Written answers

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

  • Wales

    • Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the...

    • Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations in Scotland and Wales on the forthcoming NATO summit in Wales.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a minority ethnic background.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • WiFi

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013 to the hon. Member for Lichfield, Official...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Parliamentary Advisory Group

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 413W, on...

  • Attorney-General

    • Equality

      To ask the Attorney-General how many publications the Law Officers' Departments has produced for the purposes of monitoring or promoting staff equality and diversity in each of the last five...

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the written statement of 30 January 2014, Official Report, column 39WS, on Serious Fraud Office (Contingencies Fund Advance), for what reasons the Serious...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the written statement of 30 January 2014, Official Report, column 39WS, on Serious Fraud Office (Contingencies Fund Advance), what proportion of the...

      Taxation: Fraud

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 468W, on taxation: fraud, how many confiscation orders were imposed in tax fraud cases by the Crown...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government has to offer asylum to Christians looking to flee the fighting in Syria; and if she will make a statement.

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of passengers entering the UK had data collected under the E-borders programme in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and...

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many spouse visa applications have been deferred on financial grounds whilst awaiting further evidence on the sponsors income in...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what analysis she has made of the factors accounting for the variation in performance between each police force dissemination rate and...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to increase the resources allocated to fraud investigation.

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that foreign citizens are able to access medical treatment and register with a GP while their...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2014, Official Report, column 314W, on human trafficking, how many victims of trafficking for the purpose...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals detained in immigration removal centres have been transferred to hospital following sectioning under the Mental Health...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department gives the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on handling complaints about an investigation...

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers were employed in her Department on 1 February 2014.

      Migrant Help

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Migrant Help will have an office in Wrexham to assist in giving advice to asylum seekers there as part of its contract to assist and...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by her Department and (b) operated by a third party on her Department's property there...

      Police Federation of England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times she has met representatives from the Police Federation in each year since 2010.

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of an emergency police call out is.

      Private Investigators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she has made on introducing a regulatory system for private investigators; and when she expects such a system to become operational.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of staff recruited to her Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a minority...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people who are registered for the Disclosure and Barring Service's Update Service but are...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2013, Official Report, columns 869-70W, on arms trade: trade fairs, what the specific...

    • Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of businesses are owned by women in each region.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what amount in (a) grants, (b) loan guarantees and (c) other financial assistance the Government has given to small and...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will require the use of non-toxic alternatives to ehtylene glycol in anti-freeze products to reduce toxicity of ingestion...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to require the addition of a bittering agent to ethylene glycol-based anti-freeze products to prevent...

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will discuss with the European Commission the backdating of compensation to energy-intensive industries for the costs...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many publications his Department has produced for the purposes of monitoring or promoting staff equality and diversity in...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received on the Flood Re scheme.

      Higher Education: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department issues on whether apprenticeships are included in higher education for the purposes of education,...

      ICE Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what checks were made on students from ICE Academy before student loans were issued to them.

      ICE Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students at ICE Adademy have (a) applied for student loans and (b) been granted student loans to date; and what the...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he will take to ensure that the impartiality of the Land Registry is protected following any privatisation.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the standard level and duration is of contractual maternity pay paid to civil servants in his Department.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at...

      National Apprenticeship Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent employees were employed by the National Apprenticeship Service in April (a) 2012 and (b) 2013; and...

      New Businesses: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the operation of the Start-Up Loans Scheme in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      New Businesses: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of successful applicants to the Start-Up Loans Scheme in Northern Ireland are based in North Down constituency;...

      Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what reports his Department has received on the owners of ships working the Irish Sea routes paying their staff below minimum...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of privatising the Student Loans Company on the cost of debts to debtors.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the privatisation of student loans.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the employer ownership of skills initiative in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cattle: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether farmers still require his Department's permission before moving closed herds during the recent flooding period; and...

    • Floods: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value of the damage to flood and coastal defences in each local authority area in Cumbria caused by recent...

      Floods: Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of fracking techniques on the likelihood of flooding.

      Floods: Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the environmental effect of continuous flooding techniques and the use of underground...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of properties that have been flooded in 2014.

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the Flood Awareness Service and Flood Shops proposed by UK Flood...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the total cost of including properties built in accordance with National Planning Policy...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 560W, on floods: insurance, what assessment he has made...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will place limits on the amount of excess charges insurance companies can apply to their policies under the Flood Re...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whose responsibility it is to maintain balancing tanks and sustainable urban development systems; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government contribution to the budget of each of his Department's executive agencies and executive non-departmental...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of women who had an abortion in each of the last five years but were using some form of artificial contraceptive...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will investigate the advice given by private abortion providers to pregnant women on the illegality of gender selective abortion.

      Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring oversight of pregnancy and abortion counselling services within the responsibilities of the Care Quality Commission; (2) if he...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of an emergency ambulance call-out is.

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment of brain tumours in children; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on research into (a) oesophageal cancer and (b) other cancers in each of the last five years; and how much his Department...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor the validity and procedural process of elections to clinical commissioning groups in England from the...

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients suffering from repeat depression were waiting for treatment based on (a) individual counselling and (b) mindfulness-based therapy in the...

      Diabetes: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with (a) Type 1 and (b) Type 2 diabetes in Peterborough constituency in each year since 2001; and if he...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress he has made on providing mobility and flexibility in middle grade contracts for doctors.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in developing comparative data on the quality of care provided for patients with cardiovascular disease by general practices;...

      Heart Diseases: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential need and benefits of routinely testing babies at birth for congenital heart disease; and if he will make a...

      Heart Diseases: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the annual cost to the NHS of routinely testing babies at birth for congenital heart disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons the care.data database requires patients to opt out rather than opt in; (2) what assessment he has made of the efficacy of...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that healthcare professionals undertake continuing professional development in progressive supranuclear palsy and...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for patient care and for innovation of the overspend in NHS England's specialised commissioning budget for...

      Oesophageal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he intends to take to raise awareness of oesophageal cancer.

      Oesophageal Cancer

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

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of patients failing to turn up for NHS appointments.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many perinatal deaths occurred within the first week of birth; how many Apgar scores were recorded in respect of such cases; and in how many of these...

      Processed Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations his Department has made to the food and drink industry on reducing the levels of (a) sugar and (b) salt in processed...

      Scarlet Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of scarlet fever were treated by the NHS in each region in each of the last five years.

      Specialised Healthcare Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which NHS England committees or advisory groups the Specialised Healthcare Alliance (SHCA) sits; and who represents the SHCA on such committees or groups.

      Surgical Dressings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2014, Official Report, column 549W, on surgical dressings, whether wound dressings were provided free of charge for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department takes to check that claimants in receipt of attendance allowance are still eligible to receive this benefit...

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department and (b) each of his Departments (i) non-departmental public...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the evidence based review of descriptors for employment and support allowance to be published.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which IT contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last four years have been abandoned; and what the monetary value was of each such...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2013, Official Report, column 489W, on industrial health and safety: temperature, what steps he has taken...

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of legal (i) representation and (ii) advice sought by his Department and its executive agencies in each...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what comparative assessment he has made of the incidence of poverty among (a) single women pensioners and (b) other pensioners.

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by his Department to firms in each (i) nation and...

      Social Security Benefits: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households have had their benefits reduced as a result of the household benefit cap in (a) the London Borough of Brent and (b) Brent...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of working days lost by his Department's staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent year for which...

      Vacancies: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of job vacancies in each sector in London.

      Vacancies: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of job vacancies in London in the (a) hospitality, (b) care and (c) cleaning sectors in (i) 2003, (ii)...

      Vacancies: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the structural vacancy rate in London.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of services carried out by his Department in Wales in relation to the Welsh Language Act 1993 and the Welsh...

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been received about work capability assessments made by Atos in each of the last two years.

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much Atos has been paid to conduct work capability assessments in (a) the UK and (b) Northern Ireland in each of the last two years.

      Work Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of work capability assessments carried out by Atos in each of the last two years resulted in claimants being deemed fit...

  • Justice

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for the use...

    • Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on the enquiry by Judge Macur into the Waterhouse (North Wales Tribunal) enquiry; and when this report is planned to be released.

      Criminal Investigation

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

      Criminal Proceedings: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library the terms of reference for the review by the hon. Member for Penrith and The Border of veterans in the criminal justice...

      Dangerous Driving: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of death by dangerous driving in each of the last 10 years.

      Direct Selling: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions were brought under the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to unsolicited telephone calls in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will amend the terms of his contract with the Salvation Army to require that body to record information on the location of victims of human...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the potential effect of the proposed General European Data Protection Regulation on...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria he plans to use to award Transforming Rehabilitation contracts in respect of women's services.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria will be used to award transforming rehabilitation contracts in respect of women's services.

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how staff were recruited to the Office of the Public Guardian Investigations Unit in each of the last four years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) male and (b) female prison officers have been convicted of (i) any criminal offence and (ii) a criminal offence relating to their role...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what projections his Department has made of the female prison population over the next five years.

      Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many inmates applied for a place in a mother and baby unit in the custodial estate in England and Wales in each year since 2010; (2) how many...

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the closure of open women's prisons on reoffending rates.

      Sexual Offences: Rights of Accused

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he is considering any changes to the requirement for anonymity of people accused of sexual offences before and during trials.

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the potential merits of making squatting in commercial buildings a criminal offence.

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many requests were made for each age group of vulnerable witnesses for registered intermediaries by (a) the police, (b) the Crown Prosecution...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate his Department has made of the total value of bus service operator grant that will be devolved to local authorities outside London...

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Cycle Racing on the Highway Regulations 1960.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet Google to discuss copycat websites which charge for driving licence renewals.

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) net franchise payment and (b) revenue support sums are for the extension of First Capital Connect's Thameslink franchise from 31 March to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that the report to the Government setting out the results of the Phase Two consultation on High Speed 2 is published.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on High Speed 2 from each local authority in Yorkshire.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish the jobs and skills strategy for the UK workforce by HS2 Ltd.

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the London Midland franchise.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the...

      Motor Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to review the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 relating to the holding of motor vehicle races on public roads.

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make if his policy not to increase the requirements of roadworthiness testing of powered two-wheelers; and if he will make a statement.

      Motorway Service Areas: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Highways Agency was consulted on the decision to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol in motorway service areas.

      Oxford-Hereford Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the reliability and punctuality of passenger services on the North Cotswold Line; and if he will instruct First Great...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the cost of public transport.

      Public Transport: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to make travel easier for those with sight loss; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received over customer service levels on the (a) First Capital Connect Great Northern service and (b) Hertford Loop;...

      Roads: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the Highways Agency's budget has been spent on (a) each scheme aimed at improving weather resilience and (b) each scheme responding...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will reduce staff numbers in his Department commensurately with the delegation of decision-making to a local level; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Energy Industries Council on the UK Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

    • Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the prevalance of religious persecution in Indonesia; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on Israel meeting its obligations under the 2005 Agreement on...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will place alleged crimes against humanity in North Korea on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council; (2)...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with his...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the consequences of Israel's blockade for Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Israel on the treatment of Palestinian children; and if he will make a...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the position of Syrian men of military age who are trapped in Homs and are seeking to escape; and...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the kidnap and alleged execution of the Jesuit Priest Father Paolo Dall'Oglio; and if he will...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the group Open Doors on the current situation of Christians in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of Christians who have fled Syria.

  • Leader of the House

    • Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Leader of the House what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to his Office's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the private offices of his...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 587, how many locally employed interpreters were employed by the government in...

    • Armed Forces: Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made in the (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Royal Navy in response to a number of cases of harassment reported to the Service Complaints...

      Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to reduce the cost of laundry equipment supplied to his Department.

      Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the teaching materials used in the delivery of the Defence Strategic Commercial Course run by the Defence Academy.

      Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the teaching materials used in the delivery of the Defence Strategic Support Management Course run by the...

      Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the teaching materials used in the delivery of the Defence Strategic Finance Programme run by the Defence Academy.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received from Lockheed Martin on the readiness statistics for the F35B; and whether he is confident that this aircraft will reach...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2014, Official Report, column 220W, on accountancy, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for North Durham.

      Military Bases: Drugs

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to help small and medium-sized enterprises enter the competitive tendering process for contracts with his Department.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Emergency Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to change the capping regime for the police and other emergency services.

    • Enterprise Capital Funds: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what share of the £100 million Enterprise Capital Fund was allocated to Merseyside.

      Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that (a) only closed cell insulation is used in buildings and flood risk areas and (b) BBA...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department plans to take to promote a balanced approach to investment in both city and non-metropolitan county areas.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to publish his Department's revision to planning practice guidance.

      Regional Planning and Development: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 443W, on local government: cooperation, how his Department...

  • Education

    • Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the independent evaluation of the childminder agency pilots will report to his Department; and when the results will be published.

    • Community Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many of the community primaries that have had their academy status applications declined by his Department are rated (a) outstanding and (b) good...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of the two year olds within the 20 per cent most disadvantaged group are accessing a free early education place in each...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the performance of converter academies with schools which are eligible to convert but which have chosen to retain...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy that school transport for pupils aged 16 and over should become a statutory function for local authorities following the...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he will hold the consultation on new guidelines for home to school transport announced by the Minister for Schools in October 2013.

      Teachers: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 360W, on teachers: surveys, when his Department will complete its analysis of the...

      Teachers: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will use the findings of the March 2013 Teacher Workload survey to inform (a) current cross union talks, (b) departmental decision-making...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Paramilitary Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the current threat level from paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland.

    • Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress she had made on reinstating the Northern Ireland aggregates levy credit scheme.

      Rebalancing the Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress the Government is making on rebalancing the Northern Ireland economy and reducing its reliance on public sector employment.

      Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the Government’s economic policies on youth unemployment in Northern Ireland.

      Legacy of the Past: Role of Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the role of the voluntary sector in dealing with the legacy of the past.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Taskforce on Banking and Access to Finance in Northern Ireland will be published; and if...

      Block Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the block grant to Northern Ireland has been in each year since 2005.

      Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the level of dependence on home heating oil in Northern Irish households and the effect of such dependence on...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what comparative assessment she has made of the level of fuel poverty in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) other areas of the UK.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of her Department's Ministers and non-departmental public bodies is; and how...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many of the appointments to public bodies in Northern Ireland she has made were (a) men and (b) women; and if she will make a...

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the implications for Northern Ireland of the Scottish Government's white paper on Scotland's future.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of staff recruited to her Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a minority...

      Vat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about levels of VAT and their effects on the tourism and hospitality sectors...

      Welfare State: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on welfare reform.

  • Treasury

    • Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on newspaper advertising, by newspaper, in the most recent year for which figures are available.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which buildings occupied by his Department are owned or part-owned privately; what the total value is of the rent paid to private landlords for the use of...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in (a) the UK and (b) each region that are subject to the high income child benefit charge...

      Electronic Commerce: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to ensure that online companies declare the full value of imported goods on their customs declarations.

      Ict

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which IT contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last four years have been abandoned; and what the monetary value of each such contract was.

      Lost Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of the...

      Photographs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on official photographs of its Ministers since May 2010.

      Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by his Department in each (i) constituent part of the...

      Remittances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what capacity his Department has to monitor the transfer of funds from individuals in the UK to recipients in other countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments in the Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 authorities...

      Stress

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of working days lost by his Department's staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there has been in the level of (a) national insurance contributions and (b) VAT for a family with two people earning £10,000 per annum...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to provide a substantive answer to question 179832 tabled on 10 December 2013 for answer on 16 December 2013.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Press: Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure that the proposed new statutory code of press regulation prohibits the media harassment of witnesses...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make it the Government's policy to press for the adoption of an international goal that no baby should be born without a...

    • Developing Countries: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will place in the Library a copy of each of the partnership agreements between her Department and major UK food and clothes...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of her Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the goal set by the Palestinian National Plan to modernise the Palestinian education system.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to monitor commitments made by the Palestinian Authority on the educational goals set by the Palestinian...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the funding given to the Palestinian Authority aimed at improving...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department takes to ensure that UK aid funding does not help promote anti-Semitic or otherwise inappropriate material in...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has for determining future funding to the Palestinian Authority.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of staff recruited to her Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Boiler Replacement Scheme covers houses which use bottled LPG; and if he will make a statement.

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Leicester West constituency and (b) the UK are on district council electricity schemes; and how many such...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the recommendation of the European Council President that binding targets of 40 per cent for energy efficiency...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of smart meters installed by each energy company in each of the last three years.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that the new Fuel Poverty Target addresses the specific needs of people affected by muscular...

      Gas Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what comparative assessment he has made of the costs of transitting energy to the Grid from combined cycle gas turbine plants in (a)...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the risk of flooding at the site for the new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Written Statement on Contingent Liability: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority of 6 February 2014, Official Report,...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when phase two of the Renewable Heat Incentive Grant will be rolled out; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire of 30 January 2014, Official Report, column 680W, on wind power, how many...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Construction: Industry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the value of the UK construction industry was in each of the last three years.

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many publications his Department has produced for the purposes of monitoring or promoting staff equality and diversity in each of the last five...

      Government Departments: Pagers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) with which companies the Government has a contract to provide pagers; and what the annual value is of each such contract; (2) how many...

      Government Departments: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when his Department's guidance on the appropriate use of compromise agreements and confidentiality clauses will be circulated to all Government departments.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to Ministers in No. 10 Downing Street is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the...

      Mortality Rates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of the mortality rate of women aged over 75 in the last five years.

      Mortality Rates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of overall all-age mortality in each of the last five years.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many term intrapartum deaths occurred each year in the UK since 2008.

      Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a minority ethnic...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to his Office's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the private offices of his...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 12 February, how many abortions are undertaken annually by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS); and what is...

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 11 February (HL Deb, col 535), how many times they have raised the case for calorie and sugar content to be...

      Argentina

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Argentina after the Cunard MS Queen Victoria was forced to strike her colours in Buenos Aires...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon reports to the United Nations Security Council on options for dealing with violence in the Central...

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when couples wishing to convert their civil partnerships into marriages will be able to do so; and why the process will not be available at the same time as...

      Cyclists: Fatalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cyclists have been killed or seriously injured in each of the last five years as a result of the opening of car doors into their path.

      Cyclists: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to strengthen the cycle safety provisions of the Highway Code in accordance with proposals by British Cycling and the Cyclists'...

      Cyclists: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the impact on cycling safety of setting a minimum passing distance for drivers overtaking cyclists.

      Cyclists: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to police forces in relation to apprehending cyclists who are not wearing helmets or high visibility clothing.

      Environment: Land Use

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the percentage of land that has been built upon in each region of the United Kingdom.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord De Mauley on 10 February (HL Deb, col 447), whether action or inaction by the Environment Agency or other relevant authorities...

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 22 January (WA 129) and 6 February (WA 77), whether they consider that an egg or embryo that has had just one...

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what call has been made to the research community to strengthen significantly research into mesothelioma; and what has been their response.

      Immigration and Asylum Act 2002

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many appeals against (1) refusal of refugee status, (2) human rights claims, or (3) claims for humanitarian protection, have been made from outside the...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the impact of the current Immigration Bill is consistent with their existing policies to prevent the trafficking of persons.

      Immigration Removal Centres: Restraint

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken about the use of restraints at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre in the light of the report by the HM Chief Inspector of...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of India to withdraw its reservation to Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist Sikh communities in India in achieving self-determination and in securing their rights under international law.

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the United Kingdom’s involvement in the operation at the Golden Temple in 1984, they intend to reconsider the United...

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to deliver value for money and market competition in the light of the National Audit Office's report of 5 July 2013, The rural...

      Judicial Review

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement at paragraph 76 of the their response the consultation on reform of judicial review that “young people aged 18 to 25...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of South Sudan about the future of political detainees who remain in prison since the events in...

      Stephen Yaxley-Lennon

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any special precautions to protect the life and health of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson) during his prison sentence, in the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an estimate of how many of the 800 protesters arrested after the September disturbances in Khartoum remain in prison; and whether they...

      Transport: Buses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the means by which the implementation of European Union rules on the disability training of bus drivers will be assessed.

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