Written answers

Monday, 17 March 2014

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of online sales of alcohol to minors since 2010.

    • Asylum: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many properties she has allocated for dispersed asylum seekers in the area of Wrexham county borough council.

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures her Department has in place to (a) safeguard biosecurity and (b) protect against animal welfare violations regarding the...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the sale of legal highs.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what preparations and resources her Department has put in place to address the backlog of deferred visa applications following a decision on...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people on Tier 2 visas studying medicine left the country in each year since 2010; (2) how many people entered the UK on Tier...

      EU Law: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from (a) the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and (b) the Countryside Alliance on the...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she or Ministers in her Department have had with (a) the Association of Chief Police Officers and (b) Her Majesty's...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to conduct a full child rights impact assessment of the Immigration Bill covering (a) its effect on both migrant and...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the security risk caused by the boarding pass exchange at Gatwick arrivals, where Irish and Channel Islands...

      Passports: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of passengers (a) leaving the UK and (b) entering the UK had their passport details checked against Interpol's SLTD database...

      Passports: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions passengers or potential passengers have been arrested as a result of Interpol identifying stolen passports used or...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2014, Official Report, column 713, on police integrity, what progress has been made towards ensuring...

      Social Networking: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking via social media to help tackle misinformation from extremist and radicalisation groups.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people working through an ICT visa in the UK have applied to move from a short-term to long-term visa in each year since 2010.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many royal pardons have been granted to terrorists convicted of offences in connection with the Northern Ireland troubles.

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters of comfort have been sent since May 2010.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision there will be for members of the public to contribute to the independent inquiry into the on-the-run scheme announced by the...

  • Scotland

    • Currencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Scottish organisations and businesses on their preferred currency in an independent Scotland.

    • Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) when his Department was first informed of the problem with the reactor cooling system at the Dounreay Naval Reactor Test Establishment; (2)...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the change in average household energy bills in Scotland since 2010.

  • Attorney-General

    • Legal Profession: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Attorney-General what discussions he had with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) about the decision by the DPP to send prosecutors at the independent Bar a letter discouraging...

    • Theft: Metals

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the effects on prosecutions of the Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Pace and another v. R on 18 February 2014, EWCA Crim 186.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish an action plan for tackling nuisance calls.

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a)...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2013, Official Report, column 424W, on secondments, to which private sector organisations the...

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding her Department provided for staff to carry out trade union activities in each of the last three years; and how many days...

  • Treasury

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the introduction of a salary sacrifice scheme for bus commuters.

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further fiscal steps he plans to take to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the hospitality sector.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will include measures in the 2014 Budget statement to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the hospitality sector.

      Corporation Tax: Wrexham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in corporation tax by businesses registered in Wrexham constituency in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion...

      Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the average UK consumer pays per year in (a) fuel duty and (b) alcohol excise duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Exports

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

      Housing: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to address levels of negative equity and home repossessions in Northern Ireland.

      Income Tax: Wrexham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) higher rate taxpayers and (b) people who earn over £1 million there were in Wrexham constituency in the last year for which figures are...

      Minimum Wage: South East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines have been issued to employers in (a) Portsmouth South constituency, (b) Hampshire and (c) the South East for non-payment of the national...

      Monetary Policy Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many women have been short-listed for positions on the Monetary Policy Committee since 2010; how many of those on each (a) short-listing panel and...

      Mortgages: Succession

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had on the effects of shared appreciation mortgage schemes on the status of estates left behind after the death of the loan applicant.

      Non-domestic Rates: Brigg

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses in Brigg and Goole constituency which will be affected by the extension of the small business...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which consumer goods products sold in the UK are subject to the highest levels of tax per product; what the level of tax is on each such product; and if he...

      Taxation: Mothers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that the tax system does not disadvantage families with stay-at-home mothers.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings have accrued to the Exchequer as a result of lowering the low value consignment relief threshold in the 2011 Finance Bill from £18 to £15.

      Wine and Spirit Trade Association

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will include in his Budget 2014 measures included in the wine and spirit trade association submission.

      Working Tax Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in working tax credits payments to recipients in (a) Glasgow, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Dundee and (d) Aberdeen in the last year.

  • Education

    • Chemistry: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many secondary school chemistry teachers have a chemistry degree.

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effects of children's centre closures on the long-term development of children from disadvantaged families.

      Commonwealth: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure children are taught about the Commonwealth during their primary school years.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will continue to provide additional funding for the security requirements of Jewish faith schools after 2015.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure free schools do not teach intolerance to their students.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools officials in his Department have visited in connection with finding (a) permanent and (b) temporary sites for free schools due to open in...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the application process will (a) open and (b) close for the Champions League of Head Teachers scheme.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's target is for the number of (a) applications and (b) recruits to the Champions League of Head Teachers scheme.

      Health Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure school children are taught about the harmful effects of drugs.

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education by what means the National College for Teaching and Leadership agency gathers information on child protection issues in independent schools.

      Music: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps his Department is taking to encourage the study of classical music in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; (2) what steps his...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department has given on the proportion of the questions in the revised key stage 2 mathematics tests which should be (a) real life...

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had on introducing compulsory sex and relationship education in schools with (a) teachers, (b) parents, (c) religious bodies...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the provision of guaranteed reception class places for children aged five who were born between 1 August and 1 September.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students were permanently excluded from school for violence against a member of staff in 2013.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority area more than (i) 10, (ii) 20, (iii) 30 and (iv) 40 per cent of pupils were...

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of religious education lessons were taught by non-subject specialists in each of the last five years.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many specialist religious education teachers there were in England in each of the last five years.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children in reception, year one and year two will be provided with a hot, nutritious meal at lunchtime from September 2014.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which schools he and other Ministers in his Department have visited since May 2010.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he will publish the Statistical First Release Admission appeals in maintained primary and secondary schools in England: academic year 2011 to 2012.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether it is his policy immediately to close schools which refer themselves to the National College for Teaching Leadership on the grounds of...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of school governing bodies in holding head teachers to account; and what plans he has to review the...

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many primary school teachers who are science subject leaders have a science degree.

      Teachers: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the importance of the morale of teachers.

      Teachers: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to assess the morale of teachers. [Official Report, 9 April 2014, Vol. 579, c. 3MC.]

      Teachers: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department provides to teachers to be politically neutral when teaching subjects pertaining to current affairs, politics and history.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department provides on the required level of experience a substitute teacher must have to provide leave cover.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2014, Official Report, column 914W, on teachers: training, how many bursaries for initial teacher training were...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2014, Official Report, columns 209-10W, on...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether category 1 and 2 responders currently assess the effectiveness of their emergency response facilities, including...

    • Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government have issued clear guidance on expected levels of category 2 responders' engagement in planning,...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the degree to which, for emergencies spanning more than a single local authority area,...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether local recovery co-ordination groups have made early recommendations to elected local authority members about...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether all Government guidance has been updated to reflect the new arrangements for recovery; and whether local resilience...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether and when local resilience forums have evaluated and shared lessons from both the response and recovery phases to...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of whether local authorities have co-ordinated a systematic programme of community engagement in...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether, in all cases relating to the recent flooding, upper tier local authorities have become the lead responders to...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what work the Environment Agency has done with its partners to progressively develop and bring into use flood visualisation...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the Government have made towards creating a fully-funded national capability for flood rescue, with fire and...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether all upper tier local authorities have established Oversight and Scrutiny Committees to review work by public sector...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of whether local authority contact centres have taken the lead in dealing with general enquiries...

      Floods: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support his Department plans to make available to farmers whose crops are late or reduced as a result of severe wet weather.

      Reptiles: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reptiles were seized by HM Customs under CITES in each year from 2001 to 2013; and how many such seizures there were.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the safety of women's human rights defenders in Afghanistan.

    • Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the total budget for overseas development assistance is allocated for reproductive health education and family planning.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much additional aid the Government plan to give to Ukraine.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department gives to local authorities on preventing the proliferation of betting shops and fixed odds betting...

    • Career Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were promoted in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b)...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what proportion of occasions when a fire engine was despatched in response to a 999 call (a) a police vehicle and (b) an...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy that planning permission is only granted on condition that shale gas pads pipe water and gas on...

      Homelessness: Barrow in Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individuals registered as homeless in Barrow and Furness constituency were aged (a) under 16 and (b) 16 to 18 in each...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what value of grants has been issued in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber under the New Homes...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications were received for Get Britain Building funding in (i) round one in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to increase investment in house building; and if he will consider the introduction of rent controls.

      Land Use: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what formula his Department uses to value best and most versatile (BMV) land for the purposes of assessing planning applications...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data (a) his Department holds and (b) can be estimated from the Land Registry, the Census and the Office of National...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many draft local plans have been referred back to local authorities for revision since the adoption of the National...

      Planning Permission: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will implement a moratorium on approving planning applications for greenfield sites in Addisbury constituency before local...

      Sleeping Rough: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rough sleepers there were in each local authority in the North East in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how long the average family will spend on the waiting list for social housing before being allocated a property in (a) the...

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department provided for staff to carry out trade union activities in each of the last three years; and how many...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to bid for European Union funding for carbon capture and storage projects; and if he will allocate part of...

    • Drax Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at what stage of development the conversion of Drax power station to biomass is; and when that project is due to be completed.

      Drax Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the conversion to biomass at Drax power station will continue to ensure that the station provides seven to eight per cent of...

      Drax Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what socio-economic benefits the local community will receive from Drax power station's conversion from coal-fire to biomass.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the change in energy costs for the average household of pensionable age since May 2010.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to develop a UK standard in mitigation measures, operating conditions and planning requirements for shale gas pads.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of people in each region of the UK are in fuel poverty.

      Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department will be taking to implement the findings of the second State of Natural Capital report by the Natural Capital...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of progress in implementing the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility in the Cayman Islands.

    • Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to strengthen ties with the Commonwealth.

      Commonwealth Secretariat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much financial support the UK provides to the Commonwealth Secretariat each year.

      Conflict Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs where annual reports of the Inter-departmental Conflict Pool for (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13 or equivalent...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN sanctions regime against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2014, Official Report, column 46W, on Falkland Islands, and with reference to the answer from...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent reports that Hezbollah is stockpiling missiles. [R]

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what effect the reported interception of Iranian arms shipments to Gaza has had on his assessment of the role of President...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce Iranian military and financial support for the Assad regime.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent reports of rocket fire from southern Lebanon into Israel. [R]

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on levels of settlement construction.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli authorities about their handling of visa requests from Palestinian medical students...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the imposition of sanctions which directly affect President Putin.

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the practice of Spain’s Guardia Civil firing rubber bullets into the sea and using similar...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what more his Department can do to protect Christians in Syria from Al-Qaeda splinter groups who demand payments in gold and...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to protect children in Syria from sexual abuse.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to improve relations between the Governments of Russia and Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Russian Foreign Ministers on Russian troops leaving the Crimea region of Ukraine.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take in response to the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Business: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to increase the number of women in senior positions in business.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber employed an apprentice in each of the...

    • Diabetes: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what amount the Government have spent on research on type 1 diabetes in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on when the compensation scheme for the carbon floor price will...

      Merlin Helicopters: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library copies of the memoranda of understanding underpinning the 2010 sale of 12 VIP AgustaWestland AW...

      Merlin Helicopters: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Jackie Callcutt was involved in the negotiations for the AgustaWestland deal with India which collapsed earlier this year.

      Merlin Helicopters: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the name was of each official in his Department who took part in negotiations prior to the 2010 sale of 12 VIP...

      Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress he has made on developing a global standard of financial transparency in the extractive industry.

      Music: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many undergraduate students are studying music in the UK in the current academic year; (2) how many undergraduate...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Post Office Ltd, (b) the National Federation of Sub Postmasters, (c) the...

      Post Office Card Account: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the change was in the number of Post Office card accounts in Northern Ireland between 1 January 2012 and 1 January 2013.

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department provided for staff to carry out trade union activities in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Trade: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the Government's objectives are in the work of the Doha Development Agenda.

      UK Trade & Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much UK Trade & Investment has spent in the (a) production and (b) postage of promotional materials to hon. Members in...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to help young people in apprenticeship schemes with the cost of travel to work by bus.

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the economic costs and potential benefits of a salary sacrifice scheme for bus commuters.

      Commissioners of Irish Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the savings that will be made in (a) financial year 2015-16 and (b) succeeding years as a result of the work of the...

      East Anglia Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Abellio on potential improvements to rolling stock on the Great Eastern Main Line.

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2014, Official Report, column 387W, on First Capital Connect, what the (a) net franchise payment and (b) revenue...

      General Lighthouse Authorities: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the (a) principal value, (b) annual interest rate and (c) estimated total cost of the loan provided by his Department to facilitate the...

      General Lighthouse Authorities: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on the size of pension received by employees of the General Lighthouse Authority of the transfer of pensions...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Written Statement of 6 March 2014, Official Report, columns 64-5WS, what estimate he has made of (a) the cost to the General Lighthouse...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many representations were received in response to the Environmental Statement on (a) the High Speed 2 project and (b) the High Speed 2/High...

      Light Dues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written statement of 6 March 2014, Official Report, columns 64-65WS, on light dues 2014-15, what estimate he has made of the total...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all trains operated by the Northern Rail franchise will be compliant with the Equality Act 2010 by 1...

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age of rolling stock used by the Northern Rail franchise has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Railway Stations: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the station usage figures were for each railway station in Copeland in each of the last 10 years.

      Railway Stations: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to introduce car parking charges at rail stations in West Yorkshire as part of the Northern franchise.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government have spent on rail services per head of population in each region of England in each of the last 10 years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rail spending per head will be in each region of England in each year of Control Period 5.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average change in rail fares was in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of people of pensionable age using rail services.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answers of 22 November 2013, Official Report, column 1052W, on road traffic control, and of 11 December 2013, Official Report, column...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to increase rail competition for passengers on the West Coast Main Line.

  • Justice

    • Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much and what proportion of the victim surcharge imposed by adult courts since 1 October 2012 has been collected where the main sentence in the case...

    • Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if his Department will sign up to the Mental Health Concordat.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many special advisers are employed in his Department; what the budget is for the employment of special advisers; and what the cost of employing...

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons saw (a) a change and (b) more than one change of governor in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013.

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many deaths in custody there were in the secure estate between 2 and 9 March 2014.

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) acts of active concerted indiscipline, (b) acts of passive concerted indiscipline, (c) hostage situations and (d) incidents at height...

      Prisons: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the capacity is of each women’s prison in England and Wales; (2) how many women are currently held in each women’s prison in...

      Prisons: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the estimated estate value is of each women’s prison in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the running costs were of the Independent Monitoring Board in each prison in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

      Prisons: Wrexham

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

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much his Department has spent to date on external legal advice on the design of contracts with community rehabilitation companies; (2) who has...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department maintains a public register of restorative justice and similar schemes operating in England and Wales.

      Secure Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish a detailed breakdown of his Department's £85 million budget for a Secure College.

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many places are available annually on sex offender treatment courses in each prison in England and Wales.

      Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many defendants elected jury trial in each of the last five years and (a) pleaded guilty and (b) were found guilty by each offence category;...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what average length of custodial sentence was handed down to those aged 18, 19 or 20 and found guilty of criminal offences and receiving a...

      Young Offenders: Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders have breached referral orders in each year since they were introduced.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many places have been (a) created and (b) decommissioned in (i) secure children's homes, (ii) secure training centres and (iii) young offender...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which official body has responsibility for ensuring that HSA4 forms are correctly filled out; whether he plans to provide details of the procedures that...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2014, Official Report, column 949W, on abortion, whether the general discussions with the British Pregnancy Advisory...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of accident and emergency doctors.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) change and (b) percentage change there was in Accident and Emergency (i) admissions and (ii) attendance in each NHS trust in each of the last...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency attendances there were by children in each year since 2010.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances have taken longer than (a) 30 minutes and (b) one hour to arrive at the patient in each region in each of the last five years.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS providers deliver care that meets the quality statements contained within QS33, the quality standard for rheumatoid arthritis development by...

      Calderdale Royal Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on improving accident and emergency facilities at Calderdale Royal Hospital in the last five years.

      Calderdale Royal Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have accessed treatment at Calderdale Royal Hospital in (a) each of the last 12 months and (b) each of the last five years.

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ground E abortions for cleft palate were diagnosed by (a) ultrasound and (b) other diagnostic tests in each of the last 10 years; what other...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what proportion of occasions when a fire engine was despatched in response to a 999 call an ambulance was sent to the same incident in the last year...

      Genomics England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether representatives of commercial companies will be appointed to the board of Genomics England Limited.

      Genomics England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contractual or similar relationship exists between NHS England, PA Consulting and Genomics England Limited.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spends on reproductive health education and family planning; and what his policy is on such matters.

      Health Services: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2013, Official Report, columns 831-32W, on health services: hearing impairment, if he will place in the Library a...

      Hospital Beds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) change and (b) percentage change there was in the estimated number of delayed discharges in each London hospital trust in each of the last four years.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has issued any guidance to hospital trusts on the management of car parks and the issuing of parking charge notices.

      Information Centre for Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior staff employed at the Health and Social Care were previously employed at the NHS Information Centre; and what the grade is of each such...

      Information Centre for Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are employed at the Health and Social Care Information Centre; and how many of those staff were previously employed at the NHS Information...

      Information Centre for Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many former staff of the NHS Information Centre were employed in the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

      Information Centre for Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior staff at what level in the Health and Social Care Information Centre previously worked at the NHS Information Centre.

      Kidneys: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage more older people to become kidney donors.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies outside the NHS have received NHS patient data over the last 10 years; what data were provided; and how much was charged for those data in...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether advice on the use of data without consent has been obtained from the Confidentiality Advisory Committee.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS England plans to upload care.data to Google servers or use Google’s Big Query service.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has concluded a memorandum of understanding with US medical authorities over the future sharing of NHS patient data.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients can opt out of their hospital data being shared or uploaded to anyone who does not directly provide them with care.

      Medical Records: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to paragraph 20 of NHS England Board Paper NHSE 180 716, what is meant by the exploitation of sequencing data.

      Medical Records: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what work has been done by NHS England to consider how genomic sequencing data might be held, connected to patient records and used; (2) whether...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which technology appraisals conducted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and completed in each year since 2005 (a) did and (b) did...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems; (2) what steps his Department is taking to...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence about approval of the Tecfidera...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any directors of NHS England are on the board of (a) HSCIC, (b) Genomics England Limited and (c) PA Consulting.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the name, job title and salary level is of each director who has worked in NHS England since its formation.

      NHS: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the NHS Annual Report to be published; and if he will make a statement.

      North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with North West Ambulance Service Trust about delays in attending call-outs.

      PA Consulting Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the NHS hospital episode dataset uploaded by PA Consulting is removed after the agreement end date.

      PA Consulting Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any security audits have been conducted by his Department on PA Consulting following that company's cancellation of its contracts with the Home Office.

      PA Consulting Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS England has received payment for allowing PA Consulting to use NHS data.

      Patients: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many taxis have been used by ambulance trusts to collect urgent or emergency patients in each region in each of the last five years.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of adults received social care in each English local authority in each year since 2009-10; (2) how many, and what...

      Tuberculosis

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

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the private availability of vaccines on different measures of health equality.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the change in numbers of civil servants working less than 20 hours per week was between January 2010 and January 2014.

    • Government Departments: Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much each Government Department has allocated to charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institutions to deliver programmes through the Charities...

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the net benefit to the UK economy of data.gov.uk since it publicly launched in January 2010.

      Government Departments: Standards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many consultants have been engaged in the Crown Oversight Function since its creation; what each of their job roles were; and how much has...

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what change there has been in (a) gross and (b) net immigration into Northern Ireland in the last three years.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many non-EU students (a) came to the UK and (b) departed the UK in the last period for which figures are available.

      Profumo Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to Lord Lexden of 18 July 2013, Official Report, House of Lords, column 872, on the Profumo Inquiry, how many of the people...

      Public Sector: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he plans to publish the report of the independent project review of the Counter Fraud Checking Service once it is completed.

      Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which statistics identified as high impact outputs with less widespread support by the Office for National Statistics in consultation on statistical...

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding his Department provided for staff to carry out trade union activities in each of the last three years; and how many days staff spent on...

      Unemployment Benefits: Graduates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many graduates of British universities aged 21 to 25 are claiming unemployment-related benefits.

      Unemployment Benefits: Havering

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people living in the London borough of Havering have moved off unemployment benefit as a result of gaining employment in 2013.

      Unemployment: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged 18 to 24 years old in Scotland have been unemployed for (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) two years and (d) more than two years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what consultation his Department undertook with deaf users of the Access to Work scheme and their representative groups prior to...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people of pensionable age providing unpaid childcare support.

      Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the accuracy of his Department's databases of people (a) in receipt of and (b) not in receipt of benefits for...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) new employment and support allowance claimants and (b) existing employment and support allowance claimants...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what protections have been built into Universal Job Match to ensure the service cannot be infiltrated with non-existent jobs with the aim of...

      Employment Schemes: Rhyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional funding his Department allocated to the town of Rhyl for the purpose of piloting back-to-work projects in each year since 1997.

      Health and Safety Executive: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review his Department's Fee for Intervention policy.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households which claim housing benefit do not have access to a kitchen.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on the housing benefit budget of limiting all rents to local authority rent levels.

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in housing benefit payments was paid to recipients in (a) Glasgow, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Dundee and (d) Aberdeen in the last year.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Executive on the closure of the independent living fund.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Health and Safety Executive Approved Codes of Practice (a) have been reviewed since May 2010, (b) are scheduled for review or amendment...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) new jobseeker's allowance claimants and (b) existing jobseeker's allowance claimants reporting a change in...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people and what proportion of the working age population have been in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance for over (a) two years,...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received sanctions in relation to their jobseeker's allowance for non-attendance in (a) the London Borough of Havering and...

      Labour Force Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect (a) generally and (b) on ease of comparisons with previous years of collecting work-related...

      Long Term Unemployed People: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce long term unemployment in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the pension entitlement is of people of pensionable age who served long sentences in prison.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to tackle delays faced by people waiting for a medical assessment following their application for personal...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his policy is on the payment of benefits into Post Office card accounts; (2) what his policy is on the payment of pensions into...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Post Office Limited and (b) the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters on the...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has for the future use of Post Office card accounts.

      Post Office Card Account: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Warrington currently have benefits of which type paid into a Post Office card account.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the quality of the administration of the short-term benefit advances scheme since its inception.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the potential for improved administration and awareness of the short-term benefit advances scheme to affect demand for food...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people and what proportion of the working population have been in receipt of incapacity benefit or employment and support allowance...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants have been sanctioned for (a) four weeks, (b) three months and (c) three years in each month since January 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what work his Department has commissioned on the use by migrants of UK welfare systems.

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in disability living allowance and personal independence payments to recipients in (a) Glasgow, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Dundee and...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much was paid in employment and support allowance payments to recipients in (a) Glasgow, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Dundee and (d) Aberdeen...

      Unemployed People: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to promote small business entrepreneurial skills for people who are currently unemployed.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been in receipt of out-of-work benefits for (a) one year, (b) two years and (c) three years or more in (i) Wrexham...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the universal credit system will accept new claims for employment and support allowance by the end of 2016; (2) whether...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of processing a change in a claimant's circumstances when he or she (a) moves to live in an area where...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the IT systems supporting universal credit are able to process a change in a claimant's circumstances when he or she (a) moves to live...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what effect on the budget of universal credit the decision to develop a second IT system will have; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the claimants who have returned to Jobcentre Plus after 104 weeks on the Work Programme are attached to each jobcentre in the UK;...

      Work Programme: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Brigg and Goole constituency who have begun an apprenticeship through support provided on...

  • Defence

    • Combat Troops: Human Rights Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to ensure that human rights legislation does not apply to troops deployed in combat operations.

    • Army Helicopter Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress he has made on upgrading army helicopter capability; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Force Withdrawal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made for the withdrawal of UK personnel and heavy equipment from Afghanistan through Russian territory; and if he will make a...

      Injured Service Personnel: Competitive Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase opportunities for injured service personnel to participate in competitive sporting events.

      Watchkeeper Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the British Army plans to begin flying Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles.

      Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to improve the Army’s recruitment process.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) operating cost statement, (b) balance sheet, (c) statement of recognised gains and losses, (d)...

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) number of established posts filled is for each RAF operational squadron.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of Air Command's Command Plan for financial years 2012-13 and 2013-14.

      Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list each branch and trade in the Royal Air Force.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which Royal Air Force bases and establishments in England are currently in use; (2) which RAF bases and establishments (a) have been closed since...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which RAF bases and establishments are held on a leasehold basis.

      Air Force: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) location and (b) value is of all land and buildings, dwellings—tangible fixed assets valued at £1 million or over held on Air...

      Air Force: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) location and (b) value is of all land and buildings, non-dwellings tangible fixed assets valued at £1 million or over held on Air...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Single Integrated Capability Priority List.

      Armed Forces Pay Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Triennial Review of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body will be completed; and what estimate he has made of the cost of this review.

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions military personnel were deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland to deal with explosive devices in 2013.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value is of the break clauses in each contract his Department currently holds with Capita.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Sovereign Base Areas Administration or the Government of the Republic of Cyprus will be responsible for formulating the new planning regime...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to conduct a strategic environmental assessment on the new planning regime to be developed in the Cyprus sovereign base areas.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the new planning regime for non-military development in the Cyprus sovereign base areas will be subject to public consultation before it its...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the UK's gross domestic product the Government spend on defence; and what steps he is taking to encourage the UK's NATO allies to...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what criteria his Department used in its decision on to whom to award the contract to manage the Defence Infrastructure Organisation; (2) what the...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral statement of 6 March 2014, Official Report, columns 1077-79, on nuclear submarines, what the evidential basis is for the statement...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Ministers in his Department were first made aware of problems with the reactor cooling systems at the Dounreay Naval Reactor Test Establishment; and...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date in January 2012 the problem with the reactor cooling systems at the Dounreay Naval Reactor Test Establishment was detected.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what type of ships are held for Maritime Security Operations in Gibraltar.

      International Military Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on legal costs relating to International Military Sales Ltd in each of the last five years.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to station any of the new F35 joint strike fighters in the Falkland Islands following their commissioning into service.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Typhoon, (b) Tornado GR4 and (c) Sentinel R1 aircraft are (i) fully serviceable, (ii) undergoing first line maintenance, (iii)...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which military bases and establishments in the UK are occupied by US visiting forces; how many US personnel are stationed at each; and what the name and...

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress his Department has made on its work at MOD St Athan.

      Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons there are no Royal Navy vessels on duty in the Far East.

      Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what types of vessels are assigned to UK contingency operations; and at what notice each such type of vessel is held.

      Navy: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which types of unmanned aerial vehicles are (a) currently deployed by the Royal Navy and (b) being (i) procured and (ii) considered.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made on RAF Northolt's fulfilment of its obligations under Regulation (EC) No. 1108/2009.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of promotional material for recruitment to each of the reserve forces in each year since 2010.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for (a) Russian attendance and (b) Russian dialogues in the margins of the NATO Summit to be held in Wales in September 2014.

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department provided for staff to carry out trade union activities in each of the last three years; and how many days staff spent on...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the procurement process of the Type 26; and if he will make a statement; (2) when the key procurement decisions...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision he has made to allocate UK troops to any UN deployment of troops to Ukraine.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2014, Official Report, column 33W, on unmanned air vehicles, if he will publish a complete list of countries to which...

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the potential cost of implementing the recommendations of the Veterans' Transition Review, published on 11 February 2014.

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 February (WA 224) and the Skills Study Statement 2013–16, what role is played by the...

    • Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total tonnage of each target species which was permitted to be caught in the Ascension Island commercial long-lining fishery in each of the last...

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was (1) the total number of accompanied job posts, and (2) the total number of unaccompanied job posts, in the government of Ascension Island in each of...

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the financial value of the Ascension Island commercial charter fishery in each of the last four years.

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what income the government of Ascension Island received from the Ascension Island commercial charter fishery in each of the last four years.

      Ascension Island

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what tonnage of marlin was caught in the Ascension Island commercial charter fishery in each of the last four years.

      Banks: Headquarters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to European Union Directive 95/26/EC regarding the location of banks’ headquarters; and when any such consideration...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to start charging claimants who appeal against a decision by Jobcentre Plus to sanction their Jobseeker’s Allowance or...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to charge benefit claimants for appeals against sanctions or other applications in relation to benefits; and, if so, what studies they...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the findings of the study of the sea level in the British Indian Ocean Territory “Contemporary sea level in the Chagos Archipelago,...

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what penalties can be applied to charities that break charitable law by publishing party political advertisements or making misleading claims; and whether...

      Finance: Bitcoins

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of any United Kingdom losses as a result of Bitcoin exchange theft.

      Finance: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to prevent the Financial Conduct Authority’s proposed periodic fees for high cost, short-term credit companies from...

      Finance: Sukuk

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement by the Prime Minister at the World Islamic Economic Forum in London on 29 October 2013 that HM Treasury was working on the...

      Government Departments: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be sending officials from the Department for International Development to the tuberculosis and mining summit in South Africa on 25 March.

      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 for Communities...

      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 for Environment,...

      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 Foreign and Commonwealth...

      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 Northern Ireland Office in...

      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 Director of the Wales Office in his role as Accounting...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current status of the government of Israel’s commitment to investigate fully the settler attack on the Deir Istiya Mosque.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the case for an open inquiry into the deaths of Palestinian prisoners whose death...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent Amnesty International report Trigger Happy, what discussions they have held with their European partners concerning...

      London Stock Exchange

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 29 October 2013 that the London Stock Exchange Group was creating a new Islamic Market Index of...

      Non-departmental Government Bodies: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees were recruited by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 2013; and, of that number, how many were graduates.

      Northern Ireland: On-the-Runs Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which department prepared the first-day briefing provided to the incoming Northern Ireland Executive Justice Minister in April 2010. To ask Her...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to amend their policy on provision of funding to the Palestinian Authority in order to facilitate direct funding of the St John of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what overseas aid they have provided and to which countries, by type and financial amount in each year since 2010.

      Police: Black and Ethnic Minority Officers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many black and minority ethnic police officers are on the current Strategic Command Course.

      Police: Convictions, Cautions and Offences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers had previous convictions or cautions before they joined the police service; and what offences gave rise to those convictions and...

      Rspca

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many private prosecutions were undertaken by the RSPCA during 2010 to 2013; what were the three bodies undertaking the highest number of private...

      Rspca

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the estimated public expenditure involved in the pursuit of prosecutions initiated by the RSPCA during 2010 to 2013.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they regulate, or intend to regulate, selective admissions systems in secondary education settings with specific regard to (1) lottery, and (2) banding...

      Small Businesses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which regulations and legislation applicable to small businesses they have revoked or repealed since 2010.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Warsi on 26 February (HL Deb, col 920), what assessment they have made of the authorship and sponsorship of the book...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conduct of the 2010 elections in Sudan; whether they consider that those elections were a driver for violence; and what...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to establish where the resources used by the government of Sudan to...

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