Written answers

Monday, 10 February 2014

  • Prime Minister

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Prime Minister what the dates and duration of his meetings with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been in the last 12 months.

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister how many public appointments No. 10 Downing Street made in the last 12 months; how many such appointments are remunerated posts; what the level of such remuneration is;...

      Public Houses: Opening Hours

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with the (a) Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) Minister for Crime Prevention before stating on social media on 3 February 2014...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the implications of UK policy on changes in Northern Ireland voter registration statistics in the last three years.

    • Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assets her Department has sold in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what the value of each such sale was.

      Public Appointments

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

  • Wales

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on lessons learned from water management in the Gwent Levels for other flood prone areas...

    • Public Appointments

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

  • Scotland

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the level of child poverty in Scotland.

    • Job Creation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the level of private sector job creation in Scotland.

      Public Appointments

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether full-time employees of the House Service are required to have a separate...

    • Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether Palace of Westminster guides are contractors or employees of the House of...

  • Home Department

    • Arrests: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged 14 to 24 years classified as having complex needs have been arrested in (a) total and (b) each region since May 2010.

    • Crime: Essex

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

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 647, on psychoactive substances, if she will list the 250 new...

      Drugs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on the availability of legal highs on the high street.

      Drugs: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for supply of each legal high subject to temporary banning orders have been brought in the last three years.

      European Commission

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

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent representations she has received from the Association of Chief Police Officers on the cost of licensing firearms; (2) what...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in each region in the UK in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; for what offences such...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forced marriages have been recorded in the UK in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many identified victims of human trafficking received funded support in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many officers are currently being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to complaints of...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to secure the long-term future of the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions under section 47 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 there were in cases where the victim was aged...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent representations she has received on establishing a national pricing scale for charges by local police authorities for...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that police and crime commissioners engage with the College of Policing.

      Police: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police cars are equipped with defibrillators.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what bursaries and financial assistance her Department makes available to those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to attain the...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many financial investigators are currently accredited; and which such investigators are accredited for (a) confiscation orders, (b) civil...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Government's commitment to give due consideration to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when making...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information is made available to members of the public about individual recipients of environmental stewardship grants...

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will establish a national review of flood defence mechanisms.

      Floods: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to building wind-powered pumps to assist water management on the Somerset levels; and whether...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on food poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Insecticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to control the sale and use of chlorpyrifos.

      Motorways: Eastleigh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people live within the 75 decibel noise contour of each motorway in Eastleigh constituency.

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of maceration in UK hatcheries; (2) if he will take steps to...

      River Kennet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will publish the results of the investigation into the pollution of 15km of the River Kennet following the release of...

      River Kennet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made in discussions with Thames Water on ending over-abstraction from the River Kennet; and if he will...

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of water meters in reducing housing water bills.

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to promote the use of water meters.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how Lord Lingfield's name was spelt on all documentation regarding his application to her Department regarding the future of HMS Victory...

    • HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what due diligence her Department conducted regarding the genealogy of Lord Lingfield and his request to raise HMS Victory 1744.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2014, Official Report, column 88W, on mobile telephones, what steps she will take on what timeframe...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public appointments her Department made in the last 12 months; how many such appointments are remunerated posts; what the level...

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to implement section 93 of the European Commission's guidance on Public Sector Broadcasters (PSBs);...

      Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under what conditions and criteria her Department transfers ownership of discovered British shipwrecks to private individuals.

      Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish details of the location and contents of all the protected wreck sites designated by her Department under the...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting

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

    • Elections: USA

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

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will offer support and publicity to groups within civic...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of which areas will show the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of changes in electoral registration...

      Research

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission has conducted on its standing amongst hon....

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the voter turnout was in (a) each 10 year cohort from 18 onwards, (b) each...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will list the 50 wards with the greatest change in turnout between the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the council tax freeze grant will be; and whether this sum will be built in to the council base settlement for future years.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to announce the capping limit on council tax for the coming financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the effects of council tax support schemes on people on low incomes.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which agency is recruiting resilience firefighters via the Direct.gov website; and what role this organisation plays.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with councils on fracking and business rates.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons his policy is to allow councils to keep 100 per cent of business rates from fracking operations.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change in funding spent on homelessness was in each local authority area between the last two years for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were built on a floodplain in each year since 2009.

      Local Government: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) local authorities use energy more efficiently in local authority controlled buildings...

      Non-domestic Rates: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of small retail businesses in the (a) administrative county of Essex and (b) Colchester...

      Pay

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

      Pensions

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of his Department's contracts have been let to companies with (a) one to five, (b) six to 49, (c) 50 to 250 and...

      Procurement

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

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice and assistance his Department has made available to communities seeking to retain their local pubs.

      Re-employment

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

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Ministers in his Department have undertaken training courses; and in the case of each such course what the (a) name of the...

      William Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 489W, on William Hill, if he will place in the Library a copy...

  • Education

    • Teaching Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to raise the status, professionalism and morale of the teaching profession.

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to increase the quality and availability of apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year-olds.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward legislative proposals to permit the Independent Schools Inspectorate to undertake inspections of state-funded academies which...

      Apple

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meeting between the Minister of State for Children and Families and Apple Corporation...

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which organisation his Department and its subsidiary bodies use to tackle internal instances of crime, including corruption and fraud; and whether he...

      Edapt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish details of any meetings involving officials or special advisers in his Department since May 2010 that included discussion of Edapt...

      Free School Meals: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of schools in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria that will require additional staffing...

      Free School Meals: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of schools in (a) Barrow and Furness constituency and (b) Cumbria which will require capital investment to...

      Free School Meals: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Liverpool and (c) Merseyside are currently in receipt of free school meals.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils in England achieved no GCSEs at A* to C grade in 2012-13.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what percentage of pupils in England in 2012-13 achieved no GCSEs at A* to C at all.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether children with dyslexia or other language difficulties will be allowed additional time for GCSE examinations to take into account the...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the potential benefits of establishing more grammar schools in England.

      Health Education: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to assist schools in educating young people on the dangers of using hazardous substances.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what contingency plans he has to safeguard the investment of public money in the buildings on the site of Kings Science Academy in the event of the...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 187W, on Kings Science Academy, for what reason his Department decided to (a)...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) with reference to page 69 of the draft SEN Code of Practice, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of making the Early Years...

      Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what role Ofsted plays in relation to permanent exclusions of statemented SEN children.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to ensure that infant schools still receive the level of pupil premium they are entitled to once free school meals for all have...

      Pupils: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence his Department holds on the use of radio-frequency identification technology with a...

      Schools: Finance

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

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools were rated (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory or requires improvement and (d) special measures by Ofsted in each...

      Schools: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much capital funding for new school building has been allocated to Warrington Borough in each year since 2010.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff working in his Department have a teaching qualification.

      Teachers: Conditions of Employment

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

      Truancy: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effect of education penalty notices on low income families.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Government's commitment to give due consideration to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when making new policy...

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the savings to the public purse of restricting the new tax-free childcare scheme to parents earning less than (a)...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the Government's policy on tax-free childcare on low income households.

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to reduce the cost of living for those on low incomes; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurobonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount of quoted eurobonds were issued by companies within the charge to UK corporation tax or income tax in circumstances where there is only one...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many HM Revenue and Customs staff have been employed in its alcohol duty enforcement team in each of the last five years; and how many staff he...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the total value of deposits held by financial institutions registered in Scotland which are covered by the current...

      Gambling: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional gaming duty raised by taxing at the point of consumption remote gambling operators based offshore.

      Gambling: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue from remote gaming duty in each year since 2010.

      Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consult the Association of British Insurers on whether the insurers' code of conduct is working effectively for people about to retire.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made as part of his continuing review of all taxes of the environmental impact of liquid petroleum gas in comparison...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2013, Official Report, columns 258-59W, on mortgages: government assistance, if he will place an analysis of the...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many transactions have taken place under the Help to Buy scheme for home purchase valuations (a) under £100,000, (b) between £100,000 and...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what comparative assessment he has made of the number of small business start-ups in (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the UK.

      New Businesses: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to support women who want to set up businesses in Scotland.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs employees are working on the delivery of real time information.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many public appointments his Department made in the last 12 months; how many such appointments are remunerated posts; what the level of such...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the workings of the Barnett formula.

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce a taper for the removal of the transferable tax allowance in the event of a change in (a) personal and (b) financial...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2013, Official Report, column 367W, on tax evasion, what recent progress has been made by HM Revenue and Customs...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the number of people who would pay no income tax or national insurance contributions if the threshold at which such payments...

      Taxation: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) first-tier and (b) upper-tier tax tribunal cases were won by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2010.

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the (a) economic and (b) fiscal effect of reducing the take of bingo duty to 15 per cent.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total amount that will be received in penalties paid by people who failed to complete their self assessment by 31 January 2014.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was overpaid in tax credits by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; (2) what proportion of overall tax credits payments in...

      Wholesale Trade: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he plans to take to tackle duty fraud before wholesale registration comes into effect in 2017; (2) what resources he will provide to...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) couples with children who are no longer eligible for working tax credits and (b) children now deemed...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail...

    • Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which organisation his Department and its subsidiary bodies use to tackle internal instances of crime, including corruption and fraud;...

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish all relevant documents on the decision not to award the Eggborough power plant a green subsidy.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many apprenticeships have been awarded at the Eggborough power plant site in the last five years.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish forward projections of electricity generation by type for the next 15 years.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the UK's electricity was supplied by each source, for each of the past 12 months.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contribution he expects fracking to make to the UK economy.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assets his Department has sold in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what the value of each such sale was.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many civil servants are on each pay grade in (a) his Department and (b) agencies and public bodies accountable to him.

      Power Failures: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many power outages that were in (a) Wolverhampton and (b) Wolverhampton North East constituency in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012 and (iii) 2013.

      Public Appointments

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

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many applications Ofgem has received for large commercial solar schemes; (2) how many large commercial solar applications...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) in total and (b) in each hospital in London who were admitted to accident and emergency departments were not seen by a doctor within...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited more than (a) two and (b) four hours to be seen by accident and emergency staff in each London NHS trust in the last five years for...

      Alzheimer's Disease: Paracetamol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on possible links between paracetamol and Alzheimer’s disease; and what...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy and effectiveness of current models of care and treatment for people with autism in the NHS.

      Crime Prevention: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has given to (a) local authorities in England and (b) health and wellbeing boards on the Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetes-related amputations were carried out in each year since 2003.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of diabetic retinopathy have been diagnosed in each year since 2003.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England in each year since 2003; (2) how...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to remove geographic inequalities in the dispensing of the Humira form of the drug adalimumab; and if he will make a statement.

      Dysentery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, column 69W, on health education: sex, how many cases of shigella there have been in (a) total...

      Fathers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what training health professionals receive on engaging with new fathers; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that maternity services acknowledge...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) medical and (b) non-medical staff were employed in each NHS trust within London in the last five years for which figures are available; and...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether someone who is sanctioned while a mother in receipt of jobseeker's allowance remains eligible for healthy start vouchers.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of HIV have been identified in (a) St Albans constituency, (b) Hertfordshire, (c) the East of England and (d) the UK in each year...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provides for the treatment of HIV in (a) St Albans constituency, (b) Hertfordshire, (c) the East of England and (d) the UK.

      Hospital Beds: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust have been occupied by patients affected by delays in discharge in each of the last 12 months; and if he will...

      Hospital Beds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds operated or owned by North West London Hospitals NHS Trust there were at (a) Central Middlesex Hospital, (b) Northwick Park...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) staff and (b) budgetary resources have been allocated to the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of planned elective operations was cancelled in each week since 4 November 2013.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England waited for more than a year for treatment in each of the last three years.

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the HPV vaccination among young women since 2008.

      Joint Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly people have had post-operative problems with a joint replacement in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of households have not yet received a Better data means better care leaflet; and when he expects the leaflet drop to be completed.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patient data extracted through the care.data programme will be used to facilitate direct care for individual patients.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the Information Governance Assessment on care.data published by the Health and Social Care...

      NHS: Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts provide specialist employment support; and if he will make a statement.

      Northwick Park Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were carried out at Northwick Park hospital in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that there should not be an upper age limit for gastric bypass operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) contract staff in his Department are paid the living wage or above.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to respond to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency consultation on a proposed early access to medicines scheme which...

      Public Appointments

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

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2014, Official Report, column 349W, on self-harm, how many people attended accident and emergency due to self-harm in...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the role played by civil society organisations in Bangladesh's democracy.

    • Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisation her Department and its subsidiary body use to tackle internal instances of crime, including corruption and fraud;...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the extent of the UK's involvement in abortion provision overseas in implementing UN Security Council...

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what plans he has to consult Parliament about the policies he has announced regarding the use of development aid for abortion...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects funded by her Department have been (a) given an extension of or (b) started with a value of more than £50,000 in...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to end aid dependency through the creation of jobs in Gaza.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the announcement made during her visit to the Philippines on 24 November 2013, which cities will be allocated the £5...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the announcement made during her visit to the Philippines on 24 November 2013, whether the £5 million investment in...

      Public Appointments

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

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the funding streams his Department has to the Afghan Government; what the purposes are for the funding in each case; what steps he is...

    • Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review current armed forces redundancy legislation covering service personnel made compulsorily redundant close to pension point.

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of Parachute Regiment recruit training courses are at full capacity; (2) what proportion of infantry recruit training courses are...

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which organisation his Department and its subsidiary bodies use to tackle internal instances of crime, including corruption and fraud; and whether he has...

      MOD Donnington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has held with Telford and Wrekin Borough Council on the expansion of MoD Donnington.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets his Department has sold in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what the value of each such sale was.

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name, (b) location, (c) floor space, (d) tenure status and (e) value is of properties (i) owned and (ii) occupied by (A) his Department and...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps were taken in respect of recommendation 95 in the Tornado Airworthiness Review Team Report Table of Recommendations, Action Officers and...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the net book value is of a single Trident warhead.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Government's commitment to give due consideration to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when making new policy...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what potential co-operative opportunities have been identified by his Department as potentially benefiting from the proposed Joint User Group for Reaper. [R]

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 598W on unmanned aerial vehicles, what future basing options his Department has...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of the joint UK-US firing trials of Brimstone missiles which took place at China Lake in December 2013 and January 2014 from MQ-9...

      World War I: War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what funding support is available (a) for new war memorials to honour those killed in the First World War and (b) to recognise the contribution of...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2014, Official Report, column 69 on Yemen, what steps his Department is taking to support the Yemeni and US...

  • Transport

    • Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisation his Department and its subsidiary bodies use to tackle internal instances of crime, including corruption and fraud; and whether he...

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) public and (b) private bodies to which the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Swansea is authorised to release the (i)...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Information Commissioner's Office on the propriety of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Swansea...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what checks the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Swansea carries out on the (a) bona fides and (b) operating standards of private parking companies...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance under which the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Swansea has been providing personal data of...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Swansea shall not in future supply private car parking companies...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on incorporating legal highs in the remit of drug-driving offences.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate HS2 Ltd has made of the number of classic compatible services originating at stations north of Wigan which will (a) call at and (b)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements will be required to the existing West Coast Main Line north of Wigan to allow classic compatible services to run to stations beyond...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which other sites were considered as potential locations for the rolling stock maintenance depot currently planned for Bamfurlong.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2013, Official Report, column 771W, on High Speed 2 Railway Line, which individual upgrades HS2 Ltd believes are...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a redacted version of the Major Projects Report excluding any content detrimental to the developer of the High Speed 2 project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the result of the compensation consultation on High Speed 2 will be published.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the announcement in the Autumn Statement 2013 on changes to rules on vehicle tax discs, what guidance his Department plans to issue...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assets his Department has sold in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what the value of each such sale was.

      Parking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the amount of local authority revenue generated from parking charges and fines deriving from the use of fixed and mobile...

      Private Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage the adoption of unadopted roads where there is a dispute over responsibility for paying for essential maintenance.

      Public Appointments

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

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport into which budgets the £16 million removed from the accounting category Transport Security in his Department's 2013-14 budget was moved; and what...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will detail the sources of revenue within the sales of assets accounting category for the Marine and Coastguard Agency in the financial years...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will detail the £70 million liability attached to the International Maritime Organisation building.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give the reasons for the growth in the cost of central administration in his Department between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will detail the components of income via interest and dividends in the accounting category K: Aviation, Maritime, Security and Safety in the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Livingston of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 646W, on East Coast Railway Line, if he will...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure alternative strategic rail freight interchange sites to Radlett are fully explored.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what impact London Gateway will have on rail freight interchanges in London and the South East.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the rail freight line between Southampton and the West Midlands. [R]

      Railways: Radlett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the 30-year life expectancy of the proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at Radlett.

      Railways: Sundon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evaluation he has made of the proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at Sundon with the newly-created passing loop.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people prosecuted under the Road Traffic Act 1988 were prosecuted for an offence while they were participating in authorised off-road motor...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of roads capital spending by his Department was spent on facilities primarily aimed at (a) motor vehicles, (b) pedestrians and (c)...

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, columns 13-14W, on tolls, what the (a) gross and (b) net revenue from the (i) Severn Bridge...

      Water Sports: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of current powers of harbour authorities for preventing accidents involving jet skis.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the tender for the next west coast main line franchise.

  • Justice

    • Community Orders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints have been received on Community Payback since Serco was awarded the contract for that scheme in London; and on what date that...

    • Courts: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court cases were delayed as a result of a lack of an interpreter or translator in each month since the court interpreter contract started.

      Death By Driving: Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on increasing maximum sentences for those convicted of causing death when driving while disqualified or uninsured.

      Employment and Support Allowance Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on ensuring that the judiciary provide the Department for Work and Pensions and appellants with reasons for their decisions on...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many EU directives his Department has transposed into UK law since 2010; and how many directly acting EU regulations have come into effect in his...

      HMP Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cells there are at HMP Chelmsford; and how many of those are safe cells.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of those (a) convicted and (b) on remand in English prisons was in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners diagnosed with a terminal illness were granted (a) release on temporary licence and (b) compassionate release in each of the...

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many women serving a custodial sentence in prison in England and Wales had a miscarriage in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013; (2) how...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much privately run prisons contribute to the costs of call-outs of the (a) National Tactical Response Group, (b) police and (c) ambulances.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether it will be a requirement in the tendering process for probation work that contractors must demonstrate how partnership working will exist under...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish his risk assessment of the probation change proposals and its effect on partnership work and impact on service delivery.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Department's contracts have been let to companies with (a) one to five, (b) six to 49, (c) 50 to 250 and (d) more than 250 staff.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of a possible in-house bid for shared services contracts within his Department.

      Public Appointments

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

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Queen's Counsel were employed by the Public Defender Service in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012, (e) 2013 and (f) 2014.

      Taxation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) first-tier and (b) upper-tier tax tribunal judges there were in each year since 2010; (2) for how many days (a) first-tier and (b)...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Cabinet Office Guidance for Customer Service Helplines, published on 26 December 2013, when his Department expects to comply with...

      Thameside Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the length is of the contract agreed with Serco for HM Prison Thameside on 20 December 2013; and what estimate he has made of the cost of the...

      Thameside Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff on each grade have (a) been recruited to work in HM Prison Thameside and (b) left in each year since that prison opened.

      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, whether the wide range of issues that special advisers...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to ensure that young offenders leave custody better equipped to avoid a life of crime.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Chelmsford

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

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools of 7 January 2014, Official Report, House...

      Apprentices: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many apprenticeships were started in the Barrow and Furness constituency in each industrial sector in each of the last...

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many women's business centres are still operational; and how such centres can be contacted.

      Business: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support the Government is giving to business growth opportunities in Greater London.

      Business: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons those universities not based in the eight core city local enterprise partnerships areas are ineligible to apply...

      Business: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to allow all universities to apply for a university enterprise zone.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that regions of the UK other than Greater London benefit from economic recovery and new...

      Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many injuries have been caused by electrical products either (a) then subject to or (b) subsequently subject to a...

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the refusal of state aid approval for compensation for the carbon floor price...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to improve the level of resources invested in green technology in the UK relative to international...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has adopted targets relating to international benchmarks for the national level of investment in green...

      Foreign Companies: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies operating in the UK are (a) fully and (b) partly owned by Chinese companies.

      Further Education: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to increase the participation of older people in further education.

      Industrial Disputes Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2013, Official Report, columns 1067-8W, on industrial disputes: independent review, what...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to prevent reforms of HM Land Registry leading to the off-shoring of jobs.

      Literacy: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of adults in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Liverpool and (c) Merseyside who are...

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to allow sub post offices to trial new technologies such as scanning of ID pictures and other procedures in...

      Property: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what responsibilities he has for regulation of residential and property management agents in Wales.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many public appointments his Department made in the last 12 months; how many such appointments are remunerated posts; what...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what timetable or deadline he has for the completion of the sale of illiquid assets acquired following the transfer of the Royal...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what procedure and checks his Department and the Student Loans Company (SLC) use to monitor the advice given to students by...

      Trade Promotion: United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of UK Trade and Investment’s ability to assist firms wishing to take part in World Expo...

      Unemployed People: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much his Department spent on basic skills training for people in receipt of jobseekers' allowance in each year from...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of how much funding employers provided to fund non-statutory training of their staff in each of the...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much finding (a) his Department and (b) the Skills Funding Agency has provided to (i) McDonalds, (ii) Morrisons, (iii) Tesco...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce political corruption in Bangladesh.

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet his Bangladeshi counterpart to discuss the reduction of violence in that country and to promote trade links with...

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals live in other EU member states (a) in total and (b) by member state.

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals live in (a) China, (b) South Korea, (c) Japan and (d) Singapore.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of unrest in the Central African Republic on neighbouring countries.

      Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department has provided to the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories to implement the Financial Action...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolution on the return of the Cypriot city of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that appropriate numbers of international observers will be available at future elections in...

      Immunity from Prosecution: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the requirements are for special mission immunity to be given.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent UN-level discussions he has had on human rights violations in Iran; and what steps he is taking against those...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure continued enforcement of economic sanctions against Iran during the six months interim...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Israel and (b) the Gulf States on Iran's nuclear programme.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with its Nigerian counterpart on improvements aimed at increasing transparency...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) contract staff in his Department are paid the living wage or above.

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, column 63W, on Pitcairn Islands, if he will place in the Library a...

      Public Appointments

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

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of financial sanctions on members of the Government of Zimbabwe and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received crisis loans in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013.

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what comparative assessment he has made of the change in the number of jobs in Wales and in other regions in the UK since 2010.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to prevent applicants for employment and support allowance suffering financial hardship while awaiting a work...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits are available to people appealing an employment and support allowance decision; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State for Employment in European Committee B on 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 5, in...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on using EU resources to help fund foodbanks.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2014, Official Report, column 583W, on housing benefit: social rented housing, for what reasons the...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the content and purpose are of performance improvement plans for jobcentre staff; how many staff have a performance improvement plan at...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Jobcentre Plus is funding employment support through Community Drug and Alcohol services; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures have been put in place in jobcentres to deal with the consequences of the removal of warm phones from jobcentres.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assets his Department has sold in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what the value of each such sale was.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) contract staff in his Department are paid the living wage or above.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2013, Official Report, columns 759-60W, on poverty, on what date he expects to publish the Government's...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the probability of meeting the commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend or replace the Child Poverty Act 2010 as a result of his Department's consultation on...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measure he will assess on whether the Government has met the commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken following the conviction of A4E employees for fraud; and what steps he has taken to prevent similar abuse in other...

      Public Appointments

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

      Remploy: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workers made redundant as a result of the closure of Remploy in South Gyle, Edinburgh are (a) seeking work, (b) no longer seeking work...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the backlog is of employment and support allowance and jobseeker's allowance claims at each jobcentre.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the backlog is of personal independence payment and disability living allowance claims at each regional disability benefit centre.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on fraud rates among (i) EEA and (ii) EU migrants claiming UK benefits; and...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes in the number of staff are proposed for each (a) regional disability benefit centre and (b) jobcentre.

      Work Capability Assessment: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Coventry have undergone a work capability assessment in each of the last three years.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of Work Programme drug and alcohol pilots.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Work Programme providers are using an IPS intervention to assist clients with mental health problems into work.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to draw on customer experience of the Work Programme to inform the planning of its replacement after 2016; and if he will...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether, if a Work Programme customer rearranges an appointment with their provider, the provider is required to report to his Department the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the current definition of Payment Group 6 in the Work Programme differs from the definition in the Work Programme invitation to...

  • Attorney-General

    • CPS Direct

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 1W on CPS Direct, what proportion of calls to CPS Direct were answered within three minutes in 2013;...

    • Prosecutions: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions for (a) rape, (b) other violent crimes and (c) burglary there were in Northamptonshire in 2013; and what proportion of such prosecutions were...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Attorney-General how many public appointments the Law Officers' Departments made in the last 12 months; how many such appointments are remunerated posts; what the level of such...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Children

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of children living in households where one or both parents are (a) working part-time because they are...

    • Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of working age adults are currently registered as disabled in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands...

      Drugs: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths were attributable to legal highs in the last year for which data is available.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government contracts of what value have been awarded to companies or projects based in (a) Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex local...

      Immigration: China

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Chinese nationals are currently residing and working in the UK.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Government's commitment to give due consideration to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when making new policy...

      Working Hours: Merseyside

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Liverpool and (c) Merseyside who have jobs which primarily...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Colombia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which representatives of (a) human rights organisations, (b) civic society and (c) trades unions he met on his recent visit to Colombia.

    • Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what comparative assessment he has made of the international comparisons relating to (a) levels of voter turnout and registration and (b) compulsory voting and...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the estimated future costs of a continued British presence in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the main armed forces in 2014.

    • Benefits: Crisis Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the breakdown nationally between different categories of need for which Crisis Loans were made in the last year in which the Department for Works...

      Benefits: Crisis Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was advanced by way of Crisis Loans to residents of Newcastle upon Tyne in the last year the Department for Works and Pensions administered the...

      Bullying: Racist Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 28 January (WA 206–7), how the £45 million they provide to Beatbullying, The Diana...

      Cyprus and Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the United Kingdom’s role as a guarantor power for Cyprus, the recent agreement between the Prime Minister and the President...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government at what time on 8 June 2011 the charter flight carrying five returnees from the United Kingdom to the Democratic Republic of the Congo via Nigeria arrived at...

      Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of the Education Funding Agency to deliver value for money in its allocation of funds to academies.

      Education: Mathematics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the statement by the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education expressing concerns over changes to A-levels in 2016. To ask Her...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 31 January (WA 265), whether they will now answer the original question.

      EU: UK Membership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Livingston of Parkhead on 24 January (WA 174), how the estimate of 3.5 million jobs in the United Kingdom being...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the response of the Environment Agency to the flooding in the Somerset Levels in 2012–13 and 2013–14.

      Government: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to appoint any further Ministers with responsibilities for particular cities or areas; if so, what account they will take of (1) the...

      Health: Academic Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 January (WA 178), what criteria will be adopted in reviewing the future funding of academic health science...

      Health: Academic Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many academic health science networks (AHSNs) have been established; what is the budget for each AHSN; what are their success criteria; when the first...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Health Service hospitals currently meet the target of 24 per cent of their cancer patients receiving intensity modulated radiotherapy; and...

      Health: Patient Records

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether patients may revoke their implied consent for the release of their medical records; and, if not, why not.

      Health: Vaccinations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there is a shortage of yellow fever vaccine in the United Kingdom; and what steps they are taking to rectify the situation.

      Homeless Families

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 18 December 2013 (WA 220), whether they have received any reports of the misreporting by...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the consequences would be for a British citizen deprived of their citizenship under the amendment to section 40(4) of the British Nationality Act 1981...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when considering whether to revoke someone’s citizenship under the proposed amendment to section 40(4) of the British Nationality Act 1981 currently...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the imprisonment of Mohamed Bader.

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the wording on the proposed memorial to victims of the Mau Mau emergency commemorates the experience of all who...

      Mexico

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to strengthen a diplomatic and trade relationship with Mexico.

      National Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are conducting research on and tests of robots for military and security purposes which are able to act without detailed human control; and, if...

      National Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define activity “which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom”; and whether this would include (1) any...

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are giving to local authorities regarding council tenancy agreements which restrict any business activity if the tenant is in receipt of the...

      NHS: Funds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure the efficient distribution of NHS funds.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have made of reports that Kim Jong-un has killed surviving relatives of his executed uncle Jang Song-thaek, including children; and when...

      Schools: Free Meals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure value for money in the allocation of capital funds to schools to deliver the free school meals initiative.

      Specialised Services Commissioning Innovation Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Specialised Services Commissioning Innovation Fund is due to recommence accepting bids.

      Wildlife: Illegal Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what data they are collecting to tackle the illegal international trade in wildlife products such as rhinoceros horn and ivory.

      Young People: Eating Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to tackle the rise in eating disorders in young people in the United Kingdom.

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