Written answers

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

  • Education

    • Adoption: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department has issued on funding of adoption medicals.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the percentage change in the number of looked-after children per 10,000 child population between 2008-09 and 2012-13 was in each local authority...

      Dyslexia-SpLD Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to promote the materials and resources produced by the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust to parents, schools and local authorities.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has for funding of free school meals for year one and year two pupils after 2016.

      Primary Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what Ofsted's policy is on the inspection of reception classes in primary schools with regard to the freeflow and child-initiated approach to education.

      Private Education: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many independent schools have notified his Department of disciplinary action taken against a member of staff as a result of concerns about their...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will announce pupil premium allocations for year one and year two pupils in each of the next three years to enable schools to plan budgets...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the highest and lowest levels of spending per capita on primary school reception classes in England in each year since...

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the proportion of schools in England which have automated external defibrillators.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he will publish the next stage of his consultation on a single funding formula for schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 502W, on special educational needs, what research his Department has commissioned on...

      Teachers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teachers in London schools were qualified in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Barnfield College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many visits to Barnfield Academy were made by his Department or its executive agencies before the start of the investigation of the academy...

      Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish details of all funds allocated by his Department and its associated agencies to (a) Reading Borough Council and (b) West Berkshire...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he takes to ensure that local authorities fully implement their responsibilities as set out in the Childcare Act 2006 and the Early...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if his Department will introduce transitional support for further education colleges affected by reductions in funding for young people aged 18 and...

      GCE A-level: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children completed at least one A-level in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Pay

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

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, columns 100-1W, on pupil exclusion, how many permanent exclusions affecting special...

      Schools: Soft Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he gives on the sale or provision of energy drinks in schools.

  • Home Department

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what value of cash and recovered assets has been seized from criminals by each police force in each of the last five years.

    • Criminal Investigation: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on granting requests for mutual legal assistance from countries with which the UK does not have diplomatic...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of net immigration into the UK was in each year since 1990.

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy that when police officers are involved in the shooting of civilians, the officers involved are immediately...

      Prisons: Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much it costs on average to call out the (a) police and (b) ambulance service to a prison.

  • Wales

    • Curzon Institute

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

    • Pay

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Curzon Institute

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Occupational Health

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 477W, on...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports he has received from the Environment Agency on the potential contribution of the management of the Jubilee River...

    • Floods: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reasons the Environment Agency has given for the length of time it took them to warn local councils and residents about...

      Floods: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on flood defences under the Humber Floods Strategy in each of the last five years.

      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 Lower Aire Flood Risk Management Strategy in each of the last...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects funded by his Department use afforestation as a means to reduce flooding.

      Forests: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the England Woodland Grants Scheme was closed.

      Forests: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many England Woodland Grants have been given out in each year since that scheme's inception.

      Forests: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many England Woodland Grant applications were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful; and what the location of each such...

      Livestock: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much livestock originating in Wales has been slaughtered in England in each of the last 10 years; how much levy has not...

      River Lymington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to recover costs against the Lymington River Association in the event that their application for an...

      River Lymington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost to the public purse is to date of processing applications made by the Lymington River Association in...

  • Attorney-General

    • Pay

      To ask the Attorney-General (a) how many and (b) what proportion of staff employed by (i) the Law Officers' Departments, (ii) agencies of the Law Officers' Departments and (iii) contractors of...

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were commenced by the Crown Prosecution Service for each offence category in (a) the Crown Court and (b) the magistrates' court in each year from...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Bookmakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury on the potential effect of the Fourth EU Anti Money Laundering Directive on the...

    • Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether couples who registered for a civil partnership before the date of commencement of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (a) how many and (b) what proportion of staff employed by (i) her Department, (ii) agencies of her Department and (iii) contractors of...

      Public Libraries: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many libraries were closed in London in each of the last five years; (2) how many libraries there were in each London borough...

      TV Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to instruct TV Licensing to publish the name and contact details of the Head of TV Licensing on their website.

  • Treasury

    • Autumn Statement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what day and time he released the text of his autumn statement to (a) the BBC, (b) other broadcasters, (c) other media and (d) hon. Members.

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how many adults in the UK are not able to open a fully functioning bank account.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the level of bank lending to businesses since May 2010.

      Charitable Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to encourage its employees to make tax-free donations direct from their salaries.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in receipt of child benefit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in the latest period for...

      Corporation Tax: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in corporation tax by businesses registered in Barrow and Furness constituency in the last year for which figures are available; and what...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the efficacy of EU macro-assistance programmes.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the Rural Fuel Rebate Scheme; (2) what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the...

      Floods: Oxford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will estimate the cost to the economy of the recent flooding in the Oxford area.

      Fuels: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings he has had with representatives of petrol and diesel retailers in Northern Ireland on (a) levels of fuel laundering and fraud and (b) the...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs officers in Northern Ireland are assigned to tackling fuel fraud.

      Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the findings of the Barlow Powell report into vapour recovery, submitted to HM Revenue and Customs by the Petrol...

      Government Banking Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the net gain accruing to the Exchequer through reduced costs of borrowing if (a) local authorities and (b) Department of Health trusts...

      Ict

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed within centralised IT departments or teams in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of GDP was spent on infrastructure projects in the most recent year for which data is available.

      Money Laundering: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions have taken place between officials representing his Department and their counterparts in EU member states on amendments tabled to the...

      New Towns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what work his Department has contributed to the drafting of a report or prospectus on garden cities since May 2010.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (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 are...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that all Government expenditure allocation through local authorities, health organisations, schools, police, fire and other...

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the Government deficit was, expressed as a proportion of gross domestic product and including forecast projections into future years, in each...

      Public Sector Relocation Independent Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2013, Official Report, column 586W, on public sector relocation independent review, whether the payment made to Sir...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 were (a) men and (b) women.

      Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals employed by (a) major UK utility companies, (b) Energy UK and (c) any related energy utility organisation were seconded to his...

      Tax Allowances: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal incentives he has put in place to encourage share farming.

      Television

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many flat screen televisions have been purchased by his Department in the last 24 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of such purchases.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people his Department employed directly from the Work programme in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 to date.

  • Transport

    • A595

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reduce traffic congestion on the A595.

    • Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of pilots operating in the UK who have sought assistance from an optometrist or ophthalmologist...

      Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of UK pilots who have been stood down after a laser pen attacks which occurred in the course of...

      Channel Tunnel Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects Deutsche Bahn to start operating services on High Speed One.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of serious injuries to cyclists in Greater London involved cyclists hit by HGVs in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013; (2)...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual cost to the DVLA is of the retention of paper driving licence counterparts.

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on road safety on the granting of the licensing of public houses at motorway service stations.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of staff employed by (a) his Department, (b) agencies of his Department and (c) contractors of his Department are paid...

      Pedestrians: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of serious injuries to pedestrians in Greater London involved pedestrians hit by vehicles while on a footpath in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Pedestrians: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of serious injuries to pedestrians in Greater London involved pedestrians hit by motorcycles in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and...

      Pedestrians: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of serious injuries to pedestrians in Greater London involved pedestrians hit by speeding vehicles in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c)...

      Pedestrians: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of serous injuries to pedestrians in Greater London involved pedestrians on a pedestrian crossing in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials of each grade in his Department have the authority to execute a purchase; what proportion of these officials have professional...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department's supplementary estimates for 2013-14 will be published.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the major components of his Department's costs within the accounting category, K - Aviation, Maritime, Security and Safety in terms of (a)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the major components of his Department's costs within the accounting category, H - Bus Subsidies and Concessionary Fares in terms of (a)...

      Railways: Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to provide additional services and longer trains on the lines serving Sellafield during the morning and afternoon peak periods.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons 85 per cent of shifts at the Belfast Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre were understaffed in June 2013 and 17 per cent of shifts...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity used by industrial users in the North East was in each year since 1997.

    • 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 985, on energy bills, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      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 984, on energy prices, what estimate his Department has made of...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 985, on energy bills, what assessment his Department has made of the...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what proportion of staff of the Equality and Human Rights Commission have indicated that they do not wish to declare their status in answer to any of...

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will place in the Library a copy of the materials used by the Equality and Human Rights Commission during its series of conferences on Dignity...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will place in the Library a copy of the diversity training materials currently used by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to train its...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance entitled Manage a Diverse Workforce through Organisational Change given to managers at the...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many staff currently working at the Equality and Human Rights Commission have not received the Commission's diversity training.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what grievances have been raised by staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission in each of the last three years; and what the outcome was in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will arrange for the Minister of State for Cities and the Constitution to meet representatives of Kettering Borough Council, the Northamptonshire Enterprise...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 317W on Bishop of Bath and Wells, in relation...

    • Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 316W on Bishop of Bath and Wells, if he will...

      Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, for what reasons the Church Commissioners found the previous Bishop's accommodation at the Bishop's Palace at...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been left waiting in ambulances for more than one hour outside each NHS hospital in the East of England in each year since 2010-11.

    • Blood: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in his review of regulations involved in the management of supply of blood and blood-derived products; and when the review will...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have had with (a) food, (b) soft drink and (c) alcohol companies since May 2010.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department had with (i) the World Sugar Research Organisation, (ii) Sugar Nutrition UK and (iii)...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a full list of all the (a) food and drink and (b) alcohol companies that Ministers or officials in his Department have met since May 2010.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what latest assessment he has made of the annual cost of type one and type two diabetes to the NHS.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 676W, on junior doctors, what steps he is taking to ensure that junior doctors do not...

      Eyesight: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have presented at NHS services due to complications following commercial laser eye treatment in the last three years.

      Eyesight: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to ensure that patients are made aware of all risks attributed to (a) laser eye treatments and (b) other procedures...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total spending by his Department per head of population was in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to diagnose earlier heart problems among people suffering with dizzy spells.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will increase the level of resources available for the treatment of hepatitis C; and what assessment his Department has made of the effect of such...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England had hip replacements carried out on the NHS in 2012 and 2013.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS of a hip replacement in England was in 2012 and 2013.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average NHS waiting time for hip replacements was in England in each of the last four years.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many unique visitors there have been to the care.data page of the NHS Choices website since that page was launched.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the amount of GPs time spent complying with care.data requirements; and what assessment he has made of the effect of such an...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what penalties will be incurred by GPs who (a) refuse to take part in care.data and (b) decide to opt-out all their patients from care.data.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to produce an estimate of the cost of care.data.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons he decided against making patient data extracted under care.data anonymous at source.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it will be possible for patients to sue GPs for releasing their personal information under the care.data scheme.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether data entered under care.data will undergo pseudonymisation.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems are currently in place at the Health and Social Care Information Centre to inform the public on the personal data it holds.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to conclude deliberations on the MenB vaccine; (2) what plans he has to...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of Government spending on the National Health Service was in current prices in each year since 1984.

      NHS: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that professionals recruited from non-English-speaking countries to work in the NHS speak proficient English.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will implement the proposals of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry relating to the Nursing and Midwifery Council; and if he...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (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 are...

      Social Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total ring-fenced spending on social care was in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Soft Drinks: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the use of energy drinks in schools.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2014, Official Report, column 634W, on armed forces: young people, when a decision is expected on the publication...

    • Defence Engineering and Science Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Defence Engineering and Science Group.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department was first notified of the ruling by the Court of Arbitration in the case of Iran v International Military Services Ltd.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft by type will be in inventory of the (a) RAF, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army Air Corps in each of the next 10 years.

      RAF Waddington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the RC135 Airseeker has flown from RAF Waddington.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2013, Official Report, columns 639-40W, on Trident submarines, what the value of each contract was.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his long-term plans are for UK Reaper drones operating in Afghanistan; (2) what consideration he has given to re-locating UK Reaper drones...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many timber framed residential care homes there are in the UK.

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many bids for grant funding under section 70 of the Charities Act 2006 were made to his Department in the last year; how...

      Community Relations: Hinduism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his Department's budget allocation is for engagement with the Hindu community as a proportion of spending on...

      Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on software licences in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many local authorities in England have not increased levels of council tax in each of the last three years; (2) what...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of unoccupied houses in the UK.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) in how many of the families in the troubled families programme, for which a results payment has been made in respect of an...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make an assessment of the case for a community benefit fund for Sedgemoor District Council during the eight-year...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many officials of each grade in his Department have the authority to execute a purchase; what proportion of these officials...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects Islamic mortgages to be available for Right to Buy council home purchases; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drug-driving convictions have been secured through the use of roadside drug analysis, also known as drugalyser, machines (a) in total and (b) by...

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many claims were made to the Employment Tribunal Service between 29 July 2012 and 14 January 2013; (2) how many claims were made to the...

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average daily cost of feeding a prisoner is.

      Prisons: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of prisons in England and Wales were subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c)...

      Prisons: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what Welsh language facilities will be provided for inmates and staff in the planned prison in Wrexham.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether males convicted of domestic abuse or violence will be supervised by the National Probation Service under the Government's Transforming...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to engage with local partners and local services as part of the Transforming Rehabilitation Probation programme.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) South Lanarkshire successfully appealed against a work capability assessment decision in 2013;...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines his Department gives for the contents of a young offender's cell.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Barnfield College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many visits to Barnfield College were made by his Department or its executive agencies before the start of the investigation...

    • Barnfield College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many visits to Barnfield College were made by officials of his Department or its executive agencies before the start of the...

      Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many firms are currently taking part in the Growth Vouchers programme.

      Business: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies registered in Brigg and Goole constituency are classified as (a) small and (b) medium-sized as defined by the...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what minimum accreditation standards his Department has put in place for growth coaches taking part in the Growth Accelerator scheme.

      Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on an EU-level non-financial reporting law that would require all large companies to report on the effect of...

      Copyright: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his policy is on criteria used to allocate the revenue support grant to different local authorities for the purpose of...

      Curzon Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contact his Department had with (a) Curzon Education and (b) the Curzon Institute; what contracts his Department holds with...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) the World Sugar Research Organisation, (ii)...

      Direct Mail: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps (a) Royal Mail and (b) Post Office Limited are taking to tackle scam mail in its mail deliveries; (2) what...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will create a national certification scheme for work readiness for young people.

      Higher Education Funding Council for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to issue the Higher Education Funding Council for England funding letter.

      Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the level of gross fixed investment in the UK as a percentage of GDP.

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which sites owned by his Department are currently earmarked for disposal; what the current class use is of each site; what the...

      Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will classify 3a or 3b laser pens as dangerous items.

      Local Government: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure the involvement of business organisations and stakeholders in the Wave2 City Deals...

      Manufacturing Industries: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential for skills shortages in the manufacturing sector caused by the retirement of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to review the level of the minimum wage.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's forecast underspend of DEL was for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 at the time of the Autumn Statement.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many civil servants in his Department have been seconded to the private sector in each of the last three years.

      Secondment

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

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to issue the Skills Funding Agency funding letter.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what forecast his Department has made of (a) the amount spent on student loans for students at private colleges in (i) 2013-14...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he takes to ensure the accuracy of Government statistics.

    • Public Services: Digitisation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made on digitising public services.

      Government Contracts: Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made on opening up procurement of government contracts to the small business sector.

      Social Investment Market

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to encourage growth in the social investment market.

      Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people who were under-employed in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each of the last...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Government Procurement Service imposes any conditions in its contracts on the employment of apprentices by the companies from which it procures.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what number of leasehold properties was revealed in the 2011 Census.

      Unemployment: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of citizens of other EU member states living in the UK who are not in employment.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what discussions the Electoral Commission has had with (a) the National Union of...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what discussions the Electoral Commission has had with (a) the National Union of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposed rule changes to the handling...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with which bodies the Electoral Commission has collaborated on efforts to increase...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Electoral Commission has taken to register attainers.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what (a) input and (b) output measures the Electoral Commission uses to assess its...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assistance the Electoral Commission has given to civic society groups to...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what proportion of the (a) white and (b) non-white population were registered to vote...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the effect on public perceptions...

      Electoral Register: Scotland

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will publish the name of each local authority in Scotland that failed the...

  • International Development

    • International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on the International Citizen Service programme in each country in each year since 2011.

    • Land

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

      Pay

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials of each grade in her Department have the authority to execute a purchase; what proportion of these officials have...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and the legality of same-sex marriage...

    • European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will set out his Department's priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work Programme; and...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure accountability for any UK involvement in Operation Blue Star in Amritsar in 1984.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what processes are in place if Iran withdraws from nuclear talks during the six-month interim agreement period.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on recent reports that Iran's parliament is considering a bill to...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what processes are in place if the P5+1 and Iran do not reach a permanent nuclear agreement during the six-month interim period.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2014, Official Report, column 710W, on Iran, which bank has he nominated to deal with...

      Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on the hunting of whales and dolphins.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of shipments of weapons from Iran to (a) Syria, (b) Lebanon and (c) the Gaza Strip.

      Pay

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of employment and support allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

    • Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of jobs advertised as compatible with flexible working in each of the last four years.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the mean amount awarded to each claimant was of funeral payments awarded through the Social Fund in 2012-13.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in what areas the pilot scheme requiring jobseeker's allowance claimants aged 19-21 who lack level 2 qualifications in English and...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of jobseekers aged 19-21 who do not have level 2 qualifications in English and mathematics.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of jobseeker's allowance claimants who lack basic skills in English, mathematics and IT.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of staff employed by (a) his Department, (b) agencies of his Department and (c) contractors of his Department are...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Atos decisions were overturned at appeal by Department for Work and Pension area.

      Tell Us Once Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of the Tell Us Once service.

      Unemployed People: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations his Department has received on the potential effect of the new drug driving offence on the ability of jobseekers who take...

      Unemployment Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of employment support allowance or incapacity benefit received a sanction in each year since 2008.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people were not in education, employment or training in each year since 1990.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants who have had their claims terminated after a work capability assessment died within six weeks of the termination of their...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department paid to work programme providers in respect of Employment Support Allowance claimants in (a) attachment fees, (b) job...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 January 2012 (WA 122), whether the recently reported incidence of sex-selective abortion in the United...

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the statistical analysis of gender abortions which they have made available to Members of Parliament with the data published by The...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any pre-licensing long-term feeding studies have been conducted on the Arctic Apple, genetically modified by the introduction of polyphenoloxidase...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what scientific evidence there is to prove that the long-term ingestion of genetically modified foods is safe.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of a letter sent by ethnic civil society organisations to the Prime Minister in October 2013 concerning the United Kingdom's...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations were held with Burmese ethnic nationalities and ethnic civil society organisations prior to the current provision of training for the...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is meant in the prospectus for the Ministry of Defence's Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context course by "the art and science of war"; why...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they mean by "professionalisation" as one of the stated objectives for the training currently being provided to the Burmese army; what plans are in...

      Consumer Rights Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to introduce their revised Consumer Rights Bill.

      Extradition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions between 1970 and 1997 they requested the extradition of persons from the Republic of Ireland to face terrorist-related charges in the...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with hospitals which are failing to report female genital mutilation.

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what enhanced maritime security they have introduced since the increased number of maritime incursions by the Spaniards into Gibraltarian waters started some...

      Government Departments: Research and Development

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

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria applied to determine whether a town or city should have a dedicated minister.

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the functions and status of the Prime Minister within the Cabinet.

      Justice: Legal Fees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Very High Costs Cases (VHCC) contracts were in existence on 1 November for barristers and solicitor-advocates; how many VHCC contracts were...

      NHS: Drugs and Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the provision of life-saving medical treatment to NHS patients, following the report by the Health and Social Care...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the government of Saudi Arabia the possibility of that country providing financial assistance to the International...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the delays to the carrier programme and planning applications for new facilities at Govan, they have considered the allocation of the...

      Special Educational Needs: Code of Practice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to engage with disability charities and other stakeholders on the Draft Special Education Needs Code of Practice during the redrafting...

      Transforming Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether probation staff have been given reasons in writing following their assignment to either the National Probation Service or a community rehabilitation...

      Young Offenders: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in each of the last five years have been transferred to hospital from (1) young offender institutions, and (2) secure training centres,...

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