Written answers

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 417W, on Burma, when representatives of his Department had...

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the (a) Prime Minister and (b) Minister for Trade and Investment on the resolution on the human...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 23 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 278W, on nuclear weapons, by what date the House will be...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Saudi counterpart on the persecution of Christians in that country and the use of the...

  • Scotland

    • Prisoner Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the operation of prisoner transfers between England and Scotland.

    • Scottish Independence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister of Wales on the potential effect of a vote for Scottish independence.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of people in Scotland currently employed on zero-hours contracts.

  • Wales

    • Standard Spending Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what changes have been made to the Welsh block grant in each year of the current Parliament in (a) real and (b) absolute terms.

    • Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about publication of a Welsh taxes forecast.

  • Home Department

    • Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has provided for drug-intervention projects provided by police forces in each of the last five years; and...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2014, Official Report, column 234W, on human trafficking, how many (a) male and (b) female...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that detainees at immigration removal centres are treated well and are not subject to abuse.

      Offences Against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the suitability of existing regulations on money transfer networks for preventing money leaving the UK to...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to protect members of the public who go online to apply for or renew a British passport and are misled into using a...

      Pay

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

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what effect the changes in pensions contributions have had on take-home pay of officials at HEO and equivalent grades in her Department...

      Telecommunications Act 1984

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has given directions under Section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 to the providers of telecommunications services for the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will introduce a code or other guidance to regulate the collection, storage and use of data obtained by departments using unmanned...

  • Transport

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the potential effect of the...

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent correspondence he has received on charges to access the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency phonelines.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the income has been from calls to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency phone lines in each year for which data is available.

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that all healthcare professionals understand the new drug driving offence; and if he will make a statement

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance she plans to give to police officers on the enforcement of the new drug driving offence; and if she will make a statement.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints (a) his Department and (b) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency have received about websites that charge an additional...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Dudley North, Official Report, columns 385-6, on driving: licensing, how many new drivers have had their...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the safety implications of quiet vehicles. [R]

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Warley, Official Report, column 307W, on parking: fees and charges, in which region the 27 companies...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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,...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2013, Official Report, column 190W, on railway stations, in which region are the 30 railway stations with the...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to increase the number of UK seafarers by increasing the number of UK-owned vessels registered under the UK flag.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the flags under which UK-owned ships over 500 gross tonnage are registered; how many ships are registered under each flag; and...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) number and (b) proportion is of UK-owned ships over 500 gross tonnage that are registered under the UK flag.

      Shipping: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to increase the number of maritime apprenticeships; and when he last discussed maritime apprenticeships with his ministerial...

  • Prime Minister

    • Chiefs of Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Chief of the Defence Staff between 11 May 2010 and 31 May 2011.

    • Conferences

      To ask the Prime Minister how many international summits he attended in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; what the cost to the public purse was of his attendance at each such summit; and what his...

      India

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will agree to meet leaders of the Sikh community when the investigation into the UK's alleged role in the planning of the attack on the Golden Temple, Amritsar is...

      India

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will set a deadline for publication of the findings of the inquiry into the UK's involvement in the 1984 massacre at the Golden Temple in Amritsar; (2)...

      World Economic Forum

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos; what the total cost of their attendance was; and what the...

  • Defence

    • European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Typhoon Availability Service Contract extension was open to competition.

    • European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the mimumum number of Typhoon jets is that must be available for use by the RAF under the Typhoon Availability Service contract.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for procuring air launched suppression of enemy air defences weapons for the Typhoon and Joint Strike Fighter.

      HMS Ark Royal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the purchase of parts for HMS Ark Royal to be used for repair and refitting; and what proportion of this total has...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) original projected cost, (b) cost to date and (c) anticipated final cost has been for the F35 programme.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the computer software specification for the F35 programme is; and whether there have been any problems with this specification.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the findings of the US Department of Defense's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation report into software...

      Pay

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

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's (a) Comprehensive Spending Review 1998, (b) Spending Review 2000, (c) Spending Review 2002,...

      Radar: Hebrides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) current value of the radar station in North Uist, (b) likely value of that station after its upgrade and (c) cost of...

      Radar: Hebrides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what other (a) NATO or (b) non-NATO countries are investing or plan to invest in defence assets in the Hebrides.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role he plans for the (a) Chief of the Defence Staff and (b) single service chiefs of staff to play in negotiations about the size of the defence...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Honeywell Traffic Collision Avoidance System II was purchased for installation on the Tornado GR4.

      Veterans: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of his submission to the Stewart Review into Veterans in the Criminal Justice System in the Library.

  • Attorney-General

    • Court Orders

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions there were for breach of a restraining order in each year from 2007-08 to 2012-13.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General in what proportion of domestic violence cases handled by the Crown Prosecution Service prosecutors opposed bail in (a) each year from 2007-08 to 2012-13 and (b)...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General how many domestic violence prosecutions were unsuccessful because of victim issues in (a) 2013-14 to date and (b) each year from 2008-09 to 2012-13.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General how many unsuccessful prosecutions for domestic violence there were in (a) each year from 2008-09 to 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 to date; and in how many such cases the...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service from the police in each year from 2006-07 to 2012-13; and how many such cases were (a) requests for a...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) on how many occasions the Crown Prosecution Service has (a) decided to take no further action on a case referred to it for a pre-charge decision and (b)...

  • Treasury

    • Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Competition Commission on the effect that real time credit data sharing would have on competition in the payday loans...

    • Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which lenders are able to obtain up to date information from credit reference agencies; (2) what...

      Currencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of (a) bitcoins and (b) other electronic currencies on the future of international currency...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the additional tax yield has been in each year since 2010-11 as a result of alcohol duty enforcement activities by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the (a) fiscal and (b) economic effects of postponing (i) the planned increases in the rates of duties on wines and...

      Financial Services: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many criminal prosecutions the Financial Conduct Authority has commenced since its creation.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals paid the top rate of income tax in each of the last five years.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Prime Minister's letter to the President of the European Council of 15 November 2013, what steps he is taking to ensure the European...

      Pay: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the cumulative change in real terms wages in Wales since 2010.

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the annual benefit to the public purse of reducing (a) the annual allowance for tax relief on pensions contributions to...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what records his Department holds on individuals earning over £1 million pounds per annum in each of the last five years.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the use of personal service companies as a means of tax avoidance.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs have received about websites that charge a fee for submitting tax returns in the past...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in Mid Sussex constituency are enrolled in adult skills sessions.

    • Employment: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are economically active in (a) Norwich North constituency, (b) the local authority area of Norwich and (c)...

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will instigate an inquiry into the use of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee and Royal Bank of Scotland handling in relation...

      Financial Reporting Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the appointment of Sir Win Bischoff, Chair of Lloyds Bank, as Chair of the Financial...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of progress made by the Law Commission inquiry into the fiduciary duties of investment management...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what international and domestic protections currently exist to safeguard US investors in the UK from unjustified expropriation of...

      Foreign Trade: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications of growth of south-south trade for the UK economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he last met the Chief Executive of Post Office Ltd to discuss initiatives and proven technologies to generate more footfall...

      Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will release the Business is Great campaign posters and related materials under a creative commons licence.

      Railways: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new further education college for railway construction on (a) the...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will have discussions with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation on ways of ensuring that the recruitment process...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what total amount was raised by local authorities through council tax in 2013.

    • Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of female firefighters who will stay until normal pension age after the changes to the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government has taken to prevent land-banking and speed up the delivery of new homes on sites where planning...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the percentage change in spending power between 2013-14 and 2015-16 proposed in the Local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the 10 local authorities were with (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of funding reductions in the most recent period for...

      Local Government: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that state-funded publications and literature by local authorities are politically impartial...

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2014, Official Report, columns 18-19, what expressions of interest his Department has...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the discussion paper for the review into housing conditions in privately rented homes will be published.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what use he has made of the powers granted to him by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 with respect to property...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2014, Official Report, column 217W, on carbon emissions, how carbon emissions from his...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of energy bills were made up of green levies in 2004.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how the community to be recipient of a single £100,000 down payment on the granting of permission to drill a well to frack for gas...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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,...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 286W, on plutonium, and with reference to the answer by the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer’s Allowance: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will uprate the income threshold for carers allowance in line with increases in the minimum wage.

    • Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the effect of recent public debate on welfare benefits for the disabled on the incidence of hate crime towards...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants appealing against the removal of employment and support allowance were not able to claim jobseeker's allowance during the...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs in the adult entertainment industry have been supported by Youth Contract wage incentives.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claim (a) £20,000, (b) £30,000, (c) £40,000, (d) £50,000, (e) £60,000, (f) £70,000 and (g)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total housing benefit bill was for England in each year since 2002-03.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2013, Official Report, column 43W, on housing benefit: social rented housing, which are the relevant...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants have been sanctioned in each of the last three years for refusing to accept work in the adult...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of (a) the reassessment of people in receipt of the higher rate of disability living allowance and...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal independence payment claims have exceeded the three-month qualifying period; and what the (a) average and (b) longest time it...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total amount of benefit withheld as a result of benefit sanctions was in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in each local authority area in London whose weekly income has been reduced by (a)...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of the personal independence payment helpline; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for East Lothian of 14 October 2013, Official Report, column 429W, on Departmental Programmes...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was in each accident and emergency department in the East of England in each year since 2009-10.

    • Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by North West Ambulance Service on private ambulances in 2013; which providers were used and on how many occasions; and what amount was...

      Ambulance Services: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust on private ambulances in 2013; which providers were used; on how many occasions;...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to include autism in future versions of the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to protect members of the public who go online to obtain a European Health Insurance Card and are misled into paying a...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints (a) his Department and (b) the National Health Service have received about websites that charge a fee to those applying for a European...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to issue guidelines for the treatment of cardiomyopathy.

      Hospital Beds: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds in the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust have been occupied by patients affected by delays in discharge in each of the last...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that all waiting times in hospitals are correctly recorded.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2014, Official Report, columns 276-7W, on mental health services, what the key performance indicators for the...

      Transplant Surgery: Bone Marrow Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will create a seamless national care pathway for patients recovering from a bone marrow transplant; (2) what plans he has to adopt national...

  • Education

    • Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many 18 year olds in further education are affected by reductions in funding; and what proportion of these students are pursuing vocational studies.

    • Further Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people in (a) Barnsley Central constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber will be affected by the reduction in funding for 18 year olds...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 97W, on Kings Science Academy, on which grounds the decision was taken not to request...

      Private Education: Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many reports of child abuse in independent schools have been raised by hon. Members with his Department in the last 12 months.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the level of Government spending on schools in England was in current prices in each year since 1984.

  • Justice

    • Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to clarify the position under the Human Rights Act 1998 of people paying for their own care in care homes.

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were injured during non-National Crime Recording Standard offences other than motoring offences in the last year for which data are...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to amend the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme to include greater use of restorative justice.

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many contracts have been awarded by his Department to G4S since 1 January 2013; (2) how many contracts his Department has awarded to SERCO...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers taking voluntary early departure since May 2010 have been subsequently re-employed by the National Offender Management Service...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals were convicted of criminal offences committed in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2013, Official Report, column 308W, on prison sentences, if he will provide a gender breakdown of the figures...

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Guittard applications were made for transfer to open conditions in each year since the judgment was handed down in 2009; and how many such...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which three countries have the most foreign nationals in UK prisons; and what steps he is taking to return those offenders to secure detention in their...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of prisoners' (a) proximity to homes and (b) contact with their families on (i) success of resettlement and...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what local targets each probation trust has.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department has issued to the judiciary relating to road traffic fatality cases; and if he will make a statement.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to the changes announced by the Sentencing Council to the sentencing guidelines of 12 December 2013, what assessment he has made of...

      Tribunals: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people in HM Courts and Tribunals Service worked on tax tribunals in each year since 2010; (2) how many cases investigated by HM Revenue...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 386W, on written questions, (1) whether the additional advice and assistance...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many meetings he has had with the Youth Justice Board; and what the average number of such meetings is per month.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what instructions or guidance his Department has given to local enterprise partnerships about High Speed 2 and the presentation of their strategic economic plans.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many TB vaccination trials for cattle his Department has cancelled in the last four years.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what figures make up the £1 billion figure referred to on 10 October 2013, Official Report, column 281, regarding the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2014, Official Report, column 706W, on bovine tuberculosis, how many detailed laboratory...

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he was made aware of the AHVLA SAM IT failure; (2) when his Department became aware of the AHVLA SAM IT failure;...

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the AHVLA SAM IT failure on the Bovine TB eradication strategy.

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cause of the AHVLA SAM IT failure was.

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timeframe was allocated to Operational and User Acceptance Testing for the AHVLA SAM IT system; and whether this...

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the OAT and UAT phases for the AHVLA SAM IT system were replaced in favour of live testing methods.

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether all the bovine TB figures transferred since the data migration from the Veterinary e-Business System (VeBus) to the...

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there was a system integration problem between the VeBus and AHVLA SAM IT systems.

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the bTB new herd infection miscalculations have been caused by (a) human error due to manually inputting data...

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps (a) his Department and (b) the contractor are taking to rectify the error with the AHVLA SAM IT system.

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made on allocating funding to the National Wildlife Crime Unit beyond March 2014.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to tackle the illegal wildlife trade (a) domestically and (b) internationally.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the annual rent is for (a) 35 Great Smith Street and (b) Rosebery Court; and who the landlords are in each case.

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what 25 top priority digital projects the Government Digital Service is currently helping Departments design.

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many women have (a) entered and (b) left the labour market since 2004.

      Part-time Employment: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many women were classified as working part-time in each of the last five years.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public appointments his Department made in the last 12 months; how many such appointments are remunerated posts; what the level of such...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the salaries are for the members of the Recognition Panel established for the purpose of press regulation; (2) what the key...

    • Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the levels of retransmission fees for public service broadcasters paying to have their content...

      Sports: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a decision has been made on the future of the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and its funding after 2013-14.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the funding streams her Department has to the Afghan government; what the purposes are for the funding in each case;...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the US about the Power Africa Off Grid Energy Challenge.

      Re-employment

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

  • House of Lords

    • Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions are attached to the current provision of training for the Burmese army in regard to (1) the use of child soldiers, (2) sexual violence by the...

    • Children: Sexual Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect children from sexual abuse.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 8 November 2012 (WA 224–5) stating that “the temperature rise since about 1880 is...

      Climate Change Act 2008

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether carbon dioxide reduction targets specified in the Climate Change Act 2008 are conditional on other European Union countries adopting similar targets;...

      Courts: Jurors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last reviewed the categories and levels of support and expenses provided to jurors; and how those amounts compare to the national minimum wage.

      D-notice System

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will conduct a public consultation on the future of the D-notice system.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of adult stem cells generated by stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency.

      Embryology: Animal Testing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 23 January (WA 153–4), what other examples they can describe in which the use of...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help prepare young people for starting a career in the United Kingdom.

      Energy: Biodiesel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the industry that makes biodiesel from used cooking oil.

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount and proportion of the United Kingdom’s electricity requirement in 2013 was met by inputs through interconnectors with other countries; and...

      Energy: Paper and Online Bills

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they propose that customers who receive paper energy bills should receive billing information twice annually when those who receive online bills should...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will transfer the whole cost of green subsidies from energy customers to HM Treasury to reduce energy bills.

      EU: Directives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government approximately what percentage of European Union directives have been gold-plated on implementation in the United Kingdom.

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish their annual total expenditure, including both capital and current costs, on (1) military defence, and (2) conflict...

      Marine Environment: Dolphins, Whales and Porpoises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further representations they will make to the government of Japan about the recent killing of wild dolphins in Taiji on Japan's Pacific coast and the...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the strategy adopted by HM Revenue and Customs in respect of prosecuting employers of agency workers who deduct commission...

      Railways: Diesel Units and Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many diesel units and vehicles in use as part of the Northern rail franchise will be released by the currently-programmed schemes of electrification in...

      Railways: Diesel Units and Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many diesel units and vehicles in each relevant class in use as part of the Northern rail franchise will not meet the requirements for disabled...

      Railways: Diesel Units and Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the current shortfall in the number of diesel vehicles within the Northern franchise; and what are their estimates of the shortfall...

      Railways: InterCity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it will be possible to introduce the new InterCity Express Trains if the European Rail Traffic Management System is not commissioned by the planned...

      Railways: Northern Rail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what requirements they will make in the extension of the Northern rail franchise for the new service between Manchester and Burnley, Accrington and Blackburn...

      Railways: Todmorden Curve

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the line will be open for the potential operation of the new rail service from Manchester to East Lancashire following the installation of the Todmorden...

      Railways: Transport for London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the case for transferring further rail services to the Mayor of London and Transport for London.

      Royal Mail: Shares

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be voting their shares in Royal Mail at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting.

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria and governance arrangements are currently in place relating to decisions by the Department for Education to defer consideration of a local...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 15 January (WA 29), whether, and when, they have issued, or plan to issue, guidelines concerning the criteria...

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers will meet representatives of the Oliver King Foundation to discuss the provision of schools and public buildings with defibrillators.

      Small and Medium-sized Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans, if any, they have to reduce the burdens placed on small and medium-sized companies by the Companies Act 2006.

      Special Educational Needs: Code of Practice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 29 January (WA 238–9), why the definition of progress in chapter 6 of the Draft Special Educational...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last ten years, what was (1) the starting threshold for the 40 per cent tax rate, (2) the percentage change year-on-year of the threshold...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the impact on income tax receipts of raising the top rate of income tax on earnings over £150,000 from 45 per cent to...

      Transforming Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information has been given to probation staff to assist them with the sifting process prior to their assignment to either the National Probation Service...

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