Written answers

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

  • Justice

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to tackle human trafficking.

  • Home Department

    • Buildings

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

    • Civil Disorder: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects all claims made under the Riots Damages Act 1886, following the riots in summer 2011, to be settled.

      Criminal Investigation: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether decisions by the UK Central Authority to grant requests from overseas jurisdictions for mutual legal assistance are subject to a...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the National Crime Agency has taken to tackle fuel laundering and smuggling.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of those detained at (a) Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and (b) all immigration detention centres were diagnosed with...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecuting officers in immigration appeal cases were awarded bonuses or other extras in appreciation of their work in the last five...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many decisions in immigration cases were decided in favour of the appellant (a) a week before the appeal date, (b) a day before the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the prevalence of copycat websites for passport applications and renewals; what estimate she has made...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet Google to discuss the profits they make from copycat websites which charge for passport renewals and appear above Government...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she plans to change the tendering process for statutory recovery contracts during the current Parliament; [R] (2) what...

      Riot Control Weapons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the deployment of water cannon in London to tackle street disorder.

      Telephone Services

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

      Work Experience

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

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 financial...

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on placing a Minister or other departmental representative on the board of directors of those banks in receipt of public funds and...

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it the policy of UK Financial Investments that any financial institutions in receipt of public money which have a policy of paying...

      Financial Institutions: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) the US Administration about the top-level Internet domains .bank and .insurance; and if...

      Financial Services: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) internal and (b) external legal work on the Government's court action against...

      Procurement

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

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis his Department has conducted on the level of productivity in the UK economy relative to pre-recession trends.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of the total public spending in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in each...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2013, Official Report, column 759W, on sovereignty: Scotland, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on...

      Taxation: Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what taxation options he is considering in relation to e-cigarettes and the forthcoming budget; and what assessment he has made of the revenue implications...

      Taxation: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with Ministers or officials from the Scottish Government on (a) new taxes and (b) devolution of taxes under...

      UK Asset Resolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken to ensure that customers with interest only mortgages held by UKAR are supported to ensure that loans are repaid at the end of...

      UK Asset Resolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many mortgages from former Northern Rock are managed via UKAR; and how many such mortgages are non-residential in (a) UK and (b) Scotland.

      UK Asset Resolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many buy to let mortgages from the former Bradford and Bingley plc are currently held through UKAR; and what the total value of such mortgages is.

      UK Asset Resolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed by (a) UKAR and (b) UKAR Corporate Services Ltd.

      VAT: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made at airports since the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 to improve the customer experience around reclaiming VAT on goods...

  • Wales

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 of...

  • Scotland

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the roll out of broadband in rural areas.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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,...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment has been sold by Afghan Disposals to date; what the original cost of that equipment was; and how much it was sold for.

    • Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the new IT system for army recruitment will be operational; and what contingency plans his Department has in place in the event that the...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to take a decision on whether to pay Capita to build its own IT platform as part of the Recruiting Partnering Project.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what date the Recruiting Partnering Project was originally expected to be fully operational.

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how cyber attacks or other malicious incidents involving information technology at the Atomic Weapons Establishment are categorised; and how many such...

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the A91 facility at Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston; what the currently calculated write-off costs for that...

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a detailed account of the costs involved in providing French military forces with two C-17 transport vehicles.

      Navy: Greenock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the sale of Royal Navy buildings in Greenock which were formerly occupied by the Coastguard; and if he will make a statement.

      Territorial Army: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in Cumbria joined the Territorial Army in each of the last five years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities refuse access to housing to care leavers on the grounds that they are not originally from that local...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on local authorities increasing council tax by five pounds without a referendum in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that any proposed council tax increases are approved by residents.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse has been of the council tax grant in each financial year from 2011-12 to date; and what the...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what percentage Band D council tax increased in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire in (i) 1997-2010 and (ii) 2010 to date.

      Council Tax: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Band D council tax level set by Milton Keynes Council has been in each year since 1997.

      Elections: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial assistance was given to Bassetlaw council for the (a) police commissioner elections in 2013, (b) Parliamentary...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses have been unoccupied for over (a) five and (b) 10 years in (i) Ribble Valley constituency, (ii) Lancashire and...

      Fires: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many household fires (a) in total and (b) per capita each fire authority in England dealt with in each year since 2008.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 13 January 2014, on the ability of councils to keep business rates they...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much he estimates local authorities will gain from fracking revenues; and which local authorities will benefit.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has given on how housing site allocation numbers are to be expressed in local plans.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department holds information on the level of reserves held by each local authority.

      Local Government: Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities currently share revenue and benefit services.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the effects of a rise in the base rate of interest on the number of homeowner mortgage...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the title is of each regulation his Department (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv)...

      Telephone Services

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

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to require the auditors of free schools and academies to report on which (a) services have been bought from, (b)...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to narrow the gap between the educational achievement of children in care and other young people.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2013, Official Report, columns 730-1W, on children in care, how many children's homes were run by (a) local...

      English Baccalaureate: Stourbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils at each of the secondary schools in the Stourbridge constituency achieved A*-C grades in English Baccalaureate subjects (a)...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many EU directives his Department has transposed into UK law since 2010; and how many directly acting EU regulations have come into effect in his...

      Further Education: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate has been made of the cost to the Exchequer of exempting sixth form colleges and further education colleges from VAT along the same lines...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of per capita spending on primary school reception classes in (a) Birkenhead, (b) the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and...

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to increase the provision of automated external defibrillators in schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2013, Official Report, columns 652-3W, on special educational needs, what measures his Department uses to identify...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2013, Official Report, columns 652-3W, on special educational needs, whether he holds any information on the...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Education 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)...

      Youth Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what responsibility his Department has for the Youth Worker Workforce.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bank Services

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

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on building a shared future in Northern Ireland. [R]

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what input she plans to have to the Haass talks.

      Training

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with what bank his Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank...

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the Court of Appeal's judgment dated 20 December 2013 in relation to dangerous dogs, [2013]...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has funded into the use of contour afforestation in water catchment areas of areas prone to flooding.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contour afforestation programmes to alleviate flooding his Department has funded in each of the last three years.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the use of the use of contour afforestation to alleviate flooding.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial incentives are in place to encourage farmers to plant trees to alleviate flooding in water catchment areas of...

      Flood Control: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department spent on flood defences in (a) North Swindon constituency and (b) Swindon Borough in (i)...

      Local Government Finance: Swindon

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

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the Wildlife and Countryside Link report entitled Nature Check 2013, an analysis of the...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the Cabinet Office Guidance for Customer Service Helplines, published on 26 December 2013, when his...

      Training

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

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the answer of 14 January, Official Report, column 502W, on Bishop of Bath and Wells, what the cost is...

    • Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the answer of 14 January, Official Report, column 502W, on Bishop of Bath and Wells, what the address...

      Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 502W, on Bishop of Bath and Wells, what...

      Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church Commissioners have for the future use of the flat in the Palace of the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

      Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Very Reverend John Clarke, Dean of Wells, was present during meetings at which the suitability of the...

  • Transport

    • A303

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish the draft A303 feasibility study.

    • Aviation: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what occasions since May 2010 disaster planning arrangements have been initiated as a result of an aeroplane having difficulty landing at UK airports.

      Aviation: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers he has to (a) monitor and (b) control the prices of flights to London from Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has decided a way forward for audio visual technology on buses in accordance with Task 2 of Headline 2 of the Accessibility...

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason buses are not required to have audio-visual announcements for accessibility in the same way as trains; and if he will make it his...

      Bus Services: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to improve bus accessibility for blind and partially sighted people.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Learn Direct will receive compensation following the legal challenge by Pearson Driving Assessments to the awarding of the theory test contract.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether further changes will be made to the HS2 phase one environmental statement in the event of mistakes of fact being identified in that document.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what terms of reference were used by his Department in selecting a preferred candidate for the role of independent assessor with responsibility for...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who has been chosen to act as independent assessor in respect of the current phase 1 HS2 environmental statement consultation; whether his Department...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the recent Request for Proposals to Northern Rail included an option for modern or refurbished electric rolling stock.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether specifications for the replacement of Northern and Transpennine franchises will require prospective operators to maintain or improve (a)...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether additional electric rolling stock will be fully operational in passenger service in the North West before the December 2014 timetable change.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unfilled coastguard vacancies there are at Belfast Coastguard station.

      Rescue Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to how many emergency incidents HM Coastguard responded in (a) the North East and (b) the Tees Valley in each year since 2008.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2014, Official Report, column 310W, on rolling stock, what the basis was of the conflicts of interest declared by...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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,...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients waited longer than four hours to be seen in accident and emergency departments in the first week of January in each of the...

    • Ambulance Services: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ambulance trusts have hazardous area response team paramedics trained to deal with radiation contaminated casualties; and how many paramedics are...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the length of time that people use antibiotics; and if he will commission research into the effects on patients of...

      Bexsero

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the draft Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation minutes of 2 October 2013, what assessment has been made of how many children...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will take steps to promote the drinking of tomato juice to reduce the incidence of breast cancer.

      Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve NHS treatment provision for patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

      Croydon University Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the future of accident and emergency services at Croydon University Hospital following the withdrawal of the Better...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review his Department's guidance on the provision of insulin pumps on the NHS in light of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve access to GP services for vulnerable older people.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of signatories to the Public Health Responsibility Deal with regard to pledges dealing with (a)...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department as an employer has signed up to (a) the Public Health Responsibility Deal and (b) the sub-pledges regarding (i) construction and...

      Health and Wellbeing Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will encourage health and wellbeing boards to involve dental health professionals.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that care is better co-ordinated for elderly people discharged from accident and emergency departments to...

      Health Services: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current operational status of the Better Services, Better Value review in south-west London and Surrey is; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress he has made against his target of increasing the number of health visitors by 50 per cent by 2015.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policy of recent research into genetic indicators of increased risk of heart attacks.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make an estimate of the total number of cases of cervical, vaginal, vulval, penile, anal, head and neck cancers that would be prevented...

      Human Papillomavirus: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young people in Swindon have received the human papillomavirus vaccine since its introduction.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policy of recent research published by the University of Adelaide indicating that...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the extent and adequacy of provision of in-vitro fertilisation in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) England; and...

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 544W, on Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, what the membership...

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has held with representatives of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation since 2 October 2013.

      Lung Cancer: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his taking to reduce the incidence of lung cancer in women.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to his letter to the right hon. Member for North Somerset of 15 May 2013, what the evidential basis is for the statement that (a)...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what process (a) patients and (b) healthcare suppliers can make complaints about the decisions of NHS commissioners.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's 10 largest contracts let since the financial year 2010-11 are; what savings have been made in such contracts; what the level of...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what new clinical evidence his Department has gathered since the publication of the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group report on...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2013, Official Report, column 1010W, on secondments, which private companies supply NHS England with seconded staff.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under 18 years are registered with (a) chlamydia, (b) herpes, (c) gonorrhoea and (d) genital warts.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce sugar in foodstuffs with the aim of reducing obesity levels and diagnosis of diabetes.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Cabinet Office guidance for customer service helplines, published on 26 December 2013, when his Department expects to comply with...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made in introducing plain packaging for tobacco products.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve approaches to diagnosing latent tuberculosis in hard-to-reach groups.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with (a) mobile network operators and (b) broadband companies on (i) coverage of mobile signal and...

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of households in England were pre-payment customers of energy in each year since 2007; and what proportion...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobs likely to be generated by shale gas extraction (a) in the next licensing round...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which local authority and obligated energy company partnerships planning to undertake solid-wall house insulation through the energy...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) on shore and (b) off shore wind turbines have been erected in the UK in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with what bank her Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that housing estates sited across council boundaries have access to uniform broadband speeds.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the availability and speed of broadband in housing estates sited across council boundaries.

      Package Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of the Package Travel Regulations on the size of the packages market for inbound tourism.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of an increase in the annual licence fee for the 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum on (a) the level...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the Cabinet Office guidance for customer service helplines, published on 26 December 2013, when her Department expects...

      Training

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

      Work Experience

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

  • Attorney-General

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Attorney-General with what bank the Law Officers' Departments' bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft in the last...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many complaints were made against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in (a) 2013 and (b) each of the previous five years; and for each year how many complaints...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many complaints about the Crown Prosecution Service were referred to the Parliamentary Ombudsman in (a) 2013 and (b) each of the previous five years.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many complaints about (a) Crown Prosecution Service legal decision-making, (b) non-legal decision-making and (c) legal and non-legal decision-making were upheld...

      Early Guilty Plea Scheme

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many violence against the person cases were resolved by the Early Guilty Plea scheme in 2013; and on how many occasions during that year charges of (a)...

      Early Guilty Plea Scheme

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases of people charged with burglary were resolved by the Early Guilty Plea scheme in 2013; and on how many occasions during that year charges of (a)...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 428W, on the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), what responses the Director of the SFO has received to his...

      Training

      To ask the Attorney-General which Ministers in the Law Officers' Departments have undertaken training courses; and in the case of each such course what the (a) name of the course provider, (b)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • British American Tobacco

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what representations the Minister without Portfolio, the right hon. Member for Rushcliffe, (Mr Clarke) received from representatives of British American...

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 10 November 2011, Official Report, column 454W, on defence: procurement, whether he now plans to lift the temporary...

      Government Departments: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many redundancy payments were made to employees of central Government Departments in each of the last three years; and what the total expenditure on...

      Lords Lieutenant

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) to what extent Vice Lords Lieutenant are required to be politically neutral; and what guidance on political objectivity is to given to them; (2)...

      Public Sector: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps the Government are taking to relocate public sector jobs to areas of England with low rates of gross value added.

      Public Sector: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 507W, on public sector: fraud, if he will provide details of the various data-sharing...

      Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) 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,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 447W, on employment and support allowance, if his Department will collect...

      Housing Benefit: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Portsmouth South 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 pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 522W, on housing benefit: social rented housing, whether his Department will...

      Jobcentre Plus: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) adults and (b) people aged 16 to 24 years old have been helped to find employment by Swindon Jobcentre Plus in each of the last...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the effect of the rules limiting claimants of jobseeker's allowance taking up training on a part-time basis of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average processing time for personal independence payments applications was in the last year; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with (a) individuals and (b) groups on personal independence payments.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's 10 largest contracts let since the financial year 2010-11 are; what savings have been made in such contracts; what the...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were seconded from the private sector to his Department in each of the last six years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, columns 566-7W, on benefit cap, what research he (a) is carrying out and (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any benefit claimants have been subject to benefit sanctions while on a training course authorised by his Department.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those found to be committing benefit fraud and not prosecuted in court in each of the last five years (a) have repaid monies...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Mr Wetherick of Christchurch will receive a decision from the Atos Medical Service Centre in Bristol as to whether he needs a medical...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Cabinet Office guidance for customer service helplines, published on 26 December 2013, when his Department expects to...

      Unemployed People: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on boosting the literacy and numeracy of jobseekers in each Government Office region in each of the last six years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to (a) the Exchequer and (b) individual incomes if eligibility for universal credit were established using gross...

      Vacancies: Barrow in Furness

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

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will exclude war disablement pensions as a source of income when assessing benefits.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether, in a case where a Work programme participant has an appointment with a provider but then agrees with the provider to attend at a...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current performance of the Work programme.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities with what bank the Government Equalities Office's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank...

    • Training

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities which Ministers in the Government Equalities Office have undertaken training courses; and in the case of each such course what the (a) name of the...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in the Government Equalities Office in each of the last...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure apprentices employed by (a) the Leadership Development Centre and (b) Vision...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department can take when apprentices are not paid on time by their employer.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what safeguards his Department has put in place to ensure that apprentices employed under his Department's programmes are paid...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills under which of his Department's programmes (a) the Leadership Development Centre and (b) Vision Lifestyle were given a contract...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the contribution of the hon. Member for East Durbatonshire of 25 April 2013, Official Report, columns 801-2,...

      Business: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies registered in (a) Leicester South constituency and (b) Leicester city are classified as (i) small and (ii)...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many calls the Pay and Work Rights Helpline has received in each month of the last two years for which figures are available.

      Literacy: Swindon

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

      Local Government Finance: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding was allocated by his Department and its associated agencies to Swindon borough council in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12,...

      Manufacturing Industries: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of trends in levels of manufacturing activity in Leicester and Leicestershire.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 10 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Minimum Wage: Personal Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of best steps to be taken to reduce non-compliance with national minimum wage rates in...

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2014, Official Report, column 330W, on National Careers Service, what estimate has been made...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many approvals were granted by the Registrar of Companies in each of the years ending 31 March from 2007 to 2013 in (a)...

      Overseas Trade: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs regarding the High Level Prosperity...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what conditions his Department places on Post Office Ltd to provide services in the event of the retirement of a sub-postmaster.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's 10 largest contracts let since the financial year 2010-11 are; what savings have been made in such...

      Queen's Awards for Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations and individuals have received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in County Durham in each of the last five years.

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his letter to the Skills Funding Agency on funding for 2014-15 will be published; and what the reasons are for the time...

      Stockdale Riverside College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total value is of the contract entered into by Stockdale Riverside College and (a) the Leadership Development Centre and...

      Stockdale Riverside College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what due diligence process his Department required (a) the Leadership Development Centre and (b) Vision Lifestyle to undertake...

      Training

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

      UK Trade & Investment: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK Trade & Investment employees based in the East Midlands were employed in attracting inward investment to...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of those on the current electoral register in each parliamentary constituency who are at risk of not being...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the registration rates were for attainers in each year for which data are available.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average cost of registering additional non-voters was in each of the last six years.

      Primary Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress his Department has made in the last three years on establishing 200 all-postal primaries.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Somalia

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

    • Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Burmese counterpart on the release of political prisoners in that country; and if he...

      Pakistan: Religious Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Pakistan on the persecution of Christians and other religious...

      Israel: Children in Military Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the treatment of Palestinian child detainees.

      Israel: Children in Military Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on implementing the recommendations of the report entitled...

      Trade with Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what change there has been in levels of trade between Nigeria and the UK since the Prime Minister’s visit to Nigeria in 2011.

      Human Rights in Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on human rights cases in Russia.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he holds on the alleged involvement of the then UK Government in the attack on the Golden Temple, Amritsar in...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will order the release of any further Government documents relating to the attack on the Golden Temple, Amritsar in 1984.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish all relevant documents outlining the extent of the UK's involvement in the 1984 Amritsar attack.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Indian Government about the release of Sikh prisoners.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation the UK intends to send to the second conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons in...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Cabinet Office guidance for customer service helplines, published on 26 December 2013, when his Department...

      Training

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

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his US counterpart on the fairness of the trial of the Miami Five; and if he will make a...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which of her Department's aids programmes in Bangladesh are being reviewed for a reduction in funding; and what the end date of each...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements her Department has put in place to ensure that funds given directly to the Government of Bangladesh are properly...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will reduce the funding her Department gives directly to the Government of Bangladesh.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with what bank her Department's bank overdraft is held; and what fees and charges were payable on the core Department's bank overdraft...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid was sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and what estimate she has made of the...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what guidance her Department gives to developing countries on contour afforestation as a means to prevent flooding.

      Developing Countries: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid the Government give to countries with laws that discriminate against homosexuality.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of UK official development assistance was allocated exclusively to her Department's budget in (a) 2009-10,...

      Training

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

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to give effect to United Nation Resolution 2122 in relation to access to safe abortions for women raped in conflict.

    • Agroforestry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the benefits of agricultural systems, generally known as agroforestry, which integrate trees, crops and livestock on the same area...

      Agroforestry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reformed Common Agricultural Policy offers the opportunity to support agroforestry under Pillars 1 and 2; and, if so, under which Pillar they...

      Agroforestry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the analysis of agroforestry by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for...

      Agroforestry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any difference of approach in policies supporting agroforestry in the four nations of the United Kingdom; and, if so, what.

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rates of referral to specialist alcohol treatment services broken down by source of referral and by gender.

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rates of (1) drop-out, and (2) success, for specialist alcohol treatment broken down by gender.

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Public Health England will routinely publish alcohol treatment services statistics broken down by gender.

      Britons Living and Working Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom residents are currently registered with the relevant British Embassy or High Commission as living in each of the other member states...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the outcomes were of their discussions with Aung San Suu Kyi regarding rape and sexual violence by the Burmese army.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received on Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann's alleged involvement in human rights abuses in Burma.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the promised deployment of the African Union troops in the Central African Republic is likely to take place.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the proposal made by the European Union High Representative that the European Union should rapidly deploy a military force to the...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the African Union and French intervention Operation Sangaris in the Central African Republic; and what...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the suggestion that a United Nations peacekeeping force be established in the Central African Republic; and whether they...

      Children: Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children in England and Wales are not detained overnight in police custody. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 25 May 2013 (WA 44–5) which stated a linear trend model with first-order autoregressive noise in...

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have produced or plan to produce a market-based cost of guaranteeing that part of national debt that could be transferred to Scotland on...

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Treasury assumed full responsibility for the total of United Kingdom debt stock when part of the island of Ireland left the United Kingdom; and...

      Department of Energy and Climate Change: Annual Report

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Department of Energy and Climate Change Annual Report and Accounts for 2012–13, pages 263–6, why the North West region...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding was or is allocated for the one-off costs of introducing individual electoral registration in (1) 2012, (2) 2013, (3) 2014, (4) 2015, and...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for United Kingdom carbon power; and what are the expected relative costs for annual delivered electrical power for onshore wind,...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate is of the likely impact on the wholesale price of electricity of losing the capacity represented by Eggborough Power...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the likely impact on the wholesale price of electricity should the entire capacity represented by Eggborough Power Station...

      Energy: Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many power stations have been mothballed; and how long it would take to bring any of them back into operation.

      EU: Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to speed up the application process under the European Union Protected Food Name Scheme.

      EU: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 18 December 2013 (WA 207), whether they will provide a breakdown of the European-supported...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in preparing for the effects of flooding in the United Kingdom, they are now planning for more frequent and more intense flooding events; and what...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 17 December 2013 relating to the Department for Education (WA 180), whether any performance data are collated...

      Housing: Enterprise Zones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the Mayor of London’s proposal to create housing enterprise zones in London; and what is their assessment of the impact...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for indefinite leave to remain are in the Settlement Other (SET O) work stream; and what was the longest time taken for cases decided...

      Isles of Scilly

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 29 November 2013 (WA 78), whether they have received an application from the Isles of Scilly Steamship...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning civilian and particularly child fatalities in the West Bank and Gaza in 2013.

      Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is expected that departments, non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies issue a publicly available response to a Technical Review of...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of running the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in (1) 2011–12, and (2) 2012–13; and how many people are...

      Pets: Primates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as recommended by the British Veterinary Association, they will take steps to introduce a ban on the keeping of primates as private pets.

      Police: Black and Ethnic Minority Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers were employed in England, Scotland and Wales at 31 December 2013; and how many of those are of (1) Asian, (2) African, and (3)...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the stated intention of the coroner in the Mark Duggan inquest to invite the Duggan family to help shape police firearm procedures.

      Roads: New Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the draft National Policy Statement for National Networks removes the requirement for planning inspectors to take into account greenhouse gas...

      Shipping: Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on controlling emissions of sulphur, soot particles and nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere from ships’ engines in...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment, in the context of the current crisis in South Sudan, of the decision that was taken to end the mandate of the European Union...

      St Helena: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the impact on the population level of St Helena of the opening of the airport there.

      St Helena: Airport

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forecast number of passengers expected to use the new airport at St Helena during its first five years; and what proportion of that number are...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons they have for not admitting to the United Kingdom refugees and displaced people from Syria who (1) have family members already lawfully resident...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult the Refugee Council in order to construct a managed programme for the resettlement of some of the most urgent refugee cases from Syria.

      Syria: Chemical Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Astor of Hever on 13 January (WS 1) concerning financial assistance for the elimination of Syria's chemical and...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of those lifted out of tax by increases in personal tax allowances since May 2010 have children.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of adults of working age whose incomes are below the tax threshold (1) have children, and (2) are women; and whether they will provide the...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of mosques and Islamic centres in the United Kingdom which may have actively encouraged or recruited British...

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