Written answers

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 746W, on cycle safety, if he will publish a breakdown of spending on cycling in...

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of requiring new drivers to display a probationary plate on the vehicle they are driving for...

      Government Departments: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, column 655W, on unmanned air vehicles, which Government departments have used unmanned...

      Motorcycles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to launch road safety educational programmes to prevent death and injury for motorcyclists in the next year.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals containing provisions similar to those in the Responsible Parking Bill (Scotland) and applying to the...

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the EU port services regulation on UK ports; and if he will make a statement.

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the UK's Representation to the EU's negotiating mandate is regarding the proposed EU port services regulation.

      Ports: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date the European Council will next discuss the proposed EU port services regulation.

      Railways: Dawlish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of repairing the damage to the railway line at Dawlish.

      Railways: Dawlish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of repairing the damage to the railway line at Dawlish was after the 2012 floods.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

  • Attorney-General

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Attorney-General how many local authorities have signed up to the information-sharing protocol for cases of child abuse launched in November 2013 by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    • Harassment: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were commenced by the Crown Prosecution Service for harassment in each of the last six years; and of these how many were domestic-violence flagged.

      Procurement

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff of each grade in the Law Officers' Departments have the authority to make a purchase; what proportion of those staff have professional procurement...

      Stalking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions were commenced by the Crown Prosecution Service in 2012-13 for (a) stalking and (b) stalking involving fear of serious violence or alarm or distress.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Attorney-General 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 and legislation,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the number of UK nationals on death rows internationally; and what legal support his Department...

    • Buildings

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

      Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on bloc voting by EU member states on the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe when the EU accedes...

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which organisation his Department and its subsidiary bodies use to tackle internal instances of crime, including corruption and...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the treatment in Democratic Republic of Congo of failed asylum seekers returned by the...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what talks his Department has had with the current Egyptian government on restoring democratic elections in Egypt.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of the gender pay gap at senior grades in his Department.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will proscribe the whole of Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the threat of Hezbollah to the UK's national interests; (2) what assessment...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his Ministerial colleagues the potential effect of the Government's response to the report on UK housing...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the regional effect of the Government's approach to trade with Israel.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what current financial aid commitments the UK has in Libya.

      Montenegro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the Government of Montenegro settles all outstanding compensation or restitution claims for...

      Montenegro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to view the restitution of, or compensation for, property seized in Montenegro and in which UK...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had on human rights during his recent visit to the Philippines; and what representations he made to his...

      Politics and Government: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which programmes and funds are currently provided by his Department to promote women's political and public participation; and...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help resolve the ongoing conflict in South Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to protect Christians in Syria.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Ukraine on political unrest in that country.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Government's commitment to give due consideration to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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

  • Education

    • Al-Madinah School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to his response of 29 January 2014 to the hon. member for Cardiff West, Official Report, column 934, if he will release the qualifications of...

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on multi-agency safeguarding hubs.

      Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to increase fathers' access to their children following a divorce; and if he will make a statement.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer from the Minister for Housing of 22 January 2014, Official Report, column 212W, on families: disadvantaged, what criteria his...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2013, Official Report, column 213W, on foster care, what activities local authorities are undertaking to support...

      ICT: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many staff will be employed on the Year of Code Campaign; how many such staff were appointments from outside his Department; and where such...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of the hon. Member for South West Wiltshire of 11 November 2013, Official Report, column 412W, if he will have meetings with the...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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.

      Pupils: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on child protection issues.

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues to schools on how to identify and address the root causes of poor behaviour and absenteeism.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of staff of (a) his Department and (b) agencies and public bodies accountable to him work outside of London; and in which local...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will consider reversing the reductions in funding for full-time education places for 18 year olds announced by his Department in January 2014.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funds were provided for bursaries for trainee religious education teachers in each of the last five years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisation his Department and its subsidiary bodies use to tackle internal instances of crime, including corruption and...

    • Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the regulatory tests are for (a) public and (b) private institutions seeking to acquire degree awarding powers.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking in response to the European Parliament resolution to reduce the gender pay gap by five per cent each year...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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.

      Nuclear Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria local authorities will have to meet when bidding for the proposed nuclear engineering college to be located within...

      Nuclear Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the timetable for the proposed nuclear engineering college will be.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the majority of Government services are still available throughout the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings he has had with representatives of Post Office Limited to discuss investment in the sub-post office network...

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how his Department plans to consult the science community and industry on the content of the Science and Innovation strategy.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether he plans to reduce the student opportunity allocation in higher education in 2014-15; (2) how many students in...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the RAB charge on loans made to students at alternative providers.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Government's commitment to give due consideration to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)...

  • Defence

    • Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken to install a buoyancy aid for embarked Apache attack helicopters.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel in (a) Plymouth and (b) total have been housed in hotel accommodation in each of the last 12 months; and what the cost of such...

      Armed Forces: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, column 85W, on helicopter capabilities, where within the UK the 6,000 personnel have been...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to improve cyber security at Ministry of Defence sites.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when an updated version of New Operating Model: How Defence Works will be published.

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many safety critical posts exist in Defence Equipment and Support; and how many such posts are currently vacant.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which external consultants are used by his Department regarding the formulation of its policy on reforming defence procurement; and what the cost to the...

      Pay

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

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 413W, on redundancy, what the cost to the public purse was of redundancies for...

  • Treasury

    • Criminal Investigation

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

    • Fracking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consideration he has given to the possibility of creating a sovereign wealth fund from the revenue proceeding from fracking; (2) if he will make...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department has issued about the freehold and leasehold of school sites for potential free schools.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequentials arise from the Government's proposals for High Speed Rail 2.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent employees there are at (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs whose work is dedicated to enforcing the minimum wage.

      Non-domestic Rates: Arts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on business rate discounts for (a) cinemas and (b) DVD rental shops.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants are on each pay grade in (a) his Department and (b) agencies and public bodies accountable to him.

      Pay Television

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether offices of (a) his Department and (b) its Executive agencies have access to Sky Sports or an equivalent premium sports television service; and what...

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of UK labour productivity; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many technical specialists worked in HM Revenue and Customs Residency, the Centre for Non-Residents, in each of the last six tax years.

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the financial effect of the introduction of universal credit on couples in receipt of the transferable tax allowance.

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will happen to the transferable tax allowance of individuals when (a) their spouse or civil partner dies, (b) they divorce and (c) they separate; and...

      Tax Allowances: Married People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) married couples and civil partnerships and (b) families with children he expects to be eligible for the transferable tax allowance in...

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the carbon floor price; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of people who will be fined for failing to register for self-assessment to continue to receive child...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 and...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current level of tax credits overpayment debt is; and what estimate he has made of such figures at the end of 2014-15.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs expects to write off in tax credits debt in 2012-13.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of savings HM Revenue and Customs expects to make on reducing tax credits error and fraud between 2010-11...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bromley London Borough Council (Crystal Palace) Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to bring forward amendments to the Bromley London Borough Council (Crystal Palace) Act 1990.

    • Certification Quality Marks: Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent assessment he has made of the financial effect on small and medium-sized businesses of the requirement for CE...

      Community Relations: Hinduism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial support his Department provided to the Hindu community in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14;...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, column 17, what assessment he has made of the number of properties...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of recommendations by the Environment Agency against granting planning permission for residential...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times he has exercised his power of recovering a planning appeal to (a) overturn and (b) uphold a local authority's...

      Public Appointments

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

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions his Department has had with local authorities about the safety effect of dimming street lighting.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were referred to each of her Department's sobriety pilot scheme areas; how many people completed the scheme in each area; and...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the conclusions of the research commissioned by her Department on the impact on minimum pricing of alcohol has led to the development...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish her Department's strategy to reduce the number of animals used in medical experimentation.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of current governance arrangements between local authorities and police forces...

      Asylum: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the specification for the contract awarded to Migrant Help to provide advice services for asylum seekers from April 2014.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria her Department has adopted in deciding which refugees from Syria will be offered asylum in the United Kingdom.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to enable individuals to offer accommodation to refugees from Syria under the Government's recently announced...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on the E-borders programme in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e) 2013.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent work has been undertaken by the taskforce on tackling extremism.

      Council of Europe Convention On Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violenc

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects ratifications by the UK of the Council of Europe's Convention on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence to take place.

      Criminal Investigation

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

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to page 18 of her Department's Evaluation Framework for the UK Drug Strategy, what assessment she has made of (a) the Impact...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of online visa applications and booking systems.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications were refused due to applicant error in the last 12 months; and how many such decisions were subsequently...

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work visas have been issued to Chinese nationals in each of the last five years.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of moving the firearms licensing system online.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 481W, on human trafficking: Victim Support Scheme, how many of the 270...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many named illegal migrants are currently listed on the (a) National Operations Database, (b) Case Information Database, (c) National...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) many immigration detainees have been transferred from Colbrook Immigration Removal Centre to Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether contracted companies receive a payment for each reception and discharge of an immigration detainee.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments have been made to (a) GEO and (b) Tascor in respect of the transfer of immigration detainees from Harmondsworth Immigration...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments have been made to (a) Serco and (b) Tascor in respect of the transfer of immigration detainees from Colnbrook Immigration...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people she estimates have arrived in the UK seeking work from Romania and Bulgaria since 1 January 2014.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2013, Official Report, column 151W, on licensed premises, what steps she has taken to consult on the...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local authorities have introduced (a) a late night levy and (b) an early morning restriction order; and how much she estimates those...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the net cost to local authorities of implementing an alcohol licensing regime.

      Misuse of Drugs Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the inter-ministerial group on drugs has met since May 2010; and how many times (a) prevention, (b) education, (c) legal highs...

      Offenders: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that EU nationals convicted of serious crimes are deported; and if she will make a statement.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the effectiveness of the use of the Royal Prerogative to remove passports from British nationals whom her Department want...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) contract staff in her Department are paid the Living Wage or above.

      Pay

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

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obligation exists on police and crime commissioners to adhere to the framework of national standards and authorised professional practice.

      Prisoners: Foreign nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national prisoners, who were given temporary release to attend interviews with the immigration service at immigration...

      Procurement

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

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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) her...

      Public Appointments

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

      Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 483W, on social networking, what steps the Government is taking to raise...

      Speed Limits: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that speed limits are adhered to in rural constituencies.

      Vetting: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of changes to Criminal Records Bureau checks on taxi drivers.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs entered the UK from each country for (a) non-commercial purposes under the Pet Travel Scheme and (b) commercial...

    • Dredging: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to require the Environment Agency to dredge the Aldingbourne Rife in West Sussex.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the evidential basis is for the statements (a) in the Biodiversity Offsetting Green Paper that offsetting guarantees...

      Fisheries: Morecambe Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place the most recent version of the draft Morecambe Bay Hybrid Fisheries Order in the Library.

      Floods: Chatham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on flood defences in Chatham and Aylesford constituency in (a) 2007-8, (b) 2008-09, (c)...

      Floods: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been carried out by (a) his Department, (b) consultants for his Department and (c) agencies for which he is...

      Fuels: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish a call for evidence on the refuse-derived fuel market; and what timetable he has set for publication...

      Game

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the rise of the pheasant population and its impact on other wildlife.

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the UK has taken towards achieving an international agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (a) how many and (b) what proportion of staff employed by (i) his Department, (ii) agencies of his Department and (iii)...

      Plastic Bags: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision exists for the recycling of plastic bags (a) nationally and (b) in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a...

      Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of costs savings at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on the...

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the export of waste from the UK; and what assessment he has made of the effects of the recent increase...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many and what proportion of businesses participating in the Government's Think Act Report scheme have (a) conducted a gender pay audit, (b) are...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his letter of 8 January 2014 to the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland on the performance of Atos, when he will publish the...

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time is for applicants for personal independence payments to be seen by Atos Healthcare for an assessment in each region.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what target his Department has set Atos Healthcare for the length of time taken to complete assessments for personal independence...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of children living in poverty with at least one working parent; and what recent estimate he has...

      Crisis Loans

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

      Crisis Loans

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of applicants for employment and support allowance who do not receive a decision within the target...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2013, Official Report, column 669W, on employment and support allowance, (1) if he will set out (a) the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2013, Official Report, column 669W, on employment and support allowance, if he will set out (a) what...

      Employment: Sex Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent evidence his Department has about the future career choices of people whose first job is in ancillary roles in sex...

      Employment: Sex Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will review the decision to offer job subsidies for the employment of teenagers as auxiliary workers in lap and pole dancing clubs,...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 207W, on financial services, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 577, what the evidential basis was for his estimate of between 3,000...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of social housing tenants affected by the implementation of the under-occupancy penalty are (a) men and (b) women.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of social housing tenants who have moved to smaller social housing since the introduction of the under-occupancy penalty are...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming jobseeker's allowance were issued with a sanction in each of the last five years; and how many of these subsequently...

      Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the 16 examples of ineligible service charges, outlined in Universal Credit service charges—guidance for landlords in April...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual (a) staffing and (b) other costs are of conducting medical interviews for employment and support allowance and disability...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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

      Warm Home Discount Scheme: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households on the Isle of Wight have benefited from the warm homes discount scheme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) all participants and (b) lone parents have secured a sustained job outcome following their participation in the Work...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid to Work programme providers as (a) attachment payments, (b) job outcome payments and (c) sustainment payments for (i)...

      Working Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the benefit to the economy of mothers in work in each of the last five years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Decentralisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister What discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the role of decentralisation in the implementation of the Heseltine review.

    • Decentralisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on devolution and decentralisation.

      City Deals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on the implementation of the second wave of city deals.

      Enfranchisement: 16-year-olds

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on votes for 16-year-olds.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role he plays in making public appointments across Government; and if he will make a statement.

      Colombia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he had with (a) church groups, (b) unions and (c) political opposition parties in Colombia on his forthcoming visit to that country.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 and...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps have been taken to prepare for conversion of the Eggborough power plant to biomass before the decision not to award...

    • Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the costs to the public purse were of preparation for conversion of Eggborough power plant to biomass.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any Minister in his Department has visited Eggborough power plant in the last 12 months.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions or meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with representatives...

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the Eggborough plant is owned by foreign companies.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to keep the Eggborough power plant open beyond 2015.

      Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many people are employed on a zero hours contract at the Eggborough power plant; (2) how many apprenticeships will be...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2014, Official Report, columns 703-4W, on energy, what assessment his Department has made of the...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the (a) number of switches and (b) number of switches according to different indicators of vulnerability...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the average level of savings made by customers in each socio-economic group from each collective...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 575W, on energy: prices, if he will make it his policy to...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research has been undertaken (a) by his Department or (b) on behalf of his Department on the adequacy of sea defences to protect...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what quantities of liquid and solid wastes were produced at drill sites operated by Cuadrilla Resources at (a) Preese Hall, (b)...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if the Government will ensure that any benefits that come from fracking will be experienced by the whole country and economy.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of revenues from fracking he expects will accrue to (a) the Exchequer, (b) local communities and (c) private companies.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of staff of (a) his Department and (b) agencies and public bodies accountable to him work outside of London; and in...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made in instituting safeguards to prevent the selling and operation of turbines which have been de-rated to allow...

  • Wales

    • Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which organisations are participating in the group of stakeholders created on 22 August 2013 to discuss the business case for electrification of the...

  • International Development

    • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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

  • Justice

    • Contempt of Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were imprisoned in each division in each month since May 2013 for contempt of court.

    • Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport about the 38 per cent rise in fatalities caused by dangerous driving in the last 12...

      Driving under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought under section 4 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, where being under the influence of legal highs was a contributing...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any individuals in England or Wales have been found guilty of fundraising for Hezbollah's proscribed military wing to date.

      Homicide: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women have been convicted of murdering one or more of their children in each of the last five years.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      Oakwood Prison

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

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of the senior management working at HM Prison Oakwood when it took its first prisoners had previous experience of...

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which prisons have reported staff shortages that have required staff to be called in from other prisons in each month since May 2010; (2) which...

      Prison Service: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff in the Prison Service have been on deferred duty in each month since May 2010; (2) how much was spent on (a) travel, (b)...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the oral answer of 15 October 2013, Official Report, columns 681-2W, on prisoners: foreign national, how many of the foreign national...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners have been given temporary release to attend interviews at immigration detention centres operated under contract to...

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of self-harm among women in prison.

      Prisons: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times, and to which prisons, the police were called out in each month since May 2010.

      Prisons: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will publish the shortlist of contractors for the construction of the prison at Wrexham; (2) if he will publish the specifications for the...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Magistrates' Association has raised any concerns in respect of the probation change programme.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to regionalise victims services currently run by Probation Trusts in England and Wales.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when the regulations governing the staffing of betting shops were last reviewed; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the office space owned or leased by her Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail...

      Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Ofcom on the position of local television stations in Wales and Scotland on the electronic programme guide.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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.

      Tourism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive on promoting...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the Government's commitment to give due consideration to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Criminal Investigation

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

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which paid public appointment contracts he has (a) renewed and (b) not renewed since May 2010; and how many posts were held by (i) women and (ii)...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 216W, on re-employment, what the total cost was of those redundancies.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, columns 65-66W, on abortion, if his Department will review data collection protocols in order...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the NHS is of patients who require emergency dental treatment presenting at accident and emergency departments; (2) how many...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of people are not registered with either an NHS dentist or a private dentist in each region.

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of calls made on (a) higher rate and (b) 0845 telephone numbers to GP surgeries in England in each year since 2007.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what visits Dame Carol Black has made since her appointment to promote the Public Health Responsibility Deal partners to (a) small and medium size...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many healthcare assistants there were in each NHS trust in London in the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Heart Diseases: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned on the effect of sugar consumption on heart disease.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospitals have been recorded as having general and acute bed occupancy in excess of 95 per cent on any one day in each of the last 12 months.

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admissions episodes there were in the last five years for which figures are available in each NHS trust in London; what the (a) mean and...

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admissions episodes there were at (a) North West London Hospitals NHS Trust and (b) all other London hospitals in the last five years...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems are in place to monitor the proportion of leaflets advertising the Care.Data scheme that are successfully delivered.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have opted out of the care.data scheme; and how many people he expects to opt-out overall.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure all patients are aware of changes to the use of their data.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Nurses: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) community psychiatric nurses, (d) community matrons and (e) community learning disabilities nurses...

      Nurses: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered nurses there were in each NHS trust in London in the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of sugar on obesity levels.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the mandatory introduction of a bereavement policy on all...

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will issue guidance to (a) midwives and (b) GPs on reduced fetal movements during the third trimester of pregnancy to ensure that (i)...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 160W, on re-employment, what the total cost was of that redundancy.

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that health professionals with expertise in spinal cord injury are included in multidisciplinary teams for...

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the process for monitoring the level of care that individuals with severe spinal cord injuries are receiving from...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reason was for his Department's decision not to introduce Enriched Culture Medium testing for Group B Strep on 1 January 2014. despite Ministers'...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of daily calorie intake was provided by added sugar for a (a) male child, (b) female child, (c) male adult and (d) female adult in each of...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a list of meetings he has attended in which the issue of sugar consumption was discussed in the last 12 months.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 and...

      Young People: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the Home Department on youth violence; (2) which Minister in his Department is a member of the...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the genetically modified purple tomato juice to be used in a clinical trial on United Kingdom heart patients has been tested for toxicity in...

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ti-plasmid transgene cassette of genetically modified purple tomatoes contains a kanamycin resistance gene; and whether there are any antibiotic...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether mRNA (transcriptome) analysis has been used to assess the possibility that genes other than the target genes for anthocyanin synthesis in genetically...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the genetically modified purple tomato pulp to be used experimentally on United Kingdom heart patients will be imported from Canada as a food or a...

      Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be funding the trial of genetically modified purple tomato pulp on United Kingdom heart patients; in what establishment it will take place; and who...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what expenditure from the Department for Work and Pensions budget goes toward funding apprenticeships in Wales.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to clear the backlog of asylum applications; and what progress has been made.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Sri Lankan Tamils were granted asylum in the United Kingdom in each of the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conduct and results of the recent elections in Bangladesh.

      BBC Trust

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 23 January (WA 151), whether they intend to facilitate a pre-appointment hearing with the...

      Civil Nuclear Police Federation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Ministers last met representatives of the Civil Nuclear Police Federation; and when they next intend to do so.

      Copyright

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to defer their plans for an exception to copyright for private copying in order to take account of the outcome of the Copydan Båndkopi...

      Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Church Urban Fund’s report Money Speaks Louder than Words: credit unions and the role of the Church in tackling...

      Cyprus and Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with representatives of the Turkish community in Northern Cyprus prior to the recent agreement with the government of the...

      Deregulation Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have included in their rights of way reforms in the Deregulation Bill to enable local authorities retrospectively to reject outstanding...

      Dominican Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 8 November 2013 (WA 82), what specific discussions the British Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and...

      Dominican Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 8 November 2013 (WA 82), what assessment they have made of the impact that the ruling of the...

      Drugs: Prescription Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to ensure all pharmacies in England and Wales have access to adequate supplies of medicines for prescribed use to patients. To ask...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, on their next delegation to Cairo, they will raise concerns about the imprisonment of journalists and specifically the case of Hossam Meneai; and,...

      Elderly People: Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that elderly people will be treated in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and receive the necessary care.

      Employment: Commonwealth Professionals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to easing the requirements for professionals from Commonwealth countries to be able to live and work in the United Kingdom.

      Employment: Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase employment opportunities for migrants who cannot speak English.

      Environment: Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to implement the 2026 cut-off for recording historical public rights of way, introduced by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

      Environment: Rights of Way

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have included in their rights of way reforms in the Deregulation Bill to ensure that landowners are informed about any applications to...

      Equality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of current levels of discriminatory treatment of people on the grounds of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and sexuality...

      Eurozone

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the call by the German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, for a Eurozone parliament.

      Finance: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether regulators have been alerted to any cases of alleged mis-selling by banks of loans under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the volume of raw sewage entering the flood-waters on the Somerset Levels and the effects on (1) public health, and (2) the...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made by their scientific advisers of the long-term impact on farming of standing water in the Somerset Levels.

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are receiving full co-operation from the gambling industry in their study into the impact of fixed-odds betting terminals in high-street betting...

      Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to review the pre-watershed advertising of bingo websites.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with the Palestinian Authority about the delays imposed by its Ministry of Health on the transfer of medical supplies to Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what immediate action they have discussed with the government of Israel and the European Union in order to get drinking water to the inhabitants of Gaza.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to encourage accountability in Gaza; and whether they support the trial in international courts of soldiers and militants on...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the government of Israel about allowing into Gaza building materials to complete United Nations Relief...

      Government Departments: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 4 February (WA 30–1), whether the occupants of Service Families' Accommodation that is known...

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the statistical breakdown of the occupations of the 2,200 British citizens who are reported to die annually from mesothelioma.

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the annual fatalities caused by mesothelioma involve former members of the armed forces; what data are kept on the cause of death of former...

      Health: Public Health England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the remainder of the Advisory Board of Public Health England has yet been appointed; and if so, how many of the new members are women.

      Higher Education: Escort Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with university authorities concerning escorts working from university campuses. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Higher Education: University Status

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many educational institutions in the United Kingdom are currently seeking university status. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many educational...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regularly receive reports from international non-governmental organisations or private sector organisations evaluating human rights and...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the movement of victims of human trafficking across the land...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have paused decision-making on immigration cases relating to spouses or partners where applications would be refused solely because the rules...

      Immigration Removal Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre to comply with the recommendations of HM Inspectorate of Prisons following an...

      Immigration Removal Centres: Restraint

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following reports of the death while in handcuffs of Alois Dvorzac at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, whether they will review procedures for...

      Internet: Freeview and 4G

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the at800 service in resolving the loss of television signal on Freeview following the extension of...

      Internet: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the death of Tallulah Wilson, how they plan to protect young people from inappropriate content online.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of changes to the rate of executions in Iran since the election of President Rouhani; how many executions they estimate to...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits have been achieved for United Kingdom citizens or the citizens of Iran since the appointment of a United Kingdom chargé d’affaires;...

      Iraq: Camp Liberty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were their most recent representations made to the governments of Iraq and Iran concerning aggression against the inhabitants of Camp Liberty in Iraq;...

      Iraq: Camp Liberty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposition that a United Nations Force should be sent to Camp Liberty for the protection of its inhabitants; and if not, why not.

      Iraq: Camp Liberty and Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when it is intended to transfer the 72 Iranian refugees from Camps Liberty and Ashraf who have been identified as eligible to reside in the United Kingdom.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel for the early release and trial of the following individuals from the village of Hares in...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they provided any funding for the residential and other structures which the Israel Defence Force (IDF) demolished on 26 January in the Bedouin...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the recent death of Mohammed Mubarak.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning Palestinian children killed by the Israeli Defence Force in 2013; and what effect, if...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of elected parliamentarians of the Palestinian Legislative Council currently held in Israeli prisons.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policy objectives in respect of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank.

      Kuwait

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made about the situation of the stateless bidoon of Kuwait; on what occasions they have raised the matter with the government of...

      Lord’s Resistance Army

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in curbing the Lords Resistance Army and in bringing Joseph Kony to justice.

      Mental Health: Eating Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they make for those suffering eating disorders.

      National Ugly Mugs Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the trial of the National Ugly Mugs scheme funded by the Home Office has been evaluated; and, if so, what the findings of that evaluation were. To...

      NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms have been put in place between clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities to demonstrate how CCGs will access local public...

      NHS: Data

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the NHS data share plan; and how they propose in the light of that plan to protect citizens' privacy.

      NHS: Hospital Fatalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to ensure that National Health Service staff are required to co-operate with the police in the investigation of deaths in...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the attacks on villages in Adamawa and Borno states, Nigeria, on 26 January by members of Boko Haram; and when Ministers last met...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the remarks of James Clapper, United States Director of National Intelligence, that North Korea has expanded its uranium...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to attend the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, in Nayarit,...

      Offenders: Deaths in Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the United Families and Friends Campaign on deaths in custody; and what action they have taken as a result of those...

      Offenders: Dependants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 28 January (WA 221), when they expect to have concluded their examination concerning arrangements for the...

      Office of the Quartet Representative

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to the Exchequer of maintaining the Office of the Quartet Representative; and what estimate they have made of the economic successes of the...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom citizens receiving the basic state pension reside in each country of the European Union.

      Police: Private Prosecutions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many private prosecutions arrangements, similar to the recently disclosed arrangement between Virgin Media and the Metropolitan Police, have been entered...

      Power of Attorney

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord McNally on 16 July 2013 (WS 60), whether those acting for someone seeking to register power of attorney are allowed...

      Railways: Diesel Units and Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to encourage the provision of new diesel trains for services within the Northern franchise (1) as part of discussions with...

      Railways: Diesel Units and Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are holding discussions with other train operating companies or rolling stock companies with a view to transferring diesel units to the Northern...

      Railways: European Rail Traffic Management System

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they are making for trains other than the Class 800 and 801 to operate on lines affected by the introduction of the European Traffic...

      Railways: Intercity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what luggage space, separate from wheelchair space, will be available for passenger use on the proposed new Intercity Express trains; and what space is...

      Railways: Intercity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the necessary infrastructure, including signalling, for the new Intercity Express Trains (Class 800 and 801) is in place...

      Railways: West Coast Mainline and Crossrail

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any proposals for diverting any commuter trains from the West Coast mainline into Crossrail, so as to avoid congestion at Euston station.

      Selenium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current selenium status of the United Kingdom population; and what they consider to be the optimum level.

      Sellafield

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the five-year extension to the Sellafield nuclear decommissioning contract awarded to Nuclear...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what international aid they are providing to help deal with the crisis in South Sudan.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Troika support for the new Intergovernmental Authority on Development peace process for South Sudan; and what action they...

      Spain: Treaty of Utrecht

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Warsi on 20 January (HL Deb, col 450), whether Spain continues to recognise the Treaty of Utrecht.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the commentary on aerial attacks on civilians by the Sudan Air Force in the United Nations Secretary-General’s report...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the government of Sudan’s suspension of activities by the International Committee of the Red Cross and its impact on...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to enable the Syrian participants to reach agreements between themselves, without oversight from other states, at the Geneva II...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office will be delegating the responsibility for determining which refugees from Syria the United Kingdom will accept as part of their...

      Tourism: Tour Operators

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to discourage tour operators from increasing their prices during school holidays.

      Transport: Cycle Hire Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide funding to (1) the Mayor of London’s cycle hire scheme, and (2) similar schemes in other cities.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 28 January (WA 227–8), whether they will now list in which respect Turkey has, in their view, made...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to hold a referendum before they agree to the accession of Turkey to the European Union.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action to develop an approach on the situation in the Ukraine; and whether they will seek to agree their approach with the European...

      Young Offenders: Re-offending

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether statistics of re-offending rates by young offenders take account of the seriousness of further offences; and whether there is a discernible trend for...

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