Written answers

Monday, 3 February 2014

  • Attorney-General

    • CPS Direct

      To ask the Attorney-General what data the Crown Prosecution Service records on the call response time of charging lawyers at CPS Direct.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General how many restraining orders were imposed following the (a) conviction and (b) acquittal of a defendant for domestic violence in each year from 2007-08 to 2012-13.

      Witnesses

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent surveys or studies the Crown Prosecution Service has carried out on (a) the level of victim and witness satisfaction with the quality of service provided...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to help small and medium-sized arts organisations increase their business and marketing skills.

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the recipients were of match funding provided by her Department and administered by the Creative Skillsets Creative Industry Fund...

      Arts: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much money the Arts Council spent per head of population in the District of Walsall in (a) 2013 and (b) 2012; (2) how much...

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out her Department’s priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work programme; and...

      Music: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what amount of funding her Department gave to each youth choir in each year since 2010.

      National Lottery: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many organisations in Liverpool have been in receipt of National Lottery grants in each of the last six years.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department plans to publish the consultation decisions on spectrum annual licenses.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on 4G roll-out of four-to-five fold increases in spectrum annual licence...

      Regulation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the timetable for a decision for the...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential economic benefits to consumers in the communications sector of proposals to streamline...

      World War One: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the projected cost under each cost heading is of the commemoration of the first world war.

  • Prime Minister

    • Publications

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 469W, on publications, whether relevant people includes individuals employed by the Conservative Party.

  • Transport

    • Buses: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that the Public Service Vehicles (Carrying Capacity) Regulations 1984 are meaningfully upheld; and what steps he is...

    • Bypasses: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Wales Office and the Welsh Government on a proposed bypass between Buttington and Shrewsbury.

      Cambrian Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with operating companies on increasing services on the Aberystwyth to Birmingham train.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of accidents on the national trunk road network that led to the death or serious injury of a cyclist involved a heavy goods vehicle in...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to include information on the new drug driving offence in the driving theory test; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on the pharmaceutical industry of the changes required to patient information leaflets following the...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients taking long-term medication for chronic pain and similar conditions understand the medical...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and (b) the Scottish Government on the effect of drug driving legislation...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet Google to discuss the profits that company makes from copycat websites which charge for the application for and renewal of driving licences.

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department is undertaking on the potential (a) social and economic effects of Graduating Driver Licensing, (b) the effect of reforms...

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out his Department’s priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work programme; and if he will make a...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created in the North West during the building phase of High Speed 2.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the benefit that High Speed 2 will bring to small and medium-sized businesses in the North West.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had about the effect of High Speed 2 on tourism and waterways in (a) the UK and (b) Eddisbury and Cheshire West.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the cost of the Highways Agency's recent switch to Microsoft Office 2010.

      Railways: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Northern Rail on passenger satisfaction in Cumbria.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure long-term investment in train services to the far South West.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on rail resilience of the Environment Agency's proposals for flood defences at Cowley Bridge, Exeter.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the budget for rail resilience works to the Devon stretch of the London Paddington to Plymouth rail link is for the current and next four...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 24 January 2014, Official Report, column 362W on Re-employment, what the total cost was of those redundancy payments.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will publish his Department's business case score for the Crown Point East bypass scheme in Denton, Greater Manchester submitted under the...

      Road Traffic Control: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce legislative proposals to reduce road congestion around primary schools.

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the criteria is for allocating funding to individual roads within strategic highway routes under his Route Based Strategy framework.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has provided to each local authority for the repair of potholes in each year since 2010.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles that used the (a) Severn Bridge and (b) Second Severn Crossing in 2013.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the (a) gross and (b) net revenue from each tolled crossing in the UK was in 2013; (2) what the (a) gross and (b) net revenue from the...

  • Wales

    • European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will set out his Department's priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work programme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of young adults in Wales living with their parents.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Basic Skills: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on the provision of (a) adult literacy services and (b) adult numeracy services in Barrow and...

    • Boeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make a statement on the implication of the UK aerospace industry of the $8.7 billion subsidy package awarded to Boeing...

      Boeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will raise with the World Trade Organization the $8.7 billion subsidy package awarded to Boeing by Washington state in...

      Business: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish an evaluation of the Small Business Research Initiative.

      Business: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the degree to which the Small Business Research Initiative has met its targets.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the financial effects of the removal of Climate Change Levy Exemption Certificates for combined heat...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce industrial energy costs for sites which have invested in combined heat and power for the...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on creating a public register of companies’ beneficial ownership.

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when a registry of beneficial ownership will be introduced.

      Enterprise Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bids for funds under the Venture Capital Catalyst Fund have been (a) received and (b) approved; and what funds have been...

      Enterprise Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from the European Commission on whether Enterprise Capital Funds have breeched state aid rules.

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the effect of the carbon price floor of industrial competitiveness of UK businesses.

      Further Education: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which further education colleges in England has been reviewed by the FE Commissioner; how much time was spent in each college;...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department will make available for students from a disadvantaged background in higher education after 2015-16.

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff who have been made redundant or retired from his Department have subsequently been re-employed by his Department...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department's spending on science.

      Students: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) home and (b) international students there are at West Midlands universities.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are under building regulations for fire sprinklers in timber-framed residential and nursing care homes.

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have received a reduction in...

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of council tax benefit subsidy reduction in each local authority in 2014-15.

      Councillors: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what information he holds on the average basic allowance paid to county councillors in England in 2012-13; (2) what...

      Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that electrical installation work undertaken by tradespeople in homes meets minimum...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information he holds on how much is raised by local authorities in England in 2012-13 from revenue other than council tax.

      Quarrying: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that the deadline to complete works at a quarry and restore it to nature is strictly adhered...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he intends to answer question number 183496 tabled on 15 January 2014; (2) when he intends to answer question number...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to answer question number 184121 tabled on 20 January 2014 for Named Day Answer on 23 January 2014.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance the Government is giving to farmers whose land has been flooded.

    • European Commission

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

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on flood control, what assessment he has made of the...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department plans to publish the findings of its review entitled Household Food Security—a Literature review of...

      Glass: Lead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions his Department has had with the Environment Agency on the import of concrete blocks containing...

      Peat Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effects of carbon emissions from damaged peatlands; and whether his Department...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff who have been made redundant or retired from his Department have subsequently been re-employed by his...

      River Ribble

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the feasibility of dredging the River Ribble in order to minimise flood risk to homes,...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will list all staff seconded to his Department from private water companies since May 2010; and what the (a)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of onshore wind farms on house prices in rural areas; (2) what...

      Woodland Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many grants were made under the English Woodland Grant Scheme; (2) for what reason the English Woodland Grant...

  • Home Department

    • Arson: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of arson were recorded in Barrow and Furness constituency in each of the last five years.

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to provide additional funding to the police and security services to cover the cost of surveillance of individuals...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 27W, on human trafficking, if she will place in the Library a copy of (a)...

      Immigration Controls: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private international flights which arrived at the airports of (a) Luton, (b) Stansted, (c) Biggin Hill, (d) Farnborough, (e)...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons and under what process information relating to possible fraud at the Kings Science Academy in Bradford was classified as an...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the value and ethics of the police practice of making unsolicited approaches to former residents from...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what safeguards are in place to protect people working with children from false allegations of child abuse; (2) what safeguards are in...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy in on granting anonymity to people working with children who are accused of child abuse.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to strengthen partnerships between the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for the conduct and direction...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas students were reported by their colleges as not attending courses in the last year; and how many such students were (a)...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints the Passport Office received about the performance of (a) Elucidate Contractor Services and (b) other private sector...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the introduction of gender non-specific passports; and what discussions she has had with international...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many warnings were listed on the Police National Computer in 2013, by offence type; and for which offences such warnings were listed.

      Police: Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will provide a breakdown by ethnicity of all strip searches by the Metropolitan Police in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d)...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of IPCC investigations were categorised as conduct matters with special requirements in each year since 2005.

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of police community support officers in the Metropolitan Police in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 were...

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of Metropolitan Police staff lived in Greater London in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013; (2) what proportion...

      Police: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Metropolitan Police Service has ever trialled or used any unmanned aerial surveillance system. [R]

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of her Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint procurement...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for each of the last three financial years how much and what proportion of her Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff who have been made redundant or retired from her Department have subsequently been re-employed by her Department since May 2010.

      Schengen Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at how many meetings to discuss Schengen measures UK officials have been present since 2010.

      Special Constables: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables in the Metropolitan police there were in each London borough in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Stop and Search: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will provide a breakdown by gender of all stop and searches by the Metropolitan Police in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d)...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library all assessments of new policy and legislation from her Department since January 2013 which give...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) standard and (b) enhanced disclosure Criminal Record Bureau checks were requested in 2013.

  • Treasury

    • Bitcoin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on levying VAT on the trade of the Bitcoin digital currency.

    • Business: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new loans have been made to small businesses in north east England through the Funding for Lending scheme; and which participating building society...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue accrued to the Exchequer in 2013 from capital gains tax.

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect the Government's policies have had on the take-home pay of officials across the civil service compared to May 2010.

      European Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out his Department's priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the value for money of applying for a change of use application on Government-owned properties before selling such properties.

      Government Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the issuance of Government bonds with a fixed maturity where the bondholder receives no capital on maturity but in return receives a...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of changes in the revenue accrued to the Exchequer (a) to date, (b) by 31 March 2014 and (c) by 31 March 2015 as a result of...

      Income Tax: Newport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) higher rate taxpayers and (b) individuals who earn over £1 million there were in Newport East constituency in the last year for which...

      Income Tax: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) higher rate taxpayers and (b) individuals who earn over £1 million there are in Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

      Income Tax: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect that the reduction in the additional rate of income tax has had on taxpayers in Wales.

      Money Laundering: Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to tackle the abuse of trusts for money laundering.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what effect changes in pensions contributions have had on the take-home pay of officials at senior civil service grades in his Department compared to...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals subject to the additional rate of income tax pay tax through PAYE.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average response time was for a letter sent to HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) customer service in each of the last 12 months; what the longest such...

      Social Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual savings to the Exchequer as a result of (a) withdrawing housing benefit entitlement for young people aged under 25 and (b)...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount of stamp duty accruing from leasehold property transactions has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for each of the last six years, (a) how many double tax treaty claims for relief from UK withholding tax on interest were granted, (b) what the total value...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how many taxpayers will be affected by the measures on accelerated payments in follower cases announced in the Autumn Statement...

      Taxation: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Office for Budget Responsibility about publication of a Welsh taxes forecast.

      Taxation: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has asked his officials, HM Revenue and Customs or the Office of Budget Responsibility to undertake a behavioural analysis of the effect of the...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment she has made of the effect on the trade of illicit tobacco of the introduction of standardised packaging in the UK.

      VAT: Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on a VAT reduction for the tourism sector; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the accumulated surplus was in the National Insurance Fund was (a) in May 2010 and (b) on the last date for which data is available.

  • Education

    • Curzon Institute

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

    • European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will set out his Department’s priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work programme; and if he will make a...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, column 63W, on school meals, what support his Department will give to primary schools in...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in levels of funding for 18-year-olds in full-time education on educational attainment.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in England and Wales achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C in any subject in 2013.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in England and Wales achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C, of which two were English and mathematics, in 2013.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in England and Wales achieved no GCSEs at grade A* to C in 2013.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons his Department did not provide further information to Action Fraud when that body reported on 5 September 2013 via email that they did...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 100W, on pre-school education and with reference to his Department's press release on...

      Primary Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many additional primary school places were created in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Private Education: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether any inspectors working for the Independent Schools Inspectorates (a) have been accused of child abuse and (b) have been in a position of...

      Procurement

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

      Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effect of poor behaviour and absenteeism on pupil attainment.

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff who have been made redundant or retired from his Department have subsequently been re-employed by his Department since May 2010.

      Schools: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to reduce funding gaps between schools (a) in the county of Staffordshire and (b) in the local authority areas of...

      Secondary Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many additional secondary school places were created in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers have accessed the National Scholarship Fund for the purpose of undergoing training to become a teacher of specific learning...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what mechanisms are in place to support maintained schools which do not have a Special Educational Needs co-ordinator; (2) what measures are in...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what plans he has to discuss the draft Special Education Needs Code of Practice with disability charities and other stakeholders before...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials worked in each Directorate and group in his Department in April (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Teachers: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers currently practising in England have criminal convictions, by category of criminal offence.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the School Teachers' Review Body about extending the terms and conditions for teachers to...

      Young People: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of the Youth Contract for 16 to 17 year olds.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department are taking to ensure that people with disabilities are able to benefit equally from UK aid programmes and...

    • Developing Countries: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to tackle trachoma in the developing world.

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will set out her Department's priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work Programme; and if she...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the average cost per download was for each campaign in each of the...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what information the Electoral Commission holds on the registration rates of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 27 January, Official Report, column 426W, on British nationals abroad, who will conduct this review;...

    • British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 27 January, Official Report, column 426W, on British Nationals abroad, if he will consult the devolved...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Nigerian counterpart following the passage of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had with the government of Pakistan regarding the constitutional Federal Shariah Court in...

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of measures in place to protect children on the Pitcairn Islands from...

      Sexuality: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Commonwealth counterparts on amending the Commonwealth Charter to include opposition to...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the situation of LGBT people in Uganda; and what recent representations he has made to his...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart following the approval of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill by the Ugandan...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether officials in his Department have participated in any EC Working Group considering policy or law applying to use of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will set out her Department's priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work Programme; and if she will...

  • Scotland

    • European Commission

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

  • Women and Equalities

    • European Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will set out the Government Equalities Office's priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work Programme; and if...

    • Marriage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when she expects conversion of civil partnerships to marriages under Section 9 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 to begin; and what the...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2014, Official Report, column 227W, on abortion, how many doctors have been challenged to defend their judgment that...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many constituencies there is not a full-time accident and emergency department.

      Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the Action on Smoking and Health charity received from his Department in 2013-14; and what assessment he has made of how these funds have...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rates of referral are to specialist alcohol treatment services for people in each region and of each gender.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clinical standards he has put in place for ambulances run by private providers.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the next review of the adult autism strategy to take place, after the publication of the revised strategy in March 2014.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support the Government provides for children with autism as they reach adulthood.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will introduce a fund for local authorities to encourage the development of new models of provision for people with autism; (2) what steps...

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people with (a) long term conditions and (b) osteoarthritis currently have a personalised care plan.

      European Commission

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

      Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to promote comprehensive fracture liaison services.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government plans to take to address risks to public health caused by a rise in the incidence of risky sexual behaviour related to drug use.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2013, Official Report, columns 348-49W, on health services: reciprocal arrangements, what steps his Department is...

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health trainers there were in the NHS in each year since May 2010.

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2013, Official Report, column 469W, on health: finance, when the figures for Q2 and Q3 will be available.

      Hospitals: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) black, (b) red, (c) amber and (d) green alerts there has been at (i) central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust and (ii)...

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to provide immunisation for the HPV virus in young males.

      Manor Hospital Walsall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 January, Official Report, column 178W, on Manor Hospital, Walsall, if the Department has now received notification arising...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether individuals whose medical confidentiality has been breached by the caredata programme will be notified of their eligibility for...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether individuals will be notified if their personal data has been provided to researchers with identifying details provided under care.data; (2)...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether households which have opted out of receiving bulk, junk or unaddressed mail will receive a Better information means better care leaflet.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that all individuals living in (a) shared accommodation, (b) care homes, (c) residential homes, (d) blocks of flats or...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has given to local authorities on assessing the effect of musculoskeletal conditions on their local population, including the...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when each strategic health authority was abolished as a legal entity; and when the chief executive officer of each strategic health authority ceased to be...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the guidance his Department gives individual funding request panels on interpretation of the rules surrounding clinical exceptionality...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when NHS England's review into Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) will be published; whether the SRS Clinical Reference Group assisted in writing this...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2014, Official Report, column 83W, on radiotherapy, what the tariff paid for stereotactic radiosurgery treatment is...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish its response to Next Steps for Nursery Milk consultation, which closed in October 2012.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which directorate of his Department is currently responsible for nursery milk; and on what grounds the responsible directorate has changed since May 2010.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had on the availability and development of innovative treatments for melanoma with (a) the Christie NHS Foundation Trust,...

      Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to (a) improve awareness of stem cell transplants for treating cancers and (b) increase registration of stem cell donors.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2014, Official Report, column 181W, on the electoral register, and columns 189-90W, on the electoral register: Northern...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) grants and (b) other external activity have been issued under the Democratic Engagement Programme to date.

      European Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out his Office's priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work Programme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • British American Tobacco

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2014, Official Report, column 160W, on British American Tobacco, what official meetings the Minister without...

    • Efficiency and Reform Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many staff of his Department worked in the Efficiency and Reform Group in (a) April 2013 and (b) the latest period in which figures are...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of Government spending was in (a) cash terms and (b) as a percentage of GDP in each year since 1990.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged 24 and under have been unemployed for over a year in each of the last 20 years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the effect of the exclusion of universal credit claimants on the overall claimant count in (a) April, (b) May, (c) June,...

  • Defence

    • Defence Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on defence co-operation between the UK and EU and NATO member states; and if he will make a statement.

    • Helicopter Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to upgrade the armed forces' helicopter capabilities.

      British Forces: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made on the return of British forces from Germany.

      Private Contractors/Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of private contractors and agency workers in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Recruitment: IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he made in improving the IT system used for recruitment to the armed forces.

      Armed Forces Covenant 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his priorities are in respect of the armed forces covenant in 2014.

      Accountancy

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

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to (a) help (i) Army families not eligible for final tour of duty allowance and (ii) other Army families cover the cost of moving...

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure service children returning from Germany are not disadvantaged in applications for school places.

      Armed Forces: Self-harm and Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether self-harming or suicidal ideation among disaffected armed forces personnel are grounds for medical discharge; and whether he has received legal...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to (a) provide access to training and funding for training for returning service personnel and (b) help spouses of returning...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trainee soldiers who enlisted in financial year 2012-13 at (a) Army Foundation College (Harrogate) and (b) Infantry Training Centre (Catterick)...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applicants to the Army were aged (a) 17, (b) 16 and (c) under 16 years of age at the time of submitting their application in each of the last...

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department is making with the sale of the Defence Support Group; and if he will make a statement.

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out his Department’s priorities for discussions with the European Commission over their 2014 Work programme; and if he will make a...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2014, Official Report, column 696W, when he or officials of his Department last discussed with Iranian officials or...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on ensuring that the disposal of the military estate results...

      Navy: Greenock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to sell the former Coastguard building in Greenock; and if he will make a statement.

      Oil and Pipelines Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department is making with the sale of the Oil and Pipelines Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Reserve Forces: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 306W, on reserve forces: national insurance contributions, if he will make it his...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library all assessments of new policy and legislation from his Department since January 2013 which give due consideration to the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget his Department has allocated to spend on advertising (a) the under-occupancy penalty and (b) universal credit in the current...

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on advertising in each year since 2010.

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on advertising the introduction of the under-occupancy penalty.

      Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of people claiming carers' allowance of a rise in the minimum wage; and if he will make...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children are living in poverty in Birmingham to the smallest area for which figures are available.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on public relations and communications consultants in each year since 2010.

      Council Tax Benefits: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Warrington North constituency have been living in the same property since 1996 and in receipt of council tax benefit or a...

      Disability Living Allowance

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 264W, on employment and support allowance (ESA), if he will confirm whether...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to ensure that people who stop claiming employment and support allowance are removed from the system to prevent...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been affected by his Department's decision to time-limit contributory employment and support allowance (ESA) to one year;...

      Employment Schemes: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many employers in Kingston-upon-Hull have applied for wage subsidies under the Youth Contract scheme to date; (2) how many...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of the Youth Contract.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employers (a) in the adult entertainment industry and (b) possessing a sexual entertainment venue licence have applied for wage...

      European Commission

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

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when (a) Ministers and (b) officials his Department have met (i) Axa, (ii) Aviva, (iii) Friends Life, (iv) Scottish Life, (v) Scottish Widows,...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much income the Health and Safety Executive earned from commercial sources in each of the last 10 years.

      Helmets: Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend to industrial premises the exemption for Sikhs from requirements to wear safety helmets on construction sites.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of social housing tenants affected by the implementation of the under occupancy penalty in wheelchair standard properties have...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of social housing tenants affected by the implementation of the under occupancy penalty have downsized to a smaller property.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of disabled social housing tenants affected by the implementation of the under occupancy penalty have downsized to a smaller...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has allocated in discretionary housing payments to cover the effects of the implementation of the under occupancy...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of social housing tenants affected by the implementation of the under occupancy penalty live in wheelchair-standard properties.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the under-occupancy penalty on the level of child poverty in the UK; and if he will...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure there is sufficient capacity in Jobcentre Plus to process individuals returning after completion of the Work...

      Jobcentre Plus: Heywood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints about (a) staff behaviour, (b) contested sanction decisions and (c) telephone line waiting times have been made by...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess whether jobseeker's allowance claimants who are sanctioned are more likely to find employment afterwards.

      Land

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

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the (a) appropriate level of balance in the National Insurance Fund and (b) appropriate level of reserve for that fund.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who receive pension credit in (a) Scottish parliamentary constituencies, (b) Fife...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of Capita's performance as a personal independence payment assessment provider; and what steps he takes to monitor...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) longest time is between a personal independent payments assessment provider having a face to face consultation...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what conditions new personal independence payment claimants are granted a home assessment.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many new personal independence payment (PIP) claims have been made since the inception of PIP; and how many such claims were (a)...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Coventry South of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 57W, on personal independence payment,...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh East of 9 December 2013, Official Report, columns 45-6W, on personal independence...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target or limit is set as the maximum time a new claimant for personal independence payment must wait to receive an assessment date.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target or limit is set on the maximum distance a new claimant of personal independence payment must travel to an assessment centre.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in receipt of personal independence payment are not receiving their benefit payments; (2) how many claims for personal...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the causes of delays in the delivery of personal independence payments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal independence payment (PIP) claims (a) have been made, (b) received assessments and (c) been awarded to date; and what the (i)...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) children, (b) pensioners and (c) households were living in poverty in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what future plans he has for reducing spending on working-age benefits.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to Job Centre Plus staff on targets for the number of sanctions placed on jobseekers; and if he will...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants have been sanctioned at any one time in the (a) last month, (b) three months, (c) six months and (d) year; and if he...

      Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) working and (b) non- working single parents are in receipt of benefits in Birmingham to the smallest area for which figures are...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on communications and media training for (a) Ministers and (b) senior civil servants in each year since 2010.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the effects on (a) Exchequer receipts and (b) individual incomes of eligibility for universal credit being established...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any provision has been made to transfer funds between the DEL and AME allocations for universal credit within his Department's overall...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total DEL budget allocated to the development, implementation and running of the Universal Credit programme was in (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many complaints have been received by (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) his Department over Universal Jobmatch; and what the reasons were...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of regional variations in the cumulative impact of the Government's welfare reform programme; and if he will make a...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many homeless people have been referred to the Work programme since June 2011; and how many of those people have secured a job outcome.

      Work Programme: Clackmannanshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of direct payments to sub-contractors of prime providers made by his Department under the Work Programme related to...

      Work Programme: Clackmannanshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been submitted to prime providers of the Work Programme in Clackmannanshire.

      Work Programme: Clackmannanshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what oversight his Department has of contracts between prime and sub contractors delivering the Work Programme in Clackmannanshire.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Early Day Motions

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost of preparing, publishing and monitoring Early Day Motions has been in...

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received community sentences in Barrow and Furness constituency in each category of offence in 2013.

    • Civil Proceedings: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases have been adjourned because a litigant in person in a private law case was not considered sufficiently prepared as directed by a judge in...

      Crime: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the adequacy of current legislation on corporate criminal liability.

      Curzon Institute

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

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many holders of a foreign-issued driving licence were prosecuted for non-speeding road traffic offences in the last three years; (2) how many...

      Driving Under Influence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many convictions there were for driving with excessive alcohol where a fatality or fatalities occurred in each of the last three years; and how...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2014, Official Report, column 26W, on Freedom of Information Act 2000, if he will set a timetable for a decision on...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2013, Official Report, column 612W, on HM Courts and Tribunals Service, when he plans to update Parliament on the...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many students in receipt of legal aid had their payments (a) reduced or (b) halted as a result of also receiving childcare grants since changes made...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what relevant prior experience each member of senior management working in HM Prison Oakwood possesses.

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends to implement a ban on pornography depicting rape.

      Prisons: Drugs and Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to introduce the HM Prison Kirkham Drug and Rehabilitation programme nationally.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the inherent and pre-mitigation risk is to the Transforming Rehabilitation programme from insufficient attention and support from his...

      Unpaid Fines: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unpaid fines there were in the West Midlands in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the monetary value was of those fines.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost of support services for road crash victims was in each year between 2010 and 2013; and what the budget for such services is in 2014;...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends to reply to question 181504, tabled by the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North on 6 January 2014 for answer on 9 January 2014; and...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which power plants that were awarded a green subsidy will be able to commence biomass production as a result of that subsidy.

    • Boilers: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to ring-fence funding as part of the boiler replacement scheme for rural pensioners who use oil boilers.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment he has made of the potential change in rail network investment as a result of the closure of the Eggborough...

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect on household bills of the closure of Eggborough power station.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether all direct employees of Eggborough Power Station are paid above the living wage.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK electricity needs that will be supplied by Eggborough power plant in each of the next...

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons his Department did not allocate a green subsidy to Eggborough power plant in the most recent round of subsidies.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the number of jobs dependent on the operation of Eggborough power plant.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will draw up a contingency plan for regeneration of the area around Eggborough power plant in the event that that plant closes.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent investment the Government has made into the UK energy infrastructure; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the amount of payments made by domestic customers to energy companies via their energy bills as at 31...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2013, Official Report, column 607W, on energy: competition, on what date he expects that the...

      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, by which process he calculated that gas bills rose by an...

      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 bills, by which process he calculated that...

      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 estimate his Department has made of (a) the average...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential of hydraulic fracturing to reduce energy bills in the United Kingdom.

      European Commission

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

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that funds raised from the shale gas community benefit are distributed to residents closest to the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the level of total shale gas reserves in the United Kingdom.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that any proposals brought forward by the Government to change the law on trespassing to facilitate...

      Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made on ensuring that off-grid households have access to affordable heating fuels in winter.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment his Department has made of the total amount per year spent on households in fuel poverty for supplier-funded...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what support he plans to provide to (a) families, (b) businesses and (c) individuals who are struggling to pay their heating bills this...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with Southampton City council on its plans to clad solid wall homes under the Energy Companies...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with Affinity Homes on its plans to clad solid wall homes under the Energy Companies Obligation.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with Nottingham City Homes on its plans to clad solid wall homes under the Energy Companies...

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish and place in the Library copies of all correpondence between his Department and National Grid concerning the...

      Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of the UK's natural gas consumption was imported in (a) 2000, (b) 2005 and (c) 2013.

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which Government departments, non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies hold electronic records of transports of (a)...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) the Office for Nuclear Regulation, (b) the Department for Transport and (c) the Department for Business, Innovation and...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what transports of radioactive material (a) within the UK, (b) imported into the UK, (c) exported from the UK and (d) moved in transit...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff who have been made redundant or retired from his Department have subsequently been re-employed by his Department since...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria his Department uses for allocating green subsidies to power plants.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which power plants in the UK applied for the most recent round of green subsidies.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the financial sustainability of power plants that did not receive green subsidies in the most recent round.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the effect of heat pumps installed in domestic premises on electricity bills for those premises.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the latest date is on which it is feasible for the Government to shut down usage of the national gas grid to decarbonise heat.

      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...

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish and place in the Library all correspondence between his Department and the Scottish Government on the recently...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 20 June 2013 on the BBC Today programme that...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Deputy Prime Minister on 7 January (HC Deb, col 159) that the United Kingdom has accepted about 1,500 asylum-seekers from...

      Aviation: Skyscrapers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the proposed new skyscraper at Canary Wharf will not represent a safety risk to aircraft operating from London City Airport.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to discuss with the Bank of England its review of its policy on forward guidance.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Warsi on 19 November 2013 (WA 184) and 7 January (WA 246–7), what are the details of each existing project...

      Carbon Monoxide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines take into account that carbon monoxide can be present in the body from sources other...

      Coroner Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 20 January (WA 112), on the coroner's invitation to the Duggan family to submit their views on...

      Dogs: Dangerous Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 12 June 2013 (WA 246–7) concerning attacks by dogs on protected animals, whether they will now...

      Elections: National Voter Registration Day

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support National Voter Registration Day.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Association of Electoral Administrators about registering United Kingdom citizens who are eligible to vote but not on...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Post Office about how they could help to register United Kingdom citizens who are eligible to vote but not on the...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 about electoral registration have been answered within the statutory time limits since 2010.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of fraud in electoral registration in England; and which areas of the country they consider to be of particular...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will encourage local authorities to register United Kingdom citizens who are eligible to vote but are not on the electoral register.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure the registration on the register of electors of eligible citizens who are resident overseas.

      Energy: Off-gas Households

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Office of Fair Trading about securing an affordable energy supply for rural households that are off the gas grid.

      Energy: Off-gas Households

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the energy companies about reducing the price of electricity paid by households that are not dual fuel customers because...

      Energy: Paper and Online Billing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will implement the provisions of the European Union Energy Efficiency Directive regarding gas and electricity billing.

      Energy: Renewable Energy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the European Commission's decision to withdraw binding, technology-specific, targets for renewable energy as a proportion of total...

      Environment: Rodenticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the study undertaken by the Barn Owl Trust of the presence in barn owls of rat poison.

      Environment: Rodenticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to regulate second generation anticoagulant rodenticides for last resort use only.

      Environment: Rodenticides

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to regulate the provision of information on all second generation anticoagulant rodenticide products.

      Finance: Equity Short Selling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the European Court of Justice judgment on the powers of the European Securities and Markets Authority to restrict equity...

      Flooding: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many households they estimate are not covered by the insurance scheme Flood Re.

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 17 December 2013 relating to the Ministry of Defence (WA 180), whether any performance data are...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 17 December 2013 relating to the Ministry of Defence (WA 180), what key performance indicators are...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 17 December 2013 relating to the Ministry of Justice (WA 181–2), whether any performance data are...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 18 December 2013 relating to the HM Treasury (WA 213–4), whether any performance data are collated...

      Government Departments: Management Information Reports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 18 December 2013 relating to HM Treasury (WA 213–4), what key performance indicators are used to...

      Government Departments: Payroll Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations each Government Department allows to use payroll deduction facilities.

      Government Departments: Payroll Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to allow civil servants working in Downing Street to use payroll deduction facilities to join a credit union.

      Health: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to raise awareness of mental health issues and to improve the standards of treatment available.

      Houses of Parliament: Repairs

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether thermal insulation and ventilation are included in the current programme of roof repairs and improvements for the Palace of Westminster.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the growth in the number of affordable homes in London.

      Immigration Removal Centres: Restraint

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the suggestion by the Chief Inspector of Prisons that staff of the Geo group, which operates the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal...

      Insurance: Whiplash Claims

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reform the medico-legal reporting associated with whiplash injuries. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to...

      Internet: Identity Theft and Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of breaches of online security, and in particular identity theft, have been experienced by HM Revenue and Customs during the last 12 months,...

      NHS England: Public Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the outcome framework has been aligned between NHS England and public health systems.

      NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of net reductions in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) funding on commissioning from hospital trusts situated...

      NHS: Personal Health Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost of introducing personal health budgets into the National Health Service. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current position on the movement of persons to or from the United Kingdom through or from the Channel Islands; and whether a loophole exists...

      Police: Black and Ethnic Minority Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many black and ethnic minority police officers are posted to firearms units; and at which forces they were based as at 31 December 2013.

      Population: Over 65s

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of those aged over 65 years in England in 2010; what is their estimate of those likely to be over 65 in 2030; and what is their...

      Scrap Metal Dealers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when local authorities which have executive arrangements will be able to determine licences for scrap metal dealers through their non-executive licensing...

      Smoking: e-cigarettes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the draft Tobacco Products Directive requires consistent delivery of nicotine for e-cigarettes but not for tobacco cigarettes. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 28 January (WA 195), whether the annual levy for Tier 4 (student) visa holders will be in...

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