Written answers

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database...

    • Floods: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the impact of agricultural policies in the UK on the level of flooding in recent years.

      Floods: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to conducting a national soil survey to assess the effects of recent flood damage on the...

      Internal Drainage Boards: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will undertake a review of the proposal by the Environment Agency to disband the three West Sussex internal drainage...

      National Rivers Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to re-introduce the National Rivers Authority staffed with civil and flood engineers.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants his Department has made to UK conservation charities in each year since 2010.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which CITES Annex A and B listed species have been (a) imported into and (b) exported from the UK in each of the last five...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of CITES-listed animals imported into the UK in each month of the last...

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department provided for staff to carry out trade union activities in each of the last three years; and how...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage local communities to plant trees.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many women human rights defenders staff in the UK embassy in Kabul has met in the last six months; and what direct...

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of human rights violations in Bahrain; if he will designate Bahrain as a country of concern;...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of progress in implementing the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the current situation on torture in Bahrain with the UN Special Rapporteur; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received about the shooting of Fadel Abbas by security forces in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent Swiss referendum result on the free movement of people in the EU on the...

      Free Movement of People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that there be a UK referendum on the principle of free movement of people within the EU.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to prevent drug smuggling into Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what correspondence his Department has received from the group For a Humanitarian Frontier.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to demonstrate to the Spanish Government that the UK does not intend to negotiate on the matter...

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports he has received from the UK ambassador in Rabat on the arrest of the journalists Lafkir Laghdaf and Khaled...

      Trade Union Officials

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

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the UK will (a) review and (b) suspend security assistance to the Government of Uganda following the passage of the recent...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to support human rights in Uganda in response to the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has any planned diplomatic engagements with the Government of Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has identified any threat to British LGBTI citizens travelling to Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met Uganda's high commissioner in London.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Commonwealth Governments on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act and...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking in order to prevent further Russian aggression towards Ukraine; and what steps he plans to...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support an African-led solution to problems of maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa discussed Western Sahara with (a) Abdelilah Benkirane, Head of...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Polisario Front on security in the parts of Western Sahara under its control.

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of savings accruing to the public purse if the new tax-free childcare scheme was restricted to parents earning less than (a)...

    • Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the amount which will be raised for charities through the Gift Aid Small Charitable Donations Scheme, by 31 March 2014;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2013, Official Report, column 519W, on Members: correspondence, when he plans to respond to the correspondence dated 26...

      Minimum Wage: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines have been issued to employers in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber for non-payment of the national minimum...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that HM Revenue and Customs has a faster and more effective appeals process.

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 those...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many debts arising from overpayment of tax credits were transferred to debt collection agencies in each month in (a) St Helens South and Whiston...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer the question of 8 January 2014 from the hon. Member for Heywood and Middleton, on fraudulent websites.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what consideration the Church Commissioners gave to the historical or other interest of the residence at the...

    • Bishop of Bath and Wells

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will publish a complete list of the grounds considered valid for the purposes of an objection to the...

      Church of England

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of recent trends in the proportion of Church of England...

      Church of England

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many clergy of the Church of England were from black and minority ethnic backgrounds in each year since 2000.

      Church of England

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will publish a list of all (a) UK and (b) overseas equities held by the Commissioners' investment fund in...

      Churches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, (1) if he will publish a breakdown of funds that the Church Commissioners have made available for dioceses based...

      LGBT People

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, (1) what recent discussions the leaders of the Anglican church have had with the Archbishop of Uganda regarding...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department will authorise the release as a spreadsheet of the postcode data used for the Cumbria county council broadband...

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions she has met representatives of the (a) Premier League and (b) Football Association to discuss access to grassroots...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to increase and support participation in grassroots football.

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to limit the level of gambling advertisements on television.

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether companies already licensed by the Gambling Commission will be required to demonstrate the same business practices as those...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the new licensing regime issued by the Gambling Commission on the international...

      Music: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to encourage citizens of the Commonwealth who are studying at UK conservatoires to pursue careers in...

      Parliament Square: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on which occasions the flags of the Commonwealth are flown on Parliament Square.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England funding has been allocated to local authorities (a) in and (b) not in the core city group in the last three years.

  • Justice

    • Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his future plans for legal aid are.

    • Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on his reforms to rehabilitation aimed at reducing reoffending.

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Members’ Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what criteria the IPSA Contingency Panel used to grant uplifts...

    • Members’ Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the (a) highest and (b) lowest uplift allocated to hon....

  • Transport

    • Liverpool Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has made to the European Commission on the state aid judgement on the Merseyside cruise terminal; and if he will make a statement.

    • Railways: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the electrification of the Windermere to Oxenholme railway line.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have been affected by the recent flooding and have applied to his Department for funding under the...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many local authorities have included in their development plans requirements for (a) higher energy efficiency...

      Green Belt: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to protect (a) green belt and (b) open green spaces in (i) the county of Greater Manchester,...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many local authorities had taken part in the Gold Standard homelessness initiative as of 31 December 2013; (2) how...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) change and (b) percentage change in homelessness (i) applications and (ii) admissions was in each (A) London local...

      Local Government: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements he has made for the representation of minority political parties on the leadership boards of combined authorities.

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to bring forward regulations under the Mobile Homes Act 2013 regarding fees payable to a local authority.

      Planning Permission: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to revoke planning permission granted on appeal, reference 07/00027/DECISI at Longford, Gloucestershire on...

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on permitting motorists to stop for up to 15 minutes on double yellow lines; and if he will...

      Sleeping Rough: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rough sleepers there were in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the number of single adults who have applied for social housing in (a) England and (b) the London...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities in England and Wales use higher-rate telephone numbers for public inquiries.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to discourage the setting up of illegal Traveller caravan sites and associated anti-social behaviour.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many onshore wind farm applications and how much onshore wind capacity have been recovered by the Secretary of State in each...

  • Home Department

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions she has used powers under the Royal Prerogative to prevent people suspected of terrorism from travelling abroad in the...

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) her...

      Hilda Murrell

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will open an inquiry into the death of Hilda Murrell in 1984; (2) what (a) Cabinet papers and (b) papers of her Department...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2014, Official Report, column 738W, on human trafficking: Victim Support Schemes, how many Government...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police staff in each police area in England and Wales have received training in sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Government victim care contract specialist support providers work (a) full and (b) part-time.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a)...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 391, on energy prices, how many new (a) electricity and (b) gas...

      Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 519W, on energy competition, if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Fuel Poverty: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on fuel poverty.

      Geoengineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what solar geo-engineering his Department (a) has conducted, (b) has permitted and (c) is aware of in the airspace above Britain.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Luciana Berger) of 16 October 2014, Official Report, column 754W,...

      Offshore Oil and Gas in the UK Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which recommendations of the Maitland Review he has not implemented due to an alternative approach being adopted; and what the...

      Trade Union Officials

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

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department plans to consult on changes to the Warm Home Discount for the period from 2015-16.

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many families with children receive the Warm Home Discount.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much onshore wind capacity (a) received planning approval and (b) was rejected in each month in 2013; and how many planning...

  • Scotland

    • Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he was first informed about the increased levels of radioactivity in the cooling waters in the reactor at the Vulcan Nuclear Reactor Test Establishment.

    • Income Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss income tax in Scotland.

      Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how Scottish soldiers and their families posted on accompanied tours elsewhere in the UK can register to vote in the Scottish Referendum.

      Trussell Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to meet representatives of the Trussell Trust in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time equivalent officials in her Department have responsibility for helping developing countries improve education systems.

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time officials in her Department have responsibility for helping developing countries improve their healthcare systems.

      Developing Countries: Tax Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time equivalent officials in her Department have responsibility for helping developing countries improve their tax...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds her Department has made available to the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda in each year from 2010-11 to 2013-14.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to what use has past UK aid to Ukraine been put.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he plans to take to monitor the effect of recent restrictions on Access to Work funding for communication support for deaf and...

    • Employment Schemes: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to help people with mental illnesses find appropriate work.

      Employment: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been signed off work in the UK as a result of having obsessive compulsive disorder.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) his...

      Housing Benefit: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on housing benefit for tenants in (a) council property, (b) housing association and registered social landlord...

      Independent Living Fund: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Darlington constituency currently receive independent living fund payments.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in Scotland have (a) received a sanction and (b) received a sanction and disputed it in each of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the email correspondence from the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish dated 10 January 2014 (reference 7648/Jan14) on...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to introduce statutory time limits on claims for personal independence payments.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 715W, on child poverty, what estimate his Department has made of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to penalise those who fail to attend scheduled meetings at jobcentres.

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many migrants from non-EU countries claim benefit payments.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women were (i) investigated, (ii) given an administrative penalty, (iii) given a caution and (iv) convicted in court...

      Social Security Benefits: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to prevent married couples from fraudulently claiming council and housing tax-related benefit available...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect on the time taken to receive universal credit of a claimant (a) moving to live in an area where...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2012, Official Report, column 1032W, on work programme, when he expects to publish the independent...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people referred by Jobcentre Plus to the Work programme in each month since June 2011 failed to start on the programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the operation of the Work programme in rural areas.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received from (a) providers and (b) customers on the effectiveness of the Work programme; and if he will...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he received the Work Programme Evaluation: Interim meta-report; what his plans are for its publication; and if he will make a statement.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authority databases may be consulted by local authority electoral...

    • Electoral Register: Birmingham

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

      Electoral Register: Newcastle upon Tyne

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

      Electoral Register: South Yorkshire

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings: Denton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average earnings of full-time employees in Denton and Reddish constituency were in April (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e) 2013.

    • Debts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the level of personal debt was in (a) the UK, (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough, (c) Tameside Metropolitan Borough and (d) Denton and Reddish...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the size of the electorate was (a) the year before and (b) two years after the coming into force of the Representation of the People (England and...

      Unemployment: Brigg

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people aged (a) 25 years and over and (b) 16 to 24 years old have been unemployed for more than a year in Brigg and Goole constituency since 2008.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the average weekly hours worked since the first quarter of 2008 to date.

  • Prime Minister

    • Israel

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the possibility of Israel (a) disarming its nuclear weapons capability and (b) joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was discussed with (i) his Israeli...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register: Darlington

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the electoral registration figures were in each ward in the recent voter confirmation dry run conducted in (a) Darlington constituency and (b) the Borough of...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which academy chains have been restricted (a) in full and (b) in part from sponsoring new academies or free schools; and if he will make a statement.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many Academy Trusts (a) met the deadline to submit, (b) missed the deadline of 31 January 2014 for submitting and (c) are yet to submit their...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department gives to local authorities on the use of virtual headteachers for children in care.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many virtual headteachers there were (a) in total and (b) in each local authority in each of the last five years.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward legislative proposals to grant virtual headteachers statutory powers to intervene when a young person is facing exclusion from...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department allocated for virtual headteachers in each of the last five years.

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the average cost to the public purse of placing a severely disabled child in full-time residential care.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many free schools proposed to open in September 2014 have yet to secure a (a) permanent and (b) temporary site; and if he will make a statement.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of pre-school education on attainment during school years.

      Pre-school Education: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children aged three or four in (a) England and (b) the London borough of Havering are in pre-school education.

      Pupils: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's policy is on the use of adrenaline shots in schools to treat children having an anaphylactic shock.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure that a higher proportion of religious education lessons are taught by fully qualified subject specialists.

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of the Ofsted report RE: Realising the Potential, published in October 2013; and...

      Sandymoor School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 223W, on Sandymoor school, what funding will be allocated to Sandymoor Free School...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an assessment of the relative educational outcomes in Hull and Surrey local authority areas; and what assessment he has made of how the...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education by which criteria the Education Funding Agency will prioritise the allocation of capital resources to secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which contractors were awarded the contract by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for professional skills tests for initial teacher...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the professional skills test for initial teacher training entrants.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how the applicants of the contracts for the professional skills test for ITT entrants will be assessed; and how often Ministers have received reports...

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding has been allocated to the Troops to Teachers programme to date.

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many service leavers (a) applied to and (b) were accepted on initial teacher training in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10, (iii) 2010-11, (iv) 2011-12,...

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will meet the Never Such Innocence campaign to discuss educational material relating to the commemoration of the First World War.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ground E abortions for chromosomal abnormalities other than trisomies 21, 18 and 13 were diagnosed by (a) amniocentesis, (b) ultrasound,...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the reasons for the differences in the statistics gathered by his Department and the Wolfson Institute on the number of abortions...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many diagnoses of trisomy 21 leading to a ground E abortion were diagnosed by (a) amniocentesis, (b) ultrasound, (c) chorionic villus sampling...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what standards of data collection are required of Clinical Commissioning Groups in respect of abortion services delivered in the independent sector.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Salisbury of 4 March 2014, Official Report, column 766W, on abortion, how many abortion notification forms...

      Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with medical authorities on the use of electrical current to treat brain injuries; (2) what his Department's policy is...

      Brain: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department offers to patients requiring deep brain stimulation treatment, in cases where extra funding is required.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the report by Breast Cancer Campaign entitled Finding the cures, improving the care, published on 11 March 2014, what assessment he has...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Avastin form of the drug bevacizumab will be made available through the NHS for the treatment of cervical cancer.

      Clinical Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of doctors and nurses participated in clinical audit in each of the last five years; (2) what proportion of NHS funding has been...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the allocation of donor lungs to cystic fibrosis patients in England; and what steps he is taking to ensure the...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) his Department and...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will request the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to carry out a consultation with patients and professionals on the effect...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of physical activity programmes to address the needs of people with painful conditions such as arthritis.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are given in support of NHS nurses reporting cases of female genital mutilation.

      Food Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the chair of the food network of the responsibility deal has received (a) paid employment, (b) funding for research and (c) hospitality from the...

      Health and Care Professions Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received about the Health and Care Professions Council or its predecessor in the last five years.

      Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alert notices have been issued in respect of healthcare professionals in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly people have received help with (a) low, (b) moderate, (c) substantial and (d) critical needs in each month since January 2010.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential change in the number of health visitors working with children as a result of the transfer of...

      Hospitals: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers the Care Quality Commission has to carry out spot checks of all wards of a hospital without seeking the permission of the relevant...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who currently manages the GP dataset; what commercial companies are involved in its management; and where each server on which data are stored is located.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many stenting procedures in the (a) iliac, (b) femoral and (c) anterior arteries below the knee have taken place in each NHS trust in the latest year...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffering with mental health problems were treated using cognitive behavioural therapy in the UK in 2013.

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to ensure that children who need mental health interventions are placed in facilities as close to their homes as possible.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the inclusion of indicators in the Public Health Outcomes Framework on physical activity levels among people with (a) back pain, (b)...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated by each local authority to (a) prevent the onset of musculoskeletal conditions and (b) mitigate the effects of such...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with NHS England on that body's policy for payment of senior staff after leaving NHS jobs for a period of secondment.

      NHS: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many serious data breaches the NHS has registered in each year since 2010.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to contribute to the consultation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council on its proposals to increase its compulsory annual fee.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the Nursing and Midwifery Council's proposal to raise nurse registration fees.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider introducing a national lung allocation system based on need and not location.

      Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many lower limb amputations procedures took place through the NHS in each NHS trust in each of the last five years.

      PA Consulting Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the contract between the NHS and PA Consulting is due to end.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2014, Official Report, column 196W, on Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme, for what reasons his Department...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to local authorities on the provision of respite care to severely disabled children and adults.

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities currently planning to close homes offering respite care to severely disabled children and adults.

      Salt: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce salt consumption by children.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a joint PHE-JCVI-DH-NICE working group to examine how the impact of vaccination programmes could best be assessed has been established and has yet met.

  • Defence

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) length and (b) value is of each contract his Department currently holds with Capita.

    • Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 13W, on defence: procurement, if he will (a) place in the Library and (b) publish on...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) for what reasons representatives of his Department did not mention the incident at the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment in January 2012 in...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department first became aware of the increase in discharges of noble gases from the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment as a result of the...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has measured the dimensions of the fracture in the cladding of the fuel core of the reactor in the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish and place in the Library a copy of the advice from the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator on the incident at the Vulcan Naval Reactor...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons (a) the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and (b) the Office for Nuclear Regulation were told to keep the information regarding the...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a lessons-learnt exercise has been carried out following the discovery of problems with reactor cooling systems at the Dounreay Naval Reactor...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advice was given to Ministers by (a) the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator, (b) the Head of Nuclear Propulsion and (c) the Naval Superintendent,...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) in which periods the reactor at the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment was shut down between 1 January 2012 and 11 March 2014; (2) how many...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long (a) HMS Westminster, (b) HMS Brocklesby and (c) HMS Daring will be stationed in Gibraltar.

      HMS Vanguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of the fuel core which will be loaded onto HMS Vanguard in the refuelling announced on 6 March 2014.

      Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets and how many personnel are taking part in Exercise Saber Strike; what the cost to the public purse is of the exercise; and what assets and...

      Logistic Commodities and Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many meetings (a) civil servants, (b) consultants and (c) Ministers of his Department have had on the Logistical Commodities Services...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) serial number and (b) date of entry into service is for each (i) C-17A Globemaster, (ii) Hercules C1/C3 (K), (iii) C4/C5 (J), (iv)...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the date of entry into service is for each (a) Chinook, (b) Griffin HAR2, (c) Puma, (d) Puma HC2, (e) Merlin and (f) Sea King airframe.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which NATO member states have sent maritime patrol aircraft to (a) RAF Lossiemouth and (b) RAF Leuchars since September 2013; which aircraft were so...

      Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vessels were (a) intercepted and (b) boarded by the Royal Navy in UK territorial waters in each year since 2011.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what investigations were conducted to establish the safety of reactors on board the Royal Navy's nuclear powered submarines following the discovery of...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to his statement of 6 March 2014, Official Report, columns 1077-9, on nuclear submarines, how much of the additional £150 million...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any restrictions have been placed on the operation of reactors onboard Royal Navy submarines as a result of the incident at the Vulcan Naval...

      RAF Croughton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there is a NATO communications installation at RAF Croughton.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what financial contribution would be requested from the Welsh Government in relocation costs if Trident were moved to the Cleddau in the event of...

      Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions his Department has had with its US counterpart on revisions to the future demand for highly enriched uranium for the Naval Nuclear...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact that the United Kingdom’s programme of bilateral support...

    • Afghanistan: Women and Girls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the commitment made by the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening MP, on 4 March 2013 that violence against women and girls...

      Aviation: Competitiveness

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken to help the United Kingdom aviation industry achieve greater competitiveness within the global aviation market.

      Civil Servants: Relocation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 10 March (WA 342), whether they will now answer the questions.

      Discretionary Social Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on individuals and local authorities of their recently-announced decision to end the Local Welfare Assistance...

      Education: Vocational Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the paper “Getting the Job Done” (March 2014), what action they will take to ensure that, in addition to the explicit insistence on...

      Education: Vocational Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the paper “Getting the Job Done” (March 2014), what steps they are taking to increase the esteem in which vocational qualifications...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any decision has yet been taken to send European Union observers to monitor the Presidential elections to be held in Egypt later this year.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to implement the European Union Foreign Affairs Council decision of 21 August 2013 requiring Member States (1) to suspend export...

      Energy: Oil and Gas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what investment they are making in offshore oil and gas as a consequence of the Wood review.

      EU: Mobility Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect to be the impact for the United Kingdom of the Mobility Partnership which the European Union established with Tunisia on 3 March.

      Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the operation of the Firearms Act 1997 with regard to reinvigorating the sport of pistol shooting in the United Kingdom.

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 March (WA 305–6), whether they can confirm that they have relied on no other external advice or...

      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 Ministry of Defence in his...

      Government Departments: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what customer, user and satisfaction surveys were conducted in the last 12 months in the Cabinet Office and the agencies that report to it; which of them...

      Health: Academic Health Science Networks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made to continue the work of the Health Science Networks when their current term expires.

      Health: Research

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Health Research Authority can expect to have approval from the Department of Health for their proposals, submitted in October 2013, to bring...

      Health: Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the total cost of a course of treatment for homeless tuberculosis sufferers in (1) hospitals, and (2) hostels.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether local authorities responsible for disabled facilities grants are permitted to refuse applicants on the basis of housing tenure alone, irrespective of...

      Housing: Private Rented Sector

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many private tenants are included on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Private Rented Sector Taskforce.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that abused domestic workers who attempt to report their treatment to the police are not arrested as a result of false...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they ensure that Government-funded accommodation and support provided to victims of trafficking following a positive reasonable grounds decision meets...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure adequate provision of legal representation, counselling and accommodation to victims of trafficking.

      Internet: Child Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what systems are in place to prevent online child abuse.

      Justice: On-the-Run Individuals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consulted, or sought and received the agreement of, the First Minister of Northern Ireland in relation to the terms of reference of the review...

      NHS: Hospital Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there are enough beds for patients in NHS hospitals.

      Non-departmental Government Bodies: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees were recruited by the Insolvency Service in 2013; and, of that number, how many were graduates.

      Non-departmental Government Bodies: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees were recruited by the Land Registry in 2013; and, of that number, how many were graduates.

      Police: Regulatory Functions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether regulatory functions carried out by the police, especially firearms licensing, will be included within the Regulators' Code.

      Quangos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 24 February (WA 222), what has been the financial saving arising from the reduction and merger...

      Schools: Careers Advice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Nash on 25 February (HL Deb, col 826) that face-to-face interviews with careers advisers are an outmoded model, what they...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the United Kingdom and European Union will have in the Sudanese elections in 2015.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of the United Arab Emirates following the sentence of seven years' imprisonment on Dr Mahmoud...

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