Written answers

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2013, Official Report, columns 80-1W, on Electoral Register, if his Department will use information gathered on...

    • Employment: Brigg

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many disabled people were in paid work in Brigg and Goole constituency in each of the last five years.

      Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the Government have made of the likely change in the number of people in the UK who will be aged 90 years and over between 2012 and 2023.

      Rents: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will request that the Office for National Statistics publishes the evidential basis for the comment by the Minister for Housing of 3 March 2014,...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he will publish the Government’s response to the consultation on their commitment to implement zero carbon homes by 2016.

    • Land: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 476W, on land: contamination, what proportion of the revenue...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2012, Official Report, column 444W, on constituencies, what comparative assessment he has made of the accuracy of the (a)...

    • Devolution and Decentralisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister What recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues about the Government’s policy on devolution and decentralisation.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2013, Official Report, column 392W, on the electoral register if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidelines for...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2014, Official Report, column 386W, on the electoral register, what is the (a) earliest and (b) latest age a person is...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, columns 509-10W, on the electoral register, with which national organisations his Department is...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2013, Official Report, column 443W, on electoral register, what progress he has made with private sector credit reference...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 3 September 2012, Official Report, columns 93-4W, on electoral register: fraud, what assessment he has made of the reasons there...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 19 June 2012, Official Report, columns 923-24W, on electoral register: fraud, how many successful prosecutions for electoral...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2014, Official Report, column 189W, on the electoral register: Northern Ireland, if he will discuss the lessons from the...

      Electoral Register: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 510W, on the electoral register: young people, how the £4.2 million funding to maximise...

  • Health

    • NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the taskforce reviewing the effects of the Working Time Directive on the NHS.

    • NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to improve patient choice in the NHS.

      General Practitioners: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will provide support for small rural GP surgeries additional to that provided through the new GP surgery funding formula.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evidence his Department has assessed on whether giving birth to a baby of a particular gender constitutes a greater risk to the mother’s...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Congleton of 25 February 2014, Official Report, column 156W, on sex-selective abortion, if he will ensure...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impartiality of abortion counselling advice provided by Marie Stopes and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortion notification HSA4 forms have been referred to (a) to the General Medical Council and (b) the police following scrutiny by his Department...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Congleton of 20 March 2014, Official Report, column 722W, on abortion, on how many occasions departmental...

      Air Pollution: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of deaths attributable to long-term exposure to particularate air pollution in each of the last five years.

      All-Party Groups

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

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the resource implications of requiring all ambulance trusts to meet category A eight-minute response time in all rural...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the response outcomes were for each ambulance trust for category B calls in each of the 10 years for which records are available up to 2011.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in implementing (a) the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative recommendations and (b) the National Cancer Survivorship...

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were eligible for and participated in the bowel cancer screening programme in (a) England, (b) each of the five regional programme hubs...

      Food: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Food Standards Agency has carried out any research on the European Commission's published proposals to change EU Regulation 882/2004 governing...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers clinical commissioning groups have to reduce missed GP appointments; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect of proposed changes in the Immigration Bill on the role of GPs and on the level of public trust in...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that local authorities in England pursue a continuous improvement in the proportion of the eligible population offered and...

      Hospitals: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on health and safety in NHS hospitals.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what outcomes he expects to be achieved over the next 12 months as a result of steps taken to reduce the level of stillbirth and infant mortality rates.

      Livestock: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of parasitic lung worms have been identified at official post mortem inspection and prevented from entering the food chain by officials...

      Livestock: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of the cystic stage (C Bovis) of the human tapeworm Taenia Saginata have been identified at official post mortem inspection and...

      Livestock: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of (a) Cysticercus Tenuicollis (adult tapeworm - Taenia Hydatigena), (b) Cysticercus Ovis (adult tapeworm - Taenia Ovis), (c) Hydatid...

      Livestock: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of (a) pneumonia, (b) septic pneumonia, (c) Pericarditis, (d) Septic Pericarditis, (e) Peritonitis, (f) septic peritonitis, (g) Oedema,...

      Livestock: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of (a) faecal contamination, (b) cellulitis, (c) dermatitis, (d) ascites, (e) salpingitiss, (f) egg impaction, (g) peritonis, (h)...

      Livestock: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times lesions on livers caused by the intermediate stage of the parasitic roundworm ascaris suum identified in pigs at official post mortem...

      Livestock: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the liver fluke fasciola hepatica identified at official post mortem inspection has been prevented from entering the food chain by...

      Maternity Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that pregnant women resident in the UK will continue to have free access to NHS maternity services regardless of their...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what stoma care products were prescribed in each NHS Hospital Trust and Primary Care Trust in England in each of the last five years by (a) product and...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sponsorship arrangements are in place between manufacturers of stoma care products and individual NHS trusts; and how many such arrangements were in...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that all NHS trusts are providing the full range of mental health interventions recommended by the National...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whom he has appointed to undertake the NHS England Review into consultant-led obstetric maternity services at Stafford Hospital; and what timetable...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written statement of 26 February 2014, Official Report, columns 21-3WS, on Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, (1) what his...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what extra provision is being provided by (a) University Hospital of North Staffordshire and (b) other hospitals to enhance services at the Trust...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received in respect of the situation following his acceptance in full of the Trust Special Administrator for Mid Staffordshire...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individual funding requests for Fampridine have been made to NHS England since April 2013; and how many such requests have been approved.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what calculations were used to assess the costs and benefits of using Fampridine to treat multiple sclerosis patients.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the annual cost to the (a) NHS and (b) economy of people with multiple sclerosis who suffer from deteriorating spasticity.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what pay rise NHS employees on incremental schemes will receive if they are already at the top of their banding levels.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Gateshead, (d) the North East and (e) the UK have been made redundant in each year...

      NHS: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many National Health Service staff in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Gateshead, (d) the North East and (e) the UK who have been made...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission national guidance on ensuring Parkinson's disease patients do not miss doses of their medication in hospital.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what initiatives are in place to train health professionals on the importance of providing people with Parkinson's disease medication on time while they...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to ensure there is a quick and easy way for a patient with Parkinson's disease to lodge a complaint against a...

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) fixed costs and (b) annual running costs of Public Health England.

      Public Health England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are employed at Public Health England.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the views of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the survival benefit of dacabazine as a first line...

  • Attorney-General

    • Counterfeit Manufacturing: Money

      To ask the Attorney-General pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 40W, how many offences charged under section 14(1) and 22 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981...

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps he is taking to ensure that victims of female genital mutilation whose cases go to trial have access to the full range of support and special measures that...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will make it his policy to introduce the option of anonymity for victims of female genital mutilation in court trials.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General on how many occasions and for what offences each Crown Prosecution Service business area has recommended that an offence be taken into consideration instead of charged...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General for how many cases the Serious Fraud Office has sought additional funding from the Exchequer in the last two years; and on how many occasions such funding was granted...

      Service Prosecuting Authority

      To ask the Attorney-General when the next inspection of the Service Prosecuting Authority is planned by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) direct and (b) indirect bilateral funding arrangements his Department has with governmental or non-governmental projects and...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will urge energy providers to offer unconditional price freezes.

      Nuclear Power: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Government plan to take to deliver the commitments on nuclear security contained in paragraph 27 of the Hague Nuclear...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Government plan to take to deliver the commitments on nuclear security contained in paragraph 21 of the Hague Nuclear...

      Trade Unions

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

  • Scotland

    • All-Party Groups

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what targets have been set for the rollout of superfast broadband in Devon and Somerset; and whether Broadband Delivery UK has met those...

  • Northern Ireland

    • All-Party Groups

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

    • Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of employees in her Department of what (a) Civil Service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii) flexi-time, (iii)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Barclays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the policy of Barclays on the use of tax havens.

  • Transport

    • Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost per mile of building cycle lanes; and what steps he is taking to reduce this cost in rural areas.

    • Driver and Vehicle Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure people who are currently employed by the Driver and Vehicle Agency receive training to enable them to take up local...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will update the business case for High Speed 2 to reflect the fact that there will be no link with High Speed 1.

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) net franchise payment, (b) revenue support sum and (c) net subsidy are for the 22-month direct award of the northern franchise to Northern...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce which stations will receive (a) access for all funding and (b) national station improvement programme funding between 2014...

      Railway Stations: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department on platform lengthening on the Integrated Kent Franchise routes in each year since 2000, by station.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with Transport for London on the South East Flexible Ticketing scheme.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assets he has designated for search and rescue under section 2.5 of Annex 12 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation; and where each...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to relieve congestion on roads.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been spent on repairing potholes in (a) Harlow and (b) Essex since 2004.

      Southeastern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date he expects all peak services provided by Southeastern to be formed of 12-car trains.

      Trade Unions

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

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of employees in his Department of what (a) Civil Service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii) flexi-time, (iii) from...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • All-Party Groups

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

    • Birds: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons his Department supported an officer in the Falkland Islands responsible for implementing the Agreement on...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence his Department has collected on the effect of badger culls conducted in Ireland on levels of bovine TB in that...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 33W, on flood control, what the reasons are for the...

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has made to the EU Commission on the UK applying for and drawing down monies from the European...

      Floods: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the estimated cost of the direct damage caused by recent flooding in Somerset meets...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Hunting Act 2004.

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has allocated staff resources or established a dedicated unit in his Department to deal with proposed amendments...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2014, Official Report, column 558W, on land drainage, what funding will be made...

      Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2014, Official Report, column 358W, on land drainage, for what reasons responsibility...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what facilities exist for the retention and care of non-native wildlife species confiscated in the UK; where those facilities...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission a study on measures to accurately record incidences of mis-stunning in abattoirs.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2014, Official Report, column 525W, on Argentina, how much his Department has spent under...

    • Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to increase the number of UK embassies and consulates through co-operation with Commonwealth Governments.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he has been informed that the Alcaidesa marina in La Linea has been partly constructed in British-Gibraltar...

      Nuclear Security Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2014, Official Report, column 189W, on the nuclear security summit, which organisations made...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK is taking to promote peaceful dialogue in Venezuela between the Government of that country and political opponents.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of employees in his Department of each (a) Civil Service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • All-Party Groups

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

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the ministerial statement of 27 March 2014, Official Report, columns 56-8WS, on Atos, how much Atos has paid to his Department in...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many and what proportion of employment and support allowance claimants in the work-related activity group Atos has sought further...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have been given a prognosis that engagement in work is unlikely in the longer term have been placed in the work-related...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many repeat employment and support allowance claimants have been placed in the work-related activity group with the prognosis that...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each parliamentary constituency are currently incurring the under-occupancy penalty.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on incapacity benefit who have been given a prognosis that engagement in work is unlikely in the longer term have been placed...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department collects information from Jobcentre Plus offices on the number of people referred to local advice providers to use...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance was given to Jobcentre Plus offices on supporting people internally rather than externally following the recent removal of warm...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent guidance his Department has issued to Jobcentre Plus staff on how to advise clients on alternatives to warm phones for contacting...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions on opt-out rates of auto-enrolment.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions on the investment strategy of the National Employment Savings Trust.

      Pensions Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received face to face guidance from the Pension Advisory Service in each of the last five years.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many outstanding cases of social fund loan repayments his Department is currently pursuing; in what year each such loan was issued; what...

      Unemployed People: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department makes available to people who are unable to work while receiving treatment for cancer and what assets which cannot...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time for a work capability assessment is for claimants in (a) Torbay local authority area, (b) the South West region...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register: Dudley

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

    • Electoral Register: South Wales

      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: 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...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many portable kits for diagnosis of (a) HIV and (b) hepatitis her Department has delivered to Africa in each of the last three years.

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds her Department has allocated to each country in Africa to tackle wildlife crime.

      All-Party Groups

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

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Government offered for World Water Day 2014.

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking as co-chair of the Mexico High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development co-operation...

      Barclays

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the policy of Barclays on the use of tax havens.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with representatives of the retail sector about measures that could be taken by shops selling alcohol to reduce...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to reform antisocial behaviour orders; and if she will make a statement.

      Crime: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of recent changes to the funding of Greater Manchester police on crime rates in that region.

      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, what proportion of new drivers obtaining...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the expert panel for the review into new psychoactive substances does not include representation from the public health sector.

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2014, Official Report, column 604W, on EU Justice and Home Affairs, with which countries the EU as a legal...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested for breach of a forced marriage protection order in each year since such orders came into force.

      Human Trafficking: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women who are victims of human trafficking are nationals of non-EEA countries have received return and reintegration...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on legal fees in immigration cases when she has been (a) the defendant and (b) the appellant, in each of...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assets of criminal origin have been repatriated from the UK to jurisdictions overseas in each year since 2008-09.

      Riot Control Weapons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received about the use of water cannon in London.

      Theft: Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on sheep rustling.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of employees in her Department of what (a) Civil Service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii) flexi-time,...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support British service personnel are providing to the Afghan National Security Forces to ensure that the elections in Afghanistan are free and fair.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support the UK is offering to the (a) EU and (b) OSCE election monitoring missions to Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces Day: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to hold Armed Forces Day events in Northern Ireland in June 2014.

      Army: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel have been dismissed under AGAI 67 in each year since 2008; what the reasons were for each such dismissal; and if he will make a statement.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) allegations of, (b) investigations of, (c) prosecutions for and (d) convictions for (i) rape and (ii) sexual assault fell under the...

      DSG Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the value for money assessment prepared for the closure of DSG Ashchurch is in accord with Joint Service...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what non-lethal military support his Department has provided to Egypt in each year since 2012.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of all Employment Tribunal judgements made against his Department since 2008 to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he or officials of his Department will discuss the issues raised by Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan of the US Air Force in his testimony on the...

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service police there were in (a) each branch of the armed forces and (b) the Special Investigations Branch in the last year for which data are...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the origins are of the NATO target for allies to spend 2% of gross domestic product on defence; and if he will make a statement.

      Reserve Forces: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women there were in the reserve forces in Brigg and Goole constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the 60 questions relating to the future Strategic Defence and Security Review to which the Permanent Under-Secretary of his Department...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the removal of air passenger duty (APD) on the number of passengers travelling between Belfast and Newark...

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on allowing officials to appear before all-party parliamentary groups.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how his Department calculates that 2.5 million eligible families would benefit from tax-free childcare in the consultation on Tax-free Childcare; and how...

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely costs to businesses of the introduction of a new £1 coin.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what impact assessment he has made of his plans to introduce electronic Vehicle Excise Duty on (a) companies that trade cars and (b) the sale of...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy that applicants for means- tested benefits aged 55 years and above will not be deemed for purposes of benefit eligibility...

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs staff were employed on detection of (a) tobacco and (b) alcohol smuggling in each of the last five years.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of employees in his Department of each (a) Civil Service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii) flexi-time, (iii) from home,...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list all academy sponsors with 10 or more academies. [R]

    • Adoption: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Brigg and Goole constituency and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber were adopted in each of the last five years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what meetings officials in his Department have had with officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the implications of the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what dates the National Panel on Serious Case Reviews has met; and if he will publish the minutes of that Panel's meetings.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have had with members of the National Panel on Serious Case Reviews.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what interaction the National Panel on Serious Case Reviews has had with the Local Safeguarding Children's Board Network.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education to whom the National Panel on Serious Case Reviews is accountable; and what the terms of reference of that Panel are.

      Education: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to increase links between education and employment.

      School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, columns 83-84W, on the School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012, if he will...

      Schools: Musical Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of all primary school age children in England were learning a musical instrument in (a) academies, (b) community schools, (c)...

      Science: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what conclusions he has drawn from the 3D Printer Project Report for enriching teaching across STEM and Design subjects in schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, columns 250-51W, on special educational needs, when he expects to make an announcement on the...

      Trade Unions

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

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what systems his Department has in place to monitor the implementation of the Government’s commitment to give due consideration to the UN...

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) 14, (b) 15, (c) 16, (d) 17 and (e) 18 year olds enrolled at each university technical college in 2013-14.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of employees in his Department of each (a) Civil Service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii) flexi-time, (iii) from...

  • Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time between judgement and sentencing in criminal trials in England was in the latest period for which figures are available;...

    • EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with which countries the EU as a legal personality (1) is currently negotiating co-operation agreements in the field of justice and home affairs; (2)...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total amount of fines levied on but uncollected from people found guilty of non-payment of (a) a television licence, (b) vehicle excise duty...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many forced marriage protection orders have been granted with a power of arrest attached in each year since such orders came into force.

      Legal Profession: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the action by barristers on (a) 6 January 2014 and (b) 7 March 2014; and what his policy is...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to section (a) 1, where the victim was a child, and (b) 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 in...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to sections (a) 1 and 2 where the victim was a child, and (b) 5, 6 and 7 of the Sexual...

      Offences Against Children: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to articles (a) 5 and 6, where the victim was a child, and (b) 12, 13 and 14 of the Sexual...

      Offences Against Children: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to sections (a) 1 and 2, where the victim was a child, and (b) 18, 19 and 20(1), (2)(a) and...

      Prisoners' Release and Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many of each category of prisoner released from prison in error since May 2010 are still at large; (2) how many prisoners in each category of...

      Probation: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the Integrated Offender Management model piloted in the London borough of Islington on reoffending rates in...

      Rspca

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the evidence submitted by his Department to the independent review of the RSCPA's prosecutions activity being...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect alcohol consumption in the United Kingdom to increase as a result of changes to alcohol duty in the 2014 budget; and if so, by how much.

    • Annuities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect to be the impact on (1) the take up of annuities, and (2) rates for new annuities, of the proposed changes to pension annuities.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints about Atos Healthcare have been submitted or received through the Department for Work and Pensions, per year, since the commencement of...

      Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering how to increase research into autism spectrum disorders to improve the lifetime prospects of individuals affected; and what...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support the Bank of England initiating a public consultation on its current policy of destroying audio recordings of Monetary Policy...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Bank of England has the authority to reinvest the proceeds of maturing gilt-edged securities purchased under the quantitative easing programme;...

      Bank of England Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Newby to Lord Barnett’s supplementary oral question on 18 March (HL Deb, col 73), under what circumstances they consider...

      Banking: European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to ensure that London’s role as a centre for international banking and derivative trading is not disadvantaged by pressure...

      Banking: Polymer Banknotes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the costs to the private sector of the proposed switch to polymer banknotes in 2016.

      Broadcasting: S4C

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions took place between Department for Culture, Media and Sport Ministers and the S4C Authority before S4C took their decision to relocate their...

      Broadcasting: S4C

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the transfer of funding responsibility for S4C from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to the Welsh Government, in the...

      Broadcasting: S4C

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for the names of each member of the S4C Authority, as at 1 March, together with the date of their appointment and the term of...

      Captain Scott

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to preserve Captain Scott’s photographs of the expedition to the South Pole.

      Citizens Advice and Consumer Focus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation’s grant-in-aid for consumer policy activity was provided to (1) Citizens’ Advice,...

      Civil Servants: Classified Documents

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 March (WA 49), what steps they are taking to prevent civil servants from exposing to public...

      Compensation: Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the recovery of benefits through the Mesothelioma Support Scheme will yield; and what assurances they can give that some of this money will be spent...

      Disabled People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that disabled people who live in care facilities can maintain their liberty.

      Energy: Carbon Capture and Storage Plants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect a demonstration plant for carbon capture and storage to be in operation in the United Kingdom.

      Finance: Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they expect to raise from the proposed new pensioner bonds; and what they intend to use the funds for.

      Finance: Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect to be the impact of the proposed new pensioner bonds on the ability of banks and building societies to lend.

      Finance: Foreign Exchange Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current regulatory investigation into the fixing of foreign exchange reference rates includes the ISDAfix dollar interest rate swap reference rate.

      Food: Fried Food

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to publicise the health impact of eating fried food.

      Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations the Gambling Commission has made for its new role as a regulator for online gambling operators based anywhere in the world without the...

      Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Gambling Commission intends to protect United Kingdom consumers from unlicensed online gaming operators after the enactment of the Gambling...

      Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations the Gambling Commission has made for licensing and regulating non-Great Britain based operators after the enactment of the Gambling...

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 4 March (WA 304) and 12 March (WA 382–3), whether there are any germ-line modifications of nuclear DNA...

      Gift Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions were held with small charities that submit gift aid claims only on an annual basis about the new Charities Online service operated by HM...

      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 Cabinet Office to merit being tabled at the departmental...

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the expenditure of the Home Office, in reserved areas, per capita in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in each of the...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the breakdown of departmental spending on Government Procurement Cards in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2009-10,...

      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 Culture, Media and Sport and the agencies that report...

      Government: Ministerial Offices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Extended Ministerial Offices have been established; in which departments; and what is the number and provenance of advisers in each, broken down by...

      Health: Mitochondrial Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 4 December 2013 (WA 48–9) and 6 February (WA 76), what was the justification for the statement that a...

      Health: Mitochondrial Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 8 July 2013 (WA 9) and by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 10...

      Health: Parkinson’s Disease

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what agreements have been put in place with the Care Quality Commission about measuring how many people with Parkinson’s get their medication on time...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider working together with local authorities in establishing a limit on the number of new build properties, off-plan and readily...

      NHS: General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many general practitioners there are per head of the population in England; and what assessment they have made of how that number compares with the...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk of famine in South Sudan and the case for providing more funds to meet that risk.

      Sport: Horseracing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which entities of the horseracing industry will receive the remaining share of receipts from the sale of the Horserace Totalisator Board.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they and their international partners are taking to lessen the hardship suffered by Palestinian refugees in Syria, especially in the Yarmouk camp.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 22 January (WA 144), whether they will provide the answer in the form requested and using the new...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect to be the impact on the amount of annual tax revenue to be realised by the changes to the private pensions and annuities.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are currently giving to Ukraine in the form of loans, or to support structural reforms; and what additional financial package they...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to help young adults who are unemployed, working part-time or are in jobs for which they are overqualified to use the skills that they possess.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to local authorities and their partners having more responsibilities and commensurate finance to work with local employers...

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