Written answers

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to assess the effectiveness of voluntary bus driver training; and how he will take into account the experiences of disabled bus...

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the accessibility of buses to blind and partially sighted passengers.

      Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the number of new buses which entered into service in 2013, (b) the number of such buses which are fitted with audio...

      Gatwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect expansion at Gatwick would have on runoff water levels in West Sussex and surrounding areas in cases of severe weather; and if he will make...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are proposals to increase night flights at Heathrow Airport from 2015.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, column 716W, on Office for Low Emission Vehicles, whether the £170 million projected...

      Oxford-Hereford Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2014, Official Report, column 389W, on the Oxford to Hereford railway line, how many through passenger services...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what enforcement measures he plans to make available to passengers under the Thameslink Great Northern Franchise if the franchise falls below the...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2014, Official Report, column 389W, on the Oxford to Hereford railway line, for what reasons he does not plan to...

      Railways: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is taking steps to allocate intercity express programmes hybrid trains to be set aside to provide direct train links from London to Shrewsbury.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Jammu and Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the UK is playing in resolving the political situation in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the political situation in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the legitimacy of the recent Bangladesh general election results.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the level of participation in the recent Bangladesh general election.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on alleged human rights abuses in Bangladesh.

      Human Rights: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on human rights in Colombia.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on recent developments in Ukraine.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department has made on raising exports to established and emerging markets.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish state vessels occurred in (a) December 2013 and (b)...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he is making on the receipt of compensation for damage done during the attack on HM Embassy in Tehran in 2011.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Iranian counterpart for the release of Saeed Abedini.

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the Spanish Ambassador was summoned to his Department in 2013; on which dates the Ambassador was summoned; and...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for how long his Department holds information on people who have been deprived of their citizenship following orders made under...

  • Home Department

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for how long after an order under section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981 has been made her Department holds information on...

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals requesting citizenship to the UK were refused on the grounds of failure to pass the Life in the UK text in 2013.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the number of live births that were not registered in each of the last five years despite a registrar...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent advice she has received from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre on written material used in child sexual abuse.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to counter the threat of letter-bomb attacks on Army recruiting offices on the UK mainland.

      EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of progress by (a) Bulgaria and (b) Romania against EU post-accession benchmarks.

      Homicide: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 600W, on homicide: children, how many children each (a) male and (b)...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her answer of 20 January 2014, Official Report, column 26W, on human trafficking: victim support schemes, what support services...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been detained in immigration removal centres for the purpose of age assessment in the last 12 months; and how many...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to police forces on circumstances under which it should refer a complaint to the Independent Police...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Annuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who switched annuities when they retired in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d)...

    • Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of the cap on Work Choice referrals for each of the 28 contract package areas was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to help those with pensions which are worth significantly less than they anticipated when purchasing those pensions.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason his Department has not published statistics on the number of people who have been declared fit to work and subsequently died;...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of civil servants in his Department who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the Civil Service (a)...

    • Maternity Pay

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

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many pagers have been provided to staff by his Department since May 2010; and what the cost to the Department was of...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how often and for what reasons he has revoked planning permission he has allowed on appeal since May 2010; and if he will make a...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes were made to the funding formula for fire and rescue services between 2011-12 and 2012-13.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to Parliamentary Questions 185480, 185481 and 185482, tabled on 28 January 2014.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to address disproportionate use of water resources for industry and energy production.

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK Official Development Assistance was provided by (a) each government department and (b) other sources in 2013.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which current contracts awarded by her Department did not go through ordinary tender processes.

  • Northern Ireland

    • John Downey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will take steps to revoke the effects of the letter sent to John Downey on his alleged role in the Hyde Park bombing.

    • Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pagers have been provided to staff by her Department since May 2010; and what the cost to the Department was of providing those pagers.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who (a) signed and (b) issued the 38 letters of comfort to on-the-runs issued since 2010 and since devolution of Policing and Justice to the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who was responsible for fact-checking statements submitted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to permit letters of comfort to be issued...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who was responsible for obtaining and fact-checking information from UK mainland police forces to facilitate the issuing of letters of comfort...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by which means letters of comfort issued to so-called On-the-Runs were requested, issued and transmitted to the individuals concerned.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether a letter in similar terms to that sent to John Downey was sent to (a) men alleged to be involved in the murder of Kenneth Smyth and...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters were sent to on-the-runs (a) between the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and December 2005 and (b) after December 2005.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what evidence she has identified on whether John Downey's letter was issued in error; and what assessment she has made of whether other...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under what statutory provision letters of comfort have continued to be issued to on-the-runs following the withdrawal of the Northern Ireland...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Furniture

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission what steps the Commission has taken to ensure that office chairs for staff of hon....

  • Scotland

    • Career Development

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

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many pagers have been provided to staff by his Department since May 2010; and what the cost to the Department was of providing those pagers.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government plans to take in the Council of Ministers to ensure protection for fragile deep-sea ecosystems and...

    • Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an estimate of the number of racehorses killed outright or destroyed at (a) Cheltenham and (b) Aintree...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2014, Official Report, column 355W, on cattle: transport, how many applications from...

      Reptiles: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reptiles were imported into the UK from (a) within and (b) outside the EU each year between 2001 and 2013.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on applications for challenger banks which are currently under consideration.

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the timescales in which the Financial Conduct Authority considers applications for potential new entrants to...

      Building Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to creating opportunities for the establishment of new building societies.

      Building Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish proposals for consultation on bail-in orders in relation to building societies.

      Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what resources HM Revenue and Customs has allocated to the Employee Shareholder Scheme since it was announced.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) peer-to-peer lending and (b) crowdfunding platforms on the availability of finance for small to...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with (a) peer-to-peer lenders and (b) crowdfunding platforms on the development of simpler products for potential...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representatives of EU institutions on the cross-border implications of peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding platforms.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that legislation is in place to enable small and medium-sized enterprises to attract funding from peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will propose changes to the taxation regime for individuals who wish to invest in peer-to-peer and crowdfunding schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with campaigners for a financial transaction tax; how many times he has met such campaigners since May 2010; and how many...

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other European countries on the introduction of a financial transaction tax.

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people were (a) arrested, (b) convicted and (c) received custodial sentences in the UK for offences relating to fuel fraud in each of the...

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of assets seized in Northern Ireland by HM Revenue and Customs as a result of fuel fraud offences in each of the last 10 years is.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what capital receipts have accrued to the Exchequer from the sale of UK housing in each year since 1984.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has any sources other than PAYE RTI data for its estimates of employers' liability to income tax and national insurance.

      JD Wetherspoon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings there have been between (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department and representatives of JD Wetherspoon plc in the last two years.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of legal (i) representation and (ii) advice sought by his Department and its agencies in each year since May 2010.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the standard level and duration is of contractual maternity pay paid to civil servants in his Department.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs that would be incurred by renaming national insurance as earnings tax.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total PAYE (income tax and national insurance) receipts were in each of the tax periods (a) November 2012 to January 2013 and (b) November...

      Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's 10 largest contracts let since the financial year 2010-11 are; what savings have been made in such contracts; what the level of...

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government deficit was, expressed in monetary terms including forecast projections into future years, in each year since 1990.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which months the Exchequer (a) was and (b) was not in surplus in each of the last 36 months.

      Railways: Floods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of (a) the UK and (b) the South West of the track disruption caused by flooding in 2014.

      Rent a Room Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the likely cost to the public purse of raising the Rent a Room Scheme tax-free threshold from £4,250 a year to £7,500.

      Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income of self-employed (a) men and (b) women is in each region.

      Tax Allowances: Video Games

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefits of providing tax relief to the video games sector.

      Taxation: Bermuda

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that Bermuda receives public recognition and credit for its open and honest compliance with his Department's request for...

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2014, Official Report, column 599W, on taxation: bingo, if he will undertake a specific review of the bingo duty rate.

      VAT: Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to review the position of sixth form colleges in relation to VAT paid on purchases.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 441W, on working tax credit, what estimate he has made of the number of children who...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what organisations have applied to his Department for funding to improve voter registration.

    • Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013

      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, when he intends to lay an Order...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Eggborough Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will hold a consultation with (a) individuals and (b) groups on the biomass conversion project at Eggborough power station.

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what sanctions his Department applies to energy companies which fail to comply with their targets for spending on energy conservation...

      Energy: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average consumption of energy for hot water and heating of a (a) two bedroom terrace...

      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...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Green Deal assessments were carried out through (a) the Carbon Emission Reductions Obligation, (b) the Carbon Savings...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Green Deal assessments were carried out by local authorities in 2013.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Green Deal assessments were paid for by private individuals in 2013.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he will reply to the letter sent to him in February 2014 by the hon. Member for Broxbourne on behalf of the Procedure Committee on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he will reply to the letter sent to him on 29 January 2014 by the right hon. Member for Don Valley on the introduction of a...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he will announce his plans for the introduction of competitive auctions for renewable subsidies.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when his Department will next review Renewables Obligation scheme banding levels under the Energy Act 2008; and when the outcome...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much carbon dioxide was emitted from backup technologies for wind turbines in the last year for which data is available.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the net emissions reductions resulting from (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind has been in the last three years; and what such...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department's calculation that 6.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide were avoided in the UK in 2011 by onshore wind alone...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ground E abortions were diagnosed by (a) amniocentesis, (b) ultrasound, (c) chronic villus sampling and (d) other diagnostic tests in each of the...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the spending on locum doctors was in accident and emergency at the (a) Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and (b) Royal Sussex County Hospital...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that specialist autism training for community care assessors is addressed in the guidance and regulations arising from...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specialist services are currently available in hospitals to support patients diagnosed with cancers of unknown origin; and what plans he has to...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department has discussed with NHS England the operation of the Cancer Drugs Fund in the last six months; what the content of those discussions...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the forecast outturn expenditure on the Cancer Drugs Fund is in 2013-14 across the year as a whole; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have gained access to the Cancer Drugs Fund in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 to date.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure of the Cancer Drugs Fund was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the clostridium-difficile targets for all hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups will be published by the NHS Commissioning Board; and how...

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of GPs who regularly prescribe mindfulness-based therapy for the treatment of repeat depression.

      Food: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the health risks posed by synthetic chemicals used in the processing, packaging and storing of food.

      Food: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will institute a population-based assessment and bio-monitoring to establish any potential links between food-contact chemicals and chronic...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many commissioning access policies are being developed by NHS England; when they will be completed; and what rules apply to patient treatment...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health needs (a) in relation to infectious diseases and (b) in general of people who have (i) migrated to the UK within...

      Health: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences' recent report on local actions to reduce health inequalities,...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how Quality Premium funding agreements and the Outcomes Framework ensure a continued zero tolerance approach to hospital acquired infections.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts have failed to reach their targets for reducing hospital acquired infections; and how many such trusts have been fined for such a...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to bring the new vaccine for Crohn's disease developed by Professor Hermon-Taylor forward to the human trial stage; and how much...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS patients' details and medical records are safeguarded by insurance companies; and if he will make a statement.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, columns 840-1W, on meningitis, if he will publish the report to him by the Committee on...

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff were assaulted in health centres and hospitals in Lancashire in 2013; in which locations each assault occurred; and what the role was...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trained nurses were not registered to practice in England in each of the last five years.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses there were per 100,000 population in (a) the latest month for which figures are available and (b) the equivalent month in each of the last...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on how many nurses will retire in the next five years.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to tackle rising rates of obesity among children in England.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to publicise the effects of smoking on health.

  • Attorney-General

    • Maternity Leave

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of civil servants in the Law Officers’ Departments who had been on maternity leave were still employed in the civil service (a) six and (b) 12...

    • Pagers

      To ask the Attorney-General how many pagers have been provided to staff by the Law Officers' Departments since May 2010; and what the cost to the Law Officers' Departments was of providing those...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to provide support to the families of problem and addicted gamblers.

    • Music: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Arts Council gave to (a) opera and (b) brass bands in each of the last three years.

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pagers have been provided to staff by her Department since May 2010; and what the cost to the Department was of providing those...

      Screen Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Screen Yorkshire since the regional screen agencies were disbanded.

      Video Games: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on providing tax relief to the video games sector.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Death: Bacterial Diseases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many deaths of (a) infants, (b) children, (c) adults and (d) elderly people have been recorded in the UK from antibiotic-resistant bacterial...

    • Employment: East Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Corby and East Northamptonshire, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) the East Midlands who have jobs...

      Former Prime Ministers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much in public duty costs allowance has been paid to each former Prime Minister in each year since 2010; what the limit is of the public duty costs...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government contracts of what value have been awarded to companies or projects based in (a) Corby and East Northamptonshire and (b)...

      Manufacturing Industries: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the proportion of manufacturing jobs held by women in (a) each English region, (b)...

      Pagers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many pagers have been provided to staff by his Department since May 2010; and what the cost to the Department was of providing those pagers.

  • Education

    • Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what level of inspection fees for (a) individual childminders and (b) childminder agencies Ofsted are considering; and how much it costs Ofsted to...

    • Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will review his Department's guidance on school uniform in religion-specific schools to exclude items of clothing of religious significance so...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the decision to let a contract for a package of help and advice on universal free school meals was made; for how much this contract is estimated...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost to it of the 18 free schools cancelled or withdrawn during the pre-opening process; (2) what...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 217W, on free schools, how many of the free schools that have a rental or leasehold...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department gives to schools in assisting parents and pupils to tackle social media bullying which occurs outside of school time.

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what basis he concluded that all the critical information regarding Kings Science Academy Bradford had been passed on to Action Fraud.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the differences in the teaching of modern languages in state-funded comprehensive schools and in mainstream independent...

      Mandarin: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to expand the UK languages curriculum to encompass Mandarin.

      Maternity Pay

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

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pagers have been provided to staff by his Department since May 2010; and what the cost to the Department was of providing those pagers.

      Pre-school Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of additional early years education places in London resulting from the £8 million funding announced by...

      Pupil Exclusions: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many informal exclusions of students with autism there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England in each of the last four...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what analysis his Department has carried out of the comparable value for money of (a) community schools other than academies and (b) free schools.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school places in non-free schools have been provided in the UK between 2010 and 2014.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the Government expects to publish its detailed consultation on the National Funding Formula for schools.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the performance of schools sponsored by (a) AET and (b) Oasis; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what support and training exists in England for teachers to improve their ability to teach students with autism; (2) what requirements there are...

      Teachers: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff West, Official Report, column 360W, on teachers: surveys; on what date he plans to publish the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many people in Corby and East Northamptonshire constituency are enrolled in adult skills sessions; (2) what estimate...

    • Adult Education: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the participation of older people in further education in Corby and East Northamptonshire...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with banks and payday loan companies on measures to ensure that small and medium-sized businesses are...

      Ceramics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice and guidance his Department issues to UK Trade and Investment locations abroad on sourcing ceramic-based promotional...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Government's response to the Whistleblowing framework: Call for Evidence will be published.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness and desirability of the investor-state dispute settlement clause in the proposed...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of whether the investor-state dispute settlement clause in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and...

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how his Department is helping small and medium-sized enterprises increase the number of countries to which they export.

      JD Wetherspoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings there have been between (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department and representatives of JD Wetherspoon...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will contact Google management to ask them to remove from Google all unofficial websites asking for money for services...

      Overseas Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on trade deals agreed between India and the UK since the visit by the Prime Minister in 2013.

      Package Holidays: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 168W, on telephone services, when his Department expects to...

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many pagers have been provided to staff by his Department since May 2010; and what the cost to the Department was of...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has conducted into the social benefit of Post Office branches to local communities.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department has given to Post Office branches to diversify their services since May 2010.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how the £1.3 billion Government investment into the Post Office network will be spent over what time period.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Post Office network of withdrawing car tax discs administration and...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of the Government's investment into the Post Office network.

      Post Offices: West Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many post offices have been located in (a) Livingston constituency and (b) West Lothian in each of the last five years;...

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish the most recent UK skills shortage by occupation list.

  • Justice

    • Begging and Vagrancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons found guilty of begging appealed their conviction in each of the last three years; and how many attempted prosecutions resulted in...

    • Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints his Department has received from (a) members of the public and (b) staff in each year since 2010.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time between application to initial award has been for awards issued by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in each...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written answer of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 287W, on Domestic Violence, what the cost to his Department is of the Building...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many notifications of endorsement from a court or fixed penalty office of a driver who meets the criteria of the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995...

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much he received from victim surcharges on motoring offences and motoring fixed penalty notices in each year between 2010 and 2013; and what estimate...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made with the Information Commissioner on development of a code of practice for the electronic monitoring of offenders;...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by his Department using a Government Procurement Card on (a) temporary recruitment of staff, (b) catering and catering supplies,...

      Homicide: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to help families bereaved through homicide after the Homicide Service has finished its work in their case.

      Homicide: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what homicide services are being funded by his Department to help families bereaved through homicide committed before April 2010.

      Hunting: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for illegal taking of game there have been in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average payment was; and how many payments were made to legal aid providers for judicial review cases that were refused at permission stage in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will direct the governor of HM Young Offender Institution Deerbolt to respond to the letter dated 24 January 2014 from the hon. Member for Hartlepool.

      Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints have been received against named Ministers of his Department from (a) his Department's staff and staff of its agencies and (b)...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were convicted of (a) burglary, (b) sexual assault, (c) grievous bodily harm, (d) rape, (e) manslaughter, (f) attempted murder, (g)...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison officer to prison ratio was in each prison in each month since May 2010.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions wing closures occurred due to shortfalls in staffing in each prison, in each month since May 2010.

      Prison Service: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost to the public purse was of (a) transportation, (b) accommodation and (c) total expenditure for staff seconded on detached duty from...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there is a difference in treatment of prisoners who maintain their innocence and those who admit their guilt; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners’ Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners on an Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork programme have been placed on a basic level of the Incentives and Earned Privileges...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 226W, on re-employment, how much was paid to the staff referred to as part of their...

      Sexual Offences: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted in Preston for breaching their sex offenders order in each of the last five years.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many temporary staff have been recruited by his Department and its agencies in each month since May 2010.

      Violent and Sex Offender Register: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Preston are on the sex offenders register.

      Witnesses: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to provide courts with additional powers to prevent the media harassment of witnesses nominally granted anonymity; and if he will make...

      Young Offenders: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the independent review into the self-inflicted deaths of 18 to 24 year olds in custody will take into account the specific risks for young women...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budgetary savings have been delivered by each planned reduction in the size of the youth secure estate over the last 10 years.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces personnel are currently stationed at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy as mentors.

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what material support the UK army is offering under the Defence and Security Cooperation Treaty to French troops deployed in Mali and the Central African...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what air assets can carry an entire F135 jet engine and deliver it to the Queen Elizabeth class carrier.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) with reference to the National Audit Office's Major Project Report 2013 Appendices and project summary sheets, what steps he is taking to mitigate...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which local authorities have not yet signed up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant; (2) how many email addresses were on the Community Covenant...

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many bids were submitted to the Community Covenant Grant Scheme in each region in each year since 2011; and how many such bids were successful in...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel who successfully transferred to other branches of the armed forces were made redundant since 2010.

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what accommodation is available for the military in (a) Stirling Castle and (b) Edinburgh Castle; and how many personnel can be accommodated at each such...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many soldiers dropped out of Phase 2 training at the Infantry Training Centre (Catterick) in 2012-13; and how many of these had undertaken...

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 698W, on European Defence Agency, whether staff of the European Defence Agency paid...

      Gurkhas: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 461, on armed forces' restructuring, how many eligible Gurkhas have applied for...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of promotional material for recruitment to each of the reserve forces in each year since 2010.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates a Type 45 destroyer has lost power resulting in the ship having to return to port for repairs; and where the repairs took place.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to retain the knowledge possessed by retiring military personnel and officials.

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Syrians refused asylum in the United Kingdom in 2013 are (1) not in the United Kingdom following a forced removal, (2) not in the United Kingdom...

    • Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had concerning the imposition of sanctions against the government of Bahrain until it complies with international human rights law.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many benefit claimants have been sanctioned since June 2013; how many dependants those claimants had; and, if total figures are not yet available, when...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Jobseeker's Allowance claimants have been sanctioned in each year since 1996 and in each month since October 2012.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the African Union and to the government of France in the light of the allegations of human rights abuses in the recent...

      Children: Children’s Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address violations of children's rights in England.

      Civil Service: Senior Posts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage women to apply for senior posts in the Civil Service.

      Genetic Modification

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

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve access to new medicines for patients with pancreatic cancer. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to expedite the appraisal of drugs for pancreatic cancer.

      Health: Mitochondrial Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 29 August 2013 (WA 359), 30 October 2013 (WA 259) and 24 February (WA 175–6), how many of the terms...

      Health: Organ Donation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the 2011 change, which made it compulsory for drivers applying for a new or replacement licence to state whether they want to be an organ donor,...

      Houses of Parliament: Post Boxes

      To ask the Chairman of Committees who authorised the sealing of post boxes inside the Palace of Westminster near the Royal Gallery on the morning of Thursday 27 February.

      India: Golden Temple, Amritsar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings they have had or are intending to have with Sikh organisations in the United Kingdom following the publication of the Cabinet Secretary's...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the HM Revenue & Customs report, National Minimum Wage compliance in the social care sector, they will update their evaluation...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what negotiations they have had with the government of Sudan regarding relief for Sudan’s foreign debt; and when the next scheduled meeting to discuss...

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