Written answers

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

  • Treasury

    • Banks: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the current activities of the high level expert group on the structure of the EU banking sector; and if he will make a statement.

    • Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to ensure greater transparency in credit scoring procedures.

      Financial Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the remarks made by the president of German regulator Bafin on 17 January 2014 on manipulation of currency rates and prices, if he will...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Autumn Statement of 5 December 2013, Official Report, column 1130, what his definition is of stable house prices; and what steps he is...

      Non-domestic Rates: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of manufacturing businesses that are currently liable for business rates; (2) if he will estimate the cost to...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department has issued to retailers on the Sale of Goods Act 1979 as amended by the Sale and Supply of Goods to...

    • Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his assessment is of the potential financial and commercial implications for the UK information techology industry of the...

      Mass Media: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to facilitate the interoperability of electronic media and music between different operating systems to...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by...

      Offshore Wind Investment Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the chief executive of the Offshore Wind Investment Organisation to be appointed.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of end-to-end competition in the postal sector on postal workers' pay...

      Public Sector: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2014, Official Report, columns 170-1W, on public sector: food, how much funding is provided by...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, what the date and location of each Share Fair event that has taken place...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made in providing an assessment of future markets...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on the engagement plan for the communication...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, how much of the £19.9 million from the Regional Growth Fund to...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy (OWIS), what progress he has made on ensuring the Offshore Wind...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on a supply chain analysis in the offshore...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, what export opportunities have (a) been identified and (b) materialised...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on expanding the scope of the Offshore Wind...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, what projects in offshore wind have received investment from the Green...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Denton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards bringing the standard of air quality in those parts of Denton and Reddish constituency...

    • Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department takes in ensuring that CITES-listed animals have their welfare needs met from when they are...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made between his Department, Ofwat and the water industry on appropriate risk-based standards...

      United Utilities Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the leakage rate for the United Utilities Water Company was in the latest period for which figures are available; and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has given to each (a) local authority and (b) other organisation to deliver the Gold Standard...

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the National Housing Advice Service will continue to deliver the Homelessness Gold Standard in 2014-15.

      Housing: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the benefits of self-help housing schemes for Newcastle upon Tyne's housing stock.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what help he gives to community groups to finalise their neighbourhood plans and to protect them from legal appeal by developers...

      Planning Permission: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of planning applications to build on sites in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) Tameside metropolitan borough and (c)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Tourism: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the cost of recent flooding to the leisure parks, piers and attractions sector.

    • UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her objectives are for the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

  • Home Department

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Minister of Justice on counter-terrorism issues.

    • Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to ensure that police forces create wildlife crime officer posts; and if she will make a statement.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the vulnerability of the UK to a terrorist cyber-attack; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which countries the EU is acting as a legal personality currently negotiating co-operation agreements in the field of justice and home...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will set out how the (a) existence and (b) risk of female genital mutilation to applicants for asylum in the UK is treated under...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 481W, on human trafficking: Victim Support Scheme, how many of the (a) 270...

      Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will introduce a pre-consideration eligibility test for visas and immigration applications where the associated fees exceed £500.

      Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much revenue the UK Visas and Immigration Service received from application fees where the application is not processed due to...

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change in spending there has been in the security and intelligence agencies in the last three years.

      Police: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) managerial, (b) clerical and (c) operational Metropolitan Police staff in Enfield were paid more than (i) £42,000, (ii)...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2014, Official Report, column 292W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether any policies of her Department...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Employment: Brigg

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in Brigg and Goole constituency no longer claim unemployment benefit as a result of gaining employment in 2013.

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Lone Parents: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of children being cared for by a single parent in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Statistics

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to ensure that all statistics identified as high impact outputs with less widespread support by the Office for National Statistics...

      Sugar

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much sugar was purchased for No. 10 Downing Street in 2013.

      Unemployment: Clwyd

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobseekers over the age of (a) 50 and (b) 60 years in Vale of Clwyd constituency.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the European Commission has reached a conclusion in its consideration of the state aid case for the compensation scheme for the...

    • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what value-for-money audit procedure will apply the parent body organisation contracts planned for (a) Magnox Limited and (b) Research...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what aspects of the proposed parent body organisation contracts planned for (a) Magnox Limited and (b) Research Sites Restoration...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total expected value is of the parent body contracts to be awarded to (a) Magnox Limited and (b) Research Sites Restoration...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the economic viability of oil and gas extraction from the UK continental shelf in the next decade.

  • Wales

    • Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

    • Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from the Welsh Government on relocating Trident to the Cleddau in the event of Scottish independence.

  • Health

    • Care Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 11 March 2014, Official Report, column 267, on Care Bill, whether...

    • Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of psychological support available to people with cystic fibrosis after lung transplantation.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current arrangements for donor lung allocation for people with cystic fibrosis.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the report by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust entitled Hope for more: Improving access to lung transplantation and care for...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will discuss with the e-cigarette industry ways of ensuring better consumer safety through the testing of e-cigarette liquids; (2) what steps...

      Information Centre for Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) outside earnings from use of data, (b) third-party payment of staffing costs and (c) other funding sources of the operations and staffing of...

      National Institute for Health Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget was allocated to the National Institute for Health Research in each of the last three years; and how much of that budget was spent in each...

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Midwifery Council on its membership costs and their impact on recruitment and retention in the profession.

      Scarlet Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold discussions with the Northern Ireland Minister of Health to discuss the recent rise in the incidence of scarlet fever in England and its...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus operators in Greater Manchester have been reported to the Transport Commissioner in each year since 2005; and how many bus operators lost...

    • Driver and Vehicle Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many employees of the Driver and Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland have been employed there for (a) five years or fewer, (b) six to 10...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many aircraft have had to land due to (a) engine problems, (b) fuel shortages and (c) other technical problems at Heathrow Airport in the last five...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many near-miss aircraft incidents have occurred under 7,000ft with aircraft (a) arriving at and (b) taking off from Heathrow Airport in the last...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of obstructive sleep apnoea among lorry drivers.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) his counterpart in the Scottish Government, (b) the freight and haulage industry and (c) the European Commission...

      Priority Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with (a) metropolitan local authorities and (b) passenger transport executives on the introduction of red route...

      Public Transport: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the roll-out of smartcard technology for travel on (a) buses, (b) trams and (c) metro systems outside London.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with companies within the supply chain for railways on the wheel sets and other spare parts for trains.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of road accidents resulting in a (a) serious injury and (b) fatality involved people driving for business purposes in each of the last...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the role of the Health and Safety Executive in reducing accidents by...

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

  • Attorney-General

    • Amicus Curiae

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many times the Attorney-General has appointed an amicus curiae in each month since May 2010; (2) how much has been spent by the Attorney-General's Office on...

    • Stalking

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been (a) charged and (b) prosecuted under sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

      Stalking

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been charged under (a) section 2A and (b) section 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in each police force in England and Wales since...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the devolution of responsibility for levying of corporation tax to...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the voter registration effects in Northern Ireland.

      Fuels: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the role of alleged dissident republicans in illegal fuel laundering.

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the Social Democratic and Labour party on the introduction of the National Crime Agency for Northern...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on providing older workers in Northern Ireland with adequate skills training.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been made available to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many successful prosecutions of alleged republican terrorists there have been in the last 12 months.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when she last met the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to discuss terrorist activity.

  • Education

    • Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many available school places there are at schools that provide specialist support for children and young people on the autism spectrum in (a) the...

    • Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve the education of children on the autistic spectrum.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Primary Education: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of state-funded primary schools have acquired academy status in each local authority.

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the annual cost of transporting children from secure children's homes in London and the South East to elsewhere in the UK.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teachers teaching in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) London, (d) Lambeth and (e) Streatham parliamentary constituency have undertaken...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of British intervention on the level of opium production in Helmand Province,...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the levels of opium cultivation in the area within a 10-mile radius of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan,...

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer from the Deputy Prime Minister of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 316, what Korean language...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina towards EU accession.

      Empty Property

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

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he or officials in his Department have had with the Israeli Government about recent deaths of...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the publication of the UN Commission of Inquiry's report and the UN Human Rights Council resolution on North...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to prevent further acts of aggression by Russia.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken or is supporting at the United Nations to diminish tensions in Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US Secretary of State on Ukraine.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the convictions of Khalifa Rabeiah and Othman al-Shehhi in the United Arab Emirates.

      United Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance he has given to the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on political groupings...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the improvement of human rights in Vietnam.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to ensure a gender goal is included in the post-2015 framework in the post-millennium development goals agenda.

    • UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to support women's social and political participation in fragile states at the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carrington Wire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether members of the Carrington Wire Pension Fund are able to access the Pension Protection Fund.

    • Foreign Companies: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that any foreign company found to have abandoned its pension responsibilities to UK pension holders can be...

      Housing Benefit: Corby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in discretionary housing payments has been allocated in Corby and East Northamptonshire constituency for those affected by the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2014, Official Report, column 848W, on incapacity benefit, what estimate his Department originally made of...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on the Jobcentre estate in 2012-13.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued on the requirement to have £16,000 or less in savings for eligibility for income-based jobseeker's allowance.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people who were entitled to contributory jobseeker's allowance when they first claimed ceased claiming that benefit within (a)...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received sanctions of their jobseeker's allowance for non-attendance in (a) Portsmouth South constituency, (b) Portsmouth,...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the effect of the removal of the under-occupancy penalty on the number of children living in relative...

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the differential payment regime in the Work programme in reducing creaming and parking.

  • Scotland

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many 18-to-24 year olds in Scotland have been unemployed for two years or more.

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many 18-to-24 year olds in Scotland have been unemployed for two years or more.

      Scottish Independence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to encourage small and medium-sized businesses to participate in the debate on Scottish independence.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the potential cost to cross-border companies if Scotland becomes independent.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the change to average wages in Scotland since 2010.

      Unemployment: Young People

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

  • Justice

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have been electronically monitored under Part 3 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 since its introduction.

    • Family Proceedings: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many private family law cases there were in (a) Gwent and (b) Wales civil and family tribunals cluster between April 2012 and April 2013; and in how...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what representations he has received on legislation on killing by one punch; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he has to bring...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a life sentence in each of the last three decades; what length of sentence each served; how many such prisoners are still in...

      Mediation: Matrimonial Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment the Government have made of trends in the take-up of mediation following recent legal aid changes applicable to matrimonial law.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many releases from prison in error there have been in each month since May 2010, by category of prisoner.

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) self-inflicted, (b) non self-inflicted, (c) other non-natural causes, (d) restraint, (e) homicide, (f) awaiting classification deaths...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons have been locked out in each month since May 2010; and on how many occasions each such prison has been locked out.

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost is of preparing (a) halal and (b) non-halal food in the Prison Service.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners sent to local prisons by courts have been sent on to an alternative prison due to overcrowding in each month since September 2013.

      Risley Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when workshops have been closed at HM Prison Risley since October 2013; (2) which wings at HM Prison Risley have been locked down for half a day...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many tribunals have been stayed pending decisions in other courts relating to decisions on benefits for over six months; how many claimants...

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2013, Official Report, column 127W, on squatting, what the cost to the public purse has been of hearings in...

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of any offences relating to scrap metal theft in each of the last three years.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the value of each asset under contraction valued at £1 million or more held on Air Command's balance sheet is; (2) what the (a) quantity...

    • Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases were taken to summary appeal courts in each year since 2006 by members of each branch of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) serving and (b) former members of each branch of the armed forces received compensation following the end of the previous policy of...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much compensation has been paid to (a) serving and (b) former members of each branch of the armed forces who were disciplined following receipt of a...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving members in each branch of the armed forces were deemed to have lost out on promotion following receiving a police caution in the last 10...

      Armed Forces: Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conditions have to apply in order to prevent the release of a Service Inquiry report to the general public.

      Armed Forces: Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visitors there were at the (a) National Army Museum, (b) Royal Air Force Museum, (c) National Museum of the Royal Navy and (d) National Memorial...

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) army applications and (b) successful army applications from Northern Ireland there have been in the last three years.

      D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate his Department has made of how many veterans of the D-Day landings will travel to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of those...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Marines: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people from Northern Ireland have joined the Royal Marines in each of the last five years.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will abandon the use of live pigs in military battlefield exercises; whether he has had discussions with his counterpart in Germany,...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections

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

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, for what reasons the Commission's estimate of unregistered voters was 4 million in...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the data matching rates were for university students living in university towns.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the registration rates were in the review of the national estimate of the...

      Electoral Register: Bridgend

      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: Gateshead

      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: Greater Manchester

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

      Electoral Register: Greater Manchester

      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: Nottingham

      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: Oxford

      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: St Helens

      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...

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 February (HL Deb, col 1010), what action they are taking to ensure that employers pay apprentices...

    • Bloody Sunday

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 10 March (WA 341), whether they will now answer the question.

      British Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in making orders depriving British persons of their nationality under section 40 or 40A of the British Nationality Act 1981, they will (1) consider,...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much “new burdens” funding was made available to each local authority in England in (1) 2013–14, and (2) 2014–15, to compensate...

      Crime: Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide have been brought in each year since 2010.

      Discretionary Social Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston on 3 March (WA 278), what evidence they have that Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans were...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current state of political freedom in Egypt and of the prospects for free and fair Presidential elections later this year.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the state of freedom of religion and belief in Egypt following the removal of President Morsi from office in July 2013.

      Energy: Supply Disruption

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to withstand possible shocks in the energy sector, such as might arise from developments in the Ukraine.

      EU: Competitiveness Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Livingston of Parkhead on 4 March (WS 127), how many other European Union countries agreed with measures called for...

      EU: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support duty-free access for Ukrainian exports to the European Union.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 24 February (WA 183), whether, where the impact of European Union Directives are found to impede the...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many residential buildings they estimate suffered serious damage during the recent floods; and what proportion of that total were built within the last...

      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 Attorney General’s...

      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 Culture, Media...

      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 Education 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 Permanent Secretary of the Scotland Office in his role...

      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 Transport 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 Permanent Secretary of the Department for Work and...

      Health Innovation Challenge Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department of Health will make a decision about the future of the Health Innovation Challenge Fund following the agreement by the Wellcome Trust to...

      Health: Dentistry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will give a substantive response to the recommendations by the Office of Fair Trading in their report on dentistry, published in September 2012.

      Health: Hypertension

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people suffering from hypertension in the United Kingdom. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their...

      India: Golden Temple, Amritsar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 3 March (WA 287), whether they intend to hold further meetings with the representatives of Sikh...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the human rights situation in Iran following the election of President Rouhani.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussion, and with whom, they have had regarding Iraq’s new draft Personal Status Law and its impact on women’s rights.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the use of CS gas within residents’ houses in Qaddum and other villages.

      Offenders: Re-offending

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which offences the Risk of Serious Recidivism calculator will classify as serious.

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when their consultation on local authority parking strategies is summarised, that summary will include the weight of opinion expressed on each...

      Qatar and Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Qatar and other mediators in Syria about arranging further exchanges of prisoners between the...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether electric trains are likely to be available to take advantage of the newly-electrified lines which will become available between Manchester and...

      Railways: London Midland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why London Midland had its franchise extended to 2017; and what assessment they have made of the performance of its trains in the West Midlands.

      Railways: London Midland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring they are undertaking of the performance of London Midland rail services in the West Midlands.

      Railways: London Midland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance of Passenger Focus in representing the concerns of customers of London Midland in the West Midlands area.

      Severe Wet Weather

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether rainfall in the periods (1) 1 December 2013 to 28 February 2014, (2) 1 December 1914 to 28 February 1915, and (3) 1 December 1765 to 28 February...

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the Federal Government of Somalia to make progress on delivering security, stability and services to all its people.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the inclusion of a reference to the creation of an independent international commission of inquiry in the resolution on Sri Lanka...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of reports of the killing of a student and the arrest of other protestors during a demonstration in Khartoum on 11 March; and...

      Vehicles: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals are being put forward by European Union institutions to improve the design of the cabs of heavy goods vehicles to reduce crashes involving...

      Young Offenders: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 January (WA 310), whether they will provide details of their “plans for transforming...

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