Written answers

Thursday, 6 February 2014

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Carbon Offsetting

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons has paid in carbon offsetting for travel since...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks by dissident republicans took place in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months; and how many such attacks involved (a)...

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were (a) detained, (b) prosecuted and (c) imprisoned following conviction in each of the last 12 months in relation to dissident...

  • Scotland

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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, (d)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Chevening

      To ask the Leader of the House what the cost of repairs and maintenance of the Chevening Estate was in 2012-13.

  • Treasury

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) per-container cost and (b) costs to industry of introducing a duty-paid tax stamp on all products liable to beer...

    • Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional revenue accruing in the form of (a) income tax and (b) national insurance contributions as a result of people...

      Mortgages: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many house sales have been completed in Barrow and Furness constituency using the Help-to-Buy scheme since that scheme's introduction.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reduction in tax liabilities for shipping companies in the tonnage tax scheme was in each (a) calendar and (b) financial year since the scheme was...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the contract for the AHVLA SAM IT programme was put out for public tender; how many organisations competed for this...

    • Floods: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of increased marine flooding on the Furness peninsular as a result of changing...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful prosecutions have been brought by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority in each year since it was established.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of resources he has made available to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) in each of the last three years;...

      Noise: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the noise maps created for the second round of strategic noise mapping as part of the Noise Action Plan will be published.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect changes in pension contributions have had on the take-home pay of officials of his Department at (a) AA, (b) AO...

  • Transport

    • Rail Electrification: Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made on electrification of railway lines to Hull.

    • Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve safety on motorways.

      High Speed 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the November 2011 Major Projects Authority report on High Speed 2.

      Road Safety: Pedestrians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve road safety for pedestrians.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which 10 UK airports service the most overseas destinations; and what proportion of transfer passengers is at each such airport.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of total palm oil production and importation arising directly or indirectly from the use of biofuels and bioliquids for...

      Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) Transport for London on Crossrail Two.

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that all patients taking long-term medication understand the new drug driving offence; and if he will...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many aircraft arrivals and departures have taken place at Heathrow between 6am and 7am in each year since 1993.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the destinations of flights and number of passengers in each flight which arrive at Heathrow in the noise quota period are.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of passengers on flights scheduled to arrive at Heathrow in the night noise quota period are transfer passengers.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of progress on the High Speed 2 Phase One environmental statement consultation.

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment his Department has made of the performance of London Midland and of the future of their franchise; and whether the performance...

      M42

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many types and number of cameras are in use on the M42 motorway; what information is collected or detected by them; and whether such cameras are...

      Night Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the number of noise quota points used per winter and summer season in the night noise quota period in the...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the full greenhouse gas emissions balance of the renewable transport fuel obligations, including indirect land...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what weight his Department will give to performance on the Abbey Flier train line and investment in that route as a factor in the negotiations for the...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) sponsored and (b) converter academies there were in each parliamentary constituency and local authority in England in (i) May 2010 and...

    • Academies: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which academies in each parliamentary constituency have received funding under the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund in 2013-14.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many free nursery places providing 15 hours a week of free child care there were in each region in each of the last 20 years.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to support teaching assistants.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to train new teaching assistants.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to recruit teaching assistants.

      Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to protect grandparents' access rights; (2) what assessment he has made of the adequacy...

      Public Appointments

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

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) junior and (b) middle schools were in the lowest 268 for value-added progress for key stage one to key stage two for disadvantaged pupils...

      Schools: Cricket

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many secondary schools offer female pupils access to cricket teaching.

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the contribution of school support staff to educational attainment at schools in England.

      Schools: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of support staff working in schools in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands, (c) Dudley Metropolitan Borough and...

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent meetings he has had with representatives of (a) Facebook, (b) Ask FM and (c) other social media; and what was discussed at each such meeting.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure; and...

      West Cheshire College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has reviewed the use of radio frequency identification technology with a real-time location system at UK West Cheshire College...

  • Justice

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many litigants-in-person have appeared in UK courts in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date; and what assessment he has made of the...

    • Courts: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many criminal cases have been heard at (a) Teesside magistrates court and (b) Teesside Crown court in each year since 2007.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average length of waiting time for employment and support allowance tribunals is; (2) what the cost of employment and support allowance...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many penalty notice orders were (a) issued, (b) not paid within a 21-day payment window and (c) never paid in (i) England and Wales and (ii)...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which companies wholly owned by more than one public authority are covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since the scope of the Act was extended...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the nationality and gender was of each suspected victim of human trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme operated by the...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications were made at magistrates courts for legal aid in the last 12 months.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the (a) inherent, (b) target and (c) residual scores are from the risk arising from the Transforming Rehabilitation Probation programme that...

      Procurement

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

      Sexual Offences: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Preston who were convicted of (a) sexual assault, (b) rape, (c) sexual activity with a child under 16, (d) sexual activity with a...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: Cricket

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether it is her policy to support cricket teaching at secondary school level for girls and young women.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisation her Department and its subsidiary bodies use to tackle internal instances of crime, including corruption and fraud;...

    • Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on encouraging people to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to protect waterway assets, including listed buildings and conservation areas, from the effects of...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has received from Lord Lingfield or his representatives on the future of HMS Victory.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings Ministers and officials of her Department have had with representatives of Lord Lingfield regarding the future of HMS Victory.

      Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the future sporting and cultural expansion of Lilleshall National Sports Centre; and if she will make a...

      National Media Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made in securing the future of the National Media Museum in Bradford.

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in what sports there has been an increase in (a) adult and (b) child participation since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      World War I

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to make available online information from Government sources for young people researching the First World War.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Beer: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to increase access for local brewers to the number of pubs owned by big pubcos.

    • Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on extending the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to cover additional...

      Pensions

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

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish a list of the illiquid assets that became available from the transfer of the Royal Mail pension fund in March 2012.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the illiquid assets acquired by the Government following the transfer of the Royal Mail pension fund in March 2012 have...

      Student Opportunity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which institutions in each region have drawn from the Student Opportunity Fund since 2009-10.

      Student Opportunity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding was allocated to the Student Opportunity Fund in each year for which figures are available.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure the preservation of religious liberty within the guidance on her planned Injunction to Prevent Nuisance or...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has had from local and community bodies on her plans to replace anti-social behaviour orders with Injunction to...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list by (a) local authority area and (b) numbers presented to each local authority details of received asylum seekers placed by...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who were in the UK under discretionary leave had (i) applications heard, (ii)...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with those working to support and resettle vulnerable and traumatised refugees on the psychological effects on...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what financial and practical support she will provide for Syrian refugees permitted to enter the UK; and if she will make a statement;...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many known persons of interest have been processed by the Semaphore system in each of the last three years.

      Cannabis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cannabis farms were identified in each local authority area in Devon and Cornwall in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Children in Care: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the extent to which recommendation 14 in the Fourth Report of the Home Affairs Committee of Session...

      Crime: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the effect of retail crime on businesses in West Mercia.

      Crime: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of trends in the level of crime in (a) Mid Sussex constituency and (b) West Sussex in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Investigation: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Central Authority has received requests for mutual legal assistance from (a) Iran, (b) Syria and (c) Libya during the last...

      Electronic Commerce: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions by the National Fraud and Intelligence Office involving fraudulent activity on eBay there have been since 2010.

      Harmondsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Geo Group UK Ltd, contractors for HM Prison Harmondsworth, will be allowed to bid in the re-tendering process following HM...

      Harmondsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she plans to change the terms of the contract for HM Prison Harmondsworth in light of the HM Inspectorate of Prisons' Report;...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been denied entry to the UK since the introduction of regulations which bar entry to those visa applicants who owe more...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of trafficking for purposes of (a) labour exploitation and (b) domestic servitude received compensation through the Criminal...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residential raids for immigration purposes were carried out between midnight and 8 am in the last 12 months; in how many of those...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the time limit will be for requesting an administrative review under the provisions of Clause 11 of the Immigration Bill currently...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets she has established for timely payment of fees to junior barristers commissioned by her Department for representation at...

      Immigration: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list (a) the occupations which the Migration Advisory Committee has recently added to the shortage occupation list and (b) the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 23 December 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester,...

      Offenders: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-British EU nationals were convicted of a serious crime in the UK in each of the last three years; and how many such people have...

      Overseas Trade: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the composition of trade delegations from countries which trade sanctions are in place.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints (a) her Department and (b) the Passport and Identity Service have received about websites that charge an additional...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department’s plans for the National College of Policing's domestic violence training are; and if she will make a statement.

      Security: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times she has met the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (a) in total and (b) specifically to discuss...

      Shipping: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussion the Government has had with the government of the Irish Republic regarding the movement of Filipino seamen with the Irish UK...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many written parliamentary questions for a named day her Department has (a) received and (b) answered with a substantive reply by the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the five-year housing land supply requirements in the National Planning Policy Framework, what...

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on local planning authorities making allowances in their five-year housing land supply calculations for an...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his policy is on local planning authorities assuming in local plans that, where demand exists, sites of over 200...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy that where local planning authorities have up-to-date local plans, under-delivery calculations are...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy that potential housing sites on which extensive consultation and public engagement has already...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of progress on the (a) Build to Rent Fund, (b) Private Rented Sector Guarantee scheme and (c)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many schemes under the Build to Rent Fund have (a) cleared due diligence and (b) started construction.

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 452W, on Crown Prosecution Service, if he will place the preliminary CPS review of R v. Renate...

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2013, Official Report, column 399W, on prosecutions, whether the National Scrutiny Panel has met.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the UK Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

    • Colombia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will meet trades unionists during his forthcoming visit to Colombia.

      Colombia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether all organisations and individuals accompanying him on his forthcoming visit to Colombia have been briefed on the UK Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

      Colombia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will be accompanied by (a) a human rights adviser and (b) an expert on the Government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative on his forthcoming visit...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with which outside academic bodies the Democratic Engagement Project is now working.

      Peru and Colombia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had regarding the human rights and labour standards clauses in the EU Free Trade Agreement with Peru and Colombia ahead of his visit to...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the specialist qualifications and responsibilities are of the 70 dental and medical staff who are part of the recently announced redundancy package...

    • Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that any members of any of the armed forces medical and dental corps made redundant on 23 January...

      DA Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to amend the D-Notice system.

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress was made at the recent Franco- British summit in relation to defence equipment collaboration; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether people who have signed non-disclosure orders relating to Military Aviation Authority reports can obtain legal and technical advice which would...

      Military Bases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents have been reported of (a) civilian staff and (b) military personnel using illegal drugs at UK nuclear bases in each of the last three...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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, (d)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of likely cash spending levels for (a) Navy Command, (b) Land Forces, (c) Air Command, (d) Defence Infrastructure Organisation...

      Radioactive Waste: Fife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will set out a timetable for remedial action work to begin and be completed at Dalgety Bay; (2) if he will discuss with the Defence...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 598W, on drones, what definition he uses of contingent purposes.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 598W, on drones, what possible options he is considering for future basing options of...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 598W, on drones, when a final decision will be reached as to the future basing options...

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of service leavers entered the Career Transition Partnership Programme in each year since 2010; and how many of those were successful in...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure the participation in commemorations of the First World War of RAF squadrons whose formation can be traced to that war.

  • International Development

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • International Atomic Energy Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of resources possessed by the International Atomic Energy Agency and its...

    • Interpal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the US authorities on having the label ‘specially designated global terrorist...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on Iran's ballistic missile programme; and whether the Joint Plan of Action requires Iran to...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reach a comprehensive final settlement on Iran's nuclear programme.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the outcome of the negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme at the Geneva summit; and if he will...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 472W, on Iran, whether Iran has clarified how it would use...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 472W, on Iran, whether the Joint Plan of Action requires Iran...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 472W, on Iran, whether the Joint Plan of Action allows Iran...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conditions the EU Commission has set for Israel's participation in Horizon 2020.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the progress of negotiations on settlements in the West Bank; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what effect changes in pension contributions have had on the take- home pay of officials of his Department at (a) HEO, (b) SEO,...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage reconciliation between the conflicting sides in Sri Lanka.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his EU partners on introducing (a) a visa ban and (b) steps to freeze assets held within the EU...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many human embryos have been discarded in each year since 1990.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many repeat abortions have been performed on women aged (a) under 20, (b) 20 to 24, (c) 25 to 29, (d) 30 to 34 and (e) 35 years and above in each year...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to stop abortions due to the gender of the foetus being female; (2) how many (a) male and (b) female foetuses were aborted...

      Analgesics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) dementia patients and (b) cognitively intact adults in care home settings who are prescribed analgesics.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and (b) NHS England on the potential...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many communities in England have (a) committed their intention to become dementia-friendly and (b) achieved dementia-friendly status and carry the...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to update the National Dementia Strategy when it expires at the end of 2014; if he will include provisions for greater diagnosis and...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) produce national guidelines and (b) introduce training programmes on identifying the causes of challenging behaviour in dementia...

      Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association on the potential health risks associated with mouthwashes.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change was in the number of people diagnosed with depression between (a) 2003-04 and 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 and 2012-13.

      Floods: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the public health impact of the recent flooding in South West England; and what steps he is taking to address this issue.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has evaluated on the contribution of incentives to the success of voluntary agreements with food companies on measures...

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cross-departmental meetings on food crime have been attended by (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants.

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will create a Food Crime Unit within the Food Standards Agency.

      General Practitioners: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of GPs who have received mental health training.

      General Practitioners: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of mental health training currently given to GPs.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has (a) taken and (b) plans to take in the next six months to ensure that patients and patient groups are adequately...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) NHS England National Directors have held with representatives of private healthcare...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what minimum nutritional standards his Department sets for hospital meals.

      Human-Animal Hybrid Embryos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many human/animal hybrid embryos have been created in the UK since 2008.

      Midwives: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of midwives are on long-term registered sick leave.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) job title and (b) pay grade is of each member of staff in his private office; and when each member of staff was appointed; (2) how...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been transferred to an NHS hospital following complications in their treatment at a private hospital in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS staff are on long-term registered sick leave.

      Nuts: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with health bodies on development of medication to prevent nut allergy.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include provisions on identifying pain in those less able to communicate in the Vulnerable Older People's Strategy.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct the Care Quality Commission to assess the potential benefits of and include in their inspections questions on (a) training and (b) other...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer in (a) Peterborough and (b) England.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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, (d)...

      Secondment

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Bombings: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether any official files contain a more accurate and precise time of death of the 7/7 victims than that given to their families.

    • Charities: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that charities do not act in a politically partisan way; (2) what recent representations his Department has...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds died from type 2 diabetes in England in each year since 2003.

      Honours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many honours were awarded in each year since 1995.

      Major Projects Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which projects and accompanying report have been examined by the Major Projects Authority since that body was established; and what traffic-light...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the discretionary housing payment allocation for 2013-14 has been targeted at people who have wheelchair-standard properties.

    • Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2014, Official Report, columns 44-5W, on housing benefit, if he will provide a full step-by-step guide to...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total cost of developing the Stat Xplore website was; (2) how many officials in his Department were employed in the development...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance and effect of the Jobcentre Plus Flexible Support Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the Jobcentre Plus Flexible Support Fund budget for 2012-13 was spent on (a) transport, (b) childcare, (c) training and (d) other costs.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Jobseeker's Allowance Skills Conditionality Pilot evaluation report published...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time was for the Pensions Regulator to complete an investigation into allegations of pension abandonment in the most...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has plans to alter the indexation used to uprate pensions credit.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were living in poverty in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in each financial year since 1996-97; and what estimate he has made...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of claimants of employment and support allowance/incapacity benefit...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made with transitional arrangements to allow people who will receive the new single-tier state pension to receive...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2014, Official Report, column 171W, on work programme, how many people on the work programme found work...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of potential options for reducing the inefficiency of coal and gas plants when such plants are used as...

    • Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the Energy Company Obligation on the introduction of minimum energy efficiency standards...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what definition his Department uses for a Lower Super Output Area.

      Energy: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of average energy bills in Wales in each year since 2010.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to monitor methane emissions from shale gas extraction sites.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many inspections have taken place by the Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive of drill sites operated by Cuadrilla...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect of methane leakage from shale gas extraction on the UK's greenhouse gas inventory.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change What estimate the Government has made of the costs of regulation of the shale gas industry during the (a) exploration and (b)...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) UK, (b) European and (c) other international energy companies have applied for licences to explore for shale gas in the UK...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment his Department has made of the number of fuel poor households in the private rented sector qualifying for...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of how many households have been removed from fuel poverty as a result of the supplier funded...

      Fuel Poverty: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of people with dementia living in fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to provide assistance to dementia patients who are living in fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many green deal assessments have been completed to date; and how many such assessments were for heat pumps as qualifying technology...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many incidents there have been of staff of nuclear power facilities being (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for inappropriate...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many incidents there have been of staff at nuclear facilities using illegal drugs in each of the last three years.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of any duplication between accreditation that applies to installers of renewable technology...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the elevated levels of radiation detected at Sellafield on 31 January 2014.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the economic cost was of running Sellafield with only essential staff on 31 January 2014.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Non-genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to safeguard the United Kingdom’s natural seed supply from modification and copyrighting by major seed companies so that...

    • BBC World Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their decision not to ask the BBC to transmit the World Service to the Korean Peninsula if the United Nations Commission of...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any additional information concerning the statement from the United Nations that it has "credible information" about the killing...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council on 20 January regarding offering support to French and African...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the request by the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for support for a European Union...

      Commissioning Support Units

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the newly formed Commissioning Support Units, hosted by the National Commissioning Board, are now functioning autonomously. To ask Her...

      Crime: Hate Crime

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat homophobic hate crime, in the light of the Stonewall Gay British Crime Survey 2013.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Intergovernmental Consultation on Migration, Asylum, and Refugees that is used in deciding asylum cases regarding the Democratic Republic of the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 January (WA 124–5), why they consider that every embryo from which the nuclear material is removed...

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 January (WA 128–9), whether they are opposed to genetic modification of humans in all circumstances.

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 18 December (WA 210–11) and 22 January (WA 129), why they cited the Genetically Modified Organisms...

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 December (WA 210–11), in what terms it would be appropriate to discuss such work; what principles they...

      Government Departments: Research and Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Ministry of Defence spent in total in (1) 2010–11, (2) 2011–12, (3) 2012–13, and (4) 2013–14; how much the department...

      Government Departments: Research and Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many competitions the Ministry of Defence held for the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) in (1) 2010–11, (2) 2011–12, (3)...

      Government: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom Tamil organisations were invited by the Prime Minister to attend a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street on 7 November 2013; and which...

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which ministers attended the World Economic Forum in Davos; how many officials accompanied them; and how many flew on budget airlines.

      Government: Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by the Prime Minister on 27 January that over 3,000 regulations would be scrapped or amended over the course of the current...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered changes to the charges imposed on appellants during the immigration appeal process and allowing the losing party to bear the costs.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East, what discussions they are having with the Palestinian Authority and the...

      Official Secrets Act

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 23 January (WA 163), how many applications have been received from serving or former members of the...

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in each of the last five years, (1) how many Somali piracy incidents involving British citizens, ships or interests occurred in the Indian Ocean, (2) how...

      Prisoners: Ethnic Minorities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the finding in the report on HMP Wayland by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons published on 22 January that the experience of some ethnic minorities...

      Railways: South West Trains

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the new ticket office and waiting room at Templecombe station, Somerset, to be opened; and what is their assessment of the project...

      Romania

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have made of reports of the forced evictions of Roma communities in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; and whether they will discuss the matter with...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need for an emergency evacuation of children from Syria.

      Waterways: Dredging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when each of the main rivers draining the Somerset Levels was last dredged.

      Young Offenders: Transfers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people were transferred from the children's secure estate to the over-18 secure estate in 2011–12 and 2012–13, broken down by (1)...

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