Written answers

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

  • Treasury

    • National Car Parks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written statement of 4 December 2013, Official Report, column 48WS, on the National Infrastructure Plan 2013, how many (a) car parks and (b)...

    • Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on how national debt might be apportioned in the event of Scotland's withdrawal from the UK.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total tax revenue for the Exchequer was in January of each year since 2001.

      VAT: Rescue Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of annual revenue foregone as a result of granting VAT relief to mountain, cave and lowland volunteer rescue teams.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Pagers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many pagers have been provided to staff by the Government Equalities Office since May 2010; and what the cost to the Government Equalities Office...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the minutes of the monthly board meetings with G4S on the COMPASS contract.

    • Asylum: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the performance of G4S in delivering the COMPASS contract for asylum seekers in the North East, Yorkshire and...

      Asylum: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been recovered in rebates to her Department from G4S for poor performance in delivering the COMPASS contract for asylum seekers...

      Asylum: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the outcome of the tri-monthly strategic reviews of the delivery of the COMPASS contract for asylum seekers in the North...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid by her Department to Raytheon plc in relation to the e-borders scheme.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many visa applications are currently on hold pending the outcome of the High Court judgment regarding the minimum income threshold...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the introduction of a bidding system for allocation of permanent UK resident visas; and if she will publish a full...

      Entry Clearances: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of cases refused by entry clearance officers were overturned on appeal in the last year for which data is available.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to work with EU counterparts to promote an integrated approach to tackling female genital mutilation.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to tackle human trafficking within the UK.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Pre-Action Protocol letters in relation to immigration decisions have been received by her Department in each of the last five...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the continued deployment of immigration enforcement information vans across the UK.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department’s policy is on removing face coverings at border crossings.

      Immigration: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department will continue using the immigration casework programme computer system.

      Immigration: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library any evaluation her Department has made of the immigration case work computer programme since May 2010.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff of each Civil Service grade are currently employed in the private office of each Minister in her...

      Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Paedophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she is taking to tackle paedophilia; and if she will make a statement.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to address unofficial websites offering passport application services.

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers chief constables have to prevent police officers under investigation from leaving their force before the conclusion of those...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will bring forward legislative proposals to expand the definition of stalking specifically to include the internet as a medium...

      Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to prohibit the offer and sale of stun guns on eBay.

  • Transport

    • Aerosols: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering and aerial aerosol spraying on public health.

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British Transport police officers have faced disciplinary action for misconduct in dealing with cases relating to the offence of begging in...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what effect Heathrow expansion would have on flood reservoir capacity in Berkshire, Surrey and surrounding areas; (2) what effect Heathrow...

      JD Wetherspoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Offshore Oil and Gas in the UK Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) officials were appointed to the Steering Group which considered the recommendations of the Maitland...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the European Commission's publication COM (2013) 296, what representations he has received from British ports on the Commission's...

      Ports: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has a veto power in relation to ports on COM(2013)296 on the proposed regulation of European ports.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what data his Department holds on the effectiveness of signage on overhead gantries.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits of displaying signage on overhead gantries reminding drivers about eyesight standards and...

      Transport: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid to Scotland under the Barnett formula as a consequence of his Department's expenditure on (a) roads and (b) railways in each of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether Richard Haass was aware of the administrative letter scheme granting immunity from prosecution to on-the-run suspects (a) before,...

  • Wales

    • Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what services his Department provides that are (a) available online only and (b) planned to move to online only.

    • Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Remembrance Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Prime Minister about allowing British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to lay...

    • Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment criteria was used by Sport England in determining which (a) core cities and (b) growth cities received priority in the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many UK constituencies do not have a fire station.

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice his Department gives to local authorities on charging for sandbags.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what basis the figures that the Get Britain Building Scheme would create 16,000 and 3,000 jobs were calculated.

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 560W, on property development: floods, (1) whether...

  • Education

    • Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration his Department has given to Ofsted assessing and grading secondary and post-16 elements of joint provision separately in order to...

    • Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received in the last three years on the effect of budget reductions on sixth form colleges.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his plans are for the future budget for sixth form college education beyond that already published.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reductions in funding for sixth form colleges on (a) careers guidance, (b) special educational...

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reductions in funding for sixth form colleges on (a) sports provision, (b) music and...

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration his Department has given to closing sixth form college provision in schools Ofsted Grade 3 or below to enable headteachers to focus...

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what comparison his Department has made of value for money of free school sixth form places and existing sixth form places.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what representations he has received from the sixth form college sector on the effect of changes to its budget (a) on young people with special needs,...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what comparison his Department has made of the definition of a full-time 16-19 year old student in the UK with (a) other countries and (b) other...

      Students: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, columns 821W, on students: Cumbria, how many of the individuals identified in Barrow and...

      Teachers: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve the morale of teachers.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department plans to take to increase the number of trainee religious education teachers.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2014 to the hon. Member for Christchurch, Official Report, columns 649-50W, for what reasons bursary decisions...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if the Secretary of State will clarify whether the Alcaidesa marina in La Linea has been partly constructed in British...

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution he plans to make to address the humanitarian needs of Bedouin forcibly removed from the Negev.

      Pagers

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

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his German counterpart on compensation from Grünenthal for UK born victims of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on energy-generating capacity in the UK in the event of Scotland's withdrawal from the UK.

    • Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with (a) Scottish Power and (b) Npower on the refunding of direct debit payments.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the performance of his Department in the roll-out of smart meters in the UK.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the letter to the hon. Member for Newport West from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will set out the reasons for the lower level of indemnity offered to bidders for the contracts for the parent body organisation...

      Offshore Oil and Gas in the UK Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department are working on the implementation of the recommendations of the Maitland Review of the regulatory...

      Offshore Oil and Gas in the UK Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials from his Department were appointed to the Steering Group which considered the recommendations of the Maitland Review...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much in total Government funding in subsidies for (a) onshore wind and (b) offshore wind was given in (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) names of contractors, (b) dates, (c) value, (d) contracted services to be provided and (e) location in Afghanistan are of any contracts to...

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual cost to his Department of the historical branches of each of the armed forces was in each year since 2010.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many bids were submitted to the Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund in each year since 2012; and how many such bids were successful.

      Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the companies with which his Department holds contracts have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

      Armed Forces: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information and guidance is issued to service personnel in advance of a summary hearing relating to the implications of punishments issued under the...

      Armed Forces: Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving members of the armed forces were issued with hearing aids from 2000 to 2013.

      Army Reserve: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new army reserve recruits there were in (a) Cannock Chase constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military personnel are stationed in each of the British Overseas Territories.

      Defence Discount Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) national, (b) regional and (c) local businesses have signed up to the Defence Discount Service; (2) how many individuals from the (a)...

      Military Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the Queen's Regulations for the Army are not published online; and what plans he has to so publish those regulations.

      Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects NATO's Computer Incident Response Capacity to reach full operating capacity.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with (a) the NATO Secretary-General and (b) his NATO counterparts on bringing cyber-attacks against a member state...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy on the use of cloud computing by NATO is; and if he will make a statement.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many NATO cyber exercises took place in each year from 2010; and how many such exercises are planned for 2014.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made on improving NATO's cyber defence governance; and if he will make a statement.

      NATO Response Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what UK assets are currently assigned to NATO's Immediate Response Force.

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to promote Remploy's Access to Work Mental Health Support Service to small and medium-sized enterprises.

    • Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Health and Safety Executive (HSE) officials were appointed to the Steering Group which considered the recommendations of the Maitland...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many inspectors have been recruited to the Health and Safety Executive's Energy Division since October 2013.

      Housing Benefit: Cannock Chase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Cannock Chase under the age of 25 years old are in receipt of housing benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants have still to be migrated to employment and support allowance.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the future of the Independent Living Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were leasing a car through the Motability scheme on 1 January 2013; and what proportion of all those eligible to lease a...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he publish data by age range on new claims for personal independence payment made between 8 April and 31 December 2013; (2) how many...

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff at nuclear facilities in the UK have tested positive for radiation poisoning in each of the last five years.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend the support given to former Remploy workers beyond May 2014.

      Self-employed: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many self-employed people were fined by the Health and Safety Executive in each year since May 2010.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many appeals were made by recipients of welfare benefits against decisions made by his Department in each of the last five years for...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have died within six weeks of their benefits being stopped in each month of (a) 2011, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to section 1c of the Report a benefit thief online form on the DWP website, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many face-to-face work capability assessments have been carried out in each week of the last three months.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to Freedom of Information request 2014-19, answered by his Department on 13 February 2014, regarding work capability assessments...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to monitor the quality, reliability and accuracy of work capability assessments carried out by Atos.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have undergone a work capability assessment and have been declared (a) fit and (b) unfit...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account is taken of medical assessments by (a) GPs and (b) consultants of their patients' ability to work by Atos when examining the (i)...

      Work Capability Assessment: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 24 February, Official Report, column 16W, on Work Capability Assessment: Isle of Wight, if he will provide the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Cannock Chase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses in Cannock Chase constituency.

    • Business: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will implement the recommendations of the British Chambers of Commerce Skills and Employment Manifesto that schools should...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress is being made on negotiations with the US on the establishment of an EU/US free trade agreement.

      National Apprenticeship Service and Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his future plans are for the (a) National Apprenticeship Service and (b) Skills Funding Agency office in Princes Parade,...

      National Apprenticeship Service and Skills Funding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the work of the (a) National Apprenticeship Service and (b) Skills Funding Agency office in...

      Space Technology: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentices the space industry supported in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department received from the European Commission for projects relating to bees in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11,...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times he has been briefed by the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor on the effects of climate change since coming...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will next report on progress on implementing the Pitt review on flooding.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress he has made on ensuring that local authorities assess and enhance their technical capabilities to...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made on ensuring local authorities collate and map the main flood risk management and drainage...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress his Department has made with the Environment Agency and Natural England to establish a programme through...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued to local authorities and the public on the use and usefulness of sandbags and other alternatives...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to develop a scheme which allows and encourages local communities to invest in flood risk...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to develop a strategic long-term approach to investment in flood risk management.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to allow homeowners to pool Government funding provided for flood resilience measures in order...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding the Government allocated to (a) help those affected by recent flooding to make their homes habitable and (b)...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the Environment Agency and the Met Office to improve their technical capability to forecast,...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when preparation for and management of risk from flood ceased to be a key priority of his Department.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding for flood control measures has come from central government in each of the last six years; and what such central...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in local government funding on local authorities' ability to deal...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made by the Environment Agency in developing its tools and techniques for predicting and...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the cost of future flooding to the UK economy in each of the next five years.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there is a limit on business support, excluding rate relief, which can be provided to a single business to cover...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether leasehold tenants will be eligible for (a) Government assistance if they have been flooded or (b) flood insurance...

      Floods: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional funds have been made available to each local authority in Cumbria since 1 January 2014 for flood defence...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes have been in danger of flood risk in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate he has made of the number...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account the Flood Re scheme takes of increased risk of flooding as a result of climate change.

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on removing the automatic right to connect surface water drainage of new developments to the...

      Floods: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on (a) the risk...

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 395W, on organised crime, what recent assessment his...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations are responsible for the ownership and maintenance of sustainable drainage systems.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department will make an estimate of (a) the proportion of households in the UK that would see a decrease in their...

  • Justice

    • Begging and Vagrancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many persons prosecuted following cases brought by British Transport police for begging (a) were convicted and (b) appealed their conviction in...

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Rule 43 notices issued by the coroner's office have not received a response from the affected organisation in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of initial award decisions by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority are (a) appealed and (b) successfully appealed; (2)...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many bereaved families the EU Compensation Assistance team has helped since that body's formation.

      Judiciary: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on judicial pensions in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14; and what estimate he has made of such spending in each...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what data his Department collects on the number of women in prison who have been subject to domestic violence or sexual abuse prior to conviction.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate she has made of the number of women in prison.

      Prisoners: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many transgender prisoners there were on 1 February (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 603W, on prisoners: self-harm, how many and what proportion of (a) self-harm...

      Prisons: Feltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on preliminary work associated with plans for a new prison at Feltham to date.

      Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing the number of mother and baby units from three to one on the ability of women in prison to maintain...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of trainee probation officers that the National Probation Service will need to recruit for financial years...

      Sexuality: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on issuing apologies to those historically prosecuted for their sexuality who have not yet been pardoned.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in the UK have a criminal record for offences relating to non-payment of the television licence.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were sent to prison in each year between 2007 and 2012 for offences relating to the non-payment of a television licence.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the (a) fairness, (b) accuracy and (c) completeness of using the (i) census and midterm census and (ii) electoral register to...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2013, Official Report, column 392W on electoral register, when he will decide on the level of fine for not returning an...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what proportion of people who moved from employment to unemployment or inactivity had (a) no qualifications, (b) a highest qualification below...

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates all technology appraisals relating to a treatment for cancer conducted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) were...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer treatments the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has (a) recommended, (b) recommended on an optimised basis and (c) not...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) outpatient and (b) inpatient admission episodes with a (i) primary and (ii) secondary diagnosis of cancer, for which Welsh commissioners were...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the one-year cancer survival rate data contained within the Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set will be released; and what the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of any potential financial savings to the NHS of an increased take up of mindfulness-based therapy for the treatment of...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with NHS England on the Commissioning through Evaluation programme; (2) what progress has been made...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on the Specialised Services budget; what the content of those discussions was; and if he will...

      Health: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with the General Medical Council on the inclusion of climate change effects on health in the next revision...

      JD Wetherspoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was charged for the sale of NHS patient records to the Staple Inn Actuarial Society; what this money was used for; and what the cost to the NHS...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's conditions for treatment with mindfulness-based therapies;...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what change there has been in the time taken to pay NHS suppliers since May 2010; (2) what guidance his Department issues on the proportion of NHS...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) clinical and (b) urological clinical nurse specialists working in the NHS in each of the last five years;...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the provision of clinical nurse specialists in the NHS in the last year; what the content of those representations...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Care Quality Commission is taking to ensure that adequate provision of clinical nurse specialists is covered in its inspections of NHS...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to conduct an audit of the number of (a) clinical and (b) urological clinical nurse specialists working in the NHS.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve detection rates of ovarian cancer.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure people with prostate cancer are advised of their eligibility to participate in current clinical trials; (2) how...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure people diagnosed with prostate cancer and living in isolated areas are supported to travel to a centre participating in...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of multidisciplinary teams caring for a patient with prostate cancer had prostate cancer nurse specialist provision at the time of...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications to the Cancer Drugs Fund for a treatment indicated for the treatment of prostate cancer were (a) approved and (b) rejected in each...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates technology appraisals relating to a treatment for prostate cancer conducted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Care Quality Commission has taken to date to ensure services for the treatment of prostate cancer are of a high standard; what steps the...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prostate cancer patients had prostate cancer diagnosed at (a) clinical stage I or II, (b) clinical stage III and (c) clinical stage IV...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of waiting times for people diagnosed with prostate cancer in each of the last five years; (2) what information he...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has made to his German counterpart on compensation from Grünenthal to UK victims of thalidomide poisoning.

      Tongue-tie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the provision of service to diagnose and treat tongue-tie in infants; (2) what training is currently provided for...

  • International Development

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle female genital mutilation; and if he will make a statement.

    • Violence against Women and Girls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how her Department plans to develop, implement and monitor the strategic priority on violence against women and girls in its next...

      Newborn Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to help reduce the number of preventable newborn deaths worldwide.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work her Department is supporting to promote the re-establishment of democracy in Egypt.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources her Department currently has in Afghanistan.

      International Labour Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many discussions have taken place between Ministers in her Department and the International Labour Organisation in the last 12 months.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans the Government has to increase the proportion of the aid budget disbursed through the private sector; and if she will make a...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to promote freedom of religion and belief.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources her Department has made available in Jordan to assist with the relief effort for Syrian refugees.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources her Department has in Lebanon to assist with the relief effort for Syrian refugees.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Syria.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will publish any assessment she has made of the value for money of her Department's spending on consultants and interim staff.

  • House of Lords

    • Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent wildlife conferences in Gaborone and London, what assessment they have made of the impact the blanket ban on hunting introduced by the...

    • Botswana

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact the blanket ban on hunting introduced by the government of Botswana will have on food supply for the remaining...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the request by the Interim President of the Central African Republic for a United Nations peace-keeping force to be...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security and humanitarian situation of Muslim citizens of the Central African Republic.

      Commemorative Coins

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which department or agency gave permission for Tristan da Cunha to mint the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Gold Crown coin.

      Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent allegations of human rights violations in North Korea.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the document reportedly circulated by the Ministry of the Interior of the Democratic Republic of the Congo advocating...

      Economy: Migration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the observation by the Office for Budget Responsibility's Fiscal Sustainability Report 2013, that immigrants are net fiscal...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what type and level of qualification and length of study is required to become an approved Green Deal adviser; and how many properties a Green Deal adviser...

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost of decommissioning the existing stock of onshore and offshore wind farms.

      Homeless Families

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require local authorities to provide details of the self-contained bed and breakfast annexes being used for homeless families so that the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children referred to the National Referral Mechanism between July and September 2013 because of domestic servitude or labour exploitation have...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have regarding steps taken by the government of India to promote better relations between that government and the Sikh community since...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to discourage Iranian military and financial support for the Assad regime; whether they intend to take any stronger action; and...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq about the security challenges facing the Turkmen community in Iraq and the alleged failure of...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the reported shooting of two young Palestinian footballers on 31 January.

      John Anthony Downey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what input they have had in the recent John Downey court case; and whether they plan to appeal the court decision.

      Justice: On-the-Run Individuals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the John Downey case, whether they will publish the names of the 187 people who received letters from the Northern Ireland Office in 2007 to...

      Justice: On-the-Run Individuals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the John Downey case, what police or other security agencies were involved in discussions that led to 187 letters issued to “on the...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Kenya about allegations that refugees were tortured or otherwise abused during the 14-month period...

      Malawi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Department for International Development has made of the impact on (1) healthcare provision, and (2) education provision, of the recent...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about allegations of deaths in military custody in the first six months of 2013.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any United Kingdom aid has been given in Kenya to “rainmakers” who predict weather by observing the movement of ants; and, if so, how...

      Railways: European Rail Traffic Management System

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the needs of freight operators and heritage operators have been taken into account in plans to introduce the European Traffic Management System; and...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 12 February (WA 155), whether they have discussed with the competition authorities the consideration...

      Railways: Intercity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether financial resources to cover the cost of deploying the Intercity Express Trains when they come into operation have been allocated to Network Rail by...

      Railways: Intercity Express Trains

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 21 October 2013 (WA 136), whether Passenger Focus and the present railway franchises will be among the...

      Spain: Territorial Waters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Royal Naval vessels last entered the territorial waters of the two Spanish exclaves in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Syrian nationals granted entry to the United Kingdom through humanitarian admission will begin to arrive.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the religious freedoms of the Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews in Istanbul, Turkey.

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review travel advice for visitors to Uganda.

      United Nations Commission on Population and Development

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their delegation at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York in April will raise the case for (1) a full package of...

      Waterways: River Thames

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal for the Local Knowledge Area on the Thames to be split into two separate areas.

      Waterways: River Thames

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed division of the Thames Local Knowledge Area on maritime projects that are planned in both of the...

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