Written answers

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

  • Prime Minister

    • Baroness Neville-Jones

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish any correspondence he had with Baroness Neville-Jones on her appointment and resignation as a Minister.

  • Education

    • Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many vacancies were identified in free schools in the school census in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013.

  • Scotland

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's welfare reforms on sick and disabled people in Scotland.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2014, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on electoral register: Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made...

  • Transport

    • Bridges: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what conversations he has had with ministerial colleagues and others about possible new Thames river crossings in East London.

    • Driver and Vehicle Agency: Coleraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the future of the Driver and Vehicle Agency centre in Coleraine.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) services he plans to move online; and whether the DVLA will continue to offer the choice of applying on...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency moving more services online on (a) the elderly, (b) people with...

      Greengauge 21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of his Department's (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) officials are members of Greengauge 21; whether his Department is a member of that...

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2014, Official Report, column 388W, on London Midland, what steps he is taking to ensure that the performance of...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he plans to bring forward proposals to increase the size of on-street parking bays; (2) what conclusions he has reached following his...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to increase access to capital for community rail projects.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the amount of (a) net franchise payment and (b) revenue support are for the extension of (i) Northern Rail's Northern franchise from April 2014 to...

      Rescue Services: Belfast

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

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

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

      Rescue Services: Stornoway

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

      Roads: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Highways Agency has recently considered (a) the vulnerability of motorways and trunk roads to flooding, (b) the potential for better...

      Roads: Northampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will release funds to enable improvements to the condition of the roads and reduction of the number of potholes in Northampton North constituency.

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, columns 721-3W, on shipping: employment, for what reasons projections of future numbers of...

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, columns 721-3W, on shipping: employment, what discussions he has had with the Office for...

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, columns 721-3W, on shipping: employment, what recent forecast his Department has...

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, columns 721-3W, on shipping: employment, (1) if he will take steps to increase the...

      Shrewsbury-Wolverhampton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of hybrid trains operating between Aberystwyth and Birmingham International on the need for electrification...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Lambeth Palace

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will estimate the potential savings from collaboration with...

    • Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, for how long Tour Guides Ltd has held a contract with the Palace for commercial...

      Pest Control

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) what discussions the Commission has had with hon. Members on the effects of...

      Pest Control

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) what assessment the Commission has made of the potential effectiveness of a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the Rural Development pillar within the common agricultural policy envelope has been allocated in (a) cash and...

    • Dredging: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response his Department made to the recommendation of the Association of Drainage Authorities in July 2013 on dredging...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government has established a programme to support and encourage individuals and communities to be better prepared...

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what parameters the UK is eligible for funding from the EU's Solidarity Fund; and whether he plans to make an...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial assistance his Department makes available to enable people to protect homes from flooding; and if he will make...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many houses built on a flood plain have flooded in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Greater London in each of the last 10...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether flood risk has been made part of the mandatory search requirements for property purchase; and whether flood risk has...

      Natural Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether his Department has begun its systematic programme to reduce the disruption of essential services resulting from...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will rewrite the counter-invasive species strategy to reduce the cost of management of non-native invasive species.

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on poultry beak trimming with EU officials; and what assessment he has made of the opinion...

  • Attorney-General

    • Immunity From Prosecution

      To ask the Attorney-General whether his Department is aware of any undertakings of (a) amnesty, (b) immunity and (c) implied immunity from prosecution given to any (i) former or serving members...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he will publish statistics on the performance of the Child Maintenance Service in collecting statutory maintenance liabilities under...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the results of the reclassification of arrears trial run by the Child Maintenance Group which began in June 2012 and ended...

      Employment Schemes: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Chelmsford constituency have found work through back-to-work schemes in each of the last five years; and if he will make...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department provides to assist people with a disability to return to employment; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that British nationals taking part in the International Citizen's Service are exempt from...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what headings made up the Jobcentre Plus administrative budget in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on (a) staff salaries,...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget for Jobcentre Plus was in the last financial year; and how it was allocated between the regions of the UK.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what conclusions his Department has drawn from the jobseeker's allowance skills conditionality pilot.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance customers had their benefit sanctioned as a result of not applying for 50 jobs per week in 2013.

      Local Welfare Assistance Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the removal of the Local Welfare Assistance Fund on (a) child poverty and (b) homelessness.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received a first lower tier sanction which was subsequently overturned in the most recent year for which data are available.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with mobile telephone companies on making mobile telephone calls to the Child Maintenance Options...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of calls to the telephone lines operated by (a) the Child Support Agency, (b) the Child Maintenance Service and (c) the Child...

      Welfare State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on devolution of welfare support services, commissioning and performance management to (a) combined authorities and (b)...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the accuracy of decision-making during the initial assessment phase of the work...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cobra

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what points he has identified from the recent flooding crisis to enable COBR to work more effectively.

    • Emergencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Cabinet Office has provided advice to ensure that all local resilience forums have effective and linked websites providing public...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will review his Department's civil contingencies response.

      HMS Dasher

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether any records relating to the loss of the escort aircraft carrier HMS Dasher in March 1943 have (a) been retained from transfer to and (b) remain...

      Housing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how the Office of National Statistics (ONS) can best estimate the number and trends of the stock in the leasehold domestic premises in (a) Worthing West...

      Libor

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the Autumn Statement of 5 December 2013, Official Report, column 1106, which police service-related charities will receive funds from LIBOR...

      Public Sector: Land

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the amount of surplus public land sold to support house building and development to date.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of 24-year-olds have not been in employment, education or training but have been looking for and available for work for (a)...

  • Treasury

    • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will discuss with the charitable and third sectors extending to those sectors the tax advantages offered by the seed enterprise investment scheme.

    • Bank Lending: Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of bank lending to businesses since May 2010.

      High-value Properties: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the level of taxation on high-value property.

      Borrowing: UK Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of further borrowing on the UK economy.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the rate of economic growth.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent fiscal steps he has taken to support small businesses.

      Budgets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what comparative assessment he has made of the impact on (a) women and (b) men of (i) the measures in the Autumn Statement 2013 and (ii) the combination of...

      Economic Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of his long-term economic plans on (a) employment and (b) tax paid by individuals in (i) Kettering constituency...

      Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the UK's largest export industry by value is.

      Floods: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether recently announced additional funding for anti-flooding measures has a consequential funding implication for Wales.

      Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what services his Department provides that are (a) available online only and (b) planned to move to online only.

      Mortgages: Chelmsford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many house sales have been completed in Chelmsford constituency using the Help to Buy scheme since that scheme's introduction.

      Revenue and Customs: Newry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the future of the HM Revenue and Customs centre in Newry.

      Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of staff recruited to his Department since 5 May 2010 identified their ethnicity as (a) white British and (b) from a minority ethnic background.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps he has taken to reduce the amount of tax paid by families.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will fix the carbon floor price for the next period.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to warn people of the dangers of using lookalike websites when completing their tax return online; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support the Government will be providing to the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen.

    • Armed Forces: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on translating and accrediting skills, experience and qualifications gained in the armed forces to the civilian world.

      Immunity From Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department is aware of any undertakings of (a) amnesty, (b) immunity and (c) implied immunity from prosecution given to any (i) former or...

      Military Aid: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what operational contingency plans he has made for future armed forces capability requirements in the event of further severe flooding in the UK.

      Military Decorations: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Sir John Holmes review into the award of the Bomber Command pin for aircrew who flew on bomber aircraft will be complete.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Myanmar about the Fortify Rights report, Policies of Persecution and...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent rape being used as an instrument of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Egyptian government about trafficking of East African refugees in the Sinai...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received on any inquiry into the death of Sky News cameraman Mick Deane in Cairo on 14 August 2013.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the position of Christians in Egypt.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on UN Security Council Resolution 2023 on Eritrea and the diaspora tax.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many executions there were in Iran of (a) adults and (b) minors in 2013. [R]

      Iraq: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on the applications for re-admission of residents of...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent reports he has received on the level of societal cohesion in Libya; what assessment he has made of the...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on the recent spate of attacks in that country by Boko Haram.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received regarding the treatment of prisoners in North Korean concentration camps.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage Syrian opposition groups to work together.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Syrian counterpart on the protection of the Christian minority in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his Statement on Syria of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 584, to which groups the £200,000 provided...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the treatment of Ugandan human rights defenders and LGBT activists since the recent signing of...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to impose (a) travel bans and (b) other targeted sanctions against Ministers in the Ugandan...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of harassment of journalists in the Crimea.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Car Boot Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that car boot sales are properly regulated and do not contribute to traffic congestion...

    • Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many planning applications for development in the green belt have been referred to the National Planning Casework Unit...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many called in planning applications for development on the green belt he has refused since the establishment of the...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of sites on the green belt in England which have been previously developed.

      Internet

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

      Local Government Finance: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the total net change in central government funding to Bolton Council between 1997 and 2012 was; (2) how much general...

      Local Government: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to allow elected council leaders to take over the role and responsibilities of council chief...

      Local Government: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance he has issued to local authorities on their funding of trades union posts and facilities; and if he will...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average cost to a local authority of making an Article 4 direction.

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many refusals of planning permission involving flood risk were appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

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

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the UK agricultural...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department has provided to (a) research councils funding animal research and (b) development of non-animal...

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of debt relief orders filed in 2011-12 failed due to an increase in the debtor's income invalidating...

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average total debt was of individuals who filed for (a) a debt relief order, (b) bankruptcy and (c) an individual...

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individual voluntary arrangements failed because an increase in the debtor's income invalidated the procedure in each...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the international ranking of the UK in terms of the total value of exports was in each of the last five years.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints about insolvency practitioners were received in each year from 2010 to 2014; what issue gave rise to the most...

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints about the Insolvency Service were received in each year from 2010 to 2014.

      Public Sector: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department provides funding to strengthen supply chains in the UK so that British producers and farmers can sell more...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications have been received for Regional Growth Fund funding from businesses operating within the tourism industry...

      Regional Growth Fund: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Regional Growth Fund grants have been awarded to applicants based in (a) St Austell and Newquay constituency and (b)...

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what programmes he has for public engagement with science; what the cost of those programmes is; what evaluation he has made of...

  • Justice

    • Commercial Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was received in fees by the public purse through cases held in the Commercial Court in 2013 or most recent full year for which figures can be...

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the purpose is of his Department's new Building Better Relationships Programme; how that purpose differs from the purpose of the (a) Integrated...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average award is made to an employee through the tribunal process for unpaid wages.

      Non-molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 248W, on non-molestation orders: West Sussex, how many non-molestation orders were...

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many previous prisons each prison governor in England and Wales has governed; (2) for how many months each current incumbent governor of...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how each prison that has gone through his Department's benchmarking process scored against each of the criteria in that process.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the inherent and post-mitigation risk is to the Transforming Rehabilitation Probation programme of a failure to have in place a robust...

      Public Defenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when the decision to hire new Public Defender System advocates was made; (2) what estimate he has made of the average salary of a Public Defender...

      Reoffenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reoffending rate is for women released from each women's prison in England.

      Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many men have been charged under section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, as inserted by section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 since 1...

      Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the comparator benchmarking scores used in his Department's benchmarking scheme are; and how those scores are calculated.

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what facility time was allocated to trades unions in his Department in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 to date.

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government is taking to encourage people to make wills.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will update the UK visas and immigration guidance on Ugandan asylum cases to reflect the safety implications for Ugandans of the...

    • Daniel Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to announce a new chair of the Daniel Morgan inquiry team.

      Daniel Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Daniel Morgan inquiry committee has met in the last 12 months.

      Drug Seizures: Chelmsford

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

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of migration on employment of UK nationals.

      Entry Clearances: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many spousal visas were granted in 2013.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times she has intervened in extradition cases since May 2010.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 the Home Department whether her Department has received correspondence from the hon. Member for Birkenhead on the immigration status of constituent Luiza...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in funding to local authorities on police forces in (a) Essex and (b) Chelmsford.

      Police: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in all cases of recent flooding, where a Gold Command has been established for severe weather events, the police, unless agreed...

      Police: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what polices (a) Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and (b) the Independent Police Complaints Commission have adopted on their...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her future plans are for funding the national stalking hotline.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time officials in her Department have responsibility for its role and activities in Afghanistan.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the inclusion of a stand-alone climate change goal in a new...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations her Department has made to the Israeli Government about oil production in Gaza.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with civil society organisations working in Lebanon and Jordan about the number of child protection cases...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what procedures are in place to ensure foreign aid reaches its target and is not embezzled by corrupt or dictatorial regimes.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with representatives of the Rwandan Government since December 2013.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time members of staff in her Department have responsibility for conflict states.

      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 Syria.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full time members of staff in her Department have responsibility for issues related to HIV and AIDS.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full time members of staff in her Department have responsibility for issues related to workers' rights.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much support her Department has provided to the (a) video games industry and (b) film industry in each of the last five years.

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether any betting shops have been forced to close as a result of local authority action in the last five years.

      Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what evidence she has considered about the prevalence of betting shops in low income areas; and whether she plans to commission research...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on the reform of football governance.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Responsible Gambling Trust about its research into B2 gaming machines; and on what grounds she is...

  • Health

    • Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the effectiveness of the test used to diagnose those with pernicious anaemia; and if he will make a statement.

    • Darent Valley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) frontline and (b) support staff there were at Darent Valley Hospital in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether standardised recipes are used for hospital food in England.

      Nurses: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) community psychiatric nurses, (d) community matrons and (e) community learning disabilities nurses...

      Nurses: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered nurses there were in each NHS trust in South Yorkshire in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that future grants from his Department to the Nursing and Midwifery Council should be subject to agreement of a cap on...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish age-stratified data on predicted reduction of life expectancy attributable to obesity.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for commissioning Tier 3 obesity treatment for (a) children and adolescents and (b) adults.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on access to medicines of his Department's pharmaceutical price regulation scheme; what steps he is taking...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department paid in fees and allowances to pharmacies in each of the last three years.

      Public Health England Real-time Syndromic Surveillance Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, columns 460-1W, on floods: health hazards, how many people are employed as part of the Public...

      Public Health England Real-time Syndromic Surveillance Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, columns 460-1W, on floods: health hazards, if he will (a) publish and (b) place in the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 391, on energy prices, how many electricity suppliers there were in...

    • Electricity Interconnectors: Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made on plans for an interconnector to Iceland.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 391, on energy prices, what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Energy Company Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North West Leicestershire of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 388, on energy...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wirral South of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 398, on energy prices, what the...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of smart meters installed in UK households that will be replaced during mass...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many UK households currently have smart meters installed.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the average percentage of household expenditure spent on energy bills in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 400, on extreme weather events, if he will publish the terms of...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the setting of targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to be discussed at the European Council...

      Internet

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

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 391, on energy prices, how many gas suppliers there were in each...

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the level of unextracted reserves of North Sea oil.

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was invested in exploration for new oil fields in the North Sea in each of the last 10 financial years.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the amount of recoverable oil and gas reserves beneath the UK Continental Shelf.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to ensure greater transparency and fairness in the tendering process for UK Continental Shelf projects.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the current level of investment is in exploration projects in the UK Continental Shelf; and what assessment he had made of trends...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of (a) the efficacy and (b) the running costs of air exhaust heat pumps installed in social and council housing.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to include gas absorption heat pumps in the Renewable Heat Incentive.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effect of (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind turbines on the average domestic energy bill.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on compensatory forestry planting to mitigate deforestation undertaken as a result of wind turbine construction.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost was of manufacturing (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind turbines in the UK in 2013; and what return on capital was used as...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what evidence his Department uses to determine the effect on local communities of noise, flicker and value reduction of property in...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in Scotland work in the Armed Forces or for the Ministry of Defence.

    • Ascension Island: Vessel Licences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the names of the vessels that obtained commercial long-lining licences in the waters of Ascension Island in (1) 2010, (2) 2011, and (3) 2012.

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in response to the six-point initiative for the Central African Republic presented by the United Nations Secretary-General to the...

      Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government officials and Ministers will attend the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to provide the illustrations requested by the Local Government Association in November 2013 of the impact on local authorities of changes...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which 20 authorities charge the highest and lowest rates of council tax in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

      Credit Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they take to support credit unions.

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what direct protection they are able to give women fleeing from domestic abuse.

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report on domestic violence published in the Guardian on 27 February, whether they have plans to establish a review into how incidents...

      Education: Science

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage more women and girls to take up science, technology, engineering and maths subjects at school and at higher and...

      Energy: Fracking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the noise which may result from fracking; and if so, whether the noise will be audible at ground level and to what...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the interest rates for loans provided through Green Deal plans; and what consideration they have given to reducing such rates.

      Environment: Coastal Defences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage coastal communities to contribute more to the cost of maintaining coastal defences.

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 11 March 2013 (WA 14), what is their assessment of the evidence provided by the Eritrean community in the...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are monitoring the illicit taxation of Eritreans resident in the United Kingdom; and whether steps are being taken to report any such levying of...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Canada about that country’s decision to expel the Eritrean Ambassador in relation to the...

      EU: UK Membership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 24 February (WA 179), whether the view of the Prime Minister in his speech on the United Kingdom’s...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the economy of the United Kingdom of floods in 2013 and 2014.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are currently employed for more than 50 per cent of their working week to support the Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office in his role as...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are currently employed for more than 50% of their working week to support the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate...

      House of Lords: Members’ Interests

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how many Members of the House of Lords currently have entries under category 8 (Gifts, benefits and hospitality) of the Register of Lords' Financial and other...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nationals of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are currently held within United Kingdom immigration estates and prisons.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they apply the guidance in the Ministry of Justice policy statement relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 that a ministerial veto of the...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Nigeria following the recent attacks by Boko Haram at a boarding school in Yobe state, on students at...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current position of Choe Ryong-hae within the regime of North Korea.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to ensure that all nuclear waste sites within the United Kingdom are made permanently secure against flood damage and associated...

      Rspca

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether RSPCA inspectors have rights of entry to private property or private homes; and, if not, what actions individual citizens can take against inspectors...

      Stephen Ward

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a transcript of the evidence given at the trial of Stephen Ward up to 26 July 1963 exists in the National Archives; and whether they will authorise...

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