Written answers

Thursday, 27 March 2014

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many registered voters there are who are (a) Commonwealth and (b) Irish but not British citizens.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service complaints have been appealed to Level 2 where mid-year annual reports have not been completed in the last five years; and if he will...

    • Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many service complaints made in each year since 2008 related to (a) bullying, (b) equality and (c) diversity; and if he will make a statement;...

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed on a daily fees basis to investigate service complaints in each year since 2010; how many days on average each such person...

      Armed Forces: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the military prosecutor who made the decision not to bring any charges in relation to the rape allegation brought by Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel of each rank in each branch of the armed forces have undertaken equality and diversity training in each year since 2008; what the...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vehicles have returned from (a) Afghanistan and (b) Germany in 2013 and 2014 to date; where each vehicle is currently located; how many vehicles...

      Conflict Resolution: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2014, Official Report, columns 218-9W, on conflict resolution: females, on what date he or his officials met...

      Defence Animal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capital investment there has been in the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray in each year since 2010.

      Defence Animal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual running cost of the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray was in each year since 2010.

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visits have been made by a Minister in his Department to individual Defence Infrastructure Organisation sites in each year since 2010; and if he...

      Defence Infrastructure Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any statutory conservation status has been assigned to any Defence Infrastructure Organisation site; what the nature is of each such status; and...

      DSG Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a value for money survey of Defence Infrastructure Organisation Ashchurch has commenced; when such a survey will conclude; how many people are...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 219W, on electric vehicles, if he will place in the Library entries from the defence...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many F-35s the UK is contractually obliged to purchase.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many F-35s his Department plans to purchase under its Joint Equipment Programme.

      Marchwood Military Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the military port function of the Sea Mounting Centre at Marchwood will continue to be operated in that location after the awarding of a lease to...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 171W, on military aircraft, how many Aircrew Moving Map Wire Alerting System units...

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of the provision of functional skills training for MOD St Athan by Bridgend College in each year since 2008; what the projected costs...

      RAF Hullavington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with DIO and English Heritage about the redevelopment of RAF Hullavington.

      Red Arrows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of the Red Arrows were in each year since 2010.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army were subjected to summary hearings in each year since 2008; how many such people were imprisoned; what the...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria were applied when evaluating the suitability of the automatic wing sweep for installation on the Tornado F3.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2014, Official Report, column 504W, on unmanned air vehicles, (1) in relation to training what the type of training...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishops: Females

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate he has made of when it will be possible for women to be bishops in the Church of England.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authority (a) augmented and (b) did not augment Department for Work and...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will place in the Library a copy of the newly-designed...

      Electoral Register: Blaenau Gwent

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

      Electoral Register: Greater London

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many voters in (a) London, (b) each London borough and (c) each parliamentary...

      Electoral Register: Greater London

      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 the recent confirmation dry run...

      Electoral Register: Kingston upon Hull

      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: Lothian

      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: Luton

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

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps are being taken by the Electoral Commission in Northern Ireland to...

      Electoral Register: Scotland

      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: Wandsworth

      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: Warrington

      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 Warrington North...

      Electoral Register: West Midlands

      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...

      Polling Stations

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the potential benefits of using...

      Voting Behaviour

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

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what percentage of those registered to vote by post did so in (a) police...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with members of the US Administration on recent developments in Northern Ireland.

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people on remand or on bail in connection with terrorism-related charges are recipients of letters as part of the on-the-run scheme.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of funding was allocated to (a) London and (b) Greater Manchester in each of the last three years to support creative...

  • Treasury

    • Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) UK employment levels and (b) Gross Domestic Product of a cut in fuel duty of (i) three pence and (ii)...

    • Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of tax changes to fixed-odds betting terminals on (a) the number of betting shops and (b) the number of people...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what value of loans have been issued under the Help to Buy equity loan scheme; how many loans have been issued to date; and what proportion of recipients...

      Tax Evasion: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions illegal fuel plants in Northern Ireland have been uncovered (a) when the fuel plant has still been operating and (b) at times when the...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what response HM Revenue and Customs plans to make to the European Court of Justice judgment made in the case of the Bridport and West Dorset Golf...

  • Justice

    • Judges: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the budget for judges' lodgings was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14; and how much is so budgeted for 2014-15; (2)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • British Standards Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to make access to BSI British Standards free to all UK businesses.

    • UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of businesses using UK Trade & Investment's services are either fairly satisfied or very satisfied with the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will enable Green Deal providers to access the supporting data for Green Deal reports held by his Department.

    • Rented Housing: Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to landlords of fitting smoke alarms in all rented properties.

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether there is a requirement for local authorities to remove apostrophes from street names and street signs.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of initial employment and support allowance claims have taken over 91 days in each of the last three years for which figures...

    • Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of female-headed households which have had to relocate as a result of the under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people paying the under-occupancy penalty who have fallen into rent arrears.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much additional funding each local authority will receive to enable it to investigate whether claimants are eligible for refund of...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria will be used by his Department to determine how much funding each local authority will receive to investigate those eligible to...

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press officers his Department employed in each of the last six years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of female-headed households which have had to relocate as a result of the benefit cap.

      Social Security Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many assessments have been conducted of 16 and 17 year olds to establish whether they are estranged from their parents in order to...

      Unemployed People: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals he has to tackle worklessness among social housing tenants.

      Unemployed People: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on tackling worklessness among social housing tenants.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of zero-hours contract positions advertised in Jobcentre Plus in England in the last 12 months.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are currently awaiting work capability assessments.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time for applicants for employment and support allowance is between submission of the ESA50 form and the date of the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people on the Work Programme with (a) no qualification, (b) a qualification below Level 2, (c) a qualification at Level 2...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on allowing officials to appear before all-party parliamentary groups.

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the smart meter central delivery body to set out plans for assisting microbusinesses to use smart meters.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his written statement of 11 March 2014, Official Report, columns 14-15WS, on EU Energy Council, what the evidential basis...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce the effect of rises in rural and off-grid energy bills on the cost of living.

      Energy: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects on the community energy sector of removing eligibility for Enterprise Investment Scheme...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made in negotiations with the European Commission on a derogation from the ban on the import or manufacture of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure the accuracy of the figures for zero-hour contracts in the Labour Force Survey.

    • Employment: Rossendale

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the working population of Rossendale and Darwen constituency is employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector.

      Ovarian Cancer: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many women in Warrington were (a) diagnosed with ovarian cancer and (b) had ovarian cancer listed as a cause of death in each of the last five...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) 18 year olds and (b) people under 25 have been out of work for over a year; and what the equivalent figures were in each of the last six years.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which private sector clinics and hospitals provide abortions; how many beds there are in each facility; whether each facility is approved for (a) surgical...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions there were at (a) 26 weeks and (b) each week after the 26th in each category of grounds for termination in 2012.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with NHS England on ensuring that future iterations of the Cancer Patient Experience Survey include questions targeted at...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to collect information on the number of (a) approved and (b) rejected applications to the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the provisions of the Consumer Rights Bill on the provision of social care services to users...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women and girls received NHS treatment in each foundation trust area after having undergone a female genital mutilation procedure in each of the...

      Foetal Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on disposal of foetal remains through incineration to heat hospitals.

      General Practitioners: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will establish a strategic small surgeries fund to help small rural GPs affected by the new funding formulae.

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff at each grade were employed in each of the private offices of the directors of the Health Protection Agency in the 12 months prior to April...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate, of 8 January 2014, Official Report, columns 267-8W, on in vitro fertilisation, (1)...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish all representations made to him by NHS England on the care.data scheme.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with NHS England on the time taken to roll-out the care.data scheme.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 20 March 2014, Official Report, columns 725-6W, on mental health services, what critical steps were set out at the third Choice...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that patients' views and feedback are taken into account in the delivery of mental health services.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of mental illness has been in (a) Harlow constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children in (a) Harlow constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England were classed as overweight each year since 1997.

      Opiates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the costs to the NHS of krokodil; (2) what assessment his Department has made of the health risks...

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that women diagnosed with ovarian cancer should be tested for the BRCA 1/2 gene on diagnosis.

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the potential benefits of pre-term at-risk profiling to (a) identify women at risk of stillbirth, (b) ensure those...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 for medical conditions that (i) qualified for and (ii) did not qualify for...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the (a) name, (b) job title, (c) salary level and (d) professional qualifications of each director who has worked at Public Health...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff of what grades there are in each of the private offices of the directors of Public Health England.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on (a) the number of treatment options available as a first line to patients with advanced melanoma and (b) the...

      Soft Drinks: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to reduce the availability of energy drinks at schools.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish his response to Sir Cyril Chantler's independent review of the public health impact of standardised tobacco...

      Visual Impairment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the proportion of children aged four and five years who have received screening for visual defects since 1 April...

  • Home Department

    • Computer Misuse Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 268W, on Computer Misuse Act 1990, and with reference to action 7 under...

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 238W, on driving: licensing, how many new drivers who received driving...

      Motorway Service Areas: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking on the decision to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol in a motorway service area.

      Passports: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has paid for the use of Interpol's SLTD database in each year since 2010.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer questions tabled by the hon. Member for Birkenhead on 28 February 2014 for answer on 6 March 2014 on the Assisted...

  • Attorney-General

    • Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, columns 705-06W, on domestic violence: prosecutions, if he will estimate the number of victimless...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Agency: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Environment Agency in pursuing prosecutions.

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an assessment of the sustainability of the use of wreck netting by trawlers.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to support the rod and line fishing industry.

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the directives of the Lionfish response strategy implemented in the Overseas Territories are.

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcomes were of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade 2014.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of progress on the water pricing review led by Ofwat; and if he will make a statement.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK meets its obligations on tackling the illegal wildlife trade as set out in the...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of bus services that have closed in the last 12 months; and what assessment he has made of the effects...

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2014, Official Report, column 692W, on rural bus services, to which projects the £300 million funding for major...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that houses purchased by HS2 Limited under the Exceptional Hardship Scheme are not sold on at less than market value.

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last raised level crossing safety issues in a meeting with Network Rail.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last attended a board meeting of Network Rail.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make it his policy that the remuneration of Network Rail executives should be reduced in response to the incidence of deaths on level...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the benefits to children's safety of road crossing patrollers.

      Pedestrian Crossings: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on road crossing patrollers in (a) Essex and (b) Harlow constituency in the last 10 years.

      Roads: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much has been allocated to Lancashire county council to repair potholes in (a) Lancashire and (b) Rossendale; (2) how much has been...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with train operating companies and rolling stock companies on the availability of rolling stock to train operating...

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to appoint the working group to assess the impact of the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 in the...

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to enforce the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 in the shipping industry; and which regulatory...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the potential role of the UK's sovereign bases in Cyprus in reaching...

    • Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits of reaching a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus in respect of...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) his ministerial colleagues have had with their Turkish counterparts on efforts to reach a...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) his ministerial colleagues have had with their EU counterparts on efforts to reach a...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on access to tourist visas for UK nationals with Pakistani...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the arrest and interrogation of eight Christians in Iran on 5 March 2014 and the issuing of...

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how the International Court of Justice's judgment on 5 December 2011 in the case concerning the Application of the Interim...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support initiatives to (a) combat illicit trafficking across Mali's borders, (b) strengthen the...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the report of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime and Illicit Trafficking...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the establishment of a UN Compensation Commission to compensate Jewish and Palestinian refugees affected...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last raised (a) Palestinian refugees and (b) Israeli refugees in talks concerning the Middle East peace process.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Israel on the building of 839 new housing units in the Settlement of Ariel announced in...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk of expropriation of UK assets in Russia; and if he will make a statement.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk of a Russian invasion of the Transnistria region of Moldova; and if he will make a statement.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to extend the requirement to apply sanctions set out in Council Regulation (EU) 269/2014 to all British...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek an estimate from all British Overseas Territory governments of the value of Russian (a) financial and (b)...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his Department's policy to formally classify the presence of Russian troops in (a) South Ossetia, (b) Abkhazia,...

      Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on Serbia's EU accession.

      Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the business and inward investment environment in Serbia.

      Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Serbian counterpart on (a) rule of law, (b) business and economic reforms, (c) trade and...

      Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of misuse of Article 234 of the Serbian Criminal Code against the Serbian business community.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to strengthen the language of the draft Human Rights Council Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation,...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the arrest of the lawyer Abdulmonim Adam in Sudan; and what representations he is making to...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of the staff of the British embassy in Kiev in 2013 were UK-based rather than locally recruited.

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the UK meets its obligations on tackling the illegal wildlife trade under the...

  • International Development

    • Crime: Nature Conservation

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

    • Developing Countries: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to her speech of 27 January 2014 on smart aid, with which key industries and professions her Department is partnering.

      Developing Countries: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to her speech given at the London Stock Exchange on 27 January 2014 (1) which the major partner companies are that she...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that its private sector strategy adheres to the Busan principles on aid effectiveness.

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the value for money of her Department's expenditure on non-governmental organisations since 2010.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessments she has made of the humanitarian situation in Jonglei and the Upper Nile in South Sudan; and what steps she is taking...

  • Education

    • ICT: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to improve opportunities for children in primary school to learn computer programming.

    • Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made for the number of three and four-year-olds who will benefit from his new early years premium; what the eligibility criteria...

      Schools: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress his Department has made on the rollout of broadband for schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on pedagogy of giving pupils in secondary schools one-to- one tablet computers; and if he will make a...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to introduce his new national school funding formula.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria were used to calculate the uplift of (a) primary and (b) secondary students grant per pupil in each local education authority; and for...

      Schools: Wi-Fi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the baseline requirements are for wi-fi provision for all secondary schools to enable the use of one-to-one tablet computers in the...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations covered the export of seeds to Canada from transgenic tomatoes grown under the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations...

    • Alcohol: Pregnant Women

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to educate pregnant women about the dangers of alcohol for unborn babies.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in respect of the case of four men accused of killing policemen on 3 March in Bahrain; and whether they will seek to prevent...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Bahrain concerning allegations of the use of torture to extract confessions.

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had internally and with their European partners concerning the imposition of sanctions against the government of Bahrain until it...

      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...

      Citizens Advice

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Citizens' Advice is now classified by the Office for National Statistics as a public body; and whether its Chief Executive is an Accounting Officer.

      Commonwealth: Judicial Processes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the judicial process in Commonwealth countries; if so, whether they have concerns about any of the countries; and, if so, which...

      Construction: Cabling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to assess the risk posed to households by non-conforming or sub-standard cabling.

      Construction: Cabling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff work in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the issue of unsafe cabling being imported into and installed in the United Kingdom.

      Construction: Cabling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulation exists in respect of unsafe cabling being imported into the United Kingdom for use in construction projects.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ensure that when the East Anglia One wind farm is constructed the ducting for the underground cables from the land point at Bawdsey to...

      EU: National Parliaments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which policy areas are entirely under the control of the national parliaments of European Union member states; and which are subject to (1) unanimity, and...

      Finance: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they have made in the proportion of national income devoted to investment.

      Flooding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent and ongoing flooding, they plan to reconsider their 2010 decision to remove the duty on local authorities to produce...

      Food: Meat

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish guidance in the short term to advise consumers about the provenance of meat sold for human consumption and the method of...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the European Union’s recent warning that Gaza’s economic and humanitarian conditions will affect regional security in the Middle...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Egypt in respect of the opening of crossing points from Egypt into Gaza for pedestrians and vehicles.

      Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom was a party to the 2006 Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development; what progress has been made in implementing it; and...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Department of Energy and Climate Change to merit being tabled...

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the expenditure of the Department for Energy and Climate Change, in reserved areas, per capita in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4)...

      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 Education and the agencies that report to it; which...

      Government Departments: Surveys

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

      Health: Elderly People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that National Health Service carers for the elderly are providing an effective service.

      Health: Respiratory Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to set up a funded Strategic Clinical Network for respiratory conditions; and what other steps they are taking to ensure that the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about upholding the United Nations Basic Principles on the use of force and firearms.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister discussed human rights and international law issues during his recent visit to Israel; and, if so, with what result.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about incursions into Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, by members of the Israel Defence Force.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in respect of the proposed displacement of Bedouin from the Negev desert under the Prawer-Begin plan.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking (1) to prevent the displacement and transfer to other areas of Palestinian Bedouin from the E1 section of East Jerusalem, and (2)...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Palestinian capitalism in Ramallah on economic conditions in the wider West Bank and on the peace process.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were supported by legal aid in courts during 2012–13; and how many of those people were subsequently imprisoned.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Libya in the light of the eastern part of the country being held by rebels.

      Manufacturing: Chemicals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any proposals to require manufacturers of chemicals to give full disclosure of all of their research results in line with those for...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the National Health Service complaints system in providing patients with the tools to obtain the support...

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people who have received redundancy payments from the National Health Service since the reorganisation in April 2013 have been re-employed by the...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that North Korea has ordered the deaths of people because of their alleged association with South Korean missionary...

      Petrol Filling Stations

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to ensure that petrol filling stations are not too far apart.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their plans to introduce new electrified railway lines between Manchester and Liverpool in December, whether they have taken into account...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to re-establish railway lines between Bangor and Carmarthen, via Caernarfon and Aberystwyth, to facilitate the proposed decentralisation...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many small businesses have been helped by the Regional Growth Fund, broken down by (1) size, and (2) region.

      Teachers: Head Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many head teachers in state-funded schools were removed from their positions in (1) 2010–11, (2) 2011–12, (3) 2012–13, and (4) to date...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political situation in Turkey in the light of recent violent protests in Istanbul following the death of Berkin Elvan who was...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with the government of Turkey concerning reports that Turkish Airlines was used to ship weapons to the Nigerian terrorist...

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