Written answers

Thursday, 23 January 2014

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria will be used by his Department in its operational readiness review in March 2014 to determine whether the new statutory child...

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received in relation to the application of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights with regard to the...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances the Child Maintenance Service will consider withdrawal of its collect and pay service from a parent with care who is...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance and support his Department provides to people assessed as fit for work by Atos and declined employment support allowance whilst...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he takes to ensure that there are not discrepancies between the number of people (a) paid employment and support allowance and (b)...

      EU Law

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

      EU Social Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 50W, on EU social policy, which UK public funds are classified by the...

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what total number of telephones was available in the Jobcentre Plus network to enable jobseekers to contact officials in his Department...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to safeguard the rights of UK pension holders whose pensions have been placed in the hands of companies that are based...

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of resources provided to the Pensions Regulator.

      Social Security Benefits: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Brigg and Goole constituency have had their benefit withdrawn for refusing to work in each year since 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason three months was chosen as the length of time before an EU migrant can claim benefits.

      Social Security Benefits: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration has been given to the use of a national identity card system for determining eligibility for receipt of welfare payments.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made on addressing issues regarding Atos testing for disability benefit claimants.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what decision he has made on the case for using 03 telephone numbers for calls from members of the public with benefit queries.

      Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce unemployment among black and ethnic minority young people.

      Unemployment: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times he has met the Mayor of London to discuss unemployment in London since May 2010.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role he envisages for local authorities in the administration of universal credit.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his assessment of the effectiveness of the Work Programme will include (a) data on claimants returning to Jobcentre services and (b) a...

  • Health

    • Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department has met representatives to the Action on Smoking and Health charity since July 2013; how many such meetings have been held to...

    • Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of adults with high blood cholesterol in England.

      Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for access to NHS counselling services in each of the last 10 years.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which drugs are the five most frequently prescribed in the NHS for treatment of anxiety and depression; (2) what the cost to the NHS of...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration has been given to the use of a national identity card system for determining eligibility for treatment by the national health service.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 414W, on health: children, if he will commission a sample study or a review of sample...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the prevention, early identification and treatment of hepatitis C.

      Home Care Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of levels of adherence to minimum wage legislation in the home care sector.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children were referred through the NHS for counselling to treat depression and anxiety in each of the last 10 years.

      University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients waited longer than four hours at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust accident and emergency department in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the UN is likely to approve a body to provide independent oversight to political reform...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports the Government have received of violations of international law taking place in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conditions the UK is seeking before the arms embargo on Burma is lifted; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the UK training of military police in Burma; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Countries: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made on the review of the balance of competitiveness of the EU.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many EU directives his Department has transposed into UK law since 2010; and how many directly acting EU regulations have...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 607W, on Iran, if he will take steps to develop and seek...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Malaysian Government about the confiscation of Bibles by Islamic authorities in that country.

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent of religious freedom in Malaysia.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK will send a representative to the conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons in Nayarit,...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the effect of the vote in the House of Commons of 30 August 2013 on military intervention in...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Thailand to encourage that country to provide safe shelter to...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will (a) discuss with the Moroccan ambassador to the UK and (b) instruct HM ambassador in Rabat to report on the incidents...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many horses in each licensed establishment were used in medical experiments in the UK in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce levels of domestic violence in (a) Coventry, (b) the west midlands and (c) England; and what...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many roadside drug analysis machines are in active use in (a) total and (b) each police force.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written statement from the Minister for Crime Prevention of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 22WS, on drug policy,...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the selection criteria for first responders to the National Referral Mechanism; and if she will make a statement.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what target she has set for the uptake of the Disclosure and Barring Service's Update Service by employers and organisations; and what...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many EU directives her Department has transposed into UK law since 2010; and how many directly acting EU regulations have come into...

    • Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to bring into force section 9 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 which allows the conversion of civil...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 371W, on museums and galleries, which legislation governs the (a)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in what areas of her Department’s spending reductions of 1.17% in 2014-15 and 1.13% in 2015-16 will be found.

      Sports: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to improve the transparency of national governing bodies of lottery-funded sports.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authority swimming pool operators in the UK have implemented the ASA Aquatics Pathway scheme since its introduction.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from amateur swimming clubs that closed because they have not been permitted to teach swimming to...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many amateur swimming clubs operated in local authority swimming pools in (a) 2013, (b) 2012 and (c) 2011.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much private sector investment the Government has attracted since 2010 to help provide long-term sustainable energy solutions.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the financial effect of Ofgem's decision to remove the prompt payment discount.

      EU Law

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

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Environment Agency will be able to apply cost recovery to companies wishing to operate wells for hydraulic fracturing of...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what liability regime will cover operators of hydraulic fracturing wells to extract shale gas.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of fracking to the energy mix in the UK.

      Fracking: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs created by the fracking industry in Yorkshire and the Humber in the next 10...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any plutonium created in UK civilian (a) commercial reactors and (b) research reactors has been put to use in (i) nuclear...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what guidelines are issued to catering outlets in the House on the provision of...

    • Chocolate

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what the value of chocolate confectionery products purchased in the House was in...

      Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent discussions he has had with contractors providing services to the House...

      Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment he has made of (a) job satisfaction, (b) absenteeism rates and (c)...

      Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment he has made of the potential for the provision of mindfulness for...

      Sugar

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what the value of sugar purchased for consumption in the House of Commons was in...

      Sugar

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of beverages sold in the House of Commons were sugar-free in each...

      Sugar

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of the products on sale in vending machines in the House are...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Derelict Land: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much brownfield land is available for development in the London area; and if he will make a statement.

    • Empty Property: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of high street vacancy rates.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the National Audit Office report, Funding and structures for local economic growth, published on 6 December...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on planning applications in respect of fracking; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of housing development has taken place on (a) greenbelt and (b) brownfield land in each of the last 20...

      Temporary Accommodation: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families were based in temporary accommodation in (a) Barrow-in-Furness and (b) South Lakeland in each quarter of the...

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to her Burmese counterpart on minimising threats to humanitarian staff and aid operations in Rakhine...

    • Developing Countries: Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2013, Official Report, column 366W, on developing countries: genetically modified organisms, when...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many EU directives her Department and non-departmental public body has transposed into UK law since 2010; and how many directly...

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much official development assistance funding, adjusted participation was allocated to the Ministry of Defence in (a) 2009-10, (b)...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's work in Rwanda.

  • Education

    • Academies: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which academy schools in Bassetlaw constituency have been referred to his Department for investigation in the last 12 months; and what the (a) reasons...

    • Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) national and (b) local revenue expenditure on (i) primary, (ii) secondary and (iii) special school pupils is in (A) Coventry local...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of the pupil premium on the educational attainment of eligible children in Coventry.

      Schools: Nurses

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

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average daily cost of feeding a member of the armed forces on deployment is.

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) established and (b) actual strength was of the (i) regular and (ii) reserve personnel in the (A) Royal Armoured Corps, (B) Household Cavalry...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) established and (b) actual strength was of the (i) regular and (ii) reserve personnel in the (A) 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, (B) 1st...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) established and (b) actual strength was of the (i) regular and (ii) reserve personnel in the (A) 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Minister in his Department gave authority for the decision for the Recruiting Partnering Project for Army recruitment in 2011.

      Army: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regular force army redundancies he plans to make in the south-east.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the training of the Burmese army provided by his Department was (a) requested by the government of Burma or (b) initiated by the UK Government.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what monitoring his Department plans to undertake to ensure that Burmese army soldiers trained by the UK are not subsequently involved in human rights abuses.

      Chemical Weapons: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the nature is of the contract between the Government and Veolia Environmental Services in respect of the destruction of chemical weapons at...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2014, Official Report, column 290W, on European Fighter Aircraft, if he will take steps to ascertain the precise...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions his Department's IT system used for e-mails has failed in the East of Scotland in each of the last three years.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2014, Official Report, column 444W, on piracy, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in partner nations...

      Reserve Forces: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will pay the national insurance contributions of reservists employed by small and medium-sized enterprises who are mobilised for operational...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what order the Surface Common Combat System Version 1 will be installed on the Type 23 fleet.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in other Government Departments regarding the use of Common...

    • Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is currently conducting into potential diseases affecting wildlife which may arrive in the UK...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to protect Sites of Special Scientific Interest which have been affected by recent floods.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will conduct an impact assessment of the recent flooding on Britain's wildlife.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what environmental assessment he has made of the potential effects of fracking on (a) disposal of waste water at the end of...

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2013, Official Report, column 292, on maintaining the current appearance of uplands, if...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what criteria have been set by each bank in receipt of public money for qualification for senior staff bonuses; whether the Prudential Regulation...

    • Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what information he has received from the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to the misselling of embedded swaps in fixed rate business loans by...

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) publicise and (b) support debt advice services.

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings his Department has held with civil society organisations on personal debt advice; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of introducing a reduced level of duty on hand pumped ales.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the median gross pay of (a) men and (b) women is in each pay band in his Department; (2) what the median gross pay is of staff in his Department...

      Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much HM Revenue and Customs raised by tackling tax avoidance partnerships in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; (2) how many people are...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the news release by HM Revenue and Customs on 23 December 2013, on the ruling of the Upper Tax Tribunal on Eclipse 35, if he will list the...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the security of online submission of tax returns; and what estimate he has made of the costs to those who have submitted...

      Trade Missions: China

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representatives of Scottish business accompanied the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his recent trip to China.

      UK Asset Resolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many buy to let mortgages held by UKAR—UK Asset Resolution Limited—(a) are currently in arrears and (b) have had proceedings taken to...

      UK Asset Resolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties where mortgages are held by UKAR have been (a) sold voluntarily by customers who were in difficulty meeting payments and (b)...

  • Attorney-General

    • Lord Rennard

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Metropolitan police approached the Crown Prosecution Service for early consultation or a pre-charge decision in relation to allegations of sexual touching...

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions have been initiated by each Crown Prosecution Service area in the last 12 months.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many bankers have been prosecuted by the (a) Serious Fraud Office and (b) Crown Prosecution Service for financial crimes in each of the last six years.

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions in 2013 he referred a criminal sentence to the Court of Appeal for review because it was felt to be unduly lenient.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate he has made of the number of websites charging for access to Government online services in each of the last three years; and if he...

    • Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the financial contribution required from each institution in the museums and galleries sector is as a result of the transfer of pension liabilities...

      Solar Events

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contingency plans the Government have in the event of large solar flares.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what heirlooms of the see there are in relation to the Bishop's Palace at Wells.

    • Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what repairs or maintenance to the living accommodation of the Bishop of Bath and Wells in the Bishop's Palace in...

      Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, with reference to the future of the Bishop's Palace in Wells, what consultation has taken place between the Church...

      Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners what consultation has taken place between the Church Commissioners and the Diocesan Advisory Committee in...

      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 1502W, on Bishop of Bath and Wells, what...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Government asked for the removal of article 6(e) from the EU Commission’s proposal for a revision of Regulation 2027/97/EC;...

    • EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Fuel Cells: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to enable the hydrogen fuel industry to compete effectively and secure a position for itself as a viable part of the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the power required for High Speed 2 will be generated; and whether any new power stations will be needed to ensure there is sufficient capacity in...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to record details of foreign registered vehicles as they (a) enter and (b) exit the UK.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many previously foreign registered vehicles were re-registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last five years.

      Railway Stations: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railway stations do not have step free access; and what the annual footfall at each such station is.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times since May 2010 he has used his statutory powers to require train operators to comply with the terms of their franchise agreements to use...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he intends to take against train operators who do not decrease the time taken to buy a ticket.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the rail industry on the maintenance of electronic ticket machines at stations.

      Rescue Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial support the UK provides to mountain rescue teams.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an estimate of the cost to the public use of the Law Commission review of taxis and private hire vehicles over the life of the review.

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train operating companies (TOCs) have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded funding from the Access for All programme; to which TOCs such...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the benefits of open access for (a) the consumer and (b) the public purse.

      Travel: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to support local economic partnerships in the application process for the local sustainable transport and walking...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Reshoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential for reshoring and import substitution in the UK economy.

    • Business: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to help build partnerships between businesses and universities.

      EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made on establishing EU free trade agreements. [R]

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many EU directives his Department has transposed into UK law since 2010; and how many directly acting EU regulations have...

      Furniture: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the importing of furniture that does not meet the requirements in the Furniture...

      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, who the providers...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of statistics on student participation in higher education.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to encourage inward investment to their area; and what...

      Private Sector: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how the Greater Birmingham City Deal will address the imbalance of private sector growth; and what effect it will have on...

      Solar Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research the Government is undertaking or funding into solar flares.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was collected in student loan repayments in 2012-13; and what estimate he has made of the value of student loan...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by graduates to repay student loan debt under (a) the current fees...

  • House of Lords

    • BBC Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the next Chairman of the BBC Trust has significant business experience as well as a knowledge of broadcasting itself.

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest ten-year forecast of the investment costs for the Department for Work and Pensions associated with the closure of all existing Child...

      Dentistry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy advice to dentist schools in relation to undergraduate and postgraduate training, in the light of the remarks by the Chief Dental...

      Education: Foreign Languages

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to encourage the teaching of foreign languages.

      Embryology: Animal Testing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 July 2013 (WA 82), what assessment they have made of the view that monkeys have “a uniquely important...

      Energy: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their comparative analysis of the differentials between the costs of energy for business enterprises in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the...

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all existing and proposed energy interconnectors between Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

      Energy: Gas-fired Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have received or been made aware of for a gas-fired power station and associated sub-station near Eye, Suffolk; how far advanced any plans...

      Energy: Gas-fired Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have held with residents local to Eye, Suffolk, or have responded to, regarding the construction of a gas-fired power station there;...

      Energy: Gas-fired Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information regarding the construction of a gas-fired power station near Eye, Suffolk, they have made available to the public; and where it may be found.

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 16 December 2013 (WA 152), whether they will quantify the level of return on EDF's investment in the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to respond to the suggestion in the Department of Energy and Climate Change's December 2013 Impact Assessment that the Department...

      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 Ministry of Defence uses to determine on what occasions...

      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 Wales Office uses to determine on what occasions and where...

      Government Departments: Administrative Costs and Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the administrative costs, including salaries, of the private offices of each Minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change 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 Scotland Office for the last year for which figures...

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

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 18 December 2013 relating to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (WA...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 18 December 2013 relating to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (WA...

      Government Departments: Research and Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Energy and Climate Change spent in total in (1) 2010–11, (2) 2011–12, (3) 2012–13, and (4) 2013–14; how...

      Health: Vaccinations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any arrangement under the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme for compensating individuals with proven disability arising from commonly...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the Israel–Palestine peace process of reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah; and what action they will...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they have taken to discourage JCB from supplying equipment to the Israeli authorities for the construction of illegal settlements and...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have invited Sir Stephen Sedley to review progress on the recommendations of the Children in Military Custody report; and, if so, when his...

      Low Pay Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the submissions made to the Low Pay Commission by HM Treasury and the Department for Business,...

      Natural Environment Research Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the proposed privatisation of parts of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), what will be their policy about the availability to...

      NHS Property Services Limited

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many contracts NHS Property Ltd entered into since April 2013 for the provision of primary care premises.

      Official Secrets Act

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what obligations are placed upon a member or former member of the armed forces who signed the Official Secrets Act if they become the subject of legal...

      Police: Black and Ethnic Minority Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of black and ethnic minority police officers across England, Wales and Scotland; and what contributory roles HM...

      Police: Missing Persons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide the protocol used by police in England in 2004 as to (1) the reporting of a missing person, (2) the definition of a vulnerable...

      Roads: Rubbish

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which body has overall responsibility for ensuring that rubbish is not ejected from passing cars within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and...

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission research on the number of small scrap dealers who have gone out of business and are now claiming benefits as a result of the...

      Sellafield

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the summit the week of 9 December 2013 concerning tier 1½ work on the decommissioning of Sellafield, reportedly announced by Mark Lesinski, then...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new Minister for Portsmouth will be able to allocate funding to assist the maintenance of a shipbuilding capacity in Portsmouth.

      State Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications to the European Union for permission to give state aid to United Kingdom undertakings are at present under consideration; and whether...

      United Nations Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the policy and technical objectives they will be promoting at the United Nations Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction in 2015; and what...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis has been undertaken of the impact of the freeze in work allowances, announced in the Autumn Statement, on the living standards and work...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their refusal to grant a temporary visa for travel to the United Kingdom for the Russian journalist working for Novaya Gazeta,...

      Waste Management: Export

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the exportation of waste from the United Kingdom; when the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will publish its...

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