Written answers

Monday, 28 April 2014

  • Scotland

    • Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the next Joint Ministerial Council (a) Plenary, (b) Domestic and (c) Europe meeting will take place; and what will be discussed at each such meeting.

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on maximising tourism opportunities in Scotland.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many schools will benefit from his broadband rollout for schools.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by his Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to prevent or reduce nuisance telephone calls.

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many heritage sites English Heritage has declined to take control of as custodian of last resort in the last 30 years; and what the...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make the business plan for the new English Heritage charity available.

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) the English Heritage charity or (b) Historic England will fulfil a historic preservation research role under the proposed...

      European Citizens Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the delay in debating the draft Council Regulation on the European Citizens Programme on...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Government funding is given to the UK film industry; what contribution the UK film industry makes to the UK economy; and what steps...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received from the charity sector about the effect of gambling addiction; and if he will make a statement.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which research studies used by his Department in formulating policy on fixed odds betting terminals (a) have and (b) have not received...

      Greyhound Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if his Department will take steps to encourage Betfair to recommence making payments to the voluntary British Greyhound Racing Fund.

      Lotteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it a condition of the award of a licence for a lottery that financial details of people playing that lottery should not...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in what circumstances he uses a calculation of the (a) value of preventing a fatality, (b) willingness to pay and (c) cost-per-quality...

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what levels of stock his Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d) other...

      Tate Modern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the reasons are for the time taken to complete the Tate Modern project; and what the current projected completion date is for that...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with mobile network operators about shared infrastructure; and if he will use the forthcoming review of the...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to Law Commission Report No. 336 published on 28 February 2013, what progress his Department has made on reforming the...

      Tourism: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps he has taken to increase tourism to (a) Berkshire and (b) the South East; and if he will make a statement.

      UN Convention for Protection of Cultural Property in Event of Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ratify the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of...

  • Home Department

    • Advocacy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to publish the terms of reference for the trial advocate scheme; (2) if her Department will consider extending the...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum cases were awaiting decision for travel documents on 1 February 2014.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she intends to take in response to the judgment in the High Court of 9 April 2014 by Lord Justice Popplewell on asylum support;...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how long funding will be made available to local authorities for accepting refugees from Syria under the vulnerable persons relocation scheme.

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps her Department has taken to allow the most vulnerable Syrian refugees to come to Britain.

      Asylum: Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on granting asylum to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people from Uganda.

      Deportation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied migrant children have been forcibly removed to another country in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of moves to gender-neutral services on support for women victims of domestic violence; and if she...

      EU Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government has to publish reports on the review of the balance of competences relating to EU migration; and if she will make a...

      Homicide: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Crown Prosecution Service conviction rate was in cases of homicide involving (a) two, (b) three, (c) four and (d) five or more...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2014, Official Report, column 277W, on human trafficking and of 14 January 2014, Official Report, columns...

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 114W, on human trafficking: victim support schemes, how many of those...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual prosecutions for employing an illegal worker under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 have been (a) brought...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many maximum fines have been levied under the Immigration (Employment of Adults, Subject to Immigration Control) (Maximum Penalty) Order...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

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

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual cost to her Department is of providing UK border control services at (a) Paris Gare Du Nord station, (b) Bruxelles Midi...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the communiqué of the internet safety summit at Downing Street, published on 18 November 2013, what progress has been...

      Police and Crime Commissioners

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

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent changes have been made in the issuing of visa applications at the Visa Centre in Moscow.

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what levels of stock her Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d) other...

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the consequences for the UK of the decision of the European Court of Justice in Joined Cases C-293/12 and...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of links between tobacco smuggling and organised crime.

      Verne Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the number of individuals held at HM Prison The Verne solely for immigration purposes as part of the quarterly...

      Victims: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of young person’s advocates in supporting young victims of crime; (2) if she...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that RAF medics are placed on the same pay band as their equivalents in the Army and Navy.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what comparative assessment he has made of the long-term effects on the level of war pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments being uprated...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many equal opportunities investigation officers there are in each branch of the armed forces; what their qualifications are; what training is...

      Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information is held on the value of the residual estates of service men and women killed in action who were not married at the time of their death.

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service complaints have been received following armed forces personnel being disciplined after receiving a police caution; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2014, Official Report, column 650W, on armed forces: disciplinary proceedings, what the (a) number and (b) total...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to contact members of the armed forces wrongly disciplined in addition to receiving a police caution; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many senior members of each branch of the armed forces missed a promotion following the receipt of a police caution in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c)...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2014, Official Report, columns 619-20W, on army: disciplinary proceedings, how many of the individuals discharged in...

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the his reply 192877, how many service complaints taken to an employment tribunal were settled (a) by out of court or other payments and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance and support his Department provides to military veterans and their families on securing stable housing; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the names and causes of death of all UK service personnel who died in the course of or in connection with operations in Northern...

      Armed Forces: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2014, Official Report, column 443W, on armed forces: offenders, when he was first informed of this issue; what...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) armed forces recruitment and (b) armed forces recruitment marketing in 2012-13.

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff from the US Departments of (a) Energy and (b) Defense are currently on secondment to the AWE facilities at (i) Aldermaston and (ii) Burghfield.

      Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) trucks for bridging, (b) medium girder bridges, (c) medium over girder bridges, (d) air portable ferry bridges, (e) pontoon sets, (f) LSB...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of readiness to defend its Overseas Territories in the event of attack.

      DSG Ashchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2014, Official Report, column 182W, on Defence Infrastructure Organisation, whether there are any covenants on the use...

      Joint Exercises: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason an Apache helicopter had to make an emergency landing outside Aberdeen during Exercise Joint Warrior.

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last discussed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty with his counterparts from the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council; and if he will...

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many jobs have been transferred from the public to the private sector as a result of privatisations or outsourcing by his Department since May 2010.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funds his Department has returned to the Exchequer as a result of underspend in each year since 2010.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to encourage full-time regular soldiers to join the reserves after they leave the Army.

      Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual saving to the defence budget will be from the disbandment of the Second Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what levels of stock his Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d) other office consumables.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the (a) associated costs and (b) utility of the Trident Alternatives Review.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will withdraw security assistance to Uganda following the ratification of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in that country.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for renewing the 1958 Agreement between the UK and US for Co-operation in the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes;...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff from (a) his Department and (b) the Atomic Weapons Establishment are on secondment to an institution in the United States involved in...

  • Health

    • Anorexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of body mass index a patient with anorexia nervosa must have to be admitted to in-patient care.

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage investment in antibiotic resistance research and development.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on how (a) morbid obesity and (b) obesity affects the development of osteoarthritis.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to issue specific guidance relating to pathological demand avoidance; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that the diagnosis and...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies have required neo-natal care in each NHS trust in each of the last four years.

      Cancer: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients with suspected cancer see a specialist within two weeks in the area served by the Coastal West Sussex clinical commissioning group.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the medicinal use of cannabis.

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to encourage clinical commissioning groups to implement the Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy; (2) what...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust's report, Hope for more: Improving access to lung transplantation and care for people with cystic...

      Eating Disorders: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service beds for young people suffering from eating disorders there are; and what their occupancy levels were...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of female physicians available to carry out forensic examinations of victims of crime (a) nationally and (b) in...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of GPs to patients is in each clinical commissioning group area in England.

      Health and Wellbeing Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role he envisages for Health and Wellbeing boards in supporting people into employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will carry out a review of the NHS Outcomes Framework in 2014.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors there are in post; what change there has been in the number in post since May 2010; how many new health visitors are required in...

      Human Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total annual cost and take up of the human papillomavirus vaccination programme for teenage girls was in each county in each of the last five years.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish research carried out by his Department on the (a) provision of IVF cycles by clinical commissioning groups and (b) criteria used by...

      Independent Mental Health Advocates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collects on referrals to services providing independent mental health advocacy under the Mental Health Act 2009; what...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what authority the Health and Social Care and Information Centre requires for the disclosure to other bodies of identifiable hospital episode statistics data.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 44W, on medical records: databases, and with reference to the oral evidence given by the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many times NHS England has discussed parity of esteem between mental and physical health at board meetings in the last five years; (2) whether...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment NHS England has made of the report of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing commissioned by the Metropolitan Police...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NHS England's review of Tier 4 Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services provision will be complete.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women now have access to a named midwife; how many women each named midwife looks after; and what proportion of women get one-to-one midwifery...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives there were in each of the last five years.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which former directors in his Department have been promoted to new roles at NHS England in the last four years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking with his EU counterparts to standardise the reimbursement prices given to pharmaceutical companies by national health authorities...

      NHS: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 48W, on NHS: insolvency, if he will publish the agenda and minutes from the meeting on 2...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that recent progress in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer informs NHS practice.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his announcement of 16 May 2012, how many and what proportion of health visitors have been given enhanced training to identify the early...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for individual (a) benzodiazepine drugs and (b) antidepressants were dispensed in the community in 2013.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the polypill.

      Prisoners: Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prisoners were recorded as having caught hepatitis B while in prison in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013; (2) how many...

      Quality of Care and Treatment Provided by 14 Hospital Trusts in England Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason no formal minutes were taken of the meeting of the national advisory group to the Keogh Mortality Review of 5 July 2013.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that all patients receive innovative radiotherapy treatment where clinically indicated.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made over the last 12 months on delivering the Prime Minister's pledge that cancer patients will have access to innovative...

      Radiotherapy: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of cancer patients have access to intensity modulated radio therapy at (a) Brighton University Hospitals Trust and (b) Southampton...

      Sexual Assault Referral Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sexual assault referral centres are operating in each region.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential public health benefits of changing the national urban default speed limit to 20 mph and thereby...

      Standardised Packaging for Tobacco Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide a detailed breakdown of all the costs incurred as part of Sir Cyril Chantler's Independent Review into standardised packaging of tobacco.

      Throat Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of oro-pharyngeal cancers treated have been diagnosed as human papillomavirus-related in each of the last five years.

      Throat Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average (a) length is and (b) intensive care, surgical and other costs are of a hospital admission due to a case of oro-pharyngeal cancer.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date he plans to publish draft regulations on the introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products.

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) correspondence and (b) representations from lawyers representing tobacco companies (i) Ministers and (ii) civil servants of his Department have...

      Tobacco: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role that small shops and independent retailers play in preventing underage sales of tobacco.

      Warfarin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many warfarin patients attending anti-coagulant clinics had to wait for a prescriber to administer vitamin K in the most recent year for which...

  • Prime Minister

    • India

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he plans to have with representatives of the Sikh community on events surrounding the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984 and subsequent...

    • Ministers: Accountability

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the fiduciary duties applying to Ministers.

      National Security Council

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment (1) he has made of the ability of the National Security Council to foster collective decision-making across Government; (2) what role the National...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Prime Minister what matters in respect of (a) Pakistan's possession of nuclear weapons and (b) the prospects of Pakistan joining the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty he discussed at...

  • Leader of the House

    • Standards Select Committee

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will introduce and consult upon proposals for the Standards Committee to be replaced by a body consisting of a majority of lay members with representation of...

    • Stationery

      To ask the Leader of the House what levels of stock his Office holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d) other office consumables.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department intends to create a strategy to mitigate the effect of air pollution on public health.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many monitoring stations were in place and returning air quality data for NO2, PM2.5 and PM10 in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c)...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which air quality monitoring stations went off-line in each year since 2010-11; and on what dates they were off-line.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date each of the 40 air quality zones with exceedances of nitrogen dioxide limit values in 2010 will achieve...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date the Government plans to send and publish its reply to the European Commission letter of formal notice of...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will publish a second consultation on local air quality management.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to protect the UK's honeybee population.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to protect each of the 26 species of bee that are under threat in the UK.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the geographical spread in the UK of the bacterium melissococcus plutonius.

      Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with their counterparts in (a) Malta, (b) Cyprus and (c) Greece...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to ask the Independent Expert Panel which recently reported on the first year of the pilot badger culls in...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reasons cage trapping and shooting of badgers was implemented during the pilot badger culls in Somerset and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how soon the cage trapping and shooting of badgers was implemented alongside the freeshooting of badgers after the...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by his Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of dogs owned by people who have previously been banned from owning dogs.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of prong collars on the welfare of dogs.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for his Department in the last financial year; and how...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of consumer confidence in the authenticity of British food.

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the desirability of separating responsibility for food safety policy and responsibility for food standards...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the food industry about its compliance with food-related legislation.

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff at the Environment Agency are working on the regulation of fracking in England and Wales; and what reductions...

      Horn of Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on implementing a regional wildlife enforcement strategy in the Horn of Africa and addressing the...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer 194164, how many civil servants in his Department of what grade spent some or all of their time...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that veterinarians are present at all live animal exports from the...

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to deter inappropriate development in National Parks in England and Wales; and if he will make a...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government response to the Environmental Audit Committee's Eleventh Report, on Plastic Bags, HC 861 will be...

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of beak trimming of laying hens; and if he will make a statement.

      Rabbits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to promote the health of (a) domestic and (b) wild rabbits; and if he will make a statement.

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what levels of stock his Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners...

      Venison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the value to the economy of venison production and sales in each of the last three years; and...

      Waste Disposal: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the additional £5 million for tackling waste crime announced in the budget statement will reduce in the planned...

      Wildlife: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of which countries in Africa (a) have the highest incidence of illegal killing of wildlife and...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Consultants

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by the Government Equalities Office in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by her Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for the Government Equalities Office in the last financial year; and how much...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support his Department has provided to Lancaster City Council to ensure affordable homes are built in rural areas in...

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications made by betting shops have been rejected by local authorities and subsequently overturned by the...

      Business Improvement Districts: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2014, Official Report, column 800W, on Business Improvement Districts: Birmingham, when he...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 694W, on polling stations, what assessment he has made of the...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by his Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for his Department in the last financial year; and how...

      Empty Property: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there are in (a) Rossendale and (b) Darwen.

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funds his Department has allocated (a) for identifying troubled families and (b) in performance payments for turning those...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many UK firefighters left the service in each of the last five years.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many UK firefighters (a) died on duty and (b) sustained accidents leading to medical retirement in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the amount of housing proposed on what had been designated green belt land in...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been self-built in each of the last eight years.

      Housing: Harrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding was allocated from Homes and Community Agency to (a) develop new affordable housing and (b) bring empty homes back...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funds have been allocated to each local enterprise partnership area from (a) the Growing Places fund and (b) other central...

      Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to improve mobile signal coverage in rural areas by permitting use of...

      New Towns: Ebbsfleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to establish garden city principles in Ebbsfleet.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to paragraph 025 of the section entitled Viability in his Department's online National Planning Policy Guidance,...

      Private Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent research his Department has undertaken on retaliatory evictions in the private rented sector.

      Private Rented Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will include Peterborough in the areas involved in his Department's proposals for dealing with rogue private rented sector...

      Schools: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the planning system gives priority to creating additional school places.

      Sustainable Communities Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many proposals have been made by local authorities under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 in each year since that Act...

      UK Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will impose a moratorium on processing all planning applications submitted by UK Coal Production Ltd until that body has...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Children: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many children were aged under five in (a) London and (b) each London borough in each of the last five years.

    • Economic Growth: EU Countries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions the Office for National Statistics has had with EU counterparts about differences in the way projected growth is estimated.

      Pensioners: Brighton

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people of pensionable age in Brighton, Kemptown constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Throat Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many confirmed cases of oro-pharyngeal cancer there were in the last five years for which figures are available; and how many of those cases...

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps have been taken to monitor and regulate contacts between Mr Lynton Crosby and representatives of the tobacco industry, in particular in...

      Unemployment: East Sussex

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of young people in (a) Brighton, Kemptown constituency and (b) East Sussex who have been unemployed for longer...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his answer of 14 January 2013, Official Report, column 481W, on biofuels, is biomass feedstock origin recorded in the...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2014, Official Report, columns 994-5, whether his Department is seeking to promote first or second...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the estimated value of the contract of Dounreay Site Restoration was at the time of the award in April 2012; what the estimated...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage the use of smart meters; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many occasions and on what dates he has met National Grid to discuss the Supplemental Balancing Reserve in each month since...

      Fracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the US Department of Energy on licensing and regulatory regimes in relation to fracking in (a)...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment he has made of the commercial and procurement capability of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; and what steps...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) highest bonus, (b) number of bonuses and (c) average bonus is that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority plans to pay to...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) highest bonus, (b) number of bonuses and (c) average bonus payments was that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority paid to...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has paid in severance payments and associated pension contributions to employees since...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority made of the performance on previous and existing Nuclear...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the underlying calculations were for the statement by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority that £1 billion would be saved...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what oversight mechanisms his Department had in place of bid evaluations of the contract to award ownership of shares in Magnox Ltd and...

      Gas Storage Facility: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Administration Court decision in the case CO/6036/2013, Halite...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the costs associated with supporting new nuclear power stations in England and Wales will be levied on energy consumers in...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in what circumstances he uses a calculation of the (a) value of preventing a fatality, (b) willingness to pay and (c) cost-per-quality...

      Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the incidence of power cuts by (a) county and (b) parliamentary constituency.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 81W, on solar power, whether he plans to make changes to the 250-5MW...

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what levels of stock his Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many tonnes of carbon dioxide were displaced by onshore wind electricity generation in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland and...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answers of 19 December 2013, Official Report, column 745W and 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 342W, on wind...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of her progress in discharging her responsibilities under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in respect of...

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) who took the decision not to announce the use of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy in respect of members of the IRA in the London Gazette or...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will establish an Aircraft Noise Ombudsman; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from organisations representing pensioners on the start and end times of the National Concessionary Bus...

      Bus Services: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage the interoperability of smart tickets on local bus services outside London where more than one bus company runs...

      Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency are responsible for (a) driver and (b) operator compliance in the bus industry.

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect changes to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency vision testing contract will have on...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are plans for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to accept Army Personnel Centre records of driver qualifications as proof of army...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for his Department in the last financial year; and how much in agency fees was...

      Euston Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the capacity utilisation on trains out of Euston between 6.30am and 9.00am on a weekday morning was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Ferries: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will open discussions with his French counterpart to ensure crews on ferries operating between the UK and France are paid under British or French...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a list of responses to the Environmental Statement in Advance of Second Reading of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy that the compensation consultation and trial scheme in relation to High Speed 2 should be published by the end of 2014.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish details of who considered the proposals for a property bond in relation to High Speed 2; and what the reasons were for rejecting...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the safeguarding directions in relation to High Speed 2 were last updated; and if he will publish the maps relating to that update.

      London Midland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the performance of London Midland commuter trains.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Competition Commission's inquiry into the car insurance industry to report.

      Motor Vehicles: Secured Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the prevalence of the practice of logbook lending.

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to meet the costs of the National Air Traffic Service's employee share scheme if the Civil Aviation Authority decides...

      National Air Traffic Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the forthcoming independence referendum on the National Air Traffic Service Centre in...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff Network Rail employed (a) in the last year for which figures are available and (b) in 2010-11.

      Network Rail: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value of outstanding property development proposals on Network Rail land is.

      Public Transport: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with cities outside London on interoperability of smart tickets between rail and bus services; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Transport: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Transport for London (TfL) about the use of other smart ticket systems in the TfL area; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the modal shift from car to railway use as a result of eliminating the weekday minimum fare resulting from the use of the Network...

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of increases in passenger numbers (a) nationally and (b) on the West Coast Main Line over the next 10 years.

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on the introduction of part-time season tickets for rail commuters; and if he will make a statement.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many coastguard operations room staff have applied for both new posts in the new coastguard structure and voluntary redundancy; (2) how many...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how often and when each coastguard station has been under-staffed in the last two years.

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many coastguard operations room staff in Liverpool have left the service in the last two years.

      Roads: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with Brighton and Hove City Council on the condition of roads in that area; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require landowners and service suppliers to install manhole covers that have resistance abrasion...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of local authorities in England and Wales require a Disclosure and Barring Service check on applicants before issuing a (a) taxi and...

      Transport: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of funding per head of the population for transport in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 27 March 2014, Official Report, columns 56-7W, on Atos, how many Atos Healthcare staff currently carrying...

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 27 March 2014, Official Report, columns 56-57W, on Atos, whether Atos Healthcare will continue to carry...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts are held by his Department with Atos Healthcare for the provision of medical and health-related assessments.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to monitor the transitional arrangements put in place by Atos Healthcare following the termination of his Department's...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made on his Department's child maintenance arrears and compliance strategy for 2012 to 2017; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) timetable and (b) process will be under which debt suspension in older Child Support Agency (CSA) cases will be reviewed during...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by his Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for his Department in the last financial year; and how much in agency...

      Employment Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times he has met work programme providers or their representative body to discuss the progress of employment support allowance...

      Housing Benefit: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to continue discretionary housing payments for rural communities beyond 2014-15.

      Housing Benefit: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what criteria he is distributing the additional £5 million discretionary housing payment for the least densely-populated areas...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 724W, on housing benefit: social rented housing, for what reasons his...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 724W, on housing benefit: social rented housing, if he will make an interim...

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for West Ham of 3 February 2014, Official Report, column 100W, on housing benefit: social...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding for the independent living fund his Department has withdrawn from local authorities in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

      Industrial Health and Safety: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the progress of the current review of the European strategy on health and safety at work; (2) what...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average caseload was for a Jobcentre Plus advisor in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e) 2013.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from charities and community organisations on the removal of warm phones from Jobcentre Plus offices.

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are currently auto-enrolled in the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST); and what the mean monthly contribution paid in by...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to tackle pensioner poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Capita on the need to seek evidence from health and social care professionals in progressing personal...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings he has had with organisations (a) from the advice sector and (b) representing people with disabilities on the performance of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the early operational performance of each private sector company providing personal independence payments...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to personal independence payment providers on calling in clients for personal independence payment...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the quality of feedback to hon. Members by (a) his Department and (b) private sector providers when they raise...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many new personal independence payment claims were submitted by December 2013; and how many decisions have been made on those claims;...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent estimate his Department has made of the savings to the public purse from the personal independence payment programme; and...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what outstanding commercial risks that might affect operational security his Department has identified in its relationship with contracted...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what tests his Department has made on its operating assumption across the whole claims process to identify future bottlenecks; (2) what...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department made of Capita's ability to handle large numbers of personal independence payment (PIP) claims before award of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has held back from payments to Capita because of poor performance on personal independence payment assessments.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the contract for the introduction of personal independence payment included targets for the (a) proportion of assessments to be...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of personal independence payment claimants faced travel times to assessments greater than 60 minutes; and what proportion of...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many concluded applications for personal independence payment there have been to date, by parliamentary constituency; (2) how many...

      Separated People: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when each of the 10 Help and Support for Separated Families Innovation Fund projects announced by his Department in December 2013 will start.

      Separated People: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 103W, on separated people: finance, whether the proposed external independent...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants were sanctioned for failure to attend an appointment between (a) April 2012 and April 2013 and (b) April 2013 and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in the UK received in excess of £100,000 in social security payments in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and (e)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken to prevent benefit fraud; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterpart on further steps to prevent benefit tourism.

      Social Security Benefits: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Preston constituency are subject to sanction of their (a) employment and support allowance and (b) jobseeker's allowance.

      Sportsgrounds: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has made to authorities in Brazil and Qatar conveying the lessons learned in the UK about health and safety in...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of extending the triple lock guarantee to all British pensioners resident abroad; and if he will make a...

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of British pensioners resident abroad whose pensions have been frozen.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the Youth Contract in the 20 designated areas of high youth unemployment.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department is monitoring the progress and effect of the EU Youth Guarantee.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure the long-term viability of the system for paying benefits into Post Office card accounts under the universal...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide a simple route for people to donate their universal benefits back to the state; and if he will make a statement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the universal credit local support services framework supports claimants who may require extra support in accessing universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish on the Government website an up-to-date impact assessment for universal credit.

      Vacancies: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies there are in (a) London, (b) the London Borough of Hounslow and (c) Brentford and Isleworth constituency.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that paid employees are not being replaced by unpaid staff under the Work Experience scheme; and if he will...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2014, Official Report, column 66W, on the Work programme, how many of the organisations listed with...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General what the performance of each Crown Prosecution Service business area was on (a) pre-charge decisions, (b) decisions to take to further action, (c) discontinuances...

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many domestic violence cases have led to prosecutions for non-injurious behaviours; (2) whether any domestic violence cases have led to prosecutions for...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Attorney-General whether any cases of domestic violence have led to prosecutions for stalking when the stalking behaviours occurred before the victim and perpetrator had separated.

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions have taken place under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 for the offence of providing unrestricted access to hardcore pornography online, as set...

      Private Sector

      To ask the Attorney-General how many jobs have been transferred from the public to the private sector as a result of privatisations or outsourcing by the Law Officers’ Departments since May...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for pre-charge decision in 2013-14 and each of the five preceding years; how many of those cases were (a)...

  • Treasury

    • Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely change in annuities in 12 months' time for the average 65-year-old (a) man and (b) woman.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of child benefit fraud his Department is investigating.

      Coinage: Forgery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department made of the annual level of fraud involving the existing one pound coin in order to inform the decision to introduce a new...

      Enterprise Zones: Coleraine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that discussions are held with any relevant third parties regarding the boundaries of the proposed enterprise zone near...

      Floods: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds were provided in Barnett consequentials to the Northern Ireland Executive as a result of the flood relief funds granted in England and Wales.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there has been in the total amount of gift aid claimed by charities between 2008 and 2013.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many property purchase transactions were made in each UK nation and region by non-UK residents in each of the last five years.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the effect was on revenue from top rate income tax of the reduction of the top rate from 60 per cent to 40 per cent in 1988 in the (a) first year and...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the increase in ISA limits announced in the 2014 Budget allow those with current ISAs to take advantage of the new limit between the present time...

      Landfill Communities Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the performance of projects funded by the Landfill Communities Fund; what plans he has for the future of the fund; and...

      National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact assessment he has made of the effect of pensioners savings bonds on the private sector investment market.

      National Savings Bonds: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the proposed role for National Savings and Investment (NS&I) offering pensioner savings bonds with...

      Non-domestic Rates: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many business rates appeals to the Valuation Office Agency are currently classified as (a) outstanding, (b) received and (c) cleared, by region; and...

      Office of Tax Simplification

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings he held with the Office of Tax Simplification in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the average net change in household income, taking account of consequential changes to benefits and tax credits, for (a) single earner...

      Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what circumstances he uses a calculation of the (a) value of preventing a fatality, (b) willingness to pay and (c) cost-per-quality adjusted life year...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the last Finance Ministers Quadrilateral met; and if he will place in the Library the minutes of that meeting; (2) when the next meeting of the...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what land is owned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC); and what land HMRC plans to sell in the next year.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations HM Revenue and Customs has received from interested parties on the sale of the Customs House landholding near Dover Priory railway station.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidelines exist for the sale of assets and land belonging to HM Revenue and Customs.

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the future of HM Revenue and Customs' centres in Northern Ireland.

      Revenue and Customs: Preston

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will put arrangements in place to enable telephone callers to the Tax Credit Office in Preston to raise queries with an official rather than through...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) number of cigarettes, (b) volume of roll-your own tobacco and (c) value of the (i) cigarettes and (ii) tobacco...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to HM Revenue and Customs' consultation document, Tackling marketed tax avoidance, published on 24 January 2014, whether consideration...

      Taxation: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with financial institutions based in the UK in respect of improving tax transparency in other jurisdictions in which they or...

      VAT: Publishing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with their EU counterparts on (a) VAT rates on e-books, digital magazines and newspapers and...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether academies are permitted to (a) sell and (b) otherwise financially profit from their holding of school title deeds which were formally held by...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria Ofsted uses when inspecting academies that do not follow the National Curriculum in Key Stage 3 and do not use National Curriculum...

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which academy schools have been granted a relaxation or variation of the School Admissions Code; and what the nature of each such relaxation or...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the DSM-5 diagnosis method for autism.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2014, Official Report, column 556W, on children in care, if he will publish the list of local authorities which...

      Children: Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure parents are aware of the early years educational support available to children with cerebral palsy under two years of age.

      Children: Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the quality of early years education support for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy; (2) what discussions he...

      Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to deal with emotional neglect of children.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what resource is available to parents who believe that Social Services departments are behaving unreasonably in pursuing their children's safeguarding...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by his Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid.

      Creationism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what mechanisms his Department has put in place to ensure that (a) schools, (b) nurseries and (c) learning establishments receiving any funds or...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for his Department in the last financial year; and how much in agency fees was...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support he plans to give schools which have no kitchen facilities and are unable to build such facilities because of financial constraints, and...

      Park View Educational Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will direct the Park View Educational Trust to disclose the sources of other income, donations or fundraisers as identified in their accounts.

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in what circumstances he uses a calculation of the (a) value of preventing a fatality, (b) willingness to pay and (c) cost-per-quality adjusted life...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 8 April 2014, Official Report, column 205W, on primary education: admissions, and of 6 March 2014, Official Report, column...

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many jobs have been transferred from the public to the private sector as a result of privatisations or outsourcing by his Department since May 2010.

      Pupil Exclusions

      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 much funding is allocated specifically to...

      Pupil Exclusions: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools suspended pupils for (a) bullying and (b) cyber-bullying between 2004 and the latest date for which information is available.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether Ofsted's interpretation of closing the attainment gap between pupils eligible and not eligible for free school meals relates to the gap in...

      Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have visited schools in the areas of highest deprivation since May 2010; and if he will make...

      Schools: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the merits of requiring all schools in the UK to fly the Union flag.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reasons local authorities are inspected by Ofsted separately from schools maintained by local authorities.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 81W, on academies, for what reason bodies which run academy chains are not inspected by...

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to provide capital funding for sixth form colleges to enable them to provide free school meals to disadvantaged pupils.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what criteria were used to calculate the levels of area cost adjustment used for sixth form colleges in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) Oxfordshire; and how...

      Social Services: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures are in place to check whether the decision made by Somerset County Council on safeguarding children are fair in their treatment of parents.

      Social Services: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the performance of the children and families department in Somerset County Council.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the additional financial contributions made by parents to top up care for children with statements of special...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2014, Official Report, column 191W, on special educational needs, which local authorities will trial the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2014, Official Report, columns 789-90, on special educational needs, when he expects the special educational...

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what levels of stock his Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d) other office consumables.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2014, Official Report, column 633W, on university technical colleges, if he will publish the information he plans to...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish statutory guidance on careers advice.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of levels of violence against women in Afghanistan.

    • Bananas: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment the Government has made of the spread of Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race Four; (2) what steps her Department is...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the report of Parliamentary Ombudsman into the complaint raised by a constituent of the hon. Member for Brighton,...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by her Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid.

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department gives to the World Economic Forum's New Vision for Agriculture.

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the Agreed Conclusions of the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, if she will support the...

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much support her Department is giving to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how her Department measures the effect of support for the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department gives to small-scale food producers in areas supported by the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions are placed on recipients of support from the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the overseas aid budget is being used to help combat the spread and treatment of HIV and Aids; and in which countries.

      Developing Countries: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much of the £32 million for the creation of a new catalytic fund, announced at the Nutrition for Growth summit, has been...

      Developing Countries: Satellites

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she has taken to ensure developing countries can access UK satellite technology to monitor local agricultural land and...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for her Department in the last financial year; and how much in...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many UK construction companies are involved in development projects in the Falkland Islands.

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects her Department has in Lesotho.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many visits she made to the Jordan Valley in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

      Pacific Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to her answer of 5 March 2014, Official Report, column 871, on Pacific Islands, how much support, and under what categories...

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many jobs have been transferred from the public to the private sector as a result of privatisations or outsourcing by her...

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what levels of stock her Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d)...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how her Department plans to support the Tanzanian Government to ensure the effective implementation of the Literacy and Numeracy...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the implications of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda for the operation of UK aid in (a) the health...

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department has offered to countries in West Africa to help tackle the recent outbreak of the deadly form of the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) median and (b) mean (i) annual and (ii) hourly salary is for (A) men and (B) women in Government-sponsored...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department has taken to introduce customer service training in the apprenticeship programme.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many professional and business services special envoys have been appointed by his Department; and what the remit of those...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Growth is Our Business: A Strategy for Professional and Business Services published in July 2013, what...

      Business: Derbyshire

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

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether information included in the registry of company beneficial ownership information will be available for free.

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether information included in the registry of company beneficial ownership information will be cross-checked against data held...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the registry of company beneficial ownership information will contain a description of how the beneficial owner exercises...

      Competition and Markets Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentices aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) between 19 and 24 and (c) 25 years or over are employed at the Competition and...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has commissioned into the effects of reducing funding to further, higher and adult education.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the Government's progress in encouraging exports to emerging markets; and if he will make a...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the recommendations contained in the Association of Business Recovery Professionals...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) when the Higher Education Funding Council for England plans to commence its annual monitoring exercise to collect...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any alternative learning providers have notified the Higher Education Funding Council for England of material changes...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much in cash terms and what proportion of total university funding came from (a) domestic tuition fees, (b) foreign student...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much compensation was paid by the Land Registry following fraudulent registrations in each year since 2005.

      Magnox Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Energy and Climate Change about the local socio-economic effects...

      Maternity and Paternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of statutory maternity and paternity pay to parents of premature and...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department plans to provide to areas affected by changes to the nuclear decommissioning programme following the...

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value of bilateral trade in agricultural goods and services between the UK and Israel was in each year since 2004.

      Overseas Trade: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what joint trade missions have been undertaken by the UK and the Republic of Ireland since 2010; and what steps he is taking to...

      Regional Growth Fund: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many projects in Ashfield constituency have been selected to receive funding from the Regional Growth Fund in the latest...

      Robotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research and development into the commercial application of robotics his Department funds; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what incentives were (a) offered to (b) accepted by priority investors in relation to Royal Mail privatisation.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) for which firms his Department has agreed bonus payments as part of the privatisation of Royal Mail; and on what criteria...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who made the decisions and on what basis were the decisions made on how many shares would go to each priority investor, each...

      Small Businesses: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small businesses in High Peak constituency have received support from the Regional Growth Fund.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what he expects the RAB charge to be for extra students entering higher education when the present cap on student numbers is...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will break down by component elements the increase in the RAB charge from 33 per cent to 45 per cent.

      Students: Loans

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

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's estimate is of the latest RAB charge for part-time students.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the student loan default rate is for students and graduates of (a) Bristol, (b) Cambridge, (c) Durham, (d) Exeter, (e)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what revenue the Government received through student loan repayments in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Growth is Our Business: A Strategy for Professional and Business Services published in July 2013, if the new...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to Growth is Our Business: A Strategy for Professional and Business Services published in July 2013, whether his...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has updated its advice given to UK nationals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan and...

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has made any assessment of the appointment of former Senator Daniel Filmus as head of the Malvinas Secretariat in Argentina.

      Baltic States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Latvia, (b) Lithuania and (c) Estonia about strengthening...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had about the British Indian Ocean Territory resettlement feasibility study.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 139W, on Burma, what commitments the Burmese immigration...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Burma on protecting Burmese soldiers who refuse orders which could result in...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Colombian government on human rights and the deaths of striking agricultural workers.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK’s trade in (a) exports and (b) imports for (i) goods, (ii) services and (iii) current accounts was with each...

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to promote freer trade (a) between the UK and other Commonwealth countries, (b) between...

      Dmitry Firtash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will list all meetings Dmitry Firtash has had at his Department since May 2010; (2) who Dmitry Firtash met at his...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for his Department in the last financial year; and how...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with UK companies to encourage them to take part in construction and development projects in the...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage businesses in the fishing sector to operate in the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage businesses in the construction sector to build houses in the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help workers in the oil industry to seek employment in the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he plans to make to the statement of the President of Argentina on 2 April that the UK was keeping NATO's most...

      Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Icelandic counterpart on strengthening UK-Icelandic business relations.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will call for the immediate release of the seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran since 14 May 2008.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Iranian authorities about the persecution and detention of members of the...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his German and US counterparts on securing the unconditional release of Pastor Saeed Abedini...

      Laos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Laos about the persecution of Christians in that country.

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK Government Ministers have visited Lesotho since 2010.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Palestinians and (b) Jews displaced from their country of origin in the Middle...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in North Korea on freedom of religion.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Israel regarding plans for the creation of a new settlement in the Old...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the country of origin was of each special mission to the UK that has been refused since 4 March 2013; and what were...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure UK embassies, high commissions and consulates are promoting trade with the UK.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Pakistan expressing disapproval of the recent decision in that country to...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Pakistan government on the case of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar who have been...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of 10 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank who were murdered by the Israeli military...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli government regarding the distribution of water between Palestinians and settlers...

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many jobs have been transferred from the public to the private sector as a result of privatisations or outsourcing by his...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the Russian annexation of Crimea on the Moldovan government's commitment to signing...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives from the European Commission on European sanctions on Russia.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for the UK of international sanctions against Russia.

      Scandinavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Norway, (b) Finland and (c) Sweden about the security situation...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security and humanitarian situation in Kessab.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish government on the security and humanitarian situation in Kessab.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on which actors are currently involved in, or have helped to facilitate, recent violence in Kessab.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made on establishing a date for a third round of negotiations for the Geneva Conference on Syria.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the safety of the Armenian community in Kessab.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the composition of the different groups which comprise the combatants in Kessab.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in Commonwealth governments regarding Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to assist in the return of occupied Ukranian government buildings to the Ukranian Government.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the situation in Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has in place to be executed in the event of further Russian aggression on the Ukrainian border.

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to draw attention to the persecution of Christians in Vietnam; and what discussions he has had with his...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the effects of delays in the organisation of the referendum in Western Sahara on the security...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on human rights in Western Sahara.

      Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2014, Official Report, columns 161-2W, on Syria, on what basis the Women's International...

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people residing in Preston constituency are (a) being monitored by an electronic tag (b) subject to a suspended sentence order and (c) subject...

    • Benjamin Mire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when and for what reasons Benjamin Mire left his judicial appointment on the property tribunal.

      Benjamin Mire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (a) started and concluded its investigation into Benjamin Mire; and what steps that office subsequently took.

      Benjamin Mire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether Benjamin Mire was shown the report of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office into his conduct.

      Benjamin Mire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office report on Benjamin Mire can be made public.

      Benjamin Mire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timescale Benjamin Mire would have been removed from his appointment to the property tribunal following the conclusion of the report on the Judicial...

      Cherry Groce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will grant the request by the family of Cherry Groce for legal aid for their representations at the inquest into her death; and if he will...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which 10 consultancy firms were paid the most by his Department in the last financial year; and how much each of those firms was paid.

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been convicted of an offence contrary to section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in each of the last four years; (2) how...

      Courts: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2014, Official Report, column 703W, on translation services, how much was spent on interpreters in courts in each court...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new criminal offences have been created in each year since May 2010; and what the predicted effect was on the number of prisoners for each such...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the proportion of victims of crime who suffer from mental health problems in each of the last five years.

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there have been for the offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving since its introduction in 2012; and what the average...

      Doncaster Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the payment by results pilot in HMP Doncaster has been terminated.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when his Department plans to carry out a review on its policy on fees in the employment tribunal system; (2) what plans his Department has to...

      Family Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of presumption for contact in relation to the role of fathers in the family courts; and if he will make...

      Hunting Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions under the Hunting Act 2004 there were in 2013; how many of those prosecutions were successful; and what offences these prosecutions...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many law firms were permitted to resubmit their tenders to the then Legal Services Commission bid for a contract to provide publicly funded...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were dealt with in magistrates courts in 2013 (a) in total and (b) for non-payment of a television licence.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that there is adequate staffing in magistrates' courts to ensure the efficient and speedy provision of information to...

      Magistrates Courts: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions (a) HM Courts Service and (b) his Department has had with North Wales police about future cell provision at Wrexham magistrates'...

      Magistrates Courts: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will ensure that criminal cases continue to be considered at Wrexham magistrates' court over the next five years.

      Manchester Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether prisoners at HM Prison Manchester have access to (a) library books on specialist subjects and (b) educational courses.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many child sex offenders were in prison in each year since 2003.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints were made by imprisoned child sex offenders against (a) prison officers and (b) prison staff in each of the last 10 years.

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the Supreme Court's judgment in Summers v Fairclough Homes that exaggerated or fabricated personal injury...

      Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what circumstances he uses a calculation of the (a) value of preventing a fatality, (b) willingness to pay and (c) cost-per-quality adjusted life year...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what sentence was received by each employee of the Prison Service found guilty in 2013 of criminal activity in the workplace.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what shortfalls in staffing (a) including temporary cover and (b) excluding temporary cover against Target B3 staffing levels were in each prison since...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what maximum number of staff of each grade could be provided by each prison supplying staff for detached duty in each month since December 2013.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population was, by prison, on 19 March 2014; how many prisoners each prison was built for; and how many foreign national prisoners there...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving (a) life and (b) indeterminate sentences for public protection were granted release on temporary licence in the latest period...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements he has put in place to inform victims of crime of the date when perpetrators of crime against them will be released from prison.

      Prisoners: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the (a) public purse and (b) prison service is of processing a complaint by a prisoner against a prison officer.

      Prisoners: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the availability of books to prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will ensure that restricted access to books for prisoners is not an obstacle to preparation for employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in each prison have (a) started and (b) completed the Ibaana programme since it was introduced.

      Prisons: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what security breaches associated with the Prisons ICT Academy programme there have been since 1 January 2014; when these first came to the attention of...

      Prisons: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many items were borrowed from prison libraries in each year from 2010 to 2013.

      Prisons: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons withhold books from prisoners when they first arrive; and for what reasons such books are so withheld.

      Prisons: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions drugs were found in parcels containing books destined for prisoners in each of the last four years.

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of a smoking ban in prisons on the number of incidents of violence relating to cigarettes.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the assessment and allocation tools to be used by probation staff in England and Wales from 1 April 2014 have been finalised.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when supervision of prisoners on release serving less than 12 months will begin in England and Wales.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether the national probation service will be responsible for the provision of court reports after the introduction of the transforming...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what resources he will make available for interviews between a prisoner and a probation officer to allocate the case to the National Probation Service or...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what guidance his Department has issued to magistrates on consideration of breach applications following the introduction of the Transforming...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what effect the introduction of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda in magistrates' courts in England and Wales will have on report writing...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to introduce training for magistrates and legal advisers following the introduction of the Transforming Rehabilitation Agenda in...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he has given magistrates in England and Wales on the introduction of the risk of serious recidivism tool into the National Probation...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what plans he has to introduce specialisations in magistrates' courts in England and Wales following the introduction of the Transforming...

      Probation Trusts: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether sickness rates in probation trusts in England and Wales have risen since January 2013.

      Probation: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many organisations remain in the bidding process for the Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which contracts his Department holds with (a) Capita, (b) A4E, (c) G4S, (d) Serco, (e) GeoAMEY, (f) Sodexo and (g) Mitie; when each contract started; how...

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which rape support centres and helplines that received funding from the Rape Support Fund in any of the last three years will not receive any such...

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria were used to determine the funding allocation for rape crisis centres for the 2014-16 period; and on what grounds the funding for Hull Rape...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to increase sentences for shoplifting.

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what levels of stock his Department holds of (a) stationery, (b) printer cartridges, (c) treasury tags and other fasteners and (d) other office consumables.

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