Written answers

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel in 2013.

    • Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the recent Peace Now report entitled A Disaster-in-the-Making: The (Potential) New...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on a potential new Israeli settlement in the city of Hebron.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests for consular assistance as a result of public disturbances have been made by UK citizens at the UK embassy in...

  • Wales

    • Manufacturing Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the future performance of the manufacturing sector in Wales.

    • Zero-hours Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of workers in Wales employed on zero-hours contracts; and what assessment he has made of trends in that number...

  • Scotland

    • Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of Scottish independence on industry in Scotland.

    • Sovereignty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make an assessment of the financial benefits of Scotland remaining part of the UK.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the comments made on 11 March 2014 by Dr Richard Haass to the US Congressional Sub-committee of Foreign...

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2014, Official Report, column 1830W, on terrorism, if she will amend her Answer to take account of the...

  • Attorney-General

    • Conditional Cautions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many conditional cautions were issued by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last three years and in 2013-14 to date; how many such cautions were...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what plans the Crown Prosecution Service has to change or upgrade the tablet computers provided to its prosecutors.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Attorney-General what the total cost to his Department has been of challenging the decision of the Information Commissioner on the publication of letters from HRH the Prince of Wales.

      Legal Profession: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2014, Official Report, column 370W, on legal profession: industrial disputes, whether he (a) advised on the content of and (b)...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Attorney-General when he was first made aware of the existence of the administrative scheme for on-the-runs.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library all her correspondence on press regulation sent to or received from (a) the Press Complaints...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Assets: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications have been made in (a) Lancashire and (b) Pendle constituency to list (i) facilities and (ii) buildings as...

    • Council Tax Reduction Schemes: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and Humber are (i) entitled to and (ii) receiving council...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefits of local authorities charging businesses for enforcement of the...

      Local Government Services: Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to discounted local authority leisure services to all...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to publish data for his Department's spending over £250 for December 2013.

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the current value of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which responsibilities for tackling animal welfare crimes are handled by (a) his Department and (b) non-governmental...

    • Dogs: Imports

      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, what advice is given to local...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) in what work streams job losses in the Environment Agency have taken place in each year since 2009-10; (2) how many...

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for a mandatory scheme for labelling meat to ensure that religious consumers know that slaughter was...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was provided to the lionfish response strategy implemented in the Overseas Territories.

      Nature Conservation: Tristan da Cunha

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria his Department applied before agreeing to a biosecurity review in Tristan da Cunha.

      River Medway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibilities the Environment Agency has for the River Medway from Allington Lock to Tonbridge; and what action they...

  • Transport

    • A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to paragraph 2.246 of the Budget 2014, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the Scottish Government matchfunding...

    • A19 and A1058

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when a report on the consultation on the A19/A1058 coast road junction improvement will be published.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to paragraph 2.42 of Budget 2014, whether the Regional Air Connectivity Fund will only be available to new domestic routes; which...

      Bus Services: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department's review of the proposed EU bus and coach regulation will consider representations from guide dog organisations about the needs...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued on the interpretation of nocturnal hypoglycaemic events for the purposes of EU Directive 2009/112/EC and...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the introduction of a graduated driving licensing scheme for young drivers.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 139W on driving: licensing, how many cases handled by the Driver and Vehicle...

      Durham Tees Valley Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what support Durham Tees Valley Airport has received from the Regional Air Connectivity Fund; and whether Durham Tees Valley Airport will benefit from...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to encourage people to purchase low-emission electric vehicles.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to enable better services, longer battery life and better performance of low-emission electric vehicles in urban areas.

      Railways: North-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects new trains to run on the electrified Liverpool to Manchester line.

      Railways: North-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date orders were placed for rolling stock to operate on the electrified Liverpool to Manchester line.

      Railways: North-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects training for train drivers to operate rolling stock on the electrified Liverpool to Manchester line to begin.

      Road Traffic: Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the level of traffic congestion in Harlow constituency in each year since 1997.

      Roads: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of his Department's £140 million fund to repair weather-damaged roads he plans to allocate to Dudley metropolitan borough council.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the £183.5 million funding commitment to help repair local roads damaged by severe weather announced by him on 20 March 2014 is the same...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will estimate the number of private hire cabs granted their licence by one local authority operating predominantly in a different...

  • Treasury

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the difference between paragraph 1.6 of Tax-Free Childcare: consultation on design and operation, which states that tax-free...

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase (a) the ex gratia payment of £5,000 to holders of Equitable Life with-profits annuities dating from before 1 September 1992 and (b)...

      Fixed Interest Securities: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether UK pensioners resident abroad will be eligible to subscribe to the proposed fixed-rate savings bond for pensioners.

      Fixed Interest Securities: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether interest paid on the proposed fixed-rate savings bonds for pensioners announced in his Budget will be classed as debt interest for the purpose of...

      Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the Capital DEL budget for CLG Communities how much investment and of what type was (a) allocated for and (b) spent on housing investment for each of the...

      Income Tax: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual underpayment of income tax as a result of not all pensioners being sent tax returns in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast for net debt in 2015-16 was made in (a) June 2010, (b) December 2013 and (c) March 2014.

      Social Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the amount welfare spending was forecast to grow each year in the absence of the welfare cap announced in the 2014...

      Tax Allowances: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance is provided by HM Revenue and Customs to those of pensionable age to ensure that all allowances and reliefs due to them are provided; and...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of total tax paid by people of (a) pensionable and (b) non-pensionable age in the UK; and what proportion of that total taxable...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) taxpayers and (b) taxpayers of pensionable age were represented by a tax agent in the latest year for which data are available.

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who (a) applied to be paid investment income without deduction of tax at source in the last year and...

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the total number of retired taxpayers asked to submit tax returns in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13 were (i)...

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of pensionable age were asked to submit tax returns in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.

      Young People: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Financial Statement of 19 March 2014, if he will fund the Spirit of Enniskillen Trust in Northern Ireland on the same basis as the funding...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about abortion clinics were made to the Care Quality Commission in each of the last 12 months; what action was taken on each such...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on (i) the earliest point in its development an unborn child will experience pain, (ii)...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) 18 to 24 years and (b) 25 to 30 years old in each strategic health authority area who had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv)...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents his Department has published consequent on the provisions of the...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in 2012; and how many and what proportion of such procedures were performed to save the life of the mother.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings his Department had with representatives of (a) the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, (b) the Scotch Whisky Association, (c) the British...

      Electronic Cigarettes: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on electronic cigarettes.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether prescribing physicians receive specialised training about prescribing anti-epileptic medications to pregnant women.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what grounds pre-conception counselling for women taking anti-epilepsy medications was removed from the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to provide services to support midwives reporting cases of female genital mutilation.

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to point 12 of the minutes published from the JCVI's meeting of October 2013 whether the Joint PHE-JCVI-DH-NICE working group has been...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the prevalence of malnutrition in people with a learning disability; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Maternity Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what primary research his Department has conducted in the last five years on the incidence of maternity health tourism.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take over the next 12 months to improve care for mental health patients in the NHS in Essex; and if he will make a statement;...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about mental health care were received by his Department in each year since 2010; what response was given by his Department to each...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the services available to support the transition of mental health patients from an...

      Mental Health Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State, Department of Health, the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) of 5 March 2014,...

      Mental Health Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatrists were employed in each hospital in Essex in each year since 2010; what the grade and average salary was of such staff; and if he...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to stop hoax letters purporting to be from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence informing recipients that they...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to hospitals on ensuring that people with Parkinson's able to self-administer medication in hospital can do so.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to free prescriptions to all claimants of universal credit once universal credit...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to ask the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to consider using its end-of-life criteria in its appraisal of...

      Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosecutions there have been under the Sunbed (Regulations) Act 2010; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Computer Misuse Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in each year for which figures are available.

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of cases referred by the police or the Crown Prosecution Service to a Crown or magistrates court in England and Wales were adjourned (a) once,...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants in homicide cases have pleaded the partial defence of diminished responsibility in each year since 2010; and how many defendants have...

      Homicide: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people convicted of attempted murder have been granted permission to enter exclusion zones in the Liverpool city region which form part of...

      Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints have been received against named judges in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new matter starts there have been in (a) welfare benefits, (b) family and mediation, (c) debt, (d) employment and (e) housing since April 2013.

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many civil claims involving litigants in person were referred to mediation in (a) July to September 2013 and (b) July to September 2012.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to launch the consultation on the creation of a status of guardian of the affairs of a missing person.

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to set out the timetable of meetings to be held by the working groups on whiplash reform; when he expects the recommendations of those...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mandatory training is given to prison officers to help them identify prisoners susceptible to being radicalised.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners of each (a) ethnicity, (b) country of origin and (c) gender are held in the UK.

      Prisoners: Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners in the (a) whole secure estate, (b) adult male secure estate, (c) adult female secure estate, (d) youth male...

      Prisoners: Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners in each adult and youth prison in England and Wales identified as Muslim on 1 January of each of the last five...

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners in each adult and youth prison in England and Wales were identified as (a) a radicalised Muslim or (b) at risk...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons in England and Wales have changed their prison population to accommodate young adults for the first time since May 2010.

      Prisons: Mother and Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing the number of mother and baby units at HM Prison Holloway and HM Prison Askham Grange on (a) the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been charged with terrorist-related offences relating to acts in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) elsewhere in England and Wales in each...

      Written Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many written statements his Department has published since 1 January 2013 in total; how many such statements were published after the start of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Rossendale and Darwen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship places there were in Rossendale and Darwen constituency in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what his latest estimate is of total cost of supporting students at alternative learning providers in (a) 2013-14, (b)...

      Minimum Wage: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the increase in the minimum wage; (2) what recent...

      Minimum Wage: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in the minimum wage on businesses in Scotland; (2) what...

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many registered users there are of the National Careers Service website in each (a) region and (b) constituent part of the UK.

      National Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for professional development grants have been approved by the National Careers Service (NCS) in each year...

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individuals awarded start-up loans have defaulted on these loans.

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether start-up loan delivery partners are given a commission on each loan they provide.

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many start-up loans his Department has awarded to people before a credit check has been undertaken on the applicant; and what...

      Post Office Card Account: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on increasing the use of Post Office accounts...

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) small and medium-sized and (b) other businesses received direct financial assistance through UK Export Finance in...

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many firms have received support under the UK Export Finance Direct Lending Scheme to date.

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of awareness among (a) small and (b) other businesses of the services offered by (i) UK Trade...

      UK Trade & Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) small and medium-sized and (b) other businesses have been assisted by UK Trade & Investment in 2013-14 to date.

      UK Trade & Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized businesses were assisted by UK Trade & Investment in 2012-13.

  • Cabinet Office

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his Department's policy is on allowing officials to appear before all-party parliamentary groups.

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds her Department provided to which non-governmental organisations for work in Burma on (a) peace building and (b) other...

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to provide support to the Gaza aquifer to enable it to recover from pollution and damage caused by over-pumping.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register: Bolton North East

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

    • Electoral Register: Sheffield

      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...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to publish the audited figures for the Child Support Agency's client funds account for 2012-13.

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who had an employment and support allowance award terminated during the mandatory reconsideration process subsequently claimed...

      Housing Benefit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency under the age of 25 years were in receipt of housing benefit in the...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses that are due to automatically enrol their employees in 2014.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number and proportion of employers scheduled to join auto-enrolment in April 2014 that are on track to meet...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the capacity of pension advisors and providers to support employers who are scheduled to establish workplace...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that employers comply with their obligations under auto-enrolment.

      Social Rented Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of households in the social rented sector in which there is one or more people over the state pension age are...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2014, Official Report, column 851W, on social security benefits, for what reason information from his...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to assistance with utility costs to all claimants of...

    • Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what his policy is on granting support to renewable electricity generation technologies under the Renewables Obligation before...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 3 December 2012, Official Report, column 590W, on wind power, what progress he has made on addressing...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which responsibilities for tackling animal welfare crimes are managed by (a) her Department and (b) non-governmental organisations.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people from Syria who will relocate through the vulnerable persons relocation scheme...

      Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the UK meets its obligations on tackling the illegal wildlife trade under the 2014 London...

      Crime: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal offences by foreign-born nationals were recorded in Pendle constituency in each of the last five years.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how her Department assesses the effectiveness of the Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership and progress against commitments made under the UK...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the expert review into psychoactive substances will report.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she has asked the expert review of new psychoactive substances to look at improving education and public awareness around new...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the proportion of calls made to the NSPCC reporting female genital mutilation cases that have been...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in prison in the latest period for which data are available served a time longer than their full sentence.

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the effects of steps to tackle racially motivated hate crimes.

      UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to implement the commitments made in the outcome document for UN Commission on the Status of Women 2013;...

      UN Commission on the Status of Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from civil society organisations on the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2014.

  • Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education at what level of household income children in households in receipt of universal credit will be eligible for free school meals.

    • New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to designate the New Schools Network as a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 250W, on schools: construction, what the (a) final bid date in April 2014 and (b)...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 250W, on schools: construction, what the construction time scale is for each of the...

      Schools: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has any plans to increase the amount of funding allocated to schools in South Staffordshire constituency.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Service Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Astor of Hever on 13 March (WS 187–9) regarding the creation of a Service Complaints Ombudsman, whether, in...

    • Civil Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether applicants for a position in the senior civil service are required to include their educational history, including secondary school attended, when...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the figure of £98 million to fund the “new burdens” on local government of individual Council Tax support schemes was calculated.

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions there have been between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England on the issue of changes in quantitative easing.

      Elections: 16 and 17 year-olds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the recent finding in the Demos report, Introducing Generation Citizen, that 84 per cent of 14-to 17-year-olds intend to vote when they attain...

      EU: Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister discussed with Chancellor Merkel during her recent visit to the United Kingdom the proposal by the European People’s Party...

      EU: JHA Opt-in Decisions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 10 March (WA 348), whether they will now answer the question.

      Finance: Payday Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received from the Financial Conduct Authority about the contribution that payday lenders make to the economy.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of public sector costs of the promise made by the Prime Minister in respect of financial assistance for victims of flood damage.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the current policy of building on flood plains as a result of the flooding this winter.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have calculated the cost to the economy of the flooding over the winter months; and, if so, what is the cost.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Lord Wills will receive a response to his email to the Cabinet Office of 6 November 2013 (Cabinet Office reference IR317467) about Freedom of...

      Gift Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many charitable attractions received Gift Aid tax refunds in respect of admissions in each of the last three years; and what was the total value of Gift...

      Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Ministry of Defence contracts have been won by Capita to date; and whether they have delivered departmental savings and asset realisations.

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the expenditure from the Exchequer per capita in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in each of the last five years.

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the expenditure of the Ministry of Defence on bases in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in each of the last five years.

      Government Departments: Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings HM Treasury had with the representatives of (1) the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, (2) the Scotch Whisky Association, (3) the British...

      Government Departments: Surveys

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

      Government Departments: Surveys

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

      Government Departments: Surveys

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

      Government Departments: Surveys

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

      Health: Alzheimer’s Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to prevent loneliness, alienation and segregation among those with Alzheimer's disease.

      Health: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children and young people with a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis who are subject to child protection...

      Hilda Murrell

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to release any papers under the 30-year rule relating to the murder of Hilda Murrell on 21 March 1984 in Shropshire.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the findings of the review of the National Referral Mechanism; and how civil society groups are being involved in that review.

      Immigration Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to monitor who is chargeable for NHS care under clause 33 of the Immigration Bill; and what is the expected cost of administering such a system...

      Internet: Child Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider there to be sufficient resources to tackle online child abuse.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that the United Kingdom Government will provide business opportunities in the West Bank and...

      John Anthony Downey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the full terms of reference of the judge-led inquiry into the case of John Downey and the on-the-run letters; whether the Prime Minister’s...

      Labour Productivity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of labour productivity per hour worked in the United Kingdom; and what actions they are taking to improve performance.

      Modern Slavery Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the timeline will be for giving consideration to the forthcoming report of the Joint Committee on the draft Modern Slavery Bill; and what further...

      Prisoners: Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 18 March (HL Deb, col 81), what healthcare provision is available for those in United Kingdom prisons; and who is...

      Schools: Cadet Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in extending the cadet forces scheme in state secondary schools in (1) 2010–11, (2) 2011– 12, (3) 2012–13, and...

      United Nations Gateway Protection Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the countries of origin of the refugees accepted by the United Kingdom through the United Nations Gateway Protection Programme in (1) 2012, and (2)...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what visa arrangements are made to allow academics from non-European Union countries who are invited to lecture or take part in research on a short-term...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications have been received by United Kingdom entry clearance posts for adult dependant settlement visas from 31 July 2012, to the latest...

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