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Written answers

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

  • Northern Ireland

    • Belfast City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with Mr Willie Walsh about British Airways's (a) commitment to and (b) expansion at Belfast city airport;...

    • Buildings

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

      Co-operative Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she or Ministers in her Department have discussed banking issues with the Co-operative Bank since 2010.

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect on registration levels of attainers in Northern Ireland of the introduction of individual voter...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources from her Department were used or made available during the recent flood precautionary measures in Northern Ireland.

      Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the setting up of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry; and what...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with Secretary of State for the Home Department about immigration into Northern Ireland and overall levels...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the US Administration since the ending of the Haass talks in Northern Ireland.

      Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland since her appointment; and what assessment she has made of...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

  • Prime Minister

    • Councillors: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what resources of his Office were used to invite Conservative councillors to a meeting in Beckingham on 13 January 2014; (2) in what capacity he met local...

    • India

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the correspondence dated 3 February 1984 from the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the then Prime Minister...

  • Attorney-General

    • Buildings

      To ask the Attorney-General which buildings occupied by the Law Officers' Departments are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for the use...

    • Work Experience

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in the Law Officers' Departments in each of the last three years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he intends to implement those recommendations of the MacDonald report concerned with earned recognition.

    • Agriculture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how his Department plans to measure any benefits to farmers arising from implementation of the recommendations of the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, columns 470-1W, on bovine tuberculosis, what steps he is taking...

      Buildings

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

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what proportion of common agricultural policy pillar 2 funding he plans to allocate to (a) fostering knowledge...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support his Department gives to farmers to plant trees on high lands as a means of counteracting flooding; and if he...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much of the additional £120 million provided in autumn statement 2012 for flood protection in England in...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the £148 million proposed to be secured from external non-governmental funding for anti-flooding...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding for flood protection had been raised through a standard partnership funding framework on 31 December 2013.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding for flood protection is planned to be raised through a standard partnership funding framework in (a)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which 50 flood defence schemes have been prioritised by the Environment Agency; how much has been allocated to each scheme;...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much of the additional £120 million provided in autumn statement 2012 for flood protection in England for (a)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the additional £120 million provided in autumn statement 2012 for flood protection in England for (a)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects and schemes have (a) been allocated and (b) received how much funding from the additional £120 million...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spend on (a) maintaining existing flood defences and (b) new flood defences in each year between...

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to (a) maximise the biodiversity benefits of high nature value (HNV) farming; and what steps he is...

      Lions: West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs following a recent report on the significant reduction in numbers of the West African lion in recent years, if she will take...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in his Department in each of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the security of the Hazara community in Afghanistan and the effect on this community of the withdrawal of...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Bahrain.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will assist the Overseas Territories to set up public registers of beneficial company ownership.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he has made representations to his Israeli counterpart on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories...

      Procurement

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

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many houses provided through the COMPASS contracts do not meet contractual standards on quality owing to (a) minor and (b) major defects.

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2013, Official Report, column 316W, on asylum: appeals, in how many asylum and immigration cases where...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of the policing of the pilot badger culls was carried out on public land; and if he will separately calculate the costs...

      EU Nationals: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the powers under which EU citizens may be administratively removed from the UK; what...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to ensure proper use of Government procurement cards in her Department; and what system is in place to...

      Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on an unannounced inspection of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre on 5...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times passport control targets have been missed since 31 May 2013.

      Immigration Controls: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasion freight checks were suspended in the ports of (a) Ayr, (b) Barrow in Furness, (c) Barry, (d) Belfast, (e) Birkenhead,...

      Immigration Controls: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Border Force staff were employed in the ports of (a) Ayr, (b) Barrow in Furness, (c) Barry, (d) Belfast, (e) Birkenhead, (f)...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2013, Official Report, column 438W, on offenders: deportation, what steps she is taking to deport Paulo...

      Police: Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what her policy is on the use of strip searching of detainees; (2) if she will review her Department's guidelines on when it is...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which electoral registration campaigns have been the most successful in each of the...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much was spent on each electoral registration campaign in each of the last 10...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of any pay gaps in respect of (a) gender, (b) race and (c) disability amongst employees of the Equality and Human Rights...

    • Women: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if the Inspiring Women Campaign will be extended to Northern Ireland.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many current local radio stations will continue to operate after the digital radio switchover.

    • Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions her Department has had with leading social media sites on protecting children online; (2) what discussions her...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Hazel Grove of 23 July 2013 regarding funding for junior potential...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has made an assessment of the effects on the number of (a) households and (b) children living in poverty...

    • Disadvantaged Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial contribution each Government Department has made to the Troubled Families Programme in each year since 2010; and...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether it is his policy to encourage social housing tenants to use HomeSwapper; (2) whether it is his policy to...

  • Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the most recent meeting of his Department's Cycle Safety Stakeholder Forum was held; and when the next such meeting is scheduled.

    • Galileo System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the UK contribution to the EU Galileo project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether repair work from storm damage to High Speed 2 railways during its construction has been factored in to the budget for the project.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has recently commissioned on the safety and legality of the sale of part-worn tyres; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Legal Aid Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) average and (b) range of time it has taken the Legal Aid Agency to make a decision following an application for exceptional case funding has...

    • Procurement

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

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Boilers: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to increase the number of Energy Company Obligation installations in rural areas; and if he will make a...

    • Buildings

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

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the carbon emissions for his Department were in relation to (a) energy use, (b) departmental travel and (c) other matters in (i)...

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the contribution of Eggborough Power Station to UK energy generation.

      Electricity: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 337W, on electricity: ICT, what discussions he has had with other...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on promoting longer life and recycled consumer electrical products as a means of reducing national...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions on fracking he has had with his European counterparts.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much plutonium arising from civil commercial reactors has been exported, to which countries and for which end-use since May 2010.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have been employed in the (a) onshore wind, (b) offshore wind, (c) solar, (d) wave, (e) tidal and (f) biomass...

      Telephone Services

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

  • Defence

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department has spent on redundancy payouts for those made redundant within his Department's accountancy department since 2010; (2)...

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on external accountancy support in each year since 2010; and what the value has been of each of his Department's...

      Andrew Manley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will publish a breakdown of the expenses claims filed by Andrew Manley, Chief Executive of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation; (2) if...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to support the three services in addressing shortages in pinch point trades.

      Armed Forces: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish figures of voluntary outflow for each rank of the armed forces for each of the last 10 years.

      Army Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army reserve recruits (a) left the service and (b) were enlisted from 2011 to the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which part of his Department's budget the cost of the army recruitment drive recently announced by his Department will be met.

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence police officers were under investigation in 2013 for neglect of duties at the Atomic Weapons Establishment; how many such...

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when nuclear processing operations recommenced in the main processing building at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, following the...

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when emergency flood defences have been deployed at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield since the flood event of July 2007.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an offer has been made to the Burmese Army of training in establishing mechanisms to investigate and prosecute cases where Burmese Army soldiers...

      Navy: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many new naval reserve recruits there were in (a) Portsmouth South constituency and (b) Hampshire in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Nuclear Weapons: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the name, date and location is of each nuclear weapons accident response exercise which (a) took place in 2013 and (b) is scheduled for 2014.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Royal Naval Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many naval reserve recruits (a) left the service and (b) were enlisted from 2011 to the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Royal Naval Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role he plans for HM Naval Base Portsmouth in the management of recruitment of reservists.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he is satisfied that the guidance contained in the Chief Medical Officer's letter to GPs and hospitals on the illegality of sex-selective...

    • 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 in each of the first four weeks of January in each of the...

      Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what artwork is on display in the offices of each Minister in his Department; and what the estimated value is of each such artwork.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Proton Beam Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on extending access to proton beam therapy on the NHS; (2) for what reasons UK patients are only funded to undergo proton beam...

      Drugs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new psychotropic drugs have been licensed for use by children in each year since 2010.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      General Practitioners: Fareham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent general practitioners were employed in general practices in Fareham constituency in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11,...

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department ensures that health checks carried out annually for people with learning disabilities are given sufficient time and attention to cover...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on seasonal influenza vaccination public awareness campaigns in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many seasonal influenza vaccinations were delivered in (a) the North East and (b) Sunderland in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a free-of-charge vaccination programme for children under five for meningococcal B meningitis.

      Methylphenidate: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in each primary care trust area in the West Midlands were prescribed methylphenidate hydrochloride in each of the last 10 years for...

      Work Experience

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

  • Treasury

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of credit unions offering cash ISAs; and if he will take steps to encourage credit unions to provide cash ISAs.

    • Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the implementation of progressive beer duty in each of the last 10 years.

      Excise Duties: Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the need to increase the number of oil terminals designated as duty warehouses; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Companies: Profits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of the profits generated in the UK and remitted overseas by foreign-owned companies, banks and utilities trading in...

      Fracking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the document referred to in footnote 76 of page 49 of the Autumn Statement 2013, entitled Upstream Insight: UK...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of fuel sold in (a) Great Britain and (b) Northern Ireland that is illicit; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many investigations there were into national minimum wage compliance from (a) complaints obtained by (i) affected employees and (ii) third parties and...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps his Department has taken to improve enforcement of the national minimum wage.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Power Stations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes in business rates for power stations have been made in the last three months; and on what date those changes were published.

      Retail Trade: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage overseas visitors to shop in UK stores.

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs officers are currently employed in Northern Ireland.

      Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the proportion of shares by value owned by individuals in other (a) EU member states and (b) G20 countries.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many unresolved tax enquiries there were in the Large Business Service in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14 to date; (2) how...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with which companies the Large Business Service currently works; (2) with how many companies the Large Business Service worked in (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Taxation: Self-Assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet Google to discuss the profits that company makes from copycat websites which charge for the tax return service and appear above Government...

      Tobacco Packaging

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what analysis he has commissioned of the economic effects of the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products; (2) what assessment he...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

    • Debt

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the change in the aggregate household debt in the UK was between 1 July 2010 and 1 July 2013.

      Employment: Portsmouth

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

      EU Law

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in No. 10 Downing Street in each of the last three...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Buildings

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

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what date the Child Maintenance Service self-service portal for parents using the collect and pay service will be fully operational.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that social housing tenants liable for the under-occupancy penalty are assisted in downsizing.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to publish his response to the consultation on Better Workplace Pensions: a consultation on charging, Cm 8738.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department uses to assess the viability of local authority Social Fund schemes.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent meetings officials in his Department have held with representatives of HomeSwapper.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will review the statutory provisions of local authorities to include local welfare schemes.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseekers received a sanction from Jobcentre Plus in each of the last five years; and how many such sanctions were initiated by a...

      Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the data his Department holds on the number of immigrants who have claimed benefits within three months of registering for a...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department received about the cost of telephone calls made by members of the public to officials in his Department in...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average cost of a telephone call from a member of the public to his Department.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account is taken of potential health and safety issues when declaring known drug or alcohol addicts as being fit for work; and what...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Clothing and Textiles: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the range of qualifications available for the study of fashion and textiles.

    • Further Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Skills Funding Agency on the number of qualifications...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the Resource Accounting and Budgeting charge for each cohort of students entering...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2013, Official Report, column 821W, on higher education: private sector, how many students...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2013, Official Report, column 821W, on higher education: private sector, how many students...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 13 November 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Research: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many non-medical scientists have been found to have committed research misconduct in the last 30 years.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value is of (a) tuition and (b) maintenance student loans currently issued; and what proportion of such loans he...

      UK Trade & Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to assess the return on investment from Government funding of UK Trade & Investment West Midlands.

      UK Trade & Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to invest in a new UK Trade & Investment office in Shrewsbury to support local Shropshire...

      Work Experience

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

  • Education

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

    • Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the research commissioned by the Association of Colleges on the effect of the reduction in funding...

      Pupil Premium Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on extending the pupil premium plus to school children adopted before December 2005.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many SEN students achieved the expected level in English and mathematics at Key Stage 2 in each of the last five years; how these figures compare...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many small and medium-sized enterprises have offered placements to people aged 16 to 23 as part of the Traineeship Programme; and if he will make a...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the quality assurance auditing process for the new Traineeship Programme is; and if he will make a statement.

      World War I: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to amend the provisions of the National Curriculum on (a) the causes of the First World War, (b) the quality of British generalship...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many 16 to 18-year-olds were not in education, employment or training in (a) England and (b) each local authority area in the East Midlands in the...

  • International Development

    • Syria: Humanitarian Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to improve the co-ordination of humanitarian support for Syria and the surrounding region.

    • Aid: Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the adequacy of food and medical supplies entering Gaza daily.

      Palestinians: Jordan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid the Government are giving to displaced Palestinians in Jordan.

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the potential effect on her Department’s policies of Scotland becoming independent.

      Buildings

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

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any (a) rice and (b) other humanitarian aid stolen by Burmese Army soldiers in the Nam Lin Pa Internally Displaced Person camp...

      Developing Countries: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken relating to the effect of dementia on developing countries to support the Prime Minister's Dementia...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will increase her Department's support to the health systems of developing countries to help reduce migration of health workers...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the November 2013 report by the World Health Organisation entitled A Universal Truth: No Health Without...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) food aid and (b) other aid her Department gave to North Korea in the most recent period for which figures are available;...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether UK Official Development Assistance budgets allocated to departments other than her Department are also bound by her...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether funds from her Department to support education in the Gaza Strip (a) support or (b) are ring fenced from the Pioneers of...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian assistance her Department gives the Philippines to help prevent online sex abuse of Filipino children in poverty by...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy they are promoting about the global use of genetically modified organisms through their membership of the Food and Agriculture Organisation and...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the recent elections which took place on 5 January in Bangladesh to be democratic and fair; and whether they consider the results of...

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to encourage and facilitate a fair and democratic political process in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to encourage the government of Bangladesh to ensure that the International Crimes Tribunal, established to try those accused of...

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Bangladesh about the execution of Abdul Qader Mollah and the conformity of the judicial process...

      Britons Living and Working Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total number of United Kingdom citizens currently resident in other member states of the European Union; and what are the...

      Bullying: Racist Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat racist bullying in schools.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which departmental budget is paying for the training of the Burmese army; and what is the total cost to the British taxpayer of that training.

      Education: Korean

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 7 January (WA 253), whether they will discuss with examination boards the possibility of developing a GCSE in...

      Education: Mandarin

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote the teaching of Mandarin.

      Education: Missing Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 20 November 2013 (WA 212), when they will publish the revised statutory guidance on children missing from...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the present status of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood; and what assessment they have made of the government of Egypt's...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other European Union member states about possible steps the European Union could take to help restore political...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 18 November 2013 (WA 145) and 4 December 2013 (WA 48–9), what is the minimum number of embryos required...

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of households currently in fuel poverty; and what is their target for reducing that number over the next five years.

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact on fuel poverty of the recently announced changes to the Energy Company Obligation arrangements.

      Energy: Insulation Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have occurred in the numbers employed in the insulation sector in 2013 compared with the previous year; and what is their assessment of the...

      Flags

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 7 January (WA 260), what criteria the Foreign and Commonwealth Office uses to determine on what...

      Flags

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 7 January (WA 260), what criteria the Home Office uses to determine on what occasions and where...

      Flags

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 7 January (WA 260), what criteria the Scotland Office uses to determine on what occasions and...

      Flags

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 7 January (WA 260), what criteria the Northern Ireland Office uses to determine on what...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term effects of flooding (1) on the environment, and (2) on economic activity, in the Somerset Levels.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current situation of families in Gaza made homeless by the floods.

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 18 December 2013 (WA 210–11), whether there are any techniques listed under Schedule 2 to the...

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 30 October (WA 259), 12 November (WA 113-14) and 18 December (WA 210-11), whether they consider that an egg...

      Golden Temple Attack

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will conduct the inquiry into British involvement in the attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984; when it will report; to whom it will report;...

      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 Culture, Media and Sport for the last...

      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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the last year for...

      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 Northern Ireland Office (WA 182), whether any performance data are...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 18 December 2013 relating to the Attorney General's Office (WA 211), whether any performance...

      Government Departments: Research and Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many competitions the Department for Health held for the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) in (1) 2010–11, (2) 2011–12, (3)...

      Government Departments: Research and Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many competitions the Department of Energy and Climate Change held for the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) in (1) 2010–11, (2)...

      Health Services: Inequality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to identify and reduce inequalities in health, particularly in areas such as mental health, heart disease and emergency care.

      Health Services: Inequality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which health services inequalities exist; and what plans they have to address them.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what increase in costs they estimate immigration which has already taken place will cause over (1) the next 10 years, and (2) the next 20 years, through...

      Iraq: Camp Liberty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the conditions in Camp Liberty; how many people they estimate to have been wounded or killed there in the past month; and...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are continuing to negotiate with the government of Libya regarding possible compensation for United Kingdom citizens killed or injured by...

      Malaysia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Malaysia about the suppression of the teachings, practice and expression of Shi’a Islam in...

      Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research relating to the treatment of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee has authorised...

      Northern Ireland: Haass Proposals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of the various institutions suggested by Dr Haass in relation to Northern Ireland; and what proportion of any agreed costs will be...

      Northern Ireland: Haass Proposals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to continue the process begun by Dr Haass's with the political parties in Northern Ireland; and if so, how. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Northern Ireland: Haass Proposals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they held consultations with the First and Deputy First Ministers in Northern Ireland following the failure of the political parties to agree on an...

      Police: Black and Ethnic Minority Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many black and ethnic minority police officers are trained to senior investigative officer level; and at which forces they were based as at 31 December...

      Registration of Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 17 December 2013 (WA 192), what is their estimate of the number of deaths that remain...

      Registration of Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 17 December 2013 (WA 192), what is their estimate of the average delay in...

      Roads: M4

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 9 December 2013 (WA 96) concerning the M4, whether their decision not to restore the 70 miles per hour...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many free school applications they have (1) accepted, and (2) rejected, in each year since 2010 and to date in 2013.

      Social Care: Elderly People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how recent cuts in the social care budget will affect basic social care for the elderly.

      Sport: Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that national governing bodies of sport should be required to deliver explicit outcomes for women in their whole sport plans.

      Sport: Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific initiatives or new policies have been implemented to promote the interests of women in sport since the London 2012 Olympic Games. To ask Her...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the table on the number of income tax payers whose personal taxable income exceeded (1) £30,000, (2) £50,000, (3)...

      Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) male, and (2) female, qualified teachers there are in state primary and secondary schools in England and Wales.

      Teachers and Teaching Assistants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the present ratios of teaching assistants to qualified teachers in state primary and secondary schools in England and Wales; and how many teaching...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last made an assessment of the number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey; what was the result of that assessment; and whether they intend to make...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current guidance to UK Trade & Investment as regards promoting inward investment in England outside the Greater London area.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inward investment projects have been established in the north-east of England with the support of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in each of the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Freud on 6 November 2012 (HL Deb, col 888) and on 18 December 2013 (WA 232), what they intended to “go live” in...

      Water Management

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the classifications for water bodies in England as set down by the European Union Water Framework Directive.

      Winter Olympic Games 2014 and 2018

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they intend to provide to the British Biathlon Union, directly, through the National Lottery or through the auspices of the British Olympic...

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