Written answers

Monday, 27 January 2014

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting Programmes: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions Ofcom had with ITV on the suitability of a suicide scene in the 20 January edition of Coronation Street which appeared...

    • Social Networking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure social networking sites take more responsibility for protecting young people when they are online.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were fined for not holding a television licence in (a) Portsmouth South constituency and (b) Hampshire in each of the...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had to bring forward a local television licence on the freeview platform for Leicester and Leicestershire.

  • Home Department

    • Violence Against Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to tackle violence against women.

    • Legal Highs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department How many temporary banning orders for the control of legal highs are in force.

      Online Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to tackle child abuse online.

      Ending Gangs Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's Ending Gangs programme.

      Rape, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the reduction in the number of referrals from the police to the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional costs her Department incurred in 2013 in the development of the COMPASS programme above those initially planned for; and what...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on (a) support and (b) administration for asylum seekers in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii) 2012-13.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on Section 95 support for asylum seekers in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Customs: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated value was of goods seized by the Border Force at the ports of (a) Ayr,(b)Barrow in Furness,(c)...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been subject to removal directions in each of the last three years.

      EU Law

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

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to ensure that all relevant documents will be released ahead of the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed within centralised IT departments or teams in her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal entrants have been detained at ports of entry to the UK through the use of sniffer dogs in each of the last three years for...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many named illegal migrants are currently listed on the e-Borders database.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the (a) average and (b) maximum length of time is that an individual who has been defined as an age dispute case has been held in...

      Immigration Controls: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private international flights which arrived at public airports in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Wales in (i) 2010-11,...

      Immigration Controls: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were intercepted at the ports of (a) Ayr, (b) Barrow in Furness, (c) Barry, (d) Belfast, (e) Birkenhead, (f)...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of citizens of other EU member states who entered the UK in 2013.

      Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police helicopter pilots have been relieved from duty after a laser pen attack in the last three years.

      Mark Duggan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who ordered the vehicle in which Mark Duggan had been travelling to be removed from the crime scene without forensic examination.

      Mark Duggan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will order an inquiry into the police handling of the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan; (2) what steps she has taken to identify...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 2 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr...

      Police: Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ethnicity of detainees strip searched by (a) the Metropolitan Police Service and (b) other police forces was in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total Home Office direct funding was for the police in each of the last four years; and what the projected funding is for 2014-15.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change has been in central grant funding to each police force in England and Wales has changed between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of expenditure on her Department's procurement contracts was placed with small and medium-sized enterprises based in (a) the...

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government stores telephone communications data on British citizens against whom no evidence of criminal activity is held.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Fracking

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, whether any applications for licences for fracking been made on land owned by the Church of England.

  • Justice

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy that victim of crime statistics should include data on those killed as a result of the actions of vehicle drivers who are...

    • Magistrates’ Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to section 8.2 of his Department's research paper, The strength and skills of the Judiciary in the Magistrates' Courts, Ministry of...

      Magistrates’ Courts: Prestatyn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 399W, on magistrates' courts: Prestatyn, if any planned improvement works to Prestatyn...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of appeals to the Tribunals Service from appellants in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England regarding (i) disability...

      Training

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

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much is currently spent on victim support from all sources in each police force area in England and Wales.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the role of special advisers is in the process of sign-off of answers to parliamentary questions in his Department.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings his Department has had with the National Union of Students on increasing electoral registration rates for students.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of levels of co-operation between (a) the Student Loans Company, (b) local authority student council tax exemption departments and (c)...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what proportion of attainers in (a) Great Britain and (b) each region of Great Britain were registered to vote in each of the last 10 years; (2) what...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the ability of district councils to subsidise bus services in their district through the relevant county council.

    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff and managers have left the Maritime and Coastguard Agency headquarters since 2013; and how many such staff are planning to leave by 2015.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff, of what grade, of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are expected to be at retirement age by 2015.

      Railway Stations: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to upgrade railway stations on the South Fylde line.

      Railways: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to give final approval to the flood resilience plan for the West of England and Great Western lines.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects (a) his Department's informal targeted consultation on taxis and private hire vehicles to be complete and (b) a draft bill on this...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what publicly-funded transport projects to be delivered by (a) the Government, (b) local authorities and (c) business groups are being discussed with...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to limit disruption for rail passengers on the West Coast mainline during periods of extreme weather.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has any plans to consult on banning or restricting the use of animal snares.

    • Coastal Areas: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the National Farmers' Union about measures to improve coastal defences.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will takes steps to protect Sites of Specific Scientific Interest and other wildlife sites from flooding.

      Floods: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on flood defences in Brigg and Goole constituency in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10, (d)...

      Floods: Lytham St Annes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funds his Department made available to protect homes, businesses and agricultural land to the east of Lytham St Annes...

      Floods: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on flood defences in the area covered by the River Don Catchment Flood Management Plan in each of the last...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Rice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he made of the total cost of the development of golden rice between 2000 and 2014; (2) what (a) animal...

  • Education

    • Apprentices: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of apprenticeships created in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber since 2008.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of progress made by his Department in implementing the Adult Autism Strategy.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many registered childcare places there were in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011, (iv) 2012 and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) private, (b) voluntary and (c) independent childcare providers are currently providing childcare in school settings.

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to (a) raise awareness of diabetes in schools and (b) ensure that every school incorporates diabetes into its structured health...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students over 18 years old in each region attending further education colleges received funding from the Education Funding Agency in the most...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in funding for 18 year olds in full-time education on the viability of further education...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, columns 375-78W, on pre-school education, how those 49 schools were chosen; from which...

      Private Education: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether measures currently in place are sufficient to prevent the sexual abuse of children in independent schools; (2) what plans he has for...

      Private Education: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many independent schools have reported to his Department in each of the last five years that a member of their staff has been convicted of a sexual...

      Private Education: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether any of the 20 independent schools which have compensation claims lodged against them from adults found to have been abused there as children...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many local authorities have been unable to provide sufficient school placements to meet increased demand under Raising the Participation Age to...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the availability in schools of training materials to support teachers to identify children with dyslexia and dyspraxia.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many university technical colleges have opened in England to date; and how many such institutions are planned to open in the next five years.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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.

  • Treasury

    • Bitcoin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had on the use and classification of the Bitcoin digital currency.

    • Bitcoin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on digital currencies.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are currently registered as having employee shareholder status.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to trace Equitable Life policyholders regarding compensation under the Equitable Life payments scheme.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent consultation his Department has undertaken with representatives of the Scotch whisky industry regarding alcohol duty; (2) what assessment...

      Government Departments: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Government assets have been sold in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what the value of each such sale was.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the level of the national minimum wage.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Help to Buy mortgage guarantee applications have been made in each region of the UK to date.

      National Insurance Contributions: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many firms in Barrow and Furness constituency were subject to the national insurance holiday for new firms in each year it has been in operation.

      Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of expenditure on his Department's procurement contracts was placed with small and medium-sized enterprises based in (a) the UK, (b)...

      Remittances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the levels of annual remittances to persons in other countries made by persons based in the UK through banking and financial...

      Remittances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the financial services sector to ensure the continuation of facilities to permit remittances to...

      Remittances: Somalia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that Somalis living in the UK can continue to be able to transfer remittances to family in Somalia.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a comparative assessment of the value for money of (a) HM Revenue and Customs' in-house debt collection and (b) private debt collection agencies.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average end to end costs for HM Revenue and Customs are when recovering £1,000 worth of debt when pursued by (a) HM Revenue and Customs' debt...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the success rate is of private debt collection agencies engaged to act on unpaid debt by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Tax Allowances: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the take-up of tax relief granted to businesses who have paid for financial advice for their employees.

      Taxation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's estimate is of the amount received in tax receipts through EEA migrants employed in the UK between December 2012 and December 2013.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2014, Official Report, column 730W, on taxation: self-assessment, what steps his Department is taking to ensure people...

      Thames Garden Bridge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2014, Official Report, column 11W, on the Thames Garden Bridge, who in his Department is responsible for preparing the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many owners of small businesses are in receipt of tax credits.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Beaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the need for public beach operators to (a) carry out risk assessments and (b) provide a minimum...

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, the Regulatory Reform (Fire...

      Infrastructure: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the transport, road, waste and energy infrastructure in (a) West Sussex and...

      Planning: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how his Department will ensure public health concerns are a priority in the final version of the National Planning Practice Guidance.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Crime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the percentage change has been in recorded crime in each police force in England and Wales between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

    • Minister Without Portfolio

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many times the Minister Without Portfolio, the right hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield has used an official Government car from the ministerial...

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to improve the level of voluntary action around the safe use of Chinese lanterns.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of young people who have been unemployed for more than 12 months in (a) Chelmsford constituency and (b)...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the progress of the National Citizen Service.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2014, Official Report, column 251W, on Afghanistan, how much of the proposed modification work on vehicles used in...

    • Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days (a) last year and (b) this year to date the (i) Chief of the Air Staff, (ii) First Sea Lord and (iii) Chief of the General Staff worked in...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an estimate of the unit price at the time of purchase of each vehicle bought as part of urgent operational requirements for use in...

      Army Reserve: Hampshire

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

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, columns 12-13W, on Defence Equipment and Support, whether his Department made estimates of...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to establish new markets for Typhoon aircraft.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2013, Official Report, column 406W, on military aircraft, how many aircraft of each type were used to calculate the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 November 20113, Official Report, column 202W, on military aircraft, how many laser pen related events occurred in (a)...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the main gate decision will be taken for the next generation of the Royal Navy's airborne surveillance and control capability; whether the Royal...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Order of Battle is of the Fleet.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the disposal value of RAF Northolt; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the future use of RAF Northolt following the publication of the Airports Commission Interim report; and if he will make a...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to undertake a full option appraisal on the future use of RAF Northolt; and if he will make a statement.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials from his Department have (a) been made redundant since 2010 and (b) been made redundant then re-employed directly or as external...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 708W, on unmanned air vehicles, if he will request that the US Air Force provide a...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have been informed that the Fleet Ready Escort has been gapped in each of the last five years;...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many apprentices have been hired due to his Department's new contract for procurement.

    • Biocidal Products: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the cost to UK businesses of the Biocidal Product Regulation; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to housing benefit bulletin U1/2014, how many people who have wrongly had their housing benefit reduced have subsequently died.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to housing benefit bulletin U1/2014, what provision exists for reimbursing the estates of people who have wrongly had their...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people under the age of 25 receive housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will carry out an assessment of the potential effect of the under-occupancy penalty on foster carers who look after more than one child.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many social housing tenants affected by the under-occupancy penalty will receive the exemption for those who have lived continuously at the...

      Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Ministers in other Departments on job creation in areas with high unemployment; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment his Department has made of the quality and effectiveness of literacy and numeracy training provided by Jobcentre Plus and...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance is provided to Jobcentre Plus advisers to help them advise customers who have been sanctioned of alternative sources of financial...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Jobcentre Plus districts are required to report on (a) the numbers of claimants they have identified as having a skills gap in ICT and...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Jobcentre Plus adviser skills workshops are part of a formal and mandatory training programme.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on costs and compensation relating to legal action taken against it in each of the last five years for which...

      National Insurance: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether overseas nationals who do not disclose their country of origin are accounted for within releases of national insurance number...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13, what the value of the funding that is subject to dual key arrangements...

      Remploy: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Remploy workers were made redundant as a result of the closure of Remploy in South Gyle, Edinburgh.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department provides to vulnerable people with filling in forms in order to ensure they receive the benefits to which they are...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many EEA migrants in the UK were claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) housing benefit and (c) both between December 2012 and...

      Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many immigrants have claimed benefits within three months of registering for a national insurance number in Kilmarnock and Loudoun...

      Travel to Interview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department gives to unemployed people concerning travel expenses as a result of attending job interviews.

      Unemployed People: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in receipt of incapacity benefit or employment support allowance were referred by a jobcentre for training to enhance...

      Vacancies: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many vacancies were notified to Chelmsford jobcentre in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authority leaders (a) he and (b) his officials have met to discuss the Work Programme.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people who froze their energy bill with their energy company before the Government’s...

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of households pay for their (a) gas, (b) electricity and (c) water by direct debit.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what advice his Department gives to people facing increasing energy bills as a result of standing charges.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on which sites in the UK fracking for oil has taken place in the last five years; how many complaints have been received by the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the level of potential flaring on shale gas sites.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Strategic Environmental Assessment commissioned by his Department on the extraction of shale gas was amended following...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what evaluation (a) his Department and (b) the Office for Nuclear Regulation plans to make of the implications for implementation of UK...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of expenditure on his Department's procurement contracts was placed with small and medium-sized enterprises based in...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of using auctions for Contracts for Difference to encourage investment in renewable energy projects.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether representatives of the Women’s League of Burma have been invited to the international summit on sexual violence in...

    • British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to complete the review on services offered in situations where UK residents are harmed abroad; and if he will...

      British Nationals Abroad: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there are basic service levels or protocols in place in respect of services offered in situations where UK residents are...

      British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will establish a unit in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support bereaved families of British nationals murdered...

      British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next intends to review the services provided to bereaved families of UK nationals murdered overseas.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the Shan Human Rights Foundation's reports that villagers in Murng Paeng township in Burma are being used as...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on nuclear negotiations of statements by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on nuclear negotiations of statements by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the seven Ashraf hostages held in Iraq; if he will suspend bilateral relations and foreign aid...

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the UN Secretary General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights launching an independent...

      Montenegro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy not to support the admission of Montenegro to the EU unless satisfied that due process and the...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the threat to regional stability from oil theft in the Niger delta.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Pakistani government regarding the persecution of religious minorities using the...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, columns 607-08W, on Sri Lanka, what recent assessment he has made of...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice and assistance his Department is offering to UK nationals in Thailand, following the recent declaration of a state...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development at what level the Government will be represented at the 2014 Sanitation and Water for All high-level meeting in Washington, DC.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she has taken to embed gender equality concerns into the Multilateral Aid Review.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of expenditure on her Department's procurement contracts was placed with small and medium-sized enterprises based in...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effects of the political situation in Rwanda on the ability of her Department to work with the...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the potential effect of proposals to limit the ability of Somalis living in the UK to send money to...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has received on proposals by banks to close accounts for remittance services from the UK to Somalia.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions on each ground other than ground E were performed at 24 weeks' gestation and over in each year since 1991.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Essex

      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 the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area in each of the first...

      Antenatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of pregnant women unable to access antenatal classes (a) in the UK and (b) by region since May 2010.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations his Department has received about the use of Sertraline and side effects such as behaviour changes; (2) what plans he has to...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department gives to doctors prescribing sertraline.

      Autism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on the recently launched Northern Ireland autism strategy; and if he...

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with the Rugby Football Union regarding the problem of concussion in that sport.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on the use of pump therapy to treat Type 1 diabetes, what assessment...

      Drugs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received on drug-drug interactions resulting from the concurrent prescriptions of multiple psychotropic drugs in...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on proposals for EU-level regulation of e-cigarettes as medicinal items.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) meetings he has had with and (b) representations he has received from the (i) Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association and (ii) Electronic...

      Exercise: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to encourage local authorities to enable elderly people to take advantage of physical activity at council leisure centres.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department’s paper, Sustaining services, ensuring fairness, whether his intention is for chargeable migrants to pay the full...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Human Tissue Authority Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations of the McCracken review.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether penalties will be imposed on GP practices for high patient opt-out rates from medical records sharing; (2) who will investigate GP...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place copies of guidance sent to GP practices in relation to the provision of care data to third parties in the Library.

      Mental Illness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of levels of mental ill health in children and young people with a parent in prison; and what steps he is taking to...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to extend the South East Coast neuromuscular care coordinator post beyond 31 March 2014 on a permanent basis; and if he will...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what experience of the national health service is required of chief executives of NHS England local area teams.

      NHS Shared Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the board members of NHS Shared Business Services are.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to assist GPs to tackle obesity.

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have met representatives of Sanofi to discuss sodium valproate in pregnancy.

      Rehabilitation Centres: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug rehabilitation centres there are in Bournemouth.

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received on the prescription of methylphenidate hydrochloride for children.

      Smoking: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what grounds his Department withdrew in 2010 the referral issued to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to carry out research into...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with counterparts at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on any requirement to...

      Tobacco: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the legislation in Scotland outlawing proxy purchasing of tobacco products.

      Vaccination: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 728W, on vaccination: immigrants, which body is responsible for commissioning to meet...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on increasing the number of apprentices in (a) departments and (b)...

    • Apprentices: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of apprenticeships created in (a) Chelmsford constituency and (b) Mid-Essex since 2008.

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Building the Business Bank: Strategy Update, published by his Department in March 2013, whether the roll...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the British Business Bank to commence lending activity to businesses.

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will provide details of the tendering process which led to the award of British Business Bank funding to Praesidian Capital...

      British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Building the Business Bank: Strategy Update, published by his Department in March 2013, if he will publish...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which sectors have been submitted to the EU Commission for state aid approval against the cost of the carbon price floor.

      Foundation Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on the Government's role in supporting the foundation industries; and if he will make a statement.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many reviews have been (a) requested and (b) conducted by the FE Commissioner since that post's creation.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the name of each administered college is.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with the Skills Funding Agency on the provision of specialist courses that attract...

      Literacy: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on the provision of adult literacy services in Brigg and Goole constituency in (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Local Government: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which bodies were (a) consulted over and (b) received a copy of the Wave 2 Business Growth Programme: Policy Overview Document.

      Mining: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government is taking to promote courses at an (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate level directly relating to...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many approvals were granted by the Registrar of Companies in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) the UK in each of the...

      Overseas Students: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate students at (i) higher education and (ii)...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce the number of public houses which are closing down.

      Salmon: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the level of competition in the salmon farming industry.

  • Attorney-General

    • Arson

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people were charged with arson in each of the last seven years; and of those how many were charged with arson with intent.

    • Arson

      To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions the Crown Prosecution Service has offered (a) no evidence in relation to a charge of arson with intent and (b) left a charge of arson with intent...

      Crime

      To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions has the Crown Prosecution Service charged individuals with (a) grievous bodily harm with intent, (b) malicious wounding with intent and (c) arson...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many people were charged of malicious wounding offences in each of the last seven years; and of those how many were convicted of malicious wounding with...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what the average number of hours of overtime worked by each member of Crown Prosecution Service staff at (a) associate prosecutor level and (b) crown prosecutor level...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many advocates were on the Crown Prosecution Service specialist rape panel in each of the last five years.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how many Crown Prosecution Service violence against women and girls scrutiny panels have met in each of the last five years.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what the total is of travel expenses for staff of the Crown Prosecution Service whose offices have been relocated since the start of the office closure programme.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service spent on paper in each of the last five years.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what the outcome was of the Crown Prosecution Service's review of the collapse of the Crown's case in R v Renate Andrews and others in November 2013; whether he has...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions has he had with the (a) Secretary of State for Health and (b) Director of Public Prosecutions about the effect on ease of prosecution of making...

      Fraud

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2014, Official Report, columns 564-65W, on fraud, how many of the investigations launched in 2013 and each of the five preceding...

      Fraud

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2014, Official Report, columns 564-5W, on fraud, how many prosecutions of corporate defendants who contested the charge were...

      Lasers

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service under the Air Navigation Order 2009 involving the use of a laser pen in the last five years.

      Witnesses

      To ask the Attorney-General how many witness care units have been transferred from the Crown Prosecution Service to the police in the last three years.

  • House of Lords

    • Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning economic and other support for the government of Bangladesh following the recent electoral process there; and whether United...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they gave to the presence of the Senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State in an official delegation to Bangladesh in...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided to develop the African Union's peacekeeping capacity in the current and the last three financial years; and what further...

      Charities: Religious Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many churches were given charitable status in 2012 and 2013 respectively. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many churches were refused charitable...

      Education: Personal, Social and Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the school education system promotes the need for consent in a relationship.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent in each of the last ten years on flood alleviation and prevention works in the Somerset Levels; and how much will be spent in the...

      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 International Development 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 Ministry of Justice for the last year for which...

      Government Departments: Administrative Costs and Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the administrative costs, including salaries, of the private offices of each Minister in HM Treasury for the last year for which figures are available.

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

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

      Government Departments: Research and Development

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

      Government Departments: Research and Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many competitions the Home Office held for the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) in (1) 2010–11, (2) 2011–12, (3) 2012–13, and...

      Health: Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of heart-related deaths in the United Kingdom in 2013.

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the student opportunity allocation fund; and what are the proposed allocations from the student opportunity allocation fund in each...

      Higher Education: Medical Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered requiring universities to include the provision of medical insurance as part of degree offers made to students from outside the...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement of the Secretary of State for the Home Department that the provisions of the Immigration Bill are compatible with the European...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their present advice to women tourists, including those travelling alone, concerning visits to India.

      Internet: Official Websites

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority into the activities of paylondoncongestion.co.uk, what action they plan to take in...

      Internet: Official Websites

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that citizens are not misled by websites masquerading as official websites providing public services such as driving...

      Migrants: Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering preventing European Union migrants from claiming welfare payments for up to two years after arriving in Britain; and whether...

      NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what increases or reductions in funding have been prescribed for 2014–15 for each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in the North East of England, and...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that homosexuals in Nigeria have been tortured by the authorities to obtain the names of other homosexuals...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of deaths in Yarmouk camp in Damascus from malnutrition and lack of medical care; and what plans they have to aid...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help raise the academic standards of schools which have been failing.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Security Council has discussed the grand strategic imperative for, and scale of, sovereign warship building capacity in the United Kingdom.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the situation facing South Sudanese refugees in Malakal; what information they have regarding the death by drowning in the...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Warsi on 7 January (HL Deb, cols 1396–7), regarding the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision has been made for radio broadcasts by the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan to civilian populations in South Sudan giving...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of the Geneva II Conference, they will seek the release from prison of the Syrian Kurdish delegates, Mr Abdul Aziz Al-Khayeer and Mr...

      Thailand

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been made to the government of Thailand regarding reports of a recent attempt by Thai police to persuade British citizen Andy Hall...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when, in relation to the candidacy of Turkey for potential membership of the European Union, they, rather than the European Union as a body, last made an...

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