Written answers

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue is lost annually as a result of the exemption of transfer passengers from air passenger duty; (2) how much revenue he expects air...

    • Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that pension providers that send out default annuity offers do so on a more competitive basis.

      Economic Situation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the economic package announced for Northern Ireland in June 2013.

      Income Tax: Warrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency paid the top rate of tax in each of the last five years.

      Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint procurement exercises with...

      Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for each of the last three financial years how much and what proportion of his Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools; and what...

      Re-employment

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

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect of the provisions of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2012 on the amount of VAT collected from the metal recycling industry.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional revenue has accrued to the Exchequer from Severn River Crossings plc to date as a result of (a) the phasing out of the industrial...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from stamp duty for properties worth (a) up to £250,000, (b) between £250,000 and £500,000 and (c) over...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from stamp duty on (a) commercial and (b) residential properties in 2013.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of exempting the state pension from income tax.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent on advertising on Facebook for the purposes of preventing tax evasion in the current financial year.

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure the continued availability of zero or low content biofuel at five per cent or below for use by owners of older motor...

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Angus of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 643W, on driving: licensing, what proportion of driving...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the schedule and costs were of (a) the original advertising campaign for the consultation on the High Speed 2 phase one environmental statement...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the overall Network Grant was intended to be used for subsidising track access charges in each year from 2008-09 to 2012-13.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff were employed at the Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in each of the last five years.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre was staffed at below risk assessed levels in January 2014.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff are currently employed at the Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the current estimated end date is of the Severn River Crossings concession.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the level of the outstanding debt following the end of the Severn River Crossings concession.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total budget of the Vehicle and Operator Standards Agency was in each year from 2009 to date; and what his estimate is of the budget in 2015.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she intends to include a target for the number of scientific experiments conducted on animals in her Department's strategy for...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cats and dogs were used in experiments in the UK (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in the year ended January 2009; and what steps...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to release more information pertaining to the conducting of animal experiments in the UK; and if she will make a...

      Drugs: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he plans to introduce saliva drug testing kits for drugs other than cannabis; and if he will make a statement; (2) what approval...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which NHS bodies have replaced primary care trusts as responsible authorities for the purpose of determining a premises license application;...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 638, on police recruitment, if she will place the letter to HM...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many secondments of staff in her Department (a) to and (b) from the private sector have taken place in the last three months; and in each...

  • Attorney-General

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Attorney-General what the policy is of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office on whether to proceed with prosecutions of defendants who have not been able to find...

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many and what proportion of decisions to take no further action referred to the Crown Prosecution Service by the police concerned (a) indictable-only offences, (b)...

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Attorney-General how many bankers (a) formerly and (b) currently employed by the Royal Bank of Scotland are being investigated for (i) fraud and (ii) other criminal acts in respect of...

      Rspca

      To ask the Attorney-General whether he was consulted about the choice of Mr Stephen Wooler to head the investigation into the RSPCA's prosecution policy.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps he is taking to monitor whether the Serious Fraud Office complies with its obligation under the Human Rights Act 1998 when executing requests for mutual...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 30 January 2014, how much of the £19 million additional resources for the Serious Fraud Office has been...

      Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions there were following (a) kerb crawling, (b) brothel keeping and (c) controlling prostitution in each of the last six years; and how many such...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Attorney-General how many victims and witnesses were referred to Crown Prosecution Service-run witness care units in (a) each year from 2008-09 to 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made on negotiating with third countries to accept compartmentalisation as a concept to be included in...

    • Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered in (a) England and (b) Wales in each of the last three years.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made on implementation of the recommendations of the Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Energy...

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the previous data-collection system will still be closed on 1 April 2014 and transferred to the SAM system as scheduled.

      Eels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of recent trends in the number of eels in the UK; and what steps he is taking to improve eel habitats.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 157W, on Gangmasters Licensing Authority, how many criminal...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many wildlife incidents were reported in the UK in each of the last three years; how many such incidents were prosecuted;...

      Owls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of owls in the UK; and what steps he is taking to increase that number.

      Owls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made on the effect of the use of rat poisons on the barn owl population.

      River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent investigations his Department has undertaken into river bed changes and sedimentation rates on the upper River...

      Sea Fish Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons fish consumers are subject to a levy to fund the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish).

      Veterinary Medicine: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will have discussions with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on the introduction of mandatory oral and written...

  • Health

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to ensure that greater transparency and accountability in the delivery of services for adults with autism are incorporated into...

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that autism is included in the revised mandate for Health Education England.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that the Department addresses issues on employment and...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the introduction of a community-based awareness scheme for autism.

      Botulism: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many infants were diagnosed with botulism in each of the last three years.

      Breast Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Cardiff University on the drug developed by that university that may control the spread of breast cancer.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, columns 405-6W, on cancer drugs, (1) what communications he has received from NHS England on...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the child protection information sharing project; and if he will make a statement.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have been detained under Mental Health legislation at a hospital in England in each year since 2010; (2) how many people detained...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the division of responsibility for health services policy is between his Department and NHS England.

      Healthcare Strategy Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many meetings of the Health Care Strategy Forum officials from his Department have attended; (2) what representations on public policy his...

      Hospitals: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will issue guidance on the implementation of EN 13779:2007 and indoor air quality in hospitals; (2) what he expects all NHS hospitals in...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on the seasonal influenza vaccination public awareness campaign for 2013-14, by category of expenditure.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the benefits to treatment and care quality of making health records available for medical research.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any medical data will be extracted by care.data from GP-held records of patients who have objected to the use of their confidential information by...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery students there were in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to support women suffering from post-natal depression; and what steps he has taken to increase awareness of post-natal depression...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include stroke patients in the list of those exempted from prescription charges.

      Re-employment

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

      Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on conversion therapy.

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to prevent under-age smoking.

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the reply by the Acting Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency to the letter sent to him on 21 December 2012 by the Chief...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department has given to regional and local laboratories to raise awareness among microbiology and pathology staff to ensure that the...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the use of telehealth in the delivery of healthcare to tackle health issues for (a) the homeless, (b) those suffering...

      Warrington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce ambulance waiting times at Warrington Hospital; and when he last discussed those waiting times with (a) representatives...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much arts funding from her Department and the Arts Council per head of population was allocated to (a) the North West, (b) Cheshire...

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the oral answer by the Prime Minister of 8 January 2014, Official Report, column 295, whether the review of Category B...

      Olympic Games: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to promote the rights of LGBT people during the Sochi Olympic Games.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what effect changes in pension contributions have had on the take-home pay of officials of her Department at (a) AA, (b) AO and LO2, (c)...

      Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made in establishing the Recognition Panel.

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff who have been made redundant or retired from her Department have subsequently been re-employed by her Department since...

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which official within her Department is the (a) national lead and (b) strategic commissioner for under-14 community sport.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the average salary was of employees of the Government Equalities Office who were (a) male, (b) female, (c) of white ethnic origin, (d) of Black...

    • Complaints

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many grievances have been raised by staff at the Government Equalities Office on the grounds of any kind of discrimination in each of the last...

      Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what proportion of staff of the Government Equalities Department has not declared their status in answer to any or all of the questions in diversity...

      Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many employees of the Government Equalities Office are currently (a) male, (b) female, (c) of white ethnic origin, (d) of Black and minority...

      Training

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many staff currently working at the Government Equalities Office have not received diversity training.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future use of the Afghanistan Operational Equipment Fleet; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name and (b) regiment was of the Royal Engineer whose repatriation parade was scheduled for 31 December 2013 but which was cancelled soon...

      Armed Forces: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to support service families affected by domestic violence.

      Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 664W, on Asia, what projects are currently being carried out to help his Department...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) defence contractors and (b) other companies have been hosted by the Government at events connected with the visit of HMS Richmond to Cartagena;...

      Curzon Institute

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

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which equipment programmes procured using a single source currently have a cost overrun risk ratio of over 50 per cent.

      Djibouti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2014, Official Report, column 695W, on Djibouti, how many UK personnel are based at Camp Lemonnier; what the purpose...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Sig Sauer pistols his Department bought as an urgent operational requirement; and what the cost to the public purse was of that purchase.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the progress of the F35 Lightning II programme.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the annual maintenance costs of the F35.

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had on the possible disposal of surplus Ministry of Defence land and property for housing development in London and the...

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the future of the Royal Marines; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many systems (a) have been delivered and (b) are operational under the Aircrew Moving Map Alerting System contract since that contract was awarded in...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what personnel and assets from his Department will take part in the Iceland Air Meet 2014.

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

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

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the DE&S Inventory Strategic Plan.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Military Technical Co-operation Agreement with Russia to be signed.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on publication of a National Space Security Policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution of the space and satellite industries to UK defence and security.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the recently declassified study on stress suffered by UK RPAS pilots carried out by Dr Wayne Cappelle. [R]

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2014, Official Report, columns 578-79W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, what the role of the UK is in each of the three...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 709W, on unmanned Air Vehicles, whether the RAF officer responsible for liaison with...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are for (a) frequency and (b) certification of fire inspections of residential and nursing care homes.

    • Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what evidential basis he used for each of the myths, numbered 1 to 10, documented in, Guidance on weekly rubbish collections...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the policy objectives are of the European Regional Development Fund funding programme for 2014 to 2020.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2014, Official Report, column 19W, on Fire Service, when the response to the Efficiency and...

      Homelessness: Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statistics the Government keeps on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homelessness.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much council tax support grant has been allocated to town and parish councils in England in (a) 2013-14 and (b)...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses in (a) Worcester and (b) Worcestershire will qualify for the full £1,000 business rates discount...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much revenue was raised from commercial rates in 2013.

      Private Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of development schemes in England of over 100 units in the private rented sector which...

      Role of Local Authorities in Housing Supply Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will be on the panel of the review into local authorities' role in housing supply in addition to Natalie Elphicke and...

      Role of Local Authorities in Housing Supply Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the total cost of the review into local authorities' role in housing supply.

      Role of Local Authorities in Housing Supply Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Natalie Elphicke and Councillor Keith House will be paid to lead the review of local authorities' role in housing supply.

      Travellers: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make an assessment of the potential effect on the Government’s equality policies of information from the 2011...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what processes he has put in place to enable the Education Funding Agency to scrutinise the finances of academies and free schools.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff at the Education Funding Agency (EFA) have been responsible for the oversight of finances of academies and free schools in each year...

      Academies: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his officials have met (a) Action Fraud and (b) the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to review and refine the processes for reporting fraud in...

      Children’s Centres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Sure Start centres closed in London in each of the last five years.

      Defibrillators: Eastleigh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) further education colleges in Eastleigh constituency have defibrillators installed.

      Edapt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times Edapt UK Ltd has been referred to in his Department's emails and written correspondence in each of the last 12 months; and how many...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 122W, on pupils: per capita costs, what funding was allocated to each local...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for how many institutions the Education Funding Agency has exercised its responsibility for financial oversight in each year of its operation.

      Education: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what processes he has put in place to enable a whistleblower to generate an Education Funding Agency investigation into alleged financial impropriety.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department has issued in the past to potential free school applicants on the freehold and leasehold of school sites.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many care leavers will be affected by the reduction in funding of 18 year olds announced by the Education Funding Agency.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures he is considering to mitigate the effects of the reduction in the funding of 18 year olds announced by the Education Funding Agency.

      Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the adequacy of grandparents' current rights of access to their grandchildren; and if he will bring forward legislative...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department considered purchasing the freehold for the Lidget Green site of the Kings Science Academy.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what effect changes in pension contributions have had on the take-home pay of officials of his Department at (a) AA, (b) AO and LO2, (c) EO and LO1,...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will categorise the reception class in primary schools as part of key stage 1.

      Private Education: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to better highlight past abuse of children in independent boarding schools.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an assessment of the effect of recent public debate on immigration on the incidence of racist bullying of schoolchildren.

      Pupils: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what guidance his Department has issued to (a) schools and (b) local authorities on the use of radio-frequency identification technology (RFID)...

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry and (d) biology teachers there are in each local authority area.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether information from the Autism Act 2009 statutory guidance will be included in the final Special Educational Needs Code of Practice; (2)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the need to conduct a review into the feasibility of the single point of appeal for education, health and care plans.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the funding streams his Department has to the Afghan Government; what the purposes are for the funding in each...

    • Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with EU counterparts about the Government's action plan on business and human rights.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representations he has received since 2010 from (a) the BBC and (b) other broadcasters about the Chinese Government's...

      Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many international summits he attended in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; what the cost to the public purse was of his...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions the Director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), or other GCHQ staff acting on his behalf,...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2014, Official Report, column 340W, on EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 428W, on Iran, what representations he has made to his...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 428W, on Iran, what measures the Iranian authorities need to...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on Iran’s possession of advanced IR-1 centrifuges.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether IAEA inspectors will be granted access to Iran’s Parchin facility under the P5+1-Iran Joint Plan of Action.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to the government of Pakistan on the decision of the Federal Shariat Court in...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what effect changes in pension contributions have had on the take-home pay of officials at AO, LO2 and equivalent grades...

      Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representations have been made by (a) officials and (b) Ministers to foreign governments since 2010 about freedom of...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for each of the last three financial years how much and what proportion of his Department's procurement was conducted using...

      Re-employment

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

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Russian authorities about (a) security against terrorism and (b) human...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the South Sudanese Government about persecuted religious groups.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government has made of the political stability of South Sudan.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to maintain the recent ceasefire in South Sudan.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many personnel of each grade are employed in his Department's Devolution Unit; and what the total cost of the unit to the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Chiefs of Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the minutes of any meetings between him and the Chief of Defence Staff which took place in his constituency between 11 May 2010 and 31 May 2011.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many tours of the Palace of Westminster were conducted by Blue Badge guides in...

    • Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing, the House of Commons Commission, what recent discussions the Commission has had on the fact that Palace of...

      Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much (a) Blue Badge guides and (b) Palace of Westminster guides are paid per...

      Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, columns 287-8W, on...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his strategy is for devolving skills funding in Wales and Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the number of apprentices progressing to level 5 qualifications.

      Apprentices: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on access to public funding for the Maritime Skills Alliance in designing apprenticeships in partnership with...

      Apprentices: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the Scottish Government on maritime...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations of the Tomlinson Report into Banks' lending practices.

      Insolvency: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received (a) in favour and (b) against the provisions in the draft Deregulation Bill on the licensing...

      Insolvency: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of partial licensing of insolvency practitioners on small businesses seeking financial...

      Olympic Games: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote UK business at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the sustainability of the universal postal service of the extension...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much (a) public and (b) private funding is provided to each sector skills council in the UK.

      Sector Skills Councils: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which sector skills council is responsible for the maritime industry.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on publication of a National Space Policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the progress made by the space sector against the Government’s Space Innovation Growth...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution of space and satellite industries to UK defence and security.

      Student Opportunity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had on proposals to reduce funding for the Student Opportunity Fund.

      Technology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what training initiatives his Department has launched to increase the skills needed by young people in new high technology...

      UK Trade and Investment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in UKTI West Midlands have been tasked with supporting inward investment into the region in each of the last five...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 263W, on children’s maintenance, which particular Project Change...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has held with officials from HM Treasury in the last four months.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Warrington North constituency have (a) been placed in the work-related activity group for employment and support allowance,...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met (i) Prudential, (ii) Fidelity Investments, (iii) the Association of British...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evaluation his Department has undertaken of Jobcentre Plus support contracts; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether jobseekers whose benefit has been sanctioned but who otherwise meet the conditions for entitlement to jobseeker’s allowance are...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Office of Fair Trading to complete its review of legacy pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussion he has had with the Office of Fair Trading on the review of legacy pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 23 January 2014, on pensions, whether he will introduce a pensions charge cap inclusive of transaction...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment his Department has made of the number of pension pots in pension schemes with an annual management charge in excess of 1...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish a code of conduct on the disclosure of pension charges to employers; and if he will make a statement.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the consultation announced by his Department on pension charge cap...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 23 January 2014, on Pensions, whether the delay announced to the introduction of a charge cap on workplace...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 23 January 2014, on Pensions, when he expects to bring forward proposals for a pensions charge cap before...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 23 January 2014, on Pensions, if he will publish the responses to the Government consultation on charging...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to introduce a pension scheme for those beginning employment for the first time which would commence at a nominal...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Written Statement of 23 January 2014, what advance notice he will give pension providers of changes to auto enrolment...

      Olympic Airways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that members of the Olympic Airlines pension scheme are able to access the Pension Protection Fund.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent assessment he has made of the take up of pensions credit among those who are eligible; (2) what steps he plans to take to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the average waiting time for claimants of the personal independence payment who require a home...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's contracts are covered by the EU's de minimis funding rules.

      Re-employment

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

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on advertising (a) tackling benefit fraud and (b) unclaimed benefits on Facebook in the current financial year.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) appeals against ATOS assessments and (b) successful appeals in (i) Leeds and (ii) Leeds Central constituency there have been in...

      Social Security Benefits: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants in Warrington have been sanctioned in the last (a) six and (b) 12 months.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in the universal credit pilot areas have (a) been mandated out of the universal credit scheme or (b) found employment since...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a breakdown by principal impairment of the number of people in receipt of employment and support allowance who...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) employment and support allowance placed in the support group and (c) income support have...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what effect changes in pensions contributions have had on the take-home pay of civil servants compared with May 2010.

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many special advisers are currently employed by the Government; and at what cost to the public purse such advisers are employed.

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint procurement exercises...

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for each of the last three financial years how much and what proportion of his Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools; and...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff who have been made redundant or retired from his Department have subsequently been re-employed by his Department since May 2010.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many members of staff have been employed by his Department to work full-time on carbon capture and storage in each month since June...

    • Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the (a) local and (b) national economy of Eggborough power plant not converting...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of MWHr of electricity that will be generated by the Short Term Operating Reserve in each of...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many MWHr of electricity was generated by the Short Term Operating Reserve in each of the last five years.

      Energy Supply: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the final decision to be made on approval and implementation of Ofgem's reforms to Project TransmiT.

      Energy Supply: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the year's delay in the implementation of Ofgem's reforms to the transmission charging...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect of ring fencing between energy supply and generation businesses.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the total value of payments made by customers to British Gas through domestic energy bills as a result of...

      Energy: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking ahead of the anticipated cold weather.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will establish a wealth fund for the community benefit funds generated by the shale gas industry.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil on the creation of a common liabilities fund to cover (a)...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the studies (a) measurements of methane emissions at natural gas production sites in the US by the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he intends to publish the post-adoption statement following the closure of the consultation period on the strategic environmental...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the evidential basis is for the assumption in the strategic environmental assessment on shale gas that production over the...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the benefit to local communities of receiving one per cent of revenue from each shale gas site.

      Fracking: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Peel Group about the possibility of pollution from waste water used for fracking being dumped in...

      Fracking: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the United States Department of Energy on the effect of hydraulic fracturing on gas...

      Office for Unconventional Gas and Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what resources his Department has allocated to the Office for Unconventional Oil and Gas; and what the basis was for calculating the...

      Procurement

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

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which information his Department and the Office for Nuclear Regulation records on the transport of fissile and other radioactive material.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the increase in daily demand for electricity during winter months of shifting (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30, (d)...

  • Justice

    • Aviation: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many convictions there were for endangering the safety of an aircraft under Article 137 of the Air Navigation Order 2009 in each of the last 10...

    • Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners committed suicide in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many of those suicides occurred in safe cells.

      Prisons: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many establishments within the prison estate currently have contracts to undertake dry cleaning; and which firms are so contracted.

      Prisons: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will commission a report into the causes of, and possible measures to prevent, murders in prisons; (2) what steps he is taking to address...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the annual cost is to the Probation Service in England and Wales of supervising a person on licence for (a) 12, (b) 24 and (c) 36 months.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what effect the delay in Probation Trust termination orders to 1 June 2014 will have on the tax liabilities of Trusts and Community Rehabilitation companies.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what targets community rehabilitation companies will be set under the Transforming Rehabilitation programme.

      Re-employment

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

      Road Traffic Offences: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many pedal cyclists have been prosecuted for road traffic offences in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce reoffending among young offenders.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the safety and security of Afghan women, in particular of the effectiveness of the implementation of legislation on the...

    • Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for the Bomber Command clasp remain outstanding.

      Aviation: Air Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the Caribbean Council's analysis of the impact of current banding levels of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on tourism to the...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the fairness of awards of Employment and Support Allowance.

      Benefits: Crisis Loan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was advanced nationally by way of Crisis Loans in the last year before the system was changed and the Social Fund was localised.

      Britons Living and Working Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 22 January (WA 120–1), what is their estimate of (1) the number of United Kingdom citizens living...

      Britons Living and Working Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 22 January (WA 120–1), what methodology was used to arrive at the estimate of the total number of...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated fee revenue the Department for Work and Pensions expects to receive between 2014–15 and 2017–18 from parents whose Child...

      Children: Social Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to improve children's social care in the United Kingdom.

      Cyprus and Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any part of the United Kingdom Sovereign Territory in Cyprus subject to proposed new arrangements with the Republic of Cyprus was, prior to 1960,...

      Cyprus and Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed arrangement with the Republic of Cyprus relating to the United Kingdom Sovereign Territory has been subjected to strategic military...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to increase employment opportunities for young people in the United Kingdom.

      Environment: Odour Nuisance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the guidance issued to local authorities to deal with odour nuisance; and whether there are any plans...

      Food: Flour Fortification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 21 January (HL Deb, col 567), whether they consider the compulsory addition of folic acid to flour will require...

      Government Departments: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of asbestos materials in Ministry of Defence buildings, and in particular of the continued existence of...

      Government Departments: Payroll Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which companies provide the outsourced payroll services for each Government Department.

      Health: Polio

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of violence against immunisers in Nigeria on polio eradication in Africa and on public health worldwide.

      Holocaust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the statement by the Hungarian ambassador to the United Nations marking the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust and recognising the...

      Houses of Parliament: Scrutiny Override

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each government department, from January to June 2013, (1) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Lords was overridden,...

      Insurance: Elderly People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to promote the development by the insurance industry of products to cover the cost of long-term care for older people.

      Intelligence Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 15 January (WA 24), what action a person can take to correct any erroneous information about him or her...

      International Youth Foundation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the International Youth Foundation.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the administration of the refugee camps in east Jerusalem; and what action they are taking to help end the strike by staff...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are contributing funds to a memorial in Kenya to victims of the Mau Mau emergency.

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed memorial in Kenya to victims of the Mau Mau emergency will include all the victims or one particular group.

      London Underground: Signalling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Transport has estimated any additional costs resulting from the recent cancellation by London Underground of the plan to re-signal...

      NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many clinical commissioning groups have implemented the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality standards; and in what areas.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to address the current deficit in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East budget; and if...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the sentencing of Muhammad Asghar to death for blasphemy.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider Palestinians living in refugee camps in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon to have refugee status.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that women receive the correct state pensions.

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they expect local planning authorities to plan to meet local housing needs; what respective weight they expect local planning authorities to give (1) to...

      Post-2015 Development Framework

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to include food and nutrition security in the United Nations post-2015 development framework.

      Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to include a robust gender mainstreaming goal in the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.

      Prisoners: Suicide and Murder

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to reduce the suicide and murder rates in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Suicide and Self-harm

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to reduce the incidence of suicide and self-harm among male prisoners.

      Public Records: Colonial Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to include professional historians and archivists in the process of declassifying and releasing to the National Archives documents...

      Railways: Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are working to establish any benefits of extending Crossrail to Reading.

      Railways: InterCity East Coast Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many potential bidders sought to pre-qualify for the Intercity East Coast replacement franchise.

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for the Highways Agency to extend the use of electronic warning signs against littering from vehicles, including to the A14 trunk road.

      Roads: Motorway Service Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact on the number of deaths and injuries of the opening of a motorway service station selling alcohol; and whether...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 23 January to question HL4743 (WA 166), whether he will now answer the question which was asked.

      Shipping: Maritime Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help newly qualified maritime officers obtain their first place of employment.

      Shipping: Maritime Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the quality of the sea training experienced by maritime officer cadets on board ships in the United Kingdom tonnage tax scheme.

      Somaliland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the extent to which the United Kingdom’s intervention in Somaliland has achieved a more stable and prosperous region, and...

      Somaliland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the extent to which the United Kingdom's intervention in Somaliland has achieved improved and better-resourced core state...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role the Sudan Troika of the United Kingdom, the United States and Norway has played, both in the negotiations between the...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development to the talks on South Sudan; and what is their assessment of...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their diplomatic role in relation to a new peace agreement in South Sudan.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recruitment of child soldiers by the White Army in South Sudan; what are the command structures of the Army; who they...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of cat ownership in the provision of therapy for people with special needs.

      Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 22 January (HL Deb, col 145) regarding the number of male and female teachers in state primary and secondary...

      Teachers and Teaching Assistants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 22 January (HL Deb, col 145) regarding the number of male and female teaching assistants in state primary and...

      Transforming Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what system will be put in place in order for probation staff to produce risk assessments of current cases prior to their allocation to either the National...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the government of Uganda and its development partner companies, particularly those registered in the United Kingdom, on...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the degree of transparency in the Ugandan oil sector.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or are having, with the government of Uganda over that country joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

      UK Honours

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people who are not British citizens have been given honorary awards in the past ten years (1) by year, and (2) by country.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost per year, once universal credit is fully rolled out, of awarding the second earner, in a household where a couple...

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