Written answers

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

  • Northern Ireland

    • IRA Victims: Libyan Government Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on gaining compensation from the Libyan Government for the victims of terrorist acts perpetrated by the IRA.

    • On-the-runs: Letters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on the review of so-called letters of comfort issued to on-the-runs.

      Government Spending Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking to increase the amount of Government spending allocated to Northern Ireland.

      Reduction in Public Sector Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in the number of people employed in the public sector in Northern Ireland.

      Economic Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on economic development in Northern Ireland.

      Economic Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on economic development in Northern Ireland.

      Trade Unions

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

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Competition Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of the Competition Commission's incomplete (a) market investigations, (b) merger inquiries, (c) regulatory references...

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what incentives his Department provides to companies who pioneer initiatives designed to tackle unemployment.

      EU External Trade: South East Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that European Commission free trade agreement negotiations with (a) Thailand and (b) India...

      Higher Education: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students started at Russell Group universities to study STEM subjects from (a) City of Chester constituency and (b)...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance he has given to local enterprise partnerships about the inclusion of higher education in their strategic economic plans.

      Office of Fair Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of the Office of Fair Trading's incomplete (a) market studies, (b) competition enforcement cases and (c) consumer...

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage alternative providers of higher education to offer courses in STEM subjects.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will increase the maximum amount that students at alternative providers can borrow from the Student Loans Company to...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the timetable is for the proposed selling of the pre-2012 student loan book.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of student loans issued under (a) the pre-2012 funding system and (b) the new system...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library an updated version of the ready reckoner on student loans and debt repayment reflecting his most...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what provision exists under his Department's Traineeships Programme for individuals with special needs.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what progress she has made on appointing a business champion for older workers.

    • Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what proportion of employees in the Government Equalities Office of what (a) Civil Service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii)...

  • Attorney-General

    • Fraud

      To ask the Attorney-General against what corporate defendants the Serious Fraud Office has brought enforcement actions in the last 10 years; what the outcome of each such action was; what civil...

    • Working Hours

      To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of employees in the Law Officers' Departments of each (a) civil service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii) flexi-time, (iii) from...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that sex-selective abortion does not place in the UK; (2) if he will bring forward proposals to...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2014, Official Report, column 949W, on abortion, how many Ground E terminations were permitted due to a sex-linked...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) the British Medical Association and (b) GPs' representatives about over prescription of antibiotics.

      Arthritis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to raise public awareness of juvenile idiopathic arthritis among (a) GPs, (b) the general public, (c) school teachers...

      Arthritis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality and geographical provision of health services provided to patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis in England.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department offers to clinical commissioning groups on how they should best use the NICE breast cancer quality standard.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what refurbishments have been carried out by his Department since May 2010; what the cost of such refurbishment was by category of expenditure; what...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current arrangements for donor lung allocation for people with cystic fibrosis.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to holding surgeries and awareness events on men's health at sports clubs and public houses.

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 4 March 2011, Official Report, column 663W, on health professionals, if he will publish the robust evidence-based...

      Health Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the Distressed Economy Strategic Review in the NHS in North Staffordshire; when that review will report; and what the terms...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the use of unlicensed medicines in the NHS where licensed medicines exist.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the time scales are for delivering the commitment in the 2014 Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme for his Department to work with industry and the...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions his Department has requested the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to perform a technology appraisal on an...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on how many occasions the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has not recommended a licensed treatment where an unlicensed comparator...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to determine whether an unlicensed medicine is in established use within...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the statement in the NHS Confederation's 2015 Challenge, that it is very possible that the current basis of the NHS, free...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in (a) Redcar and Cleveland, (b) Middlesbrough, (c) the North East and (d) England are registered organ donors.

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve respite care provision in (a) Peterborough and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.

      Self-harm: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to prevent incidents of self-harm in the under 18-years-old age group.

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with sepsis in each of the last five years.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he intends to make to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the use of ipilimumab as a first line treatment for...

      Social Services

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

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were born with Group B streptococcus in each of the last five years.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account he has taken of the decision by the Belgian Government not to pursue a policy of standard packaging of tobacco.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Health 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...

  • International Development

    • Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will itemise all sectoral budget support given to the Ethiopian Government in the last two years.

    • Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her 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 International Development what proportion of employees in her Department of what (a) civil service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii)...

  • Treasury

    • Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions on average returns from annuities; (2) what plans the Government have to...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the Financial Conduct Authority will publish the results of its review into the effectiveness of the Current Account Switching Service; (2) when...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Payment Systems Regulator will launch its market study into the ownership of payment systems by the largest banks.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds were disbursed through the Enterprise Investment Scheme to film projects in each month since June 2010.

      Fixed Interest Securities: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether pensioners resident in the UK who are not British citizens will be eligible to subscribe to his proposed fixed-rate savings bonds for pensioners.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has reached an agreement with the Northern Ireland Executive not to impose financial penalties should the under-occupancy penalty...

      Money Advice Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people received face-to-face guidance from the Money Advice Service in each of the last five years.

      National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs to the public purse of the introduction of the pensioner bond in each of the next 20 financial years.

      National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rate of return will be offered through the new pensioner bond.

      National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what criteria people will be eligible for the new pensioner bond.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the effect of extending the rights to exercise choice in the future investment of the proceeds of defined contribution...

      Office of Tax Simplification

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) civil servants and (b) part-time private sector secondees have worked or are expected to work at the Office of Tax Simplification during (i)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the pension proposals on social care for the elderly. [R]

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the change in the number of people who will rely wholly on the single tier state pension as a result of the planned...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions from April 2015 on the availability of long-term investment funds for...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what provision he has made for financial guidance for individuals on the planned changes to pensions; (2) whether the guidance which the Government...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) who will provide face-to-face financial guidance introduced as a result of the planned changes to pensions; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions on (a) low, (b) middle and (c) higher income earners.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions on opportunities for tax evasion by higher rate tax payers.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions on the housing market.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provisions will be in place to ensure people retain assets to support them in very old age.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions on the need to reform pensions tax relief.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of allowing people to withdraw pension savings at the age of 55 at a marginal rate of tax on the level of such savings.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions on the average cost of independent financial advice; (2) what assessment...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the planned changes to pensions for low and middle pensioner income.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the analysis underlying the costings of the policy of reducing the withdrawal tax rate for income from pensions from 55% to the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of the changes on the distribution of pensions tax relief by income decile; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the publication by the Office for National Statistics entitled Scotland-Household Taxes and Benefits: update, if he will publish the data...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual change in the rate of VAT registrations was in each of the previous five years; and what estimate he has made of the effect of such charges...

      VAT: Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that HM Revenue and Customs refunds unnecessary payments of VAT on ISAs.

  • Wales

    • Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Wales 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 home,...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2014, Official Report, column 693W, on bus services: disability, how many public service vehicles (a) in each region...

    • Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking to improve rail infrastructure between Sittingbourne and London stations.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of rocket fire by Islamic Jihad into Israel from Gaza.

    • Trade Unions

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

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authorities (a) did and (b) did not complete local data matching after...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will list the registration rates for students in higher education institutions...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will list the local authority databases used by electoral registration...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what discussions the Electoral Commission has had with the Office for National...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Student Loans Company database has been used for purposes of maximising...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will list each local authority database used by electoral registration offices...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the differential turnout was between the highest and lowest income group in...

      Voting Behaviour

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

      Voting Behaviour

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

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many postal votes there were as a proportion of those issued in the top 100...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the objectives of the Green economy projects implemented in the Overseas Territories are.

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many properties built after January 2009 were flooded in winter 2013-14; and what guidance his Department issues to home...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) the welfare of horses is considered a priority in live exports and (b) laws...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter to him dated 20 February 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Sheep: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources are being allocated to prevent sheep rustling.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of employees in his Department of what (a) civil service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours,...

  • Justice

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what value of confiscation orders were (a) issued and (b) uncollected in each year since 2010; (2) how many confiscation orders (a) were issued...

    • Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many outstanding confiscation orders were written off in each year since 2010.

      Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the value of outstanding confiscation orders was on 31 December (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013; (2) how many outstanding...

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many defendants charged with each offence type were sent to the Crown Court for sentence by magistrates in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was of an either way office case dealt with at the Crown Court where (a) a guilty plea was entered at the magistrates court and (b)...

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was of a (a) jury trial at the Crown Court for (i) either way offences sent by magistrates where their sentencing powers were not...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the total amount is of fines issued by the courts between 2010 and 2013 which remain uncollected; (2) what the total amount is of fines (a)...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines have been (a) issued by courts and (b) collected in 2013-14 to date.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fine was for people found guilty of non-payment of (a) a television licence, (b) vehicle excise duty and (c) council tax in each of the...

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much in victim surcharge has been imposed by adult courts since October 2012; and how much of that figure has been collected to date.

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2013, Official Report, column 772W, on Judicial Review, what further assessment has been made of the reasons for the...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his article published in the Daily Mail on 6 September 2013, what the evidential basis was for his statement that countless left-wing...

      Magistrates' Courts: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was levied in fines by each magistrates court in Greater Manchester in each of the last five years; what proportion of such fines were written...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much was spent on (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) subsistence costs for detached duty cover for staff in the Prison Service in each month...

      Prison Service: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions in the north-east have had members of staff take detached duty since 2010.

      Prison Service: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of each (a) prison and (b) young offender institutions in the north-east were made redundant in each year since 2010.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many breaches of security have been reported at (a) HM Courts Service, (b) the Land Registry, (c) the National Offender Management Service, (d) the...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women were serving custodial sentences for non-payment of (i) a television licence, (ii) vehicle excise duty and (iii) council...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much HM Courts and Tribunal Service spent on interpreters in 2011, 2012 and 2013; how much was spent on interpreting each language in those years;...

      Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total value was of fines remaining uncollected on 31 December (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the value is of outstanding fines that were written off in each of the last four years; (2) how many outstanding fines were written off in...

      Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many outstanding fines remained uncollected on 31 December in each of the last four years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications his Department has received for (a) one-year, (b) three-year and (c) 15-year contracts relating to (i) gas and...

    • Energy: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has plans to extend the life of generating capacity currently scheduled to be closed in the event that delays in...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimates he has made of the effect of his plans to establish a capacity market on (a) domestic and (b) industrial energy bills...

      Fossil Fuels: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many old oil and gas wells there are in the UK for which no firm or company is responsible; and how such wells are monitored for leaks.

      Fossil Fuels: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to prevent leaks and improve monitoring at existing (a) in use and (b) extinct or abandoned onshore oil and...

  • Education

    • GCE A-level: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students sat A-levels in (a) mathematics, (b) further mathematics, (c) physics, (d) chemistry and (e) biology in (i) City of Chester...

    • GCSE: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students obtained eight GCSE B grades or above in (a) City of Chester constituency and (b) Cheshire West and Chester council area in (i) 2009...

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the functional literacy rates were in each (a) local authority area and (b) region in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Musical Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of secondary school children in England learning to play a musical instrument in school (a) paid a charge and (b) received their...

  • Home Department

    • Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assurances she has received from operators of commercially available mobile networks that the emergency services will be able to...

    • Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to ensure the Emergency Services Mobile Communications programme delivers a cost-effective network that meets the...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what (a) accommodation provision, (b) employment programmes and (c) other resettlement provision has been made for Syrian refugees who...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passengers travelled to the UK on routes connected to the Semaphore system in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the decision to cancel the e-Borders programme was taken; (2) what commercial tenders have been received for a new system to...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportations of foreign national offenders there were in each year since 2010.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a record of the regions and sub-regions within the UK subject to the highest number of refusals of people...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many survivors of human trafficking who have been placed in shelters funded by the Government through the Salvation Army received support...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with how many victims of human trafficking the Government victims care contract specialist support providers are now working; and if she will...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fines levied under the Immigration (Employment of Adults Subject to Immigration Control) (Maximum Penalty) Order 2008 of a value of...

      Immigration Controls: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effect on Northern Ireland of recent changes to immigration rules in respect of Romania and Bulgaria.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 13 February 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the current requirements for seizing property or cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to bring those requirements...

      Trade Unions

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 25 March 2014, Official Report, columns 165-6W, on art: finance, what proportion of the total funding given by...

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many betting shops have had their licences revoked in each year since 2005; and what the reasons were in each such case.

      Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will define primary gambling activity criteria to identify the extent to which betting shops rely on non-betting...

      Boxing: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with representatives of boxing in Northern Ireland on the choice of which country they represent at...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Ofcom voluntary code of practice on broadband speeds; and if she will make a...

      Consumer Rights Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings officials in her Department have had with officials from the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills on the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the projected spending is by her Department in 2015-16 by functional flows to (a) museums and galleries, (b) communications, (c)...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her 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 Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of employees in her Department of each (a) civil service pay grade and (b) gender work (i) reduced hours, (ii)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Airwave Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government contracts have been given to Airwave; and what the (a) value and (b) duration is of each such contract.

    • Emergency Services: Telecommunications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what scrutiny the Major Projects Authority has given to the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme; (2) what Red, Amber, Green...

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) 20 highest and (b) 20 lowest value contracts awarded by his Department were in each financial year since 2009-10.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) 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)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been referred to jobs on zero-hours contracts through Jobcentre Plus in each month since May 2010.

    • Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have moved off jobseeker's allowance to jobs on zero-hours contracts in each month since May 2010.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance is issued to Jobcentre Plus on recommending jobs on zero-hours contracts.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion and number of job outcomes from the work programme were in zero-hours contracts roles in each month since the programme began.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion and number of jobs currently advertised through Jobcentre Plus are on zero-hours contracts.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rhondda of 27 March 2014, Official Report, column 347W, on housing benefit: social rented sector,...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many social housing tenants who were liable to pay the under-occupancy penalty have moved house since 1 April 2013.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department has not published data on the effects of the under-occupancy penalty on the number of social housing tenants...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of how much his Department is likely to save annually as a result of the removal of warm phones from Jobcentre Plus...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department records the number of referrals made to local third-sector advice providers (a) to use the telephone, (b) for help...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of sanctions imposed on jobseeker's allowance claimants in Scotland resulted from the recommendations of Work Programme...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants in Scotland were referred to the benefit sanctions regime introduced in October 2012 in each...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fixed-length sanctions of (a) high, (b) medium and (c) low level were imposed on jobseeker's allowance claimants in Scotland in each...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people enrolled in hybrid workplace pension schemes.

      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 retirement incomes from private and workplace pensions.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding his Department has agreed to provide in future years for former Remploy Employment Services; and until what year such funding will...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for what reasons the three-year wage subsidy for former Remploy disabled employees transferring to a new employer was not available for...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the Community Support Fund for former Remploy employees was only accessible through a third party and what estimate he has...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department paid the majority of the support package for former Remploy workers to Jobcentre Plus for a rapid response...

      Remploy: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 10 February 2014, Official Report, column 515W, on Remploy: Edinburgh, how many...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Health and Safety Executive has taken to enforce the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in respect of employees in the traffic...

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Health and Safety Executive has taken to recommend or mandate the use of automated traffic management technology to lift and lay...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the benefit cap.

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland applied for a hardship payment after being subject to benefit sanctions in each month from March 2013 to March 2014.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people returning to Jobcentre Plus after two years on the Work programme are aged under 25 years.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carrier Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to designate the Aircraft Carrier Alliance as a public body for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

    • Armed Forces: Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2014 to the hon. Member for Crawley, Official Report, column 219W, on War Memorials: World War II, what the reasons...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will introduce an online pension calculator for use by those who have left the armed forces.

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many NATO or EU cyber exercises are planned in 2014; and what the UK's involvement will be in each such exercise.

      Military Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to section 42 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 which corresponds to an offence contrary to...

      Trade Unions

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

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which small and medium-sized companies in Wales his Department has contracted in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 17 March 2014, Official Report, column 534, what the date and location is of his planned small and medium-sized enterprise...

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice, if any, the Department of Health issued to HM Treasury on the health impacts of removing the alcohol duty escalator in the 2014 budget.

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as a result of the 2014 Budget, alcohol duty will be frozen for super-strength white cider products.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of Atos Healthcare’s complaints policy and procedure, as held by the Department for Work and...

      Banking: Teller Machines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the risk to financial stability and overall confidence of the withdrawal by Microsoft in April 2014 of support for the Windows X...

      Banks: Lloyds Banking Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, if any, they propose to take in relation to Lloyds Banking Group, following the BBC investigation into redress following payment protection...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports about the proposed Emergency Provisions on Marriage Act for Burmese Buddhist women, which would take away from...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, that Muslims trapped in enclaves in Bangui...

      Childcare: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Family and Childcare Trust’s recent annual childcare costs survey; and what steps they are taking (1) to ensure...

      Children’s Centres

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have (1) to integrate children’s centres in local schools, and (2) to increase provision for family-targeted support services as part...

      Cyprus: Sovereign Bases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the level of illegal bird trapping within the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus.

      Education: Mathematics and English

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Nash on 15 October 2013 (WA 76–7) and 21 October 2013 (WA 122), by what mechanism they have subsequently...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of Egypt regarding the protection needs of Syrian and Palestinian refugees now irregularly in...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in relation to the sentencing to death of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about human rights in Egypt.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the death sentences recently passed on supporters of President Morsi.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Egypt about the conduct of the trial of President Morsi.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 23 January (WA 153–4) and Earl Howe on 20 March (WA 50–51), what view the Human...

      EU: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union has set any territorial limit on which countries are eligible to accede to the Union.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instruct the Crown Prosecution Service to bring prosecutions relating to all cases of female genital mutilation reported in London since 2009.

      Genetic Modification

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 March (WA 20), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of any documented advice...

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any threat by Spain to fine merchant ships bunkering at Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar and Spain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incursions into Gibraltarian waters by Spanish government armed vessels occurred in (1) 2012, (2) 2013, and (3) January and February 2014.

      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 Ministry of Defence to merit being tabled at the departmental...

      Government Departments: Expenditure

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

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 26 March (WA 118–19), what was the percentage of expenditure from the Exchequer spent in (1)...

      Government Departments: Surveys

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

      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 International Development and the agencies that...

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

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 March (HL Deb, col 528), whether the previous sale of student loans was put out to tender; and, if...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many part-time students have been in receipt of a tuition fee loan, in each of the last five years.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the detailed assumptions underlying the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast of divergence between the consumer prices index (CPI) and the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 20 March (WA 54), what response they received from the government of Israel to their representations of...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported killing of church-goers in an attack on a church in the Likoni district of Mombasa; and what information they...

      Moldova

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other European Union member states about bringing forward the signing and ratification of the European Union’s...

      Moldova

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any decision has yet been taken to send European Union observers to monitor the parliamentary elections to be held in Moldova later this year.

      Moldova

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what political and military assurances, if any, they have given to the government of Moldova regarding the territorial independence and sovereignty of that...

      Moldova

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans ministers have to visit Moldova or meet government representatives of that country.

      Moldova

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other European Union member states about the introduction of a visa waiver programme between the European Union and Moldova.

      Moldova

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with their European partners to de-escalate tensions between Moldova and the autonomous regions of Transnistria and Gagauzia.

      Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are in contact with the Chairman-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) about the situation in Ukraine,...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the passports of everyone arriving in and leaving the United Kingdom are properly checked.

      Police: Deaths in Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are aware of any plans to bring prosecutions in respect of the deaths of (1) Azelle Rodney, (2) Jimmy Mubenga, (3) Christopher Alder, (4) Sean...

      Police: Lynette White Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken against those responsible for the abandoned case involving eight South Wales police officers charged with conspiracy to pervert...

      Police: Misconduct

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they authorised the Metropolitan Police to carry out an investigation into the incident involving Rt. Hon Andrew Mitchell MP at Downing Street; and...

      Public Order Act 1986 and Crime and Disorder Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions have been brought in the last 10 years under sections 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 29B, 29C, 29D, 29E and 29F of the Public Order Act 1986 and...

      Schools: Learning Aids and Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to increase investment in (1) technological equipment for mathematics and science lessons in schools, and (2) interactive tools...

      Schools: Pupil Premium

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all maintained and academy schools in receipt of the pupil premium use the funds directly to support disadvantaged...

      Schools: Religious Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain the status of religious education teaching in schools; and what assessment they have made of the role of religious...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Troika and the European Union have to counter any undermining of the peace process in South Sudan, in particular if the Intergovernmental...

      State Aid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 24 February (WA 226–7) concerning European Union powers over United Kingdom state aid...

      Transnistria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent request for incorporation into Russia by leaders of Transnistria.

      Ukraine and Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they favour and will seek to achieve a meeting between the Defence Ministers of Ukraine and Russia, with a view to the separation of all military and...

      Young People: Carers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve support for young people with caring responsibilities.

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