Written answers

Monday, 24 March 2014

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of new buses in the UK outside London are fitted with audio visual announcements.

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the cost of establishing the system to enable driving records to be accessed online by drivers and the insurance...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to reduce the number of trains per hour on the East Coast Main Line from London to Newcastle following the opening of High Speed 2.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effects of High Speed 2 on the frequency of trains on the East Coast Main Line from London to Newcastle.

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the joint investment between his Department and First Great Western to fund additional standard class capacity and a refresh of first class...

      First TransPennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy that the new TransPennine Express franchise due to begin in 2015 maintains hourly direct services between Hull and Manchester.

      Goring and Streatley Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when lifts will be installed at Goring and Streatley station; and whether this will coincide with the replacement of the footbridge.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evaluation his Department has made of the costs and benefits of linking the proposed phase two of High Speed 2 to the west coast main line at...

      Liverpool Street - Harlow Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the punctuality levels of train services between Harlow Town train station and London Liverpool Street station have been over the last 10 years.

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 456W, on motorways: repairs and maintenance, what the reasons are for the...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's executive agencies or...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding will be made available to the Access for All scheme in control period 5; and what terms and conditions will apply to such funding.

      Railways: Chester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the report of the Commission on Devolution in Wales published on 3 March 2014, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of...

      Railways: Fares

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

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many days the (a) Colne to Blackpool South and (b) Skipton to Leeds lines were closed in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government have spent on the South East Flexible Ticketing scheme in each year since 2010.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are currently any regulatory restrictions preventing train operators from operating part-time rail season tickets.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when the pilot project for part-time rail season tickets will start; (2) on what date the competition inviting train operators to submit a pilot...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which local authorities receive what proportion of the £140 million to fix roads damaged by flooding and adverse weather announced on 9...

      Rolling Stock: First TransPennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure provision of adequate rolling stock to serve the Hull-Manchester train route from April 2015.

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq Committee of Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2013, Official Report, column 503W, on Iraq Committee of Inquiry, what the reasons are for the time taken to conclude the...

  • Wales

    • Free School Meals: Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of pupils at each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in Islwyn constituency is eligible for free school meals.

    • Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many young people from Northern Ireland have joined the (a) Army cadets, (b) RAF cadets and (c) Royal Navy cadets in each of the last five years.

    • Immunity from Prosecution

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

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on increasing the use of Post Office card...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of multi-ticketing on the revenue accruing to the Exchequer from air passenger duty in each of the last five...

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings his Department has had with (a) pub companies, (b) the British Beer and Pub Association, (c) members of the British Beer and Pub Association,...

      Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value is of all such...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of future child care costs after 2015-16.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the qualifying criteria for the tax free child care scheme are.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the economic effect of (a) a rise in fuel duty, (b) freezing fuel duty, (c) cutting fuel duty by 3 pence or more in...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason it is his policy to apply varying taxation rates to different road fuel gases.

      Fixed Interest Securities: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current (a) one and (b) three-year yield is on a gilt; and what the (i) one and (ii) three-year yield will be on the proposed fixed rate savings...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the Green Book in regard to flood defence investment; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on revenues of (a) changes in the top rate of tax and (b) a reduction in the top rate from 45p to (i) 44p, (ii)...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the removal of the distinction between a cash ISA and a stocks and shares ISA on (a) the behaviour of investors...

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made an assessment of the benefits and disbenefits of extending the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme to the charity and social enterprise sector.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the ministerial statement of 13 February 2014, Official Report, column 66WS, on business rates administration review, if he will undertake a...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's Executive agencies or...

      Personal Savings: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to promote greater (a) knowledge of and (b) investment in ISAs and pensions among women.

      Provident Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many industrial and provident societies have been registered with the Financial Services Authority or Financial Conduct Authority in each year since 2008.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff had been employed on fixed-term contracts by HM Revenue and Customs for two years or more (a) in Edinburgh and (b) the rest of the UK at the...

      Sand: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will put a mechanism in place to waive landfill tax for the disposal of sandbags by local authorities; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to address financial inequalities faced by parents with shared custody of their child where state benefits are paid to...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the possibility of reducing VAT on local procurement; and whether he has any plans to propose such a reduction.

      VAT: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce VAT on repairs for those affected by flooding.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she is taking to introduce a ban on the sale of alcohol below the cost of duty plus VAT; (2) what steps she is taking to...

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were previously classified as unaccompanied asylum seeking children have been forcibly returned to another country as...

      Daniel Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2014, Official Report, column 182W, on Daniel Morgan, from which (a) individuals and (b) organisations...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are allocated to each room in immigration detention centres.

      Entry Clearances: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa centres have been contracted to be delivered by Teleperformance in Africa; how many such centres are operational; and if she...

      Entry Clearances: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people applied for fast-track visas to the UK in India in 2013.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the change in the number of non-EU students issued visas to study at UK universities in the last five years.

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the assistance for the voluntary return and reintegration of returnees project, what the countries of origin of the 1,470...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the nature and purpose is of the Government-funded assistance for the voluntary return and reintegration of returnees project being...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the backlog was for cases supervised by the (a) permanent migration office, Liverpool, (b) temporary migration office, Sheffield and (c)...

      Immigration Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rules govern the conduct of former immigration officials in respect of dealings with those still employed by the Immigration Service.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to regularly review directions given under section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the National Crime Agency has taken to liaise with its counterparts in the Irish Republic over steps to prevent further...

      Poaching: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of illegal taking of game have been recorded in (a) the North West and (b) Lancashire in each of the last three years.

      UN Commission On the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she has made in implementing the commitments in the outcome document of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2013; and if...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the advantages to deaf people of funding a team of interpreters through the Access to Work scheme rather than...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the maximum grants for funding support workers under the Access to Work scheme were determined.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations for deaf people his Department consulted before the Access to Work guidance on support workers was amended.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the distributional effect of raising the proportion of childcare costs covered by universal credit to 85 per...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of disability living allowance claims took longer than 40 days to process in each of the last three years for which data are...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that the support available on Saturdays for people appealing against the refusal of employment and support...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken from an application for reconsideration of an employment and support allowance decision to a decision being made on...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many businesses in (a) the UK and (b) Brigg and Goole constituency have taken part in wage incentive schemes since the introduction of the...

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants working less than 16 hours per week have received help in each year from the flexible support fund to cover child care...

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants have received help from the flexible support fund to cover child care expenses for up to five days in the seven days...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of housing benefit claimants in the UK in each of the last 30 years.

      Housing Benefit: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in South Staffordshire constituency under the age of 25 years old were in receipt of housing benefit in the most recent period...

      Housing Benefit: Yorkshire And The Humber

      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...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance his Department issues on (a) the amount of class 1 national insurance contributions an individual must have made and (b)...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's Executive...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to take steps to ensure that employers with employees who earn less than £10,000 per year will be legally obliged to...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the processing time target is for personal independence payment (PIP) claims; and what proportion of such claims took longer than this...

      Social Security Benefits: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions were issued in Brigg and Goole constituency in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions were issued in South Staffordshire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what consultation his Department has had with groups representing separated parents on steps to ensure universal credit makes shared...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department are working on developing the enhanced universal credit IT system.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the first alternative universal credit digital service to be in use in a job centre.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many entries there are on the Universal Jobmatch database; and what his estimate is of the number of vacancies such entries...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 638W, on the work capability assessment, if he will make it his policy to...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2014, Official Report, column 280W, on the work capability assessment, how many and what proportion of...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what information his Department draws in evaluating the performance of Work programme prime providers in addition to published outcome data.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to publish a summary of the submissions to the consultation on the Clean Air Act 1993; and what his response...

    • Animal Welfare: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sentencing for crimes involving the abuse of animals.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the proportion of retail products in the UK which are compliant with EU energy efficiency...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases being investigated for enforcement action or issued and proceeding in the courts have (a) been discontinued...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps each area of the Environment Agency is taking to reduce its enforcement and legal caseload by 31 March 2014; and...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to improve information available to consumers of fish on the method of fishing used.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 552W, on forests, what assessment he has made of the...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 552W, on forests, if he will make it his policy to record...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the additional £140 million for flood defences over 2014-15 and 2015-16 announced in the Budget 2014 will be...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the £140 million for flood defences over 2014-15 and 2015-16 announced in the Budget 2014 to repair and...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the additional £140 million for flood defences over 2014-15 and 2015-16 announced in the Budget 2014 is (a)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the additional £140 million for flood defences over 2014-15 and 2015-16 announced in the Budget 2014 is (a)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the additional £140 million for flood defences over 2014-15 and 2015-16 announced in the Budget 2014 will be...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on the number of households forced to seek alternative accommodation after their homes...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will monitor home insurance premiums to ensure that increases relating to risks of flooding are justified; and if he...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to tackle the illegal dumping of commercial waste.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 552W, on forests, what records (a) his Department and (b)...

      Mercury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will bring forward proposals to incorporate the Minamata Convention on Mercury into domestic law.

      Mondelez International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the objectives were of his visit to the Mondelez factory on 13 March 2014; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his...

      Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the needs of small landowners who have had public footpaths wrongfully placed on...

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who is responsible for managing overhanging vegetation which may impede the flow of a river and increase flooding risk.

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what enforcement powers exist in relation to overhanging vegetation impeding a river's flow; and how many times such...

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2014, Official Report, columns 77-78W, on rural areas: broadband, how much of the...

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2014, Official Report, columns 77-8W, on rural areas: broadband, whether there will be a...

      Sharks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on how many sightings of white sharks there have been in the seas around the UK in each...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value is of the fund accumulated from water abstraction charges through the environmental improvement unit...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been raised by the licence fee and environmental improvement unit charge in each region by (a) volume and (b)...

  • Scotland

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the extent of the use of zero-hours contracts in Scotland; and in which areas of employment such use is most prevalent.

    • Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his policy is on the cost of the decommissioning and safe dismantling of the remains of the nuclear powered submarines anchored at Rosyth if...

  • Attorney-General

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2014, Official Report, columns 125-6W, on taxation: fraud, how much of the total value of confiscation orders imposed by the Crown...

    • Counterfeit Manufacturing: Money

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service for the counterfeiting of (a) coins and (b) banknotes in each year since 2006.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2013, Official Report columns 545-6W, on Crown Prosecution Service, on which date the lease of each of the closed offices...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Attorney-General what cost savings have been made by the Crown Prosecution Service in Northamptonshire in each of the last three years.

      Life Imprisonment: Scotland

      To ask the Attorney-General what guidance he gives the judicial system on the prosecution of cases in the Court of Session which were previously resolved via a sentence of life imprisonment by an...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of successful Crown Prosecution Service rape-flagged prosecutions were for (a) rape or attempted rape, (b) any other kind of sexual assault, (c) a...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the statement by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland of 28 February 2014, Official Report, columns 38-40WS, on the on-the-runs scheme, what...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to regulate hydraulic fracturing to minimise the leakage of methane from shale gas production into the environment.

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what savings would accrue to Green Deal customers if Green Deal providers were able to access the supporting data for Green Deal...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable houses were built in Harlow in each of the last 15 years.

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the number of people who face reduced work incentives as a result of changes to council tax support.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the median time was for applicants to Disabled Facilities Grants funding to find out whether they are eligible in the...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish Birmingham city council's bid for funding for a weekly refuse collection.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of all new housing in each local authority area since March 2010 was classed as (a) social and (b)...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in each local authority area have been flooded during the recent severe weather; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent representations he has received on filming of local authority public meetings by the media and members of the...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of each non-confidential individual response to the consultation on local government...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he plans to respond to the consultation on the local government pension scheme launched in May 2013; (2) if he will...

      London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the governance arrangements of the London Fire and Emergency Planning...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals relating to the transitional protection regulations for England and Wales;...

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) privately rented, (b) social and (c) owner-occupied homes in...

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the effect on the likelihood of (a) death and (b) non-fatal injury as a result of fire in a...

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) privately rented, (ii) social and (iii) owner-occupied...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will press for adoption of a specific goal on gender equality in the post-millennium development goals framework when she attends the 2014 UN...

    • Higher Education: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will highlight the importance of places for girls in higher education in science and technology at the next Commission on the Status of Women;...

      UN Commission On the Status of Women

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what representations she has received from civil society organisations on preparations for the 2014 UN Commission on the Status of Women.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the UK has spent on construction and maintenance of Camp Bastion in each financial year since 2012.

    • Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people left the armed forces in 2012-13.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers have been made compulsorily redundant since May 2010; and what proportion of those soldiers were within one year of receiving a pension.

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of staff in Defence Equipment and Support who will see their terms and conditions change as a result of...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned timetable for the sale of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation is; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answers of 4 December 2013 to the hon. Member for Moray, Official Report, column 674W, and of 25 November 2013 to the hon. Member for...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) was informed of the leak of radiation which occurred at the Vulcan nuclear test reactor at Dounreay in...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many meetings he has had with industry on UK cyber hygiene policy in the last three years.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the physical fitness criteria are for recruitment to the cyber reserve force.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many firms with contracts with his Department employ cyber reservists.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cyber reservists have been recruited to the Joint Cyber Reserve Force to date; and when he expects to meet his recruitment target.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cyber incidents were recorded by firms with contracts with his Department in 2013.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the value of artefacts and cargo found within HMS Victory 1744.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which individuals or organisations his Department consulted before the transfer of the wreck of HMS Victory 1744.

      Malaysia Airlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance has been provided by the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

      Military Aid: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of military support provided during the recent winter floods; and from which budget Operation Pitchpole will be funded.

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a Minister of his Department last visited a defence establishment in Northern Ireland.

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to bring the service police force under the remit of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Navy: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disciplinary proceedings have been put in place following the incident at Devonport Naval base regarding the Test Variant Torpedo.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the longevity of fuel rods used in the Vanguard and Astute class submarines under normal patrol conditions since the leakage...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's Executive agencies or...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he is taking to recruit more cadet engineers to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; (2) how many engineers there are in the Royal Fleet...

      Service Prosecuting Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times civilian counsel have been briefed by the service prosecution authority in each year since 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Service Prosecuting Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service prosecutors there were in the service prosecution authority of each branch of the armed forces in each year since 2006, what the length...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons HMS Tireless was refused permission to dock in the United Arab Emirates.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional surveillance capability the Watchkeeper system will provide over the Hermes 450 UAV following the commencement of army trials.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on bringing forward legislative proposals...

    • Gambling: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of people in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Pendle constituency who suffer from a...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was raised from the payment of licence fees to the BBC in the last year for which figures are available; and how much...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps he is taking to encourage charities to become signatories to the Financial Reporting Council’s UK Stewardship Code; (2) what...

    • Conditions of Employment: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber who have jobs which primarily...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people died as a result of diabetes in (a) 2008 and (b) 2013.

      Government Departments: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what payroll deductions other than trade unions subscriptions are made from Government Department employees through the check-off system.

      Manufactured Goods: Sales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what purposes information provided via the UK manufacturers’ sales by product (Prodcom) form is used.

      Manufactured Goods: Sales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will review the requirements for small and medium-sized enterprises to complete the UK manufacturers' sales by product (Prodcom) form on an annual...

      Manufactured Goods: Sales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency were required to return the UK manufacturers' sales by...

      Profumo Inquiry

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2014, Official Report, column 469W on the Profumo Inquiry, who holds the requested information; and how does the fact...

      Trade

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the total amount was of financial penalties collected in respect of breaches of section 4 of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947 in each of the...

      Unemployment: Brigg

      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 old in Brigg and Goole constituency.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) male and (b) female postgraduate students in Afghanistan; (2) what recent...

    • Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department will take with the Arctic Council and its member states to implement the recent resolution of the EU...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether HM Ambassador to Burma has discussed with the Government of Burma their failure to implement drug eradication agreements...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department has made in securing Mark Reilly's freedom to leave China and return to the UK.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason no representative of the UK Embassy in Colombia has visited Francisco Toloza, Huber Ballesteros and David Ravelo...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK Embassy in Colombia will observe the trials of Francisco Toloza, Huber Ballesteros and David Ravelo.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Colombian Government about extra-judicial killings.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the killing of human rights activists in Colombia in 2013; and what assessment he has made of...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations and on what dates the UK Embassy in Colombia has made to the Colombian authorities about the prison...

      EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which countries the EU acting as a legal personality has concluded co-operation agreements in the field of justice and home...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many vehicles are owned or leased by the British High Commission in Nairobi; and what the make of each such vehicle is.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's...

      Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what official visits to the UK President Higgins of Ireland made prior to April 2014.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the restrictions announced in respect of Mr Slutsky, a member of the Russian Parliament, apply to his privileges and...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2014, Official Report, column 49W, on Russia, whether the Government have made an attempt to...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to impose visa bans and asset freezes on named Russian officials associated with the Magnitsky case.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on implementation of the Resolution of the House of 7 March 2012 relating to human rights abuses...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received on the effect of EU sanctions on Russia on the economy of Cyprus.

      UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which is the lead Department for the UK’s participation in the UN open-ended working group on ageing.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Venezuela on freedom of press and speech and the detention of...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on political unrest in Venezuela; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of academy trusts have applied to open a free school.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many academy trusts account returns remain outstanding.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many academy trusts did not submit their account returns on time in each year since 2011; (2) what proportion of academy trusts did not...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that children and adoptive parents receive support beyond the initial stages of the adoption process.

      Children and Young People: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to improve the education of children on the autism spectrum.

      Children and Young People: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of teachers teaching in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Essex and (d) Chelmsford constituency undertook specialist training on educational...

      Children and Young People: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the quality of educational provision for children and young people on the autism spectrum in (a) the UK, (b)...

      Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many Sure Start centres have reduced the services they offer since May 2010; (2) how many Sure Start centres have fewer staff now than in...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken since 2010 to ensure that (a) primary and (b) secondary schools are equipped to support children with diabetes.

      Education: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils in (a) Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex continued into (i) further education, (ii) higher education (iii) apprenticeships in each...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department takes to identify unutilised foster carers.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department takes to assist local authorities which possess insufficient foster carers.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to help schools that are unable to deliver free infant school meals in September 2014 because of a lack of capital funding.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what extra funding his Department plans to provide to smaller schools to help them to provide free school meals for under-sevens; and if he will make a...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will allow a transitional period for schools to prepare to provide free school meals for under-sevens in cases where those schools need to set up...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the names are of the free school projects proposed to open in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 that have been cancelled or withdrawn; and what the...

      ICT: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on encouraging computer science and programming in UK schools.

      Languages: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to expand the languages curriculum to encompass Urdu.

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how the mathematics teachers recently brought by his Department from Shanghai to England to help raise standards were chosen; who those teachers are;...

      Private Education: Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has received any allegations of child abuse in independent schools that occurred before...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of school-age pupils who have been illegally excluded from school in each of the last five years.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average cost per pupil of running a pupil referral unit was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Early Education: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding was allocated for disadvantaged two year olds in Rotherham in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the education funding per pupil is in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Brent for 2014-15.

      School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list all (a) primary and (b) secondary schools which have successfully implemented the School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the statement of 13 March 2014 by the Minister for Schools, how much of the funding announced will come from (a) his Department's budget...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the statement by the Minister for Schools, of 13 March 2014, Official Report, columns 427-42, on school funding, whether any of the funding...

      School Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on opening up school facilities to the local community for use outside of the school day.

      Schools: Collective Worship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the number of schools in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire which carry out collective acts of Christian worship each...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding her Department has contributed to the Global Partnership for Education Fund in each of the last five years.

    • Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes her Department supports to support job creation in Nepal; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will publish a detailed list of end-point recipients of aid allocated by her Department in each of the last three years.

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department contributed to the (a) Palestinian Authority and (b) Palestinian Authority general budget in each of the last...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department allocated in aid to the Palestinian Territories in each of the last five years. [R]

      UN Commission On the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will press for the inclusion of a strong gender goal in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda at the Commission on the...

  • Justice

    • Barristers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of barristers terminating their contractual involvement in cases there have been since the introduction of changes to very high cost...

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he has issued to coroners in England and Wales on the storage and retention of files over 30 years old.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which towns in England and Wales have more than one court housed in separate buildings; and which type of court in each case; (2) which towns in...

      Courts: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on televising courts to date.

      Crime: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of trends in the level of crime in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time taken is to determine an appeal of an initial award made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

      Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of offenders who received a custodial sentence have previously served (a) no, (b) between one and four, (c) between five and nine and (d)...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that claimants required to present their appeals against the refusal of employment and...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what complaints against Essex Probation were upheld in each month since November 2013; what (a) response was made and (b) steps were taken by Essex...

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to announce the membership of the board to succeed Essex Probation Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much Essex Probation (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on security in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date.

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to increase the cost-effectiveness of Essex Probation in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the Chief Executive of Essex Probation has met hon. Members since November 2013; when and for what purpose each such meeting took place;...

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress Essex Probation Trust has made since November 2013 on the integrated Offender Management project; how much has been spent by Essex...

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a record of Essex Probation's government procurement card transactions indicating the (a) date, (b) merchant and (c)...

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many members of the public have attended each meeting of the Essex Probation Trust in each month since November 2013; and if he will make a statement.

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made in the winding up of Essex Probation Trust; how much he plans to pay members of the Essex Probation Board in...

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department plans to pay each member of Essex Probation Trust Board in each of the next six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements he has put in place to mitigate the effects of planned reductions to legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...

      Magistrates: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on TV licensing training for magistrates in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of civil servants in his Department who were on maternity leave in each of the last five years returned to work.

      Non-molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times a non-molestation order was breached on average before the perpetrator was jailed in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's executive agencies or...

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the staff to prisoner ratio at HM Prison Oakwood is; (2) what the staff to prisoner ratio at each prison in England and Wales is.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unfilled prison officer vacancies there have been, by prison, in each month since May 2010.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers were employed in each prison in England and Wales in 2013.

      Prisoners: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what data his Department collects on the number of men in prison who have been victims of domestic violence; (2) what data his Department collects...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to negotiate compulsory prisoner transfer agreements with (a) Jamaica and (b) Pakistan.

      Prisoners: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sex offenders were held in each prison in England and Wales between 2010 and 2013.

      Prisons: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much was recovered from (a) convicted offenders and (b) prisoners on remand following damage caused by them to prison service property in the...

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many closed visits there were in English jails in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many vacancies there were for posts in the new (a) National Probation Service and (b) community rehabilitation companies on 1 February 2014;...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offender cases will be transferred from one officer to another following the creation of the National Probation Service and community...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate his Department has made of the full costs of the national compliance and enforcement service and the value of its business; and when this...

      Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of his Department and its agencies have been made redundant and subsequently re-employed by his Department and its agencies on (a)...

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the National Offender Management Service review of Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork includes secure colleges in its scope.

      Sentencing: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that the sentencing of foreign criminals in British courts is in accordance with the relevant sentencing guidelines.

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to charge recipients of welfare benefit who appeal against decisions made by his Department.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of probation staff have received training in sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what treatment is available for persons convicted of stalking (a) in prisons and (b) as a condition of a community order.

      Television: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions were heard in magistrates courts for non-payment of television licences in each year between 2007 and 2012; and how many such cases...

      Television: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were fined for not holding a television licence in each local authority in North Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

      Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on implementing the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010; and when he will take steps to bring this Act into force.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 18, 19 and 20-year-olds are currently held in adult prisons.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much local authorities contributed towards the cost of places in the youth secure estate in each of the last four years.

      Zahid Mubarek

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made on each of the recommendations in Lord Justice Keith's Report into the death of Zahid Mubarek in YOI Feltham in 2000.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what standards of data collection are required of clinical commissioning groups with respect to abortion services delivered in the independent sector.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle the production of counterfeit alcohol that contains dangerous substances such as methanol or isopropanol.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risk to public health of the sale of counterfeit alcohol that contains substances such as methanol or isopropanol.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that hospital accident and emergency departments compensate NHS ambulance services where the patient hand-over time from...

      Ambulance Services: South-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust of...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government has to encourage the development of new antibiotic treatments.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve health outcomes for people on the autistic spectrum.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cattle have been condemned after slaughter because of lesions caused by bovine TB in each of the last five years.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with NHS England on the potential annual publication of a review of compliance with the National Institute for Health and Care...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the efficacy and quality of care of patients with cancer in (a) Harlow constituency, (b) Essex, (c) the East of England and...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of efficacy and quality of care for patients with cancer in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged over (a) 40 and (b) 50 gave birth in each of the last five years.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the process is for the merger of two or more clinical commissioning groups; what his role in that process is; what level of public consultation is...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the report by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust entitled Hope for More: improving access to lung transplantation and care for people with cystic...

      Food: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding (a) local authorities and (b) the Food Standards Agency had to carry out food sampling analyses in each of the last five years.

      Food: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2014, Official Report, column 950W, on food: testing, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the decline in the...

      Funding: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding Lewisham Primary Care Trust received in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e) 2013; (2) how much funding the Heart of...

      Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and (b) NHS England on the availability of...

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken through the Change4Life initiative to change long-term consumer food habits; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that people with (a) myalgic encephalomyelitis, (b) fibromyalgia and (c) dysphagia receive the treatment they need...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include e-coli and other gram negative infections in the health care-associated infections targets.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital bed days were attributable to the effects of (a) all health care acquired infections, (b) MRSA and C.diff and (c) Carbapenem resistant...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation his Department has made of the first wave of pilots launched by the Malnutrition Taskforce.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that patient data does not leave GP surgeries under care.data.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2014, Official Report, column 355W, on medical records: databases, whether Atos has bid for the care.data extraction...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the terms of the existing commercial reuse licences for Hospital Episode Statistics data provide licensees with rights to receive Care Episode...

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what planned items of expenditure against NHS England's specialised services commissioning budget in 2013-14 have been (a) cancelled and (b) delayed...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical, (b) management and (c) clerical NHS staff in Essex were paid more than (i) £50,000, (ii) £65,738 and (iii) £100,000...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical, (b) managerial and (c) clerical NHS staff in (i) Enfield, (ii) London and (iii) Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital Trust were paid more...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to extend freedom of information legislation to private companies bidding for NHS contracts in order to ensure appropriate openness...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's executive agencies or...

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients who reside in Wales have been admitted to English hospitals for (a) cardio-vascular surgery and (b) maternity services in each of the...

      Pregnancy: Cholestasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is provided to (a) health professionals and (b) pregnant women on the symptoms of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP); and how ICP...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) the lifespan and (b) health outcomes of prisoners and young offenders.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated with the gamma knife at University College London hospitals between 1 April 2008 and 1 April 2013; from which NHS trusts...

      Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reports of mis-cutting before each method of religiously exempted non-stunning he has received in each year since 2004, broken down by type of animal.

      Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reports of mis-stunning before slaughter for each method of stunning he has received in each year since 2004, broken down by type of animal.

      Self-harm: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported incidents of self-harm there were by people under the age of 18 years in South Staffordshire in the most recent period for which figures...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to (a) require the supervision of sunbed use, (b) require the provision and display of prescribed...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adult Education: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in Harlow constituency were enrolled in adult skills training in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate he...

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings his Department had with Department of Health colleagues to discuss antimicrobial resistance in each of the last...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what timetable he has set for the production of an apprenticeship framework outlined in Annex A of the October 2013 report The...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received and approved any apprenticeship standards and assessment approaches as outlined in the timetable in the...

      Arts: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department has allocated to support training and skills development for the creative industries in (a)...

      Business: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses were registered in Brigg and Goole constituency in each year since 1995-96.

      Business: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times he met representatives of Young Enterprise in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Comet Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the Government has paid out to date in statutory redundancy and holiday entitlement liabilities arising from the...

      Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency, (b) Yorkshire and Humber and (c) England received Enterprise Finance...

      Exports: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps UK Trade & Investment has taken to increase the number of businesses exporting to the Commonwealth; and if he will...

      Football: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to abolish the Football League creditors' rule; and if he will make a statement.

      Football: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue lost to HM Revenue and Customs as a result of the application of the Football...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what deregulatory measures his Department has introduced aimed at alternative learning providers since 2010.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many for-profit alternative learning providers are educating students supported by his Department; (2) how many (a)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of profits made by for-profit alternative learning providers running courses for students...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to regulate the profitability of alternative learning providers educating students supported by his Department.

      National Apprenticeship Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the annual usage figures are for the National Apprenticeship Service online search function.

      National Apprenticeship Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employers have accessed the National Apprenticeship Service online; and how many such employers have entered into...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the future viability of the Post Office Card Account; and what discussions he has had with the...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the universal postal service of TNT extending end-to-end services.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which the general public value the universal postal service; (2) what...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions on universal service provision he has held with (a) the Chief Executive of TNT Post UK and (b) other...

      Social Mobility and Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to (a) increase social mobility and (b) prevent unpaid internships; and what sanctions are in...

      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 many finance guarantees for offshore wind supply chain...

      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 (a) activity and (b) investment has been made in the offshore wind...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health, Jane Ellison MP, on 6 March (HC Deb, col 948W) on abortion,...

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation of the Council of Science and Technology that genetically modified crops should be licensed at a...

      Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the launch of legal proceedings by the European Commission against the United Kingdom in respect of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels, what action...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering how public procurement policies can be used to increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apprenticeships that were part of the Train to Gain scheme have been (1) transferred to their apprenticeship programme, and (2) classified as new...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Atos Healthcare is seeking to opt out of or end its contract to provide assessment services for Disability Living Allowance and Employment and...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of the Bank of England investigating its own management of its activities in foreign exchange markets...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the oversight role played by the Court of the Bank of England in matters relating to the management of the Bank of England.

      BBC World Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Deputy Prime Minister on 12 March (HC Deb, cols 315–6) concerning proposals to initiate BBC World Service transmissions to...

      Children: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that schoolchildren are not criminalised in connection with drug offences.

      Civil Service: Trade Unions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked departments to end the system of check- off for trade union subscriptions for civil servants.

      Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the unification of Cyprus on the people of Cyprus and its effect on regional stability.

      Dredging

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in each of the last five years, their annual plans of expenditure in respect of dredging were approved by ministers; and if so, what alterations of,...

      Energy: Power Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the expected timetable from now until completion of the nuclear power stations which they have authorised at (1) Hinkley Point, and (2) Sizewell.

      EU: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which categories of United States exports of goods to the United Kingdom are free of European Union tariff and non-tariff barriers; and what was their...

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of United Kingdom exports, excluding oil and gas, went annually to other countries in the European Union 10 years ago, five years ago, and...

      Finance: Boiler Room Scams

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat “boiler room” scamming from overseas.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial promise to flood victims by the Prime Minister includes help where there is inadequate insurance cover.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial promise to flood victims by the Prime Minister includes help in preventing damage from possible future floods.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial promise to flood victims by the Prime Minister covers all parts of the United Kingdom.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister has ordered any extensions or changes, including any kind of prioritisation, to be considered in relation to his financial promise...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have initiated through the Environment Agency to mitigate flooding (1) on the Somerset Levels, (2) in the Thames Valley, and (3) in the...

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Spain about the possible fining and prosecution of anyone who uses Gibraltar's bunkering facilities;...

      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 International...

      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 HM Treasury in his role as...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees were recruited by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2013; and, of that number, how many were graduates.

      Government Departments: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what customer, user and satisfaction surveys were conducted in the last 12 months in the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the agencies that report...

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of European Union regulations requiring black market activities, including prostitution and illegal drug dealing, to be taken into...

      Health and Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations they are undertaking into the nutrition and health of children and vulnerable adults when sanctions are imposed on individuals who lose...

      Health: Maternity Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been conducted on the impact of early engagement with maternity services by vulnerable women.

      Health: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Department of Health monitors the extent to which National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines are being adhered to in respect of...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in considering the introduction of a health surcharge for non-European Economic Area students, to what extent they have looked at the policies of competitor...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons received housing benefit in each of the last 10 years, broken down into those who were (1) pensioners, (2) of working age but not in...

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been undertaken on the potential health impacts of the proposed changes in the Immigration Bill on vulnerable migrants, including pregnant...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when deportation will follow the end of a prison sentence served by a foreign national; whether they always arrange the necessary documents as soon as the...

      Internet: Social Media Sites

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to reduce crimes linked to Twitter and Facebook.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for increasing diplomatic involvement with Iran in order to resolve the conflict in Syria; and whether they intend...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Israel Defence Force has been responsible for illegal use of lethal force on unarmed civilians; if so, what steps they will...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the recent announcement by the Jerusalem municipal authorities of their approval of...

      John Anthony Downey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they sought the extradition of Mr John Downey from the Republic of Ireland prior to his arrest at Gatwick Airport in May 2013 and subsequent trial...

      Mental Health: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect to be the impact of the decision by the National Health Service to cut the level of funding given to the mental health sector.

      Mental Health: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding they commit annually to mental healthcare.

      Migrant Domestic Workers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to permit migrant domestic workers to change employers without breaching the immigration rules.

      Mohamad al-Arefe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Mohamad al-Arefe, who has been banned from the Schengen area, has been given a visa to enter the United Kingdom.

      NHS: Patient Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the comments by the Chairman of the Care Quality Commission that “Parts of the NHS have developed a culture that...

      Non-departmental Government Bodies: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees were recruited by the Medical Research Council 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 National Environment Research Council 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 Office for Fair Access 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 Skills Funding Agency 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 United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority 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 United Kingdom Trade and Investment in 2013; and, of that number, how many were graduates.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 5 March (WA 319), whether they have provided funding in Kenya for meetings between tribal rainmakers...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the European Union for the abolition of taxpayer funding of the pensions of MEPs; and when they last made any such...

      Police: Promotion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recommendation of the Winsor Review, they intend to introduce accelerated promotion for some entrants to the police service in...

      Railways: London Midland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sanctions have been applied in the last 12 months for poor quality performance on the Birmingham Cross City line by London Midland.

      Skills Funding Statement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 February (WA 224) and the Skills Study Statement 2013–16, of the 22 per cent of...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the level of financial support provided to Ukraine by the United Kingdom (1) directly, (2) through the European Union, and (3) through the...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the European Union's offer to Ukraine of an Association Agreement on the subsequent crisis in that country...

      Unicef

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UNICEF in Burma is renting office space from former General Nyunt Tin; if so, at what annual cost; and whether they have had any discussions with...

      Vehicles: Low Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what incentives, other than the existing grant, are provided to encourage people to buy ultra-low carbon dioxide cars.

      Vehicles: Low Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how many ultra-low carbon dioxide cars are currently owned by public sector organisations.

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