilitation of service personnel returning from Afghanistan.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the regular Army transferred to the Territorial Army during (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which portion of his Department's budget the planned new recruitment drive for the Army will be borne.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials are employed in the project management team for the Recruiting Partnering Project for Army recruitment; and at what Civil Service pay...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the project management team for the Recruiting Partnering Project for Army recruitment first informed (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the additional £1 million per month costs incurred by his Department as a result of changes announced to the...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the Army did not implement a contingency plan when it had become clear that there were delays and cost overruns in the Recruiting...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army and reserve applications he estimates have been lost as a result of faults in the Recruiting Partnering Project.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a detailed rationale and criteria for his Department's 2011 decision to accept the Capita bid to run the Recruiting Partnering Project.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have held with the project team for the Recruiting Partnering Project; and what was discussed at...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plan his Department put in place in the event of delays and problems with its Recruiting Partnering Project.

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when decommissioning of the A1 facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston is scheduled to (a) commence and (b) finish; and what the...

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for the use...

      Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when work on (a) the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator's review of the Ministry of Defence nuclear regulatory framework and (b) the Defence Nuclear Safety...

      HMS Tireless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2013, Official Report, column 719W, on HMS Tireless, what the cost of repairs was to HMS Tireless following that...

      Military Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Military Aviation Authority to publish its Annual Air Safety Report for 2012-13.

      Military Bases: Aldershot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an estimate of the number of homes that could be made available for sale if any of the regimental headquarters in Aldershot were sold.

      Military Bases: Aldershot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the potential economic effect of a relocation of the Aldershot base to the North West.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assets and how many personnel are taking part in Exercise Red Flag; and what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse; (2) what assets...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for his planned renewal in 2014 of the 1958 US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement; and what steps have been taken to facilitate renewal of...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the next Stocktake meeting between the Government and the US Administration under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement is scheduled to take...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the job title and brief job description is of every official in his Department earning over £100,000 per year; (2) what the (a) pay and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of each grade in his Department have the authority to make a purchase; what proportion of those staff have professional procurement...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Cabinet Office Guidance for Customer Service Helplines, published on 26 December 2013, when his Department expects to comply with...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministers in his Department have undertaken training courses; and in the case of each such course what the (a) name of the course provider, (b)...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in his Department in each of the last three years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the progress of the Child Support Agency in restarting committal proceedings since the end of the moratorium.

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases the Child Support Agency has started committal proceedings in each of the last five years.

      Council Tax Benefits: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Warrington North constituency have been living in the same property and in receipt of council tax benefit since 1996; and...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the guidance given by his Department to those dealing with claims for employment and support allowance where the claimant is...

      Employment: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase the employment prospects of those aged over 50.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in appointing a chief executive for the Health and Safety Executive; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received more than (a) £60,000, (b) £70,000, (c) £80,000, (d) £90,000 and (e) £100,000 in housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what spending in cash terms is projected on housing benefit in each of the next three years; and how much it is projected to be in respect of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the spending on housing benefit has been in cash terms in each year since 2009; and how much was paid in respect of (a) out-of-work...

      Housing Benefit: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Preston constituency under the age of 25 years old are recipients of housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households that have suffered a bereavement since April 2013 have been affected by the implementation of the under-occupancy charge in...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been wrongly identified as liable to pay the under-occupancy penalty in Halton constituency.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the Health and Safety Executive has applied a Fee for Intervention in each month since October 2012; and what the total of such...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many citizens of Romania and Bulgaria registered for a national insurance number in the first two weeks of January 2014.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's annual contribution to an auto-enrolment pension scheme is for an employee earning (a) £10,000, (b) £20,000,...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of including pre-1997 indexation in determining the pensions of those covered...

      Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to complete a review of the operation of local discretionary welfare provision in 2013-14 before discontinuing...

      Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from local authorities on the effect of changes to local discretionary welfare provision on the local...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2014, Official Report, column 241W, on social security benefits, if he will publish the written guidance...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information the Government have recently made available about accessing local welfare provision in their area.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that young disabled people continue to receive support in the period between termination of...

      Social Security Benefits: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) employment and support allowance, (c)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department intended to uprate work allowances before adoption of the new policy plans referred to on page 135, box 4.5, of the Economic...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will be subject to improved incentives to work as a result of universal credit following the adoption of the new policy plans...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will be subject to improved incentives to increase the number of hours they work as a result of universal credit following the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will be financially better off as a result of universal credit following the adoption of the new policy plans referred to on...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 455W, on universal credit, how many of the recruited IT specialists will be...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding will be made available to local authorities to implement the local support services framework for universal credit; and when such...

      Vacancies: Corby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment vacancies were advertised in each Jobcentre Plus office serving Corby constituency in each...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he has given to ATOS relating to the Armed Forces Covenant when considering assessments in relation to the work capability...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make changes to the Atos assessment system to make sure that those with severe progressive conditions, who would struggle to...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Planning Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to include planning enforcement in the statutory functions of planning authorities.

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to support communities in controlling the number of high street betting shops.

      Park Home Residents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to protect park home residents from excessive charges by site owners.

      Burial: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of recent changes in burial fees charged by local authorities.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses have been sold under the right to buy scheme since May 2010; and how many council houses have been...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress his Department has made towards the goal of turning around 120,000 families by 2015.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much each London local authority spent on homelessness in each year since 2009-10; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities from evictions of families who have fallen into arrears since the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new dwelling completions per 1,000 housing stock there have been since December 2006 in each local authority area.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities were in receipt of the Efficiency Support Grant Bonus in the latest period for which figures are...

      Local Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what weight he will place on (a) sustainability and (b) cycling promotion when assessing bids under the Local Growth Fund.

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the Government have considered recommendations for any sites for new towns or cities in Oxfordshire since May...

      Non-domestic Rates: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions his Department has had on reforming the way the rateable value of pubs is determined for the purposes of...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent local authorities imposing excessive parking charges and pursuing...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps his Department has taken to promote longer tenancies for tenants in the private rented sector; (2) what...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

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

      Sleeping Rough: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were sleeping rough in London in each of the last three years.

      Sleeping Rough: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were sleeping rough in the North East in each of the last three years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many void social housing properties with (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedrooms, (c) three bedrooms and (d) four bedrooms there...

      Social Rented Housing: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses have been brought back into use in the London Borough of Havering as a result of changes to the under-occupancy...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer on...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, columns 87-8W, on telephone services, which organisations receive...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much (a) start-up, (b) revenue and (c) capital funding has been allocated to 16-19 academies and free schools that have opened since 2010.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) schools and (b) academies that have established sixth forms since 2010 were found to be (i) inadequate and (ii) satisfactory or requiring...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what financial arrangements have been made by his Department with any former private schools that have converted to academy status since May 2010.

      Academies: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many academies have supplied tablets to their students; whether such academies are required to impose filters on such tablets; and if he will make...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities undertake assessments of all looked-after children and their parents sufficiently to...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what provision was made in the valuation of the property leased to Kings Science Academy Bradford of its (a) vacancy and letting history and (b) state...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department was first informed that Alan Lewis was not the Chair of Governors at the Kings Science Academy Bradford.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what audit his Department has undertaken of the use of school credit cards at the Kings Science Academy Bradford.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education who will own the buildings on the site of the Kings Science Academy Bradford once the lease of the site ends.

      Schools: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been paid to each secondary and primary school in north-east Lincolnshire in compensation for the loss of services from that local...

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many qualified school nurses there were in (a) North Swindon constituency and (b) Swindon Borough in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential benefits of (a) the Mantle of the Expert method and (b) other alternative approaches to...

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many sixth form colleges have had their financial health graded as inadequate by the Education Funding Agency in each of the last five years.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients attending accident and emergency departments were seen in under four hours in the first week of January of each of the last...

    • Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given to commissioners to ensure that quality of provision is considered in the commissioning of drug and alcohol treatment services; and...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with what bank his Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft in the last...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England waited longer than (i) one month and (ii) two months from an urgent referral...

      Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which local authorities are providing live birth data to Sure Start children’s centres; and what...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the 2014-15 and 2015-16 allocations by NHS England to clinical commissioning groups published on 18 December 2013, how much funding per...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made towards recruiting 10% of patients living with dementia to participate in a clinical trial.

      Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that oral health is high on the public health agenda.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps NHS England has taken to ensure that (a) dentists and (b) other members of the primary care workforce actively promote its public health agenda.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 417W, on mental health, how many people his Department employs (a) in total and (b) to...

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to use health visitors in active support of the care of elderly patients to complement his aim of having a named GP...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on the health effects of cyber-bullying.

      Jimmy Savile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list all the current investigations by health establishments into the Savile abuse scandals; and what estimate he has made of when each...

      Jimmy Savile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the inquiries and subsequent report into health establishments involved with the Savile abuse scandal will be...

      Manor Hospital Walsall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a decision will be made on the application for extra funding made by NHS Manor Hospital, Walsall arising from extra demands from patients arising...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems his Department has in place to monitor the number of people who have not received information leaflets about the GP extraction service.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the dates, agendas and minutes of any meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have had on the GP extraction service.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the increase in work for GPs as a result of patients having to visit their GP surgery to opt out of the GP extraction service.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason patients cannot opt out of the GP extraction service online; (2) whether patients can opt out of the GP extraction service by telephone.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 417W, on mental health, what the roles and job titles are of the 16.1 people employed...

      Mental Health Services: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the per capita spend on mental health services was in each primary care trust in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the...

      Minor Injuries Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many parliamentary constituencies there is a minor injuries unit; when each of these was established; and what recent estimate he has made of the...

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to appoint a permanent chair of Monitor.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to review the effectiveness of his policy on tackling obesity in England.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's Change4Life campaign to tackle obesity.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children under 13, (b) teenagers aged 13 to 19, (c) adults aged 20 to 65 and (d) adults aged 65 and over are currently classed as obese in...

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on issuing death certificates for babies who are still-born or who die within 24 hours of birth; and what recent representations he has...

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on reorganising and registering stillbirths before 24 weeks gestation and differentiating such births from miscarriages.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if NHS England has agreed a tariff for stereotactic radiosurgery with contracted providers of gamma knife; what that tariff is set at; and whether the...

      Spectacles: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department will review the regulations in funding whereby NHS vouchers for frames for special facial characteristics cannot be funded through...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Ministers in his Department have undertaken training courses; and in the case of each such course what the (a) name of the course provider was, (b)...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 425W, on training, what professional coaching (a) he and (b) Ministers in his...

  • International Development

    • Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent influx of refugees from the Central African Republic into Chad on humanitarian...

    • Developing Countries: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of her Department's funding has been spent on reducing preventable newborn mortality since 2010.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to reduce preventable newborn mortality in Liberia.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she plans to allocate development aid equal to 0.7 per cent of UK Gross National Income in 2014-15; and what estimate she has...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to reduce preventable newborn mortality in Sierra Leone.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she has taken to assist the growing number of internally-displaced persons in South Sudan.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Artworks: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 429W, on art works: export controls, how many of the objects...

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which buildings occupied by her Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private...

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of people who do not have DAB radio receivers; and what steps she plans to take to assist...

      Food and Drink Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings representatives of the Food and Drink Federation have attended with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her oral statement on fixed odds betting terminals on 8 January 2014, Official Report, column 378 (1) if, in the event...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on reform of the regulatory appeals system relating to mobile contract switching to reduce the length and cost of the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the case for introducing a gaining-provider-led system for mobile contract switching.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when mobile spectrum fees were last increased; and what her policy is on future such increases.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of increased mobile spectrum fees on the ability of providers to meet coverage targets and...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were fined for not holding a television licence in (a) Havering and (b) the UK in 2013.

      Tour de France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she plans to visit Yorkshire to discuss the planning for the 2014 Tour de France.

      Tour de France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Government funding has been allocated to ensure that the 2014 Tour de France provides maximum benefit to the Yorkshire economy.

      UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which representatives of the UK Government will attend the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014.

      War Graves: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds her Department has made available to repair First World War graves in the graveyard of St Mary Magdalene's Church in Hart...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will assess any potential effect on (a) credit ratings and (b) jury composition of the implementation of individual electoral registration.

    • Lords-Lieutenant: Durham

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Office of the Lord Lieutenancy in County Durham paid in rental costs for its offices for each year since 2010.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with what bank his Department’s bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core...

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private...

      Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will introduce an online claim facility for disabled students' allowance.

      Electronic Equipment: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of waste household electrical products that is repairable.

      Engineering Skills Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 374W, on Perkins Engineering Review, whether he plans to make...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of flexible working requests which were refused by (a) gender, (b) age and (c) regional...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) men and (b) women in the UK workforce who made flexible working...

      Holidays: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the possibility of collusion between travel companies and airlines when setting prices...

      Holidays: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has commissioned into reasons for price differentials charged by airlines and travel companies...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of trends in the level of manufacturing activity in (a) Coventry, (b) the west midlands and (c)...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to improve compliance in paying the (a) apprentice rate, (b) youth development rate and (c) 16 to 17 rate...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) women and (b) men who (i) did and (ii) did not return to work after taking...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to publish a further impact assessment for the Government's revised shared parental leave and pay proposals.

      Parents: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the next Maternity and Paternity Rights and Women Returners Survey between his Department and the Department for Work and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much and what proportion of the Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools in each of the last three...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent discussions, either oral or in writing, he has had with the Scottish Government regarding future sales of the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the value of student loans for (a) tuition and (b) maintenance that will be issued in each of the...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Cabinet Office Guidance for Customer Service Helplines, published on 26 December 2013, when his Department...

      UK Trade & Investment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to increase the number of UK Trade & Investment staff in the West Midlands.

      UK Trade & Investment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial support UK Trade & Investment West Midlands received from the Government in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2013.

      UK Trade & Investment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK Trade & Investment employees in the West Midlands were focused on attracting inward investment to Shropshire in...

      UK Trade & Investment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of exports from UK Trade & Investment-assisted projects in Shropshire in (a) 2010, (b) 2012 and (c) 2008.

      UK Trade & Investment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many overseas trade delegations UK Trade & Investment West Midlands organised for Shropshire firms in (a) 2008, (b) 2010...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy in respect of permitting or non-permitting genetically modified organisms in United Kingdom farming.

    • Agriculture: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the health and safety record on farms in England and Wales.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guarantees have been received from the government of Burma that ethnic Rohingya will be allowed to register as Rohingya in the 2014 census in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the government of Burma has responded to requests to change the 1982 citizenship law to allow the Rohingya to have citizenship in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Burma is complying with its agreement with the United Nations to stop recruiting child soldiers.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom companies have received advice and support from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the Burmese authorities on the case for regularising the status of the Rohingya people before the planned census in 2014.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are supporting the We Women Foundation in Burma.

      Civil Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation they have undertaken of the effectiveness of Civil Service Learning since its inception in raising standards in the Civil Service.

      Elderly People: Disability Living Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants in England and Wales in receipt of DLA for five or more years had their award adjusted downward or...

      Elections: Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom citizens currently resident in each of the other member states of the European Union are currently included on the United Kingdom...

      Elections: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the proposal from the Irish Constitutional Convention to allow...

      Elections: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the consistency with the guarantees given on the constitutional future of Northern Ireland contained in the Belfast...

      EU: Roma Integration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to implement the European Council Recommendation of 9–10 December 2013 on Roma integration strategies.

      Flooding: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to conduct an assessment of the impact on the insurance of property of the recent flooding; and, if so, whether they will publish...

      Flooding: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held discussions with insurance companies regarding the impact of the recent flooding on the insurability of property; and, if so, whether...

      Food Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date they received the evidence review on the landscape of food aid provision and access in the United Kingdom commissioned by the Department for...

      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 Attorney General’s Office for the last year for...

      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 Cabinet Office for the last year for which figures are...

      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 of Health for the last year for which...

      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 Home Office for the last year for which figures are...

      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 Northern Ireland Office for the last year for which...

      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 Transport for the last year for which...

      Government Departments: Concordats

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 9 January (WA 318), what were the dates of the reviews of each of the concordats made between...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 17 December 2013 relating to the Department for Transport (WA 182–3), whether any performance data...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 17 December 2013 relating to the Wales Office (WA 183), whether any performance data are collated on...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 17 December 2013 relating to the Wales Office (WA 183), what key performance indicators are used to...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 December 2013 relating to the Department of Health (WA 212), whether any performance data are collated on a...

      Government Departments: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current responsibilities of each minister in the Department for Transport.

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the List of Ministerial Responsibilities, published by the Cabinet Office in December 2013, shows telephone numbers for Ministers in HM Treasury and the...

      Health: Nursing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking alongside the Nursing and Midwifery Council to ensure effective regulation and maintenance of high nursing standards.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been affected by the anomaly in the regulations concerning the under-occupancy charge; and on what assumptions that figure is based.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will compensate any claimant wrongly charged the under-occupancy charge for any interest they may have paid on debts incurred as a consequence.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Iran’s neighbouring countries were included in the talks leading up to the interim agreement negotiated by the P5+1 group; and, if so, why...

      Isa Muazu

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 4 December (HL Deb, col 237) that in the attempted removal of Mr Isa Muazu on 29 November, “it is...

      NHS: Prescription Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact annually on public finances of raising the age of exemption for NHS prescription charges from the current age 60...

      Northern Ireland: Flags and Parades

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether government ministers or officials from the Republic of Ireland are to be involved in a decision about flags and parades within Northern Ireland.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the impact on public expenditure of an increase in the state pension age by (1) one year, (2) two years, (3) three years, (4) four...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a right of appeal against planning permission granted for an application that contains, or is based on, out-of-date,...

      Railways: Arriva Trains Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reorganise those services operated by Arriva Trains Wales that cross the borders between England and Wales; and what assessment they...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the majority of the trains planned to be used on the newly electrified services in the Northern franchise will be trains previously used in other...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to provide modern rolling stock to the Northern franchise after electrification.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many secondary schools use a selective admissions process in (1) England, and (2) Wales; and what proportion of that number are (a) maintained schools,...

      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 rectify “the long tail of underperformance of white...

      Schools: Pupil Premium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many grammar school pupils were eligible for Pupil Premium funding at the end of each year since 2010, and to date in 2013.

      St Vincent and the Grenadines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what aid, if any, they have provided to the inhabitants of St Vincent and the Grenadines following recent floods in that country; and whether they have any...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens have travelled to Syria to fight against the al-Assad regime since 2011; and whether they will face consequences on their return to...

      Taxation: Marriage Tax Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact universal credit will have on the new marriage tax allowance.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how universal credit advisers will consider the need for personal budgeting support in cases of domestic violence or financial abuse; and whether they will...

      Waste Management: Recycling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they collect statistics relating to recycling broken down by local authority; and, if so, what levels of recycling are achieved in each London...

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