Written answers

Monday, 7 April 2014

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the average change was in the gender pay gap in the (a) public and (b) private sector between 2008 and 2013.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the £60 million provided to support proof of concept development of near-market agricultural innovations...

    • Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, if he will list the activities undertaken by the UK Trade and...

      Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, for what reason Qatar was chosen as the first country for UK Trade...

      Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, what progress UK Trade and Investment has made on identifying...

      Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, how many times the Leadership Council has met; and what the items...

      Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, what progress has been made in identifying skills needed to...

      Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, how much of the £90 million to establish centres for...

      Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, what progress he has made in establishing a Centre for...

      Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, whether UK Trade & Investment has established a new dedicated...

      Agriculture: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to A UK strategy for agricultural technologies, what progress has been made in mapping and evaluating private and...

      Apprentices: Brigg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships were started in the Brigg and Goole constituency in each industrial sector in each of the last five years.

      Apprentices: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships commenced in each sector in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire in the last 12 months.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many claims for asbestos-related illnesses were made against his Department in each year since 2003.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of small and medium-sized businesses were registered in each parliamentary constituency; and what...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses are registered in each constituency; and how many businesses were so registered in each of the last five years.

      Business: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to publish his Department's response to the consultation on Building a responsible payment culture.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have applied to be an employee shareholder under the Government’s Shares for Rights Scheme to date.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies have applied to participate in the Government's Shares for Rights Scheme to date.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which independent advisers have been paid to advise employees about the Government’s Shares for Rights Scheme to date.

      Foreign Investment in UK: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of changes in the number of people in employment due to Israeli companies investing in the UK in 2013.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any alternative learning providers have not met the standards he recently announced on (a) quality assurance, (b)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to monitor whether alternative learning providers are meeting the standards he recently...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) people, (b) men and (c) women were in (i) work, (ii) full-time work and (iii) part-time work...

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people applied to the 2014 Sirius Programme for young entrepreneurs; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the findings of the Oxford Economics report commissioned by the University of Sheffield entitled...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the economic benefits to the UK of international students.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the effect on higher education providers of charging fees to international students for use of...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether recent increases in the estimated RAB rate for student loans go beyond his Department's target impairment for...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the effect on his Department's total resource Departmental Expenditure Limits of the revised...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of eligible voters in Newcastle upon Tyne Central constituency who will not be auto-enrolled under individual electoral...

  • Cabinet Office

    • All Party Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2014, Official Report, column 300W, on All Party Groups, on how many occasions his Department has instructed its...

    • Aspire to Change

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been paid by his Department to Aspire to Change (A2C) since its formation; for what purpose each payment was made; what assessment he has...

      Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on the development of an indicator on five year survival rates from all cancers to support early diagnosis and reduction of...

      Census: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the percentage target was for people responding to the census online in 2011; and what proportion of people so responded.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made on reform of the Civil Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Committee on the Grant of Honours Decorations and Medals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the members of the Honours Committee in each of the last five years.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information his Department holds on the number of individuals employed on zero-hours contracts by (a) region and (b) gender; and what research his...

      Electoral Register: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of eligible voters not registered to vote in Newcastle upon Tyne Central constituency.

      Local Government: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many local authorities have adopted the Government’s public service network to date.

      Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many Civil Service jobs dealing primarily with reserved and excepted matters have been transferred from Northern Ireland in the last six...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps he is taking to reduce the costs of central Government mobile telephone contracts; (2) what guidance his Department has issued on the...

      Pensioners: Mortgages

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of pensioners who pay mortgages.

      Social Networking

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what guidelines are in place for (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers on the use of social media; (2) whether the Civil Service Code...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on the Northern Ireland economy of the Irish Government's decision to remove airport passenger duty; (2)...

    • Cathedrals: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of cathedrals that will benefit from the grant scheme for repairs announced in the 2014 Budget.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families eligible for tax-free childcare in Brigg and Goole constituency.

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 31 March 2014, Official Report, column 469W, on coinage, if he will place in the Library any analysis undertaken by his Department...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what total value has been claimed in tax deductions for issuance of shares to employees under the Government's Shares for Rights Scheme to date; (2)...

      Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to consult on changes to the eligibility for the Enterprise Investment Scheme announced in Budget 2014; and whether owners and promoters...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals made to the Equitable Life Payment Scheme have taken (a) more than one month, (b) more than three months, (c) more than six months and (d)...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to compel companies that post workers to the UK to retain copies of employment contracts and pay slips in the UK.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of people currently paying income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) who would not be doing so if the personal...

      Inheritance Tax: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account is taken of historic economic activity and future agricultural production in agricultural relief for inheritance tax.

      Inheritance Tax: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent guidance he has issued on criteria for agricultural relief for inheritance tax.

      Inheritance Tax: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the criteria for agricultural relief for inheritance tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households have used the (a) the Help to Buy (Equity Loan) and (b) Help to Buy (Mortgage Guarantee) scheme; and how many households he originally...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the equity loan for new homes in the Help to Buy scheme to older properties.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applicants to the Help to Buy (Mortgage Guarantee) scheme to date were not born in England (a) in absolute terms and (b) as a percentage of overall...

      Natural Resources

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to implement the recommendations made by the Natural Capital Committee in its Second state of natural capital report which are relevant to...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people in private sector defined benefit pension schemes and (b) the number of such people he expects to...

      Overseas Residence: Landlords

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the value was of penalties issued to overseas landlords who failed to submit the tax returns issued to them in each of the tax years (a) 2009-10,...

      Revenue and Customs: South West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many posts HM Revenue and Customs will relocate to the South West in the next five years.

      Service Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to set a time limit within which property management companies will have to produce their service charge accounts.

      Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to introduce a registration scheme to monitor the flow and location of posted workers to assist tax collecting agencies in...

      Taxation: Golf

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the European Court of Justice ruling on the Bridport and West Dorset case of 19 December 2013, what measures will be taken to ensure that...

      Taxation: Golf

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much corporation tax has been paid to the Exchequer in respect of visitors fees for member-owned golf clubs since 1990; (2) with reference to the...

      TSB

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with TSB Bank about the decision to close bank accounts of customers who are in order and credit but are not wanted; and if he...

      UK Financial Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of review assessments are completed by each of the banks in which UK Financial Investments owns a stake; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she held with ministerial colleagues on the relocation of central Civil Service posts to Northern Ireland.

    • National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether she considers the failure of the Northern Ireland Executive to allow the National Crime Agency to operate fully in Northern Ireland is...

      Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department has spent on legacy issues in each year since 2010; and how many staff are employed on dealing with such legacy issues.

      Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the implications for security in Northern Ireland of recent reports of the taping of telephone calls made to and...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of dissident republican links with Al-Qaeda involving the supply of weaponry and expertise in warfare.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will be given access to papers previously withheld from freedom of information requests as part...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England spent on consultants in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

    • Channel Three

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will review the regulations applying to Channel 3 licence holders and the business practices of their subsidiary companies;...

      Cultural Heritage: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value was of items covered by Waverley criteria where (a) a decision on the licence application was deferred and (b) the...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on establishing an expert group on the way forward for football supporter club...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of the excessive use of fixed-odds betting terminals on people with a gambling addiction.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the costs mobile telephone companies charge customers who go over their allocated data usage; and if she...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of people appointed to boards or other public bodies sponsored by her Department were (a) men and (b) women in (i)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out for 2014-15 spend by functional flows to (a) museums and galleries, (b) communications, (c) libraries, (d) tourism,...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the Government's strategy to encourage the use of libraries; and if she will make a statement.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many adults in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have taken part in at least one...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on grassroots sport in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people aged between 16 and 25 years old who live in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK took part in at least one sporting...

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many children in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have taken part in at least one...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to make it easier for people to switch between telephone and broadband suppliers.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued on reporting to the police registered medical practitioners who do not return complete HSA4 forms.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many HSA4 forms are pending completion since 2008, broken down by each month in which they were submitted.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many foetuses showed signs of life following an attempted termination in each year for which records are available; and how many such foetuses were...

      Air Pollution: Halton

      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 particulate air pollution in Halton constituency in...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that radiotherapy should be routinely made available as a treatment to reduce female breast cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of reports that carrots can reduce cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues on ensuring that cancer drugs are not withheld from elderly terminally ill patients aged over 65 years old.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department provides to local health trusts and clinical commissioning groups to enable them to promote cancer awareness education.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of late diagnoses of cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the views and experiences of cancer patients are used to inform the ratings of the Care Quality...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2013, Official Report, column 86W, on cancer, what the (a) timescales and (b) terms of reference are of the review on the...

      Care Bill (HL)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2014, Official Report, column 611W, on the Care Bill, when that committee first met; and if he will place in the...

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the number of pregnancies affected by neural tube defects; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of...

      Contraceptives: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that parents have some say in whether their teenage children are taking the morning-after pill.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will collect data by constituency on the number of people registered with a dentist.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the relationship between eating disorders and type 1 diabetes.

      Diabetes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential connection between diabetes and dementia.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations his Department received before the removal of pre-conception counselling for women taking anti-epilepsy medications from the...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK exercised for at least 30 minutes a week in each...

      General Practitioners: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of GPs to patients is in each clinical commissioning group area in (a) Halton constituency and (b) Merseyside.

      Haematological Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor will be available on the NHS for the treatment of lymphoma blood cancer.

      Health and Social Care Act 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment was made of the compliance of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 with human rights legislation.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many keyhole surgery operations for heart surgery there were in each of the last three years in each (a) region and (b) constituent part of the UK.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which of the mitochondrial replacement techniques under consideration that have been developed in the UK have been shown to work safely and...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of lives saved annually by the new in-vitro-fertilisation techniques of Maternal Spindle...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on medical records: databases, whether private companies will be permitted to...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2014, Official Report, column 582W, on medical records: databases, if he will provide more information on the range...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons his Department has planned the start of the care.data extraction of patient data to begin before the results of the Health and Social...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2014, Official Report, column 400W, on Medical Records: Databases, if he will publish and place in the Library a copy...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on medical research by the (a) National Institute for Health Research and (b) Medical Research Council, broken down by category in each...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request NHS England to inform him when the hon. Member for Hartlepool can expect to receive a reply to his letter dated 17 December 2013, on...

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration he has given to improving the monitoring of black, Asian and minority ethnic patients accessing mental health services through a...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in probable psychological disturbance reported in Understanding Society from 18.0 per cent in...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the special neurological coordinator post within Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group in...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are affected by motor neurone disease in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire, (c) the East of England and (d) the UK; and what funds his...

      NHS: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 11 March 2014, Official Report, column 267, (1) regarding the...

      NHS: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff have been made redundant and subsequently re-employed by NHS organisations in Cumbria since May 2010.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how NHS England proposes to champion the use of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality standards with providers and...

      NHS: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the results of the NHS Staff Survey 2013 are used to drive improvements on staff experience and patient...

      Opiates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department measures the number of patients in treatment for opioid dependence who receive (a) a comprehensive assessment at the start of treatment...

      Opiates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring his Department undertakes of the implementation of guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and his...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting period was for bone density (DXA) scans in each of the last five years.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bone density scanning machines were available in each region of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people affected by osteoporosis in each of the last five years; (2) how many finished hospital admission...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost of missed NHS appointments in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) East Lancashire in each of the...

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which local health commissioning groups have prescribed bevacizumab for patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer who have received first and second...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of accident and emergency admissions made up of people approaching the end of life and who have...

      Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) patients and (b) parents of patients who cannot afford travel costs to access medical treatment.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been referred to the NHS for cosmetic surgery where an operation has not been completed by a private provider due to that provider...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the take up of innovative treatments for advanced melanoma over the last 10 years.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to exclude retirement income products other than annuities from the asset test used to assess social care funding.

      Soft Drinks: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 1 April 2014, Official Report, column 718 on children's diet, whether...

      South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many posts in his Department will be relocated to the South West in the next five years.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had TB in the UK in each of the last three years; and what reports he has received of a connection between TB and cats.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels: Wheat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of British-grown wheat used in bio-fuel production.

    • Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases were (a) investigated for enforcement action, (b) issued and proceeded in the courts, (c) discontinued...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff worked in investigation, legal and enforcement action in each geographical area of the Environment Agency in...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 31W, on the Environment Agency, when the review of existing...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish (a) the results of the review of each area of the Environment Agency's existing workloads against...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 31W, on the Environment Agency, whether the review of...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many legal and enforcement cases in each geographical area of the Environment Agency were (a) under investigation, (b)...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time employees in the operations and legal services departments of the Environment Agency work on (a)...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many requests to leave the Environment Agency under the voluntary early release scheme are from staff in the operations...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he next plans to meet representatives of organisations that have made representations on the environmental effects...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will establish shale gas extraction exclusion zones in sensitive areas for wildlife and water resources.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy that costs associated with the regulation and monitoring of exploration and extraction of...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) amount and (b) proportion of the budget of the Environment Agency is allocated to staff and other departmental costs...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff of the Environment Agency are engaged in regulation of hydraulic fracturing and unconventional gas.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the costs of the regulation and monitoring of exploration and extraction of unconventional gas...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants in his Department spent some or all of their time working on the Hunting Act 2004 in (a) 2010, (b)...

      Mondelez International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 35W, on Mondelez International, for what reason 13 March...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the threat to the UK's environment from invasive alien plant species.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) 20 highest and (b) 20 lowest value contracts awarded by his Department were in each financial year since 2009-10.

      Seeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the proposed EU regulations on heritage seeds.

      Seeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect a diversity of older and heritage seed varieties.

      Seeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has made to the European Commission on proposed regulations relating to seeds.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2014, Official Report, column 697W, on unmanned air vehicles, if he will place in the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities affected by flooding can claim under the Bellwin scheme for the cost of disposing of sandbags that...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in shire county council bus subsidies on the opportunities for social...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides on how much funding from the Local Government Finance Settlement local authorities should...

      Combined Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Government Response to Lord Heseltine's report No Stone Unturned: in Pursuit of Growth, when he expects to...

      Council Tax: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what reports he has received of levels of council tax set by Lancashire county council for 2014-15.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the age profile of firefighters is in each fire service area. [R]

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters were (a) sacked and (b) made redundant after failing the capability assessment (i) nationally, (ii) in...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters were redeployed (a) nationally, (b) in Devon and Somerset and (c) in London last year. [R]

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the status is of the ICT Relet Project; what costs his Department has incurred; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of line of business and desktop applications in local government.

      Mary Portas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Mary Portas is still engaged as an adviser to the Government on high streets in England and Wales; and if he will make a...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many first time buyers have been helped by the Government's Help to Buy scheme (a) nationally and (b) in Morecambe and...

      Pensioners: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward legislative proposals to lift people over 75 years of age out of council tax.

      Social Rented Housing: Lancaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses or social housing new builds have been built by Lancaster District Council, and in which areas, since 1997.

      Third Sector: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the use of public money by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to fund third sector organisations; and if...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of travel within the UK was for his Department in each year since 2010; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that the allocation of sites for Gypsies and travellers is fair; and if he will take steps to...

      Waste Disposal: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the cost to the fire services was of dealing with fires at privately-owned waste management sites in the last two...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the prevalence of wind turbine developers using the Community Right to Build scheme to circumvent...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2014, Official Report, column 533W, on wind power, (1) how his Department makes decisions...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what recent assessment he has made of the cyber security crime skills of staff of the Crown Prosecution Service.

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) the Law Officers’...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Attorney-General when he expects to answer question No. 191801 tabled by the Rt hon. Member for Leeds Central on 12 March 2014.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, how much of the £10 million provided by her Department to support...

    • Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking at the High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development to ensure that future aid...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Ethiopian government on her Department's aid funding; and what recent reports she has...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she intends to respond to the email of 17 October 2013 sent by the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish concerning her Department's...

      Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding her Department allocated to microfinance schemes in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps she has taken to ensure that all children are protected from sexual violence in conflict zones.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures are in place to ensure that aid given to foreign countries is used for the purposes intended; and what proportion of such...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with which non-governmental organisations and agencies her Department is working to help residents in the desert region of Thar in...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions her Department has had with non-governmental agencies in South Sudan on levels of food provision.

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to prevent famine in South Sudan.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on the average time taken to register a Syrian refugee...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with agencies working within Syria on the work of the Syrian Recovery Trust Fund; and how the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what date he intends to publish the Bioenergy Emissions and Counterfactual calculator.

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what audit requirements are (a) in place and (b) planned for generating stations over 1Mw in size that use solid biomass or biogas.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the quantity of biomass consumed by the 1% of biomass plant that was below 1MW in capacity.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect of deterioration in normal operation on the efficiency assumptions for the new...

      Energy: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what sanctions or remedies are available if energy suppliers do not end automatic run-overs of contracts for supplying energy to small...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that the new Fuel Poverty Target will address the specific needs of people affected by conditions...

      Fuel Poverty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on fuel poverty and the use of prepayment meters by the fuel poor.

      Magnox Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the socio-economic development performance of Magnox in North Ayrshire.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what involvement his Department had in overseeing the activities of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in awarding the Magnox/RSRL...

      Nuclear Management Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the socio-economic development performance of NMP in West Cumbria.

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether customers phoning Ofgem can speak to an employee in addition to using the automatic system; whether it is Ofgem's policy to...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much solar photovoltaic generating capacity was installed on roof tops under the 250-5MWp FIT band in 2013; and how much capacity...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made in mobilising the mid-scale solar photovoltaic sector; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he plans to allow Ofsted to inspect bodies which run chains of academy schools.

    • Children in Care: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on care leaving arrangements for asylum seekers who came to the UK alone as children.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to increase the involvement of practising teachers in the design of the national curriculum.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the written statement of 27 March 2014, Official Report, columns 35-6WS, on primary and 16-to-19 assessment and accountability, how the...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the written statement of 27 March 2014, Official Report, columns 35-6WS, on primary and 16-to-19 assessment and accountability, what...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that teachers are aware of how to support students at risk of forced marriage; and what material his Department make...

      Home Education: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in Pendle constituency are home-schooled.

      Literacy: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of long-term trends in the number of hours of literacy teaching which primary school children receive and how this affects...

      National College for Teaching and Leadership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to require all police referrals to the National College of Teaching and Leadership to include details of the school where the...

      Park View Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons eight of the 13 governors from Park View Academy resigned within five months of its transfer to academy status.

      Procurement

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

      Pupil Exclusions: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2014, Official Report, columns 787-8W, on pupil exclusions: autism, how his Department deals with allegations that...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) total and (b) average funding per head is under the basic funding formula for pupils in Staffordshire in 2014-15.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) total and (b) average funding per head is under the basic funding formula for pupils in Somerset in 2014-15.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2014, Official Report, column 426W, on schools: finance, what the (a) total and (b) per pupil funding for each local...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of how well-prepared school governors are in advance of their taking the first decisions regarding performance-related pay.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people have entered (a) teacher training and (b) the teaching profession as qualified teachers in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the incidence of truancy was in schools in the latest period for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to reduce it and to...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in implementing the Military Covenant; and if he will make a statement.

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings have accrued to the Exchequer through the linking of the value of armed forces pensions to the Consumer Prices Index rather than the Retail...

      Armed Forces: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many prosecutions of (a) rape and (b) sexual assault of members of the armed forces resulted in a conviction by the Military Courts Service in...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2014, Official Report, column 317W, on armed forces: training, how many hours of equality and diversity training new...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when RAF enlistment papers and information given to prospective recruits will be updated to reflect the extended discharge as of right for recruits...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the More Than Meets The Eye recruitment campaign has cost; and if he will place in the Library copies of the written brief for the campaign and...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's agreement in principle for three offshore patrol vessels with BAE Systems.

      Brompton Road Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what valuation was undertaken prior to the sale of Brompton Road tube station; (2) what the sale process was for Brompton Road tube station; (3)...

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the tritium gas emissions have been from RNAD Coulport in each of the last four years; and what estimate he has made of emissions in each of...

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will publish the corporate plan of the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation relating to its new bespoke trading fund status; (2) what...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department spend was in total in 2013-14 on defence procurement; and what proportion of that total was spent in the (a) UK, (b) EU and (c) rest...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department plans to spend on defence procurement in 2014-15 as a proportion of the overall departmental budget.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned in-service date is for the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon; how many will be procured; and what estimate he has made of the (a) total...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of other nations buying fewer joint strike fighters than originally planned on the final price of that aircraft.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth of 23 December 2013, regarding a review of a discharge from the...

      Military Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2014, Official Report, column 39W, on Military Aviation Authority, when the Military Aviation Authority plans to...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the Defence Infrastructure Organisation will be inviting expressions of interest in a contract for provision of maintenance and repair...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) personnel and (b) assets are participating in NATO's Baltic Regional Training Events in 2014; and what (i) personnel and (ii) assets...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget Statement on 19 March 2014, Official Report, column 784, what effect making departmental underspends...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the installation of an EASAMS Collision Warning System in Tornado aircraft was not completed following the successful trials of the...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the fitting of the Rangeless Autonomous Information Debriefing System equipment to Tornado aircraft was regarded as mitigation for the...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will update the Defence Strategic Guidance to reflect the Russian annexation of the Crimea.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there has been any testing (a) in Southern Australia and (b) elsewhere of the ability of the Taranis system to identify or strike targets...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for the future of RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall of the Rand Corporation report on the posture...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much child maintenance debt is regarded as (a) permanently and (b) temporarily uncollectable.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of recovery actions in respect of child support arrears owed to the parent with care have been suspended in the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his letter of 20 March 2014, what the evidential basis is for his statement that allowing people receiving employment and...

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will amend the benefits rules on the habitual residency test to exempt family members in the services returning from an overseas posting;...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of social housing tenants have been affected by the implementation of the under-occupancy penalty in each local...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on the Jobcentre Plus rapid response service in each year since 2003-04.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times a Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Team has been used since May 2010; and how many deployments have occurred in situations where 20...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff of his Department's staff worked in a Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response team in each year since 2004.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on the new enterprise allowance in each year since its introduction.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much time someone enrolled on the new enterprise allowance spends with a mentor.

      New Enterprise Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy that Work Programme participants should be eligible for the new enterprise allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of trends in (a) take-up of workplace pensions and (b) anticipated retirement income from current workplace pension...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the performance of the Pensions Regulator is assessed in relation to trends in (a) take-up of workplace pensions and (b) anticipated...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to prevent private sector companies providing incentives for their employees to switch from defined benefit to...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of pension credit by eligible pensioners.

      Pensioners: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to take mortgage payments into account when calculating pension credit.

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rationale was for the provisions in the Pensions Bill which allow employers to differentiate pension conditions between previous...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the suitability of the medical assessment undertaken for personal independence payment claims.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 255W, on Personal Independence Payment, what his Department's original...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions his Department has had (a) with Post Office Ltd and (b) other payment services providers on offering a wider range of...

      Separated People: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2014, Official Report, column 366W, on separated people: finance, whether the effectiveness of the seven...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households have seen their income from benefits reduced by (a) 10, (b) 20 to 49 and (c) 50 per cent or more as a result of benefit...

      Social Security Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2014, Official Report, columns 232-3W, on social security benefits: young people, if he will publish...

      South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many posts in his Department will be relocated to the South West in the next five years.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether an individual on the minimum wage for a full working lifetime will receive a higher retirement income...

      Work Capability Assessment: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Bristol are waiting for a work capability assessment; (2) how many people in Bristol have been waiting for a work...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding the European Social Fund will contribute to community work placement contracts in England for 2014-15.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the minimum service levels are in the Work Programme.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what requirements were placed on a Work Programme participant who finds a job without help from their provider to supply proof of employment to...

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2014, Official Report, column 245W, on aviation, whether the regional air connectivity fund will be available to...

    • Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions practical driving tests have been appealed to magistrates and sheriff courts in each year since 2008; how many such appeals were...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what endorsement codes new drivers have had their licence revoked by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency during their two year probationary...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers have had their licence revoked by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each year since 2010.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what fines or penalties his Department has been required to pay HM Treasury (a) following the employment of staff through personal service companies...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British heavy good vehicles (HGV) are not expected to be fully compensated by the reduction in vehicle excise duty introduced as part of the...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to work with affected hauliers to avoid the increased cost caused by the reduction in Vehicle Excise Duty introduced as part of...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value of uncollected vehicle excise duty was in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on (a) the frequency of periodic roadworthiness tests for old vehicles and (b) the stringency of technical roadside...

      Railway Stations: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are any plans to alter the opening hours of ticket offices in railway stations within Halton constituency.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of passenger rail journeys that have been double counted because passengers have used multiple franchises to...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Association of Train Operating Companies on the National Rail Conditions of Carriage.

      Road Traffic: Rossendale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate his Department has made of the level of congestion on roads in Rossendale and Darwen constituency.

      Road Traffic: Sussex

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

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the maximum amount available to councils who apply for extra funding for potholes is; and what funding his Department provides to tackle potholes...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made by the cross-government working group on remotely piloted aircraft systems. [R]

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support her Department offers to local authorities who are caring for asylum seekers who entered care as a child to ensure adequate...

    • Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities are currently in discussions with her Department on the vulnerable persons relocation scheme for Syrian nationals.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current timescale for the introduction of the e-borders programme is; and when she intends to announce a preferred bidder for this...

      Deportation: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the deportation of Zimbabwean nationals to Zimbabwe who have no legal right to remain in the UK.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to help local authorities control the sale of legal highs.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department makes available to applicants for Tier 4 student visas on maintenance funding requirements; and what types of...

      EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK recognises as EU citizens all Latvian and Estonian citizens of Russian ethnic grouping born in Latvia and Estonia at the time...

      EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the UK Border Agency designates citizens who live and may have been born in Latvia and Estonia, whom the Governments of Latvia and...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the nationality and gender was of each suspected victim of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme operated by the...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made for immigration offences as a result of information received from the public in each week in 2013; and how many...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal workers whose employment has been the subject of penalties pursuant to section 15 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people held in immigration removal centres on 13 March 2014 had been held for (a) between 28 and 60 days, (b) between 60 and 365...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons are holding individuals solely under immigration powers.

      Immigrants: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pregnant women are held in immigration detention.

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to work with police forces across the country to protect children from online sexual exploitation. [Official Report,...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department provides to the police on managing public protests; and what discussions she has had with chief constables and...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) 20 highest and (b) 20 lowest value contracts awarded by her Department were in each financial year since 2009-10.

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of (a) the cost of one water cannon, (b) annual storage costs of one water cannon and (c) annual maintenance costs...

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum use period is of (a) a new water cannon and (b) a used water cannon of the type the Metropolitan Police Service wishes to...

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential of water cannon to cause (a) temporary and (b) permanent injury.

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what draft guidance on the instances where water cannon may be deployed has been (a) written and (b) consulted on.

      Schengen Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of air passengers showing passports to UK Border agents are from Schengen area countries.

      Theft: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gun dogs have been stolen in each of the last three years in each region in England.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women detained at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre have been held for (a) four years or more, (b) three years or more and (c) two years...

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been subject to (a) restorative justice and (b) non-committal to prison in each of the last three years; and for what range of offence.

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each police force area have been caught speeding and received points on their driving licence in each of the last five years.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence under sections 1, 2 or 3 of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 where the offence was committed...

      Homicide: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his Department's new national homicide service will provide support to victims involved in a homicide that took place abroad prior to...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to sections 142 or 143 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, where the offence...

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to section 8 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in each of the last four years.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence under section 128 of the Mental Health Act 1959 where the offence was committed against a child in each...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) sentences and (b) other outcomes were received by people aged (i) under 18 and (ii) 18 and over who were prosecuted for carrying a bladed or...

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow mandatory sentencing in cases of carrying an article with blade or point of offensive weapon; and...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who are in open prisons are serving (a) a life sentence and (b) an indeterminate sentence for public protection.

      Police and Crime Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the budgets for the criminal justice and emergency services will be devolved to police and crime commissioners; and what the total budget that...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on which occasions prisons (a) reached and (b) exceeded their (i) occupational capacity and (ii) in-use certified normal accommodation in each month...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions (a) workshops and (b) classrooms have been closed in each prison in England and Wales since 1 September 2013 due to staff...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answers of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 293W, 28 February 2014, Official Report, column 548W and 31 March 2014 on prisoners:...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Indian nationals there are serving a prison sentence in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of prisoners' access to books on (a) prisoners' educational achievements, (b) prisoners' behaviour and (c)...

      Prisoners: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish his Department's equality impact assessment of its policy on uniforms for male and female prisoners.

      Prisons: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison staff were dismissed in 2013 for conducting inappropriate relationships with prisoners.

      Prisons: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which books are available to be bought from the shop in prisons in England.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to announce the finalists for each community rehabilitation company; and if he will make a statement.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many bids have been received for each community rehabilitation company; how many of those were (a) successful and (b) discounted; and if he will make...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department’s 10 largest contracts let since the financial year 2010-11 are; what savings have been made in such contracts; what the level...

      Procurement

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

      Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on first-class rail travel by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many instances of breaches by offenders released on licence there were in each year since 2002; (2) how many instances of offenders remaining...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to sections 30 to 41 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in each of the last four years.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been convicted of an offence under section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 where the offence committed corresponds to an...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to section 4 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, in each of the last four years.

      Sexual Offences: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to articles 43 to 54 of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008, in each of the last...

      Sexual Offences: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to Articles 122 (1)(a) and 123 of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986, in each of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's budget for work in Afghanistan will be in 2014.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which staff positions in the UK embassy in Kabul are required to undergo training in human rights and gender awareness; and how...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had about the census in Burma and recognition of the Rohingya population.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received about (a) attempts by the Iranian state to incite hatred towards the Bahá'í community and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of visits to Iran by representatives of major international companies; and what his policy...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the work of the India-Pakistan working group on confidence-building measures along the Line of...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent claims by senior Palestinian Authority leader Nabil Shaath that the reason the Palestinian...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the pilot recently introduced by the Israeli government in response to the recommendations of...

      National Iranian Oil Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the Iranian National Oil Company hosting a trade conference in London.

      Nuclear Security Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the statement given by the UK at the Nuclear Security Summit held in The Hague on 24 and 25 March 2014, if he...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on financial payments by the Palestinian Authority to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

      Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to enhance trade and co-operation between the UK and Singapore.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review the Government's policy on the position of President Rajapaksa as Commonwealth Chairperson-in-office following...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Turkish Prime Minister on show-trials and the jailing of journalists in that country.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Seeds and Plants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the proposed European Union regulations on the sale of seeds, plants and plant material.

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, from 6 April 2014, local trading standards officers will continue to be empowered to take direct enforcement action related to the underage sale of...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their definitions of “ordinary cider” and “sparkling cider”; and how the duty on industrially produced white cider will be...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the announcement that Atos Healthcare is exiting its contract in respect of fit-for-work tests, whether they plan to initiate an investigation...

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to incentivise good stewardship of assets by charities.

      Children: Childcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that 40 per cent of two-year-olds will be able to receive free childcare by September 2014 as announced by the Deputy...

      Children: Disabled Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 26 March (WA 121), whether local education authorities are required to record details of children with...

      Children: Disabled Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether social services departments are required to maintain a record of children with disabilities who are subject to child protection investigation under...

      Children: Disadvantaged Backgrounds

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to ensure that children from less privileged backgrounds are not disadvantaged at school.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stowell of Beeston 21 October 2013 (WA 120–1), what estimate they have made of (1) fraud, (2) claimant...

      Education: Online and Distance Learning

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students take part in (1) massive open online courses, and (2) distance courses.

      Employment: Work Capability Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of the financial settlement paid to the Department for Work and Pensions by Atos upon their withdrawal from the Work Capability Assessment...

      Finance: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been a check on the average level of interest rates paid by small and medium-sized companies on overdrafts compared with the official...

      Former Prime Ministers: Public Duty Cost Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 March, whether they will now detail which specific and itemised duties were performed by...

      Further Education: Lincoln and the East Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of cuts to funding for tertiary education students aged 18 in Lincoln and the East Midlands.

      Further Education: Lincoln and the East Midlands

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of students aged 18 who are doing Level 1 or Level 2 courses in Lincoln and in the East Midlands.

      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 Attorney General's Office to merit being tabled at the...

      Government Departments: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage cost over-run established by the management board for any budget in the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation to merit being...

      Government Departments: Surveys

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

      Health and Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 24 March (WA 74), whether they will consider monitoring the nutrition and health of children in families when...

      Health and Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 24 March (WA 74), which, if any, department investigates the issues about nutrition asked about in the...

      Health: Monitored Dosage Systems

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to the National Health Service of pharmacists and others providing monitored dosage systems. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what...

      Higher Education: Degree Courses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students enrolled in each of the last ten years on (1) Master’s degree courses, and (2) Doctor of Philosophy degree courses; and how many...

      Hitachi

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they played any role in encouraging Hitachi to relocate its rail operations to the United Kingdom; and if so, what role.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made about the number of off-plan and readily available houses that are purchased by foreign investors.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the amount of surplus public land sold so far to support housebuilding and development.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what confidence they have in the forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility, set out in Table D2 on page 107 of the Budget 2014 Red Book, that...

      India: Golden Temple, Amritsar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 20 March (WA 54), whether they will answer the original question asked.

      Jordan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Jordan concerning reports of Palestinian refugees being held under harsh conditions in Cyber City...

      Nigeria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of people (1) displaced, and (2) facing a humanitarian crisis, in the northern Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe...

      Olympic Legacy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in delivering the Olympic legacy following the London Olympics in 2012.

      Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what decisions have been made in the weekly meetings of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Permanent Council and the Forum for...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the death sentence imposed on Sawan Masih in Pakistan for the offence of blasphemy; and whether they have made representations to...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated annual impact on the Exchequer of the tax-free lump sum withdrawal allowance from an individual's pension pot; and what estimate they...

      Prisons: HMP The Verne

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether migrants detained in HM Prison The Verne from 24 March will have access to (1) Rule 35 procedures to determine whether their health would be damaged...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is proposed to meet any shortfall in primary and secondary school places in some localities over the next five years, as predicted by the Local...

      Schools: Building Programme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many primary school places have been created as a result of the Priority School Building Programme since its introduction.

      Schools: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remark by Lord Nash on 9 July 2013 (HL Deb, col 225), that they “are focusing heavily on ensuring that teachers have the resources to...

      Schools: Unauthorised Absence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle unauthorised absences of pupils during term-time.

      Sport: Racing Right

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the “racing right” canvassed in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's budget speech is expected to apply to greyhound racing and harness racing.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the agenda, and who will be present from both sides, when the Sudan Technical Working Group on External Debt meets on the fringes of the...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report by UNICEF Under Siege: the devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria, published in March.

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 20 March (WA 59–60) concerning the removal from office of President Yanukovych, where the...

      Ukraine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make any financial or other assistance to Ukraine conditional upon a commitment by that country not to re-activate its nuclear weapons...

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