Written answers

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliament Square

      To ask the Leader of the House what consultations he had with Westminster City Council before work commenced on the reduction of the highway width around Parliament Square; what assessment he has...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Driver and Vehicle Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she last met ministerial colleagues at the Department for Transport to discuss the potential loss of jobs at the Driver and Vehicle Agency...

    • Holocaust Educational Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the work and objectives of the Holocaust Educational Trust.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of staff employed by (i) her Department, (ii) agencies of her Department and (iii) contractors of her Department...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources her Department has allocated to promote anti-racism and combat anti-Semitism in each of the last three years.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she last met ministerial colleagues at HM Treasury to discuss the potential loss of HM Revenue and Customs jobs at sites in Derry,...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she last met with ministerial colleagues at HM Treasury to discuss the imposition of financial penalties on the Northern Ireland Executive...

  • Scotland

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any person working in his Department at (a) Dover House, London and (b) Melville Crescent, Edinburgh is employed on zero-hours contracts.

    • Curzon Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent contact his Department has had with (a) Curzon Education and (b) the Curzon Institute; what contracts his Department holds with those...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he makes of the extent to which the Scottish Government makes use of the powers already devolved to it when he decides on proposals for...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of staff employed by (a) his Department and (b) contractors of his Department are paid less than the rate defined by the...

      Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library the most recent staff survey carried out by his Department.

  • Justice

    • Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on the Independent Review of the Waterhouse Tribunal; and when he expects this review to be published.

    • Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what cases were pursued in the (a) High Court, (b) Court of Appeal and (c) Supreme Court under the Human Rights Act 1998 in each year since that Act's...

  • Transport

    • Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent introduction of a new drug driving offence on people on prescription medication who are...

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to use the official Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency website as a channel for applications...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to restrict heavy goods vehicles to the inside lane on motorways, when, due to roadworks, a four or three lane carriageway is...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to protect historic waterway assets from the negative effects of High Speed 2.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require HGV drivers to use satellite navigation systems which identify roads that are unsuitable for...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many hours the UK's managed motorways sections were closed in part or totally in either direction due to accidents in each of the last five...

      Motorways: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the effect on air quality between junctions 28 and 31 of the M1 of the 2013 changes to the managed motorway design standard.

      Parking: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that charges levied for car parking at UK airports are not excessive where these are not subject to competitive pressures.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether RAF Northolt is required to hold a Civil Aviation Authority aerodrome licence; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the new guidance on street clutter, including road humps, produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and...

  • Treasury

    • Immigration: Effect on Wage Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect of immigration on national wage levels.

    • Cheques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure the continued use of cheques.

      Micro-businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent fiscal steps he has taken to support micro-businesses (a) on and (b) off the Isle of Wight.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to reduce income tax.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of child poverty.

      Revenue and Customs

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in assessing entitlement to which benefits an individual's existing entitlement to disability living allowance is taken into account by his...

    • Housing Benefit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authorities have decided to take into account entitlement to disability living allowance in assessing applications for...

      Housing Benefit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department's guidance to local authorities on assessing applications for discretionary housing payments, gave discretion...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to promote the effect of Housing Benefit Circular U1/2014 to those most likely to be affected by it.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward legislative proposals to expand the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations to include...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of pensioners living in poverty in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency, (c) the West Midlands and...

      Procurement

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

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many owners of small businesses are in receipt of benefits.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many UK citizens receive more in welfare than they pay in tax.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's statistical summary, published on 22 January 2014, what analysis he has undertaken of the increase in the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 601W, on social security benefits, for what reason there is no information...

      Unemployed People: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on refunding the cost of travel by jobseekers in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency between October and December 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2013, Official Report, column 596W, on universal credit: Hammersmith and Fulham, when his Department...

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will reassess his Department's practice of including War Disablement Pension payments as a source of income when calculating benefit...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for winter fuel payments were made in the (a) North East of England and (b) UK in 2013-14 to date; how many such claims were...

      Winter Fuel Payments: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners received the winter fuel allowance in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency and (c) the West Midlands in each...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to issue tenders for the successor to the Work Programme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • Curzon Institute

      To ask the Prime Minister what contact he has had with (a) Curzon Education and (b) the Curzon Institute.

    • Lynton Crosby

      To ask the Prime Minister what level of official Whitehall security clearance Mr Lynton Crosby has had in each of the last 12 months; and which categories of material and information those levels...

      Publications

      To ask the Prime Minister to which (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants, (c) special advisers and (d) other people the 10 Downing Street Strategy Unit's weekly report on upcoming business, known as...

      World Economic Forum

      To ask the Prime Minister which Government Ministers attended the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014; from which budget each Minister's travel and accommodation expenses were met from...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his Department's policy to close the visa section of the British embassy in Minsk, Belarus; and if he will make a...

    • British Nationals Abroad: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the qualifying criteria are for loans offered to family members where UK residents are harmed abroad.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the benefits of Citizenship by Investment Programmes to the Overseas Territories.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government held with its EU partners in advance of the recent EU decision to send troops to the Central...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of attempts by Iran to circumvent the arms embargo.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart about financing and arming by Iran of terrorist organisations.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether P5+1-Iran Joint Plan of Action prevents Iran from manufacturing components for Arak heavy-water facility.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether P5+1-Iran Joint Plan of Action allows Iran to continue manufacturing new centrifuge devices.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the P5+1 - Iran Joint Plan of Action requires Iran to suspend research and development of (a) ballistic missiles and (b)...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the P5+1 - Iran Joint Plan of Action requires Iran to grant International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors access to all...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had about the feasibility of a Citizenship by Investment Programme in Montserrat.

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the feasibility of a Citizenship by Investment Programme in Montserrat.

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will introduce a pilot Citizenship by Investment Programme in Montserrat.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of expenditure on his Department's procurement contracts was placed with small and medium-sized enterprises...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his South African counterpart to ensure that the problem of an increase in the number of...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney General how many hours of overtime have been worked by staff of the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last five years.

    • Rspca

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the RSPCA's prosecution policy.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme to be made available to farmers.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many culled-badgers subsequently tested positive for bovine TB.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on his badger cull policy if the independent scientific panel conclude that the two...

      EU Law

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

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on producers in Northern Ireland of changes to EU regulation related to country of...

      Land: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 158W, on land: contamination, what assessment he has made...

      Thames Tideway Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from construction companies about delays to the tendering process for the Thames Tideway...

      White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the discard ban on whitefish from 2016 on the economic viability of...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department has met representatives of the alcohol industry to discuss the issue of minimum alcohol pricing in the last six months.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the drinks industry about alcohol pricing policy.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum cases were withdrawn by her Department's presenting officers and sent back to her Department's case owners in the years (a)...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2013, Official Report, column 452W, on aviation, whether any officials or agencies within his...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private flights containing passengers who were security-assessed as high priority arrived into (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c)...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many passengers who arrived into the UK on private planes were monitored by UK Border Force in 2013; (2) what proportion of...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which airlines active in the UK had (a) signed up and (b) not signed up for pre-departure screening checks as part of the e-borders programme...

      British Nationals Abroad: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings she has had with the Metropolitan Police since 1 September 2013 to discuss UK citizens returning from Syria.

      Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts her Department has awarded in the last 10 years to (a) Professor Christian Dustmann and (b) the Centre for Research and...

      Curzon Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent contact her Department has had with (a) Curzon Education and (b) the Curzon Institute; what contracts her Department holds with...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the terms of reference are of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's inspection of the effectiveness of the police response to...

      Entry Clearances: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons three Iranian officials holding UK visas were detained for a number of days at Heathrow airport in 2011 or 2012.

      Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre

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

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration her Department has given to the use of a national identity card system for determining an individual's immigration status.

      Immigration Bill: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions Ministers of her Department have had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on the potential effect of clauses in the...

      Immigration Bill: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons her Department is not seeking a Legislative Consent Resolution of the Scottish Parliament in respect of clauses in the...

      Immigration: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in which Embassy Iranian officials Mr Reza Garjei, Mr Ali Vojdan, and Mr Reza Alizadeh were issued visas to enter the UK; (2) under...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which sites owned by her Department are currently earmarked for disposal; what the current class use is of each site; what the expected...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 17 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester,...

      Minimum Wage Enforcement: Effect on Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues regarding the effect of minimum wage enforcement on levels of immigration.

      Road Traffic Offences: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the frequency of pedal cyclists ignoring red traffic lights; and what steps she is taking to reduce these...

      Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Prescribed Criteria and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) recorded offences and (b) convictions have occurred for offences under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Prescribed...

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure the enforcement of laws preventing communication or publication of racist, anti-Semitic and...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on translation services in each of the last five years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations: Hinduism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps his Department has taken to consult with a broad spectrum of Hindu community representatives in relation to...

    • Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has he issued to local councils on naming councillors who are barred from voting in council meetings due to...

      EU Law

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

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to enable remote attendance at meetings of English local authorities under...

      Local Government Finance: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will direct the Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council to provide copies of (a) the management reports in respect of...

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the prospectus on new towns and garden cities.

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his contribution of 20 January 2014, Official Report, columns 18-19, (1) whether his Department has (a) received...

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many officials in his Department are currently working on matters relating to new towns and garden cities.

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what work his Department has contributed to the drafting of a report or prospectus on garden cities since May 2010.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the holdback per dwelling in pounds from the Business Rate Safety Net holdback 2014-15 is in each (a) local authority in...

      Planning: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what work No 10. Downing Street has contributed to the drafting of a report or prospectus on garden cities since May 2010;...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what value of his Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools in each of the last three...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 616W, on public expenditure, if he will place in the Library...

      William Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish a list of all paper and electronic correspondence between (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) permanent and (b) bank staff are employed in each accident and emergency department in each NHS hospital in the East of England.

    • Botulinum Toxin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make as assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of current regulation of the use of botulinum toxin; and whether he plans to introduce a...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the efficacy and quality of care of patients with breast cancer in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) England; and if he...

      East of England: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) permanent and (b) bank staff are employed in each NHS hospital in the East of England.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in helping people to stop smoking.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on making a proportion of winter pressures funding to urgent care and other settings within trusts dependent on 75 per cent of NHS...

      Institute of Grocery Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the (a) dates, (b) agendas and (c) minutes of any meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have had with representatives of...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protections he plans to put in place to ensure that the information from patients' records gathered and used by the Health and Social Care...

      Mesothelioma: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on promoting a UK-wide strategy for tackling mesothelioma.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) effect of primary care charging and (b) proposed new integrated system of NHS registration on (i) the devolved NHS...

      NHS: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has designated NHS Protect or any individual in that organisation to grant authorisation for the carrying out of directed surveillance under...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce obesity levels; and if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Education and representatives of the food...

      Prisoners: Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on end-of-life care for older prisoners; (2) what measures are in place to ensure a consistent approach to end-of-life care in...

      Rehabilitation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what licences are required to run a drug rehabilitation centre; (2) what powers and responsibilities local authorities have in managing the number...

      Rehabilitation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers and responsibilities local authorities have in managing the number and standard of half-way houses.

      Tobacco: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on the effect to date of legislation in Scotland outlawing proxy purchasing of tobacco products.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he will take to safeguard British jobs and investment in the UK by working towards fair conditions in the global...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentices his Department employed in each of the last three years.

      Boeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with his US counterpart about the $8.7 billion subsidy awarded to Boeing by Washington State in...

      Boeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with his European counterparts about the implications for employment and job creation of the $8.7...

      Business: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of small and medium-sized businesses in (a) Coventry and (b) the...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what information will appear on the proposed public register of company ownership; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to page 10 of the Coalition Agreement, what recent progress he has made on the commitment to (a) reinstate an...

      Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the number of firms currently using employee shareholder status.

      Employment Agencies Act 1973

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by his Department and its agencies whose duties include the (a)...

      Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce staff turnover in his Department.

      Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to restrict the availability of class 3a and 3b laser pens.

      Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what checks are in place for people purchasing class 3a and 3b laser pens.

      Minerals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government has taken to reduce the UK's dependence on foreign extracted minerals.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) maternal employment and (b) the gender pay gap of the introduction of the new...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (a) how many and (b) what proportion of staff employed by (i) his Department, (ii) agencies of his Department and (iii)...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of expenditure on his Department's procurement contracts was placed with small and medium-sized enterprises based...

      Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department compiles statistics on the destination of staff leaving to work in the private sector.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the future of the remaining shareholding the Government holds in Royal Mail; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Opportunity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to announce the allocation for the Student Opportunity Fund for 2014-15.

      Student Opportunity Fund: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the value of the Student Opportunity Fund to learners in Hereford and South Herefordshire constituency.

      Wool: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will request the Groceries Code Adjudicator to investigate the gap between the price wool farmers receive for fleece and...

  • Education

    • Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what training is received by members of independent review panels which consider school exclusion decisions.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what support his Department is giving the Bite the Ballot campaign in advance of National Voter Registration Day; (2) what work his Department is...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of voter registration drives run by Bite the Ballot and of whether there are any lessons for his Department's policy in such drives.

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department has taken to engage with young people to increase voter registration.

      New Towns

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many officials in his Office are currently working on matters relating to new towns and garden cities;

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vehicles, by type, his Department purchased as an urgent operational requirement for use in Afghanistan will be a part of the Core Equipment...

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which body is responsible for initiating prosecutions for carrying out laser pen attacks on military aircraft.

      Military Aircraft

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

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2013, Official Report, column 202W, on military aircraft, how many laser pen incidents were reported to the police;...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on providing support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in tackling oil theft in the Niger delta.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's new risk framework; (2) if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's new...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the arrangements in respect of RAF Northolt which allow commercial operators to attract additional traffic by offering...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the replacement value is of a single UK Trident warhead.

  • International Development

    • Curzon Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent contact her Department has had with (a) Curzon Education and (b) the Curzon Institute; what contracts her Department holds...

    • South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the efficacy of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan.

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to ensure that the future strategy of the World Bank gives priority to promoting gender equality.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Curzon Institute

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when representatives of the Curzon Institute met with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in the last three years; (2) on what...

    • Deregulation Bill

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will revise the impact statement of the Deregulation Bill to reflect the amendments to that Bill since July 2013.

      Land

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which sites owned by his Department are currently earmarked for disposal; what the current class use is of each site; what the expected planning use is...

      Minister Without Portfolio

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many staff were employed in the Office of the Minister Without Portfolio, the right hon. Member for West Dorset in January 2012; and what the...

      Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (a) how many and (b) what proportion of staff employed by (i) his Department, (ii) agencies of his Department and (iii) contractors of his Department...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is towards second term appointments for the boards of public bodies.

      New Towns

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in his Department are currently working on matters relating to new towns and garden cities.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total amount of fines levied on companies who failed their Community Energy Saving Programme obligations is; how much of the...

    • Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many companies failed to meet their Community Energy Saving Programme obligations in the last year for which figures are available.

      Curzon Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent contact his Department has had with (a) Curzon Education and (b) the Curzon Institute; what contracts his Department holds...

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons Eggborough power station has been marked for closure.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment he has made of the socio-economic effect of the closure of Eggborough power plant in 2015; (2) what economic...

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons Eggborough is no longer listed as an energy plant for biomass energy generation.

      Electricity: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much electricity was used by industrial users in the North East in each year since 1997.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what monitoring his Department undertakes of the development of local energy efficiency projects for which Energy Companies Obligation...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Derby North of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 976 on energy efficiency, what...

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 992, on the Energy Companies Obligation scheme (ECO), what the...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 990, on wholesale energy market, what assessment his Department has...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 983, what recent discussions he has had with energy suppliers...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Derby North of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 976, on energy efficiency,...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Derby North of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 976, on energy efficiency, what...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for West Ham of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 977 on energy efficiency, by what...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 990, on wholesale energy market, what the evidential basis is for...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what additional funding the Environment Agency will receive in order to meet the needs of the shale gas industry.

      Green Deal Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Green Deal (a) expressions of interest and (b) approvals there have been in Wales since the start of the scheme.

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which sites owned by his Department are currently earmarked for disposal; what the current class use is of each site; what the expected...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to provide a regulatory framework that encourages the construction of greater gas storage capacity.

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 952W, on the Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 952W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 952W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 952W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 952W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 952W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 952W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, columns 952-3W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report , column 952W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 952W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to Annex A of his Department's Main Estimate 2013-14 entitled Detailed breakdown of Part II table changes from 2012-13,...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 952W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on Supply Estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on supply estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

      Supply Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2013, Official Report, column 953W, on supply estimates, what programmes, projects and policies are...

  • House of Lords

    • Africa

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of religious and sectarian violence in Africa, they have discussed with (1) the African Union Commission, (2) African economic bodies,...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 18 November 2013 (WA 129), and in the light of the Guardian article on 14 January which reported...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 9 January (WA 317), what assessment they have made of the reasons why the number of successful...

      Bullying: Racist Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the causes of the reported increase in racist bullying; and what plans they have to maintain and improve community cohesion...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to promote (1) Islamic and Christian dialogue, (2) good governance, and (3) poverty reduction, in response to outbreaks of...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the European Union's development spending in the Central African Republic, in the light of religious...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked that the effectiveness of aid to the Central African Republic be an item on the agenda at the forthcoming Africa–European Union...

      Coroner Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the revised Guide to Coroners and Inquests and Charter for coroner services will be published.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 24 October 2013 (HL Deb, col 1179) regarding the report Unsafe Return 2 that “this report is...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of recent trends in wages and costs on household finances; and what steps they will take to help those...

      Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/2601)

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether information gathered by local authorities under the Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/2601) is held...

      Employment: Zero-hours Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many, and what percentage of people on zero-hours contracts earn above the Lower Earnings Limit and are therefore within the National Insurance system.

      Energy: Plutonium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the publication of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) report Progress on the approaches of separated plutonium, whether they...

      EU: UK Interests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relations with the European Union, which British interests they consider can be secured or improved without requiring treaty changes.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current situation in the Gaza Strip following recent severe floods; whether the United Nations Relief and Works Agency...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the most recent representations they have made to the government of Israel about the blockade of Gaza; and what replies they received.

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 18 December 2013 relating to the Department for International Development (WA 212–3), whether...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 18 December 2013 relating to the Department for International Development (WA 212–3), what key...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 7 January relating to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (WA 262), whether any performance data are...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 7 January relating to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (WA 262), what key performance indicators are...

      Government Departments: Research and Development

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

      HMS “Prince of Wales” and HMS “Repulse”

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 16 January (WA 40), whether the government of Malaysia has undertaken to prevent unauthorised salvage and...

      Housing: Rented Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what timetable they have put in place for their review into the safety requirements for private rented sector accommodation; whether that review will involve...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of illegal immigrants in the United Kingdom.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the methodology by which they calculate the economic effect of immigration in the United Kingdom.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 21 January (WA 114), what plans they have to ensure that British embassies in Turkey, Lebanon,...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they have to prevent non-United Kingdom nationals who are suspected of being likely to cause a breach of the peace in the United Kingdom from...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent Ipsos MORI poll “Perceptions and Reality”, regarding public estimates of the number of immigrants to...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which criminal offences result in an automatic recommendation for deportation for non-United Kingdom citizens; whether separate arrangements apply in...

      Insurance: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which fraudulent companies from overseas have illegally obtained data and coerced United Kingdom citizens...

      Islam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Warsi on 19 November 2013 (HL Deb, GC 400) and her Written Answer on 18 December 2013 (WA 228), what evidence they have...

      Legal High Substances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to control the risks of psychoactive substances affecting young people.

      Legal High Substances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking on the sale of legal highs, in the light of the recent deaths of young people who had purchased the substances legally. To ask...

      Local Authorities: Bellwin Scheme and Barnett Formula

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Secretary of State for Wales on 8 January (HC Deb, col 283), and the answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 8 January (HL...

      Offenders: Dependants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 7 January (WA 288), whether they will now state who co-ordinates the arrangements for...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the decision on 4 December 2013 of the Federal Sharia Court in Pakistan to require the death sentence...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Pakistan has made to the government of Pakistan about the imprisonment of the British national...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they and other agencies are taking to relieve Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, near Damascus, following the recent reports of deaths there...

      Rape

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 7 January (WA 295), what financial assistance through the international development budget will be made...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of current international negotiations with Iran on relations between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of Saudi Arabia in contributing towards peace in the Middle East.

      Schools: Free Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost per year, once universal credit is fully rolled out, for every child to receive a free school meal if they are in a...

      Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received regarding support for small businesses; and what action they have taken in response to those representations.

      Somaliland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the extent to which the Somaliland Development Fund has been successful in assisting donors to support Somaliland’s own...

      Somaliland and Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist Somaliland to meet the Millennium Development Goals to eliminate extreme poverty and hunger, and reduce infant mortality...

      Somaliland and Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the projected cost of aid from the Department for International Development to Somaliland, as compared to aid provided to Somalia, for the period...

      Somaliland and Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Somaliland’s declared independence from Somalia.

      Transforming Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many volunteers will need to be recruited to run the through-the-gate peer mentoring system as part of the Transforming Rehabilitation plans, broken down...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment as to whether, as a candidate nation for European Union membership, Turkey has stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the respect for, and protection of, religious and ethnic minorities in Turkey.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Freud on 5 December 2013 (WS 42), at what point the approach of “test, learn and implement” towards the...

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