Written answers

Thursday, 27 February 2014

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his international counterparts in support of ratification of the UN Arms Trade...

    • British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to offer financial support for the repatriation of a UK citizen's body if the citizen's...

      British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many families have successfully claimed compensation from an overseas local authority following the death of a relative...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of UK policy towards Egypt on Egyptian-Russian relations; and if he will make a statement.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many publications his Department has produced for the purposes of monitoring or promoting staff equality and diversity in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether any UK Government Ministers or officials made any representations to the World Health Organisation or Iraqi...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on (a) that country's blasphemy laws and (b) the abolition...

      Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Qatari government expressing the UK's opposition to their funding of the Muslim...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b)...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what categories of people are allowed to leave Homs under the terms of the recent cease-fire agreement.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to improve US-UK trading relations since the beginning of 2014.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department has provided to (a) research councils funding animal research and (b) development of non-animal...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department made of the proposals submitted by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection during the preparation...

      Crime: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to minimise the number of football match related crimes.

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what financial assistance her Department has provided to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for counter narcotics work in (a)...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) total departmental expenditure, (b) number and (c) cost of people employed for the purpose of promoting equality and diversity...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last met the Secretary of State for Education to discuss raising awareness of female genital mutilation in schools; and if she will...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate her Department has made of the effect on (a) UK workers and (b) UK IT services companies of the ability of multinational...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of illegal taking of game have been recorded in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Immigrants: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many positive cases of active pulmonary tuberculosis were prevented (a) indefinitely and (b) temporarily from entering the UK in 2013.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral evidence taken by the Public Accounts Committee on 28 March 2011, HC 913-i, whether the Immigration Case Work system is...

      Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will represent the UK at the Interpol General Assembly in November 2014.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of civil servants in her Department who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the Civil Service (a) six...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to his letter to the interim director general, UK Visas and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the Member of Walsall North to receive a reply to his letter to the interim director general, UK Visas and...

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to prevent motorcyclists from riding across (a) public areas, (b) community parks and (c) areas of...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with Ministers of the Department for Education regarding children subject to sexual exploitation.

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many black and ethnic minority officers are currently employed in the police service in England, Wales and Scotland; (2) how many...

      Public Houses: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence her Department collected before the announcement of a consultation on extended pub opening hours on 14 June 2014.

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, column 35W, on re-employment, how much was paid to the staff referred to as part...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many publications her Department has produced for the purposes of monitoring or promoting staff equality and diversity in each of the last...

    • Fisheries: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the current weather conditions on fishermen in Northern Ireland; (2) what recent...

      Television: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about updating the regulations governing Channel 3 licence...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in how many trade missions involving Invest NI have Ministers in her Department been participants since May 2010.

  • Wales

    • Asbestos: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) which Government Department has overall responsibility for ensuring that safe standards are achieved in protecting school children in Wales from the...

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many publications his Department has produced for the purposes of monitoring or promoting staff equality and diversity in each of the last five years;...

  • Scotland

    • Equality

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

    • Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of additional money promised to local authorities through the Bellwin Scheme will be (a) from his Department's...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many liability orders for council tax payment have been granted by the courts in the last six months.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will make it his policy to collect data on the number of (a) people in work, (b) carers, (c) disabled people, (d)...

      Council Tax: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in Plymouth who receive welfare and disability benefits are liable to pay council tax.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to monitor the responses of insurance companies to the needs of people made homeless as a result of...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 418W, on fracking, what estimate he has made of how many...

      Hatfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when Sir Bob Kerslake approved the process by which Hatfield would be considered as a Town Team; and if he will place a copy of...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of trends in the level of statutory homelessness in (a) the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, (b)...

      Housing Bond Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many bids his Department has received to manage the (a) affordable rent and (b) private renting component of the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homes have been completed under the Get Britain Building scheme; (2) how many affordable homes have been...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will extend the deadline for local authorities to finalise and submit their local neighbourhood plans including provision...

      Planning Permission: Rushden Lakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce the decision on the Rushden Lakes planning application.

      Planning Permission: Rushden Lakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date he plans to make a decision on the planning application relating to Rushden Lakes and Skew Bridge, deferred by him...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his statement of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 574, on flooding, what definition of areas at high risk...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the effect of preserved right-to-buy sales on rental incomes for housing associations...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households categorised as homeless have been housed in temporary accommodation for more than six weeks in each of the...

  • Treasury

    • Beer: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2014, Official Report, column 307W, on beer: excise duties, what proportion of beer sold in the UK is imported.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his plans are for the future of child benefit.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of tax free child care national insurance contributions' relief available for workplace nurseries.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings (a) he, (b) other Ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his Department have had with outside organisations on tax-free...

      Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for...

      Councillors: Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) what date and (b) what basis the deemed workplace of a councillor was changed to that of the principal local authority for the purposes of HM Revenue...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the ruling by the German Constitutional Court on outright monetary transaction on (a) the stability of the euro and (b) the...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much and what proportion of the cost of an average bottle alcohol excise duty has increased between (a) 1997 and 2010 and (b) 2010 and the present...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the report produced for the Wine and Spirit Trade Association entitled Economic Impact Assessment into the Wine and Spirit...

      Excise Duties: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answers of 6 September 2013, Official Report, column 579W and 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 429W, on excise duties: tobacco,...

      High Net Worth Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed by HM Revenue and Customs in the High Net Worth Unit.

      Tax Allowances: Video Games

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to tackle the concerns of the UK video gaming industry over delays in the decision by the European Commission on tax breaks for the...

      Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Ministers in his Department have undertaken which training courses; and who provided each course at what cost since May 2010.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer Questions 179068, 179045, 179031 and 179030, tabled by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on 9 December 2013.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting

      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 411W, on Absent...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 621W, on...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the progress of the Government of Bangladesh in appointing factory inspectors following the Rana Plaza...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department is having with the Government of Burma to reduce the risk of the census in March 2014 triggering...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the purpose was of the Memorandum of Cooperation with the London Stock Exchange Group signed on 27 January 2014; and if she will...

  • Transport

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of electric vehicles.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken to facilitate the undertaking given by the Chief Secretary to the hon. Member for Eddisbury on 4 December 2013, Official...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2014, Official Report, column 358W, on Large goods vehicles, when he expects the detailed OCRS report to be published.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 406W, on vehicle number plates, what recent progress the Driver and Vehicle...

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse of 12 September 2012, Official Report, column 244W, on motorways: repairs and...

      Roads: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the risk of serious or fatal injury to powered two wheeler users of Bedfordshire Borough Council's proposal to include...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has allocated to each ambulance trust in England in each of the last five years.

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) measures and (b) indicators his Department uses to assess the performance levels of ambulance trusts in England; (2) what assessment he...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to commission a vaccine for the H10N8 virus.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to detect the H10N8 virus in the UK population.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make representations to the European Commission on changing regulations that exempt pharmaceutical companies from testing cancer drugs on...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK are engaged in developing drugs to treat cancer in children.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to allow access to Abraxane form of protein-bound paclitaxel through the Cancer Drug Fund.

      Cerebral Palsy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason NHS England has decided to stop funding selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery for children with cerebral palsy; (2) if the Government...

      Floods: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of dangers to public health of (a) water-borne infections, (b) trauma and ill-effects to mental health and (c) hypothermia in...

      Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking through NHS policy frameworks to ensure that clinical commissioning groups reliably and consistently commission secondary fracture...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs per head of population were in practice in (a) Warrington, (b) the North West and (c) England in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Health Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on local NHS services of the floods; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of educational initiatives to support GPs and allied healthcare professionals with measures to improve the...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cardiac surgeons and (b) nurses have been appointed in the UK in the last 12 months.

      HIV Infection and Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of positive cases of (a) HIV and (b) hepatitis C reported in 2013 among (i) people who had migrated to the UK...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness with which NHS trusts arrange appointments; and what information it holds on the extent...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals he plans to build by 2015.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote research into a cure for lung diseases.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to lower mortality rates in the Government's dedicated spearhead areas.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the (a) names of all members of NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group and Direct Commissioned Service Committee and (b)...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to ensure that no people receiving fees from pharmaceutical companies are directly involved in NHS England's specialised...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what fees (a) NHS England and (b) the NHS and NHS London paid to (i) the Specialised Healthcare Alliance and (ii) JMC Partners in the last three years;...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings his Department has had with Tier 2 providers on lifestyle weight management programmes.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) budget and (b) number of staff is assigned to work in the Obesity Project Team at Public Health England.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Institute for Clinical Excellence will publish its updated guidance on obesity.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure safety of patients and high professional standards in the cosmetic surgery sector.

      Specialised Healthcare Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons stakeholder submissions to NHS England's stakeholder engagement programme for specialised services were not collected directly by NHS...

      Specialised Healthcare Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with the Specialised Healthcare Alliance in each of the last three years.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what progress has been made by her Department in implementing the commitments contained in the Government’s action plan for transgender...

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what guidance her Department has issued to other Departments on legal recognition for the purpose of official documents for those who do not associate...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Children: Corby

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Autism Act 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department complies with the Autism Act 2009.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether a person who has successfully appealed a decision to refuse them employment and support allowance (ESA) can only receive their...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, column 96W, on employment and support allowance, if he will place in the Library a...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, columns 95-6W, on employment and support allowance, if he will publish the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of Jobseekers Allowance in postcodes G76, G46, G78, G77 and G44 have been sanctioned by his Department in the last five...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 59W, on personal independence payment, how long the claimant journey was...

      Smoking: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of prosecutions investigated by the Health and Safety Executive for breaches of the ban on smoking in...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition of disabled is used for the purposes of jobseeker's allowance and employment and support allowance sanctions statistics.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when jobseekers will be able to speak to a benefit adviser in his Department without paying for a telephone call; and how this facility will be...

      Unemployment: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number and proportion of people over the age 55 who are unemployed in Hartlepool constituency; what change...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the effect on a recipient of universal credit will be if they are also in receipt of widowed parents allowance.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total costs and benefits of universal credit in each year to 2020.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 5 December 2013, Official Report, columns 65-6WS, on universal credit, whether the business plan for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in what month the universal credit roll out will start accepting claims from families; (2) in what month the universal credit roll out...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the timetable is for rollout of universal credit to (a) spring 2014, (b) the end of 2014 and (c) the end of 2015.

      Work Capability Assessment: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are awaiting a work capability assessment in Barrow and Furness constituency; and how many such people have been waiting in...

      Work Programme: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many residents of Barrow and Furness constituency, in each age group, have been enrolled on the Work Programme since that Programme's...

      Work Programme: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Barrow and Furness constituency, in each age group, have sanctioned under the Work Programme since that Programme's...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what investigation reports have been carried out by his Department or its agencies into irregularities at academies or free schools; to which schools...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much correspondence Ministers in his Department have received on admission complaints for academy schools in each year since 2010.

      Academies: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what grounds Tollbar Academy in Grimsby received more funding than other local academies in the north Lincolnshire area; and on what basis the...

      Children: Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment has he made of the quality of the early years education support available for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy; (2) what...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to require exam boards to take account of (a) representations from the child's school and (b) previous schoolwork when assessing...

      Equality

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

      Parents: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on the CANParent voucher scheme in each year since that scheme's introduction; and what estimate he has made of the cost...

      Parents: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) whole families, (b) mothers and (c) fathers have used CANParent vouchers for each provider in each year since the introduction of the scheme.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Gateshead of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 699W, on education: finance, what estimate he has...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether state-funded schools use pupils' postcodes to determine individual pupils' target grades.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding was transferred from the Education Funding Agency (a) to each local authority and (b) in total to assist the education of young people...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much each local authority spent on educating young people with learning difficulties and disabilities aged between 16 and 25 in the current...

      Teachers: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish the 2013 Teacher Workload survey.

      Teachers: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to publish the results of the teacher workload survey dated March 2013.

      Teachers: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects to publish the results of the Teacher Workload Survey for 2014.

      UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish an action plan to address the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to the UK; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many herds in each county are classified as infected with bovine TB; and how many such herds were wrongly classified.

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on only declaring land to be of flood risk if it is prone to river as opposed to surface...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to monitor the treatment by insurance companies of policy holders whose homes have been flooded; and...

      Thames Flood Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of when the Thames Barrier will need to be (a) upgraded, (b) supplemented and (c) replaced.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice he has received on the relative precedence of the provisions (a) enacted in the Government of Wales Act 2006 and...

  • Defence

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, column 6, what recent discussions he has had with the Burmese army on that body's role in the...

    • Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current manpower strength is of all naval personnel who are not Royal Marines.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the Watchkeeper Programme; when he expects the system to enter full service; and if he will make a statement.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what surface combat ships are currently (a) in build and (b) on order.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Household Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to help households with their energy bills.

    • Fuel Poverty: North-East England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the levels of fuel poverty in north-east England.

      Energy Suppliers: Switching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of customers switching energy supplier.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to protect the fuel poor while seeking to reduce energy bills.

      Energy-intensive Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with representatives of energy-intensive industries.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office about the effects of climate change on civil contingency...

      Climate Change: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on the effects of climate change on extreme weather...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the annual energy statement, Official Report, column 1095, 31 October 2013, what recent discussions he has had with...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the annual energy statement, 31 October 2013, Official Report, column 1095, when he expects 24-hour switching to be in...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will seek to establish (a) how many households in Britain have a gas meter installed but receive no supply of gas to their...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 575W, on energy: prices, what estimate his Department has made of...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households have registered in each collective switching scheme supported by the Cheaper Energy Together fund; and how many...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department takes to (a) monitor the level of and (b) support (i) individual and (ii) collective switching of energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to investigate higher charges for non-direct debit domestic customers of energy utility companies.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to help vulnerable people reduce their energy bills.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consultations he undertook before the announcement in December 2013 of the contribution by the Government of £75 million to...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the carbon impact of new nuclear power plants as a result of (a) obtaining uranium, (b) processing...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to extend the Warm Home Discount to include families where the parents are (a) unemployed and (b) have an...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect on the size of the electorate of the removal from the electoral register of electors who fail to fill in the household...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Diamond Jubilee 2012: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who set the eligibility criteria for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal; and whether consideration was given to making it available to...

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many publications her Department has produced for the purposes of monitoring or promoting staff equality and diversity in each of...

      Film: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many feature films produced by ethnic minority film makers have been supported by BFI in the past year; and what proportion of total...

      Film: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department provides for ethnic minority film makers; and if she will make a statement.

      Football: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the Football Association's rule on football credits in insolvency cases.

      Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how UK Sport's commitment to equality of opportunity, as set out in its Equality and Diversity Strategy, is implemented in its funding...

      Sports: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 303W, on sports: scholarships, when she expects a decision to be made...

      Sports: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the members of Team GB at the (a) London 2012 and (b) Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been supported by...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Construction: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to increase exports in the construction sector.

    • Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings he has had with UK construction industry executives in each of the last three years.

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase innovation in the construction sector.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to work.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of civil servants in his Department who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the civil service (a)...

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many colleges have satisfactorily submitted their student number returns as part of the Data Collections and Funding...

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been paid to each contractor for the delivery of the Data Collections and Funding Transformation Programme to date.

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Data Collections and Funding Transformation Programme will be fully operational.

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the Skills Funding Agency budget is in each Core City per head of population.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for Advanced Learning loans have been (a) made and (b) issued to date.

  • House of Lords

    • BBC: Royal Charter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the influence of overseas lifestyle broadcast programmes on the loss of skilled workers from the United Kingdom to...

    • Horses and Ponies: Hot Branding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the Code of Practice on the hot branding of semi-feral moorland ponies.

      India: Golden Temple, Amritsar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the risk of legal action against the United Kingdom arising from the advice given to the government of India in relation to the...

      Justice: Family Law

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the reduction in the number of family law claims including help with mediation from 62,390 referrals to publicly-funded...

      Public Order Act 1986 and Communications Act 2003

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions have been brought in the last 10 years under sections 4A and 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 and under section 127 of the Communications...

      Sport: Winter Sports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have studied how Australia, the Netherlands and Spain support their winter sport international athletes; and what conclusions they have drawn...

      Transport: Buses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of bus companies’ revenues were raised from (1) fares and (2) free bus passes, in the last year for which figures are available.

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