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Written answers

Friday, 28 February 2014

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Equality

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

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will establish a Royal Commission to examine long-term measures to tackle flooding caused by climate change.

      Floods: Derby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to provide funding for the Derby City flood defence project Our River Our City.

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department assesses the effectiveness of sustainable drainage solutions in ensuring that other properties are not...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the standard level and duration is of contractual maternity pay paid to civil servants in his Department.

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 August 2013, Official Report, column 114W, on meat: slaughter, whether he has received the...

      Rivers: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce derogations from the current licensing regime for dredging (a) main and (b) non-main rivers.

      Seas and Oceans: Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what depth his Department uses when defining the term deep-sea to determine which areas require special conservation...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of animals (a) slaughtered in the UK and (b) exported abroad for slaughter in each of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 239, on energy company charges, what estimate his Department has...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 239, on energy company charges, what estimate his Department has...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 239, on energy company charges, what assessment his Department has...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 239, on energy company charges, if he will make it his policy to...

      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 pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 575W, on energy: prices, what estimate his Department has made of...

      Equality

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

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the Business Case for the Government's financial support to the Sustainable Forest Landscapes...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) energy company obligation, (b) affordable warmth and (c) green deal grants have been accessed in (i) TR and (ii) PL...

      Fuel Poverty: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who have been removed from fuel poverty as a result of the Energy Companies...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2013, Official Report, column 754W, on the Green Deal scheme, how much of the £200...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the standard level and duration is of contractual maternity pay paid to civil servants in his Department.

      Natural Gas: Disconnections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of properties that have disconnected from the gas grid in each of the last 10 years.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register: Second Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of (a) how many and (b) what proportion of UK second home owners who will register to vote online at an address at which they are not...

  • Transport

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps he has taken against unofficial websites offering government services relating to the application for driving licences.

    • Equality

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

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons he approved the High Speed 2 route via Crewe rather than via Stoke-on-Trent; and if he will publish the quantitative and comparison...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to his speech to the National Rail conference on 29 October 2013, entitled Why HS2 will spread prosperity, what alternative options his...

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the risk assessments submitted from the (a) Highways Agency and (b) Metropolitan police on the proposal for a hard shoulder running...

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what risk assessment was carried out on the proposal for a motorway hard shoulder running on the M25 between junctions 23 and 27; and if he will make a...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is to ensure that rail companies and station operators are improving access for disabled passengers.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has under the new Thameslink Great Northern Franchise to ensure that refunds are processed automatically for any rail tickets purchased...

      Railways: Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual cost to Network Rail is of the removal of graffiti from its property.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many days the (a) Exeter St Davids to Tiverton Parkway, (b) Exeter St Davids to Salisbury, (c) Taunton to Bristol Temple Meads, (d) Plymouth to...

      Roads: Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual cost is to the Highways Agency of the removal of graffiti from its property.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total cost of rolling stock for double-decker carriages on the (a) West Coast Main Line and (b) High Speed 2.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) lower the tracks to accommodate double-decker carriages on the West Coast Main Line and (b) heighten...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many extra seats would be created (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of current passenger capacity if double-decker carriages were installed on...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much arts funding (a) in total and (b) per head of population was allocated in (i) Essex and (ii) Chelmsford constituency in each...

    • Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessments she has made of the proportion of food brands sold in the UK that have adver-gaming as part of their digital platforms.

      UK Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she requires UK Sport to provide equality assessments of its funding decisions.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) full-time service personnel, (b) reservists and (c) recruits from each of the three armed services have been deployed since 1 February 2014...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, column 6, on the Burmese army, what discussions he has had with the Burmese army on (a)...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made on the number of birds illegally killed on the British sovereign base area of Dhekelia in 2013.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what area of invasive acacia tree was removed from his Department's land at Cape Pyla in the Cyprus sovereign base area of Dhekelia in each of the last...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the street value of the birds illegally killed on the British sovereign base area of Dhekelia in 2013.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK's F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will be equipped to carry the B-61 nuclear bomb.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests NATO has received from the US Government in relation to Alliance funding for the integration of the B-61 nuclear bomb onto the F-35.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will arrange for the hon. Member for North Durham to receive a reply to his letter of 4 February 2014 to the Cabinet Secretary; (2) if he...

      Military Aid: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect deployment of armed forces personnel to tackle flooding has had on current operational readiness; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aid: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what operational contingency plans he has made for future capability requirements in the event of further flooding.

      Military Bases: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what timetable he has set for the (a) closure and (b) any associated decontamination work of Craigiehall army base prior to its sale; (2) what...

      Radioactive Waste: Fife

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

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to extend railcard discounts to reservists.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria he uses to decide whether to intervene in academies that are failing.

    • Barnfield Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when officials in his Department have met counterparts in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to discuss the Barnfield Federation since...

      Barnfield Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education who was responsible for the regulation of the Barnfield Federation.

      Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the Task and Finish Group for Childminder Agencies last met; and how often that group has met since the introduction of the Children and Families Bill.

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an assessment of the findings of the report entitled Ruled Out, published in February 2014 by Ambitious About Autism, that substantial...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking in schools to tackle female genital mutilation.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues on the standard of accommodation which should be provided to foster children.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will rank each primary school in each local authority area according to the percentage of children on free school meals; and what category each...

      Free School Meals: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency and (b) Liverpool are eligible for but do not claim free school meals.

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what statistics his Department collects on instances of (a) cyber bullying and (b) children self-harming as a result of abuse or bullying.

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many responses to the consultation on the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 were made (a) nationally and (b) by...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the revision to the statutory guidance for schools on fulfilling their duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their students...

      Young People: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the British Chambers of Commerce Skills and Employment Manifesto published in January 2014.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what direct or indirect bilateral funding arrangements his Department has with Argentina.

    • British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance his Department offers to relatives of British nationals killed abroad who are required to travel to...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the Burmese government's preparations for the census to ensure it is a complete, credible and...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on the Strategy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty; and what recent assessment he has...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit China in 2014.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on Gibraltar in 2014 to date.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the process is by which UK citizens can relocate to Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on Gibraltar in 2014 to date.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking in respect of advice from the UN Human Rights Council to tackle human rights abuses in North Korea.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the arrest and detention of Pakistani anti-drones campaigner Mr Kareem Khan.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will investigate reports of the arrest and detention of Pakistani anti-drones campaigner Mr Kareem Khan.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his counterparts in the Pakistan government reports of the arrest and detention of Pakistani anti-drones...

      Pakistan: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Pakistan on preventing tensions in the region following reports that Iran...

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Peruvian counterpart on the case of Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk to LGBT people resident in or visiting Uganda following the introduction of legislation...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the government of Uganda about the effect on the human rights of LGBT people of the...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Uganda authorities about the safety of LGBT citizens and visitors to Uganda following the...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to offer diplomatic support to Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the political instability in Ukraine; (2) what steps he has...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department provides for UK citizens extradited to the US who have no means to support themselves.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Assets: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications were made across (a) West Yorkshire and (b) Leeds North West constituency to list (i) facilities and (ii)...

    • Equality

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

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the length of time families with children should stay in annexe...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to replace the mortgage rescue scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will ensure that any measures introduced as a result of the local authority parking review being undertaken by his...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps his Department takes if a local authority assessment of Gypsy and Traveller need is unsatisfactory and results...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer Question 185266 tabled for ordinary answer on 27 January 2014.

  • Justice

    • Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of using ethylene glycol-based anti-freeze products deliberately with the intention to poison in each of the last five years.

    • Communications Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there have been under section 127 of the Digital Communications Act 2003 since 2011; and how many such convictions have related to...

      Community Orders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what average time is taken to answer telephone calls by Serco with regards to placements for offenders as part of the London Community Payback...

      Family Law: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many family law cases applied for leave to appeal after their case has been heard in court in each year between 2009 and 2013; (2) how many...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by his Department on the enforcement of payment of fines in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d)...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent staff worked on the collection of penalty notice orders in each of the last four years.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans she has to review the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to remove the spousal veto for gender reassignment.

      Maghull Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on the construction of HM Prison Maghull before the project was cancelled in 2010.

      Medomsley Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what support his Department is providing to the victims of mistreatment at Medomsley Detention Centre; (2) what steps Ministers in his Department...

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the National Tactical Response Group has been called out to Oakwood Prison since the opening of that prison; on what date each such...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which members of staff holding the positions of (a) Director, (b) Deputy Director, (c) Activities Manager, (d) Head of Reducing Re-offending, (e) Head of...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which members of staff holding the positions of (a) Director, (b) Deputy Director, (c) Activities Manager, (d) Head of Reducing Re-offending, (e) Head of...

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff were employed in the Office of the Public Guardian Investigations Unit in each year since 2010.

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) complaints and (b) enquiries the Office of the Public Guardian Investigation Unit has received in each of the last three years; and...

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of running the Office of the Public Guardian Investigations Unit was in each of the last four years.

      Office of the Public Guardian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget of the Office of the Public Guardian will be in 2014-15.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of custodial sentence handed down to people found guilty of (a) the offence of making or possessing an explosive under suspicious...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers taking voluntary early departure since May 2010 have had (a) up to six, (b) 6 to 12, (c) 12 to 18, (d) 18 to 24 and (e) over 24...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what programmes and interventions are provided to female victims of domestic violence in prison; in which women's prisons such programmes and...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 293W, on prisoners: foreign nationals, which three countries have the next largest...

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess how psychiatric input would improve the Assessment Care in Custody Teamwork process.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what new capacity has (a) been introduced and (b) been removed from each prison in England and Wales in each month since January 2013; (2) what...

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on which occasions the National Tactical Response Group (NTRG) was called out in each month in 2013; and to which prison the NTRG was called out in each...

      Prisons: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what preliminary work his Department has undertaken on plans for a new prison at Feltham announced in September 2013.

      Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision to close two of the three mother and baby units in prisons on the distance women are held from...

      Prisons: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what levels of regulatory approval are required before academic research can be undertaken within the prison estate; and if he will make a statement.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which five offences have recorded the highest number of convicted repeat offenders in the last year.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders have been reconvicted within 12 months of breaching a Suspended Sentence Order in each year since the introduction of Suspended...

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women will be recalled to custody under the Transforming Rehabilitation proposals.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost of a place in a secure college.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Government will publish the draft rules for secure colleges.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much will Serco have been paid for running community payback in London when the contract ends; (2) what the terms of the surrender by Serco of...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of travel within the UK was for his Department in each year since 2010; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many parliamentary questions for answer on a named day were answered by his Department (a) on the named day, (b) after the named day with prior...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which local enterprise partnerships submitted final European Structural and Investment Fund strategies to his Department by the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on changes to guidance for the Access to Work scheme on the employment of support workers for disabled...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make the mobility component of the disability living allowance available to children with life-limiting conditions under the age of...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to tribunals on the period of time between a tribunal's decision and the forwarding of their Statement...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost incurred by his Department was in appeals against benefit sanctions imposed on claimants of employment and support...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) referrals, (b) starts and (b) job outcomes have been made for Work Choice programme participants serviced by Remploy through...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Jobcentre Plus offices had a dedicated Disability Employment Adviser in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Equality

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

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost is incurred by his Department over an appeal against a decision to sanction a claimant's jobseeker's allowance; and what...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to undertake an impact assessment on the effects on levels of child poverty of a rise in the national minimum...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to help older people in Chelmsford constituency claim the benefits to which they are entitled.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of new claims for personal independence payment involve a face-to-face consultation assessment.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the mean average time taken to process an application for a personal independence payment from receipt of application to determination is;...

      Retirement: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to help women adversely affected by the increase in retirement age to 66 by 2020.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to section 96 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012, what information he used to determine estimated average earnings when setting the...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the situation of those women born between 1951 and 1953 who will receive a smaller weekly state...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department's announcement on 27 January 2014, that it will introduce alternative 0345 telephone numbers for its major call lines...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of each of the telephone lines run by the Child Support Agency in 2012-13, what the total call minutes (a) connected, (b) speaking...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost per minute is to telephone the Child Support Agency or Child Maintenance Service from a (a) landline and (b) mobile telephone.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to introduce an 080 Freephone number for callers to the Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance Service from (a)...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total call minutes connected to the Child Maintenance Service has been since December 2012; and what the average time (a) speaking to...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had on extending the winter fuel payment to people (a) on the higher rate of disability living allowance for...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will take steps to ensure that people on the Work Programme who miss appointments to attend job interviews are not penalised; (2)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what (a) legislative and (b) non-legislative measures the Government has introduced to promote equal opportunities for transgender people in the UK...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to identify illegal abortion referrals; whether the competence for such scrutiny rests with the Chief Medical Officer...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has provided to (a) research councils funding animal research and (b) development of non-animal experimentation methods in...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the management of autism spectrum disorders within joint strategic needs assessments.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on diagnosis and treatment of patients found to have cancer of unknown primary foundation.

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what mechanisms will be in place in primary care to measure and treat high cholesterol in patients at high risk of premature death from heart...

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the minutes all advice given to NHS England by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group on (a) individual funding requests for the...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities have made dementia a public health priority.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with EU institutions on maintaining free consumer access to electronic cigarettes without a prescription.

      Equality

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

      Fertility: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has funded on male fertility and sperm counts in the last 10 years; and if he will publish the findings of such research.

      Flour: Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with its international counterparts on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid; (2)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP referrals have included a referral to a swimming pool or gym in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for a GP appointment in Leeds.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality and availability of sexual health and HIV testing and prevention services in England; and if he will make a...

      Gynaecology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason hospital trusts use a pain score of 1 to 5 for hysteroscopy procedure rather than 1 to 10.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what process NHS England uses to identify the funds required to treat hepatitis C as set out in the manual for prescribed specialised services in 2013-14.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future funding of the HIV/AIDS support funding line after March 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to implement a national screening programme for HIV.

      HIV Infection: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for differences in the rate of (a) diagnosed HIV and (b) proportion of late diagnosed HIV in Leeds compared to the national average;...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if his Department will collect statistics on the number of care visits which are shorter than 15 minutes; (2) what guidance his Department provides...

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Public Health England will publish the modelling work it has undertaken on the effect of increased treatment on averting the future burden of...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what target he has set of the level of public awareness of care.data before GPs can proceed with the upload of patient data; (2) what steps he will...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether funding for care.data is in place for 2014-15 and future financial years.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patient data extracted as part of the care.data programme will be made available to countries outside the UK.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the care.data programme with current human rights legislation.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether hospital records will be made available as part of care.data.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under which circumstances (a) the police and (b) the security services will be able to access patient data extracted as part of care.data.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many disclosures of NHS Secondary Uses Service data to non-NHS bodies have taken place in the last five years; (2) how many audits of the use...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 464W, on medical records: databases, whether care.data will be used in improving the...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent written communication he has received from clinicians and healthcare professionals on the introduction of a meningitis B vaccine.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he received advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the introduction of a meningitis B vaccination...

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the advice given to the Clinical Director for Specialised Services of NHS England by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group and the...

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has given to clinical commissioning groups on the number of pain management sessions which should be (a) funded and (b)...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued on the circumstances whereby a Do Not Resuscitate notice may be placed in a patient's file; and if he will...

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to make shingles vaccination available to people between the ages of 70 and 79; and what his planned timetable is for achieving...

      Vitamin B12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with NICE on developing new guidelines for diagnosing B12 deficiency including (a) an active B12 test, (b) Methylmalonic Acid...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Debts: Chelmsford

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the average change in the level of household (a) borrowing and (b) debt in Chelmsford constituency between 2008 and 2013.

    • Disability

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of working age adults are currently registered as disabled in (a) Corby and East Northamptonshire, (b) Northamptonshire, (c) the East...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will contact Google management to ask them to remove from Google all unofficial websites asking for money for services provided by DVLA.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the trend in prostate cancer (a) one-year, (b) two-year and (c) five-year survival rates over the last 20 years; and if...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many deaths from prostate cancer there were in each (a) Government office region and (b) age group in each year since 1997; (2) what the...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, columns 467-68W, on developing countries: abortion, whether the...

    • Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms her Department has in place to assess and demonstrate the impact of the ENABLE programme on poverty reduction.

      Equality

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

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure UK aid to Palestinian social assistance programmes is not used to compensate convicted terrorists.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the role of UK aid to Palestine in encouraging a climate conducive to achieving a peaceful resolution...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government gives annually in aid directly to the Palestinian authority; and how her Department audits how such money is spent.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what provisions are in place to prevent water contamination and provide access to drinking water in Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the availability of fresh drinking water for Palestinians in Gaza.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with civil society groups in Uganda on new laws on homosexuality in that country.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Ugandan Government on new laws on homosexuality in that country.

  • Treasury

    • Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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;...

    • Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how much the average UK consumer pays each year in (a) fuel duty, (b) alcohol excise duties and (c) tobacco duties.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Financial Conduct Authority to publish rules relating to peer-to-peer lending.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax was paid on residential rental income in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 in (i) the UK and (ii) Greater London.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet with representatives of the Motorcycle Action Group and the British Motorcyclists Federation to consider the potential benefits of...

      Taxation: Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a one-off levy on bonuses given to investment bankers in 2014 to help fund measures needed to assist flood victims.

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