Written answers

Monday, 10 March 2014

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of child benefit for the first child was in real terms in each of the last 30 years.

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who use credit unions in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK.

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority regarding fees charged by payday lenders.

      Export Duties: Arts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefit of introducing export duty exemptions for creative media companies.

      Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies export products from the UK; and how much such firms contribute annually to the Exchequer in (a) corporation tax and (b) export duty.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representatives of commercial debt management firms were formally met by officials of the Financial Conduct Authority between October and December 2013.

      Income Tax: National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on merging income tax and national insurance.

      Minimum Wage: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines have been issued to employers in (a) Leeds North West constituency, (b) West Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber for not paying the...

      Money Laundering: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will press for amendments allowing national governments discretion to exempt low risk industries from the provisions of the fourth EU anti-money...

      Non-domestic Rates: Dartford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small businesses in Dartford will benefit from the extension of the small business rate relief scheme to March 2015.

      Proceeds of Crime: Ukraine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to prevent money from Ukraine derived from illegal sources entering the British financial system.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Analysis Paper No. 3, Insights from international benchmarking of the UK science and...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason he decided not to charge VAT on the sale of cryptocurrencies.

      Video Games: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken with the UK video gaming industry to supply the relevant information to the European Commission on tax breaks for the...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people changing from a single working tax credit claim to a joint claim have had to submit a fresh application in each of the last five years; what...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the total value of all land owned by schools where title deeds have been transferred from local authorities to academies.

    • Academies: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the financial consequences are of moving to academy status for schools in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley.

      All Party Physical Activity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish his Department's evidence to the All Party Commission on Physical Activity.

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which local authorities offer Family Group Conferences to families undergoing care proceedings.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what services and support his Department plans to provide to families who will be ineligible for the Government's new childcare scheme; (2) what...

      Children: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of 11 year olds in England are not deemed to have the required level of literacy.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 211W, on Children's Social Services, how many local authorities have stopped using...

      Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which children's centres offer (a) antenatal appointments, (b) birth registration and (c) parenting classes.

      Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many children's centres have closed since May 2010; (2) how many children's centres which moved outside of local authority control are still...

      Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funds were ringfenced for children's centres in 2010.

      Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funds other than funding for disadvantaged two year olds are ringfenced for children's centres in the current financial year.

      Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will introduce universal qualifications for functional skills to better allow employers to understand an individual's competencies.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, column 817W, on equality, what his Department's total expenditure on equality and...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that schools have policies in place to (a) help to identify girls who have undergone female genital mutilation...

      Harperbury Free School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on Harperbury Free School.

      Internet

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

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects the Ofsted Data Dashboard to be updated with the 2013 results.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many draft regulations were raised by his Department in each of the last five years; and how many such regulations (a) were and (b) were not...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make employability and employment outcomes key measures of accountability for schools.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to his answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, column 825W, on students: finance, for what reason his Department has not compared the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) number, (b) ethnicity, (c) gender and (d) age was of trainees recruited to each provider's Initial Teacher Training undergraduate primary...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) number, (b) ethnicity, (c) gender and (d) age of trainees recruited to each of School Direct, Schools Direct (salaried), Higher Education...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what account he plans to take of (a) the future viability of higher education Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provision in London, (b) the costs and...

      World War I: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what teaching resources are being provided to schools to help engage students in the centenary of the First World War; and who is responsible for the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Internet

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

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) pursuant to her written statement of 25 February 2014, Official Report, columns 16-18WS, on High Court judgment, what the current status...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the judgment in the case of John Downey, whether she plans to correct the answer of 10 January 2011 given by the right hon....

  • Work and Pensions

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to encourage under-19 school leavers to start apprenticeships.

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2014, Official Report, column 675W, on attendance allowance, what steps officials in his Department take...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the growth of credit union membership since the award of the Credit Union Expansion Project contract to the...

      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, what medical conditions have...

      Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing a jobseeker classification instrument.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the method used by the Valuation Office Agency to calculate the shared accommodation rate so that those with a specific need...

      Housing Benefit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to make longer term awards of discretionary housing payments for those people with...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the use of discretionary housing payment to deal with people affected by the under-occupancy penalty over the...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in discretionary housing payments has been allocated in (a) England and (b) Birmingham for those affected by the under-occupancy...

      Internet

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

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of children in each income decile and of each ethnicity live in lone parent households.

      Older Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that older workers have access to training to improve their skills and employability.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 685W, on pensions regulator, on what grounds the regulator did not take action...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the extent to which the commitment to 90 per cent of expected pension entitlement for those involved in the...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the changes in the level of absolute child poverty since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Separated People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of which interventions funded by the Innovation Fund for new support services for separating parents have been...

      Separated People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents have been supported by the Innovation Fund for new support services for separating parents to date.

      Separated People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to continue funding for the Innovation Fund for new support services for separating parents after 2014.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of all claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance or employment and support...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have had their benefits reduced to the maximum under the benefit cap (a) nationally and (b) in Scotland to date.

      Social Security Benefits: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2014, Official Report, column 532W, on USA, whether UK citizens in receipt of benefits extradited to the...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional help his Department offers to young unemployed people in regions of high unemployment.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have begun claiming universal credit in a pilot area have (a) moved to live in an area where universal credit is not being...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the universal credit programme will start accepting claims from people currently eligible for or claiming employment support allowance.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how people who begin claiming universal credit in a pilot area will be treated if they (a) move to live in an area where universal credit is...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the progress of the Work Programme best practice group; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have started their own business with support from the work programme; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of...

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many companies have been prosecuted for breaching Regulation Seven of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992,...

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints about unreasonable working temperatures have been received by the Health and Safety Executive since the Workplace (Health,...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of likely changes in wholesale electricity prices in the period 2014 to 2018; and whether the influence of...

    • Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to publish his consultation on changes to the Energy Company Obligation and the equality impact assessment of such changes.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what comparative estimate his Department has made of (a) clean spark spreads as applicable to gas generation and (b) clean dark spreads...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much each of the Big Six energy companies should have spent on energy conservation schemes to fulfil their statutory obligations in...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent meetings he has had with British Gas to discuss energy efficiency measures in solid wall properties.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to lay regulations in respect of section 43 of the Energy Act 2011.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many UK households currently have insufficient communications coverage to enable smart meters to work to their full capability.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department took to mark cold homes week.

      Fuel Poverty: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the incidence of fuel poverty in rural off-gas grid areas; and what steps he is taking to tackle such...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the Energy Company Obligation has been spent on insulating solid wall properties to date.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of uninsulated solid-wall properties in (a) Nottingham city, (b) Nottinghamshire county, (c)...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the name and size is of each offshore wind farm around the UK coast that currently (a) is operating, (b) is under construction,...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the re-baselining of the QE Class aircraft carrier has been completed and whether the programme has been re-approved.

    • Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many appeals were brought against his Department in (a) employment tribunals and (b) other courts in each year since 2010; and of these how many were...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) sexual harassment referrals there were from the armed forces in (i) 2012 and (ii) 2013; how many such cases...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 66W, on army: training, what further steps he is taking to improve recruiting...

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the final performance cost and time envelope for the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability tankers has been agreed with the Ministry of...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department received copies of Martin-Baker's Special Information Leaflets, SIL 704 and SIL 704A; and what steps it has taken to incorporate the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a list of Martin-Baker's Special Information Leaflets, with contents summary, issued between 1990 and 1996.

      NATO Response Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the submarine asset assigned to NATO's Immediate Response Force has not been available for tasking in each of the last five years.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to his Department has been of the production, publication and distribution of (a) KiT!, (b) desider and (c) Defence Focus magazines...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria were applied when evaluating the suitability of the automatic wing sweep for installation on the Tornado F3.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trained and operational unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots there have been in the Army since 2004; and in which countries those pilots have...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • All Party Physical Activity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish her Department's evidence to the All Party Commission on Physical Activity.

    • Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate her Department has made of how much was bet per head of population in each local authority area of the UK; (2) what...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the dates, agendas and minutes of meetings Ministers and officials in her Department have had on children, child...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what services her Department provides that are (a) available online only and (b) planned to move to online only.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the hon. Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 23 January 2014, case reference CMS 244813.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people visited the National Railway Museum's Mallard 75 events; how many other major exhibitions were staged outside London by...

      Music: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the contribution to exports of One Direction.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate she has made of the contribution of the tourism industry to the economy of (a) each English region, (b) Wales, (c)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • All Party Physical Activity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish his Department's evidence to the All Party Commission on Physical Activity.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what he has made of the total number of people who will pay (a) increased council tax and (b) council tax for the first time...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate his Department has made of how many people buying leasehold properties in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013 were charged...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent to prevent and tackle homelessness since May 2010.

      Homelessness: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to each council in the North East of England of meeting their statutory homeless obligations was in (a) 2010-11,...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much land is available for house building within Greater London; (2) how much brownfield land has been designated for...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average density of homes per hectare is for new build developments within Greater London in the latest period for which...

      Leasehold: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will extend the Redress scheme to include management agencies for leasehold properties.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers he has to investigate the financial management of local authorities.

      Local Government: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to lay the draft Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Combined Authority Order 2014.

      Maternity Leave

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

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to make an announcement on changes to permitted development rights; and if he will make a statement.

      Property: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make flood risk part of the mandatory search requirements for property purchase.

      Returning Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid to returning officers in England for running (a) council by-elections and (b) parish council by-elections in...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to her Department's policy document entitled, Safe and Unsafe Abortion, how much her Department spent on (a) legal and...

    • Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements her Department has in place to assess the value-for-money of its funding for (a) Programme Partnership Arrangements...

      Developing Countries: Females

      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...

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to promote World Water Day; and if she will prioritise financial support for water sanitation and...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Minister of State in her Department discussed the flow of humanitarian aid and the normalisation of trade across borders...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 108W, on equality, what the equivalent figures were for financial...

      Internet

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

      Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will discuss steps to mitigate the risk of widespread famine in Mozambique with the Government of that country.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken to assess the human rights records of states in receipt of direct development aid from the UK.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK official development assistance has been allocated to non-departmental spending in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken to evaluate the UK's role in the relief effort in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time officials in her Department have responsibility for issues related to women and girls.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time members of staff in her Department have responsibility for her Department's role in the post millennium development...

      UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's objectives are for the UN Commission on the Status of Women; and if she will make it her policy to (a) prioritise...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what formal response he has made to President Karzai's view that Al Qaeda is more a myth than a reality.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Burmese counterpart on the persecution of the Christians within the Rohingya and...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance he has issued to Government Departments and Agencies on when it is appropriate to refer to the Falkland Islands as...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of involvement by Hezbollah’s political wing in terrorist activities.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Hezbollah’s military presence in Syria.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Iran's relationship with Hezbollah.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of recent weapons transfers to Hezbollah from Syria.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the publication by Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Indonesia: Pluralism in peril, what assessment he has made...

      Iran: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of arms sales from Iran to Iraq.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to address the persecution of Christians in North Korea.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received regarding the persecution of Christians in North Korea.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his counterparts in other countries potential steps that could be taken to stop persecution of...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department has issued to Paralympians attending the Sochi Paralympics.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it the policy of the Government that the Russian Federation be suspended from the Council of Europe until it...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that there is no impunity for people responsible for crimes against humanity being committed...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in the Ukraine; and if he will make a statement.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made since the NATO Bucharest summit in April 2008 in inviting Ukraine to join NATO; and whether this...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the Russian Government’s perceptions of events in...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests for consular assistance relating to crime have been made by UK citizens at the UK embassy in Kiev since...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of British citizens in Ukraine.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce the Northern Ireland school registration programme to increase voter registration on the UK mainland.

    • Political Parties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what requirements there are for a political party operating in another country which has a branch in the UK to register with the Electoral Commission.

      Returning Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (a) how and (b) by whom pay levels for returning officers are set.

      Returning Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the 10 most highly-paid returning officers in the UK are paid.

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make voting compulsory as a means of increasing voter turnout...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in each constituency were on the electoral register in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014.

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people have reported phishing emails purporting to be from a Government department in each year of the last five years; how many such...

      Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish on his Department's website the minutes of the Fraud Error and Debt Taskforce from June 2013.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many firms in (a) Cannock Chase constituency and (b) Staffordshire have been awarded Government procurement contracts in the last four years.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if his Department will commission a new report on High Speed 2 from the Major Projects Authority and publish it in full before the Second Reading of the...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what services his Department provides that are (a) available online only and (b) planned to move to online only.

      Married People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people who were (a) white, (b) white British, (c) Irish, (d) travellers of Irish heritage, (e) Gypsy or Roma, (f) any...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce crime and disorder caused by alcohol.

    • Crime Reduction: Private Sector Involvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to involve the private sector in crime reduction and prevention.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the reliability of crime statistics.

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to prevent violent crime.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what non-statutory discretionary powers she has relating to accepting (a) wider family members and (b) siblings under family reunion...

      Drug Seizures: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total value was of illegal drugs seized by police in Barrow and Furness constituency in each of the last five years.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 431W, on equality, what the (a) total departmental expenditure, (b)...

      EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of EU migrants who have arrived in the UK for work since 1 January 2014.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the UK's extradition treaty with the US to enable the UK to (a) set conditions on extradition, (b) halt extradition until...

      Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seizures of (a) tobacco and cigars, (b) alcohol and (c) drugs were made at (i) Manchester, (ii) London Heathrow, (iii) London...

  • Transport

    • All Party Physical Activity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish his Department's evidence to the All Party Commission on Physical Activity.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department is considering vacating Great Minster House.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for refurbishment of the reception area of Great Minster House.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent proposals he has considered for provision by open access train operating companies on the East Coast Mainline; and if he will make a statement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been paid to each communication firm for advice on High Speed 2 to date.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2014, Official Report, columns 387-8W, on High Speed 2 railway line, which of the Yorkshire local authorities...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments have been made to Greengauge 21 by (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd since 1 January 2011; and what the purposes of those payments were.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) the contracts, (b) the value of those contracts and (c) payments made between (i) his Department and (ii) HS2 Ltd and (A) Alstom,...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contracts there are between (a) his Department, (b) HS2 Ltd and (c) non-departmental public bodies and Steer Davies Gleave; and what the values of...

      Internet

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

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what reason he did not require the work currently being carried out on the M1 motorway between junctions 28 and 32 to be phased in smaller...

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider introducing variable temporary speed limits on stretches of motorway where roadworks are taking place so that such temporary speed...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the opening of sea routes through the North West Passage on ports in the UK.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the strands of the South East Flexible Ticketing project are; what the budget and relevant train operating company is for each such strand; when...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the criteria for success will be of the flexible ticketing trial for part-time workers and how success will be measured; and if he will include a...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on whether other EU member states have expressed concern about risks to connectivity arising from the financial...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will take steps to mitigate any potential damage to the UK's connectivity arising from the financial costs of compliance with the...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what progress the UK has made in gaining time-limited exemptions from the International Maritime Organisation emissions regulations due to come...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response his Department has received from the European Commission to its representations on potential shortage of marine fuel supplies arising...

      Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of potential changes to the level of charges to passengers and vehicle owners on ferry services arising from the...

      Transport: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of funding per head of the population for transport in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • IPSA Contingency Panel

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the membership is of the IPSA Contingency Panel.

    • Matrix Chambers

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what procurement process was conducted by IPSA in advance of the...

      Members' Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many hon. Members have been provided with additional funds...

      Members' Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what estimate IPSA has made of the amount in staffing budgets...

      Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what total amount was paid in overtime payments to IPSA staff in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice he has received on distinguishing between infected and uninfected badgers; and what account his Department took...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Republic of Ireland on the effectiveness of that country's programme...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish figures on the number of badgers culled in total in the Gloucestershire and Somerset pilots.

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency became aware of the failure regarding the SAM IT system.

      Dogs: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of how many dogs in the UK have distemper; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce the...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency’s annual regional revenue budget was in each year for which data is available; and what...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what projections his Department has made of the number of staff that will be employed by the Environment Agency in each of...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when national flooding exercises have taken place in order to test arrangements which Government departments have put into...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Environment Agency has yet provided a specialised site-specific flood warning service for infrastructure...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Environment Agency now works with local responders to raise awareness in flood risk areas and identifies a range...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households were uninsurable against flooding in each of the last 10 years.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the insurance industry has developed and implemented industry guidance for flooding events, covering reasonable...

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward building regulations to require that all new or refurbished buildings in high flood-risk areas are...

      Floods: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what flood prevention measures have been undertaken in (a) Cannock Chase constituency and (b) Staffordshire in the last three...

      Floods: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's announcement of 6 February 2014 on new flood defence schemes, what proportion of that...

      Food: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department and the Food Standards Authority will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce greater maximum...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase commercial coniferous forest planting; and if he will make a statement.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK forests that are under sustainable management.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to protect ancient woods in (a) the UK and (b) South Staffordshire.

      Incinerators: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions have taken place under the Waste Incineration Directive in each year since 2007.

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sustainable drainage systems in reducing the risk of, and damage caused...

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many projects have been granted funding under the Rural Community Broadband Fund; how many projects under this fund are...

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the £20 million funding allocation for the Rural Community Broadband Fund will be spent by March 2015; and...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the changes to voter...

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what discussions the Electoral Commission has had with hon. Members about their...

      Absent Voting: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many successful convictions for postal ballot fraud there were in each region...

      Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much the Electoral Commission has spent on research into (a) voter registration...

      Elections: ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the role of new...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what proportion of the Electoral Commission's (a) budget, (b) personnel and (c) time...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what progress the Electoral Commission has made in increasing voter registration...

      Electoral Register

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

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence the Electoral Commission has had with...

      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 had discussions with churches and...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what action the Electoral Commission has taken against local authorities which have...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what discussions the Electoral Commission has had with the Electoral Registration...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the value for money of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what contingency plans the Electoral Commission has to cope with a significant drop...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission spent on estimating the number of unregistered...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if the Electoral Commission will publish its correspondence with the hon. Member for...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the (a) number of successful...

      Electorate

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission has conducted on the potential effect of...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission on voter (a) turnout and (b) disengagement in...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the voter turnout was for (a) postal and (b) non-postal voters in all elections...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what proportion of HSA1 did (a) one or (b) both certifying doctors not indicate whether or not they had seen and examined the pregnant woman to whom...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration his Department has given to the withdrawal of support for independent abortion providers in situations where their guidance does not...

      Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department plans to introduce guidance for non-statutory pregnancy counselling services.

      All Party Physical Activity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish his Department's evidence to the All Party Commission on Physical Activity.

      Appendicitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many cases of acute appendicitis (a) the patient’s appendix has burst and (b) the patient has died as a result in each of the last five years.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with NHS England on ensuring that future iterations of the Innovation Scorecard are able to record levels of uptake of...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to work with NHS England to ensure that (a) regional and (b) historical comparisons on the uptake of breast cancer drugs can be made...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the total expenditure from the Cancer Drugs Fund in each of the last three years.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence plans to appraise the Abraxane form of protein-bound paclitanel.

      Children: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he was informed that NHS England would not complete the Congenital Heart Disease Review by June 2014.

      Crime Prevention: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what communications his Department has made to (a) local authorities in England and (b) health and wellbeing boards about the Government's Ending Gang and...

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) anti-depressants and (b) mindfulness-based treatment in (i) curing and (ii) suppressing...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the UK were diagnosed with an eating disorder in each of the last three years.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that health workers identify girls at risk of female genital mutilation and refer them to social services for a...

      Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms his Department has put in place to assess whether health commissioners are paying learning disability services a fee that reflects the...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to make a statement on the outcome of the new congenital heart disease review.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the National Screening Committee on evidence for increased routine HIV testing in high prevalence areas.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a patient experience survey for people receiving NHS treatment for HIV.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation following its meeting on 11 February 2014 regarding the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of (a) the number of people in the UK suffering from (i) loneliness and (ii) chronic loneliness and (b) the...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that a wide range of psychological therapies is accessible to people with multiple and complex needs;...

      Mental Health: Females

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

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2014, Official Report, column 143W, on muscular dystrophy, what clinical definition of (a) muscular dystrophy...

      Naltrexone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will take steps in partnership with pharmaceutical companies to fund clinical trials to assess the effectiveness of low dose naltrexone...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what organisations outside NHS England provide administrative or research support to NHS England.

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the chairman of NHS Property Services has not yet been appointed.

      NHS: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisation is responsible for responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 about issues which formerly fell under the remit of...

      NHS: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to introduce SensiumVitals patches in NHS hospitals; (2) what plans he has to make 3G implants for children with a heart...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 460W, on cancer: drugs, for what reasons NHS England did not place Abraxane for the...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that pharmacies deliver a common ailments service.

      Pharmacy: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to remove strict liability on single dispensing errors from pharmacists.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for (a) methlphenidate, (b) benzodiazepines, (c) morphine sulphate and (d) oxycodone were issued in (i) the UK, (ii) England, (iii)...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions officials in his Department have had with his Department's arm's length bodies since 1 January 2014 on raising new purchase orders in the...

      Respiratory Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on (a) invasive and (b) non-invasive ventilation; and if he will make a statement.

      Sexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will publish its assessment of the UK Council for Psychotherapy's February 2014 report on Conversion therapy.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients with late-stage melanoma have received Ipilimumab as a second-line treatment following unsuccessful treatment with the first-line...

      Specialised Services Patient and Public Engagement Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2014, Official Report, column 279W, on Specialised Services Patient and Public Engagement Steering Group, how...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance is available to businesses affected by flooding.

    • Business: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on amendments to the EU proposal to update the accounting directives to include non-financial reporting for...

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies registered through the Companies House online registration service in each of the last four years were subject...

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the benefits of the potential use of the Companies House online registration service for the...

      Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new companies registered through the Companies House online registration service in each of the last four years.

      Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to repeal paragraph 6 of schedule 1 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much added income his Department estimates an EU/US free trade agreement would bring to the UK.

      Fairtrade Initiative: Bananas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the Fairtrade Foundation's Make Bananas Fair campaign.

      Internet

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

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether consideration was given to including schemes to protect leaseholders within the Consumer Rights Bill.

      Overseas Trade: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value was of UK (a) exports to and (b) imports from Ukraine in each of the last five years.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage Government departments to use the Post Office to provide additional services to replace ones...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of power cuts on those areas without mobile phone coverage which are reliant on...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 499W, on further education: older people, if he will publish...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department expects to implement a system of Islamic student loans.

  • Justice

    • Commercial Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what proportion of cases heard in the Commercial Court in each of the last 10 years one or more of the parties was domiciled or registered outside the...

    • Commercial Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) operating costs were and (b) income was generated by the commercial court in each of the last 10 years.

      Commercial Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Commercial Court proceedings lasted (a) one, (b) up to five, (c) up to 10 and (d) over 10 days in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Commercial Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what fees are charged for proceedings in the commercial court.

      Courts: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which broadcasters have expressed an interest in televising courts; how much he expects to spend on televising courts in each of the next five years; and...

      Distress Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of distress warrants sent to approved enforcement agents are returned uncollected.

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to tackle delays in the family justice system.

      Homicide: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of manslaughter in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 received (i) no custodial sentence, (ii) a custodial sentence of...

      Human Rights: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if the Government will bring forward amendments to the Human Rights Act 1998 to ensure that the Act applies in situations where people receive care...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason his Department's shared services will no longer be a stand-alone centre.

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many occasions judges' lodgings were used in each month since January 2010.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes in the level of legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes in the level of legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders...

      Legal Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that unrepresented defendants in very high cost cases are adequately supported in court.

      Pagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average length of time a prison governor has spent in post in England and Wales over the last five years.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who have escaped prison have been re-captured and jailed at a different prison nearer to their home in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any prisoners serving a sentence for murder are still unlawfully at large following an escape or abscond since 1 April 2004. [Official Report, 19...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of (a) chemical castration of prisoners and (b) assaults by prisoners on other prisoners resulting in castration there have been in each...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate his Department has made of the likely level of the female prison population over the next five years.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many women with a registered home address in Wales were sentenced and remanded to prison in each year since 2006; and if he will make a...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in which prisons women with a registered home address in Wales were held in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013; how many were held in each prison; and if he...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women prisoners with a registered home address in Wales have applied for a place in a mother and baby unit since 2006; how many have been given...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what financial targets he plans to set for the successful bidder for the National Compliance and Enforcement Service contract in that contract; (2)...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which of the short-listed bidders for the National Compliance and Enforcement Service contract were involved in his Department's aged debt pilot.

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines are applied when making a Public Defence Service appointment; and what provision is made for advertising Public Defence Service...

      Public Sector: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that users of public services can access and control personal data held on them by the Government, its agencies and...

      Reoffenders: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the proven re-offending rates were for 18 to 20 year olds in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of appeals against unduly lenient sentences in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 were successful; and what the outcomes of the...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many students were taken to court by universities for recovery of their student fees after dropping out of university courses in each of the last...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his latest estimate is of the average annual cost of custody in the secure estate.

  • Attorney-General

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Attorney-General what conclusions the Crown Prosecution Service has drawn from its September 2013 consultation on the functioning of the victims' right to review.

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps he is taking to ensure that more cases of female genital mutilation are prosecuted.

      Internet

      To ask the Attorney-General what services the Law Officers' Departments provide that are (a) available online only and (b) planned to move to online only.

      Legal Representation

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on defendants who represent themselves in very high cost cases.

      Legal Representation

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate has been made of the number of upcoming very high cost prosecutions by the (a) Crown Prosecution Service and (b) Serious Fraud Office that will involve...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of the sentences that he successfully referred to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient in 2013 were the result of guilty pleas.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will investigate the extent and appropriateness of the Serious Fraud Office's co-operation with the Iranian authorities in recent years.

      Taxation: Fraud

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, columns 466-8W, on taxation: fraud, what the annual sum total was of the confiscation orders listed in that...

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney-General how many appeals there have been against unduly lenient sentences of those sentenced in each year since 2010.

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, from data for the latest year available, how many construction apprentices in England aged (1) 16–17, (2) 18, and (3) 19 and over, were publically...

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what success there has been in fitting inland waterways training within their apprenticeship framework; and what is the level of uptake by young people.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered plans to amend the name of the Bank of England to include reference to the Bank’s position in respect of the whole of the...

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact they predict recent wet weather will have on the population of wild bees and other pollinators.

      Bloody Sunday

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to send letters of immunity from prosecution to members of the United Kingdom armed forces involved in the “Bloody Sunday”...

      Building Stability Overseas Strategy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will evaluate the success of the Building Stability Overseas Strategy. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the process and timetable for...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the stabilisation of the conflict in the Central African Republic, particularly in ensuring that sectarian violence...

      Civil Servants: Relocation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the relocation of civil servants from London and the South-East of England to other regions of the country. To ask Her...

      Commonwealth: Offenders in Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Commonwealth has minimum standards for the treatment of persons in custody; whether it endorses similar United Nations standards; and what...

      Conflict Pool

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to evaluate the expenditure from the Conflict Pool between 2010 and 2015.

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the process and timetable for establishing the new Conflict, Stability and Security Fund will be.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the (1) local authorities, (2) Police and Crime Commissioners, and (3) fire and rescue authorities, that plan to (a) freeze, and (b) reduce, their basic...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the projected out-turn for defence expenditure in the current financial year; what proportion of the United Kingdom's gross domestic product that...

      Education: Public Examinations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which faith schools have reached an agreement with Ofqual on redactions to questions in science examinations on grounds of religious sensitivity; whether...

      Education: Public Examinations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Children’s Commissioner regarding the right of pupils to see all questions in any public examination they...

      Education: Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers if any the Secretary of State for Education has in regard to the curriculum taught in primary and secondary schools in Wales, Scotland, and...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the £108 million allocated in the 2010 Spending Review to cover the costs of introducing individual electoral registration, how much was spent in...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is liable for the fuel arrears accrued by a previous householder in a property with a Green Deal plan; and what arrangements are made for collection of...

      Energy: Plutonium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will state how much of the 140 tonnes of civil separated plutonium that will be held by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the United...

      Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what involvement the Department for International Development has had with the villagisation process of the people of Lower Omo in Ethiopia.

      Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Department for International Development's aid programme to Ethiopia, what assessment they have made of the conclusion of the African...

      Ethiopia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Department for International Development's aid programme to Ethiopia, what is their assessment of the villagisation process of the...

      EU: JHA Opt-in Decisions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to present the European Justice and Home Affairs opt-ins for approval by the House of Lords individually, measure by measure, or in a...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are plans for the emergency evacuation of Gaza if the humanitarian situation there worsens.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East was prevented by Hamas from...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 11 February (WA 120), what assessment they have made of the remarks of the head of the World Health...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended that ipilimumab is not to be used as a first-line treatment for skin cancer on the...

      Health: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what key performance indicators are used (1) to measure the quality of juvenile idiopathic arthritis services, and (2) to measure progress against the...

      Homeless Families

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the space standards set out in section 326 of the Housing Act 1985 apply to homeless households placed in bed and breakfast accommodation, including...

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 27 March 2013 (WA 247) on homelessness, which Minister authorised the payment of the £72,000 grant...

      Housing: Eviction

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed plans to make the eviction of tenants of private landlords easier; and, if so, with whom.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings the Chief Social Worker has attended since her appointment in 2013 to discuss social work responses to child trafficking.

      India: Golden Temple, Amritsar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support an independent international inquiry into relations between the government of India and the Sikh community in India following the...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reported $195 million deal for arms sales by Iran to Iraq will have any impact on their assessment of President Rouhani's role in respect of...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the recent military action against worshippers at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

      Justice: On-the-Run Individuals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters have been issued to “on the run” persons to confirm that they were not wanted for arrest, questioning or charging. To ask Her...

      Justice: On-the-Run Individuals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they informed the Northern Ireland Executive that they had issued letters to “on the run” persons to confirm that they were not wanted for...

      Justice: On-the-Run Individuals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons, who were deemed to be “on the run” and were issued with letters confirming that they were not wanted for arrest, questioning or...

      NHS: General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there are adequate numbers of general practitioners (GPs) available for primary care needs in England over the next...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the percentage and amount of total Official Development Assistance spending allocated to the International Climate Fund in each year since 2009. To...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist in the prevention of sexual violence and other war crimes in South Sudan; and what is being done to ensure that...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the Department for International Development’s relationship with Uganda following President Museveni’s recent...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how UK Trade & Investment tracks references and enquiries for their services from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland separately.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how UK Trade & Investment works with the devolved administrations in the United Kingdom.

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