Written answers

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

  • Northern Ireland

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether any of 187 on-the-runs issued with administrative letters were being sought in connection with the Omagh Bombing of 15 August...

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if she will take steps to inform (a) hon. Members and (b) the public about (i) the progress of the judge-led inquiry into the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will review the answers to written and oral parliamentary questions given by Ministers in her Department in Parliament about the issue of...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the people issued with letters under the administrative scheme for on-the-runs are from (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the rest of the...

  • Attorney-General

    • Currencies

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) whether the Serious Fraud Office has plans to investigate allegations of currency market manipulation by employees of British banks; (2) what discussions the...

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General when he became aware that the Serious Fraud Office had been wrongly claiming VAT on barristers' fees; and what steps he took when he had received that information.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Attorney-General in how many cases under the administrative scheme for on-the-runs his Department has been involved in (a) between 2001 and 2010 and (b) 2010 to date.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Attorney-General what discussions he has had with the Attorney-General for Northern Ireland on the administrative scheme which gave on-the-runs letters regarding their status within the UK.

  • Justice

    • Computer Misuse Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funds are dedicated to the rehabilitation and management of offenders convicted under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

    • Distress Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for how long approved enforcement agents hold distress warrants before they are returned to his Department as uncollected.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to HM Courts and Tribunal Service is of an appeal regarding an employment and support allowance decision.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department paid to Steria UK for its work on the Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning system for shared services.

      Internet

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

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employees of his Department and its agencies had a salary in excess of (a) £100,00 and (b) £142,000 per annum on 1 February (i) 2011,...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders convicted of (a) murder and (b) manslaughter and serving prison sentences were later reassessed and re-categorised to the open prison...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to his Department was of a social security tribunal case in each year since 2010.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of levels of involvement in the arts of people in socially deprived areas.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, columns 509-10W, on electoral registration, if his Department will sponsor a national registration week.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) steps the Government has taken and (b) advice his Department has given to operators of cruise liners in respect of...

    • Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make lessening the persecution of Christians worldwide a key part of his foreign policy.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received concerning the British journalists employed by Al-Jazeera put on trial by the Egyptian...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of levels of enforcement of UN Security Council Resolution 2023 on Eritrea and the diaspora tax; and...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the government of Pakistan on implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1618.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 18 November 2013, Official Report, columns 959-61, on Commonwealth meeting...

  • Transport

    • Business: Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what guidance he issues to the Highways Agency on minimising the effect of road works on local business; (2) whether his Department issues...

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle owners registered to use Dart-tag in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the full cost of operating the toll booths at the Dartford crossing was for the last five years.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the Highway Agency's complaints procedures.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps he has taken to protect personnel in recruitment offices.

    • Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether prosecutors who undertake rape and serious sexual assault prosecutions for the Services' Prosecuting Authority are required to undergo the Crown...

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 67W, on conflict resolution: females, with which bodies (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c)...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to spend the funds for plug in vehicle charge points announced by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles in January 2014 allocated to (a)...

      War Memorials: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will support the placing of a commemorative plaque in Whitehall to honour those who served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on a short-term air passenger duty holiday to incentivise new long haul air routes.

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of Ernst & Young's report entitled Economic Impact Assessment into the Wine and Spirit industry in the UK; and if he...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of units of alcohol sold in the UK in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Bananas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the Fairtrade Foundation's Make Bananas Fair campaign.

      Career Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female; (2) what...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much corporation tax was paid by (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and (b) large companies in each of the last five years.

      Credit: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Bank of England on the creation of a national consumer credit lending database; (2) what recent...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax is levied on a (a) 330ml bottle of beer with an alcohol by volume of four per cent, (b) 750ml bottle of wine with an alcohol by volume of 11...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what average (a) amount and (b) percentage alcohol excise duty has changed per wine bottle (i )between 1997 and 2010 and (ii) 2010 to date.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of removing the Alcohol Duty Escalator on levels of alcohol fraud in 2014; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of changes in employment levels in 2014 if the Alcohol Duty Escalator were removed; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of removing the Alcohol Duty Escalator on levels of alcohol fraud in 2014; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to maintain the current fuel differential between road fuel gases and petrol and diesel for a rolling 10 year period.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the new prudential requirements for commercial debt managers in the last six months.

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Great Britain and (b) Northern Ireland have been fined as a result of fuel fraud offences in each of the last 10 years.

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount of fines issued in the UK is as a result of fuel fraud offences in each of the last 10 years.

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many confiscation orders have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs for fuel laundering in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Sector: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received regarding concerns that black, Asian and minority ethnic women are disproportionately likely to be affected by...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes made to the stamp duty land tax regime since 1997 on the functioning of the housing...

      Tax Allowances: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of withdrawal of drilling rig tax concessions on investment and activity in the oil and gas sector on the UK...

      Taxation: Consumer Goods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which consumer goods sold in the UK have the highest level of tax per item; and how much the tax is per item.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have had working tax credits stopped in each of the last 10 years in each constituency.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that the UK's carbon reduction targets are met in the event of Scotland's withdrawal from the UK.

    • Electricity Interconnectors: Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has held in the last 12 months with Landsvirkjun on the Icelink power cable proposals.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with Ofgem on steps to take against energy companies that do not comply with the (a) carbon...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of customers in (a) Glasgow North West, (b) Glasgow City, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK who will...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the effect of Scottish independence on energy prices in the UK.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Banbury of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 389, on energy efficiency, what...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure the UK based supply chain to the oil and gas sector is supported in the future development of the UK...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether membership of the new regulator scheme covering the UK Continental Shelf recommended by the Wood Review will be a compulsory...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what recent assessment the Commission has made of the use of Fair Trade produce...

    • Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, who authorised the restrictions on Members' Tours to Mondays during short recesses...

      Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how many Members' Tours will no longer be able to take place between 1 February 2014...

      Parliamentary Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead of 10 February...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on devolution of locally based UK Trade & Investment, Manufacturing Advisory Service and Growth...

    • Coal Gasification: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential for synergy between coal gasification projects and the UK chemical sector.

      Foreign Investment in UK: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total amount of inward investment in the North East has been since May 2010; and how much such investment is accounted...

      ICT: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many jobs were created in the UK online and digital industries in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to begin naming employers who do not comply with the National Minimum Wage under the revised scheme adopted on 1...

      Official Receiver

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints about official receiver fees were received in each year between 2010 and 2014.

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value of bilateral trade between the UK and Israel was in 2013.

      Post Office and Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he last met the Chief Executive of (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail Group.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many post office accounts have been opened as part of the Post Office Ltd pilot in East Anglia and the East Midlands.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with Post Office Ltd on the Post Office Card Account.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and which post offices were subject to temporary closure in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and what the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the total value of Government business given to Post Office Ltd was in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d)...

      Video Games: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps her Department is taking to encourage the European Commission to bring forward a directive which would implement...

      Video Games: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on steps to take to reduce the...

  • International Development

    • Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if her Department will review all its development programmes in Uganda to ensure that no UK aid is being provided in a way that gives...

    • Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to support health programmes in Uganda which may become illegal or put vulnerable groups at risk following the...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which persons and organisations will (a) analyse the responses and (b) be consulted in drafting the response to his Department's consultation on...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neonatal deaths were recorded following a legal termination of pregnancy in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were commissioned by the NHS for delivery in the private sector by (a) the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, (b) Marie Stopes...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ground E abortions were performed after diagnosis by (a) amniocentesis, (b) ultrasound, (c) chorionic villus sampling and (d) other diagnostic...

      Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were born with addictions in each of the last 10 years.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in reaching the European average cancer survival rate.

      Health Services: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that clinical commissioning groups provide adequate services for the specific physical and mental needs of veterans.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to allocate capital funding to hospices in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason, and under what authority, NHS England requires area commissioning teams to adopt a standard national tariff deflation for mental health...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health staff were employed by the NHS in each NHS trust in England in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Ancillary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many healthcare assistants there were in each NHS trust in England in the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was collected from renting or leasing NHS hospital facilities or floor space to third parties in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff have been made redundant and subsequently re-employed by NHS organisations on a (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term contract basis since...

      Nurses

      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...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Government funding for research into pancreatic cancer.

      University College Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by NHS England on removing their ban on patients being treated by gamma knife at University College Hospital.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to Clause 34 of the Immigration Bill, HL Bill 84, what his policy is on exempting immunisation for children from NHS charging provisions...

  • Education

    • Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to address the problem of parents or guardians showing or involving their children in online obscene materials.

    • Early Intervention Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the Early Intervention Grant on local councils; and if he will provide a copy of the...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to stop faith schools redacting questions from national exam papers.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to renew Government funding for security at Jewish faith schools after 2015; and if he will make a statement.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what further steps he plans to ensure that parents of summer-born children can start their child aged five in a reception class.

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 223W, on schools: construction, how many bids his Department has received for...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 223W, on schools: construction, which schools (a) are expected to open in February...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what effect the new national funding formula for schools in 2015-16 will have on funding for special education needs.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the amount of time it will take school governors to make decisions on performance-related pay.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the total cost to the public purse of teachers' salaries of introducing performance-related pay.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the likelihood of teachers who are subject to performance-related pay seeking posts in schools with poorer Ofsted...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Services: Online Charges

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to tackle websites which charge for free Government services.

    • Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of civil contingencies processes in his Department.

      Social Enterprise

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress he has made on supporting social enterprises in providing public services.

      Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the proper use of national statistics.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Terrence Higgins Trust report on HIV and poverty, published in February 2014, if his Department will work with employers...

    • 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) Portsmouth to those affected by the under occupancy...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual cost is of (a) sorting Jobcentre post in Wolverhampton and (b) sending it on and opening it in Telford and Kidderminster; and...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to Annex 6 to his Department's Lot 1 Contract with Atos, what the evidential basis was for the assumption that 75 per cent of...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that black, Asian and minority ethnic women are informed of their right to appeal against decisions regarding...

      Unemployment Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many EU migrants living in the UK were in receipt of unemployment benefit in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Welfare State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will take steps to ensure that black, Asian and minority ethnic women are not disproportionately negatively affected by Government...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Employment

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward legislative proposals to restrict hon. Members from having jobs beside that of a Member of Parliament.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Coalfields Regeneration Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support his Department offers to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support his Department plans to provide for local authorities in crisis loans in 2015-16.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of (a) owner-occupiers, (b) social housing tenants and (c) private tenants were resident in...

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the proportion of private landlords renting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit; and what...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made by local authorities in extending eligibility for home improvement grants and loans to...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he last reviewed the purposes of LEASE; and if he will ask LEASE to make a public report to him on the problems in the...

      Local Development Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local development orders have been issued by local authorities in each constituent part of the UK in each of the last...

      Local Government Finance: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department has allocated to Coventry city council in each of the last five years.

      Local Government: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the overall fairness of both the level of charge and the enforcement procedure of penalty charge...

      Parking: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the potential benefit to traders of free parking in town centres.

      Party Wall etc Act 1996

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will review the workings of the Party Wall Act 1966.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the proportion of private sector lettings not available to tenants in receipt of housing benefit.

      Private Rented Housing: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the proportion of private sector letting not available to tenants in receipt of housing benefit in Essex and...

      Shops: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department has taken to examine the (a) effectiveness and (b) possible legal implications of a cumulative impact...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to answer (a) Question 187552 tabled for ordinary answer on 13 February 2014 and (b) Question 187551 tabled for...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the Independent Expert Report on the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucester before the debate on the...

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council has explored how the public can improve their understanding of community...

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress he has made on making property owners unable to lay impermeable surfaces as of right on (a) front...

      Fly-grazing: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to prevent horses being fly-grazed in Wales being moved over the border to England.

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many visits and checks Trading Standards has carried out in relation to equine passports and microchipping since 2005.

      Legumes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government has to celebrate the International Year of the Pulses in 2016; and if he will make a statement.

      New Guinea Flatworms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the threat to UK ecosystems of Platydemus manokwari; (2) what precautionary...

      Rivers: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Environment Agency's highest points for each of the rivers on the Isle of Wight are.

  • Home Department

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the five most frequent grounds for the issuing of a European arrest warrant were in 2012-13.

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which five countries issued the most European arrest warrants in 2012-13.

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incoming European arrest warrants were received in 2012-13.

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outgoing European arrest warrants were issued in 2012-13.

      Computer Misuse Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in each year since 2010.

      Daniel Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will place a copy of each submission to the Daniel Morgan inquiry from the Metropolitan Police in the Library; (2) how many...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions her Department has had with ferry companies operating out of the UK on the illegal transportation of dogs into the UK...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of those detained in each of the last 12 months at (a) Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and (b) all immigration...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pre-action protocols (PAPs) relating to immigration cases were received in 2013; how many of those PAPs her Department responded to...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applicants have made an in-time application for judicial review since 2010 following immigration cases where her Department...

      Immigration: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress has been made on the Immigration Casework System; and what the cost of the system has been to date.

      Internet: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been of retailers and couriers for the online sale of (a) age-restricted products and (b) alcohol to minors...

      Offenders: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the number and age profile of offenders dealt with by the police in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England who were on the...

      Police: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report , columns 546-7W, on police: offenders, if she will reconsider bringing...

  • House of Lords

    • Aviation: General Aviation Unit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the objectives of the General Aviation Unit, due to be in operation from April 2014.

    • Aviation: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the €600 million research budget provided to the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) by the European Union will be dedicated to...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many, and what proportion, of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants to whom a sanction has been applied in each month since October 2012 had that sanction (1)...

      Cyclists

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 12 February (WA 152), whether they will contact police forces reminding them of the law regarding...

      Dogs: Dangerous Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to reduce the number of deaths by dangerous and illegal dogs in the short and long term.

      Education: Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the costs, benefits and return on investment of healthcare professional education.

      Education: Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of transparency in the funding of health care professional educational programmes in universities and local education and...

      Education: Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost of educating doctors in the United Kingdom; and whether they have made similar assessments of the costs in China...

      Education: Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the amount of money given to each university and local education and training board in 2013-14 for the funding of health care...

      Education: National Pupil Database

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 28 January (WA 209–10), whether any action is taken as the result of pupil tracking; and, if so, what...

      Education: National Pupil Database

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 28 January (WA 209–10), which departments, agencies, bodies or persons have access to data relating to...

      Employment: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking as part of the reformed benefits scheme to improve access to work for people with a mental illness.

      Employment: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace in the light of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report...

      Employment: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to address the income poverty risk of those with mental illness, in the light of its description by the Organisation for Economic...

      Food: Flour Fortification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 February (WA 187), whether the views of those who object to folic acid fortification of flour will be...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether (1) the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and (2) the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, apply to each of the Overseas Territories.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the future of Gaza; and whether they have any plans to take action to avert...

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 12 November 2013 (WA 113–4) and by Earl Howe on 6 February (WA 76–7) and 26...

      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 Department of Health in her...

      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 Home Office in his role as...

      Immigration: Eurostar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what legislation immigration service officers are allowed to examine and stamp rail tickets issued by Eurostar for inbound journeys.

      Immigration: Eurostar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why immigration service officials are still required to stamp Eurostar passenger tickets now that passengers from Brussels to Lille are kept separate at all...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make grants to high-technology companies in Israel conditional on their not being located within West Bank settlements.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the treatment of children in military custody, in the light of reports by Defence...

      Police: Black and Ethnic Minority Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many black and minority ethnic police officers are dog handlers in police services in England, Wales and Scotland; and what are their ranks.

      Prisoners: Disabled Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in the light of the report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on Holme House prison that staff refused to push prisoners in...

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve education in United Kingdom prisons.

      Prisons: Cleanliness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in the light of the report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on Holme House prison which noted that cells were dirty, some cells...

      Railways: Delays

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the United Kingdom economy of train delays between London and Hastings.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still expect the electric railway services between Manchester and Liverpool to start in December.

      Railways: Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage an investigation by Network Rail of the flood-related faults on the London to Hastings line; and what work they...

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to extend the rail network.

      Railways: Repairs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the remaining time before the rail track between Battle and Robertsbridge is repaired.

      Railways: Replacement Buses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of rail season ticket holders who have taken rail replacement buses at some point in their journey between...

      Railways: Refunds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to rail companies about refunding season ticket holders whose service has been disrupted by recent extreme weather.

      Railways: Trans-Pennine Express

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what involvement they have had in discussions relating to the transfer of trains from Trans-Pennine Express services to the Chiltern franchise; which bodies...

      Railways: Trans-Pennine Express

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are proposals to transfer carriages from the Northern franchise to Trans-Pennine Express services; if so, how many carriages would be involved...

      Roads: Potholes and Weather Damage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that potholes and other road damage, resulting from the extreme winter weather, are repaired as soon as is practicable...

      Sudan

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

      Toll Crossings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Kramer on 27 February (WS 117), what tax concessions or exemptions exist on each of the 11 bridges and ferries...

      Transport: Buses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 27 February (WA 276), what proportion of the bus trips made in 2012–13 were with concessionary passes.

      Transport: Trolleybus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proposed re-introduction of the trolleybus in Leeds.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect on Anglo-Turkish communications of legislation that enables the Turkish Telecommunications Authority to block websites...

      Young Offenders: Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the number of people aged 18 to 24 who die in custody.

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