Written answers

Monday, 3 March 2014

  • House of Commons Commission

    • City of London Remembrancer

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reasons the City of London Remembrancer is allowed access to the floor of...

    • Portcullis House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of replacing chairs in the Portcullis House atrium in the last 12...

  • Prime Minister

    • Gambling: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Prime Minister if he meet the hon. Member for Strangford and a group of problem gamblers to discuss steps to take to address this issue.

    • Syria

      To ask the Prime Minister whether in the event that the Geneva Peace Talks failing, it will continue to be his policy to rule out a further vote on military intervention in Syria.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department has in place to ensure that the Arts Council is making appropriate and effective use of Government funds...

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will discuss with her counterparts in the devolved Administrations how best to co-ordinate approaches to the roll-out of...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of civil servants in her Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of civil servants in her Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) white...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of civil servants in her Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled and...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people in (a) England and (b) the London borough of Havering who suffer from gambling...

      Maternity Leave

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

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the standard level and duration is of contractual maternity pay paid to civil servants in her Department.

      Nurseries

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

      Tourism: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to support the tourism industries affected by the recent floods; and if she will make a statement.

      Tourism: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with tourism bodies to discuss the floods.

      Tourism: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she attends Cobra meetings on flooding in connection with her tourism responsibilities.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the Government's current definition of apprenticeships is for the purpose of reporting on apprenticeship starts and achievements.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to amend his Department's definition of an apprenticeship as a result of the recommendations set out in The...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the role of the Sector Skills Council will be in the formulation of the apprenticeships frameworks set out in The Future of...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons grading was introduced as an essential feature of future apprenticeships frameworks.

      Arms Trade: Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which export promotion teams which include Ministry of Defence or military personnel (a) in UK Trade & Investment Defence...

      Business: Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will adopt the proposal recommended in the British Chambers of Commerce Skills and Employment Manifesto for government to...

      Business: Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will respond to the recommendations of the British Chambers of Commerce Skills and Employment Manifesto.

      Business: Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote greater communication between the chambers of commerce, businesses, schools and universities.

      Business: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the number of businesses affected by recent flooding.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to extending access to the Business Support Scheme to those coastal and fishing businesses...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b)...

      EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what comparative assessment he has made of the merits of the (a) investor-state dispute settlement contained in Transatlantic...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect in the UK of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on (a)...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the regulatory harmonisation in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and...

      EU Grants and Loans: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the consequence for Liverpool's EU funding allocation of the decision in Rotherham metropolitan...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Regulatory Co-operation Council provided for in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will have a right...

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the creation of industry councils based on the model of the Automotive Council for each of the industrial...

      New Businesses: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of successful applicants to the start-up loans scheme in Essex are based in Chelmsford constituency; and if he...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the case for an independent adjudicator for pubs and pub companies.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the report by the National Audit Office entitled Progress Report on the Regional Growth Fund, published on 25...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department have been part of an (a) inward and (b) outward secondment to businesses or other industry...

      Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the Skills Funding Agency budget in each (a) constituent part of the UK, (b) region and (c) local authority area is per head...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of (a) all students and (b) students from a Muslim background have taken up student loan finance in each of...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Federation of Student Islamic Societies on interest-bearing student loan finance.

      Young People: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will adopt the proposal recommended in the British Chambers of Commerce Skills and Employment Manifesto for government to...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of changes in the number of animals used in scientific research as a result of the measures published in Working...

    • Animals: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that live animals seized by the UK Border Force are correctly and safely re-homed.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to minimise the amount being spent on processing asylum claims.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of potential logistical difficulties facing refugees from the Syrian conflict applying for asylum in the UK.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on whether the Syrian conflict is an exceptional situation in relation to asylum and refugee applications.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to her Department is of legal expenses arising from arbitration between the Home Office and Raytheon relating to the e-Borders...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the process of arbitration between her Department and Raytheon relating to the e-Borders programme to be completed.

      Buildings

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

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of civil servants in her Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the use of the Self Evident app to facilitate crime reporting by victims and evidence submissions...

      Equality

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

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraud crimes are (a) reported and (b) investigated in each police force area in the UK annually; and how many convictions for fraud...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an estimate of the number of economic and fraud crimes reported in the last 10 years that remain un-investigated in each...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to ensure her Department's officials are present in all court appeals relating to cases where a person has been...

      Offenders: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal offences by foreign born nationals were recorded in the London Borough of Havering in 2013.

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the Independent Police Complaints Commission's investigations have been appeals after decisions by the local force in each...

      UK Visas and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to appoint a permanent Director General for Visas and Immigration.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of abolishing Air Passenger Duty bands D and C and moving all countries in these bands into Air...

    • Banks: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the head of the Financial Conduct Authority on the number of people employed at the headquarters of those banks and...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many residences valued at over (a) £1 million, (b) £1.5 million, (c) £2 million, (d) £2.5 million, (e) £3 million, (f)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the Government’s response to his Department’s consultation on tax-free childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish an impact assessment for tax-free childcare.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, columns 27-28W, on children: day care, by what method his Department has determined the...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reach agreement with the Ministry of Defence on changes to civil service pay and conditions as part of the DE and S plus model for...

      Diesel Fuel: Theft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the rural economy of red diesel theft in each of the last three years; (2) how many vehicles...

      Driving: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the prevalence of non-reporting of trading figures for car insurance by motor insurance companies; and whether he has...

      EU Law

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

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, columns 433-34W, on excise duties: fuel, what the evidential basis was for his statement that...

      Limited Liability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the effect of limited liability partnerships on levels of organised crime.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to work; (2) what proportion...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to collect information on the number of employers who are not compliant with national minimum wage legislation at constituency...

      New Businesses: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what support his Department is giving to women who want to set up businesses.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property there were at (a) 5 May...

      Rent a Room Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people claimed relief under the Rent-A-Room scheme in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse of such relief has been.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many transactions over the value of (a) £1 million, (b) £1.5 million, (c) £2 million, (d) £2.5 million, (e) £3 million, (f)...

      Stocks and Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with UK and EU financial regulators about the regulation of high frequency trading.

      Stocks and Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the potential systemic and operational risks of high frequency trading.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of enforcement of the IR35 rules since 2010.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the net effect in (a) cash terms and (b) as a proportion of the average annual income of the 2.5 per cent increase in the standard...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Livingston, of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 389W, on animal...

    • Butterflies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the recent increase in butterfly numbers; and what steps he plans...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and...

      Criminal Investigation

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

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to extending access to the (a) Farming Recovery Fund and (b) Repair and Renew scheme to those...

      Floods: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent floods on the small business sector; what estimate he has made of the...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many houses that have flooded in the current financial year were built on a flood plain; and if he will make a statement.

      Horses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department takes to prevent horses and ponies being exported for slaughter.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with organisations representing wildfowling interest about the designation of marine conservation...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission, (b) his European counterparts and (c) UK members of the...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's...

      Rivers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the highest proportion of discretion in the Environment Agency's budget that can be spent on routine maintenance of rivers.

      Squirrels: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has commissioned into squirrel pox; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Allowances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the total cost incurred by his Department was in appeals against benefit sanctions imposed by the Department for Work and Pensions on...

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) white British and (b) from...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled and (b) non-disabled.

      Civil Proceedings: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many litigants in person in private law cases have appeared in (a) Gwent civil and family and tribunals sub-clusters and (b) Wales civil and...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total amount allocated to the provision of legal aid at inquest proceedings was in each of the last five years; and what the total number of...

      Crimes: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were convicted of arson in each of the last seven years; and of those how many were convicted of arson with intent; (2) how many...

      Dartmoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he has given the Duchy of Cornwall notice of the decision to close Dartmoor prison; (2) what estimate he has made of the cost to his...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of appeals against the refusal of employment and support allowance held on Saturdays in the last year.

      Equality

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Delyn, of 6 February 2014, Official Report, column 325W, on freedom of information, (1) if he will...

      Glen Parva Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on the construction of Young Offender Institute Glen Parva before the project was cancelled in 2010.

      Leasehold Valuation Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an assessment of the Leasehold Value Tribunal system; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of civil servants in his Department who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the Civil Service (a) six and (b) 12 months...

      Maternity Pay

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

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property there were at (A) 5...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings he of Ministers in his Department have had with (a) solicitors and (b) other parties representing claimants in personal injury cases since...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent progress the independent medical panels in whiplash cases have made; and what steps he is taking to ensure that interested parties not...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what review he intends to carry out on the use of (a) open prisons and (b) the system of release on temporary licence and escorted absences from prisons.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals of each nationality were held in custody in each prison in England and Wales on 1 February (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and...

      Prisoners: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure a mandatory increase in sentence for prisoners who are found with contraband items in their cells.

      Prisons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on which occasions tornado-trained staff have been used to deal with disturbances in each prison since 2010.

      Prisons: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the number of episodes of self-harm within the prison estate involving (a) prisoners and (b) custodial staff; and if he will make a...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the provisions for information sharing and data protection agreed with providers of offender management services.

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of undertaking recruitment to fill the recently advertised positions in the Public Defender...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget his Department allocated to (a) the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council, (b) the Assessor for Compensation for Miscarriages of...

      Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought against train companies for infringements under section 17 of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 in each year...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders released on licence were returned to prison on a fixed term recall in each year since 2008; (2) how many offenders released on...

      Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 to date; and how many such prosecutions have resulted in a conviction.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library the impact assessment for the policy of housing of young girls in secure colleges.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) investigations, (b) charges and (c) convictions there have been for (i) the offence of making or possession of explosive under suspicious...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the additional costs to be reimbursed to local authorities for the transition of voter registration forms from A4 size to A3.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the full report on the data matching pilots for individual electoral registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which organisations received funding from the Innovations Fund as part of the Democratic Engagement Programme; how much each such organisation received; and what...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2013, Official Report, column 971W, on Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, if he will give the ranking according...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, columns 54-5W, on electoral register, what assessment he has made of the reason for the disparity...

      Local Government: Urban Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to make an announcement on the City Deal bid submitted by Milton Keynes council.

      Local Government: Urban Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on identifying areas not included in the first or second wave of the City Deals programme as eligible for subsequent initiatives.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the spending on locum doctors was in accident and emergency in each year since 2005 at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and...

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS service providers subcontract to a private provider for ambulance services.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died in ambulances en route for emergency admission to hospital in each ambulance trust area in each of the last five years.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to further develop understanding and awareness of autism in local communities.

      Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve diagnosis and awareness of brain cancers; and if he will make a statement.

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on how many people have suffered concussion injuries while playing sport, by category of sport, in each year for...

      Brain: Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to increase the amount spent on funding brain tumour research; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has in place to roll-out national commissioning of existing molecular pathology tests for cancer treatment; (2) what...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the cost of NHS England funding the RAS test and other companion diagnostic tests.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make an assessment of the steps (a) already taken and (b) planned to fully implement the Improving Outcomes guidance reports on cancer...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the availability of (a) Gamma Knife, (b) Novalis, (c) Cyberknife and (d) XKnife treatments; and if he will...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the efficacy of the steps taken by his Department to improve the quality of life of cancer patients since 2011; and if he...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female; (2) what...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans NHS England has to develop a patient registry and database for people diagnosed with familial hyper-cholesterolaemia; (2) what steps his...

      Contraceptives: Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of whether there is a connection between use of the contraceptive pill and fatal blood clots.

      Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the name, job title and salary level of each director who has worked in his Department since May 2010.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect in the UK of the vote of the European Parliament of 26 February 2014 on regulation and marketing of e-cigarettes.

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that recently-published National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guideline on diagnosing food allergy in...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether sofosbuvir will be made available on the NHS to treat hepatitis C.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people diagnosed with hepatitis C have received anti-viral treatments in each of the last five years.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase testing of hepatitis C.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients waited longer than the specified 18 week period to begin NHS consultant-led treatment on referral from their GP in the latest...

      Information Officers

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

      Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of the Government’s £450 million for earlier cancer detection has been spent on MRI machines for brain cancer; (2) which NHS...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to work; (2) what the...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the introduction of summary care records for the sharing of patients' records with community pharmacies.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential for improved levels of patient safety by allowing pharmacists access to the electronic patient record.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve mental health provision in England.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives from overseas have registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in each of the last five years.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a project assessment review into NHS Property Services has taken place since August 2012.

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he collects on assaults on NHS staff; and if he will publish statistics on (a) the gender of people so assaulted and (b) where such...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will collect and publish statistics on the gender and ethnic background of (a) managers and (b) the work force of the NHS.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property there were at (a) 5...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children entering secondary schools were classed as obese by the National Childhood Measurement programme in each year since 2010.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the names and professional qualifications of those who conducted NHS England's stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the enriched culture medium and the general purpose test for testing Group B streptococcus...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of enriched culture medium testing in (a) France, (b) Canada, (c) Spain, (d) the US and (e) other...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he has had with campaign groups dealing with the health risks of sugar since taking office.

      Syphilis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of syphilis have been diagnosed in each of the last three years.

      University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) complaints and (b) other items of correspondence his Department has received expressing concern over children's heart surgery at University...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Career Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled and (b)...

    • Civil Servants: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Vale of Glamorgan on 11 December 2013, column 224, on civil service (union facility time), in which...

      Debts: Sussex

      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 between 2008 and 2013 in Mid Sussex constituency.

      Floods

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times (a) the Cabinet Committee on improving the country ability to deal with flooding and (b) the National Resilience Forum has met in the...

      Government Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library all correspondence between his Department and other Departments on the matter of union subscription check off.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the civil service (a) six and (b) 12...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property there were at (A) 5...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Conflict: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure that the UN addresses the issue of rape as a weapon of war.

    • British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) homicides and (b) suspicious deaths of British nationals took place abroad in each country in each year since 2009.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the economic effect to the UK has been of the recent economic performance of (a) Bermuda and (b) the Cayman Islands.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) field of expertise and (b) qualifications are of each member of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on ensuring that the government of Burma releases or charges all prisoners currently detained...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b)...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to protect Eritreans working in this country from the Eritrean government's attempts to collect 2 per cent...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Argentinian counterpart on UK oil drilling in the Falkland Islands since the beginning of 2014.

      Government Communications Headquarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what value is applied to the fixed assets of GCHQ for resource accounting purposes.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress his Department has made on the release of files (a) related to violence against the Kenyan people at the...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to...

      Maternity Pay

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

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government is taking on human rights in Uganda.

  • Education

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) white British and (b) from...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled and (b) non-disabled.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what methodologies his Department uses to assess the value for money of each free school capital budget.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what difference in value for money of free school capital budgets there is between (a) London and (b) the rest of England.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the statistics published by his Department that demonstrate that a lower percentage than the average of children...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Education what proportion of civil servants in his Department who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the civil service (a) six and (b) 12 months...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property there were at (A) 5...

      Pre-school Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether the Government’s £8 million fund to increase supply of early education places in London has been distributed to local...

      Private Education: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many reports of child abuse in independent schools have come to the attention of his Department in the last 12 months; (2) pursuant to the...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will conduct an investigation into the reasons why pupils are being removed from school rolls before completing GCSE courses.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he has issued to schools on tackling (a) gender-based bullying and (b) sexual harassment; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps parents can take to require action to tackle failing performance in (a) local authority schools, (b) academies and (c) free schools.

      Science: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received from the scientific and engineering communities on Ofqual's proposal to reform the A-level science curriculum by...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female; (2)...

    • Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of carers that do not claim carers' allowance in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow City,...

      Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to (a) increase awareness of carers' allowance and (b) improve information on how to claim carers' allowance.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he will commence section 34 of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008; (2) with reference to the recommendation made by...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that anyone with a prognosis of being unlikely to return to work in the longer term because of a progressive illness is...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of each benefit type were referred to Work Choice in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people in England to whom the under-occupancy penalty was incorrectly charged; and what his policy is on the...

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future provision of freephones at jobcentres.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average administrative cost to his Department was of imposing a sanction on a claimant of jobseeker's allowance in the most recent...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants with refugee status in (a) Hull and (b) the UK have been sanctioned since 22 October 2012.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many new claims for (a) income-based jobseeker's allowance, (b) contributions-based jobseeker's allowance and (c) both income-based...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to work; (2)...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether successors in title to insurers who maintained employer's liability insurance schemes will be liable to contribute to the Diffuse...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking against unofficial websites offering services relating to the application for national insurance numbers.

      Nurseries

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

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 11W, on Pensions Regulator, (1) how many companies have been investigated...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of personal independence payments claims which were not made under the special rules for terminally ill people,...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in what proportion of personal independence payment cases assessment providers are seeking additional evidence; (2) in what proportion...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will publish disaggregated data on new claims for personal independence payments between 8 April 2013 and 3 December 2013; (2) how...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many new claims for (a) income-based incapacity benefit or employment and support allowance, (b) contributions-based incapacity...

      Social Security Benefits: West Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sanctions have been enacted by Jobcentre Plus in (a) Livingston constituency and (b) West Lothian local authority area in the last 12...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart over unfreezing the annual uprating of state pensions of UK citizens living in...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the requirement for claimants to demonstrate availability to work on their right to a holiday...

      Winter Fuel Payments: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of senior citizens who have not been primarily resident in the UK for five years or more that are still...

      Work Programme: West Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have found work lasting six months or longer through the Work Programme in (a) Livingston constituency and (b) West Lothian...

  • Attorney-General

    • Career Development

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of civil servants in the Law Officers' Departments who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.

    • Career Development

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of civil servants in the Law Officers' Departments who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) white British and (b) from...

      Career Development

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of civil servants in the Law Officers’ Departments who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled and (b)...

      Hunting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions for illegal taking of game there have been in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of civil servants in the Law Officers’ Departments’ who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to work.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Attorney-General what the standard level and duration is of contractual maternity pay paid to civil servants in the Law Officers' Departments.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Attorney-General how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by the Law Officers' Departments' and (b) operated by a third party on the Law Officers' Departments' property there...

  • Scotland

    • Maternity Leave

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

    • Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property there were at (a) 5...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Polling Stations

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Electoral Commission has produced on the practice of allowing...

    • Polling Stations

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

      Polling Stations

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent representations the Electoral Commission has received on the London...

  • Wales

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) white British and (b) from any...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled and (b) non-disabled.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to work; (2) what proportion...

      Maternity Pay

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

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property there were at (A) 5 May...

  • International Development

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what development aid was provided to the Government of Argentina in 2013.

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is on reviewing financial aid levels to the British Overseas Territories.

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of civil servants in her Department and non-departmental public body who were promoted in each of the last five years...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of civil servants in her Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) white...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of civil servants in her Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled...

      Commonwealth Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) name and (b) country is of each current recipient of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking with developing countries on reducing water pollution and increasing the quality and quantity of clean, safe water.

      Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid programmes the Government operates in Eastern Europe.

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer from the Department for International Development of 30 January 2014, Official Report, column 665W on European...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of civil servants in her 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 International Development what proportion of civil servants in her Department and non-departmental public body who had been on maternity leave were still...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the standard level and duration is of contractual maternity pay paid to civil servants in her Department.

      Nurseries

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

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions Ministers in her Department have visited Gaza in each of the last three years.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she plans to take to ensure that funding given to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan is spent on assistance...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of civil servants in her Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of civil servants in her Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) white British and...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of civil servants in her Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled and (b)...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of civil servants in her 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 Northern Ireland what proportion of civil servants in her Department who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the Civil Service (a) six and (b) 12...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the standard level and duration is of contractual maternity pay paid to civil servants in her Department.

      Nurseries

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

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, when he last met the Rural Affairs Group of the Church of England.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) white...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information Ofgem holds on the average call handling times for the energy customers of EDF, British Gas, Eon, NPower, SSE and...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of civil servants in his Department on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to work.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of civil servants in his Department who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the civil service (a) six...

      Radioactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the level of Government financial liability for radioactive incidents at UK nuclear plants.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that an Inter-Governmental Agreement is signed in time for projects to export wind energy from...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress his Department has made on the target for provision for social rented homes in the recently published Homes and...

    • Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that residents' objections and previous planning refusals are seriously considered on...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department is providing to help freeze council tax.

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how his Department monitors the use of rural exception site policy.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public houses were built in (a) the UK, (b) Lancashire and (c) Preston in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (vi)...

  • Transport

    • Buses: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent representations his Department has made to the EU for reforms to tyre requirements required during MOTs on (a) buses and (b) coaches;...

    • Buses: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many spot checks VOSA have undertaken on passenger service (a) buses and (b) coaches in each of the last 10 years; how many such checks have been...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) white British and (b) from...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were identified as (a) disabled and (b) non-disabled.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new drivers passed their first driving test in each of the last five years. [Official Report, 12 March 2014, Vol. 577, c. 5MC.]

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new drivers were awarded a probationary driving licence in each of the last five years.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals there are in the Network Rail Control Period 5 for the upgrade of the East Coast Main Line between Huntingdon and Peterborough; and if...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses were received to the High Speed 2 Environmental Statement; and if he will publish the names of those who responded.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Transport what proportion of civil servants in his Department who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the civil service (a) six and (b) 12 months...

      Maternity Pay

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

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property there were at (A) 5...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 238W on parking: fees and charges, what the (a) name and (b) region of registration...

      Peterborough Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on integrated transport and connectivity at the remodelled Peterborough railway station; and if he...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on schemes for (a) cyclists, (b) bridleways and (c) pedestrians in each of the last five years.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) criteria and (b) guidance his Department has issued to the Highways Agency on the (i) frequency of messaging and (ii) reasons for prioritising...

  • Defence

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on external accountancy support in each year since 2010; and what the value has been of each of his Department's...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) human rights and (b) international humanitarian law training recruits of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy receive as part of their programme.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the 270 members of the first kandak at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy are women.

      Armed Forces: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to enable service personnel to vote in local, national and European elections and local referenda.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria his Department uses to decide which people will be asked to repay money received under the Financial Retention Incentive scheme.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people asked to repay money received through the Financial Retention Incentive schemes have previously served in (a) Afghanistan and (b)...

      Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female; (2) what...

      Cryptography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the Cipher project to date.

      Equality

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

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with European counterparts about the role of the...

      HMS Scott

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the refit of HMS Scott.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to work; (2) what the...

      Military Bases: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the conservation of the environment and wildlife at its (a) military bases and (b) training centres in the UK in...

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written statement of 21 November 2014, Official Report, column 56WS, on Police and Guarding Agency, what the future arrangements for the...

      NATO Nuclear Planning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have had with the NATO Nuclear Planning Group since May 2010.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many workplace nurseries (a) directly operated by his Department and (b) operated by a third party on his Department's property there were at (A) 5...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether shortages of suitably experienced and qualified personnel will continue to be identified as his Department's top safety concern in the 2013-14...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review on the number of people employed in the defence...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Tornado Airworthiness Review Team report.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) who authorised the inclusion of the Delete Tornado Collision Warning System option in Planning Round 11; and what the reason was for its inclusion;...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what communications took place between the Director General of the Military Aviation Authority and the Air Chief Marshal on the Delete Tornado...

      Veterans: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Health a policy of inviting former members of HM Armed Forces to consider a career with the ambulance...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to extend the Bomber Command campaign medal to ground crews.

    • Coroner’s Inquests

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inquests in 2012 were still pending 26 weeks after death.

      Discretionary Social Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they ended funding to local authorities for the Crisis Loan and Community Care Grant element of the discretionary Social Fund. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Discretionary Social Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and where they first announced that the money devolved from the Social Fund to fund local discretionary welfare provision would no longer be provided as...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest estimate they have received of the number of persons detained in Egypt since 1 July 2013; and what representations they are making to the...

      Energy: Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure property is insurable from damage caused by fracking.

      EU: Patent Court

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that the United Kingdom will sign the agreement on the European Patent Court; and what ratification procedures, if any, are needed before it...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking with regard to the building of flood defences following the recent flooding in the United Kingdom.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the governments of Israel and Egypt about the availability of fuel in Gaza.

      Government Departments: Capital Projects

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what rate of discount is used in evaluating government capital projects such as HS2; and whether the same rate of discount is used for evaluating other...

      Government Departments: Payroll Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations the Home Office allows to receive payments by the use of payroll deduction facilities.

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of value-based assessments by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the availability of...

      Health: Prescription Prepayment Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact the publicity campaign by the Department of Health on prescription prepayment certificates has had on the uptake...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people they estimate have been incorrectly charged the under-occupancy charge; what plans they have to refund those people; and when any refunds...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 11 February (WA 126), what reports they regularly receive from international non-governmental...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their response to the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery on the collection, exchange...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Ofsted plans to report on the effectiveness of local authorities to help and protect child victims of trafficking.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to liaise with the French authorities to deter potential illegal immigrants who are coming via Calais and the surrounding area...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children were separated from their parents as a result of deportation in each of the last three years.

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they recognise the Sikh nation’s right to self-determination under Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966;...

      India: Golden Temple, Amritsar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from Sikh organisations in the United Kingdom following the publication of the Cabinet Secretary's report on the...

      Internet: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the deaths of Sasha Steadman and Tallulah Wilson, what action they are taking to protect young people who visit self-harm and suicide sites...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the position of President Rouhani in respect of human rights inside Iran.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current role of Iran in respect of terrorism in Iraq, Syria and the wider Middle East; and whether they will consider...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what account they have taken of the human rights record of the current government of Iran as part of their negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear programme.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to prevent weaponry from Iran reaching Syria across Iraqi airspace.

      Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 15 June 2009 (HC Deb, col 21–38) that the final report of the Chilcot Inquiry would be able to...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to ensure that the Jordan Valley is not annexed by Israel.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the deployment of a neutral United Nations force to police the Jordan Valley.

      Morocco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Morocco following reports that Sahrawis were injured when Moroccan forces intervened in protests in...

      NHS England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider NHS England’s policies on disclosure of potential conflicts of interest and on registering meetings with lobbyists to be in line...

      Offenders: Reoffending

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training probation staff in England and Wales will receive in order to apply the new Risk of Serious Recidivism calculator. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Prisoners: Vietnamese Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Vietnamese prisoners are in each of the prisons in England and Wales; and whether they plan to concentrate those inmates in fewer prisons, to reduce...

      Prisons: Staff and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in the light of the report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on Norwich prison that A wing of the prison was “not...

      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...

      Royal Mail: Remuneration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 5 February (WA 65), whether they will be voting on remuneration at the forthcoming Royal Mail...

      Taxation: PAYE

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether employers remain able to pay PAYE to HM Revenue and Customs by cheque.

      Transforming Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that women's rehabilitation centres do not close due to any lack of funding before Transforming Rehabilitation contracts...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent decision of the Turkish Parliament to remove senior independent officials from the High Council of Judges and...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking with regard to the recent political upheaval in Ukraine.

      Waterways: Accidents and Incidents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the changed criteria for recording boating accidents and incidents on the River Thames.

      Waterways: Boatmasters’ Licence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the change to pass rates in the Boatmaster's Licencing examination since 2007; and what impact they consider training...

      Waterways: Boatmasters’ Licence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the number of accidents and incidents on the River Thames in London of the introduction of the United Kingdom...

      Waterways: Boatmasters’ Licence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether inland waterway boat masters across the United Kingdom have to undergo examination every five years.

      Waterways: Boatmasters’ Licence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many qualified River Thames captains there are today; and how many there were 10 years ago.

      Western Sahara

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report Occupied Country, Displaced People, published by the Norwegian Refugee Council, regarding the...

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