Written answers

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatal and (b) serious injuries were suffered by cyclists in London in each of the last 10 years.

    • Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of whether there is a correlation between the price of (a) petrol and (b) diesel and the levels of traffic...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which High Speed 2 station designs will include international arrivals and departures.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what anticipated construction costs of building High Speed 2 are for each year of its construction.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date all properties in each local authority area affected by Phase 1 and Phase 2 of High Speed 2 or situated above the proposed tunnelled...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 4W on nurseries, whether his Department's workplace nurseries access the Government's...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if his Department will take steps to prevent unnecessary pavement parking; (2) if his Department will commission an assessment of the dangers...

      Railways: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve rail services in the Brighton travel to work area; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Traffic: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of trends in the levels of (a) congestion and (b) traffic accidents in London in each of the last 10 years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there has been in the level of accidents attributable to congestion in each of the last 10 years.

      Rolling Stock: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age of rolling stock serving the (a) Tees Valley Line and (b) Esk Valley Line is.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has had any discussions with the Government of Afghanistan concerning future basing of UK unmanned aircraft systems in that...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies have been awarded sub-contracts for construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales since June 2013; at which sites he...

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2014, Official Report, column 315W, on armed forces: complaints, how many mid-year annual reports were not completed...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on the payment of armed forces pensions in the event of Scottish...

      DSG Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) a bat, (b) a dormouse, (c) a crested newt and (d) an owl survey has been carried out at defence infrastructure organisation site Ashchurch;...

      War Graves: Padstow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure that anonymous military graves at Padstow Cemetery are updated in situations where the identity of the former soldier has...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities affected by the recent floods are offering council tax discounts to flooded-out householders under...

    • 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 Lancaster district council for 2014-15.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how self-reported data from local authorities on the Troubled Families programme are audited.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the £320 million Transformation Challenge Award for 2014-15 and 2015-16 will be funded; and whether it will be...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans for the Service Transformation Panel to (a) form, (b) invite bids, (c) announce bid deadlines and (d) consider bids.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his written statement of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 81WS on improving public services, how much each...

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which local authorities he has written about their compliance with the publicity code asking them to take steps to ensure...

      New Towns: Ebbsfleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the development announced in Budget 2014 at Ebbsfleet will consist of affordable homes.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's (a) catering and (b) hospitality budget was in (i) 2012 and (ii) 2013.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff have (a) taken voluntary redundancy or (b) been made compulsorily redundant from his Department since May 2010;...

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library the model and detailed methodology used for the forecast of the effects of affordable rent on...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 31 March, Official Report, column 439W, on wind power, what recent assessment he has made of the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of UK coal-generating capacity was provided by imports from each country in the most recent period for which figures...

    • UK Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West of 3 April 2014, on what dates and with which representative...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Prime Minister, (b) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (c) Secretary of State for...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on (a) delays and (b) the use of...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make an assessment of the effects of a cap on the construction and capacity of onshore wind developments on (a) consumer...

  • Northern Ireland

  • Justice

    • Aspire to Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what (a) advice and (b) written guidance (i) he, (ii) Ministers and (iii) officials in his Department have given to Aspire to Change (A2C) since...

    • Crime: Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what prosecutions there have been for (a) sheep rustling and (b) other crimes on farms in each of the last three years.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consultation his Department undertook before excluding damage sustained in utero as a result of illegal drug taking from the definition of a crime...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new cases were allocated by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to be dealt with by each of it’s regional teams in each of the...

      Fraud: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women convicted of benefit fraud in each of the last five years received a prison sentence; and...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many individuals convicted of (a) murder or (b) attempted murder in each of the last 10 years have been released with exclusion zones forming a...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much in legal aid claims has been paid to Leigh Day and Public Interest Lawyers in each of the last three years.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of a magistrates court proceeding was in (a) all cases and (b) cases relating to the non-payment of the television licence fee.

      Oakwood Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans are in place to increase the operational capacity at HMP Oakwood.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much has been spent purchasing additional prison places from existing privately run prisons in each month since May 2010; (2) from which...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each prison establishment are not being held in relation to criminal proceedings; and what the reason is for their being so held in...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what length of custodial sentence was given to each foreign national returned to their home country as part of the EU prisoner transfer agreement...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many activity spaces per prisoner there were in (a) adult male prisons, (b) adult female prisons, (c) youth male prisons and (d) youth female prisons...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what programmes which receive funding from his Department are available solely to (a) men and (b) women.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to (a) assistance with civil and criminal legal aid, (b) remission for court...

  • Treasury

    • National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what cost-benefit analysis he has made of the relocation of the National Institute for Medical Research to King's Cross.

    • National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of women with (a) two, (b) three, (c) four and (d) five or more jobs; and how many such people do not earn a...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment HM Revenue and Customs has made of the economic viability of its Customs House landholding adjacent to Dover Priory railway station.

      Taxation: Self-employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional revenue secured since 2010 as a result of changes to the IR35 tax regulations affecting the self-employed.

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been issued demand notices for unpaid tax in each of the last five years.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Females: New Businesses

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to encourage women to start their own businesses.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the BBC Trust regarding the level of income to the BBC from BBC Enterprises; and if she will make a...

    • BBC: Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the BBC Trust on the sale of BBC content in the US; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the level of funding from the public purse for local television in each year to 2020.

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many jobs have been transferred from the public to the private sector as a result of privatisations or outsourcing by her Department...

      Rugby: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote (a) the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and (b) the Amex Stadium at Falmer as one of the venues for that...

      Tate Modern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of whether the Tate Modern extension project will be completed within budget; and when that project...

      Tate Modern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the funding sources are for the Tate Modern extension project.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many complaints have been made to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission about the Work programme on the grounds of...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue updated guidance on the two doctor rule for abortions.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed in the UK in the last 30 years.

      Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2014, Official Report, columns 779-80W, on death bacterial diseases, if he will make it his policy to collect and...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve international collaboration in (a) sharing research findings and best practice in care and (b) taking steps to remove...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the use of antipsychotic medication in the management of people with dementia; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely patient charge revenue for Birmingham and the Black Country area team from NHS dental services in (a) 2013-14 and...

      Dental Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the management of the Birmingham and the Black Country area team in relation to the shortfall or...

      Dental Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Birmingham and the Black Country area team management of patient charge revenue from NHS dental...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding, information and training available for people with epilepsy and their families.

      Heart Diseases: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the quality of care and treatment of patients with heart failure in the North East.

      Hereditary Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were born with sex-linked inherited conditions in the last five years for which records are available.

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to update the NHS Outcomes Framework with the aim of ensuring that every child can access palliative care in the setting of their or...

      Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will create a strategy to address the needs of those with post polio syndrome; and if his Department will take steps to publicise the...

      Psoriasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to transpose quality statements 1 and 2 of the National Institute for Care and Clinical Excellence quality standard on...

  • Scotland

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions the Government have had with the Scottish Government on the introduction of a Right to Move scheme for social tenants.

    • Trade Unions

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

  • Attorney-General

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General what the average timescale was for the Crown Prosecution Service to provide the Metropolitan Police Service with advice on criminal charges against members of the...

    • Homicide

      To ask the Attorney-General how and on what basis the Crown Prosecution Service decides whether to prioritise the allocation of resources to its decision-making on criminal charges following...

      Police: Offenders

      To ask the Attorney-General what the average timescale was for the Crown Prosecution Service to provide the Independent Police Complaints Commission with advice on criminal charges against...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Anaerobic Digestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish a report on the implementation of the Department's anaerobic digestion strategy and action plan for...

    • Angling: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether income raised from rod licence sales in Wales will continue to be hypothecated for the protection and improvement of...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what veterinary and animal welfare qualifications and training are a criteria of becoming an inspector at the Animal Health...

      Ash Dieback Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when his Department will (a) complete and (b) publish its review of the Chalara management plan; and if he will make a...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the individual total cost is of each of the biodiversity offsetting pilot schemes in (a) Devon, (b) Doncaster, (c)...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether changes in the number of puppies and dogs imported from EU member states since January 2012 are consistent with AHLVA...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reason is for the time his Department has taken to revise and publish environmental guidance on gov.uk.

      Environment Protection: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the findings of his Department's root and branch review of the environmental information required from...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many non-flood and coastal erosion risk management staff counted under the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of flood management assets have been inspected in each year since 2008-09.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many non-flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) staff at the Environment Agency, including such non-FCERM...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much income the Environment Agency expects to raise from fracking firms to pay for the regulation of the industry; and if...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 7 February 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      Nurseries

      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 nurseries, whether his Department claims tax relief...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the marine environment of the exemption of biodegradable plastic bags...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the carbon emissions resulting from the production, transport and disposal or recycling of...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the carbon emissions resulting from the production, transport and disposal or recycling of...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria a biodegradable plastic bag will need to fulfil for exemption from his single use plastic bag charging policy.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total number of projects was involved in Lot 1, Phase 1, of his Department's Biodegradable Plastic Carrier Bags...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many projects were taken forward from Phase 1 of his Department's Biodegradable Plastic Carrier Bags Solutions through...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total number of projects involved was in Lot 2, Phase 1 of his Department's Biodegradable Plastic Carrier Bags...

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the minimum welfare requirements for ducks raised in captivity.

      Rabbits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will issue updated advice on the care of pets to address the issues of the welfare and abandonment of domestic rabbits.

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of how the recommendations of the HM Treasury report entitled “Smoothing Investment Cycles...

  • Home Department

    • Azelle Rodney Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 5 July 2013, Official Report, column 74WS, on the Azelle Rodney Inquiry, and with reference to the report of the...

    • Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will digitise all evidence relating to Hillsborough which is being reviewed by the IPCC and Operation Resolve investigations; and if...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2014, Official Report, column 685W, on human trafficking, whether she plans for the review of the National...

      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...

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the report entitled “The medical implications of vehicle-mounted water cannon with special...

      Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the report, “The medical implications of vehicle-mounted water cannon with special...

  • International Development

    • FGM and Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to tackle female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage worldwide.

    • Garment Industry: Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of international efforts to improve levels of safety and conditions of work in Bangladesh’s garment...

      Climate Change: IPCC Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of conclusions of the recent UN IPCC report on the effects of climate change on developing countries.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Syria.

      Sri Lankan Tamils: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the levels of poverty among Tamils living in Sri Lanka.

      Education: Children with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all the education programmes it funds are inclusive of children with disabilities;...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her objectives are for the summit on violence against women and girls in humanitarian emergencies.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what education projects her Department is supporting in Nigeria.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress her Department has made on its programmes in Palestine.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Bahraini Government calling for the release of Hussain Hubail on health grounds.

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on (a) the trial in Bahrain of Mohammed Abdulla Al-Tajer and (b) his treatment in custody.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage his counterparts in other EU member states to support and commit resources to the EUFOR RCA...

      Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government are recommending on the UN Human Rights Council to tackle the persecution of Christians around the world.

      Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Greek counterpart on whether protests will be permitted to coincide with the upcoming EU...

      Italy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart on the status of foreign lecturers in Italian universities.

      Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct UK diplomats resident in Japan to raise the human rights case of Mr Iwao Hakamda with the Japanese authorities.

      Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of Japan's lifting of its ban on arms exports on the UK.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions the UK has imposed on Russia since Russian troops entered Crimea.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on Russia's actions in Crimea.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that Russia withdraws all of its forces from the Ukrainian border.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department has given to the Commonwealth (a) Secretariat and (b) Chairperson on the attendance of President...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure women's equal and meaningful participation in the Syrian peace process.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he or officials in his Department have had with the High Commissioner of Uganda regarding Uganda's...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to meet the Ukranian Foreign Minister; and if he will make a statement.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of a further Russian military incursion into eastern Ukraine; (2)...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will investigate reports that Osama Hussain Al-Najjar has been tortured while held in custody in the UAE.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he or officials of his Department last raised the issue of torture of prisoners in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the First Minister of Scotland has received from (a) the British embassy in Washington and (b) consular offices in...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on human rights monitoring in Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the statement of the UN Secretary General in his report S/2013/220 published in April 2013...

  • Education

    • Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of childminder agencies that will be established in September (a) 2014 and (b) 2015.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department last visited a private, voluntary or independent sector childcare setting in an official capacity.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on independent survey packs sent from IPSOS Mori and Ecorys to childminders since the childminder agency pilot began;...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of average changes to childcare costs following the establishment of childminder agencies.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to early education and childcare, what estimate he has made of the number of new childcare providers which will enter the market as a...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, columns 595-6W, on public sector: food, whether the Manufacturing...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people who are (a) under 18, (b) 18 to 21 and (c) 22 or over have completed an apprenticeship in each year since 2008.

      Bananas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 220W, on bananas, if he will hold discussions with the...

      Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what correspondence there was between (a) the bank acting as financial adviser to the Government and (b) banks acting as...

      Exports: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the prospects for UK exporters to Turkey; and if he will make a statement.

      Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) level of government funding for and (b) effect of research undertaken to date into gender...

      Grant Thornton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many representations he has received relating to concerns over Grant Thornton's handling of insolvency or bankruptcy cases...

      Higher Education: Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people have applied for part-time higher education courses each year since 2004.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will publish a summary of the responses to the consultation on strengthening the regulatory regime and fee structure for...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when Ministers in his Department met officials from the Insolvency Service to discuss insolvency practitioner (a) fees and (b)...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to respond to the consultation on the introduction of a Land Registry service delivery company.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many responses he has received to the consultation on the introduction of a Land Registry service delivery company; and how...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether trade unions will be consulted before a final decision on the future status of the Land Registry is made.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) conveyancers and (b) small and medium-sized enterprises of a change in the Land...

      Local Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total value is of all bids received from Local Enterprise Partnerships for the Local Growth Fund to date.

      Local Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria are used to assess bids from local enterprise partnerships for the Local Growth Fund.

      Reshore UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials currently work in the Government's Reshore UK service; how many such officials were previously employed in (a)...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the Government's policy is on the European Commission's proposed amendments to Article 4 of the Packaging and Packaging...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what timetable he has adopted for the introduction of a Statutory Code and Adjudicator in the public house sector.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much in Regional Growth Fund money is currently held by intermediaries; and how much such money has been allocated (a) in...

      Riot Control Weapons: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the standard individual export licence granted in May 2011 to permit tear gas ammunition to be exported to Turkey expired.

      Riot Control Weapons: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will investigate whether any tear gas exported to Turkey under the standard individual export licence granted in May 2011...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will break down the £31,400,000 for Royal Mail sale transaction costs in his Department's Supplementary Estimates 2013-14.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of shares in Royal Mail allocated to priority investors in its recent privatisation are still held by those investors.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what process the Government adopted to (a) identify and (b) select priority investors in the recent Royal Mail privatisation.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons details of arrangements with priority investors in respect of the privatisation of Royal Mail were not published...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated public bodies worked on the Royal Mail...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the names are of (a) the 16 priority investors selected and (b) the 21 priority investors under initial consideration by the...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 415, on Royal Mail, over what time period the (a) final price...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence has taken place between (i) his Department, (ii) Royal Mail, (iii) banks acting as...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) verbal and (b) contractual agreement was made with priority investors in relation to their shareholders during the...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what involvement (a) the bank acting as financial adviser to the Government and (b) banks acting as bookrunners, co-ordinators...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2014, Official Report, column 220W, on bananas, what the evidential basis is for his statement...

      Carbon Price Floor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been disbursed in compensation for the carbon price floor in each month since April 2013.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been invested by the Green Investment Bank in the development of wood-based industries and technologies.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much regional growth funding has been allocated to LEPs for wood-focused initiatives to create jobs in rural areas.

      UK Trade and Investment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support the First Minister of Scotland has received from UK Trade & Investment ahead of his upcoming visit to the US.

      UK Trade and Investment: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK Trade & Investment staff were based in Turkey in (a) May 2010, (b) December 2013 and (c) March 2014.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to provide families with financial assistance in caring for a child; and if he will make a statement.

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the progress of the Child Support Agency in restarting committal proceedings since the end of the moratorium.

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases the Child Support Agency has started committal proceedings in each of the last five years.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much local authorities in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire, (c) the East of England and (d) the UK have returned to his Department in...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of children in poverty affected by the under-occupancy penalty since its introduction; and if he will make a...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what disability awareness training is provided to disability employment advisers in Jobcentre Plus.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the extent of the availability of free telephones in jobcentres for jobseekers to contact officials within his...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Birkenhead, of 18 November 2013, Official Report, column 674W, on jobseeker's allowance, what...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average time is taken to re-imburse a jobseeker's allowance claimant who has been wrongly sanctioned.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department plans to publish revised statistics on the number of people who have successfully appealed a sanction decision.

      Jobseekers Allowance: Rossendale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people normally resident in Rossendale and Darwen constituency were prosecuted for offences relating to fraudulent claims for...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions why Remploy Employment Services is now called Remploy; and whether his Department will continue to fund employment services provided by Remploy.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review his decision not to carry out a cumulative impact assessment on the effect of welfare reform on people with disability.

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2014, Official Report, column 986W, on social security benefits, what the total amount of benefit withheld...

      Social Security Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2014, Official Report, columns 348-49W, on social security benefits: young people, if he will publish any...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to implement a universal credit sanctions scheme to replace the current jobseeker's allowance and other sanctions scheme.

      Vacancies: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment vacancies were advertised in Jobcentre Plus offices in (i) Rossendale and (ii) Darwen in...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been made about the Work Programme on the grounds of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 since June 2011.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Drones

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations and fact-finding inquiries they have established into the incidents of civilian casualties caused by drone strikes in Afghanistan.

    • Agriculture: Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the three crop rule included in the new Common Agricultural Policy relates to single parcels of land owned or rented by one person or company, or...

      Animals: Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will adopt measures similar to those recently taken by the United States Food and Drugs Administration to curb the routine use of antibiotics in...

      Annuities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of annuities purchased over the last five years for which data are available were worth (1) between £500 and £2,000 per annum, (2)...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to link apprenticeships to professional registration in order to establish recognised industry standards for apprenticeship and...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 24 March (WA 63), and in the light of recent developments, what were the circumstances leading to the...

      Bank of England Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that an agreement between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England overrides the reserve powers given to...

      Children: Disabled Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 26 March (WA 121), whether other Departments hold the data requested in the question; and whether they will...

      Children: Refugee Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they give to education and psychological care support in their bilateral and multilateral work with refugee children.

      Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as the major shareholder in National Air Traffic Services, they intend to meet the costs of the employee share scheme if the Civil Aviation...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Communities and Local Government will be paying new burdens funding to compensate local authorities for the additional costs of...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific training is received by Ministry of Defence officials in negotiating equipment and services procurement contract terms and conditions...

      Education: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of pupils in English schools were entered for music GCSE in each of the last 4 years.

      Education: GCSEs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of pupils in English schools were entered for drama GCSE in each of the last 4 years.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to making development aid to Egypt contingent on political and judicial reform.

      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 Culture, Media and Sport to merit being tabled...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many VAT inspectors, tax inspectors and senior tax inspectors were employed by HM Revenue and Customs in the financial year 2009–10; and how many...

      Health: Anaemia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what success they have had in reducing emergency hospital admissions relating to ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, with particular regard to cases of...

      Health: Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the incidence of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (1) in the United Kingdom, and (2) worldwide.

      Health: Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to raise awareness of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis among the medical community.

      Health: Contraception

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been conducted into the effects of allowing young women to have a supply of the morning-after pill at home.

      Health: Defibrillators

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the use of a universal logo on defibrillators.

      Health: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 24 February (HL Deb, col. 706), what was the age distribution of those from whom the blood samples for folate status...

      Health: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 24 February (HL Deb, col. 706), what was the cost of collecting the blood samples for folate status analysis.

      Health: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 24 February (HL Deb, col. 706), what was the cost of processing the blood samples for folate status analysis.

      Health: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 24 February (HL Deb, col. 706), whether they have had any discussions with the Scottish Government in respect of the...

      Health: Folic Acid

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 24 February (HL Deb, col. 706), on what dates the blood samples for folate status analysis were delivered for...

      Health: Medical Trials

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to expedite current medical trials in the light of recent comment by senior medical figures about the time taken to undertake...

      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 there are current negotiations to sell more student loans; and...

      Hilda Murrell

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 26 March (WA 122), what are the relevant trigger dates for consideration of any documents they...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 24 March (WA 85), what subjects were discussed at, and what were the conclusions of, the workshops...

      Local Authorities: Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they offer to local authorities in respect of persuading children in their care to leave that care at the age of 16 or 17.

      Local Authorities: Duty of Care

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are offering local authorities to implement the staying put duty in the Children and Families Act 2014.

      Local Authorities: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in calculating the non-ring-fenced funding provided to local authorities to deliver statutory obligations, they make any assumptions about the...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they calculate the local government finance settlement.

      NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many clinical commissioning groups have been established in Greater Manchester; and how many of those have appointed a general practitioner as the Chief...

      NHS: Victim Support

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the trial use of victim support workers in accident and emergency settings in England to identify potential victims of...

      Overseas Aid: Population Funding

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what current and future core and specific funding they provide or plan to provide to (1) the United Nations Population Fund, (2) the International Planned...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that United Kingdom humanitarian aid to Palestine is not diverted to sponsor terrorist activities.

      Parking

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what orders have been made under Schedule 4 to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 relating to charging for parking on private land; and on what dates each...

      Police: Undercover Policing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 6 March (HL Deb, col. 1522), whether the proposed judge-led public inquiry into undercover policing...

      Police: Undercover Policing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 6 March (HL Deb, col. 1522), whether the proposed public inquiry into undercover policing will look...

      Royal Navy: Artificers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reintroduce the artificer rate into the Royal Navy.

      Royal Navy: Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many frigates (1) are deployed on operational tasks, (2) are fully stored, including complete ammunition outfit, (3) have a full complement according to...

      Royal Navy: Ships

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Royal Navy ships were newly commissioned in the financial year 2013–14.

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report, Asbestos in Schools, published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health; what...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of an attack on 21 March on Kessab in northern Syria; whether they have made any estimate of the number of those...

      Taxation: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines are followed by HM Revenue and Customs and the Crown Prosecution Service in determining whether to investigate or prosecute VAT carousel fraud.

      Tobacco

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have funded any organisations seeking to ban or restrict the use of tobacco.

      Transport: Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of British Cycling’s Time to Choose Cycling campaign, what progress has been made in promoting cycling as a safe and viable transport...

      Vehicles: Air Quality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether lower quality fuel used in road vehicles has any impact on air quality.

      Vehicles: Particulate Filters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of road vehicles in Great Britain are fitted with efficient particulate filters; and what assessment they have made of the potential benefit...

      Vehicles: Particulate Filters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether particulate filters fitted to road vehicles are subject to testing to ensure that those devices remain in good working order.

      Vehicles: Particulate Filters

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have as to whether the origin or formulation of the diesel oil used has any bearing on the amount of particulates which are trapped in...

      War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to place the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit during its operation in a publicly available archive.

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