Written answers

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

  • Scotland

    • Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his policy is on the cost of decommissioning the nuclear power stations at Torness and Hunterston if Scotland votes for independence.

    • Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his policy is on the cost of decommissioning and clean up of the site at Dounreay if Scotland votes for independence.

  • Attorney-General

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to better prosecute cases involving female genital mutilation.

    • Rspca

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will place in the Library a copy of evidence submitted by the Law Officers’ departments to the independent review of the RSCPA’s prosecutions...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Attorney-General when he plans to reply to Question 184962 on Crown Prosecution Service tabled by the hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury on 20 January 2014.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ira

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reports she has received on whether the Provisional IRA is still involved in criminal and illegal activity.

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the Northern Ireland Office budget for each year since 2010 has been spent on (a) non-governmental organisations and (b)...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether information obtained from a case review undertaken by the Police Service of Northern Ireland Historic Enquiries Team which could lead to...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with the Public Prosecution Service about terrorist-related cases within the last 12 months.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • British Business Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications have been received for proposals for co-investment alongside private sector investment in the first phase...

    • Business: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure the availability of direct business experience for young people at school and university.

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has submitted an application for approval under EU state aid rules in relation to the Export Refinancing Facility.

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses have received support through the Export Refinancing Facility to date; and what the value of such support is.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Competition Commission will make the datasets held as part of the investigation into the private motor insurance...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Competition Commission will take as part of its investigation into the private motor insurance market to ensure...

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many start-up loans of what total value have been awarded to individuals before a cash flow forecast was provided to a...

      New Businesses: Unemployed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote small business entrepreneurial skills for unemployed people in Chelmsford constituency.

      Older People: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what new steps he plans to take to protect the elderly against scams.

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his tax-free child-care scheme on child-care price inflation.

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the effects of changes to tax and benefits on the number of children living in relative income poverty in (a)...

      Environmental Audit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the environmental impact audit conducted ahead of his 2014 Financial Statement.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the Equitable Life payment scheme to policyholders who suffered financial losses as a result of Government maladministration which...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what evaluation he has made of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the measures announced in paragraph 1.107 of the Budget 2014 to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the interest incurred on the debt needed to finance High Speed 2.

      Parking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the change of use measures in paragraph 1.147 of the Budget 2014 will include a requirement on businesses extending parking areas to introduce...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are currently employed by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) each Scottish parliamentary constituency.

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has sought representations from interested parties on a reduction in the bingo duty rate from 20 per cent to 15 per cent in the 2014 Budget.

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many pensioners’ tax affairs have been subject to PAYE reconciliation by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and...

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of pensionable age (a) visited an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) enquiry centre and (b) used HMRC telephone enquiry service for help with...

      VAT: Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the tourism industry in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland and (c) England and Wales of the decision...

      Working Tax Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in working tax credits to recipients in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency in each of the last three years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings his Department has had with external bodies about the use of wild animals in circuses since the publication of...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will set up an independent committee to review the effect of the pilot badger culls on bovine TB ahead of any wider...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs to the farming industry arising from cattle condemned after slaughter because of...

      Dogs: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 269W, on dogs: imports, how many quarantine kennels there...

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the operation and effectiveness of Planning Policy Statement 25 and the Environment...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if his Department will establish a biosecurity review in the British Overseas Territories; (2) if his Department will...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used in his Department's decision on which projects relating to the conservation of endangered species in...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) EU Ministers and (b) the EU Commission on improving compliance with PETS.

      Rspca

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the evidence submitted by his Department to the independent review of the RSCPA's...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the customer experience if Green Deal providers were able to access the...

    • Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what basis the assumed outputs from certified heat pumps installed in domestic premises will be used in calculations of progress...

      Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of his Department’s (a) officials and (b) senior officials working on the development of the Energy Act 2013 left the...

      Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many of his Department’s officials left the Department in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013; and how many have left since 1 January 2014.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the health effects of infrasound from wind turbine generators.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much onshore wind capacity (a) received planning approval and (b) was rejected in each month in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the forms which businesses in the UK are required to complete in order to provide returns to Eurostat.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mortality rate for deaths caused by cancer has been in (a) Harlow constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England in the last 15 years.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed as civil servants in (a) the most recent period for which figures are available, (b) 2004 and (c) 1994.

      Conditions of Employment: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West who have jobs which primarily...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) co-operatives, (b) mutuals and (c) social enterprises which provide public services. [R]

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of funding given by her Department was used to support creative industries in (a) London and (b) Greater Manchester in...

    • Arts: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much arts funding (a) in total and (b) per head of population was allocated in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Pendle constituency in each...

      Betting Shops: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many betting shops have (a) been closed and (b) had a licence review on the grounds that they did not meet the Gambling...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Government has invested in delivering super fast broadband for (a) Greater Manchester and (b) London in each year since 2010.

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the letter of 10 March 2014 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative...

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase the number of successful prosecutions of individuals or companies involved in unsolicited marketing...

      Elgin Marbles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what (a) communications, (b) meetings and (c) discussions she has had with (i) her ministerial colleagues, (ii) representatives of...

      Females: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will lobby for a stand-alone goal on gender equality in the post Millennium Development Goals framework during her visit to the...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward proposals to introduce a mandatory code of practice for bookmakers on fixed odds betting terminals.

      Hadrian’s Wall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contribution of the Hadrian's Wall region to the UK's tourism economy.

      Sports: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information her Department holds on the comparative risks of (a) death, (b) concussion and (c) other medical problems and injuries...

      Touting: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on ticket touting.

      UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) civil society and (b) the CSW Alliance in advance of the Commission on the Status of Women; and if...

  • Justice

    • Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances there were of radicalised prisoners being prevented from using the internet in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

    • Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many places are currently occupied in each (a) youth offenders' institution and (b) secure training centre; and what the total capacity is of each...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at what level of income households in receipt of universal credit will be eligible for council tax reduction support.

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made by local authorities in discharging their responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when guidance will be published on how local authorities can apply to the £130 million additional flood relief fund.

      Floods: Ebbsfleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what evaluation his Department has made of the threat of flooding to the proposed site of a new garden city at Ebbsfleet; and if...

      Housing: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries there were in England as a result of fire in (i) privately rented, (ii) social...

      Local Development Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local planning authorities do not have an (a) adopted local development framework or (b) extant development plan in place.

      Local Government: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) managerial and (b) clerical local authority staff in Enfield were paid more than (i) £42,000, (ii)...

      Nurseries

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

      Private Rented Housing: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of domestic fires in the private rented sector in England that have...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to switch to low-energy street lighting.

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of the use of sheltered housing to house families in temporary...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Individual Electoral Registration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government plan to take to register tenants in the private rented sector when individual electoral registration is introduced.

    • Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (Strategic Economic Plan)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of progress on Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership's Strategic Economic Plan.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which countries he has visited in an official capacity in the last 12 months; and which countries he plans to visit in the next 12 months.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government plan to take to improve the accuracy and completeness of the electoral register.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to collect data on (a) the proportion of attainers in each region of Great Britain registered to vote, (b) the proportion of people...

      Devolution and Decentralisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the Government's policy on devolution and decentralisation.

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2014, Official Report, column 570W, on the electoral register: young people, how many times the Student Forum has met since...

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 510W, on Electoral Register: young people, (1) what steps his Department has taken to...

      Politics and Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which political and constitutional reform policies contained in the Coalition Agreement are yet to be delivered.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register: Doncaster

      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...

  • Defence

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any RAF officers are embedded in host forces or otherwise stationed in Niamey, Nigeria or the Seychelles. [R]

    • Air Force: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which RAF personnel of each (a) rank, (b) duty and (c) location are currently serving overseas.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2013, Official Report, column 818W, on Burma, what the name and rank is of the Burmese Army officer visiting the UK...

      D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government regarding the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings; (2) what steps he is taking to...

      D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2014, Official Report, column 652W, on D-Day landings: anniversaries, (1) how many (a) veterans, (b) widows, (c)...

      D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the contribution to the hon. Member for South West Wiltshire of 17 March 2014, Official Report, column 549W, whether there are plans to...

      Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what courses are currently taught at the Defence Academy.

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) a bat, (b) a dormice, (c) a crested newt and (d) an owl survey has been carried out on any Defence Infrastructure Organisation site; what the...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any covenants exist on the use of any of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation sites; and if he will make a statement.

      DSG Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the historic features of DSG Ashchurch.

      East Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on (a) how many attempts were made by pirates to seize ships in the seas off East Africa in each of the last five...

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings Ministers and officials in his Department had with Lord Lingfield about HMS Victory 1744.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many NATO training exercises in Europe UK forces have been involved in each year since 2010.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon aircraft will be provided for the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission; where they will be based; whether they will replace the USAF F-15...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the future cost of the decommissioning of facilities at (a) AWE Aldermaston, (b) AWE Burghfield and (c) Sellafield once...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times his Department has provided top-cover fixed wing search and rescue assets for a search and rescue mission in each of the last two years;...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions an (a) inert Test Variant and (b) armed torpedo was accidentally fired from a Type 23 frigate in the last 15 years, by location.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department had with the US authorities about the decision to send F-15s from RAF Lakenheath to Ukraine; and whether the Government's...

      Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution has been made by the UK to the remediation of uranium mines and milling sites abroad from which uranium has been procured for military uses.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give consideration to contributing to the remediation of the US nuclear warhead test site in Nevada in proportion to the usage permitted at...

      Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what shipwrecks discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration have been referred to his Department.

      Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many wrecks other than HMS Victory his Department has transferred to third parties, charities or other organisations since 1984.

  • International Development

    • Bilateral Aid: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to her Department's policy of moving towards multilateral investment, how she plans to ensure that money for nutrition...

    • Gurkha Welfare Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects the Gurkha Welfare Trust have delivered since June 2010; and how often the trust reports on its work.

      Gurkha Welfare Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources her Department has given to the Gurkha Welfare Trust since June 2010.

      International Co-operation: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to (a) participate in the 2012 International Conference on Nutrition and (b) help shape the agenda on (i)...

      Jordan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with her Jordanian counterpart on access of Syrian refugees to work permits in Jordan.

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much her Department has spent on non-governmental organisations operating in each country in each year since 2010; (2) what...

      Overseas Aid: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in how many countries other than Ethiopia and Yemen her Department has developed nutrition programmes to bridge the gap between...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she had with her Sri Lankan counterpart on the resettling of the population of Myliddy village.

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the Tanzanian Government about addressing the issue of informal school fees that make...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the Tanzanian Government about improving teacher salaries and conditions to attract more...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether the production of illegal drugs in Burma is decreasing; and which countries illegal...

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) report to the Human Rights Council by the UN Secretary-General on the situation of human...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of human rights in Kashmir.

      Nuclear Security Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers and officials will represent the UK at the third nuclear security summit in The Hague on 24 and 25 March 2014;...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed new settlement in Hebron on the freedom of movement and human...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department has given to the Palestinian Authority in tackling incitement in the Palestinian Territories. [R]

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority on recent comments by senior Fatah official Abbas Zaki who said...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the Palestinian Authority's adherence to its road map commitment to end incitement against...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether senior commanders from Iran's Quds Force are assisting President Bashar Assad in Syria.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department currently posted to Kiev are classified as extensive speakers of Ukrainian.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the detention of Osama al-Najjar in the UAE.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of people imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates for posts made on social media networks.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the treatment in custody in the United Arab Emirates of Jamal al-Hammadi.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2014, Official Report, column 417W, on unmanned air vehicles, what steps his Department has...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Matrix Chambers

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what procurement process was conducted by IPSA in advance of the...

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the £20 million of annual funding for the Regional Air Connectivity Fund referred to in The Budget 2014, paragraph 2.42 is...

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle crossings of the Thames were made through the Rotherhithe and Blackwall tunnels in 2013.

      Gospel Oak-Barking Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the Barking Riverside extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line will be funded.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what agreement his Department has reached with the Welsh Government regarding the funding of electrification of the Great Western Line to Swansea and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effect of an extension to Crewe of the first phase of High Speed 2 on the (a) route through Lichfield...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the London to Holyhead railway service will remain an express service after the creation of High Speed 2; (2) what plans he has to...

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of steps taken to improve the safety of level crossings since the death of Emma Lifsey in Bassetlaw constituency on 4...

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many level crossings have wig-wag lights which are so old that they present a danger to the public.

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Office of Rail Regulation plans to prosecute Network Rail in relation to the conclusions of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch that the...

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the treatment of Emma Lifsey's family by Network Rail following her death on a level crossing.

      Merchant Shipping (Diving Safety) Regulations 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2013, Official Report, column 335W, on the Merchant Shipping (Diving Safety) Regulations 2002, (1) what discussions...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the current level of (a) use and (b) availability is amongst offshore helicopter passengers in the oil and gas industry of emergency breathing...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of implementing the recommendations in the Civil Aviation Authority's safety review of helicopter...

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government have to improve the rail infrastructure on the North Kent rail line.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria his Department used in the decision to include the Garden Bridge in the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan.

      River Thames: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will commission a study of the case for a new cycle and pedestrian crossing of the Thames east of Tower Bridge.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to exempting motorists from being prosecuted for traffic light offences if they have committed the offence while making...

      Rotherhithe Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many journeys through the Rotherhithe tunnel were made by bicycle in 2013.

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of cross-subsidy between fare paying passengers and those using the concessionary travel scheme (a) generally...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information Public Health England collects from health and well-being boards about their current and future spending on drugs and alcohol treatment...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to align the questions in the Cancer Patient Experience Survey with the quality statements of the NICE Breast cancer...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with (a) Type 1 and (b) Type 2 diabetes have had a major lower limb amputation in each of the last five years in each clinical...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that insulin pump therapy is available to people with diabetes. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned or undertaken on links between mental health conditions and Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment NHS England has made of links between eating disorders and diabetes; what steps NHS England is taking to ensure that eating disorder...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetes-related limb amputations took place in the NHS in each year since 2008; what assessment he has made of the proportion of those...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of geographical variations in the rate of limb amputations among people with diabetes; what steps he has taken to reduce...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment Public Health England has made of and what evidence that body has collected on the effectiveness of the NHS Health Check programme...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps Public Health England is taking to encourage investment by local authorities in services which will help prevent the onset of diabetes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how Academic Health Science Networks improve the care of people with diabetes. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to collect accurate figures on the costs of treating diabetes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with diabetes through the NHS Health Check programme in each year of its operation. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if NHS England will develop a template Commissioning for Quality and Innovation scheme to improve the care of people with diabetes; [R] (2) if NHS...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests for the funding of insulin pump therapy have been made to individual funding request panels in each year since 2010. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on (a) Type 1 and (b) Type 2 diabetes in each of the last 10 years. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Care Quality Commission has to assess the quality of care delivered to people living with (a) Type 1 and (b) Type 2 diabetes. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of care provided to people with diabetes (a) living independently and (b) resident in nursing or care homes. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with diabetes in each commissioning area were assessed under all nine of the annual checks recommended by the National Institute for...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes in each of the last five years; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged (a) under 10 years and (b) 10 years and over were admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of diabetes in each year since 1997-98.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) level of uptake and (b) proportion of successful completions of the Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating structured...

      Diabetes: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he made of the proportion of prisoners with (a) Type 1 and (b) Type 2 diabetes.

      Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the next meeting of NHS England's Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group will take place; and whether consideration of applications for...

      Drugs: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to combat the sale of fake drugs in the UK.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of regional discrepancies in the provision of drug intervention programmes to provide continuity of drug treatment programmes...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK of the planned EU ban on e-cigarettes with over 20mg/ml of nicotine.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with food manufacturers on achieving reductions in the salt, sugar and carbohydrate content of their products.

      Food: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the effect of reductions in the budget of Trading Standards on its monitoring of food safety in the UK.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if Public Health England will develop a template national service specification for the delivery of NHS health check services.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of how many people (a) used atrial fibrillation and (b) died as a result of not having access to atrial fibrillation in each of...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps Public Health England has taken to ensure that information captured through the National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network is used to improve...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that home help, meals-on-wheels and other social security benefits which are cancelled when individuals are taken into...

      Hospitals: WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to increase and improve the availability of (a) free and (b) chargeable WiFi access for patients within NHS Hospitals;...

      Lung Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on whether people who smoke should be eligible to receive lung transplants.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether Commercial Re-use Licences for Hospital Episode Statistics will be revoked; and whether all data received by the licensees and all of their...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will arrange for a reply to be sent to the Member for Walsall North to the letter that he wrote to the chief executive, University Hospitals...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the medical profession on steps to ensure that middle-aged people follow a healthy diet to reduce the incidence of...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bariatric procedures have been performed in hospitals in each clinical commissioning group area (a) overall and (b) per 100,000 inhabitants in...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 30 October 2012, Official Report, column 149W, on palliative care, whether the planned review of a national choice offer...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that social care providers are aware of the medication needs of people with Parkinson's.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of the Perinatal Institute’s Growth Assessment Protocol programme in the three pilot regions in...

      Pregnancy: Vitamins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefits of increasing access to Healthy Start vitamins available to pregnant women (a) from all...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to encourage people to reduce their salt intake; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of people who have died as a...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 21 and (b) 21 to 30 years old had a stroke in each of the last five years; and how many such people died as a result of...

  • Education

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that the contracts for the Building Schools for the Future programme include provisions to ensure prompt payment to...

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's planned capital departmental expenditure limit will be in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what requests for information relating to (a) abortion and (b) sex and relationships education were made to his Department under the provisions of the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many graduates from each Russell Group university applied to the Teach First programme in each year since 2010.

      Teachers: Veterans

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

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent research has been commissioned into truancy in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to visit university technical colleges.

      Young People: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Government announcement entitled New opportunities for young people on 27 February 2014, by what date he expects a new website...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) children and (b) adults have been granted asylum in the UK under the Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme from Syria.

    • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2014, Official Report, column 325W, on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, how many NCA...

      Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Declaration of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, what consideration her Department has given to...

      Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the outcome of the recent Illegal Wildlife Trade conference and the resulting London Declaration;...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence were recorded in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the control of legal highs; and if she will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what criteria the UK Visa and Immigration Service uses to withdraw a licence from a Tier 4 sponsor; and how proper notice is given to...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to appoint an anti-slavery commissioner; and whether such an appointment will be a full-time post.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when someone, held at a Border Force checkpoint, is officially considered a detainee.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) under what circumstances all members of a group of travellers are detained following the retention of one member of the group at a...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategic priorities her Department has given to the National Wildlife Crime Unit in each of the last five years; and on what key areas...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the (a) average life span and (b) health outcomes of members of gangs.

      Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what amount of (a) tobacco and cigar products, (b) Class A and B drugs and (c) alcohol products were recovered by the Border Agency or its...

      Trade Union Officials

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

      Written Question: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer Named Day written question 185520 tabled on 28 January 2014 for answer on 3 February 2014; and what the reasons...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date his Department's statutory consultation on the transfer of staff to the Single Fraud Investigation Service began; when that...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of complaints made to his Department about lost correspondence in each of the last four years.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to allow applications to the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance by children under three years old...

      Employment Schemes: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department provides to assist deaf people in seeking employment.

      Employment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equalities about highlighting the importance of women in the workplace in...

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have taken the new Habitual Residence Test since its launch in December 2013.

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent meetings he has had with representatives of the deaf community.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authorities applied for additional financial assistance to cover discretionary housing payments in 2013-14; and what assistance...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of total Government expenditure on housing benefit in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each of the last 30 years.

      Housing Benefit: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of households in which there is one or more person over the state pension age and in receipt of housing benefit...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that key information from his forthcoming announcement on the future of the Independent Living Fund is...

      Social Security Benefits: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency were (a) issued and (b) dropped following requests for reconsideration or...

      Social Security Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on assessing whether 16 and 17 year olds were estranged from their parents in order to determine eligibility for...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the revenue raised in each of the last four years through the use of premium rate public enquiry lines by his...

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has held with Monster on the administration of checks and safeguards on the Universal Jobmatch website; and...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of work capability assessments appeals that were found in favour of the claimant heard by January 2014, were awarded zero...

      Work Capability Assessment: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of those who undertook a work capability assessment in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency in the last six months...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) payment group 1, (b) payment group 2 and (c) payment group 6 have completed two years on the Work Programme since that...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for the fall in Work Programme referral numbers reported in the Work Programme Official Statistics...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to prevent the practice of creaming and parking in the Work Programme.

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Portman Group in its role as monitor of the alcohol industry’s progress to a voluntary labelling pledge under...

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to reconsider the rule requiring incoming aircraft travelling to two destinations to disembark all passengers at the first stop for a...

      BBC World Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before handing over to the BBC control of decisions involving future BBC World Service transmissions, they undertook any research into the benefit...

      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...

      Caste Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Government Equalities Office wrote to all government departments seeking their approval to launch the consultation on the introduction of...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what cash savings, over the next 10 years, they have calculated will be achieved by the use of Capita as a strategic business partner for the Defence...

      Drones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what areas they operate drones; and for what use.

      Education: Adult Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they make for continuing education throughout adult life.

      Education: Numeracy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that adults have sufficient numeracy skills to enable them to enter the workplace.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 10 February (WA 95), whether, in calculating the Local Government Finance Settlement, they...

      Employment: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the advertising on the Universal Jobmatch website of writer vacancies by the student essay writing service All Answers Limited complies with the...

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new flood protection and alleviation measures will be completed on the Somerset Levels by 31 December 2014. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Freud on 5 November 2013 (WA 31–2) and by Earl Howe on 4 March (WA 304) and 12 March (HL5651), whether their...

      Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what enhancements have been made in Gibraltar's maritime security since April 2013.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are currently employed for more than 50 per cent of their working week to support the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice in her...

      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 for Communities and Local Government and the agencies...

      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 for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the agencies...

      Health: Dentistry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 19 March (HL 5833), what further progress they have made on the recommendations of the Government Response to...

      Housing: New Homes Bonus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are yet in a position to evaluate the success of the New Homes Bonus Scheme.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in the light of the judgments of the Supreme Court in the case of Stott v Thomas Cook Tour Operators Ltd [2014] UKSC 15 to...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of Palestinians to access the International Criminal Court; and whether they will support increasing such access.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning a shoot-to-kill policy towards civilians and suspected militants.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact the recent approval of building permits for 558 new units in East Jerusalem, in Har Homa, Neve Yaakov...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking with regard to militant activity in north-east Nigeria aimed at school children.

      Non-departmental Government Bodies: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees were recruited by the National Measurement Office 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 Ordnance Survey 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 Science & Technology Facilities 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 Technology Strategy Board 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 Space 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 Commission for Employment and Skills in 2013; and, of that number, how many were graduates.

      Offender Learning and Skills Service

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to evaluate the new Offender Learning and Skills Service; and how they will monitor both its progress and performance.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether United Kingdom aid has funded projects to combat climate change in South America, including a scheme to improve animal diets by cultivating trees and...

      Parliaments: Salaries and Expenses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average annual salary and expenses paid to (1) members of the House of Commons, and (2) members of the European Parliament.

      RAF Scampton

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Royal Air Force flying squadrons are based at RAF Scampton. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many aircraft are based at RAF Scampton.

      RAF Scampton

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on infrastructure, in particular runways and taxiways, at RAF Scampton in the last 24 months.

      Railways: First Great Western

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the additional capacity being provided on branch lines in Devon and Cornwall, negotiated in First Great Western’s franchise extension, requires...

      Royal Air Force: Airfields

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Royal Air Force airfields there are in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of freedom of religion and belief in Somalia.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings on Sri Lanka in the Rule of Law Index 2014 compiled by the World Justice Project, in particular in respect of...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the amount saved per annum by those paying income tax at (1) the higher rate, and (2) the standard rate, as a result of...

      Taxation: Avoidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have examined reports of activities allegedly carried out by Credit Suisse in facilitating tax avoidance in the United States, with a view to...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the religious freedoms of the Greek Catholic Church on the Crimean peninsula.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the whereabouts and safety of Father Mykola Kvych, a Greek Catholic priest, abducted in Sevastopol on 15 March.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of religious freedoms in Ukraine outside the Crimean peninsula.

      Vets: Language Controls

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , in the light of the passage of the Draft Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) (Knowledge of English) Order 2014, what plans the Department for Environment, Food...

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