Written answers

Thursday, 6 March 2014

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2013, Official Report, column 709W, on electoral...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2013, Official Report, column 709W, on electoral...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2013, Official Report, column 709W, on electoral...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what evidence will be needed to de-register an elector after the implementation of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission when online voter registration will start; and what steps the commission has taken to...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission has conducted any follow-up research on the 14...

      Electoral Register: Denbighshire

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the electoral registration figures were in each ward in the recent confirmation...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2014, Official Report, columns 321-3W, on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which African countries he (a) has appointed and (b) intends to appoint prosperity officers.

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has received from the Bosnia-Herzegovinian government on the political and security...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on whether in her capacity as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is intended that a permanent nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 will include a comprehensive monitoring...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Chelmsford

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

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of (a) whole time and (b) retained firefighters were (i) women and (ii) black or from an ethnic minority...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people subject to the under-occupancy penalty were evicted in each London borough in the last 12 months.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to assign a proportion of all building permissions granted for developments of over 30 houses for...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals aimed at ensuring that all new properties are fitted with flood resistant bricks.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each local authority has received from the local government emergency fund in the last five years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the size was of the local government emergency fund in each year for which figures are available; and how much his...

      Non-domestic Rates: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been collected in business rates in (a) Hyndburn constituency and (b) Rossendale in each of the last 10 years.

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times he has exercised his power of calling in a planning application to (a) approve and (b) reject a planning...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Leeds Central of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 560W, on housing:...

      Theatres: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will provide funding to compensate the Grand Theatre, Morecambe for increases in the rent of their car park.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total cost has been of legal fees involved in the transfer of title deeds for schools from local authorities to academies to date.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department takes to monitor the value of land sold off by academies.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy that free schools and academies be granted discretion to give preference to children who attend their nursery classes...

      Adoption and Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications to foster or adopt have been made by individuals with a registered disability in each of the last five years; and how many of...

      Adoption and Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department gives to local authorities and adoption agencies on the prominence given to disabilities in determining whether an...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families of 21 January 2014, Official Report, column 275,...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils of each ethnicity who (a) were and (b) were not eligible for free school meals attended faith (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the (a) lowest and (b) highest number of children educated in a single free school class were in (i) 2012 and (ii) 2013; (2) what estimate...

      Further Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether (a) further education colleges and (b) sixth form colleges have access to the Online Free School Meal Eligibility Checking Service.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils of each ethnicity who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals and who did not have...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which primary schools offer nursery provision on or off site; and which of those schools have been rated outstanding by Ofsted.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average daily number of children absent from school is; and what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for their non-attendance.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2013, Official Report, column 1158W, on pupils: disadvantaged, how many secondary school students sitting GCSEs...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 535W, on schools: finance, when he plans to publish the consultation on a fair...

      Schools: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department takes to monitor the whereabouts of title deeds for schools in the UK.

      Social Workers: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department issues to local authority social services departments on preventing violence and other abusive behaviour against social...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what monitoring procedures his Department has in place to ensure that assessment of pupils' special needs are accurate.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria are used to decide on the level of bursaries offered to (a) trainee religious education teachers and (b) teachers who specialise in other...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to provide better healthcare and more trained midwives to reduce the deaths of new born babies in the poorest...

    • Pagers

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

  • Home Department

    • Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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.

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) permanent staff and (b) staff employed by a contractor are employed by her Department at the (i) permanent migration office,...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the overtime costs paid to permanent staff in the (a) permanent migration office, Liverpool, (b) temporary...

      Stephen Lawrence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Ellison Review will be published.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the incidence and impact of load management measures on manufacturing industry.

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department plans to take to ensure energy companies meet the targets agreed with his Department for spending on...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria his Department used in its choice of ZigBee wireless standard for the UK's smart meter roll-out.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of smart meters currently in use which do not meet Ofgem's regulations on smart meters.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the cost of a smart meter which is compliant with government regulations.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the total cost of the roll-out of smart meters to the year 2020.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which smart phones are compatible with the UK-regulated smart meters.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to give priority to both adaptation and mitigation in his Department's flood prevention programmes to help...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on implementation of the competent authority model of regulating the offshore oil and gas industry required by the...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the current status is of the memorandum of understanding agreed in 2012 between his Department and the Health and Safety Executive...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the potential effect of the recommendations of the interim report of the UK Continental Shelf...

      Offshore Oil and Gas in the UK Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which recommendations of the Maitland Review into Offshore Oil and Gas in the UK have not been implemented due to the publication of...

      Pagers

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

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to remove Government subsidies from renewable energy generating plants once the plant has achieved a...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of years it will take for (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind to be economically competitive...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of overall savings in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 as a result of (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind...

  • Justice

    • Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to protect those who are misled by claims management companies about how much they can claim in respect of PPI mis-selling.

    • Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted for each category of conviction used by the Crown Court relating to financial gain in each (a) county and (b) other area...

      Crime: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the adequacy of current legislation on corporate criminal liability.

      Electronic Commerce: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many successful prosecutions for fraud in (a) England and (b) Cornwall have been for cases involving trade on the website eBay in each of the last...

      Juries: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reasons are for his proposal to increase the upper age limit of jurors to 75 while that of judges remains 70.

      Law of Property Act 1925

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent assessment his Department has made of the value of property sold by receivers appointed under the Law of Property Act 1925 in the last...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of the staff working at HM Prison Oakwood when it took its first prisoners had previous experience of working in a...

      Offenders: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of citizens of other EU member states living in the UK who have been convicted of crimes committed in the UK.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average ratio of prison officers to inmates in prisons in England and Wales was in June 2013.

      Probation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many senior management posts there were across all probation trusts on 1 February 2014.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what value of contracts procured by his Department in the last five years was carried out below EU thresholds.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the changes announced under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will also apply to CRB checks.

  • Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish his Department's cycling delivery plan.

    • First Transpennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many seats are available on the diesel train fleet allocated to Transpennine Express; and how many are expected to be available in December 2015.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the most recent report on High Speed 2 by the Major Projects Authority.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that the full independent summary of the consultation into the proposed High Speed 2 route from Birmingham to the North of England is...

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage train companies to inform customers of their rights to compensation and to provide information on this...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost of rail electrification to electricity network operators.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of changes in train passenger numbers over the next 10 years.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average number is of passengers travelling in first class on weekdays from London to (a) Manchester, (b) Leeds and (c) Birmingham.

      Railways: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average number of rail passengers travelling in first class on weekdays from London to (a) Darlington and (b) Eaglescliffe.

      Rescue Services: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Belfast, was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in January 2014.

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Liverpool, was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in January 2014.

      Rescue Services: Stornoway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Stornoway, was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in January 2014.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish his Department's review of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions.

      Roads: Worcester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of journeys affected by and (b) the total cost of road closures as a result of flooding in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2014, Official Report, column 296W, on equality, what the cost to her Department was of section 75...

  • Scotland

    • Internet

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

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the Scottish Government's plans for Scottish pensions in the event of independence.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

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

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the recommendation of the British Chambers of Commerce Skills and Employment Manifesto that...

      Business: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to increase the level of access to credit for businesses in (a) Cannock Chase constituency...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on drafting the regulations needed to implement changes to copyright exceptions; and if he...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on rebalancing the economy across regions and sectors.

      Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the time taken to implement section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act...

      Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the statutory instrument implementing section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 will be laid; and if he...

      Exports: Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department had with UK Export Finance about a licence to the Indonesian military for the purchase of...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of removing the cap on student numbers at higher education institutions.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received from universities facing financial challenges.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the financial viability of UK non-Russell Group universities beyond the next 15 years.

      Land Registry: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his Department's proposed changes to the Land Registry on jobs in Plymouth.

      Nurses: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend the scope of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 to cover student...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings his Department (a) has had and (b) plans to have with publicans tied to the large pub companies to discuss...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the Answers of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 166W, on students: loans, when he expects to start reviewing...

      Weather: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of ability of the Met Office to improve its forecasting and predicting methods to a level...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria his Department will use to formulate new guidelines on compliance with the Abortion Act; (2) which organisations and individuals he...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, column 828W, on abortion, whether gender may be considered a contributing factor to...

      Advertising Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the (a) dates, (b) agendas and (c) minutes of any meetings (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in his Department have had with...

      Food: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many food authenticity tests on composition, labelling and safety were carried out by (a) local authorities and (b) the Food Standards Authority as...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre will monitor data collection against Quality Outcomes Framework disease management...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clinical targets will remain within general practice to help identify and manage patients with high risk factors of (a) cardiovascular disease and...

      Health Services: Cannock Chase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent in Cannock Chase constituency in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2012-13.

      Health Services: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how his Department will ensure that communication professionals working with deaf people are eligible for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service...

      Health: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 16 November 2010, Official Report, column 958W, on pathogens: climate change, what recent assessment he has made of the...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations of the Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential demand for IVF if the NHS adopted universal provision; (2) what criteria are used to determine how...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the campaign to inform people they can opt out of the Summary Care Record cost; and how much paper was used in that campaign.

      Medical Records: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to put a trace on medical records to indicate past military service to enable armed forces veterans to be identified after...

      Mental Health Services: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the mental health of LGBT people.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health trusts are currently under consideration for the trust special administration regime.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many previous years' spending was used in calculations for the baseline funding allocation for specialised commissioning in 2013-14.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for commissioning Tier 3 obesity treatments.

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Self-harm: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported incidents of self-harm there were by people under the age of 18 in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Cannock Chase constituency in each of the...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Chief Coroner's Office on collecting sexual orientation data on people who have committed suicide.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to ensure that her Department's contracts with BT for the roll-out of rural superfast broadband include a...

    • Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial support the Government has provided for shooting sports in the last five years.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2014, Official Report, column 549W, on armed forces: housing, how many service personnel were placed temporarily in...

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 64W, on armed forces: pensions, what saving was made through the 10 voluntarily...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of (a) rape, (b) attempted rape, (c) sexual assault by penetration and (d) sexual assault were referred to the Services Prosecuting...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of his Department's recent More than meets the eye recruitment campaign.

      Cryptography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the End Crypto Graphic Unit programme to be completed.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 68W, on equality, what the (a) number of staff and (b) total salary cost of the Head...

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the National Audit Office's Major Project Reports 2013, HC 817-i, published on 13 February 2014, Appendices and project summary sheets,...

      Military Bases: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, columns 480-81W, on military bases: Yorkshire and the Humber, what communications by letter...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Planning Assumptions set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review in October 2010 remain in place.

      Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what turnover levels companies must meet under the Government Vehicle Lease framework.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many naval ships are at sea on duty; on what tasks; and where.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Eating Disorders

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people with an eating disorder died in the UK in each of the last three years.

    • Government Departments: Directors

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total amount of remuneration paid to non-executive directors of Government departments was for the financial year (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2012-13.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress his Department has made in enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to tender for Government procurement contracts.

      ICT: Education

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 200W, on IT: education, with which groups and organisations his Department has...

      Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in Number 10 Downing Street in 2012; and how many people are so employed currently.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average duration of unemployment or inactivity is of those who become unemployed or inactive having previously been in employment for (a) less...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the level of underemployment.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to advertise the availability of his Department's fund to increase voter registration.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to make hon. Members aware of the £4.2 million fund for increasing voter registration.

      Politics and Government: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase awareness of and interest in politics among young people aged 16 to 24 years old.

      Returning Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the performance of returning officers is monitored.

      Returning Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was paid to returning officers in each of the last 10 years.

      Voting Behaviour: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 18 to 24 years who vote in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of those making a new claim for jobseeker's allowance immediately before their claim was made were (a) in employment, (b)...

    • Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's Disability Confident campaign in helping more people with...

      Disability Employment Support Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to implement the report Getting in, staying in and getting on, published in June 2011.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of processing and managing claims for disability living allowance was in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2013, Official Report, column 669W, on employment and support allowance, how many people in the...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which back-to-work schemes being delivered by local authorities he has visited since May 2010.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 6W, on equality, what the figures are for 2013-14.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which sectors of the economy are excluded from the requirement for inspection by the Health and Safety Executive.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people who have stopped claiming jobseeker's allowance in each of the last six months have done so following the application...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on errors in processing claims for jobseeker's allowance.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times claimants for jobseeker's allowance were sanctioned inappropriately due to processing errors in the last year for which figures...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will investigate the effect of sanctions on jobseeker's allowance claimants.

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will provide additional funding to former workers in Remploy sites who have opened their own businesses; (2) if he will take steps...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many former Remploy workers have found employment; (2) what the proportion of former Remploy workers who are (a) unemployed, (b) in...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals have been in receipt of (a) job seeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance and employment...

      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 been refused benefit over the last 12 months; and what steps his Department has...

      Social Security Benefits: Cannock Chase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions were issued in Cannock Chase constituency in each of the last five years.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of employment and support allowance claimants who allege they did not receive letters informing them of...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints he received about the Work programme in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

  • Treasury

    • Autumn Statement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the data and calculations used to produce chart 2.H of Impact on households: distributional analysis to accompany Autumn Statement...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on extending the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme beyond UK Ltd companies.

      Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2014, Official Report, column 284W, on equality, what the (a) total departmental expenditure, (b) number and (c) cost...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, column 825W, on national insurance contributions, what the total value was of class 1 national...

      Pagers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Taxation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what enforcement steps he is taking to ensure that EU migrants living and working in the UK are compliant with British tax laws.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gender breakdown was of people in receipt of tax credits in each of the last five years.

  • Attorney-General

    • Equality

      To ask the Attorney-General what the (a) total departmental expenditure for the Law Officers Departments and (b) what the number and cost of people employed for the purpose of promoting equality...

    • Food: Crime

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people were prosecuted for food crime offences in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Horses: Exports

      To ask the Attorney-General whether any successful prosecutions have been made in the last five years against those accused of exporting horses and ponies for slaughter; and if he will make a...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how much (a) wrongly-claimed VAT and (b) interest on such VAT the Serious Fraud Office has been required to pay to HM Revenue and Customs in 2014 to date; (2)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the possession and use of wild animals by circuses by the...

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make it his policy that the new biodiversity offsetting scheme is mandatory; (2) what his policy is on the...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 574W, on biodiversity offsetting, what assessment he has...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of gross domestic product was spent on flood defences in each year since 2009.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress he has made on ensuring all relevant organisations have a duty to share information and cooperate with...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to ensure that local authorities tackle local problems of flooding by working with all...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to ensure that local surface water management plans, as set out under PPS25 and co-ordinated...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to ensure that local authorities lead on the management of local flood risk.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Met Office and (b) the Environment Agency on the (i) costs, (ii) benefits and (iii)...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the one in (a) 100, (b) 75 and (c) 30 years chance predictors of flooding.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the progress by the Environment Agency towards achieving a national overview of all...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to allow (a) social housing providers and (b) local authorities to claim for flood relief...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government has published an action plan to implement the recommendations of the Review released after the 2007...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Association of British Insurers on the replacement of old air bricks in flooded...

      Floods: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times (a) sea flooding and (b) land flooding has taken place in (i) the Medina, (ii) the Eastern Yar, (iii) the...

      Floods: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been (a) sought for and (b) spent on (i) the Medina, (ii) the Eastern Yar, (iii) the Western Yar and (iv) other...

      Floods: South East Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the expansion of Heathrow on the ability of local authorities in Berkshire,...

      Floods: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Environment Agency is taking to protect houses in Chester Road, Warrington next to the River Mersey from flooding.

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to implement the findings of Household food security in the UK: a review of food aid.

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he agrees with Professor Chris Elliott that there has been a culture of casual dishonesty in the food industry; and...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much ancient woodland in England consists of areas of trees (a) larger and (b) smaller than two hectares; how many...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what risk assessments he has made of the effect of fracking on water tables in Lancashire and East Sussex.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect of expansion of Heathrow airport on flood reservoir capacity in (a)...

      Internet

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

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to adopt sustainable drainage systems for the building of new developments and the renovation of existing...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the new national standards for sustainable drainage systems will be published.

      Pagers

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

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much (a) resource and (b) capital funding was received by his Department, excluding non-departmental public bodies,...

      Reptiles: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reptiles were imported into the EU according to Eurostat in each year from 2001 to 2013.

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average length of time that women who apply for asylum claiming to be raped or tortured are detained in immigration detention centres; and what...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the statement in Democratic Republic of Congo Policy Bulletin 2014 published on 18 February that “enquiries made by Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of the application of welfare sanctions; and whether, and in what circumstances, they consider...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the range of delays between the approval of a welfare benefit claim and the receipt of the first payment.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 8 November 2012 (WA 224–5), which states, on the basis of a model comprising a linear trend with...

      Education: Reading Disorders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what (1) proportion, and (2) percentage, of children and young people were diagnosed with developmental reading disorders in each of the last five years, and...

      Energy: Energy Companies Obligation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which previously agreed energy-saving home improvement projects funded through the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme have been or will be cancelled or...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of (1) the total number of Green Deal assessments lodged in the United Kingdom in 2013, and (2) the total number of Green Deal assessments delivered...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the total number of approved Green Deal advisers are independent; and how many are linked to Green Deal provider organisations.

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken (1) to prevent Green Deal organisations from engaging in aggressive or otherwise inappropriate cold calling and doorstep selling,...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sales of properties with Green Deal plans in place were completed in 2013.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of investment in onshore wind farms in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; and what was the average cost of generation...

      Eu: Vat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to (1) the European Commission, and (2) any other institutions of the European Union, about the VAT rates applicable to...

      FTSE 100: Directors

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of female directors on FTSE 100 boards.

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have received from the government of Spain about the disruption of the Royal Navy parachute exercise in British territorial waters off...

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances they have received from the government of Spain that incursions by Spanish vessels into British territorial waters off Gibraltar will cease.

      Health: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they have spent in each of the last ten years on the provision of juvenile idiopathic arthritis services; and how much will be spent in the next...

      Health: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance is available to the families of juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients.

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research is being conducted into epidemiological data, clinical data and the previous occupations of those who have died, or are dying, of mesothelioma;...

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the annual worldwide number of fatalities from mesothelioma; and what sharing of data takes place within the international community.

      Health: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 26 February (WA 264) on research into mesothelioma, what assessment they have conducted of the new approach...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made in recent weeks of laundering in the United Kingdom of assets corruptly acquired in Ukraine; and what action they are taking...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what scope there will be within the provisions, role and activities of the Department for Transport and Rail North partnership for Rail North and its...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether Class 142, 143 and 144 Pacer Units are suitable and appropriate for services within the proposed new North of...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what principles or rules they apply in deciding whether or not (1) to organise the development of new passenger rolling stock for British railways, (2) to...

      Schools: Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations run chains of academies; and, of those, how many schools each runs.

      Schools: Careers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage young women in schools to consider careers in public life.

      Schools: Secondary Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pupils in England attend state-funded schools which have an academically-selective admissions process.

      Severe Wet Weather

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the causes of wet weather in the United Kingdom in January; whether that assessment has taken account of rainfall data from...

      Spain: Territorial Waters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last discussed with the government of Spain its two exclaves in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, and their relations with the European Union.

      Town Police Clauses Act 1847

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to repeal the Town Police Clauses Act 1847.

      Veterinary Medicine: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to support trade associations such as the National Office of Animal Health on the veterinary use of antibiotics and the prevention...

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