Written answers

Monday, 31 March 2014

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of energy generation was produced through anaerobic digestion in each of the last three years; and what steps...

    • Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will seek to involve all the regions and constituent parts of the UK in developing a UK-wide strategy to tackle coastal...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current staffing complement is in the Environment Agency's legal services and operations departments; and how many...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many legal and enforcement cases there were in each geographic area of the Environment Agency on 26 February 2014;...

      Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken as part of the initiative to address threats to marine ecosystems in the Overseas Territories in...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Richmond Park, of 3 February 2011, Official Report, column 907W, on fishing...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the use of flag brokers and flags of convenience by illegal, unreported and...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on flood defences per head of population in (a) England and (b) each region of England in each year since 2009.

      Forests

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

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2014, Official Report, column 694W, on forests, what discussions he has had with the...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the contribution by the Prime Minister of 5 March 2014, Official Report, column 886, whether he has received and...

      Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects his Department's consultation on pest control to be concluded; and what the outcome has been of his...

      Pet Foods: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made in persuading China to recognise UK export health certificates for pet foods.

      Sheep: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on sheep rustling.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the letter of 19 March 2014 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Water, Forestry, Rural Affairs and...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many spare (a) generator step-up transformers and (b) transmission transformers are held in the UK.

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which companies manufacture (a) generator step-up transformers and (b) transmission transformers in the UK.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people who have switched energy suppliers in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency, (b) Yorkshire...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average time it takes for householders who have installed energy efficient products in their property...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Sevenoaks...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Sevenoaks of...

      Fossil Fuels: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the value of UK imports of (a) coal, (b) gas and (c) oil from Russia was in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Fossil Fuels: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the UK's (a) coal, (b) gas and (c) oil requirements were met by imports from Russia in each of the last five years...

      Fuel Oil: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of properties in (a) Rossendale and Darwen constituency and (b) the North West which do not...

      Fuel Oil: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of properties in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber which do not...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who has been appointed as a non-executive director of his Department since the publication of information on non-executive directors in...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of houses in the UK that have solar panels.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of employees in his Department of each (a) civil service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii)...

  • Transport

    • All Party Groups

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

    • Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce the findings of the Green Paper on improving the safety and reducing risks to young drivers.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) date, (b) amount and (c) reasons were for any fines or penalties his Department has paid to HM Treasury since May 2010.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to ratify the International Labour Organisation amendment C188 on the Work in Fishing Convention, in respect of a minimum age for work...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) with reference to HS2 Plus published on 17 March 2014, on what basis he has decided that the North's integrated station should be Crewe; and what...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there will be a review of the cost-benefit analysis of High Speed 2 following the decision to revise the High Speed 2 and High Speed 1 link.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of how much more tickets for journeys on High Speed 2 will cost than for journeys on conventional trains; and how the cost of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2014, Official Report, columns 511-2W, on High Speed 2 railway line, at what URL the March 2012 reports of HS2...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2014, Official Report, columns 511-2W, on High Speed 2 railway line, what calculations were done to demonstrate...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2014, Official Report, column 455W, on High Speed 2 railway line, on what basis it has been calculated that the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of a regional transport hub at Crewe on the proposal by Warrington Borough Council for an alternative route...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential economic benefits to (a) the North-West and (b) Warrington of further upgrading the West-East...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the proposed service pattern is for classic-compatible High Speed 2 trains serving Carlisle when (a) High Speed 2 phase 1 and (b) High Speed...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to review the National Rail Conditions of Carriage.

      Railways: Chester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 4W, on railways: Chester, if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for...

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what compensation will be available to train operating companies as a result of the rail line closures in the South West of England in early 2014.

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of schools that undertake cycling training; whether his Department provides information to schools on...

  • Home Department

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on allowing officials to appear before all-party parliamentary groups.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants receiving support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 have been receiving support for more than...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will announce the asylum support rates for 2014-15.

      Asylum: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report by the Refugee Council, When Maternity Doesn't Matter, what steps her Department has taken to reform the...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current status is of the Border Systems Programme (BSP); what the timescale is for tendering and choosing suppliers; and when the...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serious misconduct complaints related to the use of control and restraint during enforced removal were referred to the Professional...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reasons there are differential rates for visas for dependants of British citizens coming from non-EU countries and visas for...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she has made regarding the 2014 opt-out pursuant to Article 10(4) of Protocol 36 of the Lisbon Treaty; and what timetable she...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures her Department has introduced in the last year to reduce the number of businesses employing illegal immigrants.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people held in immigration removal centres and who refused food or fluids have been transferred to prisons since May 2013.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the purpose and scope of the current trials of the Aeryon Skyranger unmanned system based in Gatwick are; if she will publish policy on...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • All Party Groups

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she has had with victims of terrorism in Northern Ireland since the announcement of the administrative scheme to issue letters...

  • Attorney-General

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Attorney-General what the Law Officers' Departments' policy is on allowing officials to appear before all-party parliamentary groups.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Portcullis House

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how many fire alarms have sounded in Portcullis House in the last 12 months; on how...

  • Wales

    • All Party Groups

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

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the growth prospects of small and medium-sized enterprises in Wales.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education who owns the freehold of schools which have converted to academies; and what restrictions there are on the use of such freeholds.

    • All Party Groups

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

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2014, Official Report, columns 556-7W, on children in care, if he will place in the Library (a) the results of the...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department issues guidance to local authorities on how best to make use of unutilized foster carers.

      Free School Meals

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

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an estimate of the capital costs incurred by schools as a result of the implementation of universal infant free school meals; and...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he held with schools and local authorities for the purposes of drafting departmental advice on universal infant free school meals.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he will announce (a) additional funding for and (b) a help and advice service to schools on universal free school meals.

      Free Schools: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what applications he received from groups in Lancashire to establish a new free school in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

      GCSE: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children received A* to C grades in GCSE (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c) geography and (d) sciences in Brigg and Goole constituency in each...

      Home Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children are home-schooled in (a) Lancashire and (b) Rossendale and Darwen constituency.

      Home Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of children who are home-schooled in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) Brigg and Goole constituency.

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how the 60 mathematics teachers brought to the UK from Shanghai for an exchange organised by his Department were chosen.

      Nurseries

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

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education who is responsible for monitoring and approving the use of Government-funded credit cards by employees of Ofsted.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what records his Department keeps of use of Government-funded credit cards by employees of Ofsted.

      Primary Education: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the current level of teachers’ teaching ability whilst using tablet computers in primary schools.

      Primary Education: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of education standards in primary schools in Surrey. [R]

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people with learning disabilities reported being bullied at school in each year for which figures are available.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to reduce absences from school due to bullying.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will issue to schools specific guidance on removing asbestos from premises.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the Statement of 13 March 2014 by the Minister for Schools, Official Report, columns 927-29, how much of the £350 million announced...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the statement of 13 March 2014, Official Report, columns 427-29, on school funding, what the (a) total and (b) per-pupil funding for each...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • All Party Groups

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

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the security situation in Bahrain.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports his Department has received on breaches of medical neutrality and the supply of medical care for people...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the death in custody of Jaffar al Durazi in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress by the Government of Bahrain towards ending torture and abuse of detainees since...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the level of medical support given to victims of torture in Bahrain; and if he will make...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of confessions obtained through torture being used as evidence in terrorism cases in...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the work and methods of the Special Investigation Unit in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department has provided to (a) the Office of the Police Ombudsman and (b) the Special Investigation Unit in...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of reprisals against individuals who raise complaints with the Office of the Police...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on ending the illegal wildlife trade.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with his Egyptian counterpart the jailing of journalists for legitimate news reporting activities and the case...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take diplomatic steps to respond to reports of violations of human rights and judicial processes in the simultaneous...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the UK’s embassies and consulates play in preventing human trafficking in source countries.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the implications on regional security of the announcement by the Israeli Defence...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of Iran's financial and material support for terrorist groups in the Middle East.

      Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Mozambique on efforts to end violence against women; and what...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority about reports that cultural and sporting events in the...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority on the publication on Fatah's Facebook page of maps depicting...

      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 the senior Fatah official Ahmed Assaf on...

      Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that UK companies involved with construction around the Qatari World Cup 2022...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which G8 sub-groups Russia has been a participant in the last 10 years; and what assessment he has made of the effect on the...

      South Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the South Korean government on monitoring and controlling the South Korean distant water...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what diplomatic efforts his Department is making to support the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in bringing both...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the role and influence of South Sudan's neighbouring countries in the conflict in South Sudan.

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the plans of the Spanish Government to grant Spanish citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic...

      St Petersburg International Economic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plan to send representatives to the St Petersburg International Economic Forum; and if he will make a...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the commitment in the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement signed by the EU and the interim Ukraine administration on 21...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been (a) started and (b) completed in (a) Rossendale and (b) Darwen since May 2010.

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to give local authorities powers to restrict the number of betting shops opening...

      Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the effectiveness of the regulations covering the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in homes.

      Fire Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to impose on fire and rescue services a statutory duty to respond to flooding.

      Fire Services: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were employed at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue in each of the last five years.

      Ground Rent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rentcharge payers his Department has arranged to receive rentcharge redemption in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and Humber...

      Ground Rent: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate he has made of the number of freehold properties in Greater Manchester subject to chief rents; and if he...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the level of control that local planning authorities are able to exert in ensuring that...

      Local Government Finance: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was received by Warrington Borough Council in council tax support funding in each year that such support has been...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many multiple occupancy properties there were in the UK in each of the last 10 years; (2) if he will make an...

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what principles and criteria new developments will be required to meet in areas designated as garden cities.

      New Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisation and individuals (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met to discuss the recently announced...

      New Towns: Ebbsfleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of the Government's proposed Ebbsfleet development will be funded by (a) the private sector and (b)...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish guidance on how local authorities can keep business rates linked to green energy and carbon neutral or...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the provisions of the Consumer Rights Bill on the provision and...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many onshore wind farm applications for what wind capacity were received by the Secretary of State in each month in (a)...

  • Defence

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department’s policy is on allowing officials to appear before all-party parliamentary groups.

    • Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service complaints submissions of each type were received by the Service Complaints Wing in each year since 2010; how many such complaints were...

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service complaints were taken to an employment tribunal in each year since 2008; how many such cases were found against his Department; how much...

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service complaints at each level are still open and unresolved since (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints have been made in each year of operation of the Service Complaints Commission at each level of representation from (a) women and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) serving and (b) ex-serving members of each branch of the armed forces were out of time to make an official complaint following their being...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to reverse sanctions still having an effect after November 2008 on serving members of each of the armed forces who were...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a Defence Instruction Notice has been circulated detailing the impact of a summary hearing on the Police National Computer; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on addressing its wrongful application of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 to the...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what pension cost saving has been made from the early termination of employment of armed forces personnel; (2) what advice on pensions has been...

      Army: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library any legal advice his Department has received on the legality of the AGAI 67 internal sanctions regime; and if he will...

      Defence Animal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff were employed at the Defence Animal Centre at Melton Mowbray in each year since 2010.

      Defence Animal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many animals of what species are currently held in the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray.

      Dmitry Firtash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish all contacts between his Department and Mr Dmitry Firtash since May 2010.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what services his Department provides that are (a) available online only and (b) planned to move to online only.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with their US counterparts on the annual report of the US Defense Department Office of Test...

      Military Aid: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the work of military personnel in flood recovery operations.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department is consulted, informed or otherwise involved in the procurement of communications systems and services at US bases in the UK. [R]

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how much his Department underspent in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) US service personnel, (b) US civilians and contractors, (c) RAF personnel, (d) UK army personnel, (e) UK navy personnel, (f) UK civilians,...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for the introduction of the Type 26 Frigate.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to retain a permanent British garrison in continental Europe in response to recent events in the Crimea; and if he will make a statement.

      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, in which countries Royal Air Force operators have been...

  • Leader of the House

  • Women and Equalities

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the Government Equalities Office's policy is on allowing officials to appear before all-party parliamentary groups.

    • Carers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) what progress her Department has made on the establishment of regional pilots to test different ways to support carers to remain in work; which...

      Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of trends in the number of women in public life.

      Females: Business

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what meetings (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have held with (i) the British Banking Association and (ii)...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what meetings (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have held with (i) Age UK and (ii) the National Institute...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) what progress her Department has made in developing guidance and toolkits for employers on retention practices for older workers; (2) with...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the programme budget of the Government Equalities Office was in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14; and what the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the staffing budget of the Government Equalities Office was in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14; and what the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the staffing budget for the Government Equalities Office is for (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the Government Equalities Office programme budget is for (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

      UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities when she expects to meet each of the recommendations in the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against...

      UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps the Government have taken to meet each of the recommendations in the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will publish guidance and make available resources for parents to enable them to help their children make well-informed career and subject choices.

      Women's Business Council

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) how many full-time equivalent members of staff she has allocated to support the work of the Ministerial Taskforce established to implement the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Balance of Payments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the UK's current account deficit.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mortality rate from cancer has been in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency, (b) Yorkshire and Humber and (c) England in the last 15 years.

      Debts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the value of unsecured debt owed by individuals in each income decile in each year since 2010.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2013, Official Report, columns 291-2W, on the Electoral Register, whether the information on how many (a) UK- and (b)...

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to incentivise departmental officials to bring old Government data sets online in accessible formats.

      Government Procurement Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will take steps to encourage the Government Procurement Service to adopt (a) UN Global Compact and (b) ILO standards; and if he will make a statement.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the annual survey of hours and earnings published on 12 December 2013, if he will estimate the number and proportion of (a) men and...

      Ovarian Cancer: Brigg

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of women in Brigg and Goole constituency were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in each of the last five years.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the average personal savings in each year from 2010 to 2013.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has made an assessment of the level of risk experienced by female human rights defenders in Afghanistan; and...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what commitments the UK has to support people with learning disabilities in Africa.

      Developing Countries: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the contribution of the Prime Minister of 19 March 2014, Official Report, column 781, what steps her Department (a) has...

      Developing Countries: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2014, Official Report, columns 187-88W on developing countries: forests, in which of her...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the World Health Organisation and United Nations Children's Fund report entitled Integrated Global...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what processes are in place to ensure that (a) individuals and (b) non-governmental organisations in the Palestinian Territories...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether any Palestinian Authority civil servant has been refused UK aid payments on the grounds of links with terrorist...

      South Sudan

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

      Special Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department has given to Special Olympic projects in the last five years.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to improve the capacity of governments and civil society in the west African coastal region to...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to support (a) creative, (b) film, (c) music and (d) video games industries.

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Secretary of State for Communities...

      Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Government plan to ratify the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding her Department makes available to allow non-elite disabled cyclists to acquire specialist sporting equipment.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to respond to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's fourth report of Session 2013-14 on Nuisance Calls, HC 636.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will hold the first meeting of the working party to discuss the future of football governance; and if she will make a statement.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Government departments will be represented on the working party to discuss the future of football governance; and if she will make...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on her Department's reviews of regulation of fixed odds betting terminals; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on support for community-run libraries.

      Religious Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the BBC Trust on the BBC's exercise of its responsibilities to provide religious broadcasting.

      Special Olympics Great Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding Special Olympics Great Britain has received from her Department in each of the last five years.

      Sports: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provisions are in place as part of the Government's Olympic Legacy commitments for people with learning disabilities.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to promote tourism in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) the UK.

  • Treasury

    • Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes announced in the 2014 Budget Statement on the price of annuities; and if he will make a statement.

    • Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to protect those who wish to take out an annuity against a significant deterioration in the annuity market reducing the pool of...

      Assets: Russia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the value of Russian financial assets held in the UK; (2) what estimate he has made of the value of UK financial assets...

      Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the amount allocated to the regional air connectivity fund in line 37 of Table 2.1 of Budget 2014 is £10 million per annum and the...

      Aviation: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on extending the scope of the existing Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision he has made in funding for the tax-free child care scheme beyond 2015 for increased take up from child care resulting from maternal employment.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with Atos and employers providing workplace-based child care before the announcement of his policy on tax relief for child care.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the effects of the introduction of tax relief on child care on existing employer-provided child care schemes in each of the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the administration costs of the introduction of tax relief on child care in each of the next four financial years.

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment has made of the overall cost to the economy of conversion to the new £1 coin; (2) what assessment he has made of the cost to the...

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation process is being held on the new £1 coin; and what steps he is taking to ensure that such a consultation includes representation from...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many credit unions were operating in the UK in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Currencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to support the development of virtual currency exchanges in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Currencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the risk of virtual currencies facilitating money laundering and other financial offences.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regulatory standards he plans to put in place to ensure people have access to high quality financial advice.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much gift aid was reclaimed by charities in (a) 2009 and (b) 2013.

      Housing: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether flats will be liable for the possible introduction of a levy on higher value homes.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish, using the 2011-12 data for higher rate taxpayers, how many and what proportion of the taxpaying population were in each taxpaying...

      Insolvency: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how much will be collected annually by HM Revenue and Customs through successful insolvency litigation with the use of...

      Insolvency: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to HM Revenue and Customs of the reforms to insolvency litigation under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and...

      Insolvency: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs collected following successful insolvency litigation cases in each year since 2010.

      Investment Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government have taken to ensure that investment trusts are excluded from legislation on packaged retail investment products presently being...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many endowment mortgage complaints have been rejected by insurance companies and upheld by the Financial Ombudsman Service since 2010.

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking against mortgage lenders who breach the terms of tracker-rate mortgage contracts and unilaterally increase the interest rate charged.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to ensure that free and impartial guidance will be available to those (a) drawing down their pensions at 55 and (b) taking partial...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the guidance given to HM Revenue and Customs on how that body should exercise its new powers to directly remove money from an...

      Roads: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the allocation of funds from the Potholes Challenge Fund.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many sales of properties that qualified for the 15% stamp duty land tax rate have taken place in (a) England and (b) London to date; (2) how many...

      Stock Market: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with the Guernsey Financial Services Commission on its investigation into the Channel Islands Stock Exchange over its...

      Tax Allowances: Personal Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income tax relief was payable in respect of personal pension contributions for income taxed at (a) 40 per cent and (b) 20 per cent in 2012-13; and...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many evasion referrals were made by the taskforces established by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to crack down on tax evasion and tax avoidance to the...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many evasion referrals were made to the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Evasion Referral Team in each tax year since 2011-12; and how many of those...

      Tax Evasion: Travellers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual amount of tax evasion attributable to Gypsies and travellers.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to paragraph 2.30 of Budget 2014, what the (a) total and (b) annual monetary value will be of the compensation package for higher electricity...

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis the projection in the Budget 2014 that the pension proposals will generate £1.2 billion in marginal taxation by 2018-19 was calculated.

      Taxation: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax refunds were withheld for inquiry to be made in the tax years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13 for (i) income tax,...

      Taxation: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax refunds were made in the tax years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13 for (i) income tax, (ii) value added tax, (iii)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the provisions of the Consumer Rights Bill on the administration and provision of child care...

  • Health

    • Botulinum Toxin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards are in place to protect people against health problems arising from operations involving the use of botulism toxin.

    • Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of cases of concussion in (a) football and (b) other contact sports.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of total funding for cancer research carried out in the UK that came from government in (a) 2010-11, (b)...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on research into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in each of the last five years.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of pulmonary rehabilitation services that were at full provision in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012;...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department provided for awareness-raising work for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of psychological support available to individuals with cystic fibrosis who receive a lung transplantation.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of recent progress in the diagnosis of dementia and in the availability to the public of improved methods of diagnosis.

      Dental Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children (a) are and (b) are not registered with a dentist in (i) Cumbria and (ii) South Lakeland; (2) how many people (a) are and (b) are...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that clinical data from pharmaceutical companies on drugs over 15 years old are made available to clinical...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency does not destroy clinical trial data on drugs licensed over 15...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to ensure that people are fully informed of the health risks of taking legal highs.

      Eyes: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department has commissioned into Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy in the last five years; (2) what assessment has been made of...

      Foetal Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what disciplinary action he plans to take against hospital managers and workers who have incinerated foetal remains against the wishes of the parents.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that information sourced by GPs is reliable and safe to pass to patients.

      Health Education: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to Lord Beecham of 20 March 2014, Official Report, House of Lords, column 269, how much the Government have spent on (a) Healthy...

      Health Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the prevalence of gaming of 18 and 52 week waiting list thresholds by NHS secondary care providers in Greater Manchester.

      Hospitals: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further steps he is taking to encourage the use of Fairtrade goods in catering in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with learning disabilities received annual health checks in each year since 2009.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure all people with learning difficulties receive annual health checks; (2) what targets his Department...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP practices in England have access to spirometry equipment; and what proportion of that equipment is quality-assured diagnostic level spirometry.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2014, Official Report, columns 724-5W, on medical records: databases, if he will list the holders of a commercial...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which treatments have been appraised through a technology appraisal by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence or its predecessor bodies; in...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the draft European General Data Protection Regulation on medical research.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the timeframe within which it will be able to negotiate a cost-effective price for the meningitis B vaccine.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of local authorities in England which have rescinded agreements made with NHS mental health...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the proportion and number of people in England who have been medicated for psychiatric disorders in each of the...

      Necrotising Fasciitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of necrotising fasciitis have been recorded in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on nationally commissioned NHS services (a) at each hospital trust and (b) for each medical specialty in (i) 2011-12, (ii)...

      NHS: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff in (a) Warrington, (b) the North West and (c) England who have been made redundant since 2010 have since been re-employed by the NHS on...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement of 18 July 2013, Official Report, columns 125-6WS, on NHS modernisation (costs and benefits), if he will publish a detailed...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many managers and administrators were employed in the NHS in the (a) latest period for which figures are available and (b) 12 months prior to that period.

      Obesity: Children

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

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were added to the organ donor register in Brigg and Goole constituency in each of the last five years.

      Pathology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of trends in the incidence of quality failures in NHS hospital histopathology laboratories over the last five years.

      Psoriasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how his Department will incentivise the NHS to meet the National Institute for Care Excellence quality standard on psoriasis; (2) what discussions...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2013, Official Report, column 718W, what the additional funding for radiotherapy was spent on in each year since...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccinations were administered in England in the last 12 months; what guidance his Department has issued on...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS England has begun the process of considering the recommendation of the Cancer Drugs Fund Panel's decision in January 2014 that ipilimumab...

      Transplant Surgery: Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) partial and (b) whole lung transplants have been performed in the last five years; and which conditions patients had that made them eligible...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2014, Official Report, column 202W, on vaccination, which (a) Minister and (b) senior civil servant in his...

  • Work and Pensions

    • EU Migrants: Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes he plans to make to the ability of EU migrants to access benefits.

    • Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants have received the personal independence payment since April 2013.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal independence payment applications have been processed in each month since April 2013.

      Innovation Fund: Separated Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of the innovation fund to support separated families.

      Welfare Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish an assessment of the likely effect of the change to pensions announced in the 2014 Budget on the budget for welfare payments...

      Benefit Assessment Rulings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what charges are incurred by those appealing against a benefit assessment ruling.

      Annuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the provisions of the Consumer Rights Bill on the affordability of pensions...

      Atos Healthcare: Beverley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of average waiting times for Atos (a) personal independence payments and (b) work assessments in Beverley and...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether the unavailability of child benefit for 18-year-olds in receipt of jobseeker's allowance is discouraging...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what powers the Child Support Agency has to investigate the weekly expenses of parents who are paying child maintenance; (2) what his...

      Employment Schemes: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase the number of people with learning disabilities in both part-time and full-time employment.

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to support young people into work.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will amend the point at which housing benefit payments are halted or reduced when a claimant finds work to better take account of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many refuges are not classed as supported exempt accommodation for the purposes of housing benefit.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the number of tenant evictions resulting from the decision to pay housing benefit direct...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance were sanctioned for failing to complete their job search evidence form on 25 December 2013.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what change there has been in his Department's data entry spending in the last year; and what the reasons are for any such change; (2)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in temporary accommodation were subject to the benefit cap between 1 April 2013 and 31 January 2014.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in receipt of (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) employment and support allowance were subject to the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single parents with a child under the age of five years old were subject to the benefit cap between 1 April 2013 and 31 January 2014.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who were temporarily exempt from the benefit cap due to their housing benefit being reduced were in temporary accommodation...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many additional households in temporary accommodation became subject to the benefit cap on flow in each month between May 2013 and January 2014.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants have been sanctioned for (a) four weeks, (b) three months and (c) three years (i) nationally and (ii) in Oldham in...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the upper limit will be of the amount of state pension top-up people can buy.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the top-up of state pensions for each of the next 20 financial years; (2)...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department is (a) undertaking or (b) plans to undertake a review of the check-off union subscription provision.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons he has not yet placed the business case for universal credit in the public domain.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the overall cost to his Department of data entry associated with universal credit.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2014, Official Report, column 233W, on vacancies: internet, what additional checks and safeguards for...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2014, Official Report, column 547W, on the Work Programme, if he will place in the Library the draft...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the capability of the Work programme to provide adequate support to jobseekers with long-term medical...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he has in place to establish the extent to which work programme providers have assisted participants to improve their literacy...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the work of his Department's youth hubs.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department’s policy is on allowing officials to appear before all-party parliamentary groups.

    • Apprentices: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many workplaces in (a) Harlow constituency and (b) Essex employed an apprentice in each of the last five year.

      Assets: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the value of UK non-financial assets held in Russia.

      Assets: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the value of Russian non-financial assets held in the UK.

      Beer: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to publish a response to the consultation on pub companies and tenants.

      Business Premises: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions he has had about the 48-hour notice period that Trading Standards must give when attending retail premises...

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the average amount owed to small firms in late payment.

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which FTSE350 companies that he wrote to in November 2012 asking them to sign up to the Prompt Payment Code have failed to...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that student entrepreneurs can access support and guidance when setting up their first businesses.

      Business: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on maintaining the requirement for quoted companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the provisions of the Consumer Rights Bill on access to, quality of and...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made on the public register of beneficial ownership of companies operating in the UK.

      Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to encourage businesses to implement and abide by the code of the Electronics Industry Citizenship...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2013, Official Report, column 643W, on foreign investments in UK, what the value of foreign...

      Foreign Investment in UK: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of inward investment initiatives by the seven local authorities in the North...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the (a) overall resource for undergraduate teaching, (b) Higher Education Funding Council for England grant for teaching...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will limit the number of (a) alternative learning providers and (b) students studying at alternative learning providers...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to ensure that universities admit more students from disadvantaged backgrounds whose qualifications...

      Higher Education: Islwyn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in each (a) age group and (b) parental income group resident in Islwyn constituency entered higher education in...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what change he expects in the number of private providers of higher education in England and Wales in the next five years; and if...

      Higher Education: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to make the UK a priority destination for the King Abdullah university scholarship programme.

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students were in higher education in Rossendale and Darwen constituency in 2013.

      Ineos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with INEOS on its refusal to recognise a trade union at the Grangemouth refinery.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to amending the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 to remove section 1(c) of schedule 1 on...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received in favour of the inclusion of intellectual property contracts in the Consumer Rights Bill.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Intellectual Property Office has taken to promote existing protected but underused intellectual property to...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to assist the manufacturing sector and promote an export-led recovery in the economy.

      New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he was first made aware that individuals were being awarded start up loans without business plans, cash flow forecasts and...

      Pay: Kilmarnock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency who are paid at least (a) the minimum...

      Personal Injury: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answers to topical question T1 of 23 January 2014, Official Report, column 434, if he will request the Employment...

      Railways: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to support the rail manufacturing industry.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings officials in his Department have had with representatives of (a) students and (b) higher education providers and...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the resource, accounting and budgeting charge is for student loans issued (a) to those on the new funding regime, (b) in...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what revisions have been made to the fair value of student loans issued under the previous funding regime.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the (a) face and (b) fair value of existing student loans.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the resource, accounting and budgeting charge is for student loans issued (a) those who started study before September 2012,...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether additional funding allocated to the higher RAB charge will come out of non-ringfenced DEL.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department’s total resource DEL has been increased as a result of the higher RAB charge for student loans.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost to the public purse is of the higher RAB charge for student loans.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the RAB charge for loans issued to those on the new funding regime is for student loans issued in (a) 2013-14 and (b)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent change there has been to the fair value of previously issued student loans; and what the current (a) face value and...

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many energy-intensive industries have received compensation for the carbon price floor and EU Emissions Trading System to...

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the number of energy intensive businesses in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland which will benefit from...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department is (a) undertaking or (b) plans to undertake a review of the check-off union subscription provision.

      Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to amending the Consumer Rights Bill to provide greater protection for creators against unfair...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many traineeships have been taken up in each parliamentary constituency since their introduction.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of employees in his Department of each (a) civil service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii)...

  • Justice

    • All Party Groups

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

    • Assets: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will seek an estimate from the (a) Bailiwick of Jersey and (b) Bailiwick of Guernsey of the value of Russian (a) financial and (b)...

      Courts: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons Worksop Courthouse is planned to close.

      Crime: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in England have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of offences concerning the illegal wildlife trade in each of the last five years.

      Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if the Department will review the length of sentencing given to those who kill by dangerous driving and speeding.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the implementation of the so-called Eve’s Law.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to introduce GPS technology for the electronic monitoring of offenders.

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the response to each request to Essex Probation under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which was agreed to...

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with Essex Probation Service since November 2013; what issues were raised in...

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the salary was of the (a) Chief Executive and (b) Chairman of the Essex Probation Trust in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014; and if he will make a statement.

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received from Essex Probation Trust on the retention of the current board; and if he will make a statement.

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any employees of Essex Probation have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of a criminal offence in the last six months; and if he will make a...

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much Essex Probation (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on refreshments in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014 to date; (2) how much Essex Probation (a)...

      Essex Probation

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

      Essex Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what decisions his Department has made on retaining the Current Chief Executive of Essex Probation Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Profession: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what calculations were used to calculate the mean fee income for full-time criminal barristers published by his Department on 2 January 2014; and for...

      Matrimonial Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the introduction of legally binding pre-nuptial agreements.

      Personal Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what categories of personal information will be held on each database managed by his Department or its executive agencies expected to become...

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings his Department has had with (a) Ministers and (b) officials at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to discuss proposals in the...

      Prisoners' Home Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders who were recalled to prison from home detention curfew have been subsequently released back onto home detention curfew since 3...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answers of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 293W and 28 February 2014, Official Report, column 548W, on prisoners: foreign...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in which instances Probation Trust staff have been co-located with other public or private organisations in (a) Probation Trust premises and (b) other...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who the current bidders for the Transforming Rehabilitation prime provider contracts are in each of the 21 geographic areas; and which bidders for these...

      Sentencing: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were sentenced in the North Wales Police Force area to immediate custody for (a) less than six months and (b) six months or longer in...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Northern Ireland per 10,000 of the population were prosecuted for non-payment of the television licence fee in each of the last three...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the people imprisoned in 2012 for non-payment of fines relating to television licence evasion had other unpaid fines for other offences; and...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he first became aware of the so-called comfort letters issued to on-the-runs; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what resources his Department has provided to youth offending teams to support families in order to prevent youth offending since May 2010.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which secure children’s homes Ministers of his Department have visited since May 2010; and what the date of each such visit was.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what was the (a) capacity and (b) population of each (A) secure training centre, (B) young offender institution and (C) secure children's home on 1 March...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the Youth Justice Board's budget has been spent on research in each year since 2010.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy: Retirement

      To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church Commissioners are considering changing the compulsory retirement age for clergy.

  • House of Lords

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the apprenticeships created in each of the last three years have lasted less than six months. To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of...

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprenticeship positions created by or facilitated by (1) Liverpool City Council, and (2) Liverpool Futures CIC, in each year since 2012 resulted in an...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether applicants for senior ranks above and including Colonel, Captain and Group Captain in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force are required to include their...

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money is to be spent by the Ministry of Defence in each year from 2015 to 2020 in Scotland.

      Channel Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK Border Agency staff are permanently deployed in Jersey, Guernsey and Sark.

      Channel Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what UK Border Agency controls are in place for entry into the UK from Jersey, Guernsey and Sark.

      Civil Service: Senior Posts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, as at 1 March, how many senior civil servants in the Ministry of Defence were male; and how many were educated privately.

      Cyclists: Fatalities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is being done to reduce the number of cyclist deaths on United Kingdom roads.

      Drugs: Prescribed Drug Addiction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people in England are receiving (1) methadone therapy, and (2) buprenorphine therapy; what other types of treatments are available; and what is...

      Drugs: Prescribed Drug Addiction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients in England receiving methadone or buprenorphine relapsed and received the same medication again on re-entry into treatment in (1) 2011, (2) 2012,...

      Drugs: Prescribed Drug Addiction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people prescribed methadone have been assessed also for buprenorphine, in accordance with the recommendation of the National Institute for...

      EU: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the weighted percentage average of effectively applied European Union tariffs borne by passenger cars made in (1) Japan, and (2) South Korea, and imported...

      Government Departments: Surveys

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

      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 Work and Pensions and the agencies that report to it; which...

      Health: Parkinson's Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place in Health Education England to ensure that its programme of work includes emphasis on Parkinson's medication being given on time.

      Higher Education: Television Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many universities or other institutions of higher education in England are able to use their funds to operate their own television services, or invest in...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been borrowed by local authorities in England for house building in each of the last five years; and what was the cap on such borrowing for each...

      NHS: General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate are having their health put at risk because they have to wait too long to see their general practitioner.

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances private patients awaiting or receiving treatment are accommodated in the same wards as National Health Service patients, in National Health...

      Non-departmental Government Bodies: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees were recruited by the Student Loans Company in 2013; and, of that number, how many were graduates.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to ensure that information on the engagement activities of pension funds and other institutional investors with investee...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the findings of the Kay Review, what role they consider that local authority pension funds should take in leading the way in becoming active...

      Police: Strip Searches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the disavowal by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and HM inspector of Constabulary of the Metropolitan Police's statement that they had found...

      Railways: Euston Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the re-development of Euston station.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their response to the HS2 Property Compensation consultation. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the difference both in absolute...

      Schools: Governors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to fill vacant school governor positions.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the extent of illegal transactions and embezzled funds from Ukraine being invested in the City of London; and what plans they have to...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pensioners received winter fuel payments in each of the parliamentary constituencies in the city of Manchester in (1) 2010-11, (2) 2011-12, and (3) 2012-13.

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